Monday, April 4, 2011

and I made this...


long time no blog...
sorry...
we've been busy...

I've making LOTS of custom epoxy memo pins & charm clips for upcoming classes...


if you have my book #3, where I have detailed info on how to make them...
here's an update...

I found that by adding a strip of Wonder Tape under the gluestick line, it holds the pins & clips in place & makes it much easier...
no more wiggling...

and the Wonder Tape, Glossy Accents & glue stick
wash right off the craft sheet...
like MAGIC!














and we shipped 664 + inks to
for my most favorite class that I teach...

Ranger Inks...studio 490 style...

yep...
108 archival inks
156 tim's new distress stains...(still NEED the other 24 colors)
180 distress inks...
and 80 adirondack pigments...
oh...and tim's color washes too...
I forgot how many of those guys we sent...

thank goodness we have the Ranger craft scrubbies
for the end of the day hand cleanup...

after 6 hours of inking & "making art"...
I have a *feeling* we'll be needing them...

then add in kits & other supplies...

for a total of 250 pounds of art supplies...
should be a very fun weekend...

and...
we've been busy making kits with my art parts...
LOTS of art parts...













and...

I did a *top secret* project especially for____???
stay tuned...
that's coming on April 19th...

which reminds me...
I still need to do the write up & send them photos...
added to the to*do list...
yikes...can't forget...

now for the blog title...

when I went to Carson, Ca for the convention a few weeks ago,
I wanted a new spring-ish piece for my demo table...

so I made the art parts spool that you see @ the top of the post...
I used a combo of grungeboard, grungepaper, art parts, clearly for art...

and lots of my stamps...

below are paper flowers...
here's how they were made...

to add a vintage dictionary page to a sheet of Clearly for Art...
I used a brayer to make sure it was well adhered...
lightly dried it with the heat tool...
then stamped my flowers with jet black archival...
cut them out...
then...

here's a cool discovery & another reason
why I LOVE tim's new distress stains...

when I used the stains to ink the flowers...
because the inks are more fluid,
the color saturated the dictionary page & now the backs of the flowers are perfectly colored too...

if I would have applied the distress ink with the blending tool...
the color would not have gone all the way thru the paper...
I would have needed to add alcohol ink to the back of the flowers to color...

but because I used the stain...
it was a simple ONE step QUICK/EASY coloring process...

by using the Clearly for Art under the paper, you end up with a thin flower that looks like vintage paper...

but it's very strong & durable!

both flowers & all the leaves were done with the stains...


here's a look @ the base...
I used the 3 1/2 inch square art parts frame base under the spool for a little different look...

it's stamped with one of my stamps...

evidence of art was a good fit...

when I use the queen face stamps on grungeboard...
I always stamp an extra crown on a grungeboard & glue it over the original to add more texture/dimension...















the funky flower is an older stamp too...
and I still like it lots, especially stamped on grungeboard...

the centers are the cut outs from the spool & they are stamped with the medicine label stamp...

the photo below shows how the peel paint distress stain
went thru the paper & colored the back of the leaves...

the larger flower is weathered wood distress stain with walnut distress ink, applied with the blending tool to add shading...

the smaller is just plain weathered wood stain...













if you look @ the base again...
you can barely see a little something sticking out on the right side...

I forgot a photo, but I used tim's new alpha parts to put my name on the back of the spool...

that little black thingy is the end of the Y...

we'll be making a similar art parts project this weekend...

now about that *top secret* project...
here's a little HINT...

2 peas in a bucket is expanding their stamping section & they are having a special event...

it's called...

30 days of stamping...

you can see it here...
and see tim's post too...

and I'll see you there on the 19th!

hmmm...
guess that was a pretty big hint...
the beans were spilled...
but not the project...

it's brand new...
unseen by human eyes...
ok...Rick did see it...

and it uses LOTS of stamps...

now I'm headed to the studio to...

make art!
wendy

33 comments:

SusanK said...

