Tag 2 – Florida Christmas

December 2nd – Florida Christmas

I had so much fun with this one.  It is very tropical here in Florida and it is hard for me to feel like it is Christmas so it was very appropriate to have a pink Christmas Tree.

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I think I will call this Seahorse Clyde!

If you are interested in making this tag  Everything Scrapbook & Stamps in Lake Worth has kits available and and all supplies needed are provided.  If you are not local but would like to purchase a pdf with instructions and photos please leave a comment on this post, I am currently working on the PDF.  Once complete I will have a paypal button on this post

You would need to have Adobe Acrobat installed in order to read the instructions.

I will send you an email with the PDF attached,  No physical product will be sent, this is just for a PDF with instructions to make this tag

December 1st – Poinsettia Wishes

Our first tag for December

Poinsettia Wishes

 


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The flowers on this tag are so pretty when you see them

Michelle McCosh 12 tags of christmas

If you are interested in making this tag

Everything Scrapbook & Stamps in Lake Worth has kits available and and all supplies needed are provided.  If you are not local but would like to purchase a pdf with instructions and photos please leave a comment on this post or click this paypal button to purchase immediately.

You would need to have Adobe Acrobat installed in order to read the instructions.




I will send you an email with the PDF attached,  No physical product will be sent, this is just for a PDF with instructions to make this tag.

aack I am on the radio!!!

So I have been keeping a secret, I was asked to do an interview for the Womens Radio Network.  They are a internet radio show which “help women build their online presence and bring business women from diverse backgrounds together to build a strong network of successful individuals.”

If you know me, you know I have a few problems with making videos as I get quite nervous when talking out loud.. . . and feel that I come across as some monotone lecturing professor who is quite dull.  I can’t seem to grasp the concept of relaxing and letting my personality show through.  I feel the same way about formal interviews.

At least with this interview I was going to be guided by the hostess Lisa Singer. Lisa was going to ask me questions and I had to answer them.

A lot less nerve racking than making a YouTube video you would think.

But then I realized this is internet radio and although the interview is live, it is archived and it will be on the internet FOREVER.

omg, what happened if I made a complete ass of myself!!!

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So I did not tell anyone I was doing the interview.  I decided to wait untill it was uploaded and I could hear for myself how I sounded.

The interview was supposed to last for eight minutes, which in my mind seemed like it would last for hours.

So today finally came and  I couldn’t get the call waiting to deactivate on the phone so I had to do the interview on my cell phone.  I figured I was going to go out the back of the store so I would not be interrupted but 15 minutes before the interview was supposed to start the lawn people started mowing the lawns.

Ok, no problem I will go out the front of the store but then the other guys fired up the weed whackers.

Oh, boy. . . . so into my car I go. . . .  now remember I am on a cell phone so I can’t have any background noise so I could not turn on the engine for the air conditioning. Let me tell you it was hot in the car and that was compounded by my being nervous. I didn’t want to talk too slow or too fast, or get tongue tied ir say something inappropriate or . . . . .

In the end the interview seemed like it only lasted for about 4 minutes, and I felt quite relaxed.

I listened to the playback and I sounded OK, so here you go if you would like to listen to it, just click the player button .

 

or if you would like to go the Womens Radio Network site, the address is:

http://www.wrnw1.com/

the next big hurdle is to sound natural in a video :)

Almost time . . . .

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It is almost for the annual 12 tags of Christmas.  Every year Tim Holtz used to do the 12 Tags of Christmas and at the store we would break down some of the steps, subsitute materials and put kits together for the customers to come in and recreate the tags, while playing Christmas music.

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when Tim stopped doing the 12 tags in December I started designing my own series for everyone to do and this year time crept up on me sooner than expected but in two days we will start the 12 Tags of December.

This year we will be offering a PDF for those of you that are not local and want to play along.  As the PDF is complete we will add a paypal link below the tag.

 

See you back here in a couple of days

 

Dina Wakley – Art Journal Courage

Dina Wakley has just published a new book called Art Journal Courage.  I already have Dina’s first book called Art Journal Freedom and I love it so I was excited to be able to get my hands on her second book.  I have to say that her new book is pretty amazing.  

dina wakley art journal courage

Dina’s book has eight chapters and the artwork throughout the book is just luscious and so inspiring. Whether you are an experienced or beginner in the field of Art Journaling, this book will inspire you just as it has me. Dina even shows you how to make yourself into a stencil.

I have been art journaling for a few years and I have kept a diary for as long as I can remember . . .  but one of the things I tell myself and everyone else is that “I can’t draw”  well Dina covers this very statement in her book and you know what? with the help and step by step directions in her book, I believe that I CAN draw.  Starting tomorrow I will be practicing. . . . 

If you need a copy and need it quick click this link:

Buy Art Journal Courage at Everythng Scrapbook & Stamps.  

There are plenty of Dina’s books in stock.

and if you see me at the store with my pencil and my art journal you know what I am doing.

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.

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

 

Its all about the pencil

I love working with pencils, especially when they are the Derwent Inktense pencils, lately I have been kind of addicted to them, I just love using them for backgrounds in my art journal.  Combine them with another of my favorite mediums, gesso and I think you have a match made in heaven. . .

I was excited to see this video of the factory in England where they are made. I love seeing the behind the scenes of how  products are made, I am kind of a geek that way.

So here is the video . . enjoy!

They come in 72 lovely colors. . . . my goal is to own them all!

and if you haven’t tried them yet, you NEED to get some. Just sayin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

 

Art Journal Page

this is the class project for Adventures in Art Journaling for September.

I used ColorWash fabric spray by Ranger along with gesso for the background and pieces of Gelli prints and collage papers for my little village.

Michelle McCosh Art Journal

I have been reading recent facebook posts by Ken Oliver, who is talking about and showing images of the small town he recently moved to.  Ken is making me want to try living in a small village so I think this is where the inspiration for this page came from.

You can take this class with me on Thursday September 18th or Saturday September 20th.

edited to add:  The class on September 20th is sold out

 

 

 

Working in a mini Art Journal

I have this little Canson Mix Media Journal and I usually use it to brayer left over paint or wipe my used paintbrush in it.  I started working in it recently completing some of the pages.

Inktense Pencils over Tim Holtz tissue Tape with a Gelli Print paper

Michelle McCosh Art Journal

a close up of the Gelli Print

Michelle McCosh Art Journal

this is also an Inktense Pencil background

Michelle McCosh Art Journal

I used stamps from Dina Wakley, 7 Gypsies and Dylusions.  There is a little Gelli Print added to the top of the left page and the bottom of the right page.

Here is a close up

Michelle McCosh Art JournalI stamped the legs onto a Gelli Print

This is a brayer clean up page.

Michelle McCosh Art Journal

the die cut of the umbrella man was made from a Gelli Print

I think I may be addicted to the mini journal. . . . more pages to come!