Monday, October 22, 2012

Faber Castell and 100 Proof Press!

Sorry I'm late!  My neighbor severed the cable cord while doing yard work!  I am finally up now!

This was my lucky week...two great companies that offer super-dee-duper products and all I had to do was use them!

First:  Faber Castell
A wonderful packet of art pencils in a beautiful fall colored palette! Which began the foundation of my project color palette!

Secondly: 100 Proof Press
Two great stamps from the uber special 100 Proof Press!
opium poppy stamp #5868 (I only used the blackened portion of the stamp for this project)

Then a quick visit to a local box store...pick up the retro notebooks we all have used at some point or another for only......99 cents!

The modley cover of the ledger was what I was trying to duplicate with the poppy stamp.  I layered different angles of the stamp along the edge of a piece of golden felt...and it didn't look too far off.
Next, I sewed a layer of fabric to the felt.

Now the fun part!
1.  colored a piece of watercolor paper with the golden paint stick.  It was like the texture of chapstick...eazy peazy!  Then I used my index finger to smudge the layered colored pencils over the paint stick.  It all looked quite cool together.

2.  Next came the yummy film strip stamp.  Used the fat black brush marker to ink my stamp.....very clean method of applying ink!

3.  Then my signature artsy stitchey think I always do...a.k.a. golden felt stitched to the watercolor paper.

4.  Glue it all to the front of the notebook!

Had mucho fun with my new tools of the trade!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Handmade! Doodling!

Sometimes it is fun just to take a bag of markers and some paper and just create!  See what comes out of the experience.  Have no plan....just start doodling!

This is what came of an hour I had to wait in the car while my little friend was in a volleyball tournament.  


Note to self:  always have creative tools at your fingertips.  You never know when a window of time will open up to see what happens.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Gauche Alchemy and 100 Proof Press!

There is nothing better than sitting down in your studio and having some of the best supplies and tools to begin the creative process!  This week was a double pleasure!  100 Proof Press of course supplied the uber great wooden kitchen chair stamp (#2601) that I love, and Gauche Alchemy sent me this ever so yummy packet of a variety of artsy goodness.  

If you know anything about my creative process it must include a few elements...those being:
1.  layers of sewn paper
2.  a stitchey something somewhere
3.  old is always a must
4.  if I am using a stamp, I like them to be an antique styled image

Guess what?  100 Proof Press has many, and Gauche Alchemy sent me enough stuff in her package to do multiple projects!  

Great beginnings to a creative day!

My favorite page in my Gauche Alchemy package was the braille paper.  I do not often run across it and I loved the texture surface it gave as a framework to the art.

Number 2 favorite sheet was a aged page from a dictionary type book which asked the proverbial question "What To Invent" and then the ranted about the process of invention.  I felt it conveyed this chair was created quite a long time ago....not much left to make it better.  The best chair is a solid would chair.  Plus I added some hand and machine stitching.  

Great shot of the layers of paper and the tickets.

Thank you to 100 Proof Press for the lovely stamp
Thank you to Gauche Alchemy for the packet of yummy goodness!

Fun day of creation was had my me!

Thank you for the goodies!