Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Frankenstein, His Bride and Heart & Foot Milagros

The mid-month challenge over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity is Challenge #33 - Lovers. I was browsing through my file with clip art of couples when my quirky sense of humor kicked in. I love old horror movies and started searching those images. Well, what do you know, a picture of Frankenstein and his bride just jumped right at me so I figured, why not? Monsters need love too, am I right? lol!

I transferred the image onto cardboard, the small arch die is painted red, highlighted with Black Soot Distress Ink. The skulls are from Graphics 45 and are stamped with permanent ink. The small heart & foot Milagros are from Carmen's Veranda, Small Milagro Set, and are stamped in permanent ink, then colored with Distress Markers. The embellishment at the top is made of clay. Of course, we know that Frankenstein's bride did not feel the same way about poor Frankenstein as he did about her. That's why I thought the stamped quote "I love this place!" was the right phrase for this image.

I hope you enjoy this project. Thank you for visiting!

Nicie



Beautiful Face, Heart, Flowers and Love


I am still playing with the Fresco Finish Paints and wanted to try them on a kraft tag. This 6" x 3" tag was painted using Fresco paint in Amethyst and a bit of white acrylic paint. I only applied one layer of the opaque paint because I was happy with the coverage. After it dried, I painted a thin layer of iridescent violet color. The beautiful face from LaBlanche was stamped with black ink, then it was masked and stamped with a chunky ornate heart. I first used Fresco paint in Caribbean Sea but I thought it was too light. In order to make the heart pop, I then used Fresco paint in Blueberry. I off-set the stamp a little bit in order to give it a shadow effect and I'm really pleased how it turned out. The word love was stenciled using Viva Decor gold texture paste. I think the three small roses give it a nice finishing touch.

I am submitting this project to:
I hope you enjoy this project and thank you for stopping by!

Nicie
 








Monday, February 20, 2017

Sacred Heart, Hope & Believe

Hello Everyone! The weather this past weekend was just beautiful! We left the house to run some errands with a sweater! If you live in the Midwest, you can relate. Usually, February brings snow, snow and more snow.

OK, enough of the weather, time to move on to the project at hand. When I started to create this 9" x 3"canvas, the only idea I had in mind was to have some sort of medieval look to it. I started by covering it in black gesso, then painted it in various hues of blues & greens. Wanting more texture, I added tissue paper then more paints in blues, greens and gold until I was happy with the result. I wanted the sacred heart to be the focal point of the piece so I painted it in reds then added the small glass seed beads for a dramatic look. The keyhole on the heart and the decorative molding at the top and bottom are clay embellishments created from Iron Orchid Design molds.

I wanted to add words that would enhance the beauty of the heart and chose "hope" and "believe". They are stamped on white tissue paper, not adding any color to them purposely so they wouldn't get lost in the background.

I am submitting this canvas to the following challenges:
I hope you like my project. Thank you for stopping by!

Nicie




Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pink and Orange Mermaid

PaperArtsy is beginning the new year with a wonderful and unique challenge: 2017 Topic #1 - Pink and Orange Challenge. I wouldn't normally use these colors together (makes me think of the 60s and flower power) but after seeing all the great submissions by their contributors, I became inspired. I'm not sure why the image of a mermaid popped into my mind because usually colors that inspire ocean themes are blue & green. I guess it's the way my mind works - lol! In any case, I do like the outcome of this tag.

I'm embarrassed to say that the Fresco Paints were among the stash of new supplies that I have accumulated and I need to start using. I was so amazed at how fluid these paints are! All the colors in the palette are beautiful and come in opaque & translucent. I have to say that I'm partial to the translucent color because you don't have to water it down to achieve translucency. I only have two Fresco paints, Coral & Amethyst. 
I added white acrylic to both paints and was pleased with the new colors, especially the Coral. I painted the tag's background with the Amethyst, once it was dry, I used the "pink" on a stencil and overlapped the images. The mermaid's tail was outlined with Ranger's Enamel Accents in pink. The compass was stamped with Ranger's Archival Ink in Monarch Orange. The sentiment was stamped with black archival ink and then Distress Ink in Carved Pumpkin was used.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Nicie

 














Monday, January 30, 2017

Butterflies, Fairy, Angel and Bird

This cute, 6 panel, mixed media mini album measures 4" x 4". The metal embellishment with the butterfly sits on a piece of muslin that was painted then stamped with the words "dream big." I used several colors of Distress Inks on the inside panels, the images of the fairy, angel, bird, butterfly and other ephemera were fussy cut. I had been wanting to create a mini album for quite some time and finally got around to it.

