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Friday, August 19, 2016

Masked and stenciled background. Frame style.


I'm definitely in the fall mood!  I've been wanting to do some pumpkins for some time.
I wanted to highlight Rebecca Baer's stencils in the design. 

 

I started by taping off a border around the canvas. I didn't measure-just eyeballed it.
The painted the whole  inside with  burnt umber. I used a "X" stroke to give more texture.

 Then I stenciled warm white on top with Dragonfly Fantasy 12x12 stencil. When I got to the bottom, just flip the stencil over and connect the pattern.
 Then I peeled the tape off and put it on the inside block. Used Cascade Stencil size 5.75x5.75 to do the border. I turned it while going around the edge.

 In order to tone down the brightness, I painted watered down gold over top the canvas.
I sketched my pumpkins out with a white charcoal pencil, then painted them in.

 I hope you're inspired to use your stencils in your artwork.



Monday, August 8, 2016

Mark 11:22 Inspired Canvas with Deco Art


How do I love Deco Art products??
Let me count the ways! 

I wanted to use a black canvas for something. (Actually I messed a picture up and painted the whole thing black!) I knew when I saw the scripture at Word Art Wednesday, I wanted to use it.

I printed the scripture out 8x10 and transferred to the canvas. Using a white posca pen, I outlined the scritpure. 
Then I started searching Pinterest!  My favorite place for inspiration.
I found a picture of a Cherry Blossom tree., and that's why I wanted to do.
 I love having scripture around the house. This free scripture is available to Word Art Wednesday.
Challenge #242-243. Please join in!!

I used the following Traditions paint by Deco Art-found here
Blue Grey
Ligth Grey Value 98.
Medium Grey Value 6,
Opaque White
Light Pearl
Hansa Yellow Medium

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Flight of Fancy Mixed Media


Happy Wednesday!
Karen here to inspire you to use your Rebecca Baer stencils!
 To start, I put a coat of gesso on the 8x10 canvas with a spatula (or you can use a credit card)
While it was still damp, I spritzed Delusions yellow and coffee. I rolled a paper towel roll over top-it creates a great texture.

 Then using Rebecca Baer stencil Flights of Fancy, I added Hansa Yellow Medium and Naphtol Red.
Once dry, I added some metal accents, pearls and wild orchid flowers.

 I love how it turned out! 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Under the Sea with DecoArt


DecoArt is having a challenge "Under the Sea" 

I love mermaids.  I knew what I wanted to do immediately. Using DecoArt Metallic Lustre products was a must!!.


 I used Traditions acrylics and did the background.  Painted my mermaid totally with Metallic Lustres. You can purchase any and all DecoArt products-HERE.

List of Metallic Lustre Colors by DecoArt:
Fab Fuchia
Black Shimmer
Rose Gold
Magestic Purple
Elegant Emerald
Iced Espresso
Cosmic Blue

List of Traditions Acrylic paint by DecoArt:
Hansa Yellow
Naphtol Red
Cobalt Blue
White


Monday, July 18, 2016

Stars and Stripes stenciling on T-shirt

Happy Monday!!
I tried a new technique for me. Stenciling on cloth.  I didn't realize how easy it would be!!

I had this red t-shirt that was plain. I'm not really into wearing solid colored shirts. So I thought I'd jazz it up with one of Rebecca's stencils. Call Stars & Stripes. By using her specially designed Stenciler brushes, the paint just glided right on.


Before starting, I put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt.  It also helps keep the surface flat. I stenciled blue for the stripes and white for the stars 
I accidentally got a little spot of white on the sleeve-so I added stenciling to one sleeve.  Turned out being a "happy" mistake!!




 I hope this will inspire you to do a little creating on your clothes!!

Have a great week!!
Karen Conner

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Upcycled Composition Book with DecoArt


 This was the beginning.  I put a coat of gesso on top of the composition book.  Lay your stencil in the desired position and apply texture paste.  Once it was dry, I added another layers of gesso.
Then the fun begins!!  I spritzed some water on the front and added some drops of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics paints.  Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Teal and Titanium white.  Use your finger to move around. Spritz more water if needed.You'll want to dry each color before adding the next so you don't end up with mud!

 Once it was dry, I added Metallic Luster to the raised areas of the stencil.  Used Cosmic Blue and Champagne Ice.

Then I used Unity Stamp Indie Girl. 

