Saturday, December 31, 2011

She Art No 2 - Vintage Girl

This was another exercise where we layered copies of meaningful pictures, documents and the like and depicting a more old fashioned type 'girl'.  It bought back memories of the 70's and 80's and the style of clothes I used to wear way back then.

Some of the background pieces comprise a photo of me when I was about 4, my nursery card from the hospital where I was born, copies of shorthand pages out of my mother's book and a little drawing my daughter gave me quite a number of years ago.  Such precious items to commence the journey for the Vintage Girl.

First layers onto the canvas
Added an old paper pattern over the top

then sprayed with Glimmermist, Stained with watered down Distress Stain, painted using a Heidi Swapp flower mask in a couple of different colours

Canvas size 6"x12"

Bottom of canvas
For the stencil for the flower I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities die, and coloured texture paste

Side view of the canvas which gives a better idea of the 'vintage' look

Close up of the face
Lots of different tools to create colour and texture in the hair



Close up of the outfit and background

She Art No 2 - Modern Girl

The theme for this canvas was to create your own girl, and to base her on yourself.  Hmmm - the challenge began . . .

This was quite an emotional journey, but very enjoyable.  The background pieces are copies of little notes and drawings done by my daughter when young.  Whilst they are not visible in the finished piece,  I know they are there, and adds extra meaning to the end result.

Background with first coats of paint

Finished Girl 'me'
Canvas size 12"x12"

Top right hand side showing all the texture, rubons, stamping etc

Close up of the top
the shirt was stamped, embossed and then embossed again with a different colour
The necklace and buttons are rubons and 'Perfect Pearls'

The bottom half
I used a Martha Stewart punch for the pant leg and coat and then replaced piece once cut to give a bit of dimension

the face
havent quite mastered the short hair look :)

Bonus Canvas No 2

and the uploading continues . . .

Butterfly canvas

Canvas size 10"x10"


Close up of the butterfly
(butterfly image  from Dover Publications)

Close up of the background brick
Used Prima Brick Fence Mask and texture paste

The wording
'she found truth in the unexpected'


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bonus Canvas No 1

During the course of the Workshops,  Christy Tomlinson introduced bonus canvasses for us  to create if we felt like taking up the challenge.  I really enjoyed these, as they are a different look to the 'Girls' but still meaningful.

the Flower Canvas . . .

Canvas size is 10"x12"
I added the birds to each side at the bottom

and of course a butterfly

close up of part of the canvas
the cute little buttons are from Kaisercraft and the colours were perfect for this exercise

side view

close up of one of the flowers
I cut out the leaves ages ago for another project but didnt use them, so came in handy for this one
I have had the magnetic words in my stash for ages (they were originally designed to write messages, poems or whatever on a magnetic canvas such as a fridge) so came handy for a 3D effect

She Art Workshop 2

Christy's 'She Art Workshop No 2' comprises the use of all types of mediums on canvasses.  I chose them randomly and still have a couple to complete (before my subscription runs out!)
Great to be able to use some of my 'sewing stash' and surplus product from other crafting over the years.  Fabulous way to start using up some of the left-over product (and not at today's prices). Even use the end of cotton reels to add texture to paint :)

Here is my take on 'Creating Dimension with Beads and Glitter'

Canvas size 6"x12"

Really played around with the dimension for the hair on this girl
Instead of a flower, I created a little bird's nest in her hair

Side view
Both sides, top and bottom carry through the theme so that when hung on the wall, gives a complete look

Close up of side and dress
carrying through the bird theme with this cute little charm

'She Art' Week 2 Girl 2

Canvas size 10"x10"
This 'girl' was so much fun and one of my favourites to this point of the course

Close up of the top
like the finished hat :)

was so looking forward to 'creating' the birds
and happy with the outcome


the flowers
it is great if you 'make a mistake' - you can just paint over it!

The skirt was a challenge
The technique was to use strips of squished up paper dipped in mod podge and then individually placed on the skirt.  I wasnt happy with the end result of mine (looked too structured) so covered with a piece of white muslin cloth and then some Prima lace

She Art Girl 2 (with a variation)

I got such a kick out creating Girl 2 with the old fashioned dress and headband, decided to duplicate for my daughter's godmother for her Christmas present ( because I knew she would remember 'the good old days' :)

The day I commenced on this girl, I was crafting with some 'She Art' pals and Christina was working with fabric.  So, instead of using paper for this one, I used fabric instead.  Not as happy with the result, but if I used it again, I would change the technique a little.

Anyway, here she is . . .


