Behind the scenes here at Tobi's Place I've been painting up a storm with Donna Downey's 48 Weeks online class. I have learned so many valuable lessons so far and I'm only up to week 11! I'm so proud of some of the pages so far, so I thought I would share...
Which one is your favorite??
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I have a very talented friend, Jef Gibbons, that does it all: photography, video production, sound engineering, composition, musician - and he and I have collaborated many times over the years on various projects and it's been a blast... This is the latest project and it was definitely the scariest for me!! I am a musician, not a maker of music videos! Me, in front of a camera... Yah no.. But here it is:
Fran has done it again, and in our April 2014 Catalog we’re introducing one of her newest ideas, PenPatterns.Folks seem to have taken to doodling in and out of shapes for their stamped artwork lately, so Fran has created some images that are perfect for this new trend. These charming images have large open spaces ideal for doodling your own patterns into with either black or colored pens or pencils.
I played around with a few ideas, not doodling though.. I'm not a "zentangler" but I could dig the idea of stamping similar patterns into a stamp...
I stamped the "PenPattern Light" rubber stamp in versamark onto vellum and embossed it with white EP. I stamped PenPattern Flower in Memento Luxe ink, hit it with the heat tool, then sponged some soft colour on the inside!
This image was fun to create. I started with a background created with Dylusions Ink Sprays. Then I stamped the PenPatterns Bird in the middle, and used a few tiny stamps (the half-circles and the scroll on the wing) from one of the clear sets to add doodling. Once finished I added shading with a chalk pencil and sprinkled some Aged White Embossing Enamel in strategic places.. Do you like? It's fun to veer off from the original stamp design - you should try it!
Slowly but surely I am getting back into the groove of things. It takes a while when you take a break, doesn't it? It's kind of like singing my first notes after summer vacation!! Sometimes a little scary... lol
So here's my card which I thoroughly enjoyed colouring:
I stamped the carnations in a light beige to allow the colouring to pop - it was a lot of fun... AND, I used my new Spectrum Noir markers. Have you tried them? I really like how they blend...
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I have had a little bit of a hiatus from the blog that certainly wasn't intentional, but you how life just sneaks up on you and takes the carpet right from under you?? Report cards, a two-week trip to Ireland with my husband's rugby team, then 5 days later a trip to Disneyland with my choir and band... I've also made a major life decision that will hopefully help with my stress-level and my ability to cope with busy times in my life. More on that later!!
Back to the title of my post - as a cardmaker we are always looking to what the next holiday is, and it just happens to be Mother's Day! I hope to have a bunch of different cards made so my friends and family can give them to their mommas. It's my first official post as on the The Twinery DT and I've used the twine to add some pops of colour.
Here's card #1:
When I make cards and have two patterned papers meet I like to put something along the seam. It just so happens that I usually use twine! lol... Then it's a snap to put a little image and sentiment on top of the card. So easy! Here's a close-up of the colouring:
I used Copic markers and a pastel chalk pencil to deepen the shading.
Here's card #2:
This card didn't end up how I wanted it to, but that's the way it goes sometimes, right? I added the twine on top of the design on the patterned paper and used foam dots to add raised hearts. I kind of wanted flags or something, but the heart are fitting especially for mommy! If there's one thing I've learned about art throughout the years is you always have to keep moving forward... I did, and it turned out to be be pretty cute!
Thanks for stopping by today... And get started on those Mother's Day cards!!
Today is the big day: our blog hop for big prizes! I coloured up this beautiful Wild Roses image with Tombows and a waterpen. For the background I scribbled some light brown ink on a palette and picked it up with a large waterpen for an aged look:
Thanks for stopping by today, here's where you need to hop to next:
This week we are absolutely delighted to be working with the team at TombowUSA, creators of amazing markers and adhesives. Over the last 40 years Tombow has been expanding their flagship line of pencils to include pens, adhesives, and premium markers for all types of artists and art projects.
These markers are waterbased and blended with a blending pen, slightly different than the alcohol based brands our Design Team is used to using these days. This collaboration gave many of them the opportunity to learn something new.
Personally, I was looking forward to working with these markers because I have only coloured with Ranger Distress Markers (water-based markers too) and was frustrated with some aspects of watercolouring with them... I will say this about the Tombow markers: they are lovely to colour with! Bright, bold colours that retain their depth even when blended with water! That was one of my pet-peeves with Distress Markers and I'm glad that Tombow markers offer both depth and blendability... Here's my card:
I stamped the Sweet Sunflower Cling Stamp image with black Archival ink and coloured with Tombows and blended with a waterpen. I absolutely love the results I got, especially on the petals...
Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you tomorrow for our big blog hop and giveaway!
I am so excited to announce that I am now designing for The Twinery - the makers of THE BEST twine out there!! I was on pins and needles as they sorted through the DT applications and actually screamed when I got THE email!!
I use The Twinery's twine all the time because it's a quick little accent I can add to my cards and the colours are so bright and vivid, they just call to me!! lol...
As this post goes live I will be boarding a plane to Ireland! I am so lucky to have a husband who coaches rugby at my school and that he takes his girls team to beautiful destinations!! I am so excited to return to the land o' the Leprechaun, especially since we'll be there on St. Patty's Day!
In celebration of the little guy in green the Technique Tuesday team is sharing GREEN projects this week. Here's my card: