Sunday, June 18, 2017

X-Press It Adhesive Sheet fun

So I left you off last post with my favorite Sketchbook and a project I had started.  Here is what I did with the image when I was done.
I have done this micro bead cover-all once before on a Christmas card.  Although it was a heavy card when it was done, I loved the results.  I thought I would try it again for this project.  Micro beads are tiny little hole-less beads that can come in a variety of colors.  I have had some in my stash for a while and thought I would use some up.  Using clear ones make any colored image glimmer. 

I cut the image down to the size I wanted for the frame I was going to use.  Using an X-Press It Adhesive sheet I covered the front of the image.  The adhesive sheet is double-sided so one side sticks to the project and you can apply glitter or micro beads or any other fun thing to the exposed sticky side.  This Adhesive sheet work well for laminating too.  Because of the strong hold I knew it would hold all those tiny beads.

In short all you do is peel one side and stick to the desired surface....then peel the other side and apply the glitter or micro beads.

Here is the project finished.  So simple and gives the image that little somethin' for a wow.  Whether you are doing a tiny project or a big project Copic has them in all sorts of sizes.

Close up

You can find all the sizes including a roll of the product  HERE at Imagination International Inc.

I went back into the deep depth of my blog (scary actually), and found some other projects that would have been perfect for this project!  Have you ever tried adding sand to a project?  A lot of glues won't work well...but I bet the Adhesive sheet would have been fabulous!

Here are two more micro bead projects for inspiration too




What are some projects you have done with Adhesive Sheets?

 I want some more fun ideas to store up in my brain for next time.

Until next time!

Jenn Dove






Saturday, June 17, 2017

Copic Must Haves - Sketchbook

I mean for reals...this is a must have!  I love my Copic Sketchbooks.  Why?  What makes them awesome you ask?  Let me tell you what I love them!
They come in different sizes, the small one is perfect for the art on-the-go and the larger ones are great for nice sized, framable artwork.  The paper is smooth and the perfect thickness to hold layers of ink (although I still put a scrap paper between sheets for possible bleed-through).  The paper is a nice weight to go through a printer if desired.
Have you worked on paper that is not a tight, compressed weave?  When you ink it, the ink will travel in the weave of the paper fibers leaving a not-so-crisp impression...this is not the case with the Sketchbooks.  The ink stays where you place it.  For inking and coloring with markers you want that compressed paper.  For watercolor and other mediums you want the softer papers that allow the medium to travel.
I thought I would do some playing around for a project I was working on.  I drew this Fuchsia cluster using my pencil and then once satisfied I inked it with the Cool Gray Multiliner.  Normally I would just color it in the Sketchbook, but I needed to preserve the original image for future use, so I scanned and printed it and then colored the printed version up.  Now I have the original safely in the Sketchbook for future use.
A lot of research was done to find the highest-quality Japanese illustration paper.  It has 50 sheets in each size Sketchbook.  It comes with a very nice thick cover so you can use it as backing to draw on and also protect your projects.  This uncoated paper is 70# with a very smooth surface.  Because if its slight warm tone it allows for very bright and vivid coloring

You can find the Sketchbook in a plethora of sizes at Imagination International Inc., or ask for it at your local art store.

What will you create using this yummy paper?  Come back and see what I did with my drawing.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Chillaxing!

With the heat in Phoenix (yes, I am complaining) I would love for a little shade and an outdoor cup to sit in...make that a big cup.   Speaking of cups this one was fun to color and add a little dimension too.  Just by simple placing the colors down with highlight an shadows in each area gives the flat object a more round appearance.  Give it a try!  Pick up the stamp from Stampendous called Whisper Bath and color her up!




Copics:
C1 C3 C5
100
R81 R85
E50 E51
YG03 YG17 YG67
B000 B01 B02
E42 E44

....this image reminds me of home.  So I couldn't finish this post without sharing some of my family.  My mom and dad live in Northern California.  They have build a wonderful oasis amongst the redwood trees of which they call home.  After building the house they built a deck that is built around the trees and an outdoor bathhouse right by moms art studios.  Dad always has a project going which is one of the reasons he remains so spry.  So here are a few peeks into a place I love.

Cousins in the mini pool...tub (love you CUZ)

A walk amongst the giants

Studios behind bath house

The green house

One of Dads many gifts is to see beauty in junk and make it into something.  Creating a calming peaceful surrounding that you never want to leave.  My dad is a dreamer that can turn a dream into reality.  Of course he isn't alone in this artistic expression...my mom takes it all to a totally new level. They make an amazing team now for a total of 47 years!  Much admiration!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Say CHEESE!

Say Cheesy!  Pink Your Life stamp collection from Stampendous! is super sweet.  I think this would even work for that teen in your life that is a selfie-taker.  This is another stamp we get to color up in class next week.  I would love for it to be sunny enough to go out...but not too hot like it is here in Phoenix where all you want to do is hide...come on Fall.  So I will continue to hide and color cute images instead. 
Unfortunately the glimmer and shimmer didn't photograph well but those wings just twinkle with Nuvo Gloss Shimmer brush


Copics:
R81 R85
Y15
YG03 YG17 YG67
C1 C3 C5 100
Multiliner
E42 E44
B000 B01
E50 E51
Blender Solution and rags


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Best Friends


Nothing is better then an outing with a friend.  Time to hit the road and discover new horizons and adventures.  If you can't escape the everyday, then we can pretend with this adorable stamp from Stampendous!  Whisper Friends Van is so cute.  With wide open spaces it would be fun to even throw in your own style of doodling too. 
I created this easel card so that I could extend the road simply by continuing with the lines of the stamp onto the lower portion.  This will be fun to teach in the class I have coming up next week.  If you are not local to Phoenix just grab your stamp and take the idea and make one yourself  You will love it!


Copics used: