Metal framed chalkboard sign…Cheers Easy!

This is one project that definitely won’t be going in the Abandoned Art box…  I’ll be hanging this one above my craft desk.  Not because it is a fantastic project.. but because it has sentimental value!  Cheers Easy is something my brother used to say.  Steve at Crafting Ability sent me a sample of the new Slate chalkboard vinyl to play with and I had been sitting on it waiting for the right project to come along.  It’s like the original Black Chalkboard vinyl that you can find on Cohas.com ( formerly known as Ziggyboard which you may have seen on various projects on the blog ).. but this one is a deep rich gray color and has a slight sating texture to it….and I am loving it.

The Cohas chalk vinyls cuts like a dream, clean up really nice and easy, so fabulous for signage which needs to be updated… but it’s also great for people like me who  can’t do cursive or fancy writing.  This particular one is just done with rubber stamps and chalk paint, but  you may have seen in previous posts where I have run this vinyl through my Cricut Explore and  written and drawn on it using Gelly Roll Pens, chalk pens and such.

Anyway… the ArtMinds metal plaque was a clearance item at one of my local Michaels.. under $3, I buffed the ornate edges with a DecorArt metallic Lustre Wax called “Black Shimmer” also on clearance at the same store…. that was $3.99 a pot and I picked up 6 pots in various colors.  Cut to size a piece of the Slate Chalkboard vinyl and applied that

… then popped on one of my favorite KennyK images from last year “Old time Bartender”. He is colored with a mix of Chameleon Pens, Zig Kurecolor and Tim Holtz distress pens by Ranger.  I did him as a Print & cut on my Cricut Explore. with the intention of making him a 3D decoupage image.. but decided to go with a single layer in the end.

Fun quick little project  for anyone needing customizable signage..or just a fun piece of wall decor.

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KennyK and my ‘AHA moment’

Now I know there are a few of you who  already started humming  “Take on me”  ….even if only in your head.  Admit it, you know the song and  you secretly wished some hot guy would drag you off  into the pages of a  magazine.. or hot steamy romance book.

* whistles innocently.

Or if you are one of  our male crafters.. maybe you want to be him instead and drag some cute chick off to woo with your sketchings. but that just sounds like the weird dude at the park… so … let’s not go there lol.

Well…  here we are 30 years later.. and we’re not watching those sketchy scenes anymore. Most of us are either drawing them, or coloring them.  I have to say, Morton Harket still looks pretty damned hot… I saw some recent pics and he scrubs up pretty good LOL.

Anywho, I digress… back to the project

and what a project this one was! as you can probably tell it’s inspired by…. AHA …. yup I had my AHA moment.   Now  this one was a doozy;  it was quite a process just to get to this stage and I have a feeling by the time I finish matting and framing this guy, there is gonna be a second white mat  with some comic strip style layout  surrounding him and his black mat board.  I guess we shall see…. one day.

I’ll show  more details below.. but the quick run through on this one…

Canson Mixed Media Paper, colored with Chameleons, over color with Crayola Color Escapes Pencils… scanned, reprinted, background depth using a  black Zig Scroll & Brush pen.. additional shading and outline definition  done with a charcoal gray Color Escapes… signed .. matted.. BINGO

I find it useful to take progress pics as I work, so I can sit back and look at them  on my comp as I drink my tea and take a break.  For some reason it really helps me look at it with a more critical eye  and helps me spot areas I may need to work on, better than looking at the actual project.  It also gives me a more accurate view of projects that are meant to be viewed at a distance…. like  framed art etc.  When I get up and walk off to do something…. I find propping up my work and leaving it in full view  for a few hours, or days helps when I feel I am just not quite seeing the problem…. but I know it’s just not quite right.

I have a tendency to ruin  projects by not knowing when to stop “trying” *sigh…. so I try and give myself breaks at strategic points, to  avoid that happening so often.

What I really love about this particular project, is that the various stages of progression gave me some ideas  on other  things I wanted to try with this concept.  One of them being a version with only the skin colored in markers and pencil and the rest black and white/graycale.  I think that one will look really cool.

Anyway enough of my ramblings, let’s face it…..I just like to goof around and try things. Some work, some don’t….sometimes they all work for you… for different reasons and you have to decide which one to go with first. The only thing that matters is having fun and trying new things and NOT trying to compete with other crafters and constantly comparing your work to others. when it  comes to art and creativity…. the rule is

…. THERE ARE NO RULES !!

….so here are the progress snapshots and the final  project  matted and ready to frame…or maybe double matted THEN framed later lol…and some product links for anyone interested.

I printed light by adjusting the layer opacity in my graphics program on Canson Mix Media paper and then colored with Chameleon skin tone marker NU00.  I know I know.. one shouldn’t color with markers on papers designed for  other media…. but I have refills …and I can, because I want to …. I am such a rebel !!!   LOL remember THERE ARE NO RULES!!


I would be lying if I said I recall exactly what colors I used at this stage.  I know the blue for the pants was BL4 Cornflower Blue.. but I used a mix of grays  for the hat, leather straps and chaps.  One of which I am pretty sure was  the CG8  Cool Gray from the original 22 pen set  and the others  came from the gray tones  5 pack.  Background was sketched in with pencil.

