Fall Canvas

Although we really don’t have fall in Florida, I really do love the season.

I made this mixed media canvas which can be used to decorate your house or even your Thanksgiving table.


Thankful canvas

Adding some Perfect Pearls mist to the wheat adds just a little elegant shimmer.

Here is a close up of the texture paste mixed with Wendy Vecchi’s Archival Ink refills.

Thankful canvas michelle mccosh

If you would like step by step directions on how to make this please visit the Ranger Ink blog.

 

Gelli Printed Bag

I decided to make a bag to hold either my ipad or my mini art journal and pencil case and I came up with this.

Michelle McCosh Gelli Printing

I aded Ranger fabric medium to the paints before I used them to print.  The whole bag has been printed with soft blues and greens, with the heart being done with a bright red and orange color combination.

Michelle McCosh Gelli Printing

You can see the layers of prints that were done in this close up view.  The dribbles were done with Dina Wakley’s paints watered down and added to a needle top bottle which can give you precise application when writing but I just needed to be able to dribble on the one side.  The word was done with a stencil girl stencil.

 

How to make Gelli Eggs

Here is a photo tutorial for my Gelli Eggs

The supplies I used are:

  • Ranger Adirondack Paint – Sunset Orange, Watermelon, Sunshine Yellow,
  • Inky Roller,
  • Palette Knife,
  • Non stick craft sheet,
  • Heat it tool,
  • Archival Ink in Jet Black,
  • All the Gals stamp set by Dina Wakley,
  • Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley Stencils: Let it Snow and Dotted Flowers,
  • Gelli Arts Printing Plate
  • and of course you will need some eggs that have been blown.

 

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First, brayer the three colors of paint on a portion of the Gelli plate.

 

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Place stencil down and rub off some of the paint through the stencil onto paper.  (the paper can be used as part of another project)

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Remove stencil and roll egg over the wet paint.  Dry with Heat it tool and re roll as many times to cover egg.

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Use the palette knife to brayer Sunshine Yellow across the gelli plate.  Add  the snowflake stencil on top.

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This time instead of removing the paint using paper, roll the egg over the opening in the stencil to add a different pattern.

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Dry egg using Heat tool.

 

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Apply archival ink to the stamp.  Roll the egg over the word.  Dry

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ranger adirondack dina wakley gelli arts

 

Here are the three eggs I made using this color palette.  Dina Wakley’s word stamps are the perfect size for this project and I love the empowering words.

 

ranger adirondack dina wakley gelli arts

 

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you try this yourself I would love to see what you make.

 

 

Eggs and Gelli!

I know the saying that it is Peanut Butter and Jelly that go together but I think parrot eggs and Gelli plates go together as well.

My little girl Mango lays eggs every so often under the coffee table.  (they are infertile eggs) I can’t bear to throw them away. (I also keep all her molted feathers)  I guess it is the same thing with keeping your children’s teeth.

This is Mango . . . . and yes you are right she is breathtaking, she is actually the most beautiful bird in the world.

Mango Mango-Face

 

Anyway I blow out the eggs and keep them.  I am always asked what I am going to do with the eggs and I never thought about it till recently when I dragged out my gelli plate, some adirondack paint and the eggs. The stamps are by Dina Wakley.

 Gelli Arts dina wakley mixed media Gelli plate ranger adirondack dina wakley

 

then I did some with different colors

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I love how these turned out.  So I definitely think Eggs and Gelli go together!

I have a tag featured on the Ranger Blog

So excited to announce I have a tag on the Ranger Blog today

Ranger Ink

I love the metal piece on the bottom of the light bulb.  It was something I found in the parking lot.  The wire at the top of the tag came from a broken light fixture and of course the computer chip came from a very old machine I threw away but, not before I salvaged all the interesting bits.

If you are interested in seeing more here is a link to the tutorial:

Ranger Blog

 

 

 

 

Pencil Cases

ok, so big surprise I have been playing with my Gelli Arts plate again.  This time instead of printing on paper I decided to print on canvas.

I have these cute bags which were just begging me to print on them.

I used Pebeo Paints on the Gelli Plate along with a variety of stencils.

Pebeo Paints Gelli ArtsThe first one I made was the Red Bag.  I used a paper stencil that I made to add the black pattern.

Pebeo Paints Gelli Arts

Front View

Pebeo Paints Gelli Arts

Back View

Pebeo Paints Gelli Arts

Close Up

and here is the second one I made

 

Pebeo Paints Gelli Arts

Front View

Pebeo Paints Gelli Arts

Back View

Pebeo Paints Gelli Arts

Close Up

 

 

I was experimenting with the addition of adding Fabric Medium to the paint. I added it to the Blue/Green Bag but did not to the Red/Orange bag.  I think as I am using it for a product I am not going to wash or wear the next time I do this I will not bother with the fabric medium.  When I do it on an apron I will make sure I use it.

