Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Kraft Tex and StencilGirl Blog Hop

Welcome to Day One of the C&T Publishing and StencilGirl Blog Hop.
How exciting to get my hands on Kraft-Tex!
I chose this beautiful rich color.....Tangerine.
Wow! Lucious!

I tried everything I could with the product.
I painted it, spray painted it, glazed it, antiqued it, cut it, stamped on it, 
dripped ink on it, sewed it, glued it, super glued it and stenciled it.... 

I'll be honest and tell you I made several projects with this roll.
Here is one of my favorite's.

I started by sewing book cover size cardboard in between the product. 
I knew I wanted to make a book but wasn't sure which direction it would take.

Next up I used flat white spray paint through the Damask Medium Stencil.
A few little spritzes of yellow spray inks....
At this point I figured out the logistics of papers and signatures and binding...
So I put all that together and punched the holes.

Now I felt I could continue having an idea how it might all work together.
So I began adding color to the damask design with Faber-Castell Pitt pens
They are india ink pens and are permanent.
  I thought they would be a good match to the Kraft-Tex base layer.

I played until I liked the flow of it
and sprayed it with Krylon Matte Finish Spray Fixative.
Then I mod podged the whole thing.
It soaked right in and left a beautiful, satiny finish.
I liked it alot...but I wanted more of an aged look.

The Kraft-Tex has a great texture by itself.
It reminds me of leather, and I was hoping to emphasize that aspect....
but how?
I decided to try a crackle glaze and antiquing paint.

I followed the directions on the jar.
I don't use this stuff every day!
I admit it was a little scary!

But Wow! 
I rubbed it into the crackly cracks
and gave the finished journal a coat of Matte Varnish.

I Love Love Love how this finished!

The inside covers of the book are simply 
a Flat White Spray Paint through the What's the Point? Stencil.
Simple and sweet.

I thought it needed a closure and considered several types before settling on this one.
It is machine sewn to the back cover.
The Velcro is glued with E6000. 
I had to go back and use Super Glue to the front cover Velcro.
I am hoping it won't give me a problem.

I also used the 4x4 Journal Texture #1 on that flap.
See the little hole pattern there in red? 

There you go!
Day 1 of this fun hop is underway!

As usual, there is a Giveaway with a fabulous prize.
One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a $25 Gift Certificate for C&T Publishing!!

Visit all the hop artists from both teams every day 
and comment each day for your chance to win!

You have until Saturday, February 18th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and C&T Publishing’s Blog on Sunday, February 19.

Good Luck!
Here is a list of each day's hop artists.

February 17 

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February 2017 Challenge To Create Prompts

Hello February!
Hello Friends!
Join us in February with these planner prompts
and #challengetocreate prompts!

Join Us on Instagram: Janet HERE Maria HERE
Use the #'s: #challengetocreate #creativeeveryday
Saturday = PP-Planner Prompt
Sunday = Quote
Monday = Mandala

1 Tribal Print
2 National Groundhog Day
3 Coffee Inspired
4 PP-Add a Flap
5 Weekly Quote
6 Monday Mandala
7 Use Your Non-Dominant Hand
8 Flower of the Month-Violet
9 Your Initials
10 Definition
11 PP-Add a Heart
12 Weekly Quote
13 Monday Mandala
14 Cupid’s Arrow
15 Favorite Food
16 Polka Dots Use an Envelope
17 National Random Act of Kindness
18 PP-Use an Envelope
19 Weekly Quote
20 Monday Mandala
21 Ribbon
22 Design Your Own Kimono Fabric
23 Bird of the Month-Woodpecker
24 Doodle-Red
25 PP-Use Your Least Used Color
26 Weekly Quote
27 Monday Mandala
28 Obsession of the Month

Happy Valentine's Day!
Happy Arting!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 Planner Pages for January

Hi Friends. 
We are half way through January 2017 already.
I wanted to try to blog just a little bit more this year...
so this is me showing up for the occasion!

Here I am in my 2017 Planner.
I'm not sure how I should refer to it other than my planner.
For the last 3 years it has been my DLP... Documented Life Project.
This year we are on our own ...therefore it's just my planner.

But it is no ordinary planner.
I fully treasure my last 3 books and am treating this in the same way
and doing it in the same style.

I picked my word for the year....NURTURE.
It was hard to narrow down to one focus word.
I want to nurture my relationships with God, family and friends.

Week two's PP (planner prompt) was arrow. 
I love the January 2017 StencilClub stencil set. I used the 6" stencil below.
Included in both of these week's planner pages is Mary Beth Shaw's new planner stencils.

I am often asked what supplies I use on these pages. 
This year I took a regular lined inexpensive journal from Staples 
and gessoed every page front and back, as well as the covers.
This was my summer project after rotator cuff surgery on my dominant arm.
I figured it was an easy, slow project that did not take any precision from me.
I just slapped on the gesso, let it dry and turned the page to do it again.

I started from the back page with the last week of the year and set up the calendar format.
That left me with the front half of the book with pages for lists 
and other art work and experimentation. Fun!

I use all kinds of markers and paint pens and sharpies and watercolors and spray inks 
and crayons and gelatos.....
Pretty much anything goes on these pages.
I use stencils and stamps and papers....

On one of my front extra pages
I was practicing with a small gelli plate someone gave me using 
some of Maria McGuire's Be Brave stencil line.
The Breathe and Spread Your Wings stencils.
And Look! There's a RubberMoon sticker from a recent package!

My cover will have many layers before this new year has ended.
Here is how it is starting......
with some of my favorite color as a base paint 
and some PaperArtsy stamps I used in a recent StencilGirl Blog Hop.

Here we go into a new year and a new adventure!
I hope you are joining me!
Happy Arting!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

January 2017 Challenge To Create Prompts

Hi Art Friends!
Hello 2017 New Year!

My dear friend Maria and I decided to plan our year ahead
 for both our Daily #challengetocreate prompts
and our 2017 Planner Prompts.
We will post them on each of our blogs for each month.
Join us for one day or every day!
The important thing is to 

Join Us on Instagram: Janet HERE Maria HERE
Use the #'s: #challengetocreate #creativeeveryday
Saturday = PP-Planner Prompt
Sunday = Quote

Monday = Mandala

31 PP-Word for the Year
1 Weekly Quote
2 Monday Mandala
3 Flur de lis
4 Alphabet
5 Flower of the Month-Carnation
6 Doodle-Blue
7 PP-Add an Arrow
8 Weekly Quote
9 Monday Mandala
10 Ice Cubes
11 Cut a Snowflake
12 Draw the Weather
13 Favorite Smell
14 PP-Trace Your Hand
15 Weekly Quote
16 Monday Mandala
17 Design Your Own Winter Hat
18 Spool/Bobbin of Thread
19 Cinnamon Rolls
20 Circles
21 PP-Add a Map
22 Weekly Quote
23 Monday Mandala
24 Angel
25 Use a Brayer
26 Bird of the Month—Cardinal
27 Obsession of the Month
28 PP-Add Fabric
29 Weekly Quote
30 Monday Mandala
31 Basket Pattern

Happy Arting!