Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tim Holtz Tags of 2016

On my list of things to do is participate in Tim's Tags of 2016 again. I love tags and miss making them so this is the perfect solution. You can find Tim's post here with the description of the techniques he used. I didn't have any faded crystal emboss powder which I can't understand but that is another story. I put it right here... As I was distressing my foil with the fabulous Lucky Clover distress dabber I realized  it kind of looks chalky. I ran with that. I stamped my images by dabbing a little bit messy with the paint and smushed it around with my finger on the black background making it look like a chalkboard. Voila my January tag 2016, drum roll please.
 Here is a close up of fun Crazy Bird stamp, totally love this set! 
All the products on here are Tim's so yay me! Come join the fun!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

It Took Me 3 1/2 Months To Do This Journal Page

Back with another Documented Life post. Yup 3 1/2 months to make this art journal page. Undaunted by the fact I have actually gone backwards on this project I forge ahead. This is week # 14. I have done future weeks in conjunction with Dteam stuff etc. This page to be honest stumped me!! I had for some reason decided to do a big transfer using a photo I took of a bridge over the water. I usually am great at transfers. I have even taught an art journal class on this very subject. However for whatever reason my usual foolproof method did not work so I started out with a hot mess of a transfer. Of a bridge over water which got stuck in my head apparently. Here is the Documented Life prompt.
April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
April 4
Art Challenge:  Watercolors
Journal Prompt:  It's Water Under the Bridge

OK so for social media sake here is my finished page. Can you think of a song that somehow got stuck in my head as being the journal prompt?
Maybe you can see where my brain over a period of many months went with this. I started this page on Oct. 15th 2015 which is just simply insane how fast time has been going by. Here is the hot mess of a start.

 Is that not one of the worst transfers you have ever seen???? It was a color copy that did not want to go! At this point I added the art challenge "watercolors" I pulled out my art bars by Derwent. I got them ages ago and have been meaning to play more,so this was the perfect opportunity. Here is me adding the destroyed transfer colors back in.

At this point I decided the original photo had to be on the page so I drew a box where it would go. I realize now the photo is not square but again I had already lost my mind on this page so this was par for the course. The page sat, & sat & sat. I kept looking at it but I had no idea where it was going. I did wk#15 and # 17 while this page sat in a time out. Then inspiration struck!!! I knew I wanted the photo on there and suddenly (or not so suddenly) on November 21st I literally took the stuff off my desk and layered it and sewed it under the photo. Now I had this...
The silver piece was from a class I taught using a Tim Holtz die cut & foil. Add some distressed spray misted paper, a piece of those bags that oranges come from, that I hoard at all times and a messy tag. Here's the close up.

Now we are getting somewhere! The end is nigh. Or is it? All I needed was my title.  I remembered that the prompt was "A Bridge Over Troubled water". Right???  Ya I got nothin. I did write on the tag how I was troubled & my heart heavy because we had dropped my son off at college. Without me. So even though the scenery was pretty, I was very sad & troubled just like the prompt. ANNNNND it sat, & sat & sat. I went on & finished week # 16 and #19, #20 and started # 18, 21, 22, 23. All the while I would go back to this page and stare at it for awhile. Nothing.

Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months. And then, one not-so-very special day, I went to my journal, I sat down, and I finished this page. (quoted & slightly changed from Moulin Rouge, did I mention I love quoting movies?). I simply stamped my quote on beige tissue paper & adhered. Bam finished. Phew! Now all I have to do is blog this. Imagine my surprise when I see the journal prompt is... come join in the fun!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

CHA 2016!!!

I am here in rainy, stormy Anahiem CA at the annual huge mega Craft Hobby Association show!!! Most excited to be working at this event with a number of companies. Just a quick on the fly post with info on the make'ntake I am teaching at Eillen Hulls booth #330 on Saturday.

If you are at the show stop by and make this uber cute and inky mini art journal using Eileens Needle Book die, her Blendabillities and sizzix embossing folders as well as DecoArt paint and the awesome RENDR paper by  Crescent. I hope to be doing a few blog posts time permitting (hahaha) but if you want to keep up with our crazy fun in Eileens booth and other CHA happenings you can follow me on twitter karen bearse@Bearsekaren or karenbearse on instagram. Follow along on our fabulous misadventures!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...