Sunday, December 21, 2014

Be Brave Little Butterfly

This past week...its just not really worth talking about...not going to dwell on it...just going to move forward and be thankful for whatever it is the future holds.

I know who my friends are, I know that my family loves me beyond belief and supports me no matter what...those are the things that matter...

I did this journal page to remind myself that everything is going to be ok...

(images c.o. Teesha Moore @ The Artstronauts Club. Background paper from Tumblefish Studio Wanderlust Kit @

Tag Time....

Hi Everyone...

Monica here this winter Sunday to share with you some tags I made using the amazing Art Anthology Paints.

I really can't say enough how much I love the texture and the bright colors of these paints and I love how these tags came out...

Here are the finished tags...


MERRY AND BRIGHT...                                  


And here is my process...

I grabbed my Gelli Plate, and chose my paint colors...

Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional Paints in Fiji and Aloha, and Limeaid.

Art Anthology Sorbet Dimensional Paint in Splashed...

I just used regular printer paper because I knew I was going to be gluing the prints to the tag so I didn't want the paper to be too thick.

With a palette knife I spread on the Fiji and Aloha, then added some of the Splashed. I used my brayer to combine the colors just a bit...

 Placed my paper on it then brayered over that....

Now I have my first print...very happy with this...

This is what remained on the plate after I pulled the print.

To this I added some more of the blue and then the Limeaid. I also decided to use two stencils to get some design in the background because I knew I wanted to incorporate some doodling.

And this is the print I pulled...LOVE...

I used the Art Anthology Gesso and put a base coat on some craft paper tags.

Then the fun began...I placed the tags on the back side of the print and traced around the tag shape then cut it out.
I glued the prints on to the tags.
With the excess prints, I cut out the tree's and the hearts for the All Hearts Come Home For Xmas tag. I gued them down then with a fine point black gel pen started doodling. I added a rhinestone to the top of each tree and with the excess print cut that bottom piece that I glued onto the edge of the tag, some ribbon and it was done..

For the Merry and Bright tag I used a white signo pen to bring out the pattern in the stencil.  I doodled the swirly Christmas tree topped it with a pink brad and framed it in that little resin frame (I've been wanting to use that cute little frame for a long time)...I added the ribbon and another one done.

For the Snowflake Wishes I used the white signo pen again to highlite the stencil, and I also used a pink sharpie. Found the perfect brad for the center. I used my cuttlebug to cut the lattice piece at the bottom and inked the edges pink. I watered down some of the Art Anthology gesso and splattered it over the tag then sprinkled pink glitter into it...Added the ribbon and my third tage was done.

The gelli plate is a great vehicle for these paints. The texture that pulls with these paints makes my heart race and of course with all of the endless colors, there are endless combinations.
This was a fun, quick, and easy project and I hope I've inspired you to go make some fun tags.

Merry Christmas....

Monday, December 8, 2014

Art Anthology and Stampendous Team Up

Hi Everyone, Monica here.

Welcome to Day 1 of the Art Anthology/Stampendous Blog Swap.  This week, we are partnering with each other this week to offer you tons of inspiration using products from Art Anthology and Stampendous.  Make sure you check back through the day as there will be several projects posted each day.

For my project I used the Stampendous Stack Art Cling Rubber Stamp Angle Wings Kit and the Stampendous Stampendous Stack Art Kraftboard Angel Wings Kit

Here are my finished projects.

Now...let me share my process with you.

First I used the Art Anthology Gesso on all pieces. 

After that dried, I used a heavy gel medium which I applied to the base of the kraftboard with a palette knife. You don't want this real thick, just a nice thin coating. Then using the background stamps I stamped into the gel medium.

After that dried, I used Art Anthology Colorations Spray in Peacock Feathers on one, and Hottie on the other.. I loved the effect because the spray settled into the deep spaces of the stamp and dried darker than what settled on the top. 

I also stamped into the open frame in the same way as above and used Art Anthology Colorations Spray in Plush. I placed that piece on top of the Peacock Feathers background. For the piece on top of the pink background I used Art Anthology Colorations Sprays in Waimea Bay and Juicy then did some doodling with a white signo pen. 

I decided to cut the wings in half so I could use them on either side of the body piece. I used dimensional crystals then sprinkled the copper colored glitter into the wings for the green angel, and again I used gel medium and stamped into it using the wings stamp for the other angel wings and painted over the dimension with Art Anthology in Mayan Gold.
For the heart on the pink angel I used the dimensional crystal also then used the Stampendous Stack Art Elements Kit Sumptuous 5 piece set. I used the awesome chunky pink glitter and I love the look. I used purple glitter for the heart on the green angel. 

I used Art Anthology Velvet Dimensional Paint in Portabello. I then stamped the face image after it dried. 

The crowns on the angels are some bobbles I have had. I then attached wire so I could hang them. For the legs I just wrapped some wire around the end of a thin paint brush handle. 

Here are some close up shots of the pieces.

Don’t forget to visit us every day for more inspirational projects. There will be Art Anthology prize packs given away to three of our lucky commenters, so make sure you comment each day.  Stampendous is also giving away fabulous prizes over on their blog so visit them too!  Don’t forget to visit the Stampendous Facebook page and tell them Art Anthology sent you.
Also, don’t forget to follow both companies on Pinterest for more inspiration.
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Art Anthology Tag Frenzie

Hi everyone...

Hope this week has been a good one for you.

I got on a tag making frenzie...trying to immerse myself in some art while dealing with some's working but I think I still need more art...

In the are the tags I made the last couple of days.

I used Art Anthology paints and my gelli plate...I love the texture that pulls with using these paints...

I also used some texture paste and glass beads which I then misted with Art Anthology Colorations spray...

Ill definitely be playing with these glass beads some more...I love the look and the texture they created.

                                        Christmas Tag....
                   You Hold The Key To Your Own Destiny

                                             ART FIERCELY

                      Today and a Blessing
                 Close up of Finnabair Glass Beads in paste and misted with Art Anthology

Close up of awesome texture from Art Anthology Paints and Gelli Plate
             Another close up of the Awesome texture using Art Anthology Paints on the Gelli Plate

This is a work in progress journal page that I used the Finnabair glass beads with some paste...I like the clear...but I also love that I can use the Art Anthology Colorations Sprays to color them if I want.

Thanks for checking things out today.
Hope the rest of your weekend is great...
More Art Tomorrow.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Make Time For Art

Hello Beautifuls...

Today I'm sharing a print I did earlier this week...I really try to make time for art everyday...sometimes it's hard because I have a crazy schedule but this is a reminder to do exactly that...Make Time...
It's healthy...good for my soul...

This is a gelli plate background with doodling and some scraps...I also sewed on it...used some drywall tape and some washi tape...

Have a great day and GO MAKE SOME ART.