Love / DecoArts Hop

Good Morning friends and welcome to the Jessica Sporn Designs Love / DecoArts Blog hop today I am hopping along with these amazing artists: Jessica Sporn , Karen Gaunt , Kristin Van Valkenburgh , Marit Barentsen ,  and Denise Alloca

And of course what would a blog hop be without an amazing giveaway?  The blog hop give away is this beautiful 7 Hearts Stencil shown below.  All you have to do is leave a comment here on my blog and then hop on over to the other Artists blogs see their gorgeous artwork and leave comments for chances to win.

The project I have to share with you today is Love themed in a Shabby Chic style and  centers on a quote that ended up coming up with since I couldn’t find one that I really liked.  And since Valentine’s day is about love I think it’s important to remember to love yourself so this is the quote on my page today:

“Your Love is Precious

Don’t Forget to give it

to the most important

Person in your life…..

You”

-Sherry Canino

Hope you enjoy watching the process of this art journal page

If you are interested in purchasing the stencils used in today’s video you can find them here:  Eastern Leaf, Lotus and Flower Repeat and Becoming

Thanks for visiting my blog and taking time out to watch my video, I do hope you enjoyed it,  Don’t forget to leave a comment below to be entered to win that gorgeous stencil and then stop over to see more amazing art work on these artists blogs and leave comments for more chances to win:   Jessica Sporn , Karen Gaunt , Kristin Van Valkenburgh , Marit Barentsen ,  and Denise Alloca   Comments close 9/13 at 9AM EST

The Winner will be announced on Jessica’s Blog on 9/14 at 9AM EST

Due to our Team blog hop today Stencil Crush Tuesday will happen on Wednesday (tomorrow) 2/8 – hope you will come back and join me for a super fun Stencil Crush day!!

Wishing all of you much peace, love and happiness always !! xxoo Sherry

Holiday Blog Hop

 

Hi Friends and welcome to the Holiday Blog Hop for the Jessica Sporn Designs Creative team.  Today I am hopping along with Jessica Sporn, Kristin Van ValkenburgKaren Gaunt, and Denise Alloca to share some fabulous holiday creations  using Jessica Sporn Designs stamps and stencils.  ALSO ….. we have an amazing GIVEAWAY – Three Lucky commenter will win  One of these three beautiful items:  Jessica’s Blessings Stamp, Jessica’s Handmade ornament and Denise’s Love Memo Board/Photo Display (see the photos below of these gorgeous items) – all comments on all the blogs count so be sure to hop on by each blog and leave some love on each one.

 

Today I’m sharing something a bit different.  Today’s project I have used an old piece of wood that I found in my basement and altered it into a holiday / Christmas themed decoration.

I used a light layer of gesso to go over it mainly because when you paint on a piece of unsealed wood the paint tends to really seep in and you have to add several layers in order to get the color you are trying to achieve.

Next I used the “Doors and Windows Stencil”  selecting one of the doors and one of the windows that I thought went together and using some black Dylusions paint (because I wanted a matte finish and it’s the only matte black I have ) I stenciled the door and then the window right above it.  While it was still wet (takes a bit longer to dry on wood I’ve noticed) with some red matte acrylic paint and I choose to do it while it was wet because I wanted the door to look more worn so this helped the black run into the red while I was painting it. I also took some more black paint and closed up the stencil lines on the door and window so they were solid lines and no gaps.

Next I found in my stash this “pine looking” pipe cleaner (I know right who knew lol) well it was perfect for making a wreath for my door.  I decided on the size I wanted it to be and then just twisted it around twice to make it a little more full, then added this tiny bow that I also found in my stash (I didn’t buy anything for this project it’s was created by things I have collected over the years).  I glued the wreath on with some E6000 glue and I left it to dry for probably and hour.

Then using the “Herbs Stencil” to create the look of an evergreen tree, I stenciled on the edge of the wood to make it look like there were branches hanging in front of the house and used a matte green acrylic paint.

Working on the windows a bit more I added another layer of white and then a thin coate fo the Nickel Azo Yellow (this is a very transparent yellow and worked perfect for the look I was going for).  As I wanted to make it appear that there were lights on in the house.

I then took the 6 Point Stary Night Stencil  and added some stars above the window I used the Sugar glitter paste by Bo Bunny.  You just apply it as if you were using texture paste with a palette knife just be sure you wash your stencil immediately because this stuff tries really fast and it will ruin your stencil.

Once the stars dried you can see they are barely visible so to make them pop and stand out a bit more I took a sponge and just dabbed on a bit of distress ink in fossilized amber.

To give the windows more of a “glass look” I used my DecoArt Media Liquid Glass and applied a thin coat to all 4 windows – this takes a bit of time to dry so I would definitely do this part last and just let it set over night if you can.

