Category Archives: Mixed Media

Roben-Marie Smith’s Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway

Exciting News Friends! Roben-Marie Smith has a brand new Art Pops™ Collection entitled 100 Days inspired by her recently completed beautiful 100 Days Project.

Today Roben-Marie’s Design Team is showcasing this gorgeous new collection with a Blog Hop sharing all of our projects. Oh and did I mention there’s a GIVEAWAY?  Lucky You!  One of my readers will receive this brand new collection as a FREE download.  This all leads up to Roben-Marie’s new class Fabrilage.  Please make sure you follow the links at the bottom of the post and stop by all the blogs for chances to win the free download and a FREE spot in the class!

 

I knew that for this project I wanted to really showcase the 100 Days Art Pops™ Collection. I decided that the best way to make the colors POP was to use black cardstock as my background.  I began by cutting 6 pieces of black cardstock – 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  I then rounded the corners.  Four pieces were used for the pages and the other two pieces will be used later to cover the stitching.

I glued a different strip of Art Pops™ on to 4 pieces of cardstock and added small circles from the collection.

 

Using a Signo White Gel Pen I drew scallops around the circles.  I splatter painted each piece of cardstock with white and fluorescent pink acrylic paint.

I printed a few photos and began tearing them to make the edges a bit messy.

I used an UHU Glue Stick to adhere the pictures to each piece of cardstock.  I have an old book that I use for found poetry words and decided that for each flower I would add a few words that corresponded to the photo. I knew I wanted to hand stamp on some fabric and use that as basically the centerpiece of the book.  I save most of my fabric scraps from other projects and dug around until I found a piece that I felt matched my project.  I went ahead and sewed the fabric to the cardstock and around the edges of all the cardstock pieces using my sewing machine.  As a little extra POP I added three additional circles from the Collection just above the stamped fabric.  I always leave long pieces of strings when I sew on paper.  I think this adds more color and additional textures to my pieces.

Now the tricky part.  I began by taping the cardstock pieces together using washi tape.  Initially I thought I would stitch everything together but that just wasn’t working out for me.  So instead I used the washi tape.  Not only did I love the look of the washi tape – it was also functional.  The washi really kept the book together.

I added two of the larger cards from the Art Pops™ Collection as the cover and the back flap.  This covered the stitching on the backs of the first and last cardstock pieces.  I added those two last plain black pieces to cover the stitching on the middle cards.  I used my UHU Glue Stick to adhere everything.  My sizing was  a pinch wonky and didn’t match up perfectly.  This tends to happen when you are not a precise trimmer.  Not a problem.  I stitched sari ribbon to hide a bit of the wonkiness.  In the end the ribbon added more chunkiness and texture to my book.

I made a large paperclip using glue dots and two of the circles from the 100 Days Collection.  I stamped a sentiment on the front cover and voila – Project Complete!  I hope you enjoyed this step out!  Don’t forget to leave a comment with your email to be entered into the drawing for a free 100 Days Art Pops™ download.  My comments section is monitored so don’t be alarmed if your comment doesn’t pop up right away!  I will be checking periodically throughout the day and approving them all. 

Follow the links at the end of this post to see the beautiful projects created by my fellow team members!

ART POPS™: the mixed media art pieces inspired by the whimsical, saturated pages of Roben-Marie’s art journals. ART POPS™ provide bold and fanciful POPS of COLOR for your favorite projects including Project Life, Mail Art, Art Journaling and much more. Rock your world with ART POPS™!

To celebrate the launch of Roben-Marie Smith’s new 100 Days ART POPS™ Collection we’re giving away not one, but two awesome prizes for this blog hop! There are three spots in Roben-Marie’s new online class, Fabrilage that opens on September 13 and I am giving away a set of the Digital 100 Days ART POPS™ Collection to one of my lucky readers!
All you have to do to enter is comment here on my blog and then keep on hopping across to all of the Design Team member’s posts, leave a comment on them and be entered with more chances to win.

