Friday, June 12, 2015

Stampendous and Faber-Castell Blog Hop Finale!

This week our team has been showcasing the Art Grip Aquarelles Watercolor Pencils, the PITT Pastel Pencils, and our very special guest Nathalie Kalbach will be featuring the Gelatos! There will be guest-starring roles by the PITT Artist Pens for doodling and drawing!
Wait until you see the colorful inspiration we have for you this week! We are Blogging in Color!


3 Lucky Winners this week will get three sets of the PITT Pastel Pencils (red/yellow, blue/green, neutrals), a jar of Faber-Castell Chalkboard Paint, and $20 Stampendous reward card to choose their favorite images to color! WOW… these winners must have a U.S. mailing address (official rules here!)… BUT WAIT- Aussie Fans – The Stencil Specialist has you covered again this time!! One Australian Fan will win a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil (LJ size customer choice), and one Dreamweaver Stencils Regular Embossing Paste. Wow!!

My creation today was inspired by a wonderful tutorial by Jill Foster that I found on the Faber-Castell website.  See it here. I have never done a Mixed Media project quite like this before, so I decided it was about time I tried!. Wow, what fun! The best part is, you just find things you have that work together, mix and match, and before you know it you have layers upon wonderful layers of color and texture. I followed along the video step by step this first time to get the feel for how it works. Here's how mine turned out:
"Just be you!"
This is a combination of Stampendous stamps,  Dreamweaver stencils, and Faber-Castell products. I'll try to describe it layer, by layer.

  • Start with a gesso primed 5" x 7" canvas
  • Dry emboss LJ912, LJ914, and LJ915 stencils on white cardstock through a die cut machine
  • Swipe Archival Ink over each (LJ912 - Manganese Blue, LJ914 - Olive, LJ915 Chrome Yellow)
  • Cut each pattern into various width strips
  • Attach to the canvas with Faber-Castell Gel Medium (applied with a brush), put another coat over the top of the paper too, and make sure to put some on the sides
  • Dry with a heat tool
  • Stamp a light colored mulberry or tissue paper with the Wired stamps from Stampendous (NKCRS02) in Archival Jet Black (I used the dots and the netting looking stamps)
  • Cut into 3/4" strips and attach randomly around the edged with Gel Medium
  • Dry well
  • Randomly spread some Faber-Castell Gesso over the design and sides, dry well
  • Color each area with similiar colored Gelatos and blend with your fingers
  • Spray with a fixative so the Gelatos won't reactivate
  • The Rooster (LG732) is from my stash of Dreamweaver images that haven't yet made it onto a card. This was done with the Faux Cloisonne technique (matte paste, ink applied with stencil brushes, clear embossing powder). I cut out the Rooster, leaving him attched to the fence, and the sun and applied them to the background with Gel Medium
  • The definitions are stamped from the Musical Motif set (CRS7003) using Jet Black ink on light blue mulberry paper, torn, and attached around the design with Gel Medium, dry well
  • Use PITT Artist Pens in Walnut Brown, Cold Grey and Black to add some shadows around different parts of the design and between the original strips
  • I used the dot stencil that comes with the Wired set, and a foam brush to add some dots around the canvas, dried them, then colored lightly with Gelatos to soften them a little
  • The words are from a saying in the Life Words set (SSC1213), stamped in Jet Black, cut apart, attach with Gel Medium, dried, then colored with a yellow PITT Pastel Pencil from the yellow/red set
  • Use the PITT Artist Pens to continue shading where you want  (like around the words, rooster, sun)
  • I thought the lower right corner needed a little something, so I added a clump of  black grass-like strips, then layered an Olive-colored ric-rak  and brown netting from May Arts across the bottom
  • The flower was made by cutting two cream colored daisies off a piece of May Arts flower ribbon, misting them with water and dragging them thru a scribble of ArtGRIP Aquarelle red pencil on my craft mat to color them, dry, punch a little hole and hold together with a brad

The fun part about projects like this is you never know how they will turn out! I had so much fun making this, and definitely will be doing others!

Let’s check out today’s inspiration from our designers:


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Happy Creating,
Louise

31 comments:

Diane said...

LOVE this...would be so perfect on MY wall...lol...I might have to give this a try...very creative!!

Michele Henderson said...

Beautiful mixed media piece! Love the texture and the dimension! Very pretty!

Lyn Bernatovich said...

Wonderful mixed media project Louise! The sun rays perfectly peek through the layers. So much for the eyes to take in and enjoy.

TracyM #6773 said...

one word - WOW!!!

"Just be you" is a FABULOUS piece Louise, LOVE the design, colours & dimension!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION, your RECIPE FOR AWESOMENESS and link too, I look forward to checking it out ... I confess that I have never attempted a project like this before, it looks & sounds EXCITING :)

Fe Orot Mejia said...

Love the texture created with the layers. I'll have to find the courage to try this type of project.

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Wow, coolest project ever! I love the scene and the artful look. Totally mixed medialicious!

JackieP Neal said...

Great message and what a beautiful piece!! Love it!! ")

Mary Holshouser said...

Love this. the rooster and the sun waking up together is fun.
thanks for sharing a wonderful project.

Sabrina said...

Oh my goodness..... I just love I mean I really love your journal page!!!! The colors and that rooster!! Oh that rooster is just gorgeous!!

Amanda Rhodes said...

I love your canvas & all the different textures! The sentiment is so true.

BurningRubber said...

Oh, I had to get a good close up look at this one. It is so gorgeous and the textures are divine! Not to mention I love roosters ;p

Sue D said...

Love this rooster and all the colors and texture.
sue in Ohio

Greta said...

Incredible project with wonderful details & so cheerful & inspiring! Thank you for the instructions!

Joi at RR said...

You had me Louise - the minute I saw the rooster... I LOVE roosters!! You would never ever know this was your first attempt at this type of project - it's FABULOUS. LOVE IT. PLEASE DO MORE.... :) j.

Jean said...

Wow just love this! Such amazing background and layers. Delightful!

mayoori jain said...

Amazing colors and texture . So much to
See on that little project

barbara macaskill said...

This is amazing!! LOVE all the different layers and mediums that you have used!!! Great sentiment also! TFS!

Kristine Reynolds said...

What an amazing mixed media project! I love everything about it!

D.Ann C said...

Oh, WoW! I love all the gorgeous layers in this!

Lea said...

I am amazed that this is your first project like this! It's stunning! I love everything about it, the stamping, the stenciling, the colors, all of it! You rocked this one, Louise!!

Kailash said...

Love this project, wonderful texture!!!

LChippy76 said...

Love the Layers!!!
Stinkin' CUTE!!!

K.E. said...

Love the colors and textures

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Very pretty. Love all of your different elements. TFS

Pammejo said...

Beautiful, love, love, love your project and you just rocked mixed media.

Ruby Craft said...

Wonderful layers upon layers of colors and textures. Love it, especially the Rooster. Thanks for the great tutorial and heads up about the video. I'll check it out. I have enjoyed the blog hop so much.

Pam Beatty said...

Love the vintage feel of this piece. The layering is outstanding.

BethW said...

I love your project! And your tutorial made my day. Easy to follow and understand.Thank you for the beautiful inspiration.

Judy said...

Fun mixed media project! I love your rooster and the sentiments that you used for this. Thanks for sharing how you put this together.

Janine Rudnick said...

Love, love, love it! Great use of layers.

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Louise. This just made me smile, big time! Looove the layers and looove the message. So empowering! And I love your attitude of "about time I tried". Still smiling.
Dot(Aus) x