Saturday, August 23, 2014

Faux Leather TP Steampunk Mini Album

I love techniques. I love finding new ways of using old unwanted or unneeded things, namely recycling and reusing. I love mini albums. I wonder...if only I could come up with an idea that will combine all three....

Wait!! I found it...a faux leather mini album made from toilet paper rolls!

This fun project started one day as I realized how many TP rolls we throw away all the time. I really wanted to do something with them. I've seen TP mini albums before but I wanted to do something different and incorporate a little mixed media, techniques and messiness.

I transformed all TP rolls to pocket pages that look like leather and believe it or not kind of feel like leather too. I've used a special technique to make that look and you will not believe how easy it is! You only need water, Glycerin and a spritzer. You wet the rolls, crumple them a few times and then ink them and you have that leather look. I also embossed some of the pages for extra texture.

I made the cover from chipboard pieces and a simple binding mechanism to attach the pages. This tutorial was so much fun, however it turned out to be too long for one time so I divided it to two parts.

Make sure to watch the video for the step by step instructions on how to create the mini album.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas - "Layers of Color"

Sometimes all you need are a few stencils and paints and you can create an amazing work of art full of colors and shapes. If you are not the artsy type and you want to get your legs wet and your fingers dirty this is the easiest way to get started with 12X12 canvases.

It's all a matter of coordinating your color palette and using the right kind of stencils. The right kind of stencils is not necessarily by a specific company, or in a specific size, what matters is the pattern, the shapes on the stencils and their size. The idea is to layer different patterns and different colors and create a rich design.

Start with the lighter, palest colors as background and add bolder colors on top of them. if you want to keep layering more texture and patterns add lighter colors with large patterns on top of the stronger colors so they will stand out.

There is no right or wrong here. Just start and have fun. Always remember that if you don't like the result you can cover the entire canvas with white gesso and start again!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mixed Media Altered Paintbrush

I've been wanting to alter a paintbrush for awhile but I just never found the right one. All the paintbrushes I could find always seemed to be too small. I wanted a big paintbrush so I can treat it like a canvas and so a mixed media creation on it. Well... I finally found one, or my husband did. A 6" paintbrush with a wooden handle (much easier to paint than plastic)...what a joy!

I wanted to create a colorful, happy scene with lots of flowers and give it a homey feeling by adding a white picket fence and a street light.

I started with covering the paintbrush with gesso and then stenciled the entire surface of the paintbrush including the bristles. Then I colored it with spray paints creating a multi colors textured background. I added the fence and the street light and embellished with layers of many bright colored flowers. I also added more textured with cheesecloth and lace I colored with the same sprays.

Altered projects are so much fun and it just goes to show you never throw anything away because you never know what your creative mind will come up with!
Do you have any fun ideas to reuse old unwanted things?

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