Skip to main content

Bright Blots, Black and Butterflies

I love creatng small makes such as ATC's and another love is creating my own background papers to use for such projects.  Today I was tidying up some paint supplies and noticed a lot of my paint bottles were pretty much empty so I decided to simply add some water to them and use up the last drops of paint.  I simply dribbled and poured out the now runny paint on some A3 Sized Papers and then pressed others into these to absorb up the wet paint.  This blotting messy fun took me back to my childhood.

Knowing it's Spring in the Northern Hemisphere I was inspired by the birds and the bees who are busy at this time of year and selected an assortment of Collage Sheets to play with.  Those that know me, probably guessed that the butterflies would win out!

I then cut down some of my papers into ATC Size Pieces.

I grabbed a stencil and black ink to add further marks to the backgrounds before adding some butterflies and text.

The text was stamped on white paper so I used my Gelatos to color.

Make sure to get one of our ATC Tins to keep your ATC Masterpieces safe and secure.

Remember to share your ATC creations on our FACEBOOK PAGE for  giveaways, add a photo for us to enjoy.


Popular posts from this blog

 Handy Tip for Artists, Recyclers and Neat Freaks! I have a follow-up to the Citra-Sol method for creating fabulous background pages and collages.   I bought a big bag of navel oranges and realized I had the ingredients to make my own solvent!   Simply take a clean glass jar, peel the rind from the oranges and place all the rind/peels, without the pulp (tangerines, oranges, navels) into the jar.   Pour enough vinegar over the peels to cover them.    Allow the jar to sit for a week or two and VOILA!     You have made your own solvent for literally pennies.    You will notice the liquid getting a bit thicker than the plain vinegar and it does not smell bad!!! I now have a  HUGE jar on the window sill!       Be careful and only use this after testing on a safe spot.

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 &q

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 ab