Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Cardmaking daze


I love the time I spend a few times a month making cards with my friend Liz, it's so calming and therapeutic - totally destresses me. Liz runs her own Stampin' Up business, so it's fun to play with the newest products in her classes. I love this 3-pen stamp - so many different ways to color it in.

While I adore the designs she provides in class for us, I always end up going rogue. I love the challenge of designing on the fly, figuring out how to make use of scraps, and working out the color and composition I like the best.




Monday, July 03, 2017

Gotta love a quick card

lisa fulmer greeting card

Tomorrow is our big July 4th festival and a few of us from the Concord Art Association are sharing some tents and selling our art and craft. I'm whipping up a batch of quick cards with some cute new papers and a new birdie punch. Fun and so much cuter than a store-bought card for the same price!

greeting cards lisa fulmer

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Painting - Triple Moon Goddess

lisa fulmer goddess painting
Triple Moon Goddess - 16"x20" mixed media

This piece is hanging in the Raquel Amaral Gallery this month - the show's theme is "Gods and Goddesses." I chose this Neopagan iconic symbol of the Triple Goddess - it was fun to put my own spin on the shapes and colors. And of course, my favorites - circles and texture! I worked with mediums from one of my new clients, Marabu Creative - they make these very cool Art Sprays and Art Crayons.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Painting - The Abyss

lisa fulmer abyss painting
The Abyss - 16"x20" acrylic

There is an art gallery in town that accepts new work each month, so I have been trying to paint more. This piece expresses the frustration I've been feeling about our current political climate...plus I just really like circles and texture, lol. It hung at the Raquel Amaral Gallery for the month of June and it will hang at aRt Cottage for July.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I love drawing pears

lisa fulmer pear drawing art crayons

Pears are my go-to shape for drawing and painting, especially when I'm playing with new mediums. I'm not so interested in realism, just the curves and plenty of space to blend colors and textures. This time I worked with several different colors of my Marabu Art Crayons.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Cute little frenchie card

lisa fulmer french greeting card art crayons

For this card, I smudged a rainbow of colors (Marabu Art Crayons) on watercolor paper using a damp brush. Then I stamped the background text with permanent ink. The fleur-de-lys is a foam stamp that I colored with an art crayon to stamp the shape, then I used a paper stump to blend in a more solid tone.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Experimenting with Marabu Art Crayons

lisa fulmer marabu art crayons painting

I am currently working with Marabu Creative and I am so very happy to start experimenting with their fabulous Art Crayons

I'm totally in love with this medium for about a million different reasons...deep pigments, wax-based and water-soluble, buttery soft and smooth, plus the retractable barrel and cap makes it easy to hold, apply and store. 

marabu art crayons

Art Crayons are wonderful to work with in layers because they activate with water for reducing and blending colors, but they won't RE-activate after they're dry.

Here are a couple shots of my work in progress while everything was still wet - this piece is 9"x12" on a treated canvas sheet.

doodling with marabu art crayons


lisa fulmer marabu art crayons

After my work was dry, I used the crayon without water to intensify the color in some places. I also used Marabu Art Spray with a stencil at the bottom. I mounted the canvas sheet to black fabric wrapped around felt and cardboard.

Such a fun experiment - can't wait to paint some more with Art Crayons!

lisa fulmer happy thoughts painting
Happy Thoughts - 9x12 (watercolor crayon)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Photo transfer on canvas board

image transfer mixed media canvas lisa fulmer

I'm playing with the Designer Crafts Connection this month - we're celebrating "National Mod Podge Day" on May 19th with Plaid! Boy, any excuse for a holiday, eh?

Each of us received different kinds of Mod Podge - I got their Photo Transfer Medium, so I snapped lots of pictures in my mother's yard this past weekend. I decided to play with this shot of her mock orange bush.

mock orange blossoms

I went to the office supply store and make some copies of my photo on their laser printer (can't use inkjet with this medium) then I stained an 8x10' canvas board with a sea sponge. I was curious to see if the sepia tone underneath might soften the image, even though I had read that this medium is opaque.


Following the tips I read on the Mod Podge Rocks blog, I brushed the medium on my image, flipped it over to the canvas board, smoothed it out with a brayer and let it dry overnight.



The next day, I spritzed the canvas board with water and carefully rubbed off all the paper with my fingers. This is the tricky part - I realized that I was working on a cheap canvas board that wasn't really canvas fabric - I think it's actually thick paper embossed with a canvas pattern. It was primed, but I had to be careful with the water - wet enough to peel off the paper from the laser copy, but not so wet that I might tear the canvas.


I actually did rub a bit too hard in one place and the medium "skin" that actually holds the image started to come off the edge. But I was planning a distressed look for this project anyway, so no harm, no foul. I just used my sanding block to further distress the edges all the way around. Then I re-stained the edges with the sepia ink.


I added sand medium on the green areas and highlighted the blooms with iridescent paint.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Stencils - the positive and the negative


I used the same sunshine plastic stencil for the background on each of these greeting cards - the "hello" card is misted with both yellow and orange ink sprays through the stencil (aka mask). I inked the white "negative" space in the center of the sun with bright pink, which peeks through the little blossom punch-outs in the banner.


Then instead of immediately wiping away the ink from the top of the mask after misting and removing the cardstock, I turned the inky wet mask over and pressed it on to another sheet of cardstock like a stamp. This gave me a "positive" image of the sun with a random watercolor effect.


I added washi tapes and baker's twine at the bottom of the card, and dabbed a little interference turquoise sheer paint over the sun for a bit of shimmer. Pretty!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cardmaking and collage with Rinea Foil


I'm happy to be playing along with the Designer Crafts Connection this month - our sponsor is Rinea Foils. We received lovely sampler packs of this double-sided paper foil to create our projects. I lightly embossed a sheet of gold foil for this simple greeting card design by just rubbing it inside an embossing folder with a wood brayer. It was easy to punch out the circle from the foil, too.

 

Sadly this sheet of beautiful purple foil cracked a bit inside the same folder when I ran it through my embossing machine, the pressure of the plates was a bit too strong. But I actually really like the cracks for this piece. I wrapped and glued the embossed foil around a 6" square piece of thick illustration board, then added my collage elements. After sanding the surface to get rid of the purple on the raised lines, I brushed a coat of sheer iridescent silver paint over the top, then I roughed up the cherry blossom rub-on with a white pencil.

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