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31  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Painted Background Tutorial on: May 20, 2016 02:06:40 AM
I posted some backgrounds I made on instagram and lindyv321 asked if I would do a tutorial for them.

I always drool over the mixed media pieces some artist just seem to whip out in a few minutes but none of my recreations ever looked as good. I know a part of creating is pure artistic talent but the majority of it is just practice. I just practiced different techniques I've learned from all over the internet and finally found something I can just whip out, too. None of the techniques I'm going to show you are original or new. These have been around for a while and is nothing I came up with myself!

I'm going to share with you the steps I take to make this background.

Step 1

I gather my supplies. Here I have watercolor paper, acrylic paints (colors, black, and white),
pill bottles, sewing pattern transfer tool, tooth brush, punchinella, hole reinforcers,
Paintbrushes, water, towel, and some specialty/optional tool like gelatos, watercolors, spritzer,
brush tip marker and anything else you want to add layers with. I also use a heat gun to make
the process move a little faster.

Step 2

I have my watercolor paper ready. I mark out a space i want to use to make my background
with and I taped it to my work space. This is just a step I use so that I can paint without having
to touch the paper while I'm working. Here I measured out 3in x 5in. Normally I do sizes that
fit the piece I want to work on. I just wanted a piece that wasn't too small and not too big.
Then I take some hole reinforcers and place them randomly on the paper.

Step 3

I used two or three colors of acrylic paint to make a varied base coat. I personally like using blues
and greens more than warm colors because I just can't seem to blend the warm colors as well.
You can see in the picture the direction in which i painted and the variety of colors that I used. I use
the paintbrush to blend them together so there are no harsh edges. This is my preference but you
can keep it more contrasted or blend it as much as you would like. Then I take the lightest color to do
a kind of dry brush effect on it. i lightly run the paintbrush over the background to help make the hole
reinforcers pop and give it a more distressed look.

Step 4

I use punchinella and a darker blue to create the next layer. I like the distressed look so I don't paint
the whole piece. Instead I went from corner to corner in a line, using less pressure as i move farther out.
This makes the paint look like it is fading out and not just a solid coat of paint. I also use the technique on
the opposite corners. I use the dry brush effect again with a lighter color for more distressed look. I don't
like solid lines and crisp colors, but if you like that you can skip the step.

Step 5

I use a sewing pattern tracing wheel rolled in white paint to randomly add these dashed lines all over the
background. Then I dip come used pill bottles into black paint and place them on the paper. This is really
cool because It has a very non-perfect look, like a coffee cup ring. You can do these techniques as much
or as little as you like. Sometimes I used different sized pill bottles, and used different colors.

Step 6

I use a toothbrush dipped in paint or a spritzer tool to add inky like splatter across the whole piece.
This is another technique I like because of the distressed look it creates.

Step 7

Lastly I used gelatos to color in parts of the circles and draw lines along the edges. This step can
be created with watercolor paints or the excess paints left over from doing the base coat. I don't
worry about anything being perfect, as you can see the ink I used for the black spatters was not
waterproof and muddied up a bit.

So that's it! I really like these techniques because you can use them multiple times in a project,
only changing the color, size, shape, direction to build up the layers and really create a background
that has lots of depth and interesting bits!

Hope you guys have some fun trying this!
32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Mermaid Beauties, Fairy Folk, and Washi Fish on: May 20, 2016 12:00:43 AM
I was looking through photos and found some projects I hadn't shared yet!

I made these sets of Altered Playing Card ATCs for a few crafty friends of mine. I used acrylic paints, vintage catalogues, book illustrations, and washi tape.

What do you think?
33  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / 'Goth' Swap SIGN UPS START JULY 1ST 2016 on: May 09, 2016 06:05:18 PM
I personally really like the color black , and velvet, lace, bats, skulls, coffins, etc

Was wondering if anyone would be interested in a 'goth' type swap. It could be open to decor, accessories, artwork, etc. I'd think it would be fun to receive some jewelry, or decor for my bedroom.

What do you guys think? Any interest?
34  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Skull Makeup Brush Holder on: May 03, 2016 10:21:57 PM
You may have seen the skull makeup brush holder on pinterest. As far as I could tell it's expensive and hard to find so I figured I'd have to make one.

I found this ceramic skull container at my local ceramic store. It had a lid, but I didn't need that. I painted it a blue that is reminiscent of the ghost from the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney. My closet/dressingroom/vanity is Haunted Mansion themed and this is the first item I finished for the decor.

Of course I gave it a gold tooth because it's pretty awesome.

35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Star Wars Quote Mixed Media Art on: April 24, 2016 02:40:16 AM
I made this a while ago for a family member. I wanted to make something for his man cave and decided on a star wars quote. I used paints, pastels and ink.

36  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Tsum Tsum Swap on: April 18, 2016 05:19:08 AM
This might be too specific of a theme, but is anyone interested in a Disney Tsum Tsum swap. I love collecting these little plushes and I'd love to get some unique items based on the collection.

I was thinking it would be a OTT swap since most of the tsum tsums are very smalls. I could see making tsum accessories, canvases, custom tsums, scenery, poly charms, patches, and more.

some inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=diy%20tsum%20tsum&rs=typed&0=diy%7Ctyped&1=tsum%7Ctyped&2=tsum%7Ctyped

what do you think?

37  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Ultimate Craft Room on: April 17, 2016 09:06:20 PM
I just moved to a new house, in a new town, for a new job. I hadn't got much crafting done the last couple of years but I continued to buy supplies and have lists of things I wanted to make.

I know I had to do something incredible to get organized and make a space where it was easy to craft.

I'm so excited to share with you, my Ultimate Craft Room.

I tried to go as inexpensive as I could. I knew I wanted lots of work space and also lots of storage space. I got the Algot shelving unit on the wall at ikea. Once I educated myself on the sizes and pieces I needed it was very easy to put together, and cheap. The table, organizers, shelves and drawer units I already owned from my previous craft room. I got the paint for the walls at the 'mistake' section at the paint Store for $9.
 I have all the decorations from all the previous years I swapped on craftster.

Some in progress pictures.

I'm in love and I just want to quit my job and craft all day!


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38  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Me Painting on: January 29, 2013 10:06:42 PM
I got to go to Disney World in December, I was so excited and could NOT stop talking about it. I decided to paint a picture of me to remember how much fun I had. It's a portrait of me, except without my glasses, there just wasn't any room to add them. Sad

39  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Purple Skull Painting on: January 29, 2013 10:05:01 PM
I made this a while ago. I really like skulls and wanted to make something awesome for my bedroom. It's pretty big. I want to do another one but with an alien head and black and white striped background. That would be cool.

40  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / A Few Ceramic Pieces on: January 29, 2013 10:02:28 PM
I made all these about a year ago in a ceramic class. I had so much fun and I can't wait to take one again!!

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