August 11, 2018

"Live In The Moment" Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone... hope you all are having a nice August month and trying to stay cool. Here in California it's been unbearable in triple digits. When I saw this months Art Anthology mood board I fell in love because it brought a coolness to me and was super excited to create with it. 

For my Art Anthology design team project I purchased an inexpensive frame from the dollar store and wanted to alter it. I began by adding texture using Mud Texture Paste and art stones mixed together. Then the colors I used to play with were AA's Colorations in Siesta Key and Patience. 

Painted and embossed using Seth Aptner's Baked Enamels on my chipboard pieces and some pretty flowers enhanced with seed beads and mini sequins add that bit of glam that I love. 

T!m's paper dolls and quote chips always lend for some fun and interest and they completed my frame perfectly I believe. I hope you were inspired and enjoyed this project. For your pleasure I have included a YOUTUBE to watch my process. I am brand new to YOUTUBE so I would love for you to SUBSCRIBE to my channel  HERE ! Thank you for stopping by and wishing you a wonderful month !

Entering this project in the following wonderful challenges: 
CropStop #42 - Anything Goes
More Than Words-Yesterday/Vintage (One of my favorite memories as a little girl is my dad making me a kite to fly.
Love to Create #11-Anything Goes 
Creative Artiste #41-Anything Goes

July 27, 2018

Christmas In July Part II

Hi everyone, Toni here with some more Christmas cards. Trying to get ahead of my holiday crafting projects and I made a few more cards I would love to share with you.

I had so much fun utilizing many of T!m's goodies and I hope you enjoy the cards. 

The first cards I used the Sizzlets Mini Snowflake Rosette and also the regular size Snowflake Rosette. Distressed the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and Glossy Accents sprinkled with Diamond Dust provided the glisten to the card. 
Titles on all 3 of my cards were cut out using T!ms Thinlits Holiday Greetings. 
The next card I used the 3D Embossing Folder Lumber and distressed with Gathered Twigs. I cut out Sizzix Layered Holiday Wreath 3 times in different colored green cardstock and layed on top of each other for thickness. 

Cut two sets of the bows in order to layer out of red velvet cardstock. Applied Diamond Dust with Glossy Accents for some shine. Used Stickles in Rhubard for holly berries. 

The last card I used the Sizzix Window die cut and cut out chipboard then white cardstock in order to make it 3D. The mat behind the window was used with Kraft cardstock and run through Lumber 3D embossing folder. I then cut out several of Thinlits Holiday Mini Greens in order to create a layered effect. Added Nuvo Drops in Berry Red for the holly. My homemade snow was created by mixing baking soda, glue, white paint and applied to the base of the window and on the greenery. While wet I sprinkled Diamond Dust. 
Hoping you enjoyed this little bit of Christmas In July and that it inspires you to get a head start on your Christmas cards. Happy Creating xoxo Toni

Entering this project in the following inspirational challenges: 
CropStop #41- Many Tim Holtz and Sizzix products
Simon Says-Christmas In July 

July 22, 2018

Christmas In July/Mixed Media Cards by Toni

Hello everyone, Toni here and today I have a fun project for Art Anthology design team. We have a mood board this month and the colors are HOT HOT HOT ! But they also reminded me of Christmas and I thought... that's perfect maybe creating something for the upcoming holidays will cool me off a bit. Well let's get started.

For the first card I decided to use my gelli plate and makes some prints with my paints and then use my die cut machine to make some poinsettias.
The foundation of the card I used AA's Floral Tile stencil and Mud texture paste and then finished it off with Nuvo drops for the centers. 
The prints from the gelli plate were the perfect blend of colors for the petals on my flowers. I used T!m's Poinsettia Die for the flowers. 
Using homemade snow (equal parts white paint, glue and baking soda) I added to the petals and while wet applied Diamond Dust Glitter. Also Seed beads to the centers. 
The 2nd card I achieved the background by using my AA paints and applying them to T!m's 3D  Botanical folder. 
I love this technique because when using the embossing folder with the paints, it blends them beautifully and the paint absorbs into the fibers of the papers seamlessly. 
I also embossed the Sizzix Wings and on the poinsettia I used AA's Amber paint on the 3D folder but only added it here and there so that not all of the embossing was covered with amber. 
A for my last card I did a gelli print and added the stencil "Twilight" to the plate and then applied my paper. Love the distressed uneven effect you get when using your gelli plate.
Cut out my Sizzix Nested Star and applied dimensional foam stickers to each star. All the titles for my cards were die cut from T!m's Greetings. I hope you enjoyed my cards and I appreciate you stopping by. Wishing you a beautiful day ! xoxo Toni

