Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Calendar Cover with Sharon Harkness-Dobler



Hi guys! I’m back with another design team project. This time I’m going to be creating a calendar cover using recycled cardboard.



Yellow Rose Art, Sharon Harkness-Dobler, OOAK Artisans, mixed media


Now, you may be asking yourself, why is she creating a calendar at this time of year. Well, to be honest, the first part of 2017 was kind of uneventful for me. However, the latter part of the year is looking to be quit a busy one. My desk is covered with post it notes as I am not really a fan of noting everything digitally.


Yellow Rose Art, Sharon Harkness-Dobler, OOAK Artisans, mixed media




I found a beautiful calendar template on Sparkles Of Sunshine. You can download the template for free here http://sparklesofsunshine.com/

I decided to design a book cover for the loose pages. Now I can make notes of all of my upcoming projects, deadlines and important appointments and have everything together in one place.

You can view my design process by clicking on the video below. I hope you enjoy the tutorial!





Thanks for stopping by! ~ Sharon Harkness-Dobler

Friday, June 23, 2017

Water Color Bookmarks with Leah

Hello everyone! I have two projects to show you today for OOAK Artisan Showcase! I have created two water colored bookmarks using some fun rubber stamps from Whipper Snapper Designs, Inc and my Prima Watercolor Pencils and paper.


water colored bookmarks OOAK Artisans Leah Tees







These bookmarks are made from Prima Watercolor paper that comes in a convenient 3 x 6.25 inch pad. The perfect size!


water colored bookmarks OOAK Artisans Leah Tees







I used my Prima Watercolor Pencils to paint the designs and the grass, and I used my Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Sketcher's Pocket Box to paint the skies.


water colored bookmarks OOAK Artisans Leah Tees







There is something about using water colors that is just so relaxing and stress free for me. It is so easy and I love the effects that you can achieve with them.


water colored bookmarks OOAK Artisans Leah Tees








And aren't these little mice just the sweetest things! These two grey mice are called Yin and Yang.


water colored bookmarks OOAK Artisans Leah Tees






And this little brown one is called Daisy. The sentiments I used are from Altenew Stamps and Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and I thought they matched the images perfectly!


water colored bookmarks OOAK Artisans Leah Tees







And what a great way to use my stamps!  You know, that gives me an idea!



water colored bookmarks OOAK Artisans Leah Tees



And it is a great idea! BUT...you will need to visit my blog to find out what it is!  Here is the link... go on, you know you want to lol. See you soon!








~Leah

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fun Image Transfer with Roberta Laliberte


Hello everyone! Roberta here with my next project. I decided to use a print of one of my paintings to create a rustic little sign for you. I really wanted to try the freezer paper method for image transfers. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be lol.



Prairie Fairy Designs OOAK Artisans Image Transfer




What you will need for this project is: 
A piece of wood Freezer paper
A printer 
Matte medium 
An old credit card 
A spray sealer 
A drill and a 1/4 inch drill bit 
Some rope or jute twine to hang the sign Primer


Prairie Fairy Designs OOAK Artisans Image Transfer


You may also need: 

Editing software like Photoshop if you plan to create your own text or to resize your image. If you don't have a program like Photoshop you can download GIMP for free. 
A charcoal pencil or sharpie marker Acrylic paint or water soluble pastels. 


Prairie Fairy Designs OOAK Artisans Image Transfer






Begin by priming your board. I also put a coat of off-white paint on mine. Let that dry completely. I can't stress this enough. If you don't the paint will pull off during the image transfer!!!! 


Prairie Fairy Designs OOAK Artisans Image Transfer







The next step is to print your image onto the freezer/parchment paper. You may have to cut it to fit the printer which would be 8.5 x 11”.

Remember when you create your image especially if it has text, you must flip the image so that you get a reverse image. If you do not do this when you transfer your image onto the board it will be in reverse. If you do not have editing software you can always just print your image, transfer it, and hand write your quote. Lay the printed image over your board to make sure it fits properly and line it up.


Prairie Fairy Designs OOAK Artisans Image Transfer




If you are satisfied with how everything looks you can coat your board with a thin layer of Matte medium Make sure there are no globs anywhere as this will smear the ink when you are sure the layer of Mac medium is spread evenly and thinly you can place the image printed side down onto the board use the old credit card to burnish the link into the matte medium. Do not let this dry. Remove the parchment paper from the board. The image should have transferred to the board.


Prairie Fairy Designs OOAK Artisans Image Transfer







Mine did not transfer perfectly so I decided to use a Kimberly 9XXB pencil (you can use charcoal pencil or sharpie as well) to reestablish my letters and outline my little figure.


Prairie Fairy Designs OOAK Artisans Image Transfer







I decided to antique the board a little bit by using a small chocolate coloured ink pad.


Prairie Fairy Designs OOAK Artisans Image Transfer







I also decided to add a little more colour using my water soluble pastels. You could also use acrylic paint for this step.

Once you are satisfied with everything see you at the board with the spray sealer. Use a drill and drill bit to make holes in your board so you can thread the string through the board and voila!