Here are the links to all of the amazing Design Team Projects so be sure to go and check them all out to be in with the best chance of winning!

Roben- Marie – https://robenmarie.com/blog/the-100-days-art-pops-collection-blog-hop-and-giveaway

Karen – www.karen-gaunt.com/blog/100-days-blog-hop

Anna – https://artfulstories.blogspot.com/2017/09/100-days-art-pops-blog-hop.html

Jenni – https://artgirlcreations.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/100-days-blog-hop

Ashli – https://purplemailbox.blogspot.com/2017/09/100-days-hop-and-giveaway.html

GIVEAWAY CLOSES on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 at 5:00PM EST.

Congratulations Suzanne Roper!  You won the FREE digital download from Roben-Marie!

I’m Back!

Hello Friends!

I’m back from my blogging hiatus. I made a few little cosmetic changes and am happy to announce that I will be posting new projects that I am working on as well as ideas and pictures and all kinds of everyday Soul-Positive things….

For today I have exciting news!  Back in April the amazing Roben-Marie Smith asked if I would be interested in being a member of her Creative Design Team for her Paperbag Studios rubberstamp and mixed media product company. First I ran around in circles with my hands over my head screaming in the streets. Then I said “yes” before my brain could try and tell me all the reasons to say no.  Friends – this is an opportunity of a lifetime.  Roben-Marie represents all the qualities of the artist I would like to someday be.

So without further ado….please click on the picture below to check out my very first ever video tutorial and to read about my process in making this altered art tag.

 

 

DLP 2016 – The Unplanner Featured Member PAC

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I’ve been enjoying the lazy days of summer.  Slowly taking my time to enjoy my kids being home, the lack of schedule and dare I say, sleeping in a few days a week.

Imagine my surprise when I checked my email and shining like a star was an email from Sandi Keene of the Art to the 5th Academy asking me if I would be interested in being their “Featured Member” for July.  EEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKK.  Yes Sandi – yes please.  I tried playing it cool but Sandi, Rae and Lorraine are some of my all time favorites so I might have screamed a little and texted my bestie about this fabulousness.

The theme for the PAC this week is: Start with a Black Background

I had ordered the Unplanner Kit way back when I signed up for this project so I thought the black tags would be a great place to start.

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In my mind I was picturing a starry night with a little mixed media home set on a rolling hill of different variations of green.  My first step was to get my gelli plate out and load it up with every green I own.  I’m a HUGE fan of the gelli plate and use it in almost all of my projects and my art journal.

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Using a brayer I blended the greens on the gelli plate.  I cut a small wave out of a scrap piece of cardstock and used that as a template for my grassy knoll.  After my hill was set I added midnight blue paint to my gelli plate and loosely stamped the “sky” portion of my PAC leaving some of the original black peeking through.  I then covered my grassy hill and used a splatter technique with white paint to make the tiny stars.

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As the background was drying I began to piece together my tiny house.  I had some scrap background pages laying around and used that as the larger part of my home.  I used a gelli plate on an old book page to make the windows and doors.  The roof was made from old manila shipping tags.

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I slanted the roof to add a little character.  Every week I create two PAC’s.  One to keep and one I send to my bestie who is also a member of DLP 2016.

Once the little house was dry, I glued it onto the background with a UHU glue stick.

I pictured bigger stars in the sky hanging from tiny strings.  I create a lot of projects with hearts.  Especially hearts made from under paper.  I really wanted my personal style to come through in the PAC so I cut tiny under paper hearts and glued them in the sky.

Finally I pulled out Rosie my antique Singer Sewing machine and began adding the final touches. The grassy hill received some zig zag texture.  I added a torn piece of a book page at the bottom.  The heart stars received their life line strings and I stitched all around the edges of my tag.  I hand drew scallops on all my hearts and added a few marks made from tiny bubble wrap.  The home also received some TLC by way of lines, edges, scallops and scribbles.

And last but certainly not least – I hand stamped the word “home” on a tiny piece of muslin and gave it a quick stitch to adhere it to the PAC.  Torn fabric as the tie and this little home is complete.

