A Weekend of Crafts and Fluid Art

Yesterday I decided to craft on the back porch. It was an absolutely beautiful day and the screened porch is surrounded with big lush Maple Trees. I am starting a new altered art journal book and I decided that for this project I’m going to use my painted papers and most of my hand-made mixed media embellishments for this project. I am using a few things from Tim Holtz and the Dollar Tree. Painted papers are one of my favorite mediums to use. These papers were made with left over paint, distress spray stains and inks from other projects. There are so many fun art projects you can make with them as I have blogged about before.

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After I finished my pages and was getting a bit to eat, my daughter called me and asked if she could use my printer and get some canvas from me. She asked about Fluid Art and we got to talking about it. I gave her the old pouring medium I had left over and gave her instructions but then we decided to play around with it straight away. I did not want to use my good paint for this experiment so we went down to the basement and dug up some old clumpy acrylic paints that has to be years old. They came out pretty good for having to used art supplies. We had a great time and it was a treat to hang out with my daughter. -Stephanie Hopkins

 

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30 Day Mixed Media Art Challenge

On May 12th I started a 30 day art challenge of using black, white and pink stains, paint and ink for background colors. I want to see how many creations I can come up with just using those combinations. I’ve created quite a few journal pages so far and will be working on other art projects with this challenge.

Below is a sneak peek of just a few that I’ve made and at the end of the 30 days I will be doing a slideshow of all the art I created with this challenge. I left a lot of free space on a few of the pages to write down some thoughts, quotes, my poems and bible verses.

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Creative Journey With Heather Hall

Today my friend Heather Hall is a guest on Layered Pages to share her creative journey with us. When I met Heather a few years ago I was thrilled to discover her creative side and it is always exciting to discover another paper crafter. Let’s get our craft on! 

Heather HallThank you for visiting with me today, Heather! Tell me how you got into card making?

I started making cards in the mid 90’s when a group of women where I lived started sharing different crafts that we did…. teaching each other. We got together once a month to work on new project and talk.  We talked a lot.  I learned to stencil, cross-stitch and card making.  Card making has stuck with me as it is so much fun.

 Is there a specific style you stick with or do you mix it up?

I like to try new techniques all the time, but find I revert back to simple but fun to make, as my favourite. I have been to card making classes and learned many new styles, but I also check out Pinterest, as there are so many creative ideas on there. Most of the time I try to take an idea and make it my own, using what supplies I have on hand. Online videos also give me many options.

 Are your cards available for sale and where can people reach out to you?

At the moment my cards are not for sale, I make them for family and friends, but my goal is to eventually sell them but I am not there yet.  I hope is to get this going in the New Year. So, stay tuned.

What are some ways you upcycle pieces you might use to make your creations?

I like to use other cards I receive to add to my new cards. I also try to save all my little scrap paper, using them in other project to not waste anything.  I like to reuse ribbon and lace from clothes, gifts and from supplies given to me.  Unique items like buttons add dimension to cards. I would like to add things like fabric to my cards, but haven’t done any yet. I love fabric and texture, so that is my next thing to try. I want my cards to be able to go in the mail without too much cost, so I can’t add too much bulk to it. I look forward to experimenting though.

How much time a week do you spend on your card making ?

I try to be creative a few hours a week at the moment, but in order to start selling them, I would like to expand my time to a couple of 7-hour days per week

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What advice would you give someone who wants to get into card making?

I would suggest that if you want to get into card making, that you find a group in your community, where you can meet and share stamps and supplies. To start out you will need to have a few basic items like a paper trimmer, adhesives, a few ink pads, card stock and a couple of stamps you really like. With these in hand you are ready to go. Card making supplies are available at many stores and online.  The sky is the limit, but working with others and sharing will help you to get started, without much expense.

Most important to me is to have fun, start out with a simple design and move on from there.

A Lovely Weekend To You

I’ve had a busy week and lots on my mind for new posts series starting soon at Layered Pages! As many of you know I posted about two giveaways and they are still open. Please don’t miss your chance to enter them. They are fabulous!

Gradie BirdieI’ve stared reading a southern story-Gradle Bird by J.C. Sassen- and I have fully embraced with the soulful sentiment in this story that reaches the core of a person’s heart. I am journaling passages that are making a profound impact on my journey reading this story. A story that touches you so…

So far, I am highly recommended this book. Hopefully I will be able to publish a review of the story soon. This will be part of my southern author’s series that I mentioned in a previous post. I was hoping to get a review up this week but yet again, it did not happen. I know my followers expect to see my book reviews and I need to be better at posting them. There is just not enough time in the day to get everything done!

Paper for book marksI’m also working on another project. I’ve got my paper selected for the 36 handmade bookmarks I’m making for a wonderful group of ladies. Can’t wait to see how they turn out! Bookmarks are so much fun to make. Normally I use scarp paper to make them but these I want to go all out. The ladies I am sending them to read Historical Fiction and I know these patterns are perfect for the genre.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend and thank you for visiting me today! See you on Monday.

Stephanie M. Hopkins