I am entering these cards in the following wonderful challenges:
Crop Stop #41- Used several T!m Holtz products. 
Simon Says-Add A Little Sparkle
Love 2 Create- Anything Goes Mixed Media 
An Inky Mess #22- Just For Fun 

July 14, 2018

Creating With Limited Art Supplies

Hi everyone, Toni here to share a quick a DT project for Art Anthology regarding making art and having limited supplies. As a crafter or artist we can spend a small fortune to have everything we want, but that is not necessary when your creative juices are flowing and you just have to get your hands messy. I find inspiration from photos that I see on the web many times and the colors in the photos inspired my project. 
I decided I wanted to rust some papers and metal stuff I had laying around the house. I gathered a bucket, distilled vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and salt. Mixed it well and then laid my items in the bucket. It took only about 10 minutes for the papers to rust and about 30 minutes to and hour for the metal to rust. I then laid everything out on paper towels in the sun for a few hours. 

Once they were done rusting I sprayed them with Mod Podge Matt Sealer just to stop the rusting process and seal my rusting metals. Adhered the rusted paper towel to the foundation of my journal page and did a small collage of some of my rusty tags, index cards and book pages. 

Did a bit of doodling and added some rusty metal pieces. Dry brushed the photo with white gesso to help blend with background and dripped some Wild Orchid Coloration spray from Art Anthology to bring out the colors that are in the photo. 
Hoping this has inspired you to not allow the amount of supplies you have to hinder your creativity. Use what you have, have fun with it. Mixed media is perfect for this because you have the freedom to create out of the box. xoxo Toni 

This page will be entered in the following inspiring challenges: 
Art Journal Journey - Art for Art's Sakes 
An Inky Mess- Anything Goes 
Creative Artiste #40 - Anything Mixed Media 
Mixed Media Place  (Inspired by the beautiful lavenders and rusts)
TIO-Add A Quote

July 9, 2018

Mixed Media Tag with Toni

Hi everyone, hope your week is starting off fabulous !  Art Anthology has a beautiful moodboard to inspire you to get messy with your paints. My design team project is a fun tag. Le'ts get started !

I decided to create some prints from my gelli plate. Using Art Anthology Shine paint in Canary, Ruby and Kelly I applied with brayer roller. 
 Once dry I cut out a dragonfly 3 times using Sizzix layered Dragonfly with Texture Fade. I wanted dimension and multiple wings for my dragonfly. 
The foundation of the card I stamped using T!m's new stamps Entomology with black archival ink. I also added an Ideology Philosophy Tag. 
Dry brush a bit of white gesso over the images to soften and blend into the background. 
Then applied my dragonfly and attached a metal key to the body. 

Using white gesso I painted over the top of the T!m's Ideology Quote Band and attached to tag using twine. 
Hope you enjoyed and were inspired. I always appreciate your comments and wishing you a creative month of July ! xoxo Toni

This tag will be entered in the following inspiring challenges: 
Mixed Media World - Summer Vibes
Creative Artiste-Anything Goes Mixed Media 
TIO-Things With Wings
Love 2 Create#10-Anything Goes Mixed Media 
A Inky Mess #22 - Just For Fun
Simon Says Monday Challenge-Summer Fun(I love to spend time in my garden)
Crop Stop #41-Anything Goes