Prairie Fairy Designs OOAK Artisans Image Transfer






I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and I hope I have inspired you to use your own artwork in some image transfer projects. 



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Find Joy Mixed Media with Jenn Engle


Hey everyone, Jenn Engle here with you today to share an art journal page.



OOAK Artisans, Mixed Media Jenn, Art Journal





It’s no secret that I am a huge Dina Wakley fan and her face stamps are some of my faves. For this one, I tried to color her as realistically as I could using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.


OOAK Artisans, Mixed Media Jenn, Art Journal

Once she was colored, I set out to create a quick and easy background. Whenever I want quick, easy and BOLD I reach for my Dylusions Ink Sprays. You can create a beautiful background in no time with them! I also added a bit of stamping, but that is pretty much it.


OOAK Artisans, Mixed Media Jenn, Art Journal


To create a cluster for my lady to sit on, I colored a piece of cardstock with the Dylusions to look just like the background. I used a piece of vintage book text to make sure my top piece wouldn’t blend in with the background.


OOAK Artisans, Mixed Media Jenn, Art Journal



To ground my face, I put some black and white washi behind her. To finish up, I added a Tim Holtz quote strip and that was it!

To see exactly how I made my art journal spread, you can watch the process video.





You can find more of my work over on my blog at www.mixedmediajenn.blogspot.com

Thanks so much,
Jenn Engle

Friday, June 9, 2017

On the Road :: Michigan - Part One



Recently I travelled to Holland, Michigan to visit with my best friend from high school, Ellen. Wherever I go I am always on the lookout for art and this trip was no exception. As usual I took a zillion photos! I decided I'd shared my visit with you. This is Part One.



Monster





While visiting a new friend I noticed these really cool iron sculptures in her garden. I asked her husband about them and he told me they were created by their son, Foster.

Abstract
Bees






So I said, "Is he here? Do you think he'd let me interview him?"





Foster is 18 but he created these pieces when he was about 12!


He told me his dad was teaching him how to weld and he noticed a pile of 'junk'. The artist in him said "Hey, I can make something with that!"  (LOVE that!)



While sharing his sculptures I found out his current passion is virtual reality. I wish I could explain to you everything he told me but I have to admit it was WAY over my head! Something about assets and model creations?!!


He did convince me to give it a try in "The Dive", a den where he entertains other VR enthusiasts, for a fee! I won't bore you with my whole experience but here's just a clip of my experience in creating dimensional art.



Foster just graduated from high school and is off to Kalamazoo to attend college in the fall. He will major in Computer Science. But, like I told his parents, I don't think he will finish college - he will be a self-made millionaire before then!

I really enjoyed my visit with Foster and I am looking forward to watching where his path will lead him. He is truly an amazing young man.


I'm leaving you with some of his thoughts....







Part Two is coming, stay tuned!

~ Shelley

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mixed Media Paint Brush Holder with Jean Stambaugh Peter


"Wow!! Time for a new project for the OOAK design team. I am loving the challenges! I used a lot of the same products as last months project, Since I am trying to use the same supplies in as many ways as possible!! This "tool" is a paint brush roll up case but we all know a lot of possibility's for it!


OOAK Artisans Jean Stambaugh Peter mixed media


My newest product to use is the NEOPAQUE flowable extender and it works amazing!! helps with the layering of colors, and seems to deepen some of the colors, I used the dyna flow fabric paint and the fantastix pens to paint the outside of the case in splotches using the neopaque on some to give a little gradation of the colors.

OOAK Artisans Jean Stambaugh Peter mixed media



I added strips of cardboard in each of the slots to keep the paints from bleeding through to the other side. The inside was painted each slot a different color. NEOPAQUE flowable extender was used it to paint the circles, which allowed me to paint another color over and not change the colors!!

OOAK Artisans Jean Stambaugh Peter mixed media




I used a bit of black dyna flow to dry brush the edges of colors to help the colors look blended. Several stamps, stencils,and doodling in black tied it all together!!" ~Jean

OOAK Artisans Jean Stambaugh Peter mixed media







WOW! Jean's project is fantastic! I would love to have one of these in my art box for sure!  Don't forget you can visit Jean's blog at jeanpdesigns.blogspot.ca     

 ~Leah


Friday, June 2, 2017

Design Team Member Feature: Jenn Engle

Hello everyone!  We have another Design Team Member Feature for you today!  Today we feature the art of talented Jenn Engle, otherwise known as Mixed Media Jenn!


Jenn Engle OOAK Artisans mixed media art






Jenn's eye for color and composition are fantastic, and she creates using all kinds of different mediums.


Jenn Engle OOAK Artisans mixed media art





You can watch videos of Jenn work her magic on Youtube, here.



Jenn Engle OOAK Artisans mixed media art





You can view her art on her blog here :)


Jenn Engle OOAK Artisans mixed media art




Or you can see her works of art on Instagram!


Jenn Engle OOAK Artisans mixed media art







Jenn has started creating for the OOAK design team, and I know you will love her work!  Come back soon to see more very soon :)

I have included a video of Jenn creating a cover for the new ICAD challenge for you to enjoy :)