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Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Book Making, Creative Exercises, Haiku My Heart, My techniques, Tutorial | 23 comments

Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

I have been making book ornaments for about 15 years. I love books, love the holidays and what is not to love about combining the two? This year was special because I got to decorated them with papers I made with my new stencils. I started with a saturated piece of paste paper. Added a layer of Silks (acrylic glazes) using my stencils. I kept adding layers until I was satisfied. Love that. Did a few more papers. And a few more. For this project you need: 2 pieces decorative paper 3″ x 3″ 2 pieces mat board 2.5″ x 2.5″ 1 piece colored paper for text block 2.25 x...

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Artspark Winter Tutorial Blog Hop

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Artist Friends, Creative Exercises, Tutorial | 0 comments

Artspark Winter Tutorial Blog Hop

Here are all the projects my Artsparks partners have done for you, for free! Dec 4 Lyric Kinard, Snowflake Pinwheel Ornament Dec 5 Tracie Lyn Huskamp, For the Smell of It Dec 6 Judy Perez, Speculatius Cookies Dec 7 Jill Berry, Mini Book Ornament Dec 8 Traci Bunkers, Star Garland Dec 9 – Lisa Engelbrecht, Easy Gilded Letters for Cards...

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Layers of My Heart

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in My Work, Tutorial | 11 comments

Layers of My Heart

This is a magical hanging card that I designed for my mother, Jo, for Mother’s Day. It is based on the layered vellum technique I developed a number of years ago for my journals and classes, and is used in the first two projects of my book, Personal Geographies. I love seeing the layers of color, how using see through paper adds dimension and in this case, when you hang it in a window, you get a big surprise! You can use doodles, Zentangles, a journal page, nearly anything for the base of this project. Supplies: Illustration, the base of the project on white paper 3 pieces of clear...

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May Day Celebration Blog Hop!

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Artist Friends, Tutorial | 1 comment

May Day Celebration Blog Hop!

I am late to the party, but not too late to share some wonderful free tutorials with you, provided by my Art Sparks group. This is a group of some of the most talented artists out there, and they have jumped through some big hoops this week to provide detailed instructions for making some fab projects. I will update the specific links as we go, and on Sunday I will be back to present my offering. All the pictures below are linked to the tutorials. Enjoy! Monday April 30, Tracie Lyn Huskamp:  A Stenciled & Stitched Special Occasion Greeting Card  Tuesday, May 1st – Traci Bunkers:...

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Beach Journal Tutorial

Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in My Work, Tutorial | 8 comments

Beach Journal Tutorial

Wow, I have not been here often lately. The launch of my book got distracting. A few weeks ago I was a guest blogger for Alisa Burke, who just had an adorable baby girl. I am going to re-post it here, so all of you can make your own Beach Journal, which you can see finished here and here. You start out by taking a paper four times the width of your journal plus 1″. My journal is about 5 inches wide, so my paper is 21″ long. The height is whatever height you want it. Mine is 7″. My paper is 7″ x 21″. Paint blue at the top and organic, not straight, lines of...

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Geo Papers and Projects

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in Creative Exercises, Personal Geographies, Tutorial | 38 comments

Geo Papers and Projects

Hello all, welcome to Day 10 of the Pre-Holiday Tutorial Blog Hop! Today we will make some Geo Papers, or papers that are painted to simulate geographical imagery. I am map-crazy, as many of you know, and I love paste papers, so this technique was a natural for me. Here is what you need. Paper: I use Arches Text Wove. Any printmaking paper will work. Sumi ink: available at most art and craft stores. A dark, black, smooth ink Stablilo Aquarellable Black Pencil Transparent watercolors (not opaque or gouache) Kosher salt Small watercolor brush Paper towels Water Spray bottle with water inside...

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