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I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a best friend a daughter, and artist.

If there was a way I could spend as much time in my studio creating as I do working my regular 40 hour job I would do it in a heartbeat. I am loving discovering myself through art and I can't wait to see where the journey takes me.


Some time for a journal page


Just trying to have a relaxing weekend...Finished a DT project and did some work on some other things...
Then I reached for my trusty stack of gelli prints and grabbed some of my favorite stamps, my white signo pen and black jelli roll pen...I didnt sew on this page but only because my sewing desk is a bit of a mess right now...I may add some sewing one evening this week...

TIME FLIES...always try to make the most of it....



It's Back To School Time....

Hi Everyone,
Monica D here with my Art Anthology Back To School project....
I really had to think inside and outside of the box for this one...haha...
First I will show you the Art Anthology products I use. Then list some other things I used as well.
Spplies for Art BoxAlong with the colors listed above, I used Art Anthology Colorations in Timeless to create a bit of an aged look. I also used the Art Anthology Gesso. I used some Tim Holtz inks in Rusty Hinge and Barn Red, some Thickers Alphabet letters, and some rub ons.
Here are some shots of my completed project.
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Now let me show you my process...
I started with a wooden box that I bought at Hobby Lobby.
First thing I did was Gesso the entire box inside and out. Then I decided on the colors I wanted to use.
First I painted the lid and the sides of the lid with Lemon Tart
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Next I painted the front and back of the bottom part of the box with Fiji, and the left and right sides with Desire.
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Time for some texture. I used a heavy modeling paste and a stencil to add a really cool affect to the outside edges of the top of the box.
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Now to work on the lid. I used a ledger stencil...I used Viridian for the color. Love the contrast against the yellow
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Next I positioned the Thickers foam letter stickers on the top of the box.
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This next step is where I used the Tim Holtz inks. I just rubbed the ink pad directly onto the thickers. Barn Door First...
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Then Rusty Hinge...love the pop of color with the Lemon Tart and Viridian in the background
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For the ART Letters on the top of the box. I have a whole deck of these letters so I trimmed them down, used a punch at the top, then inked them up and got them all together the way I wanted then used a little metal clamp at the top and glued them down.
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Ok so now onto the inside of the box.
The first thing I did was the inside edges of the box using Tuxedo. Then I wanted the inside of the lid to look like a chalkboard.
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For the color, I mixed Trolley Grey and Mint Julep
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I really love how it came out.
This pic is not the greatest but the only one I have at this point in the process. My lighting wasn't right but bare with me...you will see where I am going with this :)
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Now to really get my chalkboard happy.
I got a piece of corrugated cardboard and cut it to fit on the bottom of the chalkboard. I put a base coat of Gesso.
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Then painted the Trolley Grey over that after it dried.
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I glued this to the bottom ledge of the chalkboard. Then I broke up a piece of chalk I had and glued that down to the tray.
Art Box 16Next I wrote on the chalkboard with a White Uniball Signo pen. This statement I wrote on the chalkboard is very important to me....Kids need art, and music...We all do!!!!
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Ok so now on to the bottom of the box. I did a google search for vintage art and school supplies. Found some awesome stuff...cut them up...and applied them to the bottom of the box using a gel medium. I LOVE how it came out.
Art Box 18I then added some more things to the chalkboard using rub ons and a cut out of an old chalk box. Then wrote the homework assignment...ART HOMEWORK DUE DAILY!!!!
Complete 5I hope this project inspires you to go make something cool for Back to School. Ill be keeping this full of art supplies and at the ready.
Have a FaBuLoUs Day!!!


Soul Mates Mixed Media 12 x 12 canvas

Hi everyone. I'm here this week with my project. I'm trying to make more art to hang in my house and not just my studio, so I made this 12x12 chunky canvas with an industrial-steam punk theme. 
My husband truly is my soul mate and I love these pictures of us so I decided to incorporate them into this piece. 
Here is the list of products I used.
Art Anthology Colorations Sprays in Cinnamon Toast, Raider, Paprika, and Studio Blue.
Art Anthology Sorbet in Veridian and Vegas Gold
Art Anthology Metal Effects in Bronze and Copper.
White India Ink, and various stamps and metal gears.
So I started with a stencil, and some heavy modelng paste. Applied the modeling paste with a palette knife in various areas of the canvas. This piece was pre gesso'd so I didn't have to do that first. 
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Here is a shot of the texture before I applied any color
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I grabbed my Colorations Sprays in Cinnamon Toast and Raider 
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I randomly sprayed both colors, heavier in some spots up top, to get some awesome drippage. After this dried I sprayed a fixativ so I could add more layers of color. I added Studio Blue, and also kept re applying the Cinnamon Toast and Raider until I got the look I was going for, which you will see in the final piece. :)
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Next I started working on the elements I wanted to use. I grabbed some corrugated cardboard that I tore up, and my Art Anthology Gesso. I love this gesso because it really creates texture. It doesn't absorb into the media because its thick and gritty. I love that. 
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Here it is applied to the cardboard. See all the texture? Love it.
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Next. using a palette knife, I applied Art Anthology Sorbet in Veridian. 
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Here you can see some change in the color. I mixed some of the Art Anthology Sorbet in Vegas Gold into the Veridian and applied that. I also applied some of the Art Anthology Metal Effects in Copper and Bronze. 
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I then grabbed the Colorations Spray in Cinnamon Toast and lightly sprayed around the edges. I love how this gave it a rusty look. It was just what I was going for. 
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Here are some other elements. Just scrapbooking paper I tore, then sprayed with the Cinnamon Toast to age it. The card on the left is a stamp. That is Sprayed with Cinnamon Toast, and Studio Blue. 
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I did a lot of misting with this project and as I sprayed, I laid a piece of cardstock on my mat to soak up all of the excess spray...I then used a few stamps and randomly stamped and ended up cutting out these hearts to use on my project. 
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Here you can see the finished project. Before I adhered any of the pieces, I grabbed my white India Ink and flung it randomly over the project. Then I started gluing down my pieces. The gears were the most time consuming but I love the finished piece, and so does hubby.
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Can't wait to get this hung up in our family room. 
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