July 7, 2018

All We Need Is Love Journal Page

Hi everyone, Toni here with a new journal page for Art Anthology. Art journaling can be very liberating. It provides an outlet to try out new techniques, some quick creating if need be, a place to jot down your thoughts etc. You can make your own art journal book if you don't happen to have one, by using an old book, gluing pages together to create a strong substrate. There are many YOUTUBE tutorials for your viewing. 
I began my background with texture provided by T!m's 3D Texture Fades Cogs and Gears and I ripped the papers and applied them randomly to the background. I also then applied dry wall tape in pieces to the background and then prepped it with white gesso. 
Paints that I used are from Art Anthology's Velvet line and also their Patina and Rust Texture Paste Sets. You can purchase these HERE. 
Cogs and gears were diecut from chipboard and rusted to the background. 
T!'m's Ideology Paper Dolls were added to the page and shadowed with charcoal pencil. 
Washi Tape and random ephemera were also added as a backdrop under my paper dolls as well as torn muslin that was stamped with a script stamp and black archival ink. 

Hoping you enjoyed this post and would love to hear your comments. For your pleasure I have included a step x step tutorial below. Happy creating xoxo Toni 

This journal spread is being entered into the following wonderful creative challenges: 
Creative Artiste  #40 - Anything Goes Mixed Media
We Love To Create #10 - Anything Goes Mixed Media 
SanDee & Amelia-Anything Goes Industrial Summer Special 2018
Art Journal Journey- Art For Art's Sake
A Inky Mess - Just For Fun
Crop Stop #41 - Anything Goes 

June 23, 2018

Dreamer of Dreams

Hi everyone, happy Saturday and I am up on the blog today with a fun canvas for Art Anthology.
I created this canvas with a particular creative challenge website in mind. Mixed Media & Art, they offered such a beautiful mood board and I couldn't resist.
Inspired by the colors of course, the textures of the macrame and the feathers and the fibers, simply gorgeous. 
With the help of Art Anthology mixed media products, Colorations, Shine, Minx Shimmering Inks, Stencils and texture paste I was able to create this fun canvas. I decided to get creative also with some old macrame skills from back in the day and make a dream catcher. 
The feathers were made from clay and then painted. The flowers are 49 & Market. 
Hope you enjoyed this post and would love to see your comments. For your pleasure I have also included a Snapguide tutorial for the entire creative process. To purchase Art Anthology's products used for this project please check out my post on AA's blog HERE. Thank you for stopping by... Happy creating !

I'm entering this project in the following challenges: 

Mixed Media Art -Emotional Outburst inspired by textures, colors & feathers 
Mixed Media Monthly-I wrapped my twine around a tube to create a macramed dream catcher. 
Image may contain: text
Mixed Media World -Anything Goes
Creative Artiste-Anything Goes #39
MIUC#14-Anything Goes + Smooshing
LTCC#23-Anything Goes

June 14, 2018

Le'ts get creative with Gelli Plate

Hi everyone, it's time to get messy and have fun with a gelli plate. I was able to get three projects out of my monoprint created by the plate. Let's get started, below is a complete Snapguide tutorial on the journal page process. 
When applying the paints to the gelli plate I printed out the pattern on white cardstock, tissue paper, manila tags and kraft paper. So first up is my journal page that I used the tissue paper print. 

Randomly ripping it and then collaged to the journal page started my background. 
Next up I created a card for Father's Day. 
Using the white cardstock I was able to receive a crisp beautiful background. 
The chipboard was embossed with Gold UTEE, 
The last project was a layout for my antique album. 
I used the kraft paper for the base on this one. 
By the time I used the kraft paper on the gelli print there wasn't much left of the paint but it was just the look I was going for. 
I ripped a tag in half and used it in my layout as well. 
Hope you enjoyed this post and you will give this technique a try. No one print is the same that's the fun of it. Happy Creating xoxo Toni

Creative Artiste #39-Anything Goes
Mixed Media World-Anything Goes
Sandee & Amelia-Steampunk Anything Goes
MIUC#14-Anything Goes + Smooshing
LTCC#23-Anything Goes
art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.