Can you really dry flowers in under 5min?
Yes! Yes you can!
With a microwave flower press from Arnold grummer
Ok off you go and check out my post at the Arnold grummer dt blog and see how i did it.
Yea i know, scrapbooking! LOL
Here are instructions on how to make this page….
First of all i did this in A4 size but im sure you can adapt to 12×12″ – you can do it….
You will need:
Black cardstock A4 size (or 12×12 if you want to scrap that size)
Green cardstock 12×12 size
Stamps: various sized square stamps and a script stamp
Black ink pad
One 6×4 photo portrait orientation if A4 (if you are doing 12×12 you have a choice of landscape or portrait orientations as you will have enough room)
Shear bow in white (optional)
A tag to write on
Your fave adhesive
Pen to write with
And an arrow cut our with either a die or scissors in yellow or green cardstock scrap.
1. Cut three green squares of cardstock about 4 1/2″ square
Then stamp them using a script stamp and some square stamps. Any you have will do fine in black ink.
2. Stick the squares down on the black cardstock.
3. Stick your 6×4 photo in place.
4. Use yellow ribbon to make a cross/framed formation on the layout to one side as pictured.
5. Attach your sheer bow on the layout to the bottom left of the photo.
6. Attach the tag and arrow on the layout to the top left of your photo.
I used dimensional foam adheasive for these elements.
7. Write on your layout and an option would be to put dotted white lines around the square panels if you want with a white gel pen.
You are done!
Have fun and congrats!
This weekend i went to a church camp… The kids had heaps of fun and there were meetings for the adults. Very relaxing atmosphere, and we were allowed to do what we wanted or attend the meetings. It was fab….
I took with me some minimal supplies:
Watercolour pencil set
In my mini kit: (stampin up wide DVD case)
cutting tools (for cutting pages out of my sketch book)
Fingertip craft knife is my pencil sharpener
3 water brushes filled with water
Old face cloth (for blotting brushes etc)
White Uniball gel pen
1.0 and .5 copic multi liner pens
During the relaxing times i drew peoples portraits… I chose them randomly – mostly without them knowing so they were playing and talking and eating outside/inside without me knowing i drew them until i gave them their portait…. I ended up calling it “Portrait Bombing”
Here are some that i did…. (I had forgot my eraser- it freaked the perfectionist in me out)
But i perfected my drawing without the eraser…. I used a light grey watercolour pencil for the guide lines.
And ended up with great results….
So over all i had a great time drawing.
Thanks for dropping by.
Here is a card i did for my father-in-law
I used stampin up ink pads in daffodil delight (yellow), pacific blue (blue), real red… Well red – LOL
Put them on my craft matt then spritzed them with water (yes same technique Tim does with his ink pads)
And the smooched the smooth, clear embossed stamped watercolour paper into the puddle of colour.
The stamps used:
Stampin up stamp sets – happy congratulations and sassy salutations
Love this technique… I maybe doing a few hundred more…..
Thanks to my stampinup demonstrator buddies: Trina and Michelle
I have gone from using drawing paper to proper xuan or rice paper.
Awesome stuff but is sooo different to work on!
This one i likes so much i decided to mount it on a scroll like paper..
So i went home and coloured, hand stamped and gold embossed the background paper
Mounted my painting on black paper with a very small boarder…
Then i mounted the painting on the patterned paper background…
I sooo love the result. The glue i used was matt gel medium as i had it on hand.
I also have been painting other things like a cat on its back….
And some chicks….
Thanks for visiting
Here is an art tutorial for you on how to “paint” a water colour look rose…
You will need:
200gsm white paper (i used smooth watercolour paper)
White gesso – brush
Craft matt or piece of plastic
1. Draw the rose lightly on the paper in pencil
2. Paint the rose with white gesso and around the rose.
I painted the petals and background separate leaving small gaps where the pencil marks were. Let the gesso dry.
3. Start colouring in the small parts of the petals of your rose
4. Spray the rose with water and let the gelatos run and blend into each other.
5. Blot up the large puddles of water carefully and lightly.
6. While wet shape your tissue and draw in the highlights of the petals…
7. Partially dry with heat gun if you have one… If not let air dry a little.
8. Partly colour the leaves and spray them as you did before with the rose
You will be getting spray splatters around your rose… This adds character for the background.
9. Your “painting” should be still a little damp so nows the time to blend in lightly the parts where the Gelatos still look like crayons on the surface with the sponge tip blender…
10. With the grey gelato draw a line around the bottom of your rose…
11. Blend with the rubber tip applicator from the rose out – blending colour into white background.
12. Spray the grey area with water tipping the paper so that you get runs…
13. Rub your grey gelato on your craft matt or piece of plastic, spray it with water and using a stencil brush dab into it a then run your finger over it while over your rose… Creating splatters for the background. Using the tissue to lightly lift the splatters up that go onto the rose itself.
14. Using Acqua Dolce rub it directly in the top two corners of your picture…
15. Draw in the leaf veins with the darker green then blend with rubber tip tool.
16. Do the same with red in the rose
17. You are finished!
You can add words if you want…
Thanks so much for dropping by.
I do hope you learnt something and have a go yourself.
For many many years i have been experimenting with different types of art mediums and surfaces to create on… Things to create with and things to make….
Most of the time i love the things i create/paint. Don’t get me Wrong there but something was missing…
I always admired those who create in one type of style and seam happy to just stick to one medium, one style one look….
I have always been restless with mine not fully feeling i fit in anywhere.
Just recently i have been watching artists on you tube… Ones that dont stick to one type of style or medium. But their “flavour” was evident all the way through their pieces. One artist said to go with what the piece tells you… Another said if you want to paint that in that style do so… If you want to paint in another style do that…. Another constantly says to go with the flow and let go!
It clicked, that all i had to do is get out of my mind set and box i put myself in and just go with it! So i let go…..
In the last post i posted an abstract/fantasy city i painted… I felt like i touched the surface of creativity ever so lightly and i pulled away too soon to have that moment gone again….
I had to just have another go… As i felt i was on the edge of something….
After this piece i found it!
My “center” my “it factor” my “thing” i was looking for!
I just love love love creating the above type of art….
Mum told me once that the preschool i attended was disturbed by the choice of colour i tended to ALWAYS paint with…… BLACK (gosh i was under 4 yrs old!) they thought i was disturbed! LOL only because my main choice of colour to paint with was BLACK!
I LOVE colour. Yes its true…. Love all types and shades but black always has been a little secret lover of mine…. shhhh! I might be disturbed after all!
But this may not be a surprise to you after you reading the above but i also love painting with plain black ink in sumi-e (asian style) painting.
I feel “settled” in my creating…
Is it because thousands have suddenly asked me to buy my new creations for good dollars when i posted them on facebook?
In fact no one has asked me to buy anything seriously in years!
(Apart from a 10 pack of handmade cards – thanks Amanda)
I just feel like something has finally clicked with my creativity.
Just had to tell you all.
I believe it was my valentines day present from God himself. What an awesome gift!
Thank you all
I have had a really cool thing happen!
A page in my art journal!
I used Terri Sproul Mixers (Tanzanite Pearl, Red pearl, Citrine Pearl) dropped on a gessoed surface…
Then sprayed it with atelier gloss medium and varnish.
I love the results and the colours and the way it all fell into place….
All thanks to this video i found on youtube…
thank you so much to ContadinaK at youtube.
all the best