Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Personalized Gift Tags - On the Gelli Plate

Two weeks away! Christmas holiday will be here before we know it!

To me, a gift isn't complete without the finishing touches. By finishing touches, I mean, the addition of your charm to make it special. How about some personalized gift tags?!

I have a very cool way to make mines using a gelatin plate as my starting place. Find out how to create them, HERE.

Persnalized Gift Tags - On the Gelli Plate


Personalized Gift Tags - On the Gelli Plate • Tutorial by Martice Smith II
Personalized Gift Tags - On the Gelli Plate


 DecoArt has some great stencils! For this project, I used the Tags & Labels stencil.

Tags & Labels stencil (DecoArt)
Tags & Labels stencil (DecoArt)

Personalized Gift Tags - On the Gelli Plate • Tutorial by Martice Smith II
Kraft paper gift tags with doodles, acrylic paints, stamped images, and a dimensional, flower sticker. Tutorial HERE

Have fun creating magical moments!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Creating Washi Tape with masking tape

Washi tape seems to be one of those "must-have" art supplies among us mixed-media and collage artists.

I bet you have seen many varieties of this delicate, transparent tape - decorated in just everything you can imagine. You can find washi tape in varying widths and decorated with glitter, butterflies, mustaches (ha haa), text, numbers, faces, inspirational words, scriptures (my fave!)...and the list goes on.

I finally decided to try my hand at making my very own - you know - so I don't spend a fortune on buying them. This girl likes to buy in bulk! So, my experiment begins... 

Creating Washi Tape with masking tape

Creating Washi Tape with masking tape, by Martice Smith II

I already had two rolls of semi-transparent masking tape on hand, so I went ahead and used them.

Next, I had to find a surface where I could easily lay the tape down and pull off, without tearing.

I create hand-made stencils and templates with transparencies so I had a lot of them in stock. I decided to use a clean transparency as my base to keep the tape stationery while I worked...which worked like a charm!

Creating Washi Tape with masking tape, by Martice Smith II
RubberMoon Alphabet stamp + my own, hand-carved numbers stamp
Cover the entire surface of the transparency with strips of masking tape.

Next, select a variety of stamps you want to use and ink them. I really like the coverage of VersaFine inks (by Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko). They are archival, instant dry pigment inks and the colors stay bold and vibrant - perfect!

For this project, I used Onyx Black and simply applied the ink by dabbing a generous amount on top of the stamp I was working on.

Creating Washi Tape; Pandas & Numbers by Martice Smith II
Oh, look at these cute pandas! I LOVE me some pandas! 


Now, the only complaint I have about working on masking tape is that it takes forever for the ink to dry. I did use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process but once the ink was dry, it still smeared just a bit.

I'd recommend letting them dry overnight and spraying them with a matte finish varnish to protect them.

Creating Washi Tape with masking tape, by Martice Smith II
Other stamps used: Script and border flourish stamps from Stampendous Stack Art Kit; Butterfly (A Stamp in the Hand Co.)
*Note: this project has been submitted to: Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #6  - STAMPS!*


 Overall, I'm super happy with the results!

Have you ever made your own washi tape? If so, add a link in the comment section...I'd love to see!


Happy creating, xoxo


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Origami Gift Boxes

It's about that time, friends!
The holidays are right around the corner and people are getting ready for gift-giving.

I've always loved a beautifully hand-made gift...who doesn't?!
Especially when the gift comes from someone who cherishes YOU just as much as the gift they are giving.

Today, I'm sharing what's on my desk: 

 Origami Gift Boxes




These are super easy ("last-minute-gifts") to make and I love making them because I can embellish them however I want. 

No two will ever be the same and as a bonus to me, folding paper can be a great stress reliever...especially around this time of year!

RubberMoon Stamp: 
ge2747 - snowmen w/scarve

Black gesso paper sprayed with texture and glitter sprays (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)
 Come on over to the RubberMoon Arts blog to see the whole project...
 Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sneak peek number 2...And the WINNER is...

Hey friends! As promised, here's sneak peek #2!

These are monoprints, pulled directly off my Gelli Arts - Gel Printing Plate.
I played with neon fluorescent paints by DecoArt and, of course, incorporated some bold mark making and graffiti.
 
I *LOVE* the grungy textures and build up of color I get with each print. I've already learned sooo much from this intuitive painting process...I'll be teaching you in my lesson in the 'My Color is Beautiful Art' 2015 workshop.
By the way, did YOU win? (The winner of my giveaway is at the bottom of this post...)

Registration is now open, so if you didn't win, don't worry - you can still join us! The ENTIRE workshop is $49USD. You totally deserve this unique experience from some of the most talented mixed media artists out there. (my bad, I'm a tad bit biased, lol!)

http://bit.ly/MS-MCiBA2015

In my class, I can and will meet you at your level - beginner or more advanced. We're gonna have a blast!

....Enjoy the peeks...

Phases 1&2: Intuitive Painting and Doodling, Martice Smith II online workshop 'My Color is Beautiful Art'
Sampling of monoprints/gelli prints created for my upcoming workshop, 'My Color is Beautiful Art'

Phases 1&2: Intuitive Painting and Doodling, Martice Smith II online workshop 'My Color is Beautiful Art'

Phases 1&2: Intuitive Painting and Doodling, Martice Smith II online workshop 'My Color is Beautiful Art'

Phase 2: Doodling, Martice Smith II online workshop 'My Color is Beautiful Art'
Phase 1: Intuitive Painting, Martice Smith II online workshop 'My Color is Beautiful Art'
Did you miss the first sneak peek? Click HERE to learn more about my fun, 3-part lesson.

Click the orange button, below, to register for the workshop.

You'll be redirected to Tiare Smith's website (she's the coordinator of this whole shebang)...

At the bottom of her post, you'll find the registration info. Check out from there and you're good to go!
Got questions? No problemo! Leave a comment or email me HERE and I'll help you ASAP.
http://bit.ly/MS-MCiBA2015



***The winner is....Sue Chesley***CONGRATULATIONS!


Thank you all for helping me spread the word and entering my giveaway. I appreciate YOU! xoxo

Later!

My Color is Beautiful Art Workshop 2015 - OPEN for Registration!

Today is YOUR day!
Registration has opened up for the exciting, brand new art workshop experience of:
My Color is Beautiful Art 2015!

Come immerse yourself in a visual feast of yummy color, gelli plate textured prints, and soulful imagination from 8 super talented ladies. There's something for everyone, in this new offering You DESERVE to treat yourself to this! JOIN US, here!


Instructor line-up, 'My Color is Beautiful Art' 2015 workshop

Register for the 'My Color is Beautiful Art' workshop


It's sparkly and beautiful and filled with an INCREDIBLE line up of teachers! :) Wow! It's so rewarding to do this for so many people. I'm just overjoyed with how many people's lives this project is enriching!

---->> The entire workshop is $49 Yes! Super deal for all the great offerings you'll get. <<----

Later on today, I'll have another post for you with another peek into what I'll be teaching (I shared my first sneak peek right HERE).

I'll also announce the WINNER of my giveaway for a free seat in the entire workshop...stay tuned :)

Peace & Love!
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