Paper Jewelry

Paper Jewelry

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Journal Time, Playing with Watercolors

Here is my Journal, and some of the pens, water color markers, and pencils I'm having fun with
I love to paint and I've been playing around with water colors for a while. a couple weeks ago I went shopping for craft supplies and ended up getting a few sketchbooks for my family to use.  My kids love to draw and paint too, so figure why not get a few.

I've been playing with different types of water color markers and pens and I finally got to try out some fun Gelatos too.

The following are a few pages from my mixed media journal from Strathmore I purchase and keep in my purse along with a few of the pens and pencils I've been playing with.

Learning on my own to use watercolors was a bit fun, but well I did purchase a book to help me learn how to color flowers, I figure it should be the same way as when I use acrylic paints or regular color pencils, shading, and giving the drawings a dimension once you start adding color.  I can lose myself when I get a hold of a paint brush, last Saturday I was so into my drawing and coloring, that when I looked at the time it was 4:00 AM, it was Sunday.

Just want to share what I've done so far, painting is so relaxing, I truly enjoy this very much.
Here I used water color markers and Gelatos to add color to his fun page

Just playing around with water color markers, love the colors, how they blend, happy with these pages.





Found this tutorial on how to draw water drops over at Craftsy, so I thought I give it a try and loved how these water drops turned out.



Below are some of the flowers I've done with my water colors, the first one, I traced, but the rest are sketched free hand, I don't like the idea of tracing or using images from stamps when I'm painting, I still have a long way to go, a lot more to learn, but I'm having fun doing what I love; painting. 







I decided to draw some faces, I wanted to make a cat, and here is my purr-fect kitty.

Just playing around trying to do a face with nothing but water color markers.



I have this friend Sophie, she's an incredible artist.  I purchased this cute little painting of what I called, the loss of Innocence because I think it fits it perfectly. So I decided to paint one inspired on hers, of course mine is nothing closed to hers, I'm not as good as her, but I still wanted to give it a try and well this is what I came out with. 

this is my little sketch - using black and red water color markers.

Here is a photo of my friend Sophia, the day I purchased this awesome painting that I called "the loss of Innocence".  That's what the painting says to me.  She's amazing you can go check her work on Face Book - Sophia Rapata.


Well, this is what I've done so far on my journal, I can't wait to completely fill it out and move on to the bigger one.  I love crafting, but painting is my favorite thing to do, if I can paint on it, I will. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FAITH, TRUST AND PIXIE DUST!!!


Hello everyone, welcome and thank you for joining us, we hope you enjoy this amazing and enchanted International Fairy Day Blog Hop, this hop is hosted by Leslie-Rahye!, please start at Leslie-Rahye's blog

I had all types of ideas, from jewelry to home decor, but I decided to go on a very different direction.   I love to paint, and recently I started to play with water colors, I have a few pencils and paints and well I decided to buy a few more products that I've been wanting to work with for a while. 

I decided to paint a Fairy, but not a full body, I drafted this face and wings and felt it was perfect.  I'm no expert with water colors, and this piece was a first for me, just playing with colors the way I would if I was using acrylics or regular color pencils.  Using water color markers by Sakura and Faber-Castell Gelatos was fun to experiment with. 

Here is the beginning of my Fairy, I had an idea of what I wanted to make and hoped that it all would work out at the end.  I did a light sketch in pencil and then went over the lines with my water color black marker by Sakura, I used a water brush and pulled off color in several areas many times to get different effects.  Now that all the black ink was done, it was time to bring in the water color markers and add lots of color.

                                            

Here you can see the face had a base coat, and I started adding different colors and mixing with the black ink. I worked on this a little bit every day, it felt nice to see how the idea I had was actually becoming real on paper.



Here you can see the hair is all colored and it was just a matter of playing with water, paper towels and colors until you reach the perfect blend.  I've found that working with water colors is very relaxing and fun to me, to be able to change the look, without having to erase anything, is like there are no mistakes, just new directions you can take until you find just what you are looking for. 


Now the face and hair are done, all colors look just right, it was time to start with the blue sky, at this point I had no idea what color I would use for the wings, so I left this alone for a bit, I had to think for a while what to use, and what I needed to go buy to finish this piece. 



Here you can see the wings, I decided to go with pinks and white and I actually used gelatos for the very first time.  I have to say I love how this product works, the blending with water was so much fun, and then I added the glittery paste, once I was done I took a red glitter nail polish and just brushed it in some areas to bring in more color and glitter to the wings and to the face and flowers.   I loved adding the tiny flowers and the different strings to bring in some more dimension to the piece.  

