Category Archives: Michelle Ward

Texture Time

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I know, I know, I am a total blog slacker. I am just waayy too lazy!
But, hopefully this piece was worth the wait. I did something I haven’t done before on a canvas- mixed modeling paste with dimensional elements.
Another thing I need to do is take pictures of my process, but it is what it is today…:( I can tell you I started by mod podging some dress pattern paper to the canvas  and cover it with various coats of acrylic paint before using course modeling paste to attach different elements, such as, cardboard buttons and butterflies, hard acrylic letters and numbers, Jolees shutter elements, and a red glitter branch .In addition I used a Michelle Ward stencil an embossing pad along with Tim Holtz Distress powder to add even more texture and dimension.

Once the paste dried I spread a liberal amount of green glitter glue in various places, followed by burnt umber acrylic ink and glimmer mists. For the finishing touch around the edges, Amsterdam acrylic paint in greenish blue. All paint , paste, ink and glitter glue was applied with my fingers. My favorite tools!
I am super happy with the results, and my favorite art is just running my hands over it to feel all the textural happenings!
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Becoming……..Art Journal Page

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Lately it seems like I am getting better at making backgrounds and not so great at laying things on top of them. This page is my take on some more Michelle Ward techniques- I put  down some paint and collaged some papers and doily scraps , gessoed a foam stamp to  a resist-then I painted over that, sanded that layer, stamped some butterflies and gessoed over them- added some words and label stickers and border stamping.

The quote is ” The wait between caterpillar and butterfly can seem painful and eternal, but what you become is beautiful”.

I am in that in between place and have been for awhile- it is so hard-but I am hopefully learning contentment in every situation, to wait on the Lord and to trust Him. Then it occurred to me that one function of the butterfly’s cocoon,is to protect the developing butterfly. So, instead of seeing my wait time as frustrating, I am going to try to see it as a protective bubble that God is using for my own good and to better prepare me for whatever comes next.

” The wait between caterpillar and butterfly can seem painful and eternal, but what you become is beautiful.”

 

Michelle Ward’s Crusade #55- My take on the challenge

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Michelle Ward’s Crusade #55- My take on the challenge

I just found this blog with Michelle Ward’s Crusades(http://michelleward.typepad.com/how_cool_is_that/2011/09/crusade-no-55-disappearing-act.html) – a little late, she has since taken a hiatus-but better late than never, right?

Here I am showing you all the different steps in the process- it’s a good idea to blend the paints a little on your background paper-and you might need to add water to your thicker paints so they will blend well and spread easier- like I did with mine. I was using Jojonas  acrylic colors Pthalo Green and Colony Blue (I loooove this color!) and a very old Making Memories Meadow-with a little black thrown in. You can add black or brown or even grey -whatever you think goes best with your color choices. Now, I have to decide how to use these amazing backgrounds I made!

I find I like the result better on my stamps if I mix the paint a little before applying to the stamp itself. This is when I add a little black.This is the second page I did with my leftover paint- I just mixed all the colors ,except black, and painted the entire page-and then painted my stamps with the leftover mixtures. It gives a little different effect-not quite as dramatic.I think the stamp I used made all the difference in the look of this technique.  After I was done with the first page, I spritzed some Perfect Pearls mists on it in gold ,green and blue to give it a little shimmer-tho you can’t really tell in these photos.

I really wish I could figure out a better way to format my photos (drag and drop please!) I know they are all kind of smooshed-so hang in there!

Anyway- I think the stamp you use makes all the difference in the result you get (I used foam stamps ) notice the difference in this photo. I hope this gives you some new ideas for some cool background pages! Adios amigos!