Hello Professor!

Happy 2020 everyone!!!

I am happy to be back….my little holiday break ended up longer that I wanted, but it happens to all of us when our creativity just seems to hide away for a while.

With all the new releases that I’ve been seeing finally my creative fire was sparked and I hit the table!

Most specifically I was inspired to pull out The Professor stamp set by Tim Holtz…..his new stamp release includes the professor again but larger.  Seeing this reminded me that I hadn’t put the original professor to use yet!

Often as I’m working I snap a quick photo or two of the projects progress, sometimes I do that to remind my self how I’ve placed objects, sometimes I share with curious friends.  Today I’m going to share a couple with you, I think it really shows just what you can do with random objects, gesso & paint!

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In this first photo you can see all the different bits I glued down in the natural form.  I have two bins of metal stuff, some of it is randomness and some is purchased embellishments.  I always start with my focal piece, in this case the Professor (he’s so handsome), deciding where that will be placed then I build around it, filling in the space of the canvas.

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Once the glue has set I gesso the entire piece, here I’ve used black gesso, but clear or white can be used too, all depends on the finished look you want.

Next is sometimes the hardest part, what colors to use?  Often I start with one layer and keep adding until I like the results.

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The patina/rusty finish just spoke to me, though that wasn’t how it started originally, I started with deep yellow and brass, but it just wasn’t right, so I kept layering.

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I have to say that I do love the texture of Finnabair’s Patina and Rust Pastes, the grit is just perfect!

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A few splatters of black, deep yellow & gold paints just adds to the overall finished effect.

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Adding the little bits to his goggles making them look kinda like bug eyes was the final touch to finish off my Professor!

I really had fun digging through my metal bins finding all these fun bits to work together.  Who would’ve though a spark plug could make such wonderful art?!  It’s hard to believe this little 4×6 canvas could be transformed so quickly.

I hope that you’ve all had a wonderfully creative start to 2020……..a fresh new year of fun creative goodness to explore is ahead of us all!

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This post was written by Lisa on January 26, 2020

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Gelli Art Journal

I don’t know about you but I’m sitting here wondering when summer will stick around, we are getting glimpses of it here & there but I want more warm sunny days. Oh well yucky weather means more crafty time! :)

As you know  my crafty art is a hobby and I have an actual grown up job, which I will say allows me to be creative in different ways, so I do love it!  But the last few weeks kinda kicked my butt and sucked some life out of me.  Deadlines, staffing changes…and everything that comes along with that.  Things are a little calmer even though there’s still many unknowns, but my mind has had some time to settle enough that I can spend time with my craft supplies again.

I haven’t played with my gelli plate for a while and was itching to pull it out…but I had a big stack of unused prints that I decided to use first!

I cut them down to fit n my gelli art journal, pulled out some stamps and had fun making these pages!

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For mother’s day the kids (ok I bought them) gave me a set of water soluble pastels.  I had to test them out and these pages were  the perfect chance!  I also used some stickers I made from scratch on a few of the pages.

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Do you see the Heidi Swapp damask stamp….I was inspired by Lori who came across some of her damask stickers.  Honestly can’t remember the last time I used this stamp!

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I think these pages are my favourite in the bunch!  The puff ball flower stamp is another long forgotten stamp I dug out.  And I’ve used it multiple times since!!

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The bits of yellow & white on these pages are from the pastels.  I combined them with these fun Wendy Vecchi leafy stamps, a Tim Holtz quote stamp and some Tim Holtz washi tape.

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This one is kinda out of my comfort zone, it’s the pink I know it! LOL  But the stitch stamps & words stamps make it work!

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This last one almost didn’t make it into the book…ok I actually dug it out of the trash & went for it.  The thing I love about working in art journals is really the end result doesn’t matter as much as the process of creating.  So with that little reminder in my head I decided to add these to the journal….and even  braved sharing them!

Putting these pages together didn’t take long, they aren’t masterpieces…..but they were fun and I rediscovered some much loved stamps along the way. :)

We all have stress  and pressure in our lives that hits us through different forms, our art is about us, it’s about letting go, it’s about having FUN!  So don’t pressure yourself to create a masterpiece every time you sit at the table…let go of all expectations and just enjoy the process!

Ok lecture over………go create! :)

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This post was written by Lisa on June 16, 2019

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