Then to embellish it just a bit more I found a few more goodies in my stash.  The first were these little mini presents I used my E6000 glue and glued them right to the wood in a stacked manner to look as if there were presents stacked outside the door and then a little tree.  This isn’t actually a tree – you know that scented “stuff” you can get at craft stores that has pine cones and other items in it – I guess it’s called vase filler.  Well I had some of that and in it was this little piece of pine.  I turned it upside down and it looked just like a little mini Christmas tree so I took a piece of this fluffy garland that I had that was meant for a mini tree and wrapped that around it and then this little cardinal that came in a flower arrangement I received years ago and have saved all this time and glued that to the top with my E6000 glue.  I glued the whole tree next to the door with the same glue and left it over night to dry secure.  This particular piece of wood is large enough that it stands on its own.  I think it’s 1/2″ thick, but if yours can’t stand on it’s own or you prefer to hang it you could certainly add a hanger to the back of it or some nails or pegs to the top or back and add some twine to hang it as an idea.

Here are some photos of the final project and a couple close ups.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win one of the great items listed above and be sure to stop by the other blogs listed here: Jessica Sporn, Kristin Van ValkenburghKaren Gaunt, Denise Alloca and leave a comment by 12/12/16 9AM EST for more chances to win.  The winners will be selected and announced on Jessica Sporn’s Blog on 12/13 7AM EST.  Happy Holiday Season my friends !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessing Stick Banner

Good Morning friends and Happy Monday. Hope everyone had an amazing weekend. Ours was quite cold and rainy but that makes for a perfect time to create.   Today I have created a project I’ve been thinking about trying for awhile now and I think it would be the perfect idea for Thanksgiving.  I call it a blessing stick banner. I made this one using stamps and stencils from Jessica Sporn Designs. 

The first thing you need is a stick. 

The one I’m using is probably about a quarter inch thick and about 16″ long. Of course any size you like will do but I wouldn’t go too thick as you don’t want it to be to heavy. I tend to collect sticks when I’m out walking and so have some always on hand in case I want to use them in my art. 

Next you will need some fabric strips. I rip them between 1/2″ to 1″ wide and length again is up to you mine are about 12″-16″ in length you will need some

Length to tie them on to your stick so longer is better. The stencils I used were : cascading leaves, Eastern Leaf-lotus flower and Three Trees. All can be found at StencilGirlProducts.com

I started with my gelli plate and rolled out some paint with my brayer placed my cascading leaf stencil over it and then laid my fabric strip on top and took my first print. 



I lifted it and repeated this step until I had it stenciled up as far as I wanted on the fabric strip. 

I did different colors and continued the process with various colored strips of fabric. 

I took the three trees stencil and some other strips of fabric and stenciled directly on to the fabric using some of the words on this stencils 


I continued to use the different stencils and different colored paints to stencil my fabric strips until I felt I had enough and then I moved on to the stamps. 






To the stars I added a little glitter as I felt the stars too dull after stenciling them 


All of the stamps I used are Jessica Sporn Designs and can be found and rubbermoon.com 

For the stamping I also used paint. Here I used the black Dylusions. Just be sure to wash your stamps right away or the paint will dry and ruin them 

I started with this cute butterfly stamp and stamped some butterflies on the green fabric. Love how they really pop using black paint. 




Above I stamped the tree of life in black and then “renew” in magenta. 

And here I used the be happy stamp over the cascading leaves stencil on a pink fabric. 


Then I decided to try something I had never tired before and that was to stamp on some feathers I had. Around where I live we have lots and lots of geese.  When I go to our local park in the summer you can literally collect as many feathers and your heart desires as they are everywhere lol. So I took a couple of those feathers I had and the paints with my stamps and gave it a try. 


Not too bad really. I liked how they turned out. 

I took all the pieces I created and tied them to my stick with a bit of space in between each one and then trimmed the ends or tops to my liking. I added a couple pieces of extra ribbon to kind of balance out the thicknesses and to fill in with some more colors. 


Lastly I took this really pretty yarn I found on clearance for a $1.00 the other day and I wrapped my stick around the end tied a knot and then wrapped the yarn around the stick and in between each piece of ribbon (fabric strip) 



Once you have that done tie the end to the end you started at to make a way to hang your blessing stick. 

Here are a few close ups of the strips 


Above is the completed hanging. My thoughts on creating this were to have everyone at thanksgiving write on the back of a ribbon something they are thankful for. This could be done with a Permanent marker or paint marker. Then you would have a beautiful memory with all your blessings to hang all year long. Thanks for joining me here today and as always your comments are a blessing to me. If you have time to leave one I’d love to hear from you. Have a beautiful and peaceful week my friends! ❤️❤️❤️