Happy Saturday! It has been pretty quiet around here! I got so busy with last-minute stuff for CHA that I just didn’t get to blog before CHA. I always go to the show thinking I will blog from there and I never do it. I also didn’t post much on my Instagram or Facebook. I was doing social media at the show for Ranger and never made it very far from our booth. That is not a complaint though, we were super busy and I got to see many friends there and meet many new friends. It was a wonderful show!
Today I wanted to jump into sharing projects that I made for the show. First up, my mixed media canvas for the Ranger Ink Designers Challenge which featured the fabulous Dina Wakley Media line. (See the entire group of canvases on the Ranger blog. Prepare to be amazed!)
I absolutely LOVED working on this canvas. I decided it was a great time to just experiment and play “what if” with some new to me products. I had not used Dina’s paints yet and I absolutely fell in love with them. The paints have a thick body which means they hold texture. I started by sanding the surface of my canvas. I wanted to remove some of the finish and texture. I created my background by laying gesso and white paint down in straight lines side to side and from top to bottom. I created a linen-like texture.
After building my background texture, I misted the canvas with a Sky paint and water mixture in a Mister bottle. I sat the canvas upright and let the mixture run down the canvas. I LOVED the look. Then I mixed Lemon, White, and water together and misted it on the left half of the canvas. I hated it! It was too bright! I dried it and brushed on a couple more “linen” layers over it with White paint. I loved the way it softened the look and left just a little yellow peeking out.
I also sanded the edges of the canvas and brushed them with some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I also rubbed a small bit of the ink on the front of the canvas. I loved this background so much I thought about stopping and leaving it! I left it a few days to marvel at the painty marvelousness of it.
I added Ranger Texture Paste to the background on the left side using the Tim Holtz Honeycomb Layering Stencil. When the Texture Paste was dry, I dabbed a mixture of Tangerine, Lemon, and White paint onto the honeycomb design using an ink blending tool. After the paint was dry I added a few touches of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink with an ink blending tool. To add some gloss, I dabbed Distress Embossing Ink directly onto the honeycomb. I sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heated it until it melt. To add honey drips, I mixed Tangerine, Lemon, and White paints with Glossy Accents. I placed it on the canvas and left it standing upright so the “honey” would drip down. I love the way it dried, it is semi-transparent and looks wet. So cool.
To embellish the canvas, I wanted to use one of my very favorite Dina Wakley stamps, the bee from the Scribbly Insects set. I stamped the bee twice on manila cardstock and twice on vellum. I used watered down paint to paint the bees. I layered the two sets of wings with the two layers of manila (without the wings). I adhered the bee with Adhesive Foam Strips.
I added a sentiment with Tim Holtz Alphaparts. I painted the letters with White. When dry, I sanded the surface of the letters. I brushed the sandpaper in several directions to create a slate like texture. I painted another thin coat of White onto the letters. I blotted it off before the paint could dry so that it would only stay in the fine grooves from sanding. Along with the letters, I added a mixture of Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears and Mini Gears. I also added Mini Fasteners in the center of the gears.
I used White Paint on a large Tim Holtz Compass Coin and Adornments Arrow. I sanded both pieces to knock some paint off. I dabbed Mushroom Alcohol Ink onto both pieces with an Ink Applicator Tool with Felt. I inked a Tim Holtz Gumdrop with both Mushroom and Lettuce Alcohol Inks (see that in the Ticket to 2015 tutorial.) The Gumdrop fits right inside the large open Sprocket Gear. I adhere them to the top of the Compass Coin. I wish you could see the Gumdrop in person, the ink combo on it is so stunning!
I really do love making fabric flowers. I think I could put them on every single project! For this project, I painted die cut crinoline flowers (Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Florals) with Blackberry Violet and White paint. I used a Mister of water to blend and soften the colors.
After drying the crinoline I created flowers by adding vintage millinery stamens (I added paint to mute the color), and floral tape.
Want a closer look at how to make flowers like these? Check out my Vintage Style Millinery Crinoline Flowers Tutorial.
The crinoline leaves got a light misting of Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain to give them speckles. The edges of the leaves were also inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I added thin twigs from the plum tree in my back yard to the bouquet to add a realistic touch.
I can’t do a project without Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon so I added a full fluffy bow of Crinkle Ribbon that I colored with Lemon and White paint. I embellished the bow with a new Tim Holtz compass Souvenir Adornments and a Tiny Vial filled with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I added a Screw Eye and thin paddle wire to the cork of the Vial. I attached both with a new Loop Pin.
Below the bouquet, I layered pieces of Tim Holtz Emporium Ephemera with a die cut tag. I added holes to the tag with the new Tim Holtz Mixed Media die.
I painted the tag with White and inked the edges with Gathered Twigs. I made a die cut heart (Love Struck die, my favorite heart die) with Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric and batting.
After stitching the heart to the tag, I added some sentiments that complete my main sentiment, Just Be… I inked the edges of new Small Talk stickers and layered them on strips of manila cardstock. I attached them to the heart and tag with the Tiny Attacher.
I always try to include something from my heart in each year’s Designers Challenge. This year it is the new motto I am adopting for myself, to Just Be. No one is harder on me than me. I am the worst at never letting what I do be enough. I hope for more, wish for more, and on and on. I set expectations too high for myself and feel like a disappointment when I don’t reach them. This year I am vowing to Just be… happy, satisfied, enough, in the moment… whatever fits that reminds me that right now, this moment I am enough and my best is good enough. I can Just Be… I hope you can be too. <3