A Mixed Media "Thank you" card and Halloween "Trick or Treat" card were both made to include postage stamps. If you have followed my blog, you know how much I love to repurpose and upcycle things into my art, especially postage stamps. The USA $0.07 stamp above the blue owl was chosen for the hot air balloon and of course the black cat and bird Tanzania stamps were picked for their Halloweenish look.
The thank you card went to a friend of my parents and soon to be a new crafting buddy for me and my mom. Collette, thank you again for some of your late brother Peter's stamps. I can't tell you enough how appreciative I am that you are letting me put some of it into my artwork.
The trick or treat card went to good friends Joe and Ellen, who know the story behind these stamps and where they came from. It was perfect timing to wish them a Happy Halloween with this card.
I thought the cards placed in front of the postage stamp pile made for a neat photo. Just by looking at the stamps in that pile, I see so many future art projects. Each stamp has it's own little story and history. It's like a mini book exploded and you're left looking at all the pages. Stories of birds, animals, sea life, important people throughout history like this great stamp I found of Winston Churchill:
And these cool Tanzanian bats that my little sister Jill is going to get. (She's a lover of all things "bat").
Finding the right ones to use can be challenging but with a creative mind and a selection like this, I'm not finding it difficult.
If you're curious about the black outline stickers I used for the cards, they are Krazy Kreations designs. Can you see the difference between the two set of owls in the pictures below? The picture on the right are the owls from the original sticker sheet. The ones on the left side are the negative of the owls that is left behind on the sticker sheet after you peel off the original sticker. Using small scissors I carefully cut around each owl and utilize my transfer paper to peel the negative off and "transfer" it onto my project. I learned this technique directly from Kara, Krazy Kreations owner and designer during one of her Marlborough Scrapbook Expo classes.
You know I love to use EVERYTHING I can, without creating waste. The blue paper used for the negative owls are from small scrap papers leftover from another project. The green and blue owls were colored in with Tim Holtz's distress markers after I stuck them onto Krazy Kreations glitter paper. The witches boots with striped socks were made the same way except I used Spectrum Noir alcohol ink pens to color them in.
Making these cards were a blast...or maybe I should say "they were a hoot". Wishing you a Happy Halloween 2016. May you have more treats than tricks.
Thank you for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.
Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 10/30/16.
"Two little blessings sent from above, twice the smiles, twice the love". This personalized 12"x12" Mixed Media wall canvas was made for April, a friend of my mom, who recently had twin boys, Caden and Corbin. It comes with a plane, train, elephant and pairs of booties...Plus lots of love.
This blue themed original art has its own homemade papers and its design is unique.
Here's where it all started. A sheet of homemade paper that I created with my Gelli Plate.
Cutting it to fit the canvas is important and yet so flexible when you have enough paper to use.
ModPodge is one of my favorite adhesives and sealants when it comes to most of my projects. Sometimes I like the Matte finish and other times I prefer the Gloss finish. So I make sure to always have both on hand.
The paper wraps all the way behind the canvas and will eventually be covered up with Kraft paper, giving it a professional looking backing. Like this with hanger and artist signature/date:
But you don't want to look at the back of this...so here's the front again:
After the paper was adhered to the canvas and drying, I started making the embellishments. I bought a new punch at the Scrapbook Expo in Marlborough last September from Epiphany Crafts. The punch is so easy to use and makes these really neat 3-dimensional, clear epoxy tickets. There are other shapes to pick from and I wish I had bought more. I'll have to place an online order with them.
Right out of the DCWV box, the train chipboard pieces were striped with pastel colors. I added Tim Holtz Distress inks to darken them up to better suit the color palette of this painting.
Same thing with the plane. It had a pattern that I liked but the colors were too light and needed some distressing.
