Friday, July 1, 2016

July Begins with Dixie Belle Paints!

Welcome to July with and Dixie Belle Paints!
I can honestly say that I am soooo looking forward to this new partnership
after having time to play with these chalk paints. 
Can you say easy, fun, forgiving, buttaaah?
These are all the things that came to mind when I worked with this line of paints, glazes and muds.
I actually said to my hubby and kids that anything standing still in this house
was in danger of being painted. 
It was that fun and easy.  
For my first post this month I thought I would start out with something simple. 
I wanted to give myself the okay to just play
and check out this paint and see how it stood up to the
"other" chalk paints out there.  I am hooked!
I started with an 8x10 Canvas Art Board. 
I then added a bunch of Decoupage with Vintage Text Pages  and
scraps of 12 x 12 Papers  that I hung onto because I just loved them
and knew I could use them again.  
 I then added a coat of Dixie Belle Paint in Pure Ocean.   
 Next, I sanded  this down with the sanding sponge.
 I then applied my stencil.  
Then came stenciling with some of that amazing
Swamp mud mixed with Dixie Belle paint in The Gulf
 I literally just mixed the two on a paper plate with a palette knife and applied it right over the stencil.

 I then added the Grunge glaze. 
I really love working with this the most I believe. It brought the whole piece to life.
It just made it all pop!  
I will seal this eventually.  I did not seal it at this stage because I am just not sure it is done yet.
I think that there just might be more in store for this amazing little 8x10 canvas art board.
Time will tell, maybe a denim border, some vintage jewelry, who knows...
all I know is I cant wait to keep playing with this chalk paint!!!  
Please see below for a few more items I used in the project.
Thanks for joining me today...
Steph S.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Gearing up for Steampunk

I love all these great gear shapes from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  Large, small, thin, chunky, smooth, teeth...a little bit of everything.  Our Design Team has shown you several ways to decorate your chipboard.  My favorite way is to paint them.  I have several bottles of metallic color acrylic paint and I painted several gears in each of the colors.

So bright and shiny!  Well, that won't do.  Some brown StazOn ink and a cotton swab makes these chipboard gears look aged.

For the background of my card, I chose a gray pattern from the 6x6 Authentique paper pad Durable.  I chose two pictures from the Fly With Steam collage sheet for my Steampunk theme.  Two stencils and more of the same brown ink from the gears help blend the image into the background.

And now the fun part!!  I grabbed my Tacky Glue and layered the gears all around the image.  Everything was adhered to a black card base and it's done!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gears
6x6 Authentique "Durable" paper pad
Fly With Steam collage sheet
6x6 Stencil - Bricks & Well Rounded
Tacky Glue & double sided adhesive
StazOn ink, Sponge Sweeper, Cotton Swabs

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Break Out ~ Be Free with an ATB

Happy Tuesday to Everyone.

It's Jean to share a wood ATB using GSL Cuts, Dixie Belle paints and other yummy ingredients with you.

The base is Dixie Belle Palmetto and Clear Coat mixed together, goes on smooth as silk!    I added the clear coat to get a more translucent look, two coats make it opaque, or just use the paint as is for full coverage.

I painted the chipboard with our AlteredPages Americana Chalk Paint,  
color Vintage.

I cut a Steampunk Butterfly in half with my Kai Scissors (I have had mine for 6 years & abuse them horribly but they are as sharp as the day I got them!) and used a sturdy glue to adhere to the back side of the ATB.  (I did paint the back side later too)   For the front of the ATB, first I used our Alpha stencil, the perfect size for an ATB, in color Vintage again..  I used a Birdcage and birds GSL cuts.  For the cage, I used RebelYellow Dixie Belle Paint.   I kept the Birds out of the cage for the theme.

Adding foil just gives projects PIZAZZ!

Lastly, I created the words on a painted piece of EcoBoard, added the theme words and more foil.

Of course, I sanded a bit and played a little more with the paints to age it somewhat.

It's often hard to get the beautiful gleam of the foil in pictures, but trust me, it is fabulous in person. 

Supplies used:
Wood ATB  
Chalk Paint
Dixie Belle Paint
Foil Rolls
Double side Tape
GSL Cuts
Kai Scissors

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Fly With Steam Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today with a fluttery-steampunk-style mixed media canvas using Altered Pages products and our those from our partner, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!

First, I grabbed a 6"x9" Canvas Panel Board and gave it a light coat of Liquitex Gesso before I added a bit of molding paste through a stencil.  Then I laid out my Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chipboard pieces to see how they will look. 

I always give my chipboard a light coat of gesso before adding color.  In this case, I used the Chalk Paints in Brown, Romance, and Heritage.  I used a sponge or Ranger Blending Tool to pick up the colors and dab them onto the chipboard.  I find this works better than a brush because it does not fill in any of the small openings in the laser cuts.

I was going for a rusty look, and I even added some brown to the Pen Nibs to make them look old.  Set these aside to dry.

Back to the canvas, I painted the background with Heritage Chalk Paints, then unevenly spread a coat of crackle paint in the corners.  After that dried and crackled, I grabbed my Splash Inks and added a light wash of Yellow over the entire background.

Then I added a wash of the blue and more yellow to give some green tones to the background.

A wash of blue and red Splash Inks gives me a fabulous purple color.  Simply vary the ratios to get more blue or more purple colors.  Just play with them.  They are so much fun to work with.

I wanted some metallics to add to the background to make things pop, so I pulled out my Metallic Rub-on Sets and applying the colors (your choice) to high spots on the canvas.  Your finger is the best tool for applying these creamy metallics.  I also added some of the green metallic rub-on from the kit around the edges of the canvas.

For more dimension, I added Dew Drops to the centers of the stenciled "flowers".  It really makes them pop!

My canvas is now ready to embellish with my chipboard pieces.  I simply glued them in place with Aleene's Tacky Glue, as shown below.  The large clock hand and two gears were glued over the large butterfly, and the Pen Nibs were glued over the two smaller butterflies.

Still playing with colors on my canvas, I dug out my Mica Paint Palettes and applied more metallic colors (your choice) to the background where I wanted to give some shine to the piece.  I used Water brushes to apply these, as it makes for quick work of adding the colors!

For my last layer of color, I used a Ranger Blending Tool to add Patina Mixed Media Salazar Inkx over parts of the background.

Cut out the phrase from the Fly With Steam collage sheet and adhere to chipboard for strength, then adhere to canvas with Dimensional Adhesives for dimension.

And once again, the finished piece.


Altered Pages Fly With Steam collage sheet
Canvas Panel Board
Liquitex Gesso
Chalk Paints
Ranger Blending Tool
Splash Inks
Mica Paint Palettes
Metallic Rub-on Sets
Mixed Media Salazar Inkx (Patina)
Dew Drops
Pen Nibs
Water brushes
Alene's Tacky Glue
Dimensional Adhesives
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts (butterfly of gears, butterflies, clock hands, gears)

I hope you enjoyed my mixed media canvas today.  Please be sure to visit Altered Pages and Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts for more fun products to use in your everyday art!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!