I tried detailing the outline with a fab new pen I got just before Christmas, it’s called a Bimoji Marker and this is the fine tip one… and I really like the look of it on  the test piece on the right.  Comp crashed and I got a print fail… so decided to use it as a test sheet.  but it wasn’t quite gellin with what I had in my head for this particular piece.  But this is definitely something I am going to  use on another project, I love this sketchy look with impact.

In the end I compromised and did the detailing and outlines with a charcoal gray pencil. because I printed this as a soft print with light lines, It  needed to be brought out in the coloring instead.  This is the first time I have really tried the no outlines /soft outlines style… and I actually like it… for SOME projects.  I think it really depends on the individual project and images as to whether pen, or pencil works best.

One last quick note… since I obscured the background with this sketchy AHA inspired  look, don’t forget to add your artists signature back in somewhere on your piece.  Mine is tucked up under the mat, but will also be added to the back on a label with details.  Since this piece may well end up as an Abandoned Art Project at some point, I want to make sure credit is assigned to  the artist… the one and only KennyK.

………. and so, here he is “Tex” by KennyK

This is one of my mystery DT projects from the January 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge which you are more than welcome to come enter.

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Have your elf a merry lil Kissmas….

I wanted to try something different, along the lines of some old photography pieces I did way back in the days when I had film and a darkroom.   I have always loved the Monochrome look with a splash of color.  To be entirely honest, I didn’t start off with the intention of making a monochrome type project….and my photography was a lot more Black and White..like almost totally black and white with very little gray haha…. but I love this softer look too.

I was laying down some base shadow in a technique I like to use for color depth, but it was a lighter shade than I usually use and when I  wandered off  to make a cup of tea… it caught my eye as I went back into my craft space. I use the term “craft space” very lightly   haha.  As some of you know I was packing to move and  then not move so my crafting space is..  undergoing some changes lol.  If about 1 foot of workable space and a tonne of boxes and totes counts..I have a craft space.

Anywho as I looked at it, I came to the conclusion I really  liked the mono look for this image.  I had already colored the skin  but that was the only color at that point other than this gorgeous soft gray tone.  I added in a splash of color for the bells and foliage… randomly swirled glue around the edges and went crazy with this fun white glitter I bought last year and have been dying to use…. except whenever I want to use it, I can’t find it..and when I find it, I don’t want to use it haha.   Finally I found it AND wanted to use it.. so SCORE for the white glitter!!!

I popped this on a sheet of foam and then mounted it to this really cool silver glitter card I picked up in a 3 pack at the dollar store.  I love this glitter card so grab it whenever I see it in stock 🙂   it comes in 11×14 sheets  of gold, green and silver  and is fab for oversized cards and  a bit of glam.

This is my latest project from Cute As A Button….  this is one of the November New Release images which you can find in the Cute As A Button store.

Be sure to drop by the Blog and Facebook pages too and see what the rest of girls have been up to with their DT projects.  While you are there check out the Blog and Facebook challenges, we’d love to see your projects too.caab_nov_nr_wmdOf course, as always colored with Chameleon Pens and Zig Kurecolor

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Confessions of a Chameleon Pen owner

confession time…

As a lot of you already know, I love my Chameleon Pens, but I haven’t really ever taken the time to really get to grips with the whole blending chamber thing… I use other methods to achieve the results I want.  BUT… earlier this week I found myself sat in an apt with no computer, no internet and no tv.. NADA Just a crate, a magnifier light some pre-printed images and my pens… and my desk top easel balanced on my knees.

…and very spotty 4G service on my phone.

Sooo.. guess who went through all of her pens testing them out and playing with blends.. <<< THIS GAL. Well let me just say it had it’s pros and cons…

Pros..it’s actually pretty dang cool… It’s really not rocket science and with a bit of patience and practice… it’s pretty quick and easy to get results.  The blending function  actually promotes a more relaxed style of coloring as you have to be patient and  not rush into it willy nilly scribbling away like a mad thing lol…even a 5 second blend..it’s just that subtle pause in the mania of things.  It gives you time to actually look at the images you are coloring  and take time to see where the shadows  and  highlights should be and just take it easy and chill.  I kinda needed that after the last few crazy months.  I think I’d kind of lost the enjoyment in coloring lately  as it was all about “having to get it done”  instead of just doing it for the pure enjoyment.

Cons.. I waited a year to find that out and some of my original set pen chambers were dry…and my clear blender refill was at the other apt. ( some of you know I am in the process of moving )

But I did have two of the newer 5 pen packs too so I did get to play. Considering my lack of desk, or proper seating and the fact it’s my first REAL time actually doing this… I am impressed.

Now I really want to get my hands on the full set… AND a lot of refills for my clear blender. As soon as I got home, I cleaned out the new bottle I had refilling all the dry chambers I could… so now I need to get more to finish up my set.

Just goes to show that sometimes you really should try, try, and try again…. and not just give up when it doesn’t quite work out the first time.

This was my tester piece

I did this one with the new gray tones pack I won … it’s a Power Poppy digital stamp.  I shall be playing with this a lot more now and incorporating it into my usual style. Excited to see how well the techniques compliment each other on a single piece.
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I don’t feel so bad about tackling that gorgeous coloring book that came with these pens in my prize now.  WHEN I have time.
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In Stock ! New England Slate & Gansai Tambi Pearlescents

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You may have seen my recent DT project featuring  the New Hampshire Slate & 3D layered image wall plaque…  (which incidentally won first place in the  anything goes challenge over at getcreativechallenges.blogspot … woot!) ….well Fab news, this slate is now available for purchase at CraftingAbility as a 3 pack. It comes in 12×8….  drilled or, undrilled depending on your needs.

These hand split slate panels are fantastic for all sorts of projects and this is a fantastic price for a 3 pack.  When you figure in the coupons listed below… EVEN BETTER !!

oh and did I mention… there is also a $15 coupon up for grabs at CraftingAbility if you send them a product/ project review and they publish it.  How cool is that.


“HOW DO YOU DO CRAFTING?

We will provide a $15.00 coupon if we publish your story on how you use your crafting products.

Stories should be a minimum of 250 words, no maximum. They should include a photo or a video showing how you use them, or your artwork or decorated item.”

 

“Use code Craft20 to save 20% on all orders! Or, for orders $75 and more, use CraftShips to receive free shipping!
Coupon codes CANNOT be combined. Only one coupon code per order.”

Undrilled Real Slate Art Board Set

Undrilled Real Slate Art Board Set

Worried you won’t spend $75  on slate  and the shipping would be too much….. haha don’t… because I have another snippet of news. First of all..their shipping is always reasonable and secondly, CraftingAbility sell a lot, LOT more than just slate. How about some Wink of Stella… we all love that little bit of Bling Bling… or some of the markers like the ones in my memory system set…2 way glue… it’s all there and more product is being added to the catalog all the time.  These guys are an authorized Zig dealer… if it’s not on the site yet… just email them.

6 Starry Color Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paint Set

6 Starry Color Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paint Set

 

 

Including the new 6 Starry Color Gansai Tambi pearlescent Watercolor Paint Set everyone has  been talking about in the cardmaking groups.

This is also the place I get “THOSE” pens everyone is always asking me about on the facebook groups….  that skin tone you all love… yup, it’s here too along with 135 more  fab alcohol pens in the range.

 

 

But before you rush off….stay tuned.. coming up soon my post on Zig Kurecolors.  I had it drafted up and ready to go…. but  held off publishing it because I have ..ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!!!! ….  yes  I do! Courtesy of CraftingAbility, One lucky winner will be playing with a 12 pen set of Zig Kurecolor skintones, which includes my favorite skintone No. 731 Pale Beige..and it could be YOU !

Make sure you  come back later for those posts… you won’t want to miss them.

CraZart meets it’s match ….

Me!!! .. lol ..yup I was having another one of my “moments”

who knew a cheap set of pencils from Walmart and some blender alcohol could do that huh. I don’t really color with pencils….yeah you can probably tell LOL  These belong to my sons craft supplies, but we share nicely 🙂  The blender pen is actually  a Crayola refillable marker from a kids set that I picked up on clearance…. for a whopping $2.50 for a pack of ten refillable pens and the inks.  It is filled with Ranger’s Adironack Alcohol Blender Solution.

I was playing around with some more ideas and images on the Canson Mix Media paper and thought I’d have a play with coloring the whole image with pencils, not just the outlying shade effect.  Well I say whole image in pencil.. that is not totally accurate, I did indeed color it all with pencils… but I also added in a  top layer of gray “Pumice Stone” distress pen from the Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Pen Collection…and a spit of their green “ShabbyShutters”

This is “Edie” by Scrapper’s Delights.  I was going for an old gothic looking emerald velvet effect … I kinda like my grungy “dirty gurl”

The picture colors are a bit off… but hopefully I’ll get a better picture when i get her on a project 🙂  It’s 2:30 am… so it  won’t be  tonight lol.
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Bi Weekly Card Challenge August 12-26 2015

The First Bi Weekly Card Challenge on our new message Board is now Officially  O P E N !!!  Rules are the same as they always were… and I quote our lovely host for the Challenge  MsDeescraps:

Do one or do them all. The shapes in the card sketches are primarily “markers” …meaning a circle doesn’t have to be a circle, but it does marks the spot for a card element.

 

The Ad Colors are there to help you narrow down your paper choices for one card, or to give you an excuse to buy more! (Only Kidding!) You don’t have to use them, but I think they are always fun to do.

 

For those who finish and want more to do, here’s the Extra Credits for this challenge:


#1. Make a shaped card (anything but square).
#2. Make a card using only an Embossing folder and ink.
#3. Make and “Clean and Simple” card of your choice.

Have fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing your cards.

We have 4 sketches and a set of Ad Colors to accompany the 3 Extra Credits (EC’s). Come on over and join in the fun Bi Weekly Card Challenge – August 12, 2015 , all levels and styles welcome.
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