The ribbon was hand braided by someone special to me, Diane, my sister-in-law's sister, who passed away too soon. She would have LOVED to know something she made was used and included in this gift of art. She had an eye for color and when I saw this colorful braided strand I knew it was perfect for this particular piece of art. A wooden pennant shape is on the tail of the braid. The photo above shows it before the ribbon was cut. I'm left with a small braided piece and plan to incorporate that into a future art project.
"Double the trouble...Twice the fun!" was stamped on ivory cardstock using Studio G alphabet rubber stamps with StazOn black ink.
The cardstock was cut to resemble a waving banner behind the plane and the hand-braided ribbon was shaped underneath it and glued down.
The train's striped original pattern still shows through the distress ink and gives it more character.
The names Caden and Corbin were hand-written with a black Faber Castell fine marker and then sealed with an epoxy bubble cap using my new ticket punch.
Those round metallic shining wheel hubcaps were made with Scribbles 3-D fabric paint.
Again, the plane's original pattern also shows through but by distressing it, the color has completely changed from it's original pastel look.
The Scribbles can be drawn on in any way. I chose to make the blades of the propeller shine and added a bunch of dots to the wings to make it appear like rivets.
The embellishments get set aside to dry and the canvas starts to be worked on.
Studio 49 rubber stamps were used with StazOn black ink in a few spots.
The word "Cute" was stamped on the side. In addition, "x2" was added since this picture below was taken. So it really reads "Cute X2" on this side panel.
You can see below that the black inked stamps are randomly scattered.
The black strips under the train are outline stickers made by Krazy Kreations. They have so many designs to pick from. When I originally selected the shape used for the train tracks, I thought wooden dowels. But then realized how many different ways you can use their stickers.
Stamping around the edges is important to give any canvas a completed look.
Now comes the block lettering. I was going for a cloud look as though the plane made a trail of words. To start, I line the stamps up where I need them to get a feel for the layout.
Here's the first line being laid out.
I place some light green Washi tape in random spots and color in a complimentary green hue using Tim Holtz Distress Crayon. These blend so nicely and just add more mediums into this painting.
I thought the white stripe going down the middle was too bold and the green distress crayon gave me the additional color I wanted in the background.
The white block print letters are embossed with VersaMark ink and embossing powder to appear raised from the surface. Below you can see the last couple of lines haven't been heated with the heat gun yet and aren't as bright white as the ones that have.
Did you notice I removed the embellishments to stamp the lettering? I only place those on for layout purposes and don't completely secure them until the end.
Pictured below it's almost completed. Just a few embellishments left to add on like the blue elephant and booties. By the way, those adorable pairs of baby blue booties are Jolee stickers that had metallic silver Scribbles fabric paint dotted for the lace rivets.
So many various types of mediums went into this Mixed Media project and as always, it was a blast to do.
Delivering it to April was half the fun in this art project experience. Since she's out on maternity leave, we met up with some of her friends, the "Chill Girls" at Chill Spa in Manchester, NH. We knew they'd be able to get this gift to her. And while we were there we spoiled ourselves and got a Peddie. What a great place with great people. Highly recommend it if you're in their area.
So if you want original artwork designed for your next need, whatever the occasion, please let us know. This is what us artists at Tamm's Marketplace love to do. Create art.
Thank you for reading my blog and enjoy your day.
"Sometimes I feel like my art brings people together and makes everyone smile. I always feel a positivity from it and try to share it with others as much as I can. (So smile)".
Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 10/19/16.
This Mixed Media turtle card was made specially for my cousin Kris. I wanted to simply say "hello" and tell her I think she's amazing. (Isn't that what cousins do?)
The hello is stamped on watercolor paper in black StazOn ink and dotted with 3D Scribbles Iridescent Teal fabric paint. The edges were inked with blue alcohol ink. It's also raised off the card front with pop-dots to make it pop off the page.
