Sunday, April 19, 2015

RSD Mixed-Media Wall Art

As I said many moons ago (and I mean many moons!)…I would have a photo tutorial with Rick St. Dennis’s digital image Marci. Well I decided that my goal, and my only goal for today, was to post my process. This post is photo heavy. I hope that this helps show you that many digital images can be used for mixed-media. Marci was first colored with Copics.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 11, 15, BV000, R02;
Orchids, Bow, and Eye: B32, 34, 37, 99;
Hat: E50, 51, 55, 57, 59;
Hair: E21, 25, 27, 29;
Lips: R02, 24, 29;
Background: W1, 2, 3, B32. 

DecoArt ‘s products needed:
Americana Stencil-Medieval Medallion (as of April 18, 2015, this is on sale for $1.75USD with limited quantities);
Americana Acrylic Paint in Warm White, Sapphire, Milk Chocolate;
Dazzling Metallics in Worn Penny;
Glamour Dust Paint in Gold Glitz;
Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle;

Other supplies:
Digital image or rubber stamp for your focal point. I have used Rick St. Dennis’s Marci, one of his many “Hat” ladies series.
Stretched canvas (mine is 5”x7”);
Paper Flowers (optional);
Dies (the one I used is by Spellbinder’s );
Gold Glitter Glass (optional);
Metal corners (optional);
Lace for the edge of canvas (optional);
Baby wipes and paint brushes.

The above two photos show the beginnings of my 5”x7” wall art. I adhered white tissue paper and book text to the canvas with the Decou-Page. You can see that I left a lot of wrinkles in the tissue paper. I wanted that for texture. After that was dry, I brushed on gesso, waited about a minute, and removed some of the gesso with baby wipes.

Above photo shows painting with the sky blue paint and using baby wipes to remove some of the paint.

 My next step was adding more texture to the surface. I did that with dimensional medium and an art stencil.

The first photo above shows me using sapphire paint. The next photo shows where I removed some to the sapphire paint but left the darker blue around the stenciled art.

Above are photos showing the metallic lustre in copper on the stenciled image. I also decided to add the Metallic Lustre along the sides of the canvas.

I am almost finished as you can see above. Now is the time to for me to add my chosen embellishments. I used various paper flowers, chipboard, and glitter glass (all from my stash) around the central image. After the adhesive was dry I added glitter paint to the flowers and chipboard for extra sparkle.

This photo shows my completed project, but with a side view. I measured some cotton lace (or tatting) and painted several coats of brown paint and finished the sides of the canvas. You can also see that I dabbed the same brown paint on the metal corners. This helped tone down the gold metal of those corners.

This is my  final piece. This picture really does not do justice to all the texture that is going on behind the main image. It’s not too much, because I did not want the focus of my central image to get lost. After all, that is where my inspiration began.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Friday, April 17, 2015

Little Kitsune Anko by Aurora Wings

Aurora Wings Showcase designers have a new image for you today. Mitzi has designed a Japanese folklore image, Little Kitsune Anko. I love all things from any of the Asian countries.

Little Kitsune Anko (or Little Vixen as I call her) was a joy to color with Copics. I tried to keep the image visible with just some black and yellow lattice work dies for my background. The added embellishments were the green vines and orange butterflies.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Hair, Ears, and Tail: E08, 09, 18, and
YR12, 15, 18;
Leaves and Eyes: YG17, 21, 23, 25, 67;
Kimono: Y000, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, E43, and
YG17, 21, 23, 25, 67, and
R81, 83, 85, 89;
Sandles: YR18, and E08, 09, 18;
Mask: YR 12, 18, and
E08, 09.

 Other supplies:
Cardstock: Fun Stampers Journey in Black Licorice, Pineapple Smoothie, and
Orange Creamsicle.
Designer Paper: Authentique.
Dies” Spellbinder’s 5”x7” Card Creator Fanciful Lattice and
Cheery Lynn’s Butterfly Small and Ivy Corner Flourish.

Thanks for your visit today! I hope you head over to the Aurora Wings Showcase blog and check out all the designers projects with this little vixen. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane
AW Showcase Designer

Friday, April 3, 2015

New Release at Aurora Wings

It’s almost the weekend! How about a little Aurora Wings inspiration? The Aurora Wings Showcase designers have a tremendous amount of inspiration for you today.

Our new release is called “Reverie.” Mitzi has described this image as “a moth emerging from her chrysalis stage.” Isn’t that a beautiful expression? I did a little research on the coloring and detail of moths. What I found is mind boggling. They are kin to butterflies (have been around longer than butterflies) and there are over 160,000 types of moths, some have not even been described yet.

After my research I decided that I wanted Reverie to be the “red moth.” I loved the way the red and black of the wings melded together (lots of black and red Copic flicking) and the body was red. I hope that I did Reverie justice in my mixed-media piece.