This is so cool! As I couldn't read your entry in Blogger I immediately came here for all the scoop first hand. Wish I was in Kansas but afraid last night's storm nearly sent us to NY instead! Have fun and can't wait to see you new project at 2Peas on the 19th!

Dawnll said...

I can smell the grunge right now!
Oh what a wonderful piece

jackib said...

loving your stuff...over and over.....just ordered one of your stamp sets online today - can't wait to play with it on your art parts!! Yippee!

Tona said...

Locve your project! Thanks for the tip on the memo pins.

lois Skiathitis said...

Mounds and mounds of goodness. Love the project it's absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the tips too always a nice added surprise. TFS!!! :-D

Helen said...

What a beautiful project!! I can't wait to get my hands on some stains, hopefully at the weekend.
I just want to say, I am still on such a high after you left a comment on my blog - thank you for putting a smile on my face at a time when life is a bit - **** (insert expletive of choice!)

Debby said...

Stunning project! Can't wait to see what you do for the "Peas in a Bucket" site. I saw that they are going to be carrying some of your stamps. Cool!

Vic said...

Great spring piece! Thanks for the tips.

luvthatstampin said...

Just found your blog and your my kind of lady! Love your latest art! Maybe you can come to Phoenix and teach.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Ooo, I love this piece - little house in the forest... or is it in the garden?!

Connie B. said...

Love the flowers in this project. Very nicely done...

sue said...

I need to try the dictonary paper with the clearly for art. It looks of cool.

Dorothy said...

Excellent as usual Wendy!!!!!
thank you!!

Noreen said...

I've always LOVED your flowers - and it's fun to see how you use them!

Marilyn L. said...

can't wait for your project

Tara C said...

Once again we wait and wait
And wait the waiting never ends!!! If we didn't have our own art what would we do??? Thank goodness for creative avenues to escape to!!!

Cher said...

cant wait! luv this project too.

Sandra said...

Love it!
and I love the fact that you share so many tips with us .... thank you!
Sandra ltb

jan said...

I am coming to Shawnee in June, can you stay until I get there?!

Heidi said...

Seriously gorgeous piece Wendy :). Love the feminine touches!

That's a lot of memo pins! Always love your trick :)

Gail Bales said...

Your project is beeyouteeful! Love the flowers with the stain. Thanks for the tips, always appreciate them.
Gail in Oklahoma

Mary's Museum said...

absolutely gorgeous, stunning piece of work.

scrappin-scrappin said...

WOW, this is a knock out!! Absolutely Gorgeous!! Wish I was going to Shawnee!!

Wanda H said...

Love your springy project!!!! I think I need to make me a springy project!!! Way cool about the stains!!!

Eileen said...

Beautiful...no surprise there! Wow, do they know how lucky they are in Kansas?

Etta said...

Wonderful piece of "spring" artwork...like I needed to tell you that! The colors are fantastic, especially against the black distressed cabinet background. Shows up well in the photo. You achieved your goal, once again, my friend!

Marjie K said...

Beautiful project as always, and a great tip on the book update regarding the pins... thanks for that. I can't wait to see what's shaking at 2peas.

whyducks said...

Blooming wonderful!

Kirsten Alicia said...

Not only is this gorgeous, it's cute too. I love it.

Larissa Heskett said...

OHH I so wish I was coming to take classes with you!! I would just LOVE to meet you!! =) THANKS for sharing and I can't wait to see what you come up with!! =)
Have a FABULOIS DAY!! =)

Missusg said...

as always... you make my heART sing!! I love your work!

BARB T said...

This piece of art is so wonderfully unique and beautiful. I have yet to try your art parts and clearly for art, but I know for certain I shall be creating with these items soon. They are irresistable. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent.

Stephanie Rodgers said...

I'm sooo behind on my blog reading ... glad I'm catching up tho! All I can say is WOW! This project is amazing! Love it, love it, love it!