Love how it turned out!!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

6 Challenge Blog!! Join the fun!


It;s been a while since I've had time to participate in some challenges. I was blown away by my new Unity Stamps! Been looking forward to making some cards with them.   

Let me introduce you to: Indie Girl by Unity Stamps.

I used Lost and Found Portobello Road designer paper.  It seemed to match the challenge going on at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.  
july-inspiration-boardLook at these beautiful colors!
 
I added some beautiful Wild Orchid flowers and trim.  Which fits perfectly with the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge! #144 Summer Flowers
For some added dimension, I added some Liquid Pearls Bisque and Pearl.

I've also followed the Sketch from Mojo Monday challenge. #455 Challenge

There's always an Anything Goes over at Word Art Wednesday! #238-239.

This month is Anything Goes at Craft Stamper's July Challenge

I hope you're inspired to join in some challenges. It really gets my creative juices flowing!!
Have a blessed weekend!!

Karen

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Father's Day with a stencil twist!


Happy Hump day! 
Karen Conner here with some Father's Day inspiration for you!
Using Stencils for all kinds of artwork adds so much to your project.

Isn't every Dad the star of our life?
I used the Stars and Stripes small stencil with texture paste for the front of the card.
After it had dried good, I painted the stripes with white gesso and the stars with red acrylic paint.
 The next card I wanted to have the focus on the stop watch from the Steampunk Pocket Watch stencil. I sprayed the cardstock with two different olive greens to match the designer paper underneath. 

 I hope you'll be inspired to use Rebecca Baer stencils in your everyday art work!


Monday, May 30, 2016

Flower Fantasy Canvas with Rebecca Baer

Happy Monday!
Karen Conner here again showcasing Rebecca Baer Stencils.
This mixed media canvas ix 16x20.
 One tip I'd like to start with is the brush you use to do your stenciling.
I've done a lot of stenciling, have used a lot of brushes and sponges. The best one I've EVER USED is Rebecca Baers Artiste Stenciler. You don't have to scrub and rub till you ruin your brush. You will use the lightest touch and get the most excellent results!  You have to order one TODAY!
I covered the whole canvas with Deco Art Traditions Medium White.  (compared to Titanium white-it's almost a sand color)  then I started stenciling using the LG Enchanted Vine and Yellow Oxide.  I used just the part with the fence part. I kept turning and moving the stencil until I had covered the whole canvas.
 I got out my next stencil (my favorite) Lg Dragonfly Fantasy stencil using Sapphire blue. You can use the front and reverse side of the stencil. Since your using the great Artiste Stenciler from Rebecca Baer-the paint practically dries as soon as it's put on the canvas!  I due a little circling after lifting my stencil to soften the edges out.
 Using Naphtol Red I free handed the flower.
 To add interest and texture to the flower, I stenciled some Deco Art modeling paste through Rebecca Baer's small stencil Honeycomb and allowed to dry.

 I put a layer of Burnt Umber, then a layer of Naphtol Red. Highlighted the top edges with Medium White.  The center painted Yellow Oxide. I dotted some Medium White on the top edge of the middle honeycomb.  The flower turned out AWESOME!

 I really love using stencils to get movement and interest on my canvas. The backgrounds can be done anyway you want.  I hope you'll be inspired to combine several stencils into one picture!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bohemian Elephant with DecoArt Stencil


Hi everyone!  I hope your having a relaxing Sunday like I am!!
I have been wanting to do a bohemian Elephant-if fact I've already tried once.
I just could get the "bohemian" part going.
Then I went thru my stash of DecoArt stencils.

I found this Mandala stencil.  On the left of my journal page is the stencil.
On the right side is my Bohemian Elephant using the stencil for the "Bohemian" look!
I LOVE IT!!

I turned the stencil and moved different parts where I thought they'd look the best.
Isn't he beautiful!

I've used DecoArt's Americana multi-surface Satin paints.  I had them out for another project, so kept using them for this one.  I love the finish you get with them. They can be used on multiple surface types. Plastic, metal, wood, glass, terra cotta, ceramic, paper, canvas and fabric.
Colors: 
Background deep turquoise and coastal waters
Elephant: Eggplant, Iris and Flamingo

Did some extra dots with white gel pen. Some of the black out lining is a Scribe-All pencil.

 I hope you're inspired to try your own Bohemian Elephant with DecoArt products!