The ivory cardstock paper the turtle is on was designed with so many different mediums. The sparkles come from a smattering of mica flake paste. The more you apply the more dense the flakes clump together and then harden looking like the mica in a stone. The light blueish dots are Faber Castell Metallic Mint Gelatos applied through a circle stencil that was randomly moved around the paper and then watered down and spritzed on with a toothbrush-like tool. Depending on which way the light hits the metallic Gelatos, the color changes between green and blue but continues to glimmer with tiny sparkles of silver. While I was "spritzing" I decided to add a little Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine.
Those bright blue edges were made from one of my newest mediums I'm learning to play with...Craft Decors' Chalk Writers. I used my fingers to smudge it on. The most outer edges of blue on the photo below are Tim Holtz Distress inks rubbed on with a foam dauber. (Told you there were a lot of mediums used).
A side view of the popped up "hello" shows how raised up it is by the size of the shadow it's casting below it. The side view of the stenciled turtle also shows how raised it is.
The turtle was stenciled using Delta Creative "Frogs and Friends" stencil with DecoArt's Texture Terra Cotta (pictured below) and was applied using a palette knife.
And my message on the inside was simple. (She is amazing).
Here's the finished card again. I pretty much explained how I made every aspect of it and then some.
Almost forgot...the brown paper underneath was applied using Elmer's Extra Strength Craft Bond glue stick. Below you can really see this card in the beginning phases of putting it all together.
These scraps of paper were edged in alcohol inks after they were ripped. If you tear a piece of paper one way, the edge of the paper is different then if you tear the paper in the opposite direction.
I used 1/4" Red Tape to secure the turtle paper onto the front of this 5"x7" card. Typically I use this tape when I need a stronger hold, especially when using thicker textured papers.
Kris has since received her homemade card via "snail mail" and let me know how much it was appreciated. Here's a pic of its new home. (Love it!!!)
Thanks for reading my blog and enjoy your day.
Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 10/3/16.
This "Watercolor Glue Art" is a purple rose I painted on an 8" x 10" canvas using watercolor paints like the ones pictured below...and glue. Yes, glue. As in white Elmer's glue.
It was kind of easy and definitely a lot of fun to make. I thought there were several important things to mention when making one of these Glue Art projects. Like applying darker shades of paint for an appearance of being 3-dimensional. Without various shades, an image will look dull and flat. Notice in the petals there are darker hues closer to the center of the flower that randomly go outward and up the petal. Whereas the outer edge of the petals have lighter shades of purple.
To make one of your own, first take a blank canvas and draw an image with any white glue. I chose white because I wanted the image to be outlined in white. Choosing clear would have made it come out a bit differently. Of course, now with all of the glitter glues and different colors to pick from, you could get creative and use any color of glue you want.
The glue must dry before you try to watercolor in between. Either dry it overnight like I did, or if you don't have the time, simply dry it with a heating tool. Be very careful not to force the glue into a flat position or move it when using the heat gun. Patience!
The background was painted in greens and browns, to make it look as if it was the leafy part of a rose. Paint all the sections until completed. I even included the sides of the canvas so it can be viewed from all angles. Make sure not to paint on the white dried glue or it will stay the color of your paint. If quick enough, you can just carefully wipe it clean with a Q-tip or small rag. The idea is to paint in between all the glue lines.
What inspired me to make this particular painting were two things. First, the knowledge I have on the late artist Blanche Lazzell. I've been a fan of her art since I saw her work in a Provincetown gallery on Cape Cod years ago. One of my all time favorite artists' communities to visit with family and friends to do some shopping, eating and culturing. Her art is incredible and has a white-line characteristic. Google her, you'll see.
Secondly, my mother Marj Kiley recently taught an instructional Watercolor Glue Art class this summer with some of her friends in Danforth Bay, NH. They used this painting and one she made as a sample of inspiration. Here are a few of their candids from the fun-filled class. Look at all the talent! (Everyone did something different).
Fortunately in the above pic, the angel taken has lit up a section of the painting's glue lines and you can see the dimension really well.
