Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Craft Mats for Sale

Hi, bloggers!  Just wanted to let you know that I have restocked my Etsy shop with more craft mats.  They are 42" x 24" and only $30 including shipping in the US.   I'll consider International shipping and can quote you a shipping price that is above what I have allotted on the listing.

Check them out HERE.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Lifebook 2015 - Week 8

This week was a lesson on some abstract art.  I guess my mind is just not wired to do abstract.  I followed the lesson and just let the painting take me where it would.  It turned into a landscape.  Hahahaha.  Well, somewhat of an abstract landscape.  Part of the lesson was to use gold leaf.  Since I had gold foiling from rubber stamping, I thought I'd use it since I seldom do! 

I gilded the boat, then used a foil that was multi-colored on the flowers on the bank, the flags of the boat, then the upper left corner.    The boat just seemed to be.....there........so to make it look like it had come from somewhere, I added some glitter glue behind it.  I'm pleased with what it morphed into but one of these days I really need to try abstract again!

I hope you enjoy the Lifebook lessons and that I'm not boring you to tears with them! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Lifebook 2015 - Week 7

Magical Mystery Tour class had your house of love on your head.  I guess it is always on my mind!  We were supposed to leave the top right of the roof unglued so we could stick in little slips of paper with our words on it.  I forgot.....   So, I put the heart with the words on it instead.   I wish I could redo the hearts coming out of the chimney.....don't like them.  Since my hair is white and my eyes blue, I made the person under the house to look like me!  ;-)  Hope you enjoy.  It was fun and fairly quick to make. 

Radiant Faces

As a Radiant Faces student I want to let you know that Effy Wild is offering this wonderful course at a reduced rate HERE!  $45!!!!!  There are 9 in depth lessons from 9 different well known artists PLUS 9 more in depth videos from Effy as she works through each of the artist's lessons. 

I found her lessons just as valuable as the ones from the original artists as she encounters problems and works through them just like I might need to.

All the videos are downloadable for later viewing.  If you have been on the fence about this class, please JUMP at this opportunity.  This is a LOT of bang for the buck!!   The image below is from Lesson 4 with Julie Gibbons. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Copic Manual

A number of years ago I was certified as a Copic instructor.  It didn't take me long to figure out that I wanted to teach classes.  So I took the Beginning class the second time to learn how to teach it.  After spending a LOT of time, I developed my own teaching manual for a three hour beginning class.  Over the last 4.5 years I've taught 100's of students and all who took the class were so pleased.  Now you can learn too!  You won't have the one on one that you would get in the class but you can have the instruction without the travel and extra cost.  I have a .pdf of my manual for sale for $10.

About 2.5 years ago, I also took the Intermediate Copic certification class.  Since that class I have taught an Advanced class.  The Advanced class manual also for sale for $10. 

Interested?  If so, send me an e-mail at acclack at msn dot com and I can send you a PP invoice. 

The file is a digital .pdf file.  A .pdf reader is available online for free! 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lifebook 2015 Week 5

If you are wondering how week 6 got before week 5, it is because I just couldn't wrap my brain around how I wanted to attack the lesson.  The original lesson used a doily and I use the ones that I have so that was out.  Decided to use a stencil with thick gesso, then that blank expanse of white paper just stared at me in all its defiance!  I finally saw a few other examples that made me make the jump and put paint on the white! 

I used Distress paint daubers all over the background and blended with my finger and a little extra water.  The darker color didn't collect around the stencil like I hoped so I actually ended up lining around the raised areas.  The dauber that really ramped it up with the Burnished Bronze (I think that's the color).  It is a beautiful metallic that gave it an aged look.  The scratchy look around the outer edge of the dream catcher are words that are scribbly written.  Words that I want the catcher to keep and not get to me!  ;-)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Lifebook 2015 - Week 6 - Seeds of Love

When I saw a painting using this technique from Tamara Laporte I asked her if she had a class for it.  She said LIFEBOOK!  This class is the whole reason I signed up for the class.  I did love the lesson.

Paint....Paint is a really new medium for me and I can say that I truly do NOT have a handle on how to use it yet.  I can see that it will take a LOT of time!!  My blending skills are beginner.  My doodling skills are........pre-school...    My brain has a lot of wonderful ideas that my hands just can't seem to get right yet!!  But I'm growing and each new lesson helps me to learn how to use this new medium.

I hope you enjoy. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The newest CD is HERE!

Today is release day for the newest Technique Junkie CD!  My card below is from the techniques featured.  Don't delay....get yours today!!!

Use your STASH!

We've all bought them -- gobs of Washi Tape and spools of ribbon. Now what do we do with them?

