I Want to be a Weed In a Field Of Flowers

Flowers are pretty and they smell heavenly, but I have a black thumb and have a hard time keeping them alive. As a kid my Dad used to have me pull the weeds that grew up in the cracks of his driveway. I never understood how they would repeatedly come back with no water, constantly getting run over by cars and not to mention the pavement that was on them.

As I grew older I started to respect the weeds more so than the flowers. Flowers are fragile and sensitive. Weeds are stubborn and persistent. If a rose does not bloom it requires a change of environment. Weeds just grow. Pull them out by their roots and burn them. Chances are they are going to grow back. I want to be a weed!

Be A Weed — Not A Flower

In a field of flowers I want to be the weed that blooms where ever it pleases regardless of the conditions. I had to document it in my art journal and reflect on it when life gets tough — and life always will have hard times.

To create the background I used Rita Barakat Art Foamies, Plaid paint, and Aladine paste, mists and ink.

For the sentiment, I wrote it on a piece of Tissue Paper. I did a white wash with Gesso and water in the spot the sentiment would go. Once it dried, I used Collage medium to adhere it. By doing so it allowed the background to pop through and blending in nicely.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Rinea Foiled Paper

A new player in the craft industry is Rinea Foiled Paper. I discovered this small business about three years ago and have been hooked ever sense! As a design team member I have played with this paper a lot. This year I have done videos for their channel and wanted to share a few with you.

Distress It with Alcohol Ink

This is my favorite substrate to use alcohol ink on. It creates the most amazing distressed look.

Make Flowers!

My favorite 3D embellishment to make with Rinea Foiled Paper are flowers!

Die Cut It!

Rinea Foiled Paper die cuts beautifully!

Ink It Up!

Lots of people don’t know you can ink on it too!

What is Your Favorite Way to Use Rinea Foiled Paper?

Or maybe I should ask, how would you use it? I hope you enjoyed this video round up of some of my favorite ways to use Rinea Foiled Paper.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Frogs, Flamingos and a Pineapple!

For this month’s Joy Clair design team assignments I made five cards (2 sets). The first set is in celebration of Joy Clair’s 5th Birthday.

I made the pattern paper on each of these cards with my gel press. The video on how to make your own is here:

The second set is a Bible art stamp set, but I thought it would be perfect for summer. I made cards with bright yellow and pink.

To see more on how to make any of these cards please visit the Joy Clair blog! I share all the details there 🙂

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Aladine and Rita Barakat Have Teamed Up!

Aladine is a wonderful French company that specializes in different mediums. They have mists, ink, pigment, texture paste and glitter paint! I first saw them at Creativation 2019 demoing the glitter paint.

I tried researching more on the products they carry, but came up with nothing. When I was asked to participate in this collaboration between Aladine and Rita Barakat I jumped at it! I spent days playing with everything they sent me and put together an extensive video on it all here:

Plenty of Fish

With all those lovely samples made during the video I created this in my art journal:

For the background I used the pigment ink, water and stencil brush to cover the background. I misted a bubble stencil over the page and finally added some more bubbles with the texture paste. I created a trail of bubbles with the sample sheets created on the video. The mermaid was colored with the liquid pigment and rubbing alcohol. The sentiment has been rolling around in my head for quite some time. I am so happy to finally have it documented.

Make sure you hop through to the other designers to see their projects. Leave comments along the way for more chances to win!

Hop List:

Rita Barakat

Martha Lucia Gomez Hernandez

Betz Golden

Michelle Wells

Margie Higuchi

Yolie

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

ProCRAFTINATING Apron

I have to share with you this apron I created with Chalk Couture transfer, chalk ink and Rita Barakat’s new flower Art Foamies. The new Art Foamies are awesome because you can swap out the centers!

First, I used a transfer on the top and stamped the flowers starting from one corner up to the next.

The green stamped image is actually a flower center as well as the pink faces.

To set the ink a hot ironed is pressed on to each image. The setting process takes about 20 minutes. This apron is for crafting and will only get better with age. All the mists and paint drops that are going to make their way onto it will be lovely!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!