I only wish I was there to see them all in person and to enjoy in some of the fun in creating. Their works of art are something they should all be proud of. They truly came out great!
Good luck to all that try this wonderful form of art.
Thanks and enjoy your day.
Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 7/8/16 originally and updated on 8/28/16.
Some hearts say "I love you" while others say what these do on this lovely nine heart-filled art journal page. Like: "dreaming of a time", "a lifelong friendship", "it takes courage" and "on matters of principle". The hearts also have rectangular pics with their spanish representing words like "la luna" for the moon and "la pera" for the pear.
How did these all end up together in the way that they did? It was because I was working with Faber-Castell's Mixed Media kit and this was one of their sample projects. The kit comes with certain papers and there were enough to make a couple different Mixed Media projects with this paper alone.
So I made two projects. One for my art journal above and the one below on a cardboard panel that eventually turns into a piece of art you stand on an easel and place on a shelf. Or put a hanger on the back and hang it.
The cardboard panel came with the kit and I applied a thin layer of Gesso to the surface to create a surface I could paint on and not worry about my mediums soaking into the cardboard. I painted a coating of light blue acrylic paint, then a thin watery layer of Gesso. While the Gesso was still drying, I sprinkled table salt over it. I knew that the salt drew in watercolor paints, so I figured it would do the same to the watery Gesso. It did. It gave it the same kind of look as I get from watercolor paints when I do this technique. The close up below captures the crystal look. Make sure to wipe off all the salt if you decide to try this. I did over the trash barrel and it came off easily and without a mess.
As you can see, both projects have different backgrounds. The art journal page was made starting out with one of my Gelli Plate prints and the cardboard panel has a crystalized blue and white background. Hearts, Spanish pictures and lower-cased phrases are all arranged. But in different ways.
The cardboard panel shown below after everything was ModPodged on, has completely different sayings from the journal page like: "time to treasure", "wish for it", "of all things" and "a long voyage". The 18 hearts use the same paper but are not placed in the same spots. Same with the rectangular Spanish pictures. You'll see they are arranged differently and with intent. Although the two projects were made from the same papers and using the same format/layout, they are not the same.
As you can see in the very first picture of this blog, I signed and dated my journal page. Before I punched holes in it for the ring binder type journal I plan to make, I took all these photos for this blog. One day, you'll see this again when I post the completed journal. For now, there's my journal page for 1-17-16 and I hope you enjoyed the bonus showing of my cardboard panel. Why not make two of something instead of one?
Thanks for reading my blog.
Jennifer Quilty, owner Tamm's Marketplace
This art journal page is antiqued with an aged look. It's on the other side of my last blogged page "I am Beautiful, Adorable & So Very Sweet". I didn't put any wording onto this page for any message of any kind. Sure you see lots of words in the scroll handwriting stamp that is throughout the background and if your eyes are "eagle-ish" I bet you'll even see the wording in the couple postage themed stamps randomly scattered in. But there is no message to this page. Other than how beautiful an arched butterfly flying pattern can be.
The picture above is held one way in the light and the butterfly stamped appears to be darker in inked color while the square copper stamp is shining. In the picture below, the same butterfly shimmers silver, copper and gold from the metallic ink used. It depends on how the light hits it for it to shine.
The handwriting scrolls thicker in some places and barely visible in others. The use of randomness seems to work better in this type of art creation. The edges and random center spots were distressed using daubers and Ranger distress inks.
In a matching colored marker I signed and dated my page. Before I punched holes in it for the ring binder type journal I plan to make, I took all these photos for this blog. One day, you'll see this again when I post the completed journal. For now, there's my journal page for 1-11-16.
Thanks for reading my blog.
Jennifer Quilty, owner Tamm's Marketplace
"I am Beautiful, Adorable and So Very Sweet". For those of you that know me already know this about me. hahaha!
