"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover

"No Place Like Home" A Fresh Coloring Book for the Home Lover
This Coloring Book was featured in the TV show Make It Artsy.

"Farm Fresh" Printable Coloring Book

"Farm Fresh" Printable Coloring Book

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mixed Media Tutorial: Greeting Plaque

How would you like to create a welcome plaque for your home using Tim Holtz Sizzix dies and your mixed media stash? Pull out your Gelatos, gel medium, washi tapes, and some scrap papers and I will show you how! 

Here's a complete supply list for you to get started: 
Other Materials:
  • Gelatos colors of your choice
  • Gel Medium
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scrap papers
  • Stamping Ink
  • Washi tapes
  • Watercolor paper
  • Wood plaque

Start by stamping the Flower Jar and floral stems on watercolor paper. Cut the individual images into blocks using scissors.

To diecut the stamped images, create the following Sizzix Sandwich -  on a Sizzix Accessory Magnetic Platform For Wafer-Thin Dies, lay another Sizzix Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair (Purple w/Silver Glitter). On it, lay out the Flower Jar and floral stem stamped images and place the corresponding Sizzix Framelits Die Set 16PK - Flower Jar dies framing the images, blade side down. Cover with the other Standard Cutting Pad. Pass the whole Sizzix Sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Here are the diecut floral arrangement pieces.

Repeat the exact same sandwich as above to get the largest circle using the Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Stitched Circles, 
the tile pattern from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Mixed Media #4 , and the greeting 'Hello' (you'll need to die-cut two 'L's) using the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 121PK - Alphanumeric, Thin (3/8" Tall).

Place the diecut stitched circle on the wood plaque and lightly mark the area with pencil. Attach bits of washi tapes, scrap papers and the die-cut tile pattern from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Mixed Media #4 using gel medium. Seal the pieces in place with a top coat of gel medium.

Add a first coat of color to the plaque with Gelatos or your favorite paint medium. Set aside to dry.

Color the diecut stamped images with Gelatos. Let dry.

Arrange the Flower Jar and the floral stems on the stitched circle and attach to the plaque with gel medium.

Add the greeting to the plaque with the 'Hello' diecut from the Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 3PK - Mixed Media #4 to finish. 

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and have fun with these dies! And don't miss out on the HUGE SALE going on at Sizzix right now!

Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!   

Monday, July 24, 2017

Book review: Manga Art

The first book by Mark Crilley I read was The Drawing Lesson. I enjoyed the creative approach to his teaching. When I came across his Manga Art: Inspiration and Techniques from an Expert Illustrator, I knew I had to read it. And I have to say, this book encompasses much more than lessons in Manga drawing - you get a peek into the artist's thoughts behind the drawings and that is invaluable!

The book is divided into five chapters - Characters, Japan, Science Fiction, Conceptual Art and Styleplay. Before diving into the details of techniques, the author says something that really rang true with me.

"If by chance these pictures inspire you to pick up a pencil and start creating manga characters of your own, by all means go for it. You will find yourself on a path that I and so many others have followed for years, one that is rich in both challenges and rewards. Keep at it long enough and you'll be the one putting your spin on the manga style, expanding the tradition, and deepening it in a way that only you can."
I think this keeping up your practice till you find your unique spin holds for any style of art making. 

My favorite picture from the book is on p. 67 - Next to the Window, Second Seat from the Back of the Classroom. Such beautiful coloring to make the play of light come alive in a dreamy way!

A wonderful book for not only manga artists but for anyone who enjoys drawing!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Friday, July 07, 2017

Listen to this Podcast

Recently, I spoke with Jamie Riddler of Creative Living with Jamie about all things art – how to make time, how to stay inspired, how to get published and more. I hope you listen to this conversation and find something that speaks directly to your heart!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Book Review: Perspective In Action

If you have ever tried drawing, you might have run into this problem when things don't seem right - something's off! And that one something can throw off an entire composition. That something is usually a distorted perspective. In Perspective In Action, author David Chelsea decodes the inner mechanics of perspective. 

