Welcome December!

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Today I am excited about December’s arrival because a new month means a new mixed media ART PARTS!  This month’s theme is vintage Christmas, and I had fun putting together some lovely ephemera for you to use in your mixed media projects this month.

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I don’t want to give away all the surprises, but it will include sheet music, trims, Christmas cutouts, a replica vintage photo, vintage Christmas cards (most with some vintage handwriting!), a coffee stained paper doily….and some other treasures.  As I looked through my own pack I especially got excited about the trims…all wrapped so pretty around a manila tag.

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And lovely lace always makes my mind race with possibilities…

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So, whether you use these packs for card making, gift wrapping, scrapbooking, art journaling, or in your mixed media artwork, the themed ART PARTS packs are a fun source of materials.  I would love to see how you use them!  Send me a photo of what you did with your ART PARTS pack (any month), and I will send you a little thank you!

You can purchase single packs locally from Tessera Fine Art Gallery or in my etsy shop where you can also subscribe to a year’s worth of packs for a significant savings!  And.. for those of you receiving your pack in the mail… shipping is FREE!

To get you started with ideas, here is what I did with a replica photo…

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Hope you have fun with these!

 

Restocked at Bluebird Books

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Hutchinson, Kansas is so fortunate to have this cute little independent bookstore that is about as chock full of charm as you could get. This last week I restocked some of my items that they carry… cards, prints, smash books, journals made from vintage books, and bookmarks.

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Bluebird Books now carries a full selection of my art print note cards!

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Choose from smash books for drawing, writing, arting fun stuff, or the vintage book journal for more blank start pages.

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Vintage Market Days Booth

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Tomorrow is the first day of the three day Vintage Market Days Wichita…. a lovely 3 day show full of vintage and handmade goodies.  This time I am sharing a big booth space with my daughter and her partner of Arlington Market.  With all of our wares pooled together we have one full space!

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More views of our booth setup….

I also have some fun crafting supplies in my booth, like packs of maps, books, and sheet music.

You will also be able to find some of my popular kits, though supplies are limited!

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Hope you can come enjoy some shopping for Mother’s Day, Graduation, Wedding, or just for yourself!

Christmas Cards plus FREE coloring page

Thanksgiving is over, so now it is time to start turning our thoughts toward Christmas.  There are two Christmas tasks that fall on my list right after Thanksgiving.

1. Set up the tree

2. start working on the Christmas card mailing list

I have to admit I am not too good at getting either of those accomplished in a timely manner!  But I do enjoy hearing from family and friends through the good old fashioned mail with a handwritten note.  There is nothing quite the same!

Through the years, I have gathered some of my favorite Christmas art into this set of eight greeting cards.  Maybe this year I will get them sent BEFORE Christmas!

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Half of my set are mother and child…

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And the other half is an assortment of watercolor and rice paper batik.

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Find these card sets in my etsy shop!  Now is the perfect time to shop because through Dec. 1, EVERYTHING in my etsy shop is 20% off!  Just enter coupon code THANKS2015 when you check out!

As my gift to you as you bustle into the busy holiday season…. a little encouragement to take a pause and do some restful coloring.  Simply right click, download and print the image below

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File Box Art Journal

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I have had so much fun working on these art journal pages to use in a vintage metal file box that I will decorate later.  The great part is you don’t have to worry about the order of the pages, you just follow your fancy and later when you are using them you can determine the order, or rearrange as you wish.  For this batch, I used 4 x 6 cards to fit a file box I found.

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Our dining table is a ping pong table, so makes a great large work surface!  I covered it with an old vinyl tablecloth, spread out a batch of 4 x 6 cards cut from old file folders, and spent a fun hour with my daughter slapping some paint around!

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We used some stencils and textures to make patterns with the paint.  My personal favorite was a piece of mesh Christmas ribbon that made a cool polka dot pattern.

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We had fun experimenting with color combinations, sprays, textures, brushes and effects.

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My kids cut some paper “snowflakes” that we used as masks. Later I will decoupage the painted snowflakes onto some project – waste not want not!

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Plan on getting messy, its part of the fun.  We decided maybe it would be fun to try some of the textures on fingernails with two colors of polish! Hmmm…

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Soon, we had a large assortment of super fun pages drying.

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I did some other funky papers, like some old envelopes that will be glued to the cards as little pockets for ????

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Even the paper I stuck underneath my paint mess turned out great and will get used somewhere…

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Finished stack of pages all ready for happy CREATING!

Here are three freebie jpg images you can copy and print to get you started on your own file box art journal!

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