This art journal page was fun to make. It's also not the traditional size as the other journal pages I've blogged about so far. I do plan on having various sizes in my art journal, this just happens to be the first different sized page I'm showing.
It started with my background. Circles. One of my favorite things to put in my art. Why? I don't know..they are bubbly and make me happy. These circles were made with...the end of an empty paper towel roll and a straw. First they were dipped in metallic copper acrylic paint, then in black. I try to randomly spread the circles around the page.
A gold single line edges the border and double lines in brown marker border the word patches. The "i am" is made from rub on letters and I thought it looked great to keep them all lowercase. These are some of the little things you think about when designing a journal page. Hopefully the page just flows though and not much thought actually needs to be put into it.
The "Beautiful", "Adorable", "&" and "so very sweet" are cut out of a pad of 12x12 paper that a good friend of mine gave me as a gift. I loved the blue and gold color combination and was thrilled to use it so quickly.
In a matching colored marker I signed and dated my page. Before I punched holes in it for the ring binder type journal I plan to make, I took all these photos for this blog. One day, you'll see this again when I post the completed journal. For now, there's my journal page for 1-12-16.
Thanks for reading my blog.
Jennifer Quilty, owner Tamm's Marketplace
"Life isn't about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself" and "dream". Those were two phrases that popped into my head after I made the silhouette lady and put a pair of butterfly wings on her back. This journal page was a pleasure to make and was also a learning experience for me with a couple of techniques.
It started with me cutting my own stencil from a scrap piece of cardboard. I inked her edges on a piece of scrap paper should I want a reverse stencil of the image. (I'd just cut the inside edges of her silhouette on the scrap paper).
The blue Gelli Plate print that I distressed inked her onto was designed with using lots of strips of yellow and orange painted tissue paper in a grid-like pattern. Some of the strips had orange flowers in their design. I used ModPodge to secure the strips down to the paper. Did you notice that orangish corrugated strip on the right side of the page? Can you guess what it is? If you were to say this wonderfully textured strip came out of an empty Christmas ribbon candy box, then you'd be correct. It was a leftover scrap I used when I was making my Gelli Plate prints. It makes really great lines when used in paint and pressed onto paper during the Gelli Plate printing process. So do the individual wrappers on candy, like a Reese's peanut butter cup (regular size or mini). Just press the side of the wrapper that didn't face in towards the candy in paint and press onto your print. It results in a fan like pattern of lines.
At first I thought I was applying rub on lettering with this sheet but after rubbing for a few minutes and nothing was happening, I realized that it was simply a print on clear parchment-like paper. So, I cut it out of the sheet it was in and ModPodged it on. The edges blend into the squared-off look of the tissue paper strips.
As mentioned before, the butterfly wings were placed on her back. It just seemed to be what needed to be designed with the papers I was working with. I liked it a lot and this is what made me think of the transformation theme of this sheet. In the pic above I see a bunch of different designs in the background. That is the wonder of Gelli Plate printing.
Here is a close up of one of the tissue paper's designed with orange flowers. They were stenciled on using tiny little flower cutouts. This image is so sharp it caught the inner circle of the flower. Such great detail.
To see the word "dream" traditionally, I have turned the page sideways. I love how the flow of this word stretches upwards on the page when holding it in the journal book upright. In a matching colored marker I signed and dated my page. Before I punched holes in it for the ring binder type journal I plan to make, I took all these photos for this blog. One day, you'll see this again when I post the completed journal. For now, there's my journal page for 1-14-16.
Thanks for reading my blog.
Jennifer Quilty, owner Tamm's Marketplace
I have decided to turn the Gelli Plate papers I've recently made into art journal pages. "Don't draw what you know, draw what you see" happened to come to mind that morning and I thought it was a good enough quote to remind me of something important...drawing what I see.
I started out with my Gelli Plate print above and decided to take a black Recollections marker and outline the gears.
