Friday, September 15, 2017

Vintage Photo Box Art

I'm still playing with Tim Holtz's pack of vintage photos, they're so fun to use since they're all cut out already. I made these six altered photo box art pieces below.
 I used 6 vintage photos and found 6 small box lids.
I decided to use the box lids as bodies.
Here's a few step by step photos...
I covered the inside of the box with some old text paper. I used kraft colored paper to cut out the dresses and crinkles them up and edged with brown ink.
 I added embellishments to the dresses and stripped legs to the photos.
The last step was to cover the box lid with some printed transparency paper.

Here's some close up shots of each one.

It was a fun project, I hope I've inspired you to play with Tim's vintage photos and some box lids.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Whimsical Collages Using Tim Holtz Paper Dolls

I was at Michael's the other day and found this pack of 107 pieces of vintage photos all individually cut out - nice!
So, I couldn't wait to start making something with them. For this set, I used various envelopes and followed a style that's similar to Lynn Whipple and techniques I've learned from Robin Marie Smith.
This is the first one I created and after that, I quickly brought out more envelopes to collage.
 First, I added some neutral vintage text paper to each envelope.
If you follow me, you know I love this metro issue paper, so I tore bits and pieces of that and glued them onto the envelopes.
Then I added some pieces of colored tissue paper to each envelope.
 Followed by some random pieces of black and white accent papers.
Last step was to add a white wash with some gesso.
Then, I glued on one of the images from Tim's pack of vintage photos and just added white dots and accents to each of the images. Adding fun hats, wings and a red nose makes for a whimsical collage.
These put a smile on my face and I feel so free and easy to create these when you know the sillier the better.  :-)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

My Paige Girls with Glasses

I sketched some new Paige dolls lately, just on scrap paper and tags I had lying around. Then I also found a small bags of black glasses I had punched out awhile ago and thought, wouldn't it be cute to add them to my Paige dolls. Here are the results...
I used a stabilo pencil, water colors and black and white pens to draw the girls and backgrounds.

Here's a closer look. I like adding pieces of paper as accents to the tags.
I also love adding black and white striped accents. In the one below, I used some of my printed tissue paper for accents.
I think the glasses add a fun character and I like how they're a bit oversize. The die cut for the glasses are by Impression Obsession DIE048-E.
I hope I've inspired you to add some fun glasses to your dolls.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Painted Paper Bags

I was looking for a quick art project do to with my family and found this cute idea of painting brown paper bags.
It's an easy project, you only need a few supplies: paper bags, white paint, paint brush and black marking pens. For a fun option, you can adhere these clear pockets to the front of the bag, to insert another accent or message. I found the clear pockets in the dollar section at Target.
You simply use white acrylic paint and paint the front side of the paper bag.
Let the paint completely dry. Then using a thick sharpie or paint, make some black marks/designs on your bag.
Then roll down the top edge.
I filled my bags with artificial flowers, but think a better idea would be to put small mason jars inside filled with water and add fresh flowers.
My sister, Diana, made these adorable bags...
I hope you give this project a try, it's fun and easy.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Printing On Tissue Paper

It all started when I found a cute 12" x 12" piece of scrapbook paper at Michael's - it's by Recollections and it's called Typewriter Font. I wanted to use this paper in my latest pocket journal, but I needed it to be transparent.

I love using tissue paper in my art journals, it adds a great layer. Below, is a picture of how I used a thin strip of the scrapbook paper that I copied onto tissue paper.
It's really simple to copy a design on tissue paper. All you have to do it cut out a piece of white tissue paper slightly larger than a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper.
Use a glue stick and glue around the perimeter of  a piece of plain paper and then lay the blank tissue paper on top. Trim the tissue paper to the exact size of the paper. Initially, I tried to cut the tissue paper to be the exact size, but it was more difficult to line up the tissue perfectly on the paper.

Copy your design on this piece of paper. using your copier/printer and then carefully pull up the tissue from the plain paper.

Here's all the designs I copied. The tissue paper I copied are on the top row and the bottom row are the originals I used to make the copies.

Here's some pictures of how I used the tissue paper in my latest pocket journal. I like just tearing random pieces and gluing them on the page with liquid medium.
I made this pocket journal after taking the on-line class from Rae and Sandi on the site, Art to the 5th Academy. It was a fun project.
Front cover
Back cover
The pages are made up from random pieces of paper that are tied to the cover.

I hope you give this technique a try, it's pretty cool!

And lastly, a couple pictures of my Blythe dolls on my craft table.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

My New Blythe Doll (in Japan)

During my trip to Japan in April, I bought my first Blythe doll. I have admired these dolls for years, but you can't buy them in the US on the first market, only in Japan.
They have these adorable stores in Japan, called Junie Moon where you can buy these dolls. Below is a picture of me at the Osaka store.
Junie Moon Store, Osaka
Here are some pictures of my doll dressed in different wigs around the streets of Japan.
Shinjuku Station, Tokyo
Junie Moon Store, Tokyo
Osaka Castle
Tokyo Hands, Craft Store
I love dressing up my doll and taking pictures of her in different settings. 

Here's my Blythe doll at home...

It's been so much fun to dress her up and find different settings for her.

P.S. Responding to Maryl's comment - I did have a pic with my doll @ Daiso.
 The Daiso stores there were like cool!.