Perspective basically means that objects close to us look bigger than those farther away. In the style of a graphic novel, the artist and author, David Chelsea, explains the various concepts of perspective starting with three-point perspective, two-point perspective and vanishing point. He includes interesting historical bits about the role of perspective in art in addition to tutoring the how-to's of perspective to the reader. He talks about the rules as well as breaking them in Anamorphosis.

A great resource for those who struggle with perspective!
*I got this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Card Tutorial: A Summery Floral Greeting!

Since I moved from Florida, I miss the year-round sunshine. But as the saying goes... bring your own sunshine! So, here's some sunshine for both you and me in the form of this summery floral greeting card using both positives and negatives of die-cuts!

I used products from Richard Garay to make this card. Let me list them here for you. Some are affiliate links.
Silver & Gold Collection - Marigold die set
Origami Love - Hey You Folds stamp/die set
Amaze Machine Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Whip Cream cardstock
Delightful Daisy cardstock
Golden Glow cardstock
Pixie Play cardstock
Rock Candy cardstock
Kiwi Slice cardstock
Watermelon Fusion cardstock Journey Glaze
Journey Pro Shears

And now let me walk you through the steps.

Diecut the Marigold out of Delightful Daisy and Golden Glow cardstock using Marigold flower die with the Amaze machine.
Be sure to save every piece of both diecuts as we will create an inlay design fitting in pieces from diecuts to create the flower for the card.

Repeat the previous step with Pixie Play and Kiwi Slice cardstock using the Marigold branch die and Amaze machine. Save all the pieces.

Trim Whip Cream cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5" and fold in half to make a 4.25" x 5.5" card.
Trim Rock Candy cardstock to 4" x 5.25" and attach it to the card base.
Cut the stem diecut in two parts with Journey Pro Shears. Using Journey Glaze, attach the flower and branch pieces to the card as shown.
Carefully fit in the negative pieces from the corresponding diecuts of the other color to create an inlaid look.
Cut a small piece of Watermelon Fusion cardstock to make the sentiment block.
Use the sentiment stamp 'Hey You' from the Hey You Folds stamp/die set with Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink to stamp the sentiment on the Watermelon Fusion cardstock block.
Attach the sentiment block to the card to finish.

I hope you enjoy! Happy Summer :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Card Tutorial: A Colorful Card for the Grad!

Today the class of 2017 graduates high school in my oldest kid's school. A fresh batch of bright grads to embark on a new journey - such a bitter sweet moment. Time for them to fly, time for us to let go. I remember practically bawling at my girl's kindergarten graduation and boy oh boy, I'm not sure, how I'll be when she graduates high school in a few years!!! But, let's set those thoughts aside and celebrate those who did it and the parents who supported their not-so-long-ago-kindergarteners all the way. 

Such emotional moments call for all the colors of the rainbow and beyond! Let's get working on today's card, starting with a list of supplies. I used products from Richard Garay. Some are affiliate links.
RG Days Time Flies Stamp/Die Set
Amaze Machine
Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
Cool Caribbean Silk Luster
Raw Gold Silk Luster
Whipped Cream cardstock
Journey Foam Squares
Coloring Pencils

And now let me walk you through the steps. 

Trim Whipped Cream cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5" and fold in half to make a 4.25" x 5.5" card.
Use ruler and pencil to draw the burst design. Fill in the slots with coloring pencils. It's really fun!
Stamp the wrist watch using Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink on Whipped Cream cardstock.
Using the corresponding die from Time Flies Stamp/Die set and Amaze machine, diecut the wrist watch.  

Use Coll Caribbean and Raw Gold Silk Lusters, color the die-cut wristwatch.
Splatter Gold Silk to the card.
Attach the wristwatch to the card with foam squares.
Write the sentiment around the diecut with pen to finish.

If you are the proud parent of a grad, I want to congratulate you too. YOU DID IT!