Around the World with 80 Artists!

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I wanted to share with you all that I will have an altered art piece published in the upcoming eBook: Around the World with 80 Artists! I will be joining 79 other artists from all over the globe, sharing a wide variety of art projects. For more information please check out our page. You can sign up for a FREE copy of this book at launch on Amazon on April 15th 2016 to celebrate World Creativity Week. Also, 20% of the proceeds from this project will go to The Malala Fund to help girls gain an education.
So make sure to visit the Creative Art Academy to sign up and get a preview of some amazing art!

Here is a sneak peek of my project:
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I hope you all will check out my project, as well as the many others included. Full tutorials and color photos will be presented in eBook format, as well as printable format.

Thanks for stopping by!

Making a Fall Picture Frame-Using the Hydrangea Hippo BOOtiful October kit

Good morning!

This morning I wanted to share a quick Snapguide I created on a project that I created using the awesome Hydrangea Hippo “BOOtiful” kit. As a guest designer for October, I received a huge kit full of goodies to work with. This kit includes: papers, TONS of ribbons and trims, and an assortment of beads, sequins, and baubles. Plenty of material to create multiple projects and layouts!

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Check out How to Make a Fall Picture Frame by Melissa Johnson on Snapguide.

To learn more about purchasing the kit I used to create this project, click HERE.

The Evolution of a Digital Art Journal Page

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Today I wanted to share with you a quick peek into how I’ve been altering some of my traditional art journal pages digitally. I started with this journal page using some clip art, acrylic paint, stenciling, and stamps:
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It’s not bad, but I wanted to take it a few steps further. I opened up ArtRage on my iPad and began by creating a layer of color and doodles using the various tools:
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Next, I added another layer and imported a picture of my journal page. I then merged the two layers together, adding more paint and doodles over the blended layers.

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I saved the image to my camera roll, then opened the image in Pixlr Express. I then chose a filter for the image.

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I continue to add layers using the different filters, frames, and effects in Pixlr.

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And here is the final result. It’s really a lot of experimentation and playing in the apps. I like mixing and building layer upon layer to achieve different looks. Have fun recreating your old art journal pages using ArtRage and Pixlr Express!!

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Going Digi in My Art Journal!

Good morning everyone! There are few things I love more than getting messy in my art journal; however, after spending a day with my super cool and techy sister in law (the Tech Chef) I was really inspired to learn more about digital art.

In order to teach myself how to incorporate some new techniques into my work, I signed up for Tracy Bautista’s Digital Canvas eCourse. So far I have played with both the Paper 53 and Noteshelf apps. I have to say there is a bit of a learning curve here for me, but so far I am loving mixing up some of my traditional art pages with digital elements. I feel like it’s the best of both worlds. I can still play in my art journal and make a big mess, then take a picture with my iPad and continue layering, adding color, and doodling while on the go.

Here is the first page I did in Noteshelf, using a prompt from the course:

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Here is a before page I did in my art journal:

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And here is the page after being digitally altered:

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Here is a gelli print piece of background I started in my art journal;

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And here is a completed page, finished in Noteshelf:

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I’m really looking forward to doing a lot more of this type of art!

Scribbly Birds Mixed Media Canvas-Surround Yourself With Friends

This tutorial and project were created for Frog Dog Studio using the May kit.

Good morning! Today I have a canvas project tutorial to share with you. This is one of my personal favorite projects–it was fun and easy to do. Let’s get started!

To begin, I used an 8 x 10 canvas board covered with a light coat of gesso. I used several shades of blue paint (including the one in the kit) and a brayer to lightly spread the paint around.

Next, I laid down a stencil and used the liquid chalk ink from the kit to create a light background pattern.

Using stencils, spray ink, and distress paints I created a few layers on the background.

I went around the edge of the whole board with gold Gelato and rubbed it in with my fingers. Then, I added a little bit more texture with spray ink and stencils.

Using the dropper in my sepia ink, I loosely sketched in some tree branches. I did this by just starting at the edge of the canvas and slowly dragging the dropper across the canvas. You can squeeze more ink out to make the branches thicker, or just spread sections that are already thick to add thinner branches.

I set the canvas aside to dry and pulled out a sheet from the vellum book in the kit. Using the new Dina Wakley stamps (which I LOVE!), I stamped the bird images then colored them in using a mixture of the oil paint crayons, oil paint medium, and watercolor crayons. I wanted a very soft blended feel.

Since this has a very springtime feel to it, I thought I’d make the tree sort of a cherry blossom by adding some paint through a circle stencil along the branches.

I fussy cut the birds and attached them to the canvas using matte medium. Then I added some colored glitter paste to the birds just for a little extra sparkle and texture. I also put a quote from my stash.

And here is the final product!

Project Catch Up!

Hello friends! I have to apologize for how long it has taken me to update my blog! I am still posting projects and tutorials on the Frog Dog Studio blog and Instagram (feel free to follow me there as well), but have not had time to sit down and update you guys here. Shame on me!!

So I will quickly run through my projects since the last time I updated. All of the tutorials can be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog (unless otherwise noted). Ready for some eye candy? 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed these projects! I will be posting more projects and tutorials soon! 🙂

Fall Stars–A Canvas Banner Tutorial

Good morning! I wanted to quickly share a tutorial for the canvas star banner that is in the November Frog Dog Studio Paper Add On Kit. Since Fall is officially here, I wanted to use this banner as part of my decor in the entry way.

To begin, I laid out all of the little stars and sprayed them with the Lindy’s spray inks in fall colors.

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Next, I used a Heidi Swapp letter stencil to stencil on the letters that spell FALL. I used brown craft paint and a paint dabber.

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To finish, I found some thin ribbon and threaded it through the eyelets at the top of each star. Then I found the perfect spot to display it!

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How’s that for quick and cute?! Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