Friday, July 19, 2019

Imagine-Upcycle a Pencil Holder


Hello Makers!

Today I have a fun upcycle project to share. I had an old, unused pencil holder that I did not care for; but it was in good condition. So what is a person to do? Upcycle it and make it your own, of course. I upcycled this pencil holder with Imagine's new Mboss embossing powder. Check out the tutorial.  






Monday, June 24, 2019

Live Laugh Love Card-Imagine

Hello Makers!

Today I have a bright and cheery card to share. I have to admit when I made this card I was feeling down....going through some stuff. I was in not mood for anything, as these things go. To try to change my  mood I turn to creative endeavors. So I decided to make this bright red and yellow card with the right sentiment for the moment. I used Imagine's new embossing powders Mboss. I used the glittery red and gold combination called Valentine. Check the tutorial on the Imagine blog.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Red Ceramic Dress

Hello Makers!

I have a quick share today. Made this dress out of fired ceramic clay. Used Amaco and Coyote glazes. I know I keep making red dress out other types of clays and cards. What can I say I like red dresses. Funny enough I don't own a red dress. I think I don't own one because I would feel like I would standout, draw attention and be bit scandalous, since red attracts the eye. I definitely, do not want to draw attention my way...unless, you're looking at my art, then please, may I have your attention. Until I get a red dress, I’ll have express myself through my art. Well, I hope you like this red dress.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Wooden House Decor-Imagine

Hello Makers!

The he(ART) is where the home is. I made this easy peasy home decor project that involves making a little wooden home. I made this adorable house using Imagine's Walnut Ink Crystals their new embossing powders called Mboss. Imagine now has 38 colors. The powders come in many solid colors, glittery combination, and special effects. For this project I used the white embossing powder. Check out the tutorial on the Imagine blog.



Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Dress Birthday Card-Imagine

Hello Makers!

Made this cute birthday card using Imagine's brand new embossing powders called Mboss. Imagine now has 38 colors. Some powders come in a glittery combination. Like in this card, I used a red and gold glitter combination to make the dress. The background is a black glittery combination as well. How fun is this! Well lots. Check out the full tutorial on the Imagine blog.


Wandering Card-Imagine


Hello Makers,

Not all who wander are lost...just love that quote. Sometimes I think I am still wandering. Made this card, using Imagine's Vertigo plastic film, that's what the in the center of the porthole. It has a holographic type patterns. I colored it with Memento dye based ink. The steel looking wall is made out of discarded cardboard, which I colored with Walnut Ink and shimmery Gold Delicata pigment ink. Check out the tutorial on Imagine's blog.


Monday, April 29, 2019

Clay Ring Dish-Imagine

Hello Makers!

Today I have a clay and Imagine inks project. I made these ring dish using Activa Plus Clay and Imagine All-Purpose inks. Just love this clay; it's a fine, firm and easy to work with.  All-Purpose inks come in liquid form and is highly pigmented. It seeps into the clay nicely because the clay is porous. Check out my tutorial how to make these bowls and how to apply these inks on Imagine's blog.








Monday, April 22, 2019

Nature Diorama Pendants

Happy Earth Day!

Celebrating nature with captured nature in little diorama pendants. There is something so cool about creating a tiny world that we get to peek into. I made these necklaces with real preserved flowers, reindeer and Spanish moss, dandelion and real rocks. I have also embellished the outside with metal findings.










Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Graduation Card-Imagine

Hello Makers!

Graduation is coming! Don't forget to make a card for the grad in your life. Show him/her how proud you are. Check out this easy peasy, grungy grad card using Imagine's inks on the Imagine Blog.


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Tree Zipper Sculpture

Hello Makers!

One of my favorite symbolic artifacts that I like to use in my art are zippers. I mainly been using zippers on my bottles; like my Lost for Words bottle, or Found Diamonds bottle, or Faces bottle. With one exception, I used a zipper on my Beginnings collage. This time I decided to use a zipper on my tree, in this sculpture I call 'Unbinding Nature'. 

A little about this piece. One day I was making one of my wire tree sculpture, a windblown tree and I was looking for reference photos and ran into an image of a tree that was split in half, it was hit by lighting. It was so cool looking...I do feel bad for the poor tree though. I wanted to explore nature through surreal, juxtaposed lens. I made this tree by using 28 yards of 16 gauge wire, plaster, paper mache, patina oxidation and real zipper.  








Friday, March 29, 2019

Birds of Feather Card

Have you heard of Imagine's newest inks? They are StazOn Pigment inks. They are truly a game changer. These inks behave like pigment inks, however, they are permanent like the original StazOn ink. They take details incredibly well. It works on just about any surface.

For this card, I used Dura-Lar film (it’s like vellum paper, but it's archival) to create a dimensional effect by stenciling bird images with the Peacock Feathers color of StazOn Pigment. I overlaid the stenciled film on a moonlit night background; also created with StazOn Pigment inks. It made for a great backdrop for the Peacock colored birds. Check out the tutorial on this and check StazOn Pigment inks.









Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Angelic Altered Bottle


Hello Makers!

Upcyling discarded items can be fun and inspirational. Bottles come in all shapes and sizes, each having a potential to become a work of art. For example this small men’s cologne bottle felt just right for my Angelic bottle. I used Canvas Corp Brands goodies; High Impact paints, Architextures wings and center adornment and 7gypsies skeleton key. Check out my tutorial.


Gesso the bottle. This will help the paint to better adhere.


Stencil the pattern with Liquitex Modeling paste.

Paint one layer of the White High Impact paint.


Paint one layer of the Aqua High Impact paint. 


Lightly sponge one layer of the white paint on the raised areas. 


 
Paint a layer of the black paint and wipe off the paint from the raised areas, ensuring to leave paint in the crevices.


Before adding the key and wings, seal the bottle, so that the paint does not scrape off. You can use  spray sealer like Krylon or 3M or use a water based varnish or polyurethane. Add the key and chain and glue on the wings.









Monday, March 25, 2019

Red Dress-Polymer Clay

Hello Makers!

Whenever you work with clay, any type of clay, you'll always have scraps. However, that does not have to be the end of your clay. Just reuse the clay. One way to reuse Makin’s Clay scraps is by placing them in a sealable bag; spray with water and let it soak for a couple of days. It turns into a thick paste that you use to sculpt relief type pieces. Check out how I made my sculptural red dress using this process by visiting the Makin's Clay Blog.



Saturday, March 16, 2019

Ode to the Gear Clay Pendant

Hello Makers!

So if you follow my blog, you know that I am fond of the Steampunk genre. What can I say, gears just make me giddy. I made this pendant in the Steampunk aesthetics, minus using the metallic look. I know, the purist would be upset, don't tell them though. I call this shrine pendant 'Ode to the Gear', a small way to honor the humble gear.

I used Create Along's Shrine cutter. For the clay I used Sculpey's Pumpkin (orange) and Sea Glass (greenish) Souffle clay and Makin's Clay Gears Texture Sheet and round cutters. Check out my tutorial below.



Tutorial


Condition the Pumpkin Souffle clay using the Pasta Machine. Roll out a sheet to the 2nd thickest setting. Press the Gear texture sheet onto the clay. This sheet has the negative and positive indentations.

Cut a hole about the size of the gear with Makin's Clay round cutters.


Roll out a sheet to the 2nd thickest setting of Sea Glass Souffle clay.

Place the Pumpkin Souffle sheet over the Sea Glass sheet and press down with a tile or roller. Ensure not to distort the gear shapes. This ensures a bond between both sheets. 

Place the Shrine cutter over the center of the hole and cut out the shape.

Using liquid clay or other glue adhere the metal gear into the clay. Bake in the oven in accordance to the manufacturer's instructions on the package. 

Give the pendant some surface treatment with Baroque Gilders Paste Wax or other paint. 








Monday, March 11, 2019

Orange Tabby Cats Card-Imagine

Meow Makers!

Today I would like to share my orange tabby cat card using Imagine products and Laurel Burch Whiskers cat stamp. This card was inspired by my awesome orange tabby cat O'Malley, see his pic below. So there I was, sitting at my crafting table trying to think of something to make for my Imagine projects. I was looking through my stamps. I happen to be holding my cat stamp when my cat walks by and rubs against my feet, it usually means he wants his Whiskas cat milk (he loves that). Then it came to me I will make and orange tabby card...after I gave him his milk, of course.

So for this card, I used Imagine's orange and yellow Memento inks, then added a layer of Orange Zest StazOn Studio Glaze, which is a vibrant translucent medium. I found that it unified the inks nicely; making for an awesome background. Check out Imagine's blog to learn how to make this card.


My cat O'Malley



Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sgraffito Bowls-Imagine

Hello Makers!

Sgraffito is the word of the day. Sgraffito (an Italian word meaning “to scratch”) is a decorating pottery technique produced by applying color to clay then scratching off parts of the clay when it is leather hard, creating contrasting images, patterns, and texture that reveal the clay color underneath. This technique has been around since around the 15th century. 

So for this project, we follow in the footsteps of potters have been doing for centuries, minus the kilns, to make sgraffito bowls. I used store-bought, Activa Plus Self Hardening Clay. It's a really nice clay; it's fine, moist, malleable, firm (but not hard on your hands). Keep moist by spraying water. I find it similar in texture and behavior as ceramic earthenware clay, ideal for sgraffito work. You need some kind of lightweight paint to go over clay. I used Imagine's Tsukineko’s All-Purpose Ink. A light, but highly pigmented ink, perfect for this project. Get detailed images and instruction at Imagine's Blog.



High level stepout images