I didn't want to add to much, I'm still trying to get used to working with mixed media.  I feel that this Fairy is done and ready to spread some pixie dust.

My son gave me the words to add to this piece, I love it.  I'm very happy with how this turned out.  Stepping out of your comfort zone can be a very positive direction that can allow you to see how different can be good.   I can't wait to paint more. 


Here is my final piece, I can't wait to frame it up and hang it in my craft room, it will remind me that different is good, that you shouldn't avoid taking risks, learning new techniques, and believe that yes you can do that! as long as you have Faith and Trust in yourself. 



Thank you so much for stopping by and please make sure to check out all the blog links below so you can enjoy all the fairy inspiration and be kind to leave us some love in the way of a comment.

  • Materials used:
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos
  • 6 piece Koi Coloring Brush Pen Set by Sakura
  • Black water marker by Sakura
  • Small flowers
  • Flat back crystals by Tulip Glam-It Up 
  • Glossy Accents
  • Water brushes
  • Assorted cords
  • Sketchbook



Monday, June 1, 2015

Lucky to Have Met You!




Hi there, today I want to share a special project I made at my daughter's request.   She asked me to make her two key chains using two pennies, to keep it simple and focus on the pennies.   Her anniversary was coming up and wanted to give her boyfriend something special.  We've had so many conversations about relationships over the years and I've mentioned how lucky she was to have met the love of her life as a kid and to have found each other once again as teens.  So the lucky penny came into mind for this project. 

We searched and found two pennies with the year 2011, so to make them special I used tools from ImpressArt to add their initials and a heart around the year.

A very simple project and a first for me, I've never worked with metal, stamped or hole punch on pennies, so this was a learning experience, and I have to say I'm hooked on metal stamping and look forwards to making lots of projects and sharing  them with you.


Here's a list of the products/materials I used:
  • 2 Pennies
  • Black Sharpie
  • 2 Hole punch
  • key chain with jump ring
The following products were sponsored by ImpressArt.
  • Hammer 
  • Stamping block 
  • Stamp straight tape 
  • Basic Newsprint letter stamps - uppercase 
  • Lace heart design stamp
http://www.impressart.com/


Step 1

Take your two-hole punch and make a hole on the pennies to add your jump ring.

Step 2

Decide where you want to stamp and use the stamp straight tape to hold the penny and mark where each letter needs to be stamped (see photo below)


Step 3

Hold your letter stamp tight and hit it with the hammer, this was my first try and after several practices, I had to hit it about 4 times in order to see the stamped letters on the pennies.  Make sure to not remove the letter stamp because trying to go back and stamp over again is nearly impossible, I got lucky a few times but it's best to just hold it tight and make sure you taped your metal down because if you don't it will slide off the stamping block.  

On the photo below you can see two pennies stamped, I stamped what my daughter wanted in two different ways, for her to chose what she liked best.


Step 4

Once you are done stamping you can take either some acrylic black paint or a permanent sharpie marker like I did, and go over the stamped areas, and wipe off the excess black ink, this will help the stamped images to be more clear, as you can see on the photos below.



Step 5

Now that all the stamping is done, it's time to assemble your items.  I purchased these key rings fully assembled from Michaels' craft store, so all I had to do was open the jump ring at the end of the chain with my flat nose pliers add the penny and close it back with the nose pliers.  Turned out to be a very simple project, that my daughter was very happy to give to her boyfriend.




Here is a close up, have you tried metal stamping? If not, you should, it's fun and can be addictive.   I'm really having fun with what I've learned and can't wait to make more projects to share with you, thanks for stopping by.



Monday, December 29, 2014

Personalized Gifts!!!

This year my kids decided to give out some hand made gifts, personalizing a few glass beer mugs was an easy project and fun. 

Glass etching is fast and easy, here you see the preparation starts, the names are printed and cut, I have my tip kit and etching cream ready. 


Here are two of the mugs, you can see how easy it was to use the tip kit to write the names and add a few designs to the mugs, I sat these over a box, to keep them steady and after 15 minutes, it was time to rinse, I let the water run over the cream, and then I washed it off as fast as I could, making sure no cream was left on the outside or inside of the mugs.  


The hardest part is to photograph the finished mugs, we made a total of four personalized beer mugs for family.





Here is a short video to try and show the results, these were a hit with the family.




MATERIALS USED:

  • Clear glass beer mugs (4)
  • etchall® – Etching Cream & Designer tip kit
  • Glass cleaner and paper towels
  • Print out of names and clear tape

http://etchall.com/

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Craft Fail? I think Not...............

