Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Brown & Pink Colour Groupies ATCs

This is my first 'scheduled post' and also my 200th post since I started blogging back in December of 2006. What is a scheduled post? This is directly from Blogger:

Have you ever wanted to announce something on a certain date but knew you wouldn’t be at a computer to make a post? Or you wanted to keep posting regularly but knew you’d be on vacation for a few weeks? Scheduled post publishing is here to help you out.

Scheduling a post is easy to do: on the post editor page, click the “Post Options” toggle to show the “Post date and time” fields. Then, type a post date and time that’s in the future. When you click the “Publish” button, your post will become “scheduled.” When the date and time of the post arrive, it will be automatically published to your blog.

I am leaving for vacation tomorrow (07/27/08) and we will be gone for 2 whole weeks. Steven and I have elected to go without computers this time and even though I am sure I will miss this mode of communicating -- I am very glad for the break and look forward to a relaxing and quiet time on Wolfe Island (ontario, canada) filled with lots of art. But I thought it might be nice to set up and send a message while I was away!

Colour Groupies is a small group of 5 artists that share ATCs designed around a colour combination theme, every month. To see all of the ATCs I have made for this challenge, just click on the Colour Groupies tag at the end of this post. For the month of July, our colour combination was brown and pink. Let me show you what I have created for this theme . . . .

This scan shows my brown & pink ATCs for Frieda, Debby & Caryl (top row, L-R) plus one I made for myself on the bottom left, and one I created for Tristan, on the bottom right. I started with a piece of luxurious brown velvet that I had leftover from velvet embossing. I looked around my studio and gathered brown velvet leaves from Alpha Stamps, the pink German Dresden foil doily I got from Paper Whimsy, pink Ribbon from Alpha Stamps, plus various coins and crushed mica. I used pink thread on my sewing machine to stitch the velvet to a piece of hand made brown paper, and I made a label on sticker paper.

I really love this exchange! Because of the high caliber of work that is produced, I am always working hard to do my best and come up with something even a little more creative! I am getting into both decorating and creating the envelopes that I send my ATCs in to this group, because I know it will be enjoyed and appreciated! This month they were all made out of pink and brown paper from a template . . .

A close up of my ATC for Frieda --

Click on any image for more detail.
I will be back after August 10th!
yours creatively, Lenna

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mermaid Slide Mailers for Alpha Stamps swap!

I created these mermaid theme slide mailers for an Alpha Stamps swap through their yahoo group -- all images and the slide mailers themselves (plain brown to start) are from Alpha Stamps! Oh yeah -- so are the mermaid charms on the front of the mailers, the green leaf ribbon and the irridescent glass spheres! : )

These slide mailers started out plain but quickly had colour added to them with a sptritz of Adirondack color wash, in bottle green, all over. Then I sponged on metallic emerald (jacquard textile), Indigo (jacquard Lumiere) and Halo blue green - an interference Jacquard color (color changing). There is info about these paints on the company's website.

All the water and mermaid images have me thinking of spending the next two weeks on the St. Lawrence River -while I am visiting Wolfe Island in Ontario Canada! : ) I will be back August 11th.

Friday, July 18, 2008

We will be on vacation!

We will be on vacation!, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

: ^ ) visiting Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada ~ July 27 - August 10

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

white jacket, turns colorful

_whiteJacket, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

This is what the colorful jacket that I shared as part of my previous post titled "Bleu Willow" looked like, when I first started working on it back in June. This jacket project was a very slow process for me! : ^ ) I began with a plain white denim jacket, just screaming for attention. The first thing I did was sew fabric images from the Alpha Stamps Sleeping Beauty #3 sheet onto the jacket in a number of places with a small zig zag stitch. Alpha Stamps is now printing images on fabric that are washable! (heat set them first -instructions included). I left the jacket just like that for a while, not sure where I was going to go next with it. Hmmm, I had some green leaf ribbon left out on my work table from another project, and when I draped it across the jacket I decided it would be a wonderul addition to this project. So I attached the leaf ribbon with FabriTac glue, which can be washed.

Again, I left the jacket for a while (days). I felt it needed some rubber stamp sayings or words. I re-inked my fabric ink pads (VersaCraft), practiced stamping on scraps of denim, and after practicing - simply dived in. It worked out well, phew! The practice helped. I used my heat gun to dry the ink and then thought . . . a plain white jacket was just not going to do it for me!

