Skip to main content

Spring is Happening!



We had a class for Spring wood blocks this past week.  I was blown away by the creativity of the participants.  

We provided the basic parts and pieces and let them have at it!   One of the girls is so afraid of creating and wound up with an awesome out of the box creation! 

This is one of my projects ~

We began with raw wood blocks
 3.5" x 4.5" 

I also added a brand new copper penny and a yellow ceramic butterfly plus the glass knob. 

More blocks, with a Shabby look

The wood was painted in an array of Spring colors using DecoArt / Americana paints.

Some girls used sandpaper to soften the edges of the blocks after paint was applied.  This provided a lovely shabby effect.

Die cut adhesive letters were prepared using our double side adhesive specialty paper.  Assorted precut papers were available as a background.  Papers were glued on using decoupage techniques with Aleene's Glue. The letters were then placed on the dried backgrounds.   

Now for the fun.   We hand dyed seam binding with inks and markers and water. The effects were so lovely.   We had plenty of embellishments to work with and applied them with gusto!  Included were Petaloo flowers plus bits and pieces added with Aleene's and E6000.  

Sandy used multiple coordinating papers, three different knobs, dyed seam binding, a metal flower along with inks to outline her letters & to stain the wood.

We had some finials and knobs added with E6000 glue for a firm hold.  Jewels, gems ribbons and ephemera were added for a really fun look.

   Linda chose multiple paint colors and varied papers.      

Carolyn got lucky!  She also used green paint and a gold shamrock coin.

Ingrid got all aflutter with hers!

Nancy opted for simple paint only.  

As you can see, each project was very different and creative, but using the same basic items.   
We will be doing more classes, if YOU are in 
the PHOENIX, AZ area....East valley, West valley, see our class schedule on the website.   

Stay tuned for More musings from our Design Team this month...they always amaze!

THANKS for stopping by!  Jean

Popular posts from this blog

DINA WAKLEY Featured Artist

We are SO Proud to present Dina Wakley with her ART and February Tip  (oops, she says she is totally disorganized, so there is HOPE for all of us!)

Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops.  She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.  Dina's books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. Also look for three new North Light DVDs starring Dina, available this month: "Art Journal Mark Making and Throwing Ink," Art Journal Color Courage," and "Art Journal Stenci…

Rolling with my Gel Press

I love experimenting with different ways to create texture and interest on my Gel Press and for many years now I have turned to fun foam to help do this when monoprinting.  I love to team the fun foam with my dies to create my own stamps and texture plates.  I used this techniques for my prints in January that I shared here on the blog. There are lots of dies that have detail, meaning lots of scrap pieces which you can randomly stick onto cardboard giving you a stamp as well as using the actually die cut shape as a stamp.  Another idea is using them attached to a toilet roll to create a brayer like roller was shared at my local scrapbook store and on a video by Birgit Koopsen last year.  I love playing with this method. The toilet roll is slipped over a paint roller handle.

Here you can see some of my texture creations that I have on hand for my play today.

One texture I love is created using a piece of burlap ribbon, which I have stuck onto a toilet roll. My first layer above used th…

The Gift Card Card

Robin here and today I have a project for you that is a fun way to give gift cards or cash.  

You will need two envelopes for this project.  One is what the post office calls the 6 1/4 Commercial envelope.  When I was growing up we just called it a letter envelope.  It's a smaller rectangle than the #10, being just 3 5/8" x 6 1/4".  The other is a standard A6.  I chose the A6 because it fits inside the letter envelope when it's folded in half and it's also large enough to hold a check or cash, as well as a gift card.

With the flap against the body of the envelope, fold it in half from side to side.  Cut the flap in half and trim the inside cuts at an angle so that they don't interfere with the fold or get bunched up. 

Decorate the flap side of your envelope.  This will be the inside of your card.  Fold the envelope again and decorate the side that will be the front of your card.

Cut a panel of card stock to fit inside the 6 1/4 Commercial (letter) envelope.  Att…