Little by little, I drew more lines in and started to create designs in the negative space. I didn't care if it made sense. It was what I was "seeing".
More lines are drawn until finally I ended up with a completely filled in page.
At first I wasn't sure if I was going to leave the white-washed column on the left side alone or draw around the faded gears. I did decide to fill them in after all.
Since I wanted the writing to appear transparent, I used tissue paper and wrote my words in a simple fun font style. I later outlined each letter in black before ModPodging the tissue paper strip on. It made the letters stand out more. Tip: Write on something that collects the ink when it bleeds through the thin tissue paper material. Be careful not to go over the same area too much as it saturates the tissue paper and can rip easily.
The edges were rubbed with Rangers blue distress ink before the tissue paper words were adhered. As you can see in the pic above, the paper behind my journal page is now striped with blue edged ink. I planned to stripe each one onto this page's background so that I can use it into a future drawing. I'm still learning on how not to waste anything. (Even the excess ink from edging my papers).
Here is the journal page without the lettering and after ink edging. It was exactly what I saw when I looked at that original print.
A few orange flecks of paint ended up on my print from when I was using it with the Gelli Plate and drying out numerous papers and tissue papers at once, allowing them to touch. At first I was bummed I let orange paint touch this blue sheet but then I realized it looked good and I worked with it. Sometimes when things don't seem to be put together in a way that makes sense, it actually comes out better.
Look at all that detail. Hours of drawing went into this, also hours of fun. I enjoy doodling and find it to be relaxing and therapeutic for my hands. Bonus for me.
With the same black marker, I signed and dated my page. Before I punched holes in it for the ring binder type journal I plan to make, I took all these photos for this blog. One day, you'll see this again when I post the completed journal. For now, there's my journal page for 1-13-16.
Thanks for reading my blog.
Jennifer Quilty, owner Tamm's Marketplace
What happens when you have lots of leftover scrap papers? You upcycle them into something like this:
Each square measures 1.5" and is unique to what it contains and with what media it was made with. Some are covered with paint, some paper and some are simply drawn on. Details are made and a few embellishments are added, some made to overlap the squares thereby connecting them into one piece of art.
This mixed media board was created using my new Faber-Castell Mixed Media & Collage kit I received as a Christmas gift from my parents. Guess they like to keep the creative inspiration going (both my parents and Faber-Castell -which has excellent products, btw). I liked how this board came out and am in the process of creating more.
One kit goes a long way and if anything, it is the beginning of a creative art journey. Here are some more boards, none of which are completed yet but I'll give you a sneak peek anyways:
Yeah, me and the hubs at our last Bruins game. It was a successful photo transfer using ModPodge. I just have some last minute details to add including shading and shadowing, then it's going on an easel, on a shelf in our living room. The base is a piece of cardboard measuring approximately 5"x7" that I had on hand. Always thinking of upcycling. From there I added papers and layer upon layer of various mediums including that green stenciled modeling creme in the center.
So back to those paper scraps and turning them into art. Save them all. Strip scraps were used to weave into these three different papers above. The first one I did (located in the upper right corner) had 1/2" strips which I found easy to work with. The second weave used the same sized strips, I just did a larger sheet of weaving. And third is the black dragonfly paper weave. The strips were closer to 1/4" or smaller and the weave was much more intense than the first two. However, all were therapeutic for my hands and mind. Notice how I went for a random pattern in the weave? I specifically did not want to have a perfect patchwork pattern. If so, I would have simply just alternated the weave of over, under, over, under. But instead, I randomly added areas where I went over or under two or three squares.
Below is a friendship board that is probably about halfway finished. They always look so differently from when they are finished compared to what they look like at this point. In a way I don't like to show my "work in progress" but it's almost like showing you two different pieces of art. When I'm done with this board, I'll post a pic to show you what I mean.
Thanks for reading and looking at my scraps turned...or turning, into art.
Jennifer Quilty, Owner Tamm's Marketplace