Category Archives: TIPs

Citra Solv Transfers on Tissue Paper…

here are some laser images that I used to transfer onto plain white tissue paper with thanks once again to The Graphics Fairy …

since trying Citra Solv transfers on fabric yesterday I knew I wanted to give the tissue paper technique a whirl too…

I photographed my tissue transfers on top of old atlas pages so you could see the sheerness you get even before gluing anything down…

the bees nest melted into the heavy blue painted card stock seamlessly…

I was excited to glue my transfers onto book pages and really like the way the text shows through…

I used Golden’s Matte Medium…

but any good glue stick would work…

I put the glue on the paper not the tissue…

much easier that way…

the Matte Medium does leave the papers with a fine finish and feel…

in reading more of the Citra Solv artist’s site I found out that when ironed the FABRIC transfers can be washed and bleached with no damage or fading whatsoever…

perfect if you were going to transfer onto a white t shirt I guess…

it bears saying again…

playing with Citra Solv is best done with lots of fresh air and latex gloves are a good idea too…

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Image Transfers with Citra Solv

recently I had posted some of my 3×5″ cards where I used National Geographic pages that had been treated with Citra Solv for background papers…

finally I got around to trying the Citra Solv using laser jet images to transfer onto fabric

I used a scrap of very textured fabric for my first transfer on the left…notice how lots of color was left on the laser paper on the right…

the variables are how much Citra Solv you use along with what kind of fabric you are transferring onto and how much you burnish the laser copy with the back of the spoon…

the black and white teacup transferred with a bit of a greenish tint onto the tea dyed cotton on the left…

it felt like I rubbed with the spoon for a good long while…

lifting and checking to make sure it was coming through…

as you can see the laser paper image on the right still looks good after using it for the transfer process…

overall I was pretty happy with the results…

the two girls above are freebie images and can be found here

that is my transfer on the left…

this video tells you everything you need to know to get started…

a favorite image from Karen at The Graphics Fairy on the left transferred very nicely onto tea dyed cotton muslin on the right…

I found that doing the transfers smelled much much less than when I was treating the magazine pages with Citra Solv…

those saturated pages took months to air out in the garage…

I still worked outdoors but was able to bring the fabric pieces into the house after just a couple of hours…

there are some fantastic ideas and inspiration to be found here with lots to explore…

who knew a natural cleaning agent could be so much fun…

Happy September All!

Expressions of Love

this week’s Wednesday Stamper challenge is all about

L-O-V-E…

I Love creating…

playing…

making something out of nothing…

in this case it all began with a child’s board book in the shape of a hand…

I cut little windows in the pages with a razor knife…staggering the sizes..

a little sanding and painting lightly with gesso…

the moody face stamp is a favorite of mine and it fit just right…I cut the opening and then looked for an image…sometimes I get excited and dive into a project…

I used a square of old fashioned wire window screen glued between the two front pages to make a “window”…clamps come in handy for that step … I use gel medium as the glue…

Versafine inks are a favorite of mine…in this case their slow drying time helped to add extra color to the pages…

while my stamped impressions were still damp…I used my finger to gently move the ink around…when it was finally dry…

I added some white highlights with my favorite white poster pen…

more clamping and drying time…

for the covers of the book I used bits of plastic mesh dry wall tape for added texture…

some crackle paint…with lots of layers of paint…

almost finished…still needs a little something something…

the pilot’s stick pin made a nice finish along with the piece of a special curtain from a good friend…

a little gold Krylon pen around the edges and finito…

 

“Love has no desire but to fulfill itself.  To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.  To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.”  ~Kahlil Gibran

WS: Leaves and Pods

Leaves and pods…this week’s Wednesday Stamper/Mittwochstempler challenge got me looking at some of the pressed flowers and leaves I have on hand…

during gardening season I fill my flower press again and again with blooms and leaves and such…

on average it takes about two weeks in the flower press

4×4 watercolor paper…Paper Whimsy images…scrap papers…dress pattern tissue…tissue tape…gesso…paint…lovely Polish postage stamp…gauze…pressed Raspberry Tansy leaf and Serendipity “Truth” stamp


Christmas Tea

only four more sleeps until Christmas morning…

our family celebrates German Christmas on the 24th with a visit over the river to my Mom’s (Mutti’s) house with food and merriment…

we make our way home by way of the Capitol and White House Christmas trees in Washington D.C. listening to Christmas music all the way…

my tea today is delicious Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons…the aroma is gorgeous…even the foil packet smells great…the silken sachet bags come in handy for wings and things…the little angel (3 in tall) is one of many that my talented mother used to make…no two were alike as they each seemed to have their own personalities…

I found these glass teddy bear maple syrups with knitted hats impossible to resist…

kumquats are a seasonal treat that I really look forward to eating over the holidays…

you can make quick and easy pomanders out of the fresh fruit by pressing whole cloves into them…

sometimes it helps to poke a hole first with a sturdy toothpick…

sprinkle the studded fruit with a bit of cinnamon and let them dry on a wire rack for several weeks…

you can tell they are dry when they get very lightweight…

stored in a plastic bag they last from season to season…

wishing you all a T Tuesday that is merry and bright…

to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere…Happy Winter Solstice

thanks as always for stopping by …

for more holiday cheer you can visit Kimmie’s sidebar here…all are most welcome to join in…

fa la la

Dress Up – November * Tree of Life

amazing that we are at the eleventh dress in Margaret’s year long Dress Up challenge already …