Did you notice the architectural plans under the bags.  I lay these papers down on the desk in classes and encourage people to brayer or paint on them.  It keeps our tables clean and I get some fabulous papers which I can cut up for collage.

If you need a Gelli Plate, Pebeo Paints or a Canvas Pencil Case you can get them here at Everything Scrapbook & Stamps.  It is a fabulous mixed media art store located in South Florida and the staff are just fabulous, if I do say myself, wink!

 

It has been a crazy few weeks.

I don’t think I have stopped running in the last few weeks.  (don’t get confused it was NOT the exercising kind of running) . . . . just a lot of things happening in life.

First, at the beginning of March we went on a Paper Muse Cruise to Cozumel and Belize aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas.  It was a wonderful time and during the “at sea” days I taught mixed media classes.

In the first class we constructed an Art Journal using a number of fun techniques on watercolor paper.

Paper Muse Cruise

Paper Muse Cruise

The 2nd class we created a canvas using Tim Holtz Distress paints and beeswax.

 

Whispers of Art, Ranger, Paper Muse Cruise, Michelle McCosh

Whispers of Your Art

Here are some of the different canvases that everyone made.  They were just absolutely fabulous

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The third class was the Mariner’s Box

Mariners Box Paper Muse Cruise Michelle McCoshwe left two compartments open so that we could get souvenirs from the cruise.  I managed to buy a beautiful shell and some Worry Dolls that will go in mine.

and the fourth one we continued with more techniques in the Art Journal

Paper Muse Cruise

Paper Muse Cruise

Here are some of the photos from our Art Days.

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we had 38 in our party and we were able to get the whole side of the restaurant reserved for us, although trying to get everyone to wave at the same time was impossible.

Paper Muse Cruise

In Belize some of us booked a private tour through NCQ Adventure Tours.  If you go to Belize I highly recommend them.

These are some images of Belize

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We went to Altun Ha which is the most extensively excavated ruin in Belize and was a major ceremonial center during the Classic Period, as well as a vital trade center that linked the Caribbean shores with other Maya centers in the interior. The ruin consists of two main plazas with some thirteen temple and residential structures.

  The “Jade Head”, representing the Sun God, Kinich Ahau, was the most significant find during Dr. David Pendergast’s excavations. At approximately six inches high and weighing nine and three-quarter pounds, it is still to this day the largest carved jade object in the whole Maya area. The Jade Head is locked up in a bank vault so we did not get to see it, but, the ruins were amazing.

Paper muse cruise Belize

Paper muse cruise Belize

 

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Two of our group were teenagers and they decided to climb the first ruin we came to:

Paper muse cruise Belizethis was taken from far away.  Up close it is quite steep and tall!!

Apparently I mistook myself for a teenager that was in shape and I decided to climb up as well.

halfway-UpHalf way up and I am still smiling

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The girls were watching me and saying to each other “what an idiot I am”CrazyWhen I got back down I was told that this was the ruin that was not recommended to climb as it is quite treacherous.  Nice of them to tell me AFTER!!

After we had explored this ruin we went to the Baboon Sanctuary where we had close encounters with the Howler Monkeys.  It was amazing to hear them howl to each other.  I loved my time spent with them.

Paper muse cruise

Nacho and his wife who gave us the tour were so nice and provided us with water, sodas, tons of local snacks (yummy), took us to lunch and to a local grocery store so we could stock up on spices and then dropped us off at a market after giving each of us gift.  They are very knowledgeable about the history of their country witch they obviously love and we had a fantastic time with them.

Next stop the cruise ship made was Cozumel where we were treated to some street dancing and enjoyed shopping and lunch at a local eatery.  The dancers were incredible and their costumes amazing.

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During the cruise my Dad unfortunately suffered a stroke, I did not find out till I was in Cozumel and had phone service.  So once we docked I ran to Orlando.  (Luckily my Dad is expected to make a full recovery but, I thought I was going to have a break down when I found out).  Two weeks later I flew to Connecticut to teach an Art Journal Class at one of my friends stores and from there I went to Framingham, Ma to attend a retailer event.  Then I flew back to South Florida to host an amazing Mixed Media event with DJ Pettitt.  I brought a horrendous cold back with me and I am now just starting to feel like a normal human being again.  . . . . So it does not seem like I have stopped to breathe this year.  Anyway stay tuned for my recap of Connecticut, Framingham and DJ Pettit.

Cards using paint and reinkers

I like to make cards that have interesting backgrounds.  Here are two cards that I made recently using Paint and Archival Ink reinkers.

