Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A Queen's Tale...

In honor of Queen Vicki coming to town
A Royal play-day was ordered...

Queen Vicki

Her Royal Highness was not amused when she discovered that her royal subjects Kris (rt) and Bev(left) had bigger crowns then she did, and quickly ordered their crowns to be removed at once!!

Aileen the Queen's Jester is caught
mocking the Queen!!

I think the Queen is ticklish!

Once the fun and games were done we ended up with some

fun Precious Metal Charms to show for our efforts!

I thought my second pieces bore a striking resemblance to

an alien baby's head! LOL


Monday, February 26, 2007

Art Time!

I'm finally feeling caught up after releasing the new Mother Earth Color Mists set and was able to treat myself to some art time! Here's a hand painted chunky 4x4 page I did for a bird themed swap I'm in and its doubling as this weeks Artword challenge "Poetry." I used PYMII to seal it.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

What Type of Flower Are You?

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

"Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh."

I'd have to agree with this :-)

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Exciting News!

Exciting news! Outside The Margins has been listed in a new book out titled:
The Impatient Beader Gets Inspired!
by Margot Potter
It's a fun book full of inspiration, ideas and eye candy! If you get the chance check out Margot's humorous website as well:
Click the link below to order the book:

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Congratulations Winners!

Goes out to the winners of the Color Mists Name The Colors Contest :

Bronzite Brass- Mary Huntington

Tiger-eye Brown- Spencer Roberts

Cobalt Sky- Cindy Frazier

Emerald Isle Green- Ina Ftacek

Bordeaux Blush- Mary Lou

Granite Luster- Mija Marie, Lou McCulloch

I have to say it was agonizing picking the names, so many creative names were sent in that it was overwhelming and I wished everyone could have won! Many thanks to all who participated! The new Mother Earth Set will start shipping this week!

Winners please email me your full name and mailing address along with "Color Contest Winner" in the subject line

I created a photoshop piece for my contribution for this week's artword "Morning"

Fairy Morn'

Friday, February 16, 2007

Two New Tutorials

I just finished posting two new tutorials one for the faux marble technique I showed previously:

And the other one was created by the talented artist Joanne Thieme Huffman she created a Color Mists' Fiber Charm Necklace:

Stay tuned, tomorrow I'll be announcing the new Color Mist names for the Mother Eart set AND the winners!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Process of the Heart

I posted part of the process of this particular canvas a few months ago and today I completed it in honor of this weeks Artword "Heart"
(all pictures can be enlarged by clicking)

1. I started with an 8x10 black canvas and used my Color Mists on it allowing the color mists to drip and drizzle across the canvas and then dryed it with the heat gun.

2. I then added some torn deli paper I had previously stamped with gesso and colored with Color Mists, and then added molding paste to the upper left corner and lower right corner then sprayed once again with the color Mists heavily allowing it to drip some more, then partially dried it with the heat gun and stamped into it leaving a textured pattern.

3. Next I added additional colored deli paper and pumped out some silver krylon leafing paint onto some acetate and ran it across the high points of the molding paste and canvas:

4. I had picked up a metal heart during Christmas thinking I would use it for this particular piece but It was 3 dimensional and I had hoped to pry it apart and use only half of the heart but it was welded together and I wasn't able to get it apart. Instead I decided to use it as a mold and molded a piece of 30 gauge aluminum over the metal heart embossing with an embossing stylist and the back of a spoon, smoothing and shaping the aluminum and then folding the edges under. Once I had the heart shaped and puffed out I filled the backside with hot glue to hold the shape and then nailed it to the canvas with carpet tacks. I antiqued the aluminum with some black fluid acrylic paint wiping off part of was still a bit to shiny for my liking so I went over it again with a black oil pastel crayon buffing part of it off. I then weaved some wire around the heart and the carpet tacks. I then sealed it with PYMII the acrylic sealer I mentioned previously. It gives the piece a nice protection.


Thursday, February 08, 2007

I've been playing with my newest Color Mists' set called Mother Earth and came up with a faux marbled look using an 8x10 white pastel masonite board as a base, it seems to really take the color mists well. Before I added the collage to the board I sealed it with PYMII an acrylic sealer that I have been trying out and love, not only does it dry fast and durable it doesn't cause the Color Mists to run and has a pleasant odor (I also used PYMII on my Queen of Forgetful piece I previously posted). I'll have a tutorial up in a few days so you can see how easy it is to do yourself.
See both my finished pieces below:
(Click the images to enlarge)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Name The Colors Contest!

Announcing the newest Color Mists set:
Mother Earth!
Check out the new colors and enter the Name the Colors Contest

Don't forget to check out the Shaving Cream tutorial I have up:

New art posted in the Color Mist Gallery:

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Queen of Forgetful!

Just finished this piece for this weeks Artword "Memory" I used what else but Color Mists of course! on an 8x10 pastel board which took the Color Mists really nicely, after I spritz it with alcohol, stamped with gesso and then added the text and collage. Since I AM the Queen of Forgetful this seemed only fitting!
Did I mention I have new Color Mists colors coming out soon!! Just thought I'd tease you a little! There will also be a contest so stay tuned!

The below piece is for my sister...yes, I know it's not Jamie but pretend ;-)

(Click the link below if you can't see the video above)

I had a new book arrive that I'm really finding very inspiring! it's written by Suzanne who publishes ARTitude Zine. She also has a host of other artists featured in it. Its has a zine formatting feel to it. My only complaint is the writing is very small and even with my bifocaled eyes I have hard time reading on the darker backgrounds. You can check it out at the link below:
Kaleidoscope: Ideas And Projects to Spark Your Creativity
(Paperback) by Suzanne Simanaitis
ISBN-10: 1581808798