I'm submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Spread Your Wings and also to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by - have a great day!

Nicie






Sunday, January 29, 2017

Aphrodite, Cupid and Wings

Hello everyone! This has been a fun and frustrating project at the same time because the background colors changed frequently. It started with a blue background, then it became teal, then finally a blue-green metallic color. I added crackle, then blue & gold mist sprays. The second background is a TCW stencil that was added with modeling paste, painted and gold Inka Gold was used to highlight the words. The edges looked a bit plain but didn't want to add something that would take away from the stenciled background, so I decided to add a piece of black stock and distressed the edges.

The image is a painting of Aphrodite and Cupid. I wanted to accentuate the little wings so I added a second set of wings, then added Glossy Accents and glitter stickles. The wings at the top are painted with the same metallic paint as the first background and also has stickles. There is a circle in between the wings so I attached a faux gem to it. The top wings and the yellow "lace" are clay embellishments.

I am adding this project to the following challenges:
Thank you for stopping by - have a wonderful day!

Nicie
 

Blue, Silver, Pearls = Art Deco

I don't know why it is that when I see the combination of blues, silvers, gold and pearls the first thing that pops into my mind is the Art Deco period. Those specific colors make me think of old Hollywood, parties, beautiful elegant hotels and condos, ladies with their big fur coats and silky party dresses and champagne just flowing everywhere.

When I saw the Frilly and Funkie Blogspot January 2017 - Winter Hues challenge I immediately thought what better project than an Art Deco piece and my muse just started with all kinds of ideas.

This is an 8" x 6" canvas panel that I had started in a class I took late last year. It was painted with gesso and the decorative background had been added with modeling paste. When I saw it on my "future project pile" I knew it was perfect for this challenge. The first layer of paint was a metallic blue, then a light layer of silver paint was added randomly. After they were dry, I added blue Inka Gold metallic rub to highlight the raised areas. The beautiful silver decorations on the sides and the blue medallion on the bottom are clay embellishments. The image of the elegant lady is a vintage photo that was painted with water colors, added the pearl necklace, earring and some stickles on the coat's swirls. I envisioned this coat to be an expensive velvet, fur trimmed coat used to go to an elegant party on a cold winter night.

I'm also submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

I hope you like it as much as I loved creating it! Thank you for stopping by.

Nicie






 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tag with Leonardo da Vinci - Head of Leda, Crackle and Leaf

Here is a second tag I am entering in the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge #32 - Anything Goes. I painted this tag with acrylic paint, then randomly stamped the circles and flowers with gesso. Once they were dry, I added crackle medium to the entire tag, then a bit of glitter mist. The image of Head of Leda has been transferred on packing tape and was sprayed with Dylusions inks then on the front, a border was added with Ranger Glossy Accents. The word "Dream" was stamped on the right side.

I am also submitting this as a second project to Vintage Journey Challenge - Going Round in Circles.  
Enjoy and thank you for stopping by!

Nicie
 

Thank You Tag with Beautiful Vibrant Colors and Dimension

I am really happy how this tag turned out! I used a Stencil Girl Products stencil with a couple of different colors from Lindy's Stamp Gang, then used the same stencil with some Viva Decor Modeling Paste. The blend of colors is so vibrant and the dimension gave it just the right touch!

The piece of muslin that lays in the middle was sprayed with a glitter mist and then stamped with a  "Thank You" stamp from Stampabilities.

I am entering this tag into the following challenges:

I hope you enjoy the look of this stamp as much as I do. Thank you for stopping by!

Nicie





Sacred Heart - Nuestro Amor

On January 14th, I had posted two projects to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge- #32 - Put a Stencil on It. When I returned to the blog and clicked on the link to the Sacred Heart project, I kept getting an error message. I'm not really tech savvy, and yes, I started to panic! But after a minute, I decided to add the project on a separate post so it will be included in this challenge without any problems with the link. I didn't want to cause any confusion, so just letting you know in case you see this project twice.

As I explained in my original post, this 4" x 4" square was painted with Pebeo Iridescent Red Blue paint, the stencil was added with Pebeo Iridescent Green Yellow paint. Once dry, I added a layer of One Step Crackle Medium. The Sacred Heart is from Prima Marketing. The hand written message reads "Nuestro Amor" which means Our Love.

I am also adding this project as my second submission to the The Artistic Stamper Creative Team - January 2017 Challenge which is Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by!

Nicie