Christmas Wrappings

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Need some last minute packaging for money and gift cards, or small toys or jewelry?  These are quick and easy to whip up!

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I always have some toilet paper tubes on hand for a variety of uses.  For these gift boxes I just slapped on some paper and paint, fold in the ends once it a dry, and that’s it! Ready for gifting!  I like to use these so tiny things don’t get lost inside a stocking.

 

For the gift envelopes, I just dig into my paper stash for some already painted paper.  A medium to heavy weight paper works best. No deli paper on this one.  I like to cut the end that will be a flap into a decorative shape. Then to make it durable, I coat it on both sides with matte, or gloss, medium.  Once dry I stitch up the sides, add any other embellishments, and stick on velcro tabs to hold them closed.  I recently noticed one of my daughters still using one as a card holder in her purse from last Christmas!

Happy wrapping!

Ornaments!

 

 

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I have had loads of fun making artsy ornaments this holiday season! Like these work in progress faces on glass balls covered with paper mache.

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Or these little miniature canvases…

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Or how about these funky bird paper dolls?

And here are some fun doodled ornaments…

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These ornaments are made from laminate samples, wire and beads…

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I currently have hand painted ornaments for sale at Tessera Fine Art Gallery, Bluebird Books, and City Arts.

Tonight I will be sharing the fun at a workshop (play date sounds like a better description!) at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  Each participant will take home 8+ hand made ornaments ready for hanging or gifting! Hope to see you there!

Boho Elephant Sketchbook Cover

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Yesterday I shared with you my cover art for the current issue of The Coloring Studio made from my “Boho Elephant” coloring page.  Today I have another example of how I turned my coloring page into a piece of art… this time functional art as a sketchbook cover.

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After transferring the pattern onto unstretched canvas, I first painted with acrylic paint, and then embroidered selected portions of the design.  I sewed this panel into a book cover using batik fabric, fitting it to a standard sketchbook that I had on hand.  I added a hand stamped ‘victory road’ label and a small tassel to the spine.

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When I use up the current sketchbook, I can just slip a new one into the cover!

Tangible Texture Pendants

 

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After having so much fun with my tangible textures on canvas, I decided they would be great on these little laminate samples I had picked up in my Plum Bazaar haul.  See them in the upper left of the photo below?  I knew they would come in handy some day!

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So, on the backside of these little laminate samples I had a blast digging through my junk jar and arranging little bits of treasures to be.

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Then I added a coat of gesso and paint..

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And added some shine with some old Treasure Gold I had picked up years ago at a garage sale.  If you have some that has gotten dry like mine, add some turpentine with a dropper, close the lid and let them sit a day or two and they should be usable again.  I also used a Derwent Inktense pencil in bark color with a wet paintbrush to add some shading around the elements.

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And there they are finished, ready for some black cords!

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I will be taking these pendants to Tessera Fine Art Gallery  in Wichita, Kansas for their upcoming holiday boutique… and maybe wearing one myself if I can decide which one!  I am kind of partial to this one with the baby doll shoe on it… Which is your favorite?

 

 

Fold Out Page for Art Journal or Scrapbook

Thought you might enjoy this short little video on how to make a fun fold out page for your art journal or a greeting card, from just a square sheet of paper.

There are so many possibilities for this!

How would you use a fold out page?

October Workshops

There are so many fun workshops coming up at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in October!

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Starts off TODAY with a Day of the Dead themed artist trading card workshop.  It will kind of be the debut for my newest stencil set of nine Day of the Dead stencils perfectly sized for Artist Trading Cards (ATCs).  They are also handy for any small project.

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If you live near Wichita, they are available at Tessera Fine Art Gallery.  If not, they are also available in my etsy shop.  Here is the full set:

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Next up will be making and using acrylic skins:

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Followed on Saturday the 8th with two different back to back workshops on Mastering the Mediums and Tangible Textures.  Both with fun take home projects.

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Call the gallery at (316) 262-2435 to sign up for any of these workshops!

Hope you have a lovely Saturday!

Final Friday Fun

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This is the Final Friday of August, and that means Art Crawl night in Wichita.  I am so excited about all the fun!

I will start the evening at 5:00pm at the reception at Mark Arts for the National Small Oil Painting Exhibition, as well as the Wichita Women Artists’ show where I will have this piece hanging:

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I will leave there at 6:00 to spend the remainder of the evening at Tessera Fine Art Gallery ready to visit about the exciting line up of upcoming workshops I will be having there.  I will also have my latest travel journal there if you would like to take a peek, as well as my current wall of artwork.

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I also just restocked the art print note cards with lots of new designs, as well as a nice stock of stencils and other fun supplies.  My 6 x 6 inch two part sugar skull stencil will make its debut, and….. drum roll please…. the Creme Brulee Challenge results will be hanging as a collective featured artist show.  It will also be time to pick up the next challenge pack with a Day of the Dead theme.

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Simply choose at least 5 elements from the pack to include in an 11 x 14 inch, or smaller piece of artwork to be included in the October Final Friday featured artist wall at the Gallery.