Tuesday, August 5, 2014

I am going to the MOON!!!

Well, not literally...but I do have some amazing news I'd love to share with you:

It's official and at last, I can shout-it-from-the-rooftops that: I've been selected to join the creative design team of RubberMoon Stamps!!! Eeeeeekkkk! What a blessing - I'm so honored to be part of this amazing company. 

*** A big 'THANKS' to Kae Pea and the selection committee for this opportunity. ***

It seems a li'l bit ironic, due to the fact that I LOVE gazing up at the moon, day and night. The moon is so mesmerizing and hypnotic to me. I have created some of my best work in the wee hours of the night; just me and the luminous moonlight. All I can say is this: It was meant to be for me!

Martice makes the RubberMoon Creative Dream Team!
RubberMoon | Creative Dream Team

Martice makes the RubberMoon Creative Dream Team!

I'm one of the 6 new people they've chosen, from over 40 submissions! Wow! Someone pinch me!  Also, some of the alumni (past RubberMoon contributors) will be joining, as well. Our term starts this month and ends in December.

You can find my posts, once a month, on their blog...my first project will be published later this month!

Please click here to meet all of our team members. I think you will be impressed!

Make sure you visit the RubberMoon blog every Tuesday and Friday to see our art projects and be inspired!

Friday, August 1, 2014

::TUTORIAL::Designer Block Puzzle

You will never believe how many combinations you can get from only 6 simple designs! What would you guess : 100? what about 250? Nope, there are waaaaaaay more combinations than that!

Try wrapping yo head around this: there are OVER 10 MILLION *different* combinations!!! Yes, my friend, you read my typing correctly.

Actually, to be more exact, there are 10,0007600!!!

See the full tutorial on how to make your own! >>> Designer Block Puzzle

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Last day for Printmaking Unleashed challenge

Today is the last day for the printmaking unleashed challenged. I've had so much fun discovering new techniques and just practicing on my skills everyday this month. I will continue challenging myself...one never knows what could come next!

Day 30: Relief Print
I never thought packing peanuts looked so good! Well, as a printing tool...It's funny how I've been finding unconventional objects to use in my printmaking. A valuable lesson and my motto: Use what you already have!

Day 30: Relief Print by Mixed media artist Martice Smith II

And finally...today's last creative prompt: Day 31: hearts + LOVE

Day 31: Hearts + Love by Mixed media artist Martice Smith II
variety of hearts and a lovely sentiment for my followers: Thank you with love & gratitude. Media used: cardboard, acrylics, graphite, stamping, stenciling, machine stitching and Tulip Pearl dimensional paints, ColorBox ink (Sunshine) on wrinkled, cotton fabric.

You haven't heard the last of me! Be sure to connect via Bloglovin', Facebook, and Flickr!!
(I'll be updating with the prompts that I've missed...)


Stampendous Stack Art Challenge and GIVEAWAY

WELCOME to day 5 of the Stampendous Stack Art blog challenge inspiration week! If you're just joining, don't miss the great projects created earlier this week, from some amazing artists. * Full blog hop list is at bottom of this post *

I was invited by Stampendous to play along and I would like to take this time to say THANK YOU!!

Stack Art is a fantastic, project-oriented product for creating place cards, gift tags, mementos, favors and more. So easy and perfect for beginning crafters!

Let me break it down for you:

1. You start with one of the three Stack Art Kraftboard Kits
The Stack Art Kraftboard Kit (kraftboard pieces for 4+ amazing creations; adhesive for all the kraftboard pieces; and sentiments to make each piece special).

 Stampendous Stack Art Kits

2. Choose your stamp set
The Stack Art Stamp Sets which include an assortment of terrific background stamps and other images plus an acrylic handle.
Fran's Stack Art Stamp Kits

3. Choose elements kit
The Stack Art Elements Kits each include five jars of embellishing goodness to stick to your adhesive covered kraftboard pieces.
Fran's Stack Art Stamp Elements

Here's my completed project! My focus was on using what was already on my craft table to create a magnet.

I'll show you just how simple it is to use this kit when you don't have much to work with to create something truly unique and beautiful that will inspire you to keep on creating - with attitude!

