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Elbows Off The Table

I remember as a child when I was eating dinner with my family, my sister and I were constantly reminded to have proper “table manners” and keep our elbows off the table!  😉

Funny how some of these memories come back to me when I’m writing this blog…

I was thinking about this collage I created yesterday with what I had on my art table in front of me.

It was done quickly.

Probably in less than 10 minutes.

(And probably with my elbows on the table… Good thing I wasn’t eating! Lol!)

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What’s on your art table?

What inspires you to create carefree without thinking?

I hope you share it with me!

Cheers! 🙂

Ice Cube Birdy

I was thinking of the Hip-Hop song, “Ice Ice Baby,” by Vanilla Ice for today’s bird…

Well, not really… I was thinking the title of the song was “Ice Cube Baby!”  Lol!  🙂

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I tend to make up my own titles and words to songs… much like this imaginary bird!

The forecast is for extra “frigid” temperatures in the Pacific Northwest the next few days…  I think the birds will be thinking, “Ice Cube Baby!”

Happy Weird Bird Wednesday!!

Bundle up and stay warm for those of you who live where it’s cold outside and PLEASE send some heat if you who live where it’s warm!!

Cheers!!  🙂

Handmade Foam Stamps

I learned how to make these foam stamps recently in an online art class.  They are so easy and fun!  I wanted to share it with you…  They can add to all sorts of projects – wrapping paper, gift tags, Christmas cards and collage papers!

I purchased the adhesive backed foam from Michael’s in a 9 x 12 inch sheet.  I purchased it in black but they also come in white.  Just make sure you buy the adhesive backed sheets.

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They are easy to cut with scissors.  Even a child can do this!  🙂

I used an Exacto knife to cut squares of stiff cardboard for the base of my stamps:

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You will want to do this step and NOT your child.  It helps to use a protective surface when using an Exacto knife.

You simply cut the shapes, peel off the back and stick them to your cardboard backing!  Easy as pie!!!

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Here is the stamp I used in yesterday’s post in several variations of red and green over gelli-printed paper:

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I’m really liking Golden’s Iridescent Gold for a little extra holiday bling!  🙂  It’s great to mix with Golden’s Fluid Acrylic paints but any acrylic paint would work!

I apply paint to my handmade stamps using a sponge and a paper plate for a palette.

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A brayer would also work but I don’t like wasting a lot of paint.

I’m finding the handmade stamps make a nice addition to my gelli-printed papers:

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And here is a combo with two stamps:

 

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I try to take notes of the colors I used so I can repeat them.  I hope to use these papers in future collages.

Hope you enjoyed my instructions!!  I would love to see what you do!

Cheers!!  🙂

P.S.  You can press into the foam with a ball point pen to create a pattern of dots too!

Christmas Ornaments

I have been thinking about my handmade Christmas card for this year when this poem came to me:

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And here are some of my favorite ornaments hanging on our Christmas tree…

A handmade heart my grandma made many years ago:

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An ornament saved from my childhood that reminds me of the family tree:

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And one an artist friend painted:

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Each one holds a special place in my heart just for me!

Wishing you a Sunny Sunday!  Cheers!!  🙂

P.S.  Do you have a special ornament that you cherish?  I would love to hear about it!

Sugar Cookie Sprinkles

Last December I posted about my childhood memories of baking sugar cookies with my mom.  You can see the “star” doodle I created for this previous post, here.

We added lots of candy sprinkles to the cut-out sugar cookies we made.  The more sugar…uh, I mean, color the better!!  Right?!

I tried to create the candy sprinkles in this handmade stamp which looks like it was dipped into frosting!  Lol!  🙂  Honestly, it was only acrylic paint!

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I then cut simple shapes (using stencils) that look a little like cookie dough to me (gelli-printed papers):

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And added my colored “candy sprinkles” stamp to them with acrylic paint with a little glitter on top:

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I think this would be a fun project to do with children!  And of course, you need REAL sugar cookies to enjoy while making these paper ones!

Cheers!!  🙂

P.S.  Eileen McKenna at My Creative Resolution has created a daily art prompt for the countdown to Christmas.  I hope you join in the fun!  I like that ALL art mediums are welcome… Today’s prompt is Cookies.  Use hashtag #adventmcr when posting.

A Snow Globe?

I recently learned how to make handmade stamps using Adhesive Foam Sheets.  I will post how I made them soon!

These are the 2 handmade stamps I used for today’s project:img_9028

And here are my results in my art journal:

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I varied the colors of acrylic paints and added a little iridescent gold to the paints…

I finished it by gluing circles of gelli-printed deli paper and adding some purchased snowflake stamps:

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It looks a little like a snow globe to me!  I was inspired by a post I did a year ago, The Snow Fell Softly, that you can find here.

Wishing you a Fabulous Friday, Friends!!  🙂

It’s A Wrap!

It was relaxing to play in my art journal yesterday.  I started with a grid.  Added a little color with a stencil and leftover gouache paints.  Next, I glued scraps of my Gelli-printed deli paper and lastly, I added acrylics with stencils and some handmade stamps!

I think it would make great wrapping paper for a gift, don’t you?!

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Happy Monday!  🙂