As 2013 comes to a close, I thought it would be fun to look back at my tutorials from the year and share which ones I loved the most, which ones got the most comments, and which ones got lots of Pinterest love. First up, is the my most pinned project ever…
Faux Fused Glass using shrink art film and UTEE. To date, this project has been pinned over 8,000 times! That totally blows my mind! I still look at these charms and feel wow’d by them. They are really super cool!
Vintage Style Millinery featuring the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Dies. I have always loved vintage millinery flowers. Often times the pieces I really loved were out of my price range. With this project I combined some of my flower making skills from my days in ribbonwork and made flowers that resembled many of the vintage millinery flowers I loved the most. They may not be real vintage, but they sure look like they could be!
“The good will always out number the bad.” The background of this tag turned out so amazing. The photos in the tutorial really don’t even do it justice. It is stunning. But more importantly, this tag makes my list because of the meaning. I made it in response to the Boston Marathon tragedy, using a quote by Patton Oswald that really moved me.
“In times of quietness…”. I am kind of cheating here, I actually made this tag in December of 2012 but I love so much that I had to include it. I made it in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy. I love the emotion it stirs in me, which is both sadness and hope. The tutorial includes a great video tutorial showing the technique I use for applying Distress Ink.
Melt Art Jeweled Leaves. I love the vivid color of this tag and I love, LOVE how cool the jeweled leaves turned out. (Ha ha, this was also the week I thought an orange frame would look awesome around all of my photos. yuck.)
Distress Paint Linen Texture. I think that thing I love most about this one is that I took a piece of inspiration and nailed it. I showed the tag to my husband without telling him anything about it and he said it looked like our bedspread. How cool is that to take inks and paints and capture an inspiration so perfectly!
Love This Life. I love how collagey and vivid this tag is. The layers ended up being so fun! I started with a vision of what I wanted to do with a die cut (and failed) but ended up in a whole other place.
In All Things… Bee Happy. This project still makes me smile. I made it on a day when I needed to remind myself to think more about the happy things than the negative things. It is a nice little reminder.
“Singing made more sense.” The inspiration for the sky on this tag came from a vintage post card I have framed in my house. It has the most perfect sky on it. Every time I looked at it, I wondered how I could create that sky with inks and paints. This tutorial is my attempt. I love the way the clouds turned out so transparent. The secret is stamping with felt…
Free To Fly. This tag is another happy accident. Where I ended up was not where I meant to be, but the end was exactly what it should have been. To date, this is one of my very favorite tags. The feathers were die cut from reject projects in my junk bin. True trash to treasure.
Write Your Story. It is no secret that Broken China is a go-to Distress Ink color for me. I love that this tag uses a limited number of colors but is so vivid and varied in the shades of blue.
All Roads Lead to Home. I have traveled a lot the last two years. I don’t think I will ever stop being amazed by the tapestry of the earth below from an airplane. I especially love the green patches of earth in the midwest (my home). This stencil immediately reminded me of those patches and it allowed me to make a tag to celebrate that appreciation of the ground below.
Remember the wonderful parts. I find myself feeling both happy and sad when I look at this art journal page that I shared when we had to say goodbye to our “old man” Chunky Monkey. It is bittersweet.
It is times like this one (or Sandy Hook and Boston above) where I am grateful to have art in my life. There are times when you just don’t have the words on your own to say what is in your heart, times when words just aren’t even good enough or deep enough. It is then that I am glad to have paints and inks and stamps to create with. I may not know what I should make, but if I take them in my hand and let my heart out through them, I always end up with something that says what I can’t. I think that is the biggest part of why I share my art and why I try to help teach others what I know and learn along the way. I am grateful that art gives me a voice when I can’t or don’t want to speak. I am grateful that it gives me an escape, that it celebrates with me in good times and speaks for me in bad times. I am grateful. And if I can help someone else find that same “thing” that art has given to me, then I am complete. I truly believe we are not given gifts to keep to ourselves. The more we can give and share our gifts the more we will be blessed by them.
With that dear friends, I am closing out 2013 and looking eagerly ahead to 2014. I am excited about what new art adventures I will take and share with you! As always, from the very bottom of my heart, thank you for letting me share my art journey with you. I am grateful to you for letting me share. Much love and peace to all of you in 2014.
PS. I keep a gallery of all of my tutorials: Tammy Tutterow Tutorial Gallery. You can find it from the drop down menu in the menu bar under “tutorials & classes”. I would love to know what some of your favorite tutorials are from the gallery! Please leave a comment and let me know.