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Thank you so much for reading.  I hope you enjoyed this little “how to” and I look forward to seeing what you create!  You can find me and lots of my projects on Instagram: soul_positive

xoxo

Exciting News: A Rebirth

 

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Although I have not been writing about things in a timely manner, there are wonderful happenings over here at Soul-Positive.

A bit of background: With the growth of the #taggedbykindness project – I found myself at a crossroads.  I had received numerous requests to purchase my tags and to have the project shared.  This excited me as well as frightened me do death.  I didn’t have a crystal clear vision of where I wanted Soul-Positive or the #taggedbykindess project to go.  I saw bits and pieces and dreamed big for the future but how the heck was I going to tie it all together without freaking out?   How could I marry the two of these entities together without having overlap and probably mass confusion .  I needed baby steps and it seemed like things were moving incredibly fast. < Insert deep breath here.>

The most important aspect of all this was how to continue sharing #taggedbykindess while still maintaining the integrity of the project and not having it stolen right out from under me.  Sadly these things do happen and the more the word spread of #taggedbykindess, the greater the risk of losing control of the project growth or losing the project altogether.  From the very beginning I wanted the #taggedbykindness project to be a random act of kindness initiative where the only profit was that of positive vibes exchanged between the giver and the receiver.  I do realize that not everyone is “artistic” or “crafty” and many of my close friends were asking how they could purchase these tags to giveaway.  This left me scratching my head.  Is it wrong to make tags and sell them?  Would this be “selling out”?  Several friends suggested that I at the very least be compensated for the materials.  Is the integrity of the project going to be compromised by this?  Yes – as you can see I am an over thinker.  This is not always a bad thing.

So after much thought and a consultation with a patent attorney, I have decided to move forward with a few changes.  The biggest change is the name of the kindness project.  I will no longer be using #taggedbykindness as the project name.  Please allow me to introduce to you “The #Soulpositivefinds Kindness Art Project”.  This new name fits nicely under the big umbrella of Soul-Positive.  I thought long and hard over the new name and came to the conclusion that when I started this journey my focus was exploring different ways to keep my soul positive. My little random act of kindness project has grown (and I have grown in the process).  I felt that this project needed to be linked to the overall mission of Soul-Positive. The new hashtag is #soulpositivefinds.

What is the mission of Soul-Positive?  The mission remains the same as it did a few years ago.  I want to continue to find ways to keep my soul positive when there seems to be an overwhelming amount of negativity swirling about in the universe.  I, like most of the people I know want a full, happy life.  I want to love hard.  I want to be loved.  I want to make a difference.

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“Rosie” – Singer Featherweight

In addition to the kindness project name change….I have also reopened my Etsy store which is also called Soul Positive Finds.  See what I did there? In the shop you will find find art tags that are hand made with love, light and positive intention.  These tags are not a part of the #soulpositivefinds project.  These tags are more detailed and additional work is involved in the creation process.  These mixed media altered art tags are more a spiritual talisman of positive light and intention. I believe strongly in the power of words.  The art tags are hand painted, stamped and stitched on Rosie my Singer Featherweight machine.  In the future I will be adding small tag making kits and original canvas art as well as some t-shirts and tanks.

My work with the #soulpositivefinds project will continue.  I plan on sharing with more schools and community organizations in my area. I invite you to continue to share this project with others.  Please use our new hashtag – #soulpositivefinds.  If you are interested in having me come and share the project or if you need stamped tags please let me know.  I will gladly schedule a visit or send you blank tags that are stamped with our new name.  If you would like some tags made for you or for your group – please contact me through the Etsy shop. Or drop me a line here at Soul-Positive.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have joined me on this journey.  I never knew what to expect when I decided to open myself up and start actively working towards making Soul-Positive a reality.  You’ve encouraged me to dream big.  I am blessed to be surrounded by such a supportive community and for that my heart is immensely grateful.

xoxo