Canvas Ballet Bag

Have you tried Art Foamies? When I first got my hands on them I was a little scared of them. Stamping with foam? Are you serious? Rubber is for stamps — not foam! Boy was I wrong! They are the most versatile easy to use stamps ever. Not only can Art Foamies be stamped on paper, but on Canvas and pretty much anything else your creative heart desires.

I have about a dozen canvas bags and thought one would make a perfect bag for a little dancer to carry her shoes. I used Rita Barakat’s Ballet Art Foamie, Plaid Fabric Paint and Expo trim to make this bag:

Materials:

Grapefruit Fabric Creations Paint

Fruit Punch Fabric Creations Paint

Ballet Art Foamie

Cloud art Foamie

Trim

Canvas Bag

Directions:

Using the Cloud Art Foamie and Grapefruit Fabric Paint, stamp the bottom half of the doodle cloud along the top of the canvas bag.

Cover the Ballet Shoes with a coat of Fruit Punch Fabric Creation Paint. Center the Art Foamie on the bag and press.

Allow the bag to dry for several hours. Once dry to the touch press an iron on the images with a piece of parchament paper between the bag and the iron. Don’t actually iron the image — just press it. I pressed each section for about 45 seconds, lifted the iron and pressed another session and repeated the process.

Using a fabric glue (I like Beacon’s Fabric Tac), adhere the trim. Set aside to dry.

I do have this one of a kind bag listed in my shop. If you are interested in purchasing it please check it out there.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Felting with Rita Barakat and Clover!

This month Kunin Felt Clover and Rita Barakat have joined forces! We have combined felting with mixed media. I learned how to needle felt in 2007 using a Clover felting needle. However, the awesome brush was not out at the time, so I felted on a thick foam sheet. The brush is a lot better because it was designed to use with the felting needles in that you never poke yourself or damage your needle because you went to far. I know that probably makes no sense, so to help clarify here is a quick video of how to felt using the felting needle and brush:

When I saw this at Creativation I immediately thought a canvas of a girl with hair of felt flowers would be magnificent! For this collaboration I created this:

To create this masterpiece I used Rita Barakat’s Draw Stencil to create the face. I have a huge love affair with big hair. I love creating it. The bigger and more colorful the better. I used lots of texture with Jane Davenpot paint over pens, Stickles and Nuvo drops.

My intention was to create a bunch of felt flowers. In fact the first thing I felted was the flower up in the corner, but once I placed it on the canvas I thought it was overpowering, so I created felted circles using a mix of wool felt and felt sheets by Kunin.

Make sure you join Rita Barakat’s Rise and Shine group on Facebook because on Thursday April 11, 2019 I will be showing you how to create felt shapes from wool! If you miss it, don’t worry! It will be there for you to check out later. Also, please make sure you hop along with us starting at Rita Barakat’s website.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Altered Coffee Can

I rarely have a coffee can because I don’t make my own coffee. I buy it at a local coffee shop. It is a small luxury in life allow myself. You can imagine that when I finally did have one I had to alter it and put it in my craft room! I originally thought it would be a pretty spring center piece made up of flowers I create with Rinea Foiled Paper and felt! In the center there would be a cute little fairy popping by to say hello!

Rita Barakat has one of my favorite books for creatives. It is a digital download — Magical Theater. The background in which I wrapped the can with is the background coloring sheet.

Fairy

The little fairy is also from the book! I used the little face she created and used colored pencils to bring her to life.

Wrapped Can

For the coffee can I used the new Eileen Hull Color Blends 2 to color the flowers. Tutu pink and Frog were the perfect shades! Using a paint brush I carefully painted on the flowers edge transfer gel, allowed to dry and foiled with rose gold.

It never did turn into a spring floral arrangement. Instead it homes my stickles The fairy is waiting to adorn a project in the near future.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

You are Mermazing!

Temperatures should be warming up soon and I am dreaming of summer! In anticipation of warmer months I created a sweet little Mermaid card to give away to one of you 🙂

This card was a lot of fun to make! I used the fin background stamp from Joy Clair and embossed it with Rita Barakat Mermaid Fin Powder. I added colorburst to the fins. For the image I used a sentiment from a Pink and Main set and stamped it with this Rita Barakat stamp. Here is the video:

I want to give this card away to one of you! All you need to do is tell me in the comments what your favorite part of summer is! I will randomly pick a winner and announce on April 1st.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden

Chalking with a Stencil

Rita Barakat has incredible stencils that help you draw faces! I love to chalk everything and anything in my home. I also have a serious crush on anything from the 1980’s. Big hair, scrunchies and neon colors is where it is at! Marvy has come out with some NEW fine tip chalk pins and I knew it was time to merge the three together for an epic art piece! Only thing is I ended up creating three. Once I started I just could not stop!

Crazy Hair

For each piece I wanted to focus on one element of the face. I really like hair! It is my favorite thing to draw (well….the only thing I can draw without help). I wanted the piece to be dramatic and weird. I only added the eye and went crazy with the hair adding in little dots of all the colors through out.

Curly Hair

For this piece I still wanted to have a ton of hair, but have more of the face. When I first added the curls it was far to structured for my liking, so I softened the look with a Q-Tip. Since it is chalk it does erase and leaves a dusty residue if not wiped clean. This is something to keep in mind for shading!

Pucker Up!

Ironically this piece is my very favorite! I am terrified of drawing lips. Even with the stencil I will have to do them at least three times to get them correct. I knew I could easily erase them since I used chalk board paper and chalk markers, so I gave it a try. Once I got her lips done I added in her neck and used my favorite color to create a top. I almost did not add hair, but once again knew I could erase it if I did not like it, so added some.

Final Thoughts:

In conclusion by taking the pressure off of having to get it right because I could erase it I was able to free my creativity and created three awesome pieces. This is a great way to practice your drawing without committing to it. Once you are done you can easily erase it or spray it with hairspray to save it.

This was part of a hop in collaboration with Marvy and Rita Barakat. Please make sure you hop through to see what the other designers did 🙂

Yolie

Michelle

Martha

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!