Saturday, March 23, 2013

Easter Bunny

I created this Easter card by hand drawing the 
bunny and the egg.  I first sprayed some white 
cardstock with Brite Lights Color Mists
then drew an egg shape and cut it out. 
I used gel pens and glitter to decorate 
the egg.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Celestial Art

Here's another new celestial chunky 6"x6"
canvas I finished and...

one of my favorite pieces 
I've done...Mr Moon Man!
 both pieces can be found
on in my Etsy Shop

AR Designs

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Edible Easter!

If your looking for something fun to make
for Easter this year check out some past 
edible projects of mine.

Chocolate Covered Peeps!
Click HERE

Easter egg Cake pops and basket cake
Click HERE

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Collaborative Canvases

This past month our local art group met up and 
we did collaborative canvases together.

Above is my canvas after everyone worked on it.
I had added scrapbook paper on the left bottom
corner and then added paint and stamped into it
while still wet.  I also added some pieces of 
old sewing patterns then passed it on.

Here it is as of yesterday after I did some shading 
with an oil pastel.  I then added a few more 
details along with some metallic silver paint 
swiped over the high points on the canvas.

Click HERE to see some 
of the other canvases.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

New Art-Dreamer

I finished a new piece of art and 
have it posted in my shop 
on Etsy, stop by and 
take a peek.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Glitteratti Easter Card

A few years ago, each time I bought ink for my printer, I would get a free pack of photo paper.  I have an abundance now and every so often (I don't use it to print my pictures on) I like to pull it out and use it to make postcards.
The photo paper takes the Color Mists really well even though they're watercolors.  *Because the paper has a coating you do need to be careful that you don't touch the paper until its all the way dry.  I use the heat gun to help speed up the drying process but you have to be careful that you keep the heat gun moving so the paper doesn't bubble

Supplies Used
Glossy Photo paper
Tulip Fashion Glitters
Laminate Glue (Diamond Glaze, Crystal Lacquer, Beacon Laminate)

Heat Gun
Decorative Paper
Xyron Adhesive
Sharpie Markers
Gel Pens
Wax Paper or Teflon Mat

Step 1: Spritz the photo paper with Color Mists. Careful not to over saturate.
Step 2:  While the paper is still wet sprinkle with various colors of glitter.
Step 2: Continued
Step 3: Dry the card using a heat gun, making sure that  you keep it moving so the coating on the paper doesn't bubble up.
Step 4: pour a liberal amount of lamanent adhesive over the card.
*Once dry add one or two more layers until smooth.
Step 5:  Spread the adhesive evenly across the card and allow it to dry in a level area (I use wax paper or a teflon pad to dry it on)
Step 5:  Trim away any excess that has hardened along the edges.
glitterati7Step 6: Once dry add your message using Sharpie, Pitt or paint pens.
Step 7:  Use gel pens to add highlights.
Step 8: For this step I prefer to use my Xryon to run my card through to add an even adhesive on the back. If you don't have a Xyron machine you can use two way sticky sheets (a dry adhesive works better then wet adhesive).
Step 9:  Add decorative paper onto the back of your postcard and leave a space for the mailing address, return address and stamps.  *I mailed my postcard as is without putting it into an envelop and it arrived no problem.
I wish the pictures could truly show you just how sparkly they truly are!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Help Needed

Traci Bunkers, has recently been diagnosed with an arachnoid cyst on her brain which is pressing on her left eye - if it grows, it could damage her eye.

Because this is a rare brain cyst, she is currently undergoing many medical tests, doctors visits, and seeking out specialists who are familiar with this type of cyst. The only treatment for this is brain surgery, which would likely need to be repeated several times in the future.

The good news - these treatments should help alleviate her life-long battle with sleep deprivation and migranes that traditional, prescription medications have been unable to curb - and significantly improve her quality of life and overall well-being :)

Traci is an amazing, hard-working artist who has held her own for years. Of course, as an artist in Kansas, she's not living the high life but she has made quite a career sharing/teaching/writing/making her art. If you'd like to read more about Traci, her art or her battle with this condition you can check out her blog at;

I hope you will help Traci with medical bills, utilities and living expenses in this time of need - it is a great opportunity to build up your karma and help out a fellow artist, Kansan and all around great human being!
Click HERE to donate
Every little bit adds up.