Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge (11-22-15)

Hazel is our host this week at the Sunday Postcard Art site and the challenge is to use fruit in the creation of our postcards. Her inspirational art for this week is wonderful and I would encourage you to visit her site to check it out.

My postcard for this week is a bit "off season" if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, but I had fun making it just the same. One of the items on my Bucket List is to visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. That was the inspiration for this piece.  

Both the background and quote are from an internet search. The image is called "Friends" and is by Stampotique Originals.



I hope you will find some time this week to play along with this challenge.  You can find the rules here.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: "Take It Make It" November Challenge

Craft Stamper Magazine's "Take It Make It" challenge for November is to use a stamp and the theme is Anything Goes. It is possible to submit three pieces of art (each entered separately), so decided to make my third submission today.  

I recently found a new stamp designer by the name of Carol Porter.  I am lucky to have two of her stamps; the one I am using today being my favorite! You can see everything that Carol sells (including cards) at NAYS WORLD in her Etsy Shop. You can also follow her blog here.  

I made this journal page today using a scrap of patterned paper. I added some interest in the background before adhering my focal image (stamped on book text) and stamping my sentiment onto the paper. I think the two pair nicely!



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Monday, November 16, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: "Take It Make It" November Challenge

Craft Stamper Magazine's "Take It Make It" challenge for November is to use a stamp and the theme is Anything Goes. With such freedom, it was fun to create this fall-flavored tag:



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Sunday, November 15, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge (11-15-15)

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge is so named because the challenge is issued each Sunday.  Marion is our host this week with the theme of November Rain, and I have "answered" her challenge on Sunday!  Likely this won't happen again anytime soon, but this afternoon the New England Patriots' game is on and my husband is occupied!

I cut a piece of watercolor paper to the standard postcard size of 4" x 6" and printed an excerpt from Dan Wittenkeller's poem November Rain directly onto my postcard.  I stamped my image ("Portland" from Stampotique Originals) directly onto the postcard and colored her with colored pencils.  The "Leaf" stamp, also from Stampotique, was used several times, each time being inked up with fall colors from the Tim Holtz "mini's" collection.  I made a mask of the leaf image and at the end inked it in brighter colors and adhered it to the postcard.  Finally, I used a blending tool to ink up the edges of the postcard.




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I am entering this artwork in the Craft Stamper Magazine "Take It Make It" November challenge.



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge (11-07-15)

Deann is the host for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week, and she has sent us back to dig up our favorite fairy tale!  Few things last past childhood, but Snow White and those seven delightful dwarfs have endured the past seven decades for me!  Dopey was always my favorite dwarf.  Amazingly, he never spoke, yet one could always imagine what he was thinking!

For my background, I cut two pieces of heavy cardstock to 4" x 6".  I applied gesso to the surface of one, then pressed the two together and "massaged" the outside a bit to push around the gesso between the two.  When I pulled them apart, there was texture and pattern everywhere!  I allowed the cardstock to dry and then, using a citrus color palette, applied Dylusions spray inks and spritzes of water to blend them.

The pre-colored image of Dopey was from an internet search, and the text stamp is from Stampotique Originals.  



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Monday, November 2, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge

Linda is our host at Sunday Postcard Art this week, and she is sending us off to Paris to create art!  I hope you will take some time this week to join us in creating something for this challenge.

My postcard this week was a simple one to create as I used a Sizzix "texture fade" die folder to create dry embossing on my paper (cut to 6" x 4").  I then used a sanding block to rub off most of the raised surfaces, revealing the white core of the paper.




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