So I got out spray bottles of watered down paint and Adirondack Color Washes and went to town spraying and adding color to this piece. At first I had a lighter hand with the color, and then after that dried and I looked at it, I went back and added more color, overlapping what I had done before. I like how the colors came out, varying shades of pink, yellow, creamsicle, blue & green.

I finished the jacket by adding color and splatters with a Deco metallic gold glitter fabric pen designed for fabric. I wove a thin gold thread around the length of the leafy trim and I also added iridescent glass spheres from Alpha Stamps! You can see them glowing a bit in the photo below -click on it for more detail.

I finished the project by heat setting the entire jacket with a HOT iron, a few minutes on each area. For a free tutorial on fabric stamping & heat setting, please visit my new website.

You can view more photos of the jacket process HERE.

Thanks for your interest : ) This jacket is now for sale at the Bleu Willow -see the next post for more info!

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Bleu Willow

My friend Carol Van Gerve told me about this unique gift store that recently opened in Simsbury, CT (May of 2008). The owner, Laura Smigel, had purchased some of Carol's gorgeous greeting cards to sell at her store (scroll down after you follow the link, to see carol's cards). Carol encouraged me to visit the Bleu Willow myself, and I did a few weeks ago. I brought in some of my artwork: a few pieces of jewelry and fabric items, to see if the Laura might be interested. She was, and even better news for me: Three of my reversible wire-wrapped frame necklaces (below) sold right away!

These necklaces feature ARTchix Studio images, frames & charms, and you can click on any photo for more detail.

Today I went to the Bleu Willow again, armed with more jewelry since it was so popular. I also brought in a colorful dyed and stamped denim jacket I have been working on in my spare time : ^ ) Some of the pieces, below:

The Jacket I mentioned is shown to your left. There will be more about how I created it in another post, but here you can see it hanging inside the Bleu Willow. I dyed and stamped a plain white denim jacket and used fabric images printed with a special ink that can stand a gentle washing, from Alpha Stamps.

>> To the right, on the table, is the fabric fairytale book I created with yummy images from Alpha Stamps!

And here is a photo of Laura, the owner of The Bleu Willow in front of her shop! Come visit Wednesday - Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 12 noon -5pm. It is located at 552 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury CT, near Simsmore Square and Brookside Bagels!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

"Bubbles" Artist Trading Cards: ARTchix Swap and Collaborative Project

Well, it must be pretty obvious by now that I use art swaps, exchanges, and collaborative projects to keep myself inspired & creating! Here are photos from my most recent creative session of making ATCs for an ARTchix Studio project. You can click on any picture for more detail.

We were required to create 6 Artist Trading Cards (collages that are each 2.5" x 3.5") with "bubbles", circles and/or dots. The ATCs were to be original artwork only and we were required to use at least 1 ARTchix collage sheet image when creating. When the artwork has been received, Helga from ARTchix Studio will select her favorites to create a collection of new buttons. One winner will win a $100 gift certificate to the ARTchix Studio online shop -wow!

I really had fun with these! I started with a piece of scrapbook paper that already had dots or "bubbles" on it. See the back of my ATCs below to get a better idea; I used the same paper on the back after running it through my printer to add the swap information.

I started by using a circle template and cutting out various faces from ARTchix Studio collage sheets. Then I decided to punch holes out of some of the long rectangular images from the Sea Dreams sheet and place my cut out faces inside the hole/frame. Then I used the Sea dreams sheet and punched out or cut out bubbles (with the template as a guide) in a variety of sizes. I edged many of these circles with both a metallic gold pen and a sparkly gold glitter pen.

There was a piece of sequin waste on my table -ah ha! Another circle shape. At first I dabbed black paint though the holes, then added Brass Lumiere paint halfway on top of the black circles. This paint really looks sparkly gold, not brass! I liked how the sequin waste looked after the gold paint had been dabbed on, so I cut sections of that and added it with white Tacky glue. The excess glue around the edges of the sequin waste made me think - hmm, a perfect opportunity for adding a few iridescent glass spheres, micro beads & glitter!

I glued the scrapbook paper to a watercolor card sized 2.5" x 3.5" and ran my Deco gold glitter pen around all the edges as well as using it to create a few bubbles of my own on the front of the card. I used what was left of the scrapbook paper and used my computer to print my info to fit the card and then glued that onto the other side of the watercolour paper.

Thanks for this swap/project, Helga! It was great fun to do and it challenged me creatively. ; ^ ) lenna