Crafts

Mixed Media Canvas

I had a lot of fun putting together this mixed media canvas, along with the ladies from my bible study group. I enjoy witnessing the unique art pieces each woman creates. We meet every other week to discuss our faith and afterwords we make a low-cost craft. The current book we are studying from is called, Mind-Body-Soul Sisters. I’m blessed to be able to share my talents with this wonderful group of Godly women.

Suggested Supplies List:

White canvas. Any size.

Paint

Decorative scrapbook paper

Used magazines

Ribbon and lace

Beads and charms

Artificial flower embellishments

Rhinestones

Stickers

Rubber stamps

Mixed media is when you use a variety of materials, to make one piece of art. It’s a combination of several different media’s, whether its paint, beads and ribbon, or flowers, lace and rhinestones. You can really let your imagination run wild with mixed media! There is no right or wrong way to make this.

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Crafts

Summer Lantern Jars

Celebrate summer, with these glowing creations! When I first saw this project on Pinterest, I knew instantly I had to try it. I LOVE fairies! This craft can be made with other die cut shapes besides fairies, such as, flowers or animals. I couldn’t find any fairy die cut cartridges for my Sizzix Big Kick machine, so, I bought a batch on E-bay from seller EJ.

Supplies List:

Smooth Glass Jar

Black Die Cuts

White Tissue Paper

Mod Podge

Clear Glitter

Flameless Candle or LED lights

Greenery (optional)

Embellishments (optional)

Charms (optional)

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Crafts

Magical Jungle: An Inky Expedition & Coloring Book

I’ve been coloring ever since I could hold a crayon in my hand. Over the years, I’ve learned various tips and techniques that have helped me improve my coloring skills with colored pencils. Today, I will be sharing what I’ve learned from using Prismacolor Soft Core Colored Pencils, in the best selling coloring book Magical Jungle, by Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford. Her popular coloring book collection has sold over 16 million copies worldwide. Check out her free downloads, you can print straight from home! Look for Johanna’s newest release, Ivy and the Inky Butterfly coming this fall.

I personally prefer Prismacolor over other brands. My father who is an artist himself, introduced me to these pencils, when I was a young teenager. Prismacolors are wax based pencils. The soft core makes them ideal for shading and blending. The high quality pigment shows rich color. The results are stunning!

The only downside I have to report about Prisma’s is, the possible breakage. Fortunately, I haven’t come across too many defective pencils, but sometimes no matter how much you sharpen the pencil, the tips will break off. This is because the lead inside the pencil is broken, or cracked for some reason or another. One cause of broken leads is, if you drop the pencils on the ground. Use caution when transporting. Check out Carrie’s tips for repairing broken Prismacolors.

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Crafts

Color Splash

This weeks craft is a really neat technique I learned with Recollections Watercolor Crayons and Color Splash Paper Pads from Michael’s. The Color Splash collection was limited time only. You may not be able to find the resist paper at your nearest store. Don’t worry, another fun way to make this project is with cute sparkly Summer Dream scrapbook paper.

Supplies List:

Color Splash Paper Pad (Michael’s)

Scrapbook Paper Pad

Watercolor Crayons

Square Wood Plaque

Acrylic Paint

Glue

Embellishments

Picture hanger (optional)

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