Hi there, today I want to bring you a project that almost wasn't. The photo below shows my headless resin doll.
New resin piece created with Amazing Clear Cast Resin
I have to admit I was going to just toss it away, I can see the face, but the top of the head is missing.  I put it aside for a while and one day as I sat in my office, I took out a pink highlighter and colored the back side of the resin doll and I liked how the pink on the back made it look as if the entire doll was pink.  I have a lot of hand made flowers in my office, made from all types of materials, including recycled shopping bags, foil, magazine pages, brown paper bags, etc.   So an idea came to me right there and then.

I thought what if I could create the illusion of a hat by adding flowers to the top of the head.  I made a tiny flower out of a piece of kleenex tissue and rolled a paper flower from a magazine page, I have some Christmas decorations in my office and cut a little red cherry, thought these three items would make a nice hat for my little resin doll.  The photo below shows all the items I made and recycled into this project.


Bellow I share two photos, the before and the after, that pink highlighter applied to the back really created the illusion that the resin was colored pink before making this piece. 

Before
After


I felt she needed something to sit on, so I took this old plastic compact I've had for a while and removed the round mirror, I glued a piece of pink lace ribbon, I tore up a few tiny pieces of paper from a magazine and glued them on the mirror piece, then I glued my resin doll over the pieces of paper.  I glued a couple of metal buttons I had on hand, yes I do hold on to a lot of stuff, for I love to use recycled materials in my crafting as much as possible, here you see an old light bulb, this came from my car's turn signal light, I kept it and I think it's the perfect piece to finish my mixed media doll. 

She now sits on my desk, reminding me that sometimes things don't turn out right, but you can always find a way to make it right!


I hope that I have inspired to look at all those "craft fails" and find a way to make them work, I do believe that when it comes to "art" there are no mistakes, only new directions, new possibilities, new ideas.



Monday, October 20, 2014

A MONSTER MASH OF A PARTY!!!

Hi there, just wanted to share a project a friend asked me if I could make for her. It was inspired by a Martha Stewart video from the HALLMARK SPECIALS, SEASON -1 EPISODE SP0092 . 

My friend Rose has a Halloween party every year, she goes all out, decorating her basement and turning it into a haunted dungeon. A haunted house monster mouth entrance was needed and this video idea was perfect.

I had a friend make the wood frame, it was a perfect fit, went over the door frame.

Here is a list of materials I used:

Plastic bucket
Water
4 Elmer's school glue
Aleene's original tacky glue
Mod Podge fabric glue
Tulip's soft fabric paint - black, yellow, orange, red
Tulip's neon spray paints - green, orange
Tulip 3D fashion paints, glow-in-the-dark all colors used
One set of brown bed sheets
Creepy cloth - black
Wood frame
Staple gun/staples
Ad tech mini glue gun
Ad tech neon mini glue sticks
Painter's paint brush (4")& mixing stick
Westcott's non-stick scissors
Black Sharpie

After the frame was assembled, we placed the flat bed sheet over the frame and pulled on back and stapled all around the frame, cutting off all excess and making sure the fabric was pulled tight.  The other sheet was cut into strips.

Once we had all the fabric strips and the frame covered with the fabric, it was time to get our hands dirty, well we used disposable gloves, but it was time to start having fun.

Now I didn't really measured anything, I poured some water into the plastic bucket and they I poured all the bottles of glue, mixed the water and glue, then I added the fabric paints, one by one, I added all the yellow, then in small amounts I added orange and red, once mixed I added a little of black, we were trying to get an army green, and it worked, the color was perfect.  You could see speckles of the colors we used.

I took my black sharpie and traced the eyes and the mouth opening on the fabric, we used a paint brush to add the glue and paint mixture to the fabric, then began placing the wet strips around the eyes and the mouth, my daughter and my friend worked on this step along with me, it was a lot of fun, between the three of us it took about two hours to finish placing all the strips on the fabric.  I thought it would be nice to add a bit of more color, so we all added some of the red, and black fabric paints to our gloves, and just dabbed the paint in scattered areas, this gave the piece a lot more dimension and character. 

I thought it would be best to not cut off the eyes and the mount until the glue was totally dry, to prevent it loosing it's shape.

Here are some of the photos from the beginning of this fun project.

Nicole and Rose, holding the monster, all fabric in place
As the girls raised the frame so I could take a photo we noticed how cool the wet mixture was running down on the mouth part we would later cut, it look like teeth to me.  


Here you can see the piece, as we placed it down over plastic on the grass so it would dry fast with the help of the sun.


