Thursday, August 25, 2016

Artist's Paint Palette

Hi everyone!  Barbara here on the GSL Blog with a mixed media, altered project using the Palette & Brushes shape set, along with the Flourishes 1 shapes.  Here is my finished project, but scroll down for the complete step-by-step tutorial.

These are the chipboard pieces I used for this project.

Cover palette with tissue wrap (music notes). 

Remove excess paper and glue two flourishes onto palette, as shown.

Paint all chipboard pieces with white gesso.  Wipe some of the gesso off of the tissue wrap to reveal the design.

Spread modeling paste through a speckle stencil over the palette.  Let dry.

Paint palette with all four colors from the Lightening Bug set, blending and layering until you like the results.  Highlight stenciled speckles with a white colored metallic paste.

Paint handles of brushes and palette knife with brown watercolor crayon and blend with a damp brush.  Paint ferrules and knife portion with silver leafing pen.  Paint brush tips with Nutty Oak.

Glue colored gems to the palette to resemble water colors. 

Add brushes and palette knife (see finished photo above.)

Supplies used:

GSL Palette & Brushes
GSL Flourishes 1
ColourArte Primary Elements: France Papillon Lightening Bug Set (Go Navy, Autumn Skies, Dragonfly Wing, Blue Pearl), Nutty Oak
Tissue paper (music notes)
Speckle stencil (Tim Holtz)
White gesso
Modeling Paste
White metallic paste
Colored gems

I hope you enjoyed my project today.  I expect this piece will find its way into an art journal, or perhaps it will be added to a box top as a beautiful embellishment.  What will you do with your?  

Gypsy Soul has lots more fabulous laser cut chipboard for you to choose from.  Stop by their shop and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Standing Flip Book by Rhonda

As a mixed media artist, I naturally have many old photos, millinery flowers, buttons, and other treasures to use in my art. I hoard them and then a project comes along in which I just have to use some of my treasures. This was one of them.

I have so many wonderful old photographs, as I'm sure many of you do as well. But I've never really displayed them, except for propping up the occasional favorite. While doing Guest Design Team work for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts, I knew from the get go that I wanted to use the Standing Flip Book that I received. Then I put two and two together and came up with a project that was so relaxed and great fun to create.

I bet you can already see where I'm going with this one. I find such pleasure in mixing up vintage lace and treasures to create art. I have several altered books I have made on my own and in swaps that use these same items. Why not a Standing Flip Book to display? Exactly! Too good of an idea to pass up. So I got busy. The stand comes with six pages laser cut from heavy duty graphics board. 

First I ran my pages through my Xyron adhesive runner. I love this baby when it comes to applying adhesive to larger surfaces. I chose several papers that blended nicely together including this Juliet Verona 12x12 sheet, this fabulous Tan Faux Leather Paper, Lotus Scrapbook Paper and more. 

A quick trim and file, (yes that is an emery board) and I'm off to the next side. 

OH OH OH, DON'T forget to re-punch your holes before covering the other side. 

Done covering and filing, next a bit of Antique Linen Distress Paint so that my edges blend in with the front and back of the page. 

Now it's time to play with my photos, which I want and where, as well as larger and smaller pieces of vintage lace. I love to layer it all and just add to the page as much as I like.

For this photo, I decided to make a frame using vintage lace, folded over and glued into place. Clothes pins are a MUST to give you extra fingers while glue dries. Just be sure to remove them before the glue dries all the way, other wise they too will be glued into place.

Above is the back and below is the front, just so you can see how the finished process looks during dry time. 

For this page I used a large piece of vintage lace that I was able to wrap all the way around the page, meeting the edges in the center of the back of the page. 

I added another piece of lace down the center to cover the seam.

After adding my photo, of course I once again used my clothes pins to hold it all in place for a bit.

I love the design of this mirror (Mirror 1). It reminds me of the frames you would find on old pictures. So I decided to alter it so I could frame one of my favorite old pics.

After cutting the "stand" off, I filed the cut edges smooth. Of course I saved the left over parts to use on another project. The detail is just too perfect. 

The frame looks gilded with the use of Distress Paints in Tarnished Brass.

The main thing is to just have fun with it, no stress, no time line, just use the things you love to make it your own. I made a huge mess in my studio with lace and buttons everywhere, but each page was given a life and I love the end result. 

I wanted the actual flip book to be somewhat manly, but in those natural tea stain colors I adore. I used several layers of this printed tissue and lots of watered down glue. While wet, the tissue easily peels apart so "trimming" was easy. After I put all of my layers on, I did a final, thicker coat of glue to "seal" the piece. 

So here is my finished flip book. I can change the "cover" page often, especially since I did both sides of the pages. 

I didn't feel right separating these two photos, so I put the child on one page and the (I'm assuming) mother on the next.

Vintage shoe clips always make a project gorgeous, if you don't hoard them and keep them all together, lol.

Vintage buttons, vintage lace, and a classic silhouette (Vintage Ladies Silhouettes Set) equals pleasure for the eyes. 

So tell me, what would you use this Standing Flip Frame for? Leave me a comment to let me know. 


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If you don't have any vintage lace, there are some gorgeous "vintage look" laces here - Lace

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

8x8 Summer Calendar Layout

Hello, Summer-time People! It is Gloria with  you and it is my turn again on blog! My project this week is a bit simpler than the past few have been, but I really love how it turned out!
I have been meaning to create a decorative calendar display for about 5-6 years! Time just gets away from me! I combined the Graphic 45 Children's Hour and Time to Flourish collections to make this page.

I do not really want a calendar, rather I want something that I can display on a side table or shelf that show the months of the year. My plan is to make a page for each month, and then display them each month. I will also need to make a storage box......  There is a possibility that a storage box will be an upcoming project!
I used inks to "colorize" the Scribble Frame Birds and a bike from the Bicycles Shape Set.
To make the page, I cut dark brown cardstock to 8 1/4" x 8 1/4". Then, I added the August calendar page from the G45 Children's Hour 8x8 Calendar Pad. I wrapped the page with some red checked ribbon. I did not want the birds, so I cut the little birdie off the wreath frame and set her aside for later. I then glued the frame to the page.
I trimmed out the apple image from the September Time to Flourish Cut Apart paper and added that to the page. I used foam tape to pop the image a bit. I then added the bicycle with foam tape. (I adore that bike with its basket!)
I added the sentiment cut from the Children's Hour August Collective paper.
I glued flowers and some twine around the wreath and tucked a few postage images in.
I created a large bow and glued that to the bike.

Thanks for looking!

~ Gloria:Scraps of Life

Supplies Used:
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: Scribble Frame Birds and Bicycles Shape Set.

Partner Products:
Graphic 45: Children's Hour and Time to Flourish Collections

Other: dark brown cardstock, flowers, ribbon, twine, ink (white, green, brown, red), adhesive tape, foam tape, glue