I was inspired by a favorite artist … Gustav Klimt … his style is so distinctive…

here is my Mindy doll wearing her newest “tree of life” dress …

I even had the perfect piece of colorful bling to accent the gold ribbon at her waistline …

I sketched the tree design on 140 lb watercolor paper that was lightly washed with walnut ink …working with different paints and metallic markers …going back again and again adding pencil lines…the final Klimt touch was of course GOLD … I find the Krylon pens can be a bit tricky … first they do not want to flow and all of a sudden you can end up with a blop of ink on your page … I added the gold touches with great caution …

I decided not to alter Mindy’s trunk … it has such a great old patina to it…the little doll trunk and paper doll are not related in any way…Mindy was an 8 inch (20.32 cm) tall doll from the 1950’s that I cannot seem to find a picture of to show you on the internet … my paper doll measures about 10 inches (25.4 cm) tall … in December I will show you all of the dresses in one post…if you’d like to see dresses from past months there is a search feature on my sidebar … near the top is a blank space under the words “Looking for Something” … type in a word or two and related posts on my blogblogblog will come up…I find that to be a handy tool…

“All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1749-1832



Six Players: Mexican Folk Art Theme

as promised … here are the tip in pages I created for Dianne’s Mexican Folk Art theme … each player has chosen a different theme and varying page sizes…

lots of paint and gesso went into my pages … I printed a skull image onto transparency paper … highlighting with a white pen … I placed it behind the opening I cut in the front cover … the final step was using Golden brand Gold Mica Flake (Large) around the edges of the page … it gives nice texture and shimmer…

*these pages measure 8 x 16 inches*

it wasn’t hard for me to decide to go with Frida…

I created a tin foil frame by rolling and smooshing foil together … stitching it onto the page with bits of colorful fiberthe  flower  is rubber stamped and hand colored…

on the left hand side I used assorted papers to help affix the skeleton transparency dry brushing with gesso and adding a loteria game card at the bottom … el corazon means “the heart”

I painted the back page with blue paint and used a piece of torn wax paper that I had used some time ago for making mono print pages … glad I saved it as it made a perfect layer under the shrine stamp that I used as a frame for the black and white Frida image … white gel pen helped add interest to the stamped frame…

Frida has a lot of powerful quotes … I chose

“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

I used black fine marker to accent the pages too…

here is the tag I created to go along with my tip in … I certainly did enjoy this theme …

next month I will be working on “Trees”

Romeo y Julieta

… cigar boxes …


I have always had a “thing” for boxes of all kinds … pretty wooden cigar boxes with special closures make great storage … and perfect gift boxes too … thank you sweet Jean x two …

Mr Magpie and I hit it lucky recently … we popped into a local cigar/smoke shop to check on boxes …

we arrived just as they were about to throw a nice stack of them away … WHAT … oh MY … time for a rescue mission …

the boxes  made of wood with nice closures on them are my first choice … but often the graphics on the boxes with nails in the lid are very tempting as well … ending up with a bounty of boxes … I had an idea … sometimes those come in a flash … gotta Love it when that happens…

you know how you soak envelopes in water to remove postage stamps … the first time I heard that … I could not believe it … it does work like a charm … well I decided to soak some of the boxes and wouldn’t you know it … the lovely decorative bands … most likely each glued on by hand … got slippery after about thirty minutes (hot or cool water didn’t really seem to make a huge difference) and they pulled right off into nice long strips … ooh la laa…

time to dry on a towel … curling a bit …

when I found myself ironing cigar strips … YES … even I had to shake my head for a moment … but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do…

look at how beautiful they are … instant borders/decorations for collage and more … I was raised to waste not want not … thank you my Mutti … the box parts are waiting for a second life now too!

*footnote: thought I’d share a favorite story with you … at the risk of making this a longer bbb post 🙂 … when our boys were young I did iron every now and again … but chose to do so after they were tucked in their beds … for safety reasons or more likely that I’d put it off long enough … one Saturday while getting ready for a wedding and being forced to get the iron out in daylight … our middle son, Alex … who was around five years old …  asked “what IS that” when he saw the iron … still makes us chuckle … ironing is never on the top of my to do list … hardly seems necessary … unless it’s cigar papers perhaps …


Let Go … Move On …

simple words … and yet … these pages were a real challenge … the other pages in this journal … HarmonyBalance and Breathe … have flowed and gone smoothly … I struggled with this spread … for lots of reasons I guess …

I began by writing on the encyclopedia pages with black magic marker … letting feelings and thoughts flow … trying hard to release them to the universe … then I painted over them with purple paint … a healing color … next covering the pages with gesso as the words still showed through the paint … my pages sat for several days …

something happened very very early last Wednesday morning …

I am much more of a stay up late person than a wake up early person these days …  sometimes I get a second wind and do not want to waste the creative energy … Wednesday morning I awoke with a start and flew out of bed remembering something I had forgotten to do … very odd for me to forget a commitment …

back to being up at o’dark in the morning … 5am ish … rain was pouring down (by the time it was all said and done we got a little more than four inches) … I adore the sound of rain especially from our back porch where you can stand and take it all in but not get wet …

