Friday, February 16, 2018

Stampington & Co.- Finding that Silver envelope in the mailbox!

My heart skips a beat whenever I spot that silver envelope in my mailbox!  It means I've just received my artist comp. magazine from Stampington.  Sometimes I know it's coming other times it catches me by surprise, this one I've been waiting to see for months.

Every issue of Somerset Studio has a challenge for artists, it's found near the back of the magazine.  The challenge that caught my eye was "Rust It Out".  I love a rust effect on paper, wood, etc. and I have found that I can achieve it by using Finnabair's Rust Effect Paste made by Prima.  I've made several of these paintbrushes over the past few months but I made these two especially for this challenge.  I used Red Rust paste along with Patina Effect Paste in a Turquoise Blue on top of all the inks and gesso.  When they are returned to me I believe I will hang them on the wall of my studio!





I have to give my husband, Joe, credit for sharing his hoard of inexpensive wooden paintbrushes with me for this project.  Thank you Joe!

I used the same technique on my "dollar" store box along with Finnabair's Mechanicals and added the same Red Rust and Blue Pastes on top of the metal pieces.  Wouldn't this be lovely filled with sea shells from a trip to the beach?




This issue of Somerset Studio is packed with all sorts of rust projects by artists like Lynne Moncrieff, Vickie Kammerer, Irl Noble, Linda Trenholm, just to name a few!  I personally can't wait to try some of the techniques shared and I'm sure this will be a magazine that I will use as a reference for rust effects on future projects.

I hope you get to take a look at it next time you're at Barnes and Noble bookstore.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Big hugs on this beautiful, warm spring-like day, I love this weather! ~ Renee

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Making Faces with DWM products

I've been making faces with Dina Wakley stencil, Scribble Sticks and some words from the "All the Gals" stamp collection made by Ranger.







I started by tracing the faces with a Micron 05 pen through the stencil.




Then I began adding some color with Scribble Sticks.  I used Sky,Turquoise, Lime, Magenta and Lemon Scribble Sticks.


To add some bright color I then added a little DWM Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in the Lemon color.  Highlights in the eyes, etc. was done with white gesso.


Each face seem to reflect a different word so I added words from the "All the Gals" collection with some grey ink.



So that's what is on my work table today.  I have entered this on the Craft Stamper magazine Challenge.  Follow the link if you want to participate. Thanks for stopping by.  Hugs ~ Renee

Monday, January 29, 2018

New Clothing Options on VIDA

I've been in the clothing creation mood lately.  I'm obsessed with seeing some of my face art on tote bags, canvases, pillows...anything that will hold still.  If you get a chance click on my VIDA link and check it out.  Click on the link and do a search with my name to see the whole fun collection.

This is the drawing that the clothing items are created from.


It's a collage of stencils, acrylic paint and pages cut from a catalog.  Tell me what you think when you have a chance.

I hope your week is off to a great start!  hugs ~ Renee

Friday, January 26, 2018

Are you an Alice in Wonderland fan? Mini Album for ATCs

I'm such a fan of AIW.  I created this small art journal to house all the Alice ATCs in one spot.  It can be placed on a shelf or opened up to see the characters at the same time.




Front Cover




Back Cover









This is what is hidden inside the accordion style art journal. 



 The stamps are from Stampington and IndigoBlu, colored with Imagine Craft Memento Markers after being stamped with Jet Black StazOn ink.


Leave a comment and let me know if you're an Alice fan.  If you are who's your favorite character?

Thanks for stopping by~hugs~Renee

I'm sharing this mini album on the website below.  Check it out there are all sorts of ideas for small albums.  You might want to enter the Mini Album Makers Challenge yourself.  Here's the link.


Monday, January 22, 2018

And the winner is...

The winner of the copy of the Stampers' Sampler magazine is:








Congratulations Sande!

email your mailing address to me and I will send this issue to you right away.
renee(dot)zarate2015(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks to all who showed an interest in this, I appreciate each and every comment left here.

Hugs~Renee











Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 2018 issue of The Stampers' Sampler Give-away

The Stampers’ Sampler Winter 2018





I'm pleased to announce that I'm the Guest Artist in the current issue of The Stampers' Sampler magazine, January 2018 issue.  So many of the cards that I created for this are made with the new Jane Davenport Mixed Media line.  That means lots of washi tape and mermaids.  It is a truly beautiful issue.

I would like to celebrate the occasion with a give-away.  You have to be a follower of this blog and a resident of the U.S.  Not too many rules.  Just leave a comment on this post and I will select a winner on Monday, January 22nd.  Please leave your email address in the comment so I can notify you if you win.

  (It's best to put it in this form:  (example) renee(dot)zarate(at)email(dot)com)

Celebrate this wonderful occasion with me!  My thanks to Stampington publications and the editor Gracy Wilkins for featuring my work.

Hugs~Renee

Monday, January 15, 2018

Clothing designs based on my artwork-VIDA

I've been working on designing some very artsy clothing on  VIDA.  This is a site that transfers your art to all different types of products.  It's fun to design your own outfits and accessories that you can wear and hopefully others will enjoy wearing too.  Please click on the link and take a look.

I love a particular piece of art that I produced last year and have ordered it.  This is the piece that started the whole design process for me.



I designed this face for the Coloring Studio workbook published by Stampington.  Can't wait to wear it!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest art adventure.
Hugs ~ Renee

P.S.  If there's anything you can't live without you can use this code: DISCOVERVIDA for a 15% discount on your purchase.