Our newest CD,
Washi Tape + Ribbons, is available today! For just $9.95 (plus shipping), you will have 33 tutorials for using those little strips of loveliness in ways you haven't imagined! 
Go to the Washi Tape + Ribbons Page HERE: to order and/or to access the table of contents for the CD.  (Best viewed in Chrome or Firefox)
Have fun using your stash!
Pat Huntoon

Friday, January 30, 2015

Lifebook 2015 Week 5 Bonus

This week had two lessons and I wasn't done with the first part yet but completed the bonus so am showing it to you here.  The teacher showed us how to draw a feather.  We added words and doodles to make it our Affirmation Feather.  I loved this lesson so much.  I did learn that some of the supplies I used did not give the same result as the teacher's supplies so I want to do this over again to get a better result.  One of the gals in our class used her software to reverse the colors of her artwork.  Cool Beans!!  I included several of my other art pieces reversed for fun.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lifebook Week 4

Well....I'm a little behind on my Lifebook art work but am hopefully catching up.  This Courage dear heart ballerina was intimidating for me!  I put her off for a good week using housework as my excuse.  I like the way she came out.  If you had a x-ray machine, you would see that she has two additional faces tucked under the paint.  I just couldn't get her the way I wanted!  The skirt was really fun to do.  I painted it dark purple with bright green over, then used a catalyst to scribe in the dark lines.  Then over painted with lighter colors and dots, lots of Pitt white pen dots and fluff swirls. 

Yup.....took courage this week but I did it!!

All artwork is considered for sale too....;-)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lifebook 2015 Week 3

I hope you enjoy this piece!  The sentiment is sooo true!  The lesson involved using your Tombow watercolor pens but my stash has dwindled over the years and so I used watercolor paints instead.  I only have one of those little palettes with hard squares of paint and it is obvious that tubes would be much easier to mix colors!  I also need WAY more practice with watercolors!  I have LOTS of mistakes in this piece and overworked it quite a bit.  But, hey....that is part of the learning process, right?  Joanne Sharpe was our teacher this week and we were learning about using lettering in our art.  It was a very fun lesson!  I changed up the words and the flower from the original lesson...made it my own that way! This is 12 x 9 on 140lb cold press watercolor paper. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

LifeBook 2015!!!

A present I gave myself this year was ART!  Lifebook 2015 by Tamara LaPorte was just the ticket!  An art lesson every week for the entire year.  One of my resolutions was to have one art day a week.  I hope to accomplish that!  BUT.....even if I fall short.....I should have a number of weeks to count as success! 

This week the lesson was on your Beacon of Light.  With over 2,000 people taking the class, there are a lot of different ideas of what that looks like.  Since the Lord God is mine, my project included him in it! 

The middle panel of the 'dress' completes the upper portion of a cross.  There are crosses adorning the rays from her head.  This project didn't come about without problems and learning areas!  I learned that when using a paint pen, always test it on scrap paper first to avoid a blob on your artwork.  Then I learned that several layers of gesso can cover up what is left over from the blob that you tried to remove.  It took a lot of time to reverse the error but lesson learned!  I learned that using gold ColorBox ink on your artwork doesn't always work as it doesn't dry well leaving ink that can smudge.  I learned that you don't have to tilt the head too much to really be tilted.......over achieved on that one.  I learned that perfectionism wasn't necessary in this lesson......hard to overcome.  I can see that I need to learn how to blend better and how much water is the right amount to blend and to dry brush!

At the end of the year I hope to see a big improvement in my skills!  If you are interested in Lifebook 2015 you can see more info here.  http://www.willowing.org/life-book-2015/   The class was $120 for the whole year and that is only $2.30 a week for awesome lessons!  I am in the course for the art.  There are meditation sections that I don't care to participate in but there are there if you wish.  the first week was pretty heavy as there are videos for beginners which I watched.  All in all, about 6 forty-five minute videos!

I hope you enjoy my Beacon of Light!  The second picture shows some of the glitter and gold paint that make this piece really shine!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bleached Kitties

Bleach Blocking is such a fun technique from the last TJ newsletter.  This darling stamp is from I brake for Stamps.  The die cut words are from the Handwritten die set from Little B.  The kitties are colored with copics.    When I took the picture I realized that the second dot on the word invited was in the wrong spot and I fixed it......    *sigh*

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bleached Birthday

Bleach blocking is one of the techniques in the last Technique Junkie newsletter.  The music stamp is from Technique Junkie and the Happy Birthday die is from Little B Handwritten die set. 
This week is going to be a rough one for us ol' grandparents.  Watching the two youngest grandkids for a whole week while mommy and daddy celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on vacation.  I think I know why God gave children to you when you were young.....they really wear us out!  They are 2 and 6 years old.  The hardest part will be getting the first grader to school......at 7:45am!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Just a few more Desolv'd cards

Okay.....I know that you are probably getting tired of all the cards using this technique but they were just too fun to make.  These cards are really different from the others.  They used the technique paper simply on a card base.  I really love the Inspire one as it reminds me of a cave.    That particular piece started life as text on a page!  The card bases are white and they are hard to see but they are there!