Canvas size 10"x10"
The dress, collar and headband are fabric
The stamped wording reads . . .
'a girl should be two things classy and fabulous'


I had a 'brainwave' on the morning prior to wrapping the canvas
Decided to reproduce the image and cover a small 7"x5" photo album for any use, but primarily as 'Grandma's Brag book'
Utilised Christy's wording on the spine of the book 

I copied the images I wanted to use onto Sticky Back canvas and then covered the front and back of the album
Side view of the completed album on top of the canvas

Was happy with the end result, but will put the next one together slightly differently, or not, havent decided yet

'She Art' Girl - Week 2

Christy Tomlinson's Workshop was presented in a three week course, but with 3 months to complete (ie access to videos and PDF's during that time) I commenced in April 2011 (I think) but was too busy work wise to 'get into' being really messy.  I then purchased an extension of the course to enable me to finish - what a great way to learn and enjoy!!

This is the first girl from Week 2


Canvas size is 10"x10"
and I used 'orange'!!

Close up of the middle section

The top
Loved the headband on this one

'She Art' Girl 3

The uploading continues . . .

thought I would share the initial process
The image to the left is the bottom layer on the canvas
the image above is the placement of the clothes 

Canvas size 6"x12"
This photo is a little dark 

Close up of the top section

By this stage I was becoming confident with building and creating backgrounds and being 'messy' as compared to the more precise scrapbooking/cardmaking style

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

'She Art' Girl 2

Week 1 Girl 2
Canvas size 6" x 12"
Was unsure about the 'wings' but decided to leave them as they were instead of starting all over as I would normally have done

Close up of bottom of canvas showing rub-ons, music roller stamp and the use of 'orange' paint!

Close up of the top - happy with how the hair came together for a first attempt at Christy's 'messy bun'

'She Art' Girl 1

The uploading begins . . .

This is the first 'girl' on my Mixed Media Journey.  Took me some time to complete because I was out of my comfort zone, but at the same time, very eager to commence the learning process using art mediums and the like
Week 1 Girl 1
Canvas size 6" x 12"
I particularly liked the wording Christy chose  for this Girl
'she left her fears behind'

Close up
The 'boots' and waist band suggested using burlap which I did not possess at the time.  So I dug out some Aida cloth from my stash (from my cross-stitching days) and dyed with Tim Holtz Distress Stains


Thursday, December 15, 2011

She Art Girls

I have procrastinated for some time as to whether I would add my 'Girls' to my blog, but have decided to share what I have been doing, learning, enjoying for the past few weeks in any spare time available.

Just to set the tone . . . I signed up for the She Art Workshop taught by Christy Tomlinson from Scarlet Lime in April 2011.  Work and other commitments took priority for a while and then I decided, I really needed to 'get into' and 'learn' something I have wanted to do all of my adult life i.e. using and utilising all types of art mediums, tools and the like.  These past few weeks have been an enjoyable experience of learning, creating and finding some 'She Art' buddies along the way.
This is my 'Holiday Girl' - I like to think of her as my Christmas Angel.  She is my lastest 'creation', but am adding her first . . .

This is the 'full page' view of my She Art Holiday Girl.  I used some beautiful Christmas scrapbooking paper as the base, and then added an old sewing pattern over the top.  The 'wings' were from Dover Design and the top of the dress and skirt is taken from a calendar image from my stash (turned upside down, so that the flower is the skirt and the leaves the bodice of the dress).  Added a little bling to the flowers on the skirt to get into the Christmas spirit

This is my 'She Art' girl close up of the top.  Used some very old gold/silver holly leaves, and then the red berries were saved from a Christmas gift basket received recently.  I poked a hole through the canvas and then threaded the stalks of the berries to the back, which I then taped with masking tape.  The 'cosy' jacket is made up of Tim Holtz ribbon with a little bit of bling added

Close up of the wing.  Added  some Stickles in varying colours to enhance the wings.
For the raised background I used a stencil, modelling paste (mixed with white ink, glitter and topped with Mica flakes before drying) 
Added some beautiful 'wedding' lace in a coffee colour to the top left hand side, then added gesso, paint, and various rollagraphs using Stazon Ink in blue

A side view of the finished Holiday Girl.  Tore up strips of muslin cloth and glued on to all external surfaces.  Then I inked and added gesso until happy with outcome.

Am so happy with the final result of my mixed media She Art Holiday Girl.

PS:  will add my other 'Girls' soon
thanks to Christy Tomlinson for fabulous classes, fantastic tutorials, and incredible PDF's to download

PPS:  the words say:  'She listened to her heart above all other voices'