First the card made with Adirondack Paint Dabbers

Card ranger adirondack paint dabber

I placed Sunset Orange and Sunshine Yellow paint onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.  I dragged my cardstock through the paint mixture.  I then spritzed the card with more water allowing the paint colors to mix.  I dried the paint and then repeated the steps till I was happy with the look.  The paint “glows” on the background and looks really rich and saturated with color.

Ranger adirondack paint dabber

I stamped using Dylusions Love Struck Lucy stamps and Black Archival Ink on the card.  I used a Black Pitt Pen to connect the hearts and circles . . . .and then I used Glossy Accents to highlight the stamped images.

Here is another view.  The paint looks washed out in this view but I wanted to show a close up of the texture.

ranger adirondack paint dabberNext is a card I made using Rangers Archival Ink and Reinkers.  I also used Tim Holtz Stamps and Idea-ology findings to accent the card

Ranger Archival Reinkers Shaving Cream Ranger Archival Reinkers Shaving Cream Tim HoltzThe background was made using Shaving Foam with the reinkers drizzled on top.

The randomness of what you get makes this card fun to make and would make a perfect masculine card

Ranger Archival Reinkers Shaving Cream Tim Holtz

The card front was popped up on top of a coordinations cardstock that had been embossed using an embossing folder and then sanded to reveal the kraft core.

Ranger Archival Reinkers Shaving Cream Tim HoltzI love how the card smells as well.

 

A long over due update

I bet you wonder where I have been, I am still here, I have just been unable to get off the hamster wheel for the last few weeks.

Here is a run down from the start of 2014

I had the day off on New Years Day, it was nice to have the day to myself.  I did a little cleaning and organizing in my craft room and even took a nap. My craft room would need a month of 12 hour days to get organized properly as it has been a dumping ground for the last 4 years.  One of my goals for this year is to get it back into a creative space.

January 2nd I was back at work, I taught five classes at the store and then I flew to California for a Trade Show and it has been non stop ever since.

The trade show which was held in Southern California was fantastic.  I love going to the trade shows not only to see what is new but to catch up with fellow store owners and my favorite manufacturers.  Over the years some of the industry people have become great friends and I love seeing them.  This year was extra special. . . I had some of artwork featured in my all time favorite manufacturers booth.  It was such an honor.  Ranger is an awesome company.  I can never say enough good things about them and the people that are associated with them.  Can you say “girl crush”

Here are two of my pieces in their booth.

Ranger-Booth-Art CHA 2014 Tim Holtz Michelle McCosh

Ranger Booth

My two pieces are the Paintbrush Card on the left hand side and the Eiffel Tower Tag on the bottom.  There were no words to describe my feelings as I walked by the booth and recognized my art. :)

Here are some more detailed images of the card

Ranger-Booth-Art CHA 2014 Tim Holtz Michelle McCosh

Paint Brush Card

I used Adirondack Paint and Archival Ink on the card.  The background was made with my Gelli Arts plate.  I also painted the brush handle on the gelli plate.  The brush incidentally came from my paint brush pot.  I often leave my paint brushes in dirty water for extended periods of time.  Not usually a good thing but in this case I though my brush was very “Arty”

Ranger-Booth-Art CHA 2014 Tim Holtz Michelle McCosh

The Brush!

I used some Tim Holtz Rubbings on the handle. I was going to paint the ferrule (the metal part of the brush) but I really loved the rust that was showing and did not want to interfere with it.

Ranger-Booth-Art CHA 2014 Tim Holtz Michelle McCosh

Close Up of Rust

Ranger-Booth-Art CHA 2014 Tim Holtz Michelle McCosh

Another view

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This is the Tag that I made.  . . . again I used Adirondack Paints and Archival Ink\.

Ranger-Booth-Art CHA 2014 Tim Holtz Michelle McCosh

Eiffel Tower Dream Tag

Ranger-Booth-Art CHA 2014 Tim Holtz Michelle McCosh

another view

Ranger-Booth-Art CHA 2014 Tim Holtz Michelle McCosh

Bottom View

 

 

Since I returned from CHA I have been busy designing and teaching classes and getting ready for the cruise.  We leave in two weeks to travel to Belize and Cozumel for a few days.  I am teaching four classes on the ship, here is a little peek.

Cruise Projects Michelle McCosh

Sneak Peek

Just in case anyone going on the cruise reads this blog I do not want to spoil the surprise so I will schedule a post for when we have left Fort Lauderdale that will show the completed projects.

Two weeks after we get back from the cruise I fly to Connecticut to teach an Art Journaling class at the Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook,

Art Journal Michelle McCosh

Art Journal – The Power of 7

 

after that I go to an industry training event in Massachusetts.

I will be back April 1st and then DJ Pettitt comes to the store to teach on April 3rd.  Talk about a whirlwind.

As all of my classes are designed through the end of this month so now I have some time to breathe and will be able to update this blog.