It's always a good day when I can spend a few hours creating in the studio. Yesterday I made an awesome discovery with our Artisan Inks. Lately I have been embossing most of my stamping with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder.
Here is a mini step by step of Halloween Greetings.
We got in these small wood art boards and I think they are the greatest for papering and painting. Here is how I started my mini hanger. I glued a paper from our Halloween Paper Pack on the art board with our all time favorite Uhu glue. Overpaint with antique white acrylic paint - let some of the paper show through the paint. Stamp with Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink - I used our Crackle Stamp but this rubber stamp would work great too.
Paint the chipboard tree with antique white acrylic paint. Let the paint dry for an hour. Stamp with the Ranger Archival Ink and emboss with the Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped with Scary Stories but this stamp would work too. Then I brushed on our Sunset Artisan Ink and sprinkled on the embossing powder. Worked like a charm! The Halloween Greetings stamp is here, and the tickets are here. One little tip - don't use too much embossing powder!
You are going to love our 9 new Holiday Stencils - buy all 9 stencils and save 30%! Plus we are introducing 22 brand new Christmas rubber stamps! Mixed Media Artful Holidays here we come - workshops, free make-takes, & free art demos at the store in St. Louis. Starting today - right now - a Free Dear Old Santa Claus Rubber Stamp when you purchase $24.00 in product - sale or not - at the store or on-line.
Tomorrow is Jazz Fest in our beautiful historic Webster Groves neighborhood. Grab a girlfriend or 2, listen to some great live bands, eat some fabulous mexican food, and top it off with a visit to Red Lead.
Are you making art today? Anything you would like to share? You may already know about this, but I want to share a really interesting Sketchbook Project that I signed up for yesterday. It's all about no rules in your art. Interpretation is everything. You create what you love in a 5" x 7" journal that is sent to you through the mail - you return the journal by Jan. 15th - all of the journals visit cities across the USA and are on display for everyone to see. You do not get your journal back, so make sure you take lots of photos of your pages. Sound good? You can get all of the details and sign up for the Sketchbook Project 2013 right here. In my eyes this is the perfect project for mixed media art. I plan to sketch along with stenciling, stamping, and painting.
You know how it is, once you get everything out to make a little Halloween one thing leads to another. For the past month or so I have been collecting cute Halloween stuff for Ava's treat bag. She and Elise are really getting crafty, so I made both of them a Halloween Chunky to put in the treat bag. Nothing better than Hand Made Halloween! These chunkies could be used as a place card on your party table too. I know that Elise will ask "how did you do that?" So here are a few of the techniques, and some tips too.
Copic Markers make colorizing black and white images so easy. I kept it real simple with no shading on the images - it's all about the color. The copic marker colors I used are Cadmium Yellow Y15, Orange YR68, and New Leaf YG23. Don't forget to use laser color copies because ink jet copies will smear. The spooky tree is a Red Lead rubber stamp. As mica is one of my favorite materials to work with I think it works really good for a kind of cloudy-spooky-halloweeny embellishment. Cut the mica with scissors in a irregular shape about 1" larger than your stamp. Stamp with either Staz-On or Ranger Archival Ink. The Archival Ink needs to be heat set. Sand the edges of the mica to create a cloudy effect. (Oh wait-I forgot to tell you to dry brush the black painted chunky with antique white acrylic paint as the very first step.)
Here is how to make a chipboard embellishment with your colorized black and white images. Make sure your colors are completely dry. Glue the colored image on to chipboard with a uhu glue stick, and burnish the image with a bone folder. You want to make sure the image has no bubbles. Let the glue dry for about an hour. Sand around the edges removing a bit of the color. Squeeze on enough Diamond Glaze to cover the image and sprinkle some ultra fine glitter around the edges. The Diamond Glaze will dry completely clear and the the glitter will sparkle. Let dry for a couple of hours. You now have a chipboard embellishment that will add more dimension to your chunky. Everything that you need to make the Chunkies is at Red Lead in St. Louis or on our website. Here are a few freebie images for you to colorize for your Halloween projects. Have fun - make art!
Brave Wings Butterfly Book Kit Brave Wings Butterfly Book Kit! Spring has sprung and all of the butterflies are gathering at Red Lead. New Book Kit, stencils, collage sheets, rubber stamps, plus more are in the shop today. Lots of new art, tips, and techniques too. Our hope is that you will be inspired to share our spring has sprung happiness and make something butterfly beautiful today!
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