Stampendous Stack Art Challenge art by Mixed media artist Martice Smith II

Here's how I created my little art piece: 
I made a simple design by adding white dots, in varying sizes, with the end of a paintbrush handle.

embellish with white dots

Next, each dot was given a 3-D look by creating a small shadow underneath, with a pencil.

add shadows to white dots

Another simple embellishment I added was a string of embroidery floss. Being very careful and only using very small amounts of hot glue, the floss was easily attached.

add embroidery floss to kraftboard piece
(While the hot glue was curing, I went ahead and colored one of the kraftboard pieces with a beautiful yellow ink and distressed the edges with black acrylic paint. --not pictured--)

I set that aside and continued working on the next section. Using one of the sentiments, I applied heavy-bodied white gesso over the words "Follow your" (leaving the word "art" untouched) and colored with oil pastels.

embellish with heavy bodied gesso and oil pastels

Sprinkled on some deep turquoise glitter on to the small crown...what a rich color!

sprinkle on glitter

Using a bookbinding awl, I pierced a whole in the bottom of the kraftboard and inserted a string of vibrant orange embroidery floss with decorative charm.

Next, I glued a heavy-duty magnet and some scrap pieces of matboard to the back of each kraftboard piece.

add embroidery floss with charm; adhere magnet

Finally, I finished the look by scumbling a thin layer of liquid gold leaf (with a paintbrush) onto the surfaces of the kraftboard. 

completed magnet; full view

and here's a final close-up...I love the dimensionality of this! 

completed magnet; detail

Well, that's my inspiration for today! Thanks for visiting :)

supplies I used:
Stack Art Cling Rubber Stamps Royal Heart Kit – SAS03
Stack Art Elements – Sumptuous 5-Jar Kit – EKM03
ColorBox Blends Sunshine ink from Clearsnap
oil pastels
liquid gold leaf
Heavy-duty magnet
embroidery floss
Fluer-de-lis decorative charm

Visit all the blogs below and leave an insightful comment. We’ll give away 3 Stack Art prize packages this week based on your blog comments. Your comments will be your entry into the drawing.
I hope you enjoy all the amazing creations of my team mates!

 You're welcome to connect with me via Bloglovin'Facebook, and Flickr

Thank you for your comments!

Day 5 ---- you are here!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Printmaking Unleashed: Catch up #3!

Hey, hey, heyyyyy! This is the final catch-up post for #printmakingunleashed! Yayyy! I made it all the way through the 31 day challenge. Man, that was kinda intense or what?!

I had a TON of fun, though, so NO complainin' here, my friend. I hope you enjoyed each days' creation.

Please feel free to SHARE to your Pinterest boards, on Facebook, Twitter...whateva social platform you like.

All I ask is that you properly credit me (you'd better know my name, by now! And yes, spelling does count, thank you!) and link back to this blog ( http://www.uneekart.blogspot.com )  
Thank you in advance :)

Day 26: Dimensional paint

I just love how this turned out! It has a strong tribal feel to it: the colors are so alive and the surface explodes with all kinds of texture...

Intuitive tribal art by Mixed Media Artist Martice Smith II
Media: gelli print with acrylics, oil pastels, white China marker, and dimensional paint on phone book and vintage pattern tissue paper. To me, it looks like a dancing flower!
Enjoy the close-ups...

Intuitive tribal art by Mixed Media Artist Martice Smith II

Intuitive tribal art by Mixed Media Artist Martice Smith II

Another one I created for the same prompt (dimensional paint). Bold markings and basic colors...reminds me of the classic style of graphic novels...

Intuitive tribal art by Mixed Media Artist Martice Smith II

Day 27: Feathers
Total time to carve this stamp: 15 minutes...not bad! The more I carve, the better I get!!
Hand carved feather stamp, gelli print and bookmark by Martice Smith II
"Let's Fly"...My hand-carved feather stamp, gelli print and bookmark.

 Day 28: Painted Face

Here's a cute little girl I named "JOY". I created her in Mindy Lacefield's "Sunday Mornings" online class. It's very different from my regular work; a great reason why I took this particular class!  
"JOY", Painted Face example by Mixed Media Artist Martice Smith II
I loved working in this style...primitive, intuitive, loosely painted and drawn; mixed media love! (I'm thinking about adding this cutie to my boutique...what do you think?)

Day 29: Hand Lettered

These are details from "30 Illustrations in 30 Days: A Mixed-Media Artist's Soiree", an illustration challenge I created back in Nov. 2011::::(you can still find each illustration in the archives!) ::::

Hand Lettering examples by Mixed Media Artist Martice Smith II
Featured here are: "Majestic Evolution" & "VIVA!"

Hand Lettering examples by Mixed Media Artist Martice Smith II
from left to right: "Seal Your Destiny with FAITH", "...wings of Nostalgia", and some tickets I created for an art buddy

Only two more days left in the #printmakingUnleashed challenge!!!!
Thank you for cheering me on and leaving so many positive comments :)

Know that I appreciate every word, xoxo

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