Copics used:
Body: R02, 14, 24;
Wings: R01, 14, 24, 46, and
W1, 3, 5, 7, 9;
Roses: R22, 24, 27, 29, 89, and
V20, 22, 25, 28 BV29, and
Y11, 15, 17, 28;
Filler Flowers: R02, Y17, V25;
Vines: Pear Tart Memento Marker;
Background: Blue and Orange Pearlescent, and
Turquoise PanPastels.

 Other supplies:
Mat Board: 8”x10” black from;
Pearls on the actual image: DecoArt Paper Effects;
Fun Stampers Journey Pomegranate Splash cardstock;
Other pearls, flowers, etc.: from my stash.

I don’t want you to miss out on our Aurora Wings 2,250 Member Celebration event. Click here to join in starting today and ending Saturday. I hope we see you there.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lacy Sunshine Time

Welcome to Friday, the last day before the weekend! I hope you have wonderful plans made.

I have a Goth project for you today. I would like to introduce you to Crimson Bleeding Heart, just one of Heather Valentin’s Ethereal Enchantress line. Heather gave her LS Creative Designers a theme of “March Winds Blow” for our March postings. I really wanted to do something with Crimson so my story is: "Oklahoma’s March winds blew in this beautiful enchantress and she landed on my Dogwood tree." Oh well, I am not the writer. I usually leave that chore to my husband.

I always start with coloring my images and this time around was no different. Copics are my choice of medium. I also used Pan Pastels in Permanent Red Shade and Neutral Gray Shade for the background.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Hair: R20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 29, 89, and
C00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 100 Black;
Blouse and Slippers: C00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9;
Tutu: R20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 29, 89;
Inside of Wings: C3, 5, 7, and
R22, 27, 89;
Wings Rim: C3, 5, 7, 9;
Limb: E21, 25, 29
Underneath Wings: C3, R22.

The rest of my recipe is:
Ink: Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) Black Licorice hybrid ink;
Cardstock: FSJ Black Licorice and Pomegranate Splash;
Designer Paper: My stash;
Dies: Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations Romantic Garden;
Stickles: Ranger Distress Stickles Barn Door;
Adhesives: FSJ Glaze and Foam Squares.

In the photo below, you will see some dimension on the Bleeding Heart blooms. I die cut the bleeding hearts die eight times in the FSJ Pomegranate Splash cardstock. For the first layer I distress the edges with my black ink and glued those down flat. For the top layer, I distressed the edges with black ink and added a thin line of glue to the back middle of the bloom. After the last layers were dry I added the Barn Door Stickles and folded the bloom edges up for dimension.

I hope you come and play in the Lacy Sunshine Challenge blog. We would love for you to visit our Lacy Sunshine Facebook group and share with us your Lacy Sunshine art.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions, please contact me. Have a wonderful and creative weekend.
Aletha Jane
Lacy Sunshine Creative Designer

Friday, March 20, 2015

Aurora Wings Showcase

Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is here finally. This has been a long week. I think that I am anticipating spring is going to be around the corner, but it’s not quite here in Oklahoma.

We have a new showcase for you at the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog. For this posting, Mitzi Sato-Wiuff, artist and owner of Aurora Wings, has designed two brand new images for the Showcase Designers to create with.

The first one that I am showcasing is Edamame Sprite. Mitzi’s little sprites are some of my favorite images to color and use in projects.

The very first thing that I did was color Edamame Sprite with Copics. I have started making my background a little different. I do some streaking with a couple of colors and then come back with dabbed alcohol to make the splotches. I am still learning this technique from an online video that I watch all the time.

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Sprite: G20, 21, 24, 28, 29, and
B32, 34, 37;
Baby Peas: G20, 21, 24, R20;
Background: W5, B32, 34, alcohol.

Products used to complete Edamame Sprite:
Pearls from my stash;
The following supplies are all from Fun Stampers Journey:
New Day designer paper;
Cardstock in Limeade Splash and Catalina Splash;
True Color Fusion Ink in Catalina Splash;

Our next cutie is a new addition to Mitzi’s mer-boys and mer-girls line. Meet Little Pirate. He was a joy to color with Copics and adding accents with glitter pens. This is also going to be a baby shower card that goes to my soon-to-be GREAT grandson. Yep, you heard right, I did say GREAT. LOL

Copics used:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, purple glitter pen;
Hair: V01, 04, 09
Lower Body, Scales, and Tail:
W1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and
V000, 01, 04, 06, 09;
Treasure Chest: E13, 15, 19, 21, 23;
Hat and Treasure Chest Bands:
C1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 100;
Swards and Lock: Y11, 15, 19, E43;
Background: V01, BG11, alcohol.

Products used to complete Little Pirate:
Spellbinder’s A2 Matting Basics A;
Dew Drops from my stash;
The following supplies are all from Fun Stampers Journey:
Black and White designer paper;
Cardstock in Black Licorice and Grape Fusion;
True Color Fusion Ink in Black Licorice.

I hope that you visit the Aurora Wings Showcase Blog and check out what my fellow designers have created. After that visit, hop on over to our Aurora Wings Facebook group for more Aurora Wings inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

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