Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday 10.26

Good morning all! This week our challenge at Frosted Designs is to use Paints, Mists or Inks on a card, layout or off the page project! How fun it that?! I LOVE using spray inks in everything from scrapbooking to mixed media projects.

In honor of this Halloween season, I created these little 8 x 8 canvases featuring these cute little trick or treaters! I used a lot of acrylic paints, spray inks, stencils, masks, and other bits and pieces of Halloween goodness that were lurking in my stash. This was such a fun project to do. I’ve been taking Christy Tomlinson’s Pumpkins and Cider Workshop, which is full of neat fall projects. She is so inspiring to me!!
Here are my canvases:

I call this one my Frankengirl 🙂

And my Pumpkin Spice Girl 🙂

I also created this cute haunted house scene that I featured on my Art Journaling blog, but figured I would share here as well. I think this may be my favorite thing I’ve created so far! I bought this plaster piece at Goodwill and revamped it into a scene for Halloween. I thought it looked kind of looked like a tombstone.

So have fun creating a project using paint and/or spray inks and be sure to link it up at Frosted Designs for the chance to win a super cute Halloween mini album kit from The Paper Trail!


ARRR Matey! :)

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law approached me about making a collage piece for my nephew for his 4th birthday. He’s totally into pirates right now, so I thought “how about a pirate ship?” I really had a lot of fun with this piece–I’m always making girly stuff, so it was nice to do something for a little boy.

I started by painting the 12 x 12 canvas in different shades of blue with a little yellow mixed in for the sky. I wanted it to have a bright, sort of Caribbean feeling to it. I pieced together the pirate ship using an old map (which I inked over with vintage photo Distress ink–a favorite of mine in case you haven’t noticed 🙂 ), some old pieces of patterned paper, a few die cut pieces with a vintage theme, and stickers. I hand painted the little island using various shades of brown, and added the sandy palm tree . To create the water, I painted that area dark blue then covered it with Mod Podge. Before it could dry I pressed and crumpled dark blue tissue paper all over the bottom, creating texture and layers. When it was done I sealed it all with Liquitex gloss varnish. This helps seal in the color and prevent any fading, since it will likely be exposed to sunlight hanging up in his room. I was very excited with how it turned out. I plan to add a coordinating ribbon for hanging.

New Artwork

I made this piece a few days ago. I took a photo that I had of Sophie, converted it to black & white, then printed it out on textured inkjet paper. Then I used watercolor pencils, and a light wash of water to add in the color. I distressed the edges of the paper and inked them with distress ink in Vintage Photo. I painted the canvas with a mixture of acrylic paints, then adhered the photo to the canvas using gel medium. This was a fun and pretty easy project to do and I was happy with the end result. I just need to have it framed now!