Friday, March 15, 2013

Tracy Weinzapfel March Creative Dare

This month, Tracy Weinzapfel issued us a new DARE...DUN DUN DUN.

The requirements for the challenge were to use song lyrics that mean a lot of us and to use buttons. I am SO not a button person but I'm learning to love them after this project (because I can camouflage them!)
I thought that this Dare was going to go Titanic on me and then I would just throw it out the window like a frisbee. It started off the way that I wanted it to and then I added the buttons to it and I hated it. So I left it alone for a day or two and came back, picked a color scheme and my song.

This is a record. Yes. A vinyl record that I picked up last year at a thrift store for $1. It was extremely scratched and would never be able to play again. And since this was a music themed month, I figured I better use it. I chose the song "Carry On" by Fun because it lifts my spirits when I feel down. 

The poppies are the Donna Poppies by Unity Stamps that I won a few months ago. I stamped them down on a white 12X12 mat board from Hobby Lobby and used my blue/purple/white color scheme that I chose and used my water colors and colored them in. 

The supplies and steps I used were the following: (that you can see that is because the original stuff you can't see whatsoever:) :
*Gesso, just in spots of the record because I blended in 
  • Apple Barrel Acrylic - Purple Velvet & Admiral Blue
  • Vinyl record (find one that is old and unplayable, please! Save good ones for people who still play vinyls and appreciate them)
  • Mesh Tape (from Dollar Tree) 
  • Buttons (lower left in the picture. Well hidden because I'm not a fan of them)
  • Birdy came from a 4 pack of almost velvety birds
  • Donna Poppies Unity Stamps
  • White photo mat board (that's what the stamps are stamped on)
  • Purple and blue Koi watercolors (from my travel set and that's what color the poppies are)
  • watercolor paper (for the song lyrics)
  • Crop-A-Dile (I punched 2 holes at the top to be able to hang it on the wall) and matching purple grosgrain ribbon. 
Then I just added the music notes, circles and added more paint over the top of the mesh paint!

She now hangs beautifully on my dorm room wall. :)

Well. I hope you all enjoyed it and will share pictures with me if you make one too!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Video for the Pocket Album

Since I got a comment about how to fold the Simple Pocket Album, I decided to make a short video to explain it. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Fine Tip Bottles.

I have a new thing I've come to love. These are the bottles (and how I put them together) that I used to make the lines and writing of my Tracy Weinzapfel February Challenge

These are the bottles that I bought from my local Hobby Lobby. They're $2.99 for the pack and I had a 40% off coupon for the 2 packs that I bought (2 packs fit my container that I have for them).

Speaking of the container...this is the container I bought, it was full of those nasty little heart marshmellows that tasted like carboard (as much as I love cardboard, not the taste). It was only $1.50 for the container and I wrote my favorite verse on the front in Sharpie Oil Paint Pen in white. 

                                     The six bottles and the 6 tips fit perfectly in the containers. 

Each pack of bottles comes with 3 tips that screw on. There are 3 different sized tips for each pack. A extra fine line, fine and a kind of thicker one. 

 To fill the bottles I did a 50/50 mixture of paint and water. When I'm making mists or these bottle type things, I always use hot water, I feel like it kind of dissolves them better and breaks them down a little better compared to cold water. 

 I used my 6 favorite colors for the bottles (and once they run out I'll alternate them). 

Then I just shake them up and they come out like this. 

 I store them away nicely in my new container and call it a night! 

I hope you all have a happy and creative day.