I decided to water the potted plants on the protected porch … walking back into the house my bare right foot felt something soft … cool and squishy … oh my goodness it all happened so quickly … it felt for all the world like a SNAKE !!!! WHAT you say … I squealed/screamed out into the darkness … grabbed a flashlight to confirm what I thought I felt … sure enough it was an adult  black  snake making its way off the porch … slithering away …

as if saying BLACK SNAKE is not bad enough the other common name for this snake is Black RAT SNAKE … could it get any more disgusting! YES I STEPPED ON IT with my BARE foot !!!!

I am a nature girl and a nature Lover but NOT in my face or under my feet … it took a long time to lose the feeling under my toes even after washing it … major goosebumps from head to toe just thinking about it … thank goodness I landed lightly with the ridge under my toes on part of the snake body … not the tail …NOT the head oh lordy … giving it comfortable space !!! … it has taken me days to come down from this encounter … I keep looking over my shoulder … looking before I step … oh my … !!!

our young nature boy son says “he’s probably happy to be alive” … the snake that is …


here is what I am holding on to (can’t let go of everything!) … this might be like being hit by lightning … the odds are ……VERY good that it will never happen again … who would have ever thought it might happen at all … I was very lucky that he was good natured !!!!


so back to “letting go” and “moving on” … it is a process and can be complicated … I find …

I keep trying … and trying …

for these journal pages I used … paint … gesso … rub ons … Sharpie Poster Paint pens (water based) … Sharpie marker  … rubber stamps …  recycled silk sewn into a tag pocket … card made into a tag (thank you Eliza) … pieces of old mailing envelope … pressed flowers in tissue paper (thank you Lynn still Loving making those) … needle and pearl cotton … K&Company bee … fringe from a funky old pillow top

Note: I am submitting this post for Ana’s Friday (2 June 2011) Archive Dive theme of: AWAY

Felted Soap

ever  since I saw bars of soap in little wool “jackets” a couple of years ago … I have wanted to give soap felting a try

the ingredients are simple … wool roving … hot water

and soap … new travel soaps are perfect


fun to see the transformation from a loosely wrapped bar


dribbled again and again with hot water … not too much at one time


it takes a bit of patience to keep working the wool … since I do not have a wash board … I used this ribbed bottle to help rough up the fibers helping them cling and conform to the shape of the bars of soap … it is impossible to make just one by the way


sitting out on the back porch worked nicely as it does get a little splashy with lots of foamy bubbles by the end… it takes a good 20 minutes or so of working the bar of soap … last is a cool water rinse and patting and pressing a bit in a towel

the wool dries fairly quickly … you end up with neat and tight wool wrapped bars … perfect as individual soap for a special someone to use in the bath or shower

here is  a nice tutorial that got me started … along with some questions and answers and links for supplies and such

footnote: these soaps would be meant as personal bars of soap not community soaps to be shared … great for exfoliating and for gardener’s hands

 

… becoming …

my little wire nests are starting to pile up… so I thought I would put some to good use

magpiesnestbecoming

small matchboxes make perfect containers for so many things

magpiesnest-be-humble

precious bird images from the always generous

Karen at The Graphics Fairy

magpiesnestmatchboxes


a perfect home for my wire and bead nests … gel medium worked beautifully to glue them in place

magpiesnest-nest-matchboxes

“There is no knowledge of true being.  The world is fundamentally in a state of becoming.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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I am entering my little matchboxes in The Graphic Fairy’s Brag Monday … pop on over and see the lovely offerings!


58 can equal 13 … yes it can

my postcard is for the Mixed Media Monday “games people play” challenge

playing with numbers … I find that numbers prove again and again to be a beautiful connection with a special lost Loved one … it would take a long time to explain just how … each time it occurs I know it is a gift  … a touch of spirit

speaking of gifts … here is a long overdue thank you to Pauline in Malta for sending me some lovely lace doilies … I bravely tea/coffee dyed one and cut it into pieces

*click for a closer look*

the lovely lady is from Collagevisions

pattern tissue … crackle on the left is one of my photographs … parchment cupcake frill … ribbon … number from a dry cleaner tag …  metal rose button with the back snipped off (gel medium is such a wonderful glue)

“We sat side by side in the morning light & looked out at the future together.” ~Storypeople

Blue Christmas

lots of paint on these pages AND on my hands … about 4 different blues … two yellows and silver

as with my other December journal pages … I worked quickly using what was close at hand … the heat tool helped speed the drying paint between layers

blue-christmas

*a closer look is just a click or two away*

the tiny cottage in the snow is a piece from an old advent calendar … I knew I saved all these years for some reason

and from Leo Tolstoy

“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced”

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did you know that if you wanted to see my other December Art Journal posts, all you have to do is look at Categories below and click on the words: December 2009 Art Journal and it will take you to all of my links so far