A few days later we got together to finish the monster, it was late, dark and raining so we worked inside the garage.  It was time to cut out the mouth and my friend Rose thought why not cut it in strips, in the video the strips were hung behind the monster frame, her idea would give the same result, without having to use more fabric.  We cut the strips and left them hanging from the top part of the moth only.

Rose added glow in the dark fabric paint from @Tulip to the strips on the mouth and later we added some around the edge of the mouth as well.

Nicole helped me cut off the fabric from inside the eyes and hot glue some black creepy cloth, we first sprayed the creepy cloth with some fabric neon paint and then added lots of glow in the dark paint on the outside of the eyes, and inside to make them really look like monster eyes.


On these photos you can see the finished door frame, placed and ready for people to be eaten!!!! 


I see a creature trying to escape
The creature failed to escape and was swallowed!!!!
My friend loved her new Halloween decoration and it was a huge hit at her party last weekend. Everyone loved it, now we are trying to think on what we can do next year, using the same frame.  She will be able to remove the staples and use this monster over her front door next year. 

All material were purchased by me, this is not a sponsored post.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Picture Purrfect!

Hi there, this is Maria and today I want to share a fun project I made using some of my favorite crafting supplies.

I took two items I had at home, one is a wooden cat figure that has all these fun bright colors, and a tiny picture frame I received last year as part of a box of goodies my secrete Santa sent me.

First I had to chose what products to work with; Amazing Mold Putty, Amazing Casting Resin, and Alumilite Flo orange dye.

The Amazing Mold Putty comes in two containers part A (white) and part B (yellow) you take equal amounts of each and mix together until all you see is yellow, work  fast for this putty sets up pretty fast.  Once your putty is well mixed together you are ready to make your mold as seen in figure #1, it should only take between 10 to 12 minutes for the putty to set.

#1 - mold making of the picture frame

Here in figure #2, you can see your mold is ready for resin.
Figure #2 picture frame mold  
 Now you will do the same steps to make the mold for the cat's head as in Figure #3 mold making in process and Figure #4 cat's head mold is ready

Figure #3 - making the cat's head mold

Figure #4 cat's head mold is ready
 Now it's time to chose the resin, since I like to paint my resin pieces after they are set I use the Amazing Casting Resin, this resin sets really fast, make sure to follow the instructions on the box, you must use equal amounts of parts A & B, if you add any color to your resin make sure you add this to part A and mix completely, then add part B and mix again.  This resin takes very little time to mix, once you feel it getting warm, you know is ready and you have to move fast because it sets up pretty fast and since the weather affects it's time for curing, you need to make sure your molds are ready and always keep some extra on hand in case you have too much resin left over.

My resin and molds all ready
 I decided to add some orange dye into my resin, but since I mixed a lot of resin it ended up looking more like a light pink instead of orange, non the less it's fine since I planned to paint these two pieces.

Figure #6 below shows the resin as it cures, it goes from a clear orange to a milky light pink color.

Figure #6
 Below are figures #7 & #8 they show the resin head and the finished piece.  I used  Viva Decor metallic gold red modeling cream for the entire head, then I used a little bit of turquoise embossing cream in the ears, used a black marking pen to do all the outlines on the ears and face, then I took a silver marking pen and added some designs on the face and ears for contrast.

Figure #7, cat's head ready for paints
Figure #8, cat's head all painted
Below are photos of the picture frame, before and after all the paints were added, figure #9 shows the new cast made, I am sorry the picture is a bit blurry, somehow they all came out the same.  Figures #10 and #11 show the final frame, all colored with Viva Decor embossing and modeling cream paints. I wanted a distressed look for this frame, so I blended all the colors over each other as if there were layer underneath of all these different colors, to finish it up I used Tim Holtz's mini distress black soot ink  pad.

Figure #10 resin frame

Figure #11 front view of finished frame

Figure #11 side view of finished frame

Now that I had both pieces done, it was time to do something with both, I liked the idea of having the head as the image inside the frame, but I thought it needed some sparkle, so I looked around and found my O.P.I. nail polish, it's clear with tiny little crystals so I brushed these on the frame both on the outside and in the inside, then I took some wood beads I had and some chord and wrapped these on the side of the frame and a long bead that sits right below the head, I used some AdTech hot glue to glue the bead and the head in the frame.  Below is a photo of the finished project.  I really liked both pieces alone and together, there is so much I can see myself making with these two items, for instance I'm going to make some magnets with both, and the head can become all types of jewelry and fashion accessories.

I hope you liked this project, and come back again to see what else I create with these two items.