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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!


Friday, May 13, 2016

Dragonfly World canvas/Mixed Media


 Mixed Media is my FAVORITE art to do!!
This is the 8x10 canvas is so easy to do!!


My granddaughter started my canvas!  She loves to paint.

She painted 3 different colors. I then splattered some black.

 Here's where the stencil comes in!!  I used Rebecca Baer Dragonfly Fantasy-LG stencil. and Deco Art Traditions paint. When you lift the stencil-the beautiful colors are still left!!  I love it!
Didn't want to cover up any of the design-especially the dragonfly.  But I knew it needed a little something-something.



 This is where my Wild Orchid flowers came in handy.  I also had some trim in my stash. Added a butterfly die cut and viola!  My masterpiece was finished.  I can't wait to find a perfect spot on my wall for this beauty!

 Creating mixed media is so relaxing and you can get really creative.  Rebecca Baer stencils add so much potential!  I hope you're inspired to try your hand at mixed media today!!
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments.  I will definitely answer them for you!



Monday, May 9, 2016

Mixed Media Inspirational Card


Thank you for stopping by today.
 I've combined several challenges into this beautiful card.

My jumping off point was Mono Printing with Paper Artsy. 2016 Topic 9.
Gelli Plate backgrounds are my favorite thing to create!

I love layering several stencils with different colors of acrylic paint. If you let each layer dry before adding the next layer-you can get a really nice background.

My next challenge was to use monochromatic colors with Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge #140.

Craft Stamper Magazine is running anything goes! As long as you use a stamp.  I've used one of my new favorites from Our Daily Bread called On Eagles Wings. 
Our Daily Bread challenge is to use flowers. They were incorporated in my gelli plate background using a stencil.

One of my favorite challenges is weekly with Word Art Wednesday.  This week is anything goes.

 I've also used Deco Art Acrylic paint: Ultramarine Blue, Sapphire Blue and Whispering Turquoise.
Deco Art stencil: French Script.
Plaid stencil: daisies
White Satin Ribbon.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Butterly Scene /Art Journal


Happy Wednesday!!
Are you ready for some art journal inspiration??

I used Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and Rebecca Baer stencil Enchanted Vine-LG
I always gesso my pages before I start my page.The fluid acrylics are used sparingly.  One drop goes a long way!  I used my fingers to rub it around my page.I laid the stencil down and did additional rubbing of paint in the stencil after freehand sketching the butterfly in. I wanted to be sure the main stenciling was done around the butterfly.

 I painted several coats of the fluid acrylics on the butterly.  The carbon black covers extremely well!
To finish it up-I painted in all the white parts.

 I hope you'll try the stencils in your journals or canvas projects! They have lots of good details.
Thanks for stopping by!

Deco Art Products Used:
Interference Violet and Green
Glazing Mediums
Cadmium Red Hue
Viridian
Dioxazine Purple
Quinacridone Magenta
Diarylide Yellow
Vermillion
Carbon Black
White

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mother's Day Mixed Media/Layered card


Mother's Day is just a couple of weeks away.

Time to get busy!!

I started with a gelli plate background. Used Rebecca Baer Stencil 
Used Colored pencils on a Unity Stamp-Eloise Girl and added her.
Then embellished with Wild Orchid flowers.


  Entering the following challenge:

Layered Graduation Mixed Media Cards


Been working on graduation cards.
Bassett High School colors are orange and blue.

This first card I cut the 2016 out from black cardstock (using Cricut) and layered the blue behind it.
Then added layers and layers of stars (cut with Cricut)
For finishing touches-added glitter glue to the stars that were raised with dimensional's.
 
 I used my Cricut for cutting out this boat/wave.  This young man is going on a cruise for his graduation present!!
 I was inspired from Pintrerst for this card design.  I did add some bling though!  I dry embossed the blue and ran the orange strip thru the Big Shot with Swiss Dot folder.

