Friday

Black and white mixed media canvas for LESSology


Black-and-white-mixed-media-canvas

This was one of those canvases that started well, got really ugly mid-point and conveniently went into the half-done projects pile. *LOL*


One fine day, I decided that instead of "redoing" the piece with white gesso, I went with black gesso. Then I had a lightbulb moment...to work with just black and white. *winks*


It was fun rummaging through my supplies to find black and white embellishments, including little bits of ribbon tucked amongst the PC cables and some handmade ribbon blooms, for LESSology Challenge #45: Ribbon Fantasy.

Happy weekend friends! :)


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Wednesday

Doodling in my art journal....


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After a couple of failed attempts at keeping an art journal, I am totally embracing the process now. Err... I have like 5 journals. *winks*

Some nights I only create backgrounds with colorants...other nights I make more progress and actually complete pages. Like this one.:)


After applying gesso on my pages, I played with some Derwent Inktense blocks, blending the colours with a bit of water. Then I applied Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso with The Crafter's Workshop stencil. 


After that, I doodled with Daler Rowney gesso and added some splatters with Tattered Angels Gimmer Glam. I varied the intensity of the gesso with water as the effect I wanted to achieve was a semi-opaque black. 


Then I added some Tim Holtz rub-ons.


I went over my doodles with a white pen to really bring out the funky background design.


What do you think?



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Tuesday

Let's have fun with a chalkboard....a short tutorial


Chalkboard-art-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-The-Crafter's-Workshop

I'm currently obsessed with this blue chalkboard paint from Martha Stewart. If you follow my Facebook Fan Page, you would have seen the chair and box I painted... [yes, I share some of my home decor projects on my Facebook Fan Page...]. I also made this cute little chalkboard for my desk. :)


I started out with a piece of wood from the art store.  Then I applied a coat of gesso.


When that dried, I applied two coats of Martha Stewart chalkboard paint, allowing one hour between coats according to the instructions on the bottle.


Then I prepped the surface by running a chalk over it.


Next I used The Crafter's Workshop stencil with some Faber Castell Pitt Pastels. You can use chalk here but I find the pencils much easier to use. Once you are happy with your design, you can spray a fixative over the surface. 

Super fun and easy project! 


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Monday

Wefies with the niece and nephew....*winks*


Wefies

So the other day, I attempted to take some "wefies" with the niece and nephew....


Obviously they had a lot of fun while I struggled to get my face in the frame! *LOL*
Playing along with Sketchabilities and The Studio Challenges. I used mists, the colour yellow, brads and thread, :)

Happy week ahead friends!


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Friday

For the love of mica...


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Now it's no secret that I love mica....I love them in my Silks Acrylic Glazes, I love them in my Golden Gold Mica Flakes and I love my bottle of clear mica powder. So I had to incorporate all of them on a mixed media canvas. Yeah...I just had to...*LOL*


The base is 6x6 piece of Basic Grey patterned paper. I did some machine-stitching along the border and distressed the edges for some texture before adhering the sheet to a 6x6 canvas panel. Then I applied Golden fiber paste and glass bead gel with The Crafter's Workshop stencils. I like to layer my stencils to create unique designs.


Next, I coloured the whole surface with gesso and Faber Castell gelatos. Once that was dry, I applied Silks Acrylic Glazes in coordinating colours on the raised surfaces for subtle shimmer and depth of colour. Then I finished with some clear mica flakes, Golden Gold Mica Flakes and some pretty embellishments.



I love that the piece shimmers in the light without being overly glittery. What do you think?

P/s: Happy weekend friends!

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Thursday

A quick mixed media card with Maya Road embellishments


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I loved the pretty embellishments Maya Road sent me and thought they would look great on a quick mixed media card. *winks*


I chose from my stack of residual-misted backgrounds, picked out some embellishments and went to work with my hot glue gun!  :)


Not too shabby for 15 minutes of work, eh?

This card was created as part of my guest designer stint this month at Maya Road. I also created a layout and a mixed media canvas [click to see the post if you missed them].


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Wednesday

Someone has a new watch....


Someone-has-a-new-watch

Oh yes...check out that sweet smile on my niece's face...someone has a new Hello Kitty watch. *winks*


Never mind that she can't tell time...it's pink and it has bling! *LOL*

Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.


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Monday

When art imitates life....*winks*


Dinner-layout-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-Maya-Road

Some say art imitates life. And I agree. These days, my approach to designing a project is much like decorating a room....pick out a few colours, then layer the textures....probably because of my latest obsession with HGTV. *LOL*


After misting the background design, I thought it resembled "wallpaper" so I added some "hardware" to make it pop a little more. The bling coordinated well with the tulle bling bloom.


The chipboard letters were coloured with Art Anthology stone effects paint and I layered the trims with cording for textured interest.

This layout was created for Maya Road.


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Thursday

Hello sweetheart mixed media canvas for Maya Road....a tutorial


Hello-sweetheart-mixed-media-canvas-by-Yvonne-Yam-for-Maya-Road

Hello friends! This month I am the guest designer over at Maya Road. Yay!  :) Here is the first of three projects I created for them...a 6x6 mixed media canvas.


I quite enjoyed the process of created something cutesy for a change...*winks* I've included a short tutorial to share how I created this project.


I started by adhering some medical gauze with gel medium to the canvas. Then I used The Crafter's Workshop stencil with some Golden fiber paste.


When that was dry, I coloured with some Faber Castell gelatos, blending the colours with some water. Then I applied some Liquitex heavy gesso to really bring out the textures of the gauze and fiber paste.


For the Maya Road chipboard pieces, I first painted them with gesso then with Golden and Daler Rowney acrylic paints.


Next I added some texture to the chipboard pieces using Golden glass bead gel. And when that was dry, I highlighted the textures with ColourArte Silks for some beautiful shimmer. Then I added some Maya Road vintage lace trim.





The last step was to assemble all the components together.

What do you think?

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Tuesday

Using up little bits of lace on a mixed media canvas...


Vintage-4x4-mixed-media-canvas

If you are like me and can't bear to throw away little bits of pretty lace, then try what I did....adhere them all to a canvas..



The base of the canvas was created with bits and pieces of lace from previous projects, Faber Castell gelato, Golden fiber paste applied through The Crafter's Workshop stencil and gesso.  I didn't have enough lace so I added some patterned paper to the mix...*winks*

What do you think?


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Monday

Navigating with my left arm...


Xoxo

So for the last week or so, I've been spilling and dropping stuff.  A lot. While trying to navigate life using my left arm. Which is super hard since I'm right-handed. 

Nobody to blame but myself...for "over-slaving" my right forearm by carrying heavy stuff. The price to pay is acupuncture, the stench of Chinese medicated oil and bitter Chinese herbs...[fishing for some sympathy here...*lol*]


I'm okay. Really. Just more determined than ever that I should train myself to be ambidextrous. Now that would be useful, won't it? *winks*


Just a simple travel page....playing along with Let's Get Sketchy.


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