Wednesday, September 30, 2009

some new atc's

i'm very thrifty with my paint, none ever goes to waste. any little leftover puddles on my palette get swiped on to paper, fabric or interfacing to use later as backgrounds, like for these 3 atc's.

on the left is a piece of timtex. i curled the edges up with a heat gun and layered it on a piece of cardstock.

in the middle, i didn't like how another utee-coated atc had turned out, so i chopped it into inchies. i love inchies, such a great way to embellish or collage.

on the right is a cluster of die-cut flowers that were tucked in a drawer of a little cabinet my friend glenna gave me.

yay for upcycling!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

playing with utee

there's so much you can do with ultra-thick embossing enamel (aka "utee"). after watching some different how-to videos, i settled on the broken glass technique for this atc.

i covered a plain white card with white pigment ink and sprinkled a blend of clear and red utee powder. i heatset a couple layers to make it smooth. then i put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes, cracked it, then rubbed a dark pigment ink into the cracks.

i added some clear stickers and a spot of gold ink with some extra utee, which i left mostly unmelted to keep some crystals in tact. we'll be working with this technique in my next atc club meeting on october 3rd.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

prettier butterflies

i got this piece of fabric as a free sample. i was not crazy about the rust and gold combo at all, but i really liked the shape of the butterflies. so i covered it with a wash of interference orange acrylic paint, which toned back the rust color and gives it a sparkly pearlescence. then i painted the outlines of the butterflies and added doodly designs to the wings.

much mo' bettah!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

another scrapbook spread

this is part of my good time gal canvas book. on the left is a piece of fabric i painted by wetting it and then squishing it around in all the leftover paint at a recent class, cleaning all the palettes with it...thanks to co-worker ali for the idea!

it turned this wonderful shade of green, with yellow and purple highlights. you can see the evidence on my hands at the end of this post on the c&t blog.

all the pictures on this spread celebrate just a few of the really, really, really good times i had while living in san francisco in my 20s and 30s. the paper dahlias accent these pages because the dahlia garden in golden gate park is one of my absolute favorite places (and the dahlia is the official flower of san francisco).

Thursday, September 17, 2009

my kind of scrapbook

while at a trade show earlier this past spring, i was demonstrating painting on canvas books. over the course of the day, i had painted a cover, but then the book got tucked away.

i found it again and am working it into a scrapbook. i am painting or collaging each page, then adhering snippets of photos of some of the good times i have had. i enjoy remembering each event, the pictures are not in any sequence and so far the ones I have selected span more than 20 years.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

i {heart} painting on fabric

today at work we had an in-depth training session from our friends at liquitex, all about acrylic paints, inks and mediums. after a little chemistry lesson, we got to play with a few different techniques for painting on fabric.

i really liked this sun-printing technique; it's from a terrific surface design technique book that c&t publishing is releasing in january.

tonight i painted a rose on top of my sun-printed fabric, click on the picture to get a closer look. the whole piece is about 8 x 11 - i'm really pleased with how this turned out!

Friday, September 11, 2009

altered cigar box

macanudo cigars, made in jamaica...i have no idea how i ended up with this empty cigar box, but i finally decided it was high time i altered it.

i covered it with wrinkled gold foil mylar tissue and painted the mylar with caramel, green and black alcohol inks. i wrapped a wide green woven fiber ribbon around the sides, and added gold leafing pen to the lip.

on the top, i layered sheets of timtex and lutradur that I sprayed with color wash and glimmer mist. then i embedded some gold punchinella into a strip of green polymer clay, and coated it with crackle medium. i finished it off with a square of glass (painted with metallic ink) and lots of gold and bronze crystals.

Sunday, September 06, 2009


this is a chipboard angel that i painted yellow and gold, then embellished the wings with glass bead texture gel medium and bronze and white embossing powders.

her bodice is a diamond stamp with the bronze embossing powder, and i criss-crossed gold wire and beads on her legs to look like ribbons coming from her gold ballet slippers. i made her petal skirt with textiva fusible film, fused around gold wire.

she was really fun to make!

Friday, September 04, 2009

acetate and alcohol

at tomorrow's atc club, we'll be working with alcohol inks and acetate, and the challenge is to incorporate something metallic into your design.
this one is super thick acetate printed with gridlines. i dropped on 3 ink colors and let them randomly bleed together. then i filled in some of the squares with different colors of distress stickles. i embellished it with a piece of crinkled foil tissue and a brad.
for this atc, i started with velvety flocked cardstock. i overlayed a bit of a printed transparency, which i inked with green and copper on the back. i also inked the plastic tag, and secured the ribbon on the card with little metal pinch clips.

atc club is the first saturday of every month—if you are in northern california, join us! all the details are on my website under class