 Entering the follow challenge:
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #23

 

 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Faith/Hope/Love Mixed Media Canvas

I am super excited to share my first post as a Design Team member for Rebecca Baer!!
I've used several of her beautiful stencils on this mixed media canvas along with her specially designed stenciler brush.
 I started out with a 16x20 canvas that I paint with lots of white and burnt umber tones. I divided the canvas into rectangles using washi tape and painters tape and painted solid blocks of red and brown.
 Then I got out my stencils! Today I've combined four different stencils using the stenciler.
 As I moved the stencils around the canvas, only using sections of some of the stencils, but the whole stencil in some areas, I repeated the main colors. Some area were overlapped with multiple stencils. Some area after the paint had dried, I added some Metallic Lustre in matching colors in random areas.
Rebecca's Stenciler does such an awesome job allowing you get get a crisp image from the stencil.
 Once I was happy with my layout, I used some background stencils from my stash with some Black Archival ink and dabbed in random areas. This is how you start bringing the whole canvas together. I even did some dabbing with bubble wrap and white paint.
 After deciding what inspirational words I'd use, I cut Faith, Hope and Love with my Cricut. To add more dimension and variety, I used the negative to do more stenciling with white paint on top of the words.
 I attached the cut out words with Matte Medium. Went around the letters with burnt umber and black to highlight them. To tone down the white paper, I painted on top of the words with a mix of white paint and Rose Gold Metallic Lustre.


 I'm already displaying my finished piece on my mantle! I love how it turned out.  I hope you'll be inspired to layer your stencils and mix them up!

Rebecca Baer Stencils Used:
Dragonfly Fantasy/Large
Flights of Fancy/Large
Paisley Garden/small
Jamboree/small

Deco Art Products:
Traditions Acrylic Paint
Burnt Umber
Yellow Oxide
Hansa Yellow Medium
Titanium White
Blue Grey
Natphrhol Red

Metallic Lustre
Rose Gold
Orange Flicker
Iced Expresso
Radiant Red

Americana Acrylic Sealer/gloss
Matte Medium

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Mixed Media Birthday Cards


 I wanted to share how I created a mixed media card using 
Rebecca Baer and DecoArt Stencils, Stamping and embellishments.

Using Gelli Plate is one of my favorite ways to make my own deisgns. I laid the part of the stencil over the plate that I wanted to use. Rebecca Baer Dragonfly Fantasy stencil.

I applied two shades of Americana acrylic paint with my brayer. Pulled print number one.
Allow the design on the plate to dry.



Brayer white on top of dried design and pull print number two.
 On the first card I used watercolor pencils to add some dimension to the dragonfly.
I stamped the Prima girl and fussy cut her out. Added her with dimensions. Coloring was done with watercolor pencils.

 Heres a close up showing the glitter glue I added to the dragonfly.
 For the 2nd card I started with Heartfelt Creations designer paper. Heat embossed the doily using white embossing powder.

I wanted spring colors. The Close to the Heart Country Life stamp set from  was perfect! 
I stamped the cute lamp with the sentiment. The back circle was cut from the first gelli print.
Love the orange and purple colors!


 I'm entering Craft Stamper Magazine challenge
and Word Art Wednesday.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Cowboy Girl Birthday!







Happy Saturday!
I've designed a custom birthday card.
The request was for a 17 year old girl using cowboy boots.




I hand drew the boot on tan SU cardstock. Ran it thru Big Shot using Sizzix Flourish embossing folder. I inked up one side with SU Bravo Burgundy which created this cool two toned look.

 I used Zig Artist Sketching Pen to outline the boot and draw the heel.
 Next, I applied Metallic Lustre -Fab Fushia with my finger.
Shiny highlights!

                     I knew I wanted to show both boots standing up. I designed a Z-Fold.
                   Started with 10x7 white cardstock. Scored at 2 3/4 and 5 inches.
             Covered with designer paper.
             folded and attached the boots with SU dimensionals.

This is did dots using Liquid Pearl White Opal

Then I decorated with Flourish with a Bling pearls and 
Wild Orchid flowers. 
The sentiments were stamped on tan cardstock and punched the edges with scallop punch.


Thanks for stopping by. Have a terrific weekend!