Mixed Media May-hem with DecoArt Media

have you been playing!!

i have and had so much fun creating this piece to share with you that i may have forgotten to take some step outs for you so be sure to ask any questions you may have in the comment section or shoot me an email!!

so not only have i been having fun this month playing with the fabulous  DecoArt Media Line (http://decoart NULL.com/), but the whole Inspiration Team has been having a blast over at Eileen Hulls Art with Heart Challenge (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.com/2015/05/art-with-heart-may-challenge-mixed-media-may-hem-with-decoart-media NULL.html) 

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 for my project this month i created a frame with a ‘floating’ bluebird in the center!!
i started by cutting this bird (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/product/657120/sizzix-scoreboards-die-bird) out of grungeboard and applying various rubons &  paints with my finger to the bird and wings. once dry i added  a nice coat of satin glaze.
IMG_9089 Eileen Hull bird die
for my frame i cut out a  vintage travel tag from white matboard. i love how one die can be used so many different ways!






i then chose a variety of paints and painted the entire frame and once dried applied some antique cream in white. this is my favorite part of the entire frame!! loved this finish but i didn’t stop….

painted frame
how sweet is that finish!!!

deco media paints





next i applied crackle to the frame to antique it even further


for the banner i coated the whole thing using liquid glass which as it was drying allowed me to bend and wrap the banner around my frame..isn’t that cool!!!

so here are all the products from the media line that i used:

basket of decoArt

and here is my finished project




There is still a bit of time left to enter

Art with Heart Challenge : Create, Share, Inspire! | Eileenhull.com  (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.com/2015/05/art-with-heart-may-challenge-mixed-media-may-hem-with-decoart-media NULL.html)

As always there is a fabulous Sizzix prize pack up for grabs.  Join in with the Mixed-Media Mayhem and show us your mixed-media projects for a chance to win!  You can learn more about DecoArt Media products and techniques HERE (http://decoart NULL.com/mixedmedia/).

the Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge and so many possiblities… can’t wait to see what you come up with!


DLP – weeks fifteen and sixteen

i can’t believe i have forgotten to post my last two weeks and today the newest challenge is going to be posted (http://www NULL.arttothe5th NULL.com)

i have done them and thankfully took a photo prior to doing all my writing!!

so here it goes

week fourteen
DLP week 15

and week fifteen

DLP week 16

one of my quickest posts ever!! i am off to get ready for class with the lovely and talented Cheryl Baglioli (http://cherylboglioli NULL.com) who is my neck of the woods for (Inter)National Scrapbook Day


TTT – April 2015

i did it again!! i know it is only the 4th month of the year but i have actually made a point of being sure to do each one of Tim’s (http://timholtz NULL.com/12-tags-of-2015-april/)challenges each month and am aiming to do it this time the whole year!!

i absolutely was a fish out of water for this technique. i have all the markers, all of them except Aprils, but i never seem to use them… i really am not sure what i need to do with them. so when this months tag challenge involved them i loved the step outs!!

for my tag i changed it up a bit.. i didn’t have the exact products used by Tim but loved how he coloured the flowers…use of the spritzer, stitching of the tag.. everything

i didn’t have the dies he used but have the two Christmas sets so used the word BELIEVE and then cut out a few of the other words to make up the word ALWAYS

TTT - April 2015

as always i love putting thought/feeling into my projects so this one i couldn’t help but think of a friend of mine who is running her first half in Vancouver.. away from all her running peeps (except two!) so wanted to create a piece for her.
TTT - APRIL 42.2i hope you all have taken the time to create along with Tim this month. i really enjoyed and love this tag… one technique i will for sure be revisiting!!!


vintage travel case

This month at Art With Heart (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.com/2015/04/art-with-heart-challenge-april-spring-break NULL.html) the Inspiration Team are celebrating the release of Eileen Hull’s Vintage Travel Collection which will be available in the shops from May 2015.  All month long there will be lots of inspiration there and of course, the Art With Heart Challeng (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.com/2015/04/art-with-heart-challenge-april-spring-break NULL.html)e is also running, with the theme of ‘Spring Break.  One lucky participant will win a die from the new Vintage Travel range, which you can see HERE (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/catalog#q=Eileen%20Hull%20Vintage%20Travel).
Art with Heart Challenge April "Spring Break" Sizzix Prize Pack | Eileenhull.com
for my project this month i chose to use deco art’s line of media paints and mediums to create a new / old version of the train case as well as decorate a framed treasured picture of my mom.
vintage travel case
so i started by covering all my mat board pieces with   DecoArt’s (http://www NULL.decoart NULL.com/)  chalkboard paint in treasure to which i then added it too some sand paste. i wanted my case to have a slight texture to it
decoArt chalk and sand
once it was dry i then added some creme wax. i was going to try the raw umber but decided the wax would give me more of the workability i needed to create the perfect look.
chalk sand creme wax decoArti dug out from my paper stash a piece of the Nostalgia collection by My Minds Eye to cover the inside of my case. it is a perfect match don’t you think!
vintage travel case interior
and a couple of close ups to show you the texture
vintage case close up
the frame in the background started out as a basic wooden frame which i added layers of  DecoArt’s (http://www NULL.decoart NULL.com/) new Media Range of products and Stampendous (http://www NULL.stampendous NULL.com/products-page/mixed-media-product-type/stack-art-rubber-stamps-angel-wings-kit/) stack art set,   sanding between layers to give it that nostalgic look and feel
be strong...be happyi had stencilled ‘be strong’ from Dina’s stencil set but decided that the actual message from my mom should be and would be for me to  ‘be happy’ so i stencilled over it using some sand paste.
well there you go.. my piece for this months challenge. i do hope you take the last few days of this month to do yours and enter for your chance to win one of Eileen’s wonderful new dies!!

creating a paintbrush holder

so just in for a quick post today to show you the magic i created using  DecoArt Media mediums including their sprays

i started with an old tin from Christmas treats


to which i added crackle pasteIMG_8387

followed by some, okay a lot, of spraysIMG_8389

so much so i had wonderful drip page to use as a start to an art journal page

IMG_8392and i ended up with a really cool paint brush holder for my desk!

mixed media paint brush holderthat’s it for today. pop back in early next week to see what else i have created using the magical DecoArt line!


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