To Think About

"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."
Celia Thaxter

Monday, August 27, 2007

Emboss Resist and Emboss Resist Scrap Paper

Here is another 8 1/2 x 11 sample of the emboss resist method. The pink was the bottom color, the green the top. I thought the scrap paper came out interestingly also. Where the embossing powder transferred to the scrap paper is translucent. If i put colored paper under that piece the color shows through. Pretty cool for a scrap piece! Make sure you check yours out when you do this technique. I will cut up the green/pink cardstock for ATC-sized cards. Enjoy this swap!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Emboss Resist 2

You can see in this example that the embossing worked more clearly. That is because I totally covered the paper with the drybrush second color. I started with green and did the blue on top. I used a variety of stamps to see how they would work. Again, this was on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock. Hope this encourages you to try this technique. Since acrylics dry so quickly, you can finish one piece pretty fast.

Emboss Resist

Although hard to see in this scan, the stamped images are showing through the two overlay colors of lavendar and gold. I used a triadic color combo of aqua, rust and lavendar. I added the metallic gold on top because I wanted to see what it would look like. In person, it looks pretty good. I added some black stamping to the page also (didn't scan that one). This was done on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock. I will then cut it down for using as ATCS (Artists Trading Cards). These will then be embellished for a swap for the Arttechniquesatcs group. The Emboss-Resist technique is from Bernie Berlin's book.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A NEW Yahoo Group Begins September 15

I am very excited to be part of a NEW Yahoo Art Group which will begin taking new members SEPTEMBER 15. It is called TheLatestTrendsinMixedMediaArts. We will begin with a Treasure Hunt that will have great prizes from some of your favorite vendors! There will be instructions in all kinds of art projects, a great artists' gallery, and much more! Be sure to sign up from the beginning so you can get in on the first Treasure Hunt. As the date gets closer, I will share more. Some of the best artists I know are co-moderating this group with me. So be sure to sign up SEPTEMBER 15!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Projects, projects, projects!

It seems like this summer is getting away from me. I was able to visit two artist friends in Utah. One came all the way from Australia to visit! She also went to Art Unraveled, so made good use of her US visit. Keeping up with arttechniquesatcs swaps and others has kept me hopping. My mornings at the gym really eat into my art time, so starting next week I will do my training sessions one hour earlier with the hope of having more productive art time in the afternoons. I find the day doesn't have enough hours for all I want to accomplish. Still working on a very big project which I hope to share more about soon.
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Art Survey

I am part of an ongoing project that is trying to determine how people choose the art books they purchase and I am asking them to participate in a short online survey. By clicking on this link: and answering 10 quick and easy questions, you will be directd to another site that will allow you to download 20 copyright-free images. (From our private collections) Please note: I am not affiliated with any publisher or commercial enterprise, nor will you be asked for any personal information. Thank you for your help!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

ZNE Challenges for August

Here are the two embellished tags made for the ZNE Design Team August challenge. We were to create two tag templates and then show them embellished. The themes were butterflies and stars.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Architectural Elements ATC

I had a different design in mind when I started, but this is what came out! I used Dover architectural images and for the background (just changed the color), and added the stamped face and a few metal brads and some distress inks. This is for a swap for arttechniquesatcs.