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Friday, May 22, 2015

A Celebration at Aurora Wings

Today we are celebrating Aurora Wings two year anniversary with her online store Etsy.  This weekend, in our Stamps by Aurora Wings Facebook group, there is going to be a lot of happenings. You don’t want to miss it!




One of the happenings is a freebie from Mitzi. I would like to introduce you to Linnea Sprite. Isn’t she the cutest? She is perfect for art cards, scrapbook pages, or mixed-media, really anything you want.

 Of course I colored Linnea with Copics. The Copics I used are:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Leaves, Shoes and Bloomers:
YG21, 23, 25, 67;
Linnea Petals: RVoo, 11, 14, 23, 29, R59;
Background: W1, 2, RV00;
Grounding: W2, 3.

Here's a little more information I know you will enjoy!



I hope that you do join us this weekend. In the meantime, head on over to our Aurora Wings Showcase blog. You will see what the other designers have created. I know they would love a visit to their personal blogs.

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

Friday, May 1, 2015

New Release at Aurora Wings


Mitzi, owner and creator of Aurora Wings, has been busy this past month. This new image is her second new release in the past few weeks. Meet Miyabi, a geisha apprentice. She was the inspiration behind my finished 6”x6” mixed-media piece. She was also a joy to color with my Copics too.

Copics and other coloring tools:
Skin: RV00, R22, 24, 27;
Ear and Nape of Neck: E000, 00, 21;
Hair: C1, 3, 5, 7, 9, Black 100;
Flowers in Hair: R22, B21, 64, 66;
Kimono: T1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10;
G40, 82, 94, 99;
YR21, 23, 24, 31,
B23, 34, 37, 41,
R20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 89;
Obi and Hair Ribbon:
R20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 89;
Background Flowers:
B23, 34, 37, 41,
R20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 89,
V20, 22, 25, 28,
B03, 21, 66, YR21, 23, 24, 31;
Spicas: Lipstick and Gold;
Wink of Stella: Gl. Blue and Gl. Gold;
White gel pen;
Memento Marker: Rhubarb Stalk.


The finished mini wall art…I may have to keep this one for myself. You can find Miyabi in two versions. The Miyabi Figure Only Version here and the Miyabi Full Version here.


Now I would like to take you on a journey of my creative process. DecoArt mediums have been my choice of products for several years now. I love how easy they are to create with and the delightful colors in the fluid acrylics receive top marks from me.

My DecoArt products used in today’s project are:
Americana Glazing Medium
DecoArt Media Line:
Matte Medium;
Black Gesso;
Fluid Acrylics in:
Primary Cyan,
Carbon Black,
Quinacridone Burnt Orange;
Shimmer Mister-White.

Other supplies:
Assorted paper, die cuts, doiles, and acrylic flowers;
Designer paper;
Metal butterflies.


The above photo shows my first step of painting the black gesso on the 6”x6” stretched canvas. Now comes the fun of adding all the die cuts, strips of designer papers, and paper flowers for the background texture. All of these layers were adhered to the canvas with matte medium.


My next steps were adding all my glazing layers (see above). Each of these layers was carefully wiped with baby wipes. You do not want to remove all the glaze but you do want each layer to fully dry between layers. I added some matte medium to the flowers so I could do this same glazing technique on the flowers. The matte medium adds a coating to surfaces. This helps with making everything non-absorbent. NOTE: The glazing colors were accomplished with a 1:1 ration of fluid acrylic and glazing medium.


I have shot my finished piece at an angle. I hope you can see the dimension. The main image has been fussy cut and adhered with adhesive squares to raise it away from the canvas.

I hope that you head over to the AuroraWings Showcase blog and check out the talent of the other Showcase Designers. I feel honored to be working alongside these wonderful artists. Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.


Monday, April 27, 2015

RSD Copic Coloring

Just a very short post today for you all. I just finished coloring “Carmen” by Rick St. Dennis MFA. Of course I used Copics AND Carmen has my favorite color of hair, auburn. I love all of Rick’s “ladies,” the hat series, the portrait size ladies, or the ladies in full body costume. His images call for me to do my best coloring.


Copics used for Carmen:
Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20;
Hair: E08, 09, 18, YR12, 15, 18;
Blouse color and rose: B60, 63, 66, 69;
Eyes & Leaf: G40, 82, 94, 99;
Lips: R24, 27, 89.

I do try my best, but with Carmen, I got a little carried away with my fabric folds. I created too many and they are too deep. This is the top of a peasant blouse, and they are usually made with cotton fabric.

Like I said, this is short and sweet. Thanks so much for stopping by. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Aletha Jane

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

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