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

Art Journal Love – Mind Body and Soul Art Journal Group 

Hi Friends I’m so excited to share with you that today I am a featured artist on Leslie Ackman’s Blog. She is having this awesome free art journal class on her blog called “Art Journal Love” and you can find all the details along with my feature here. Also check out and join her amazing Facebook Group called Mind, Body and Soul Art Journaling.  I also have a special Mixed Media “Love ” tag tutorial for you as a little bonus. I hope you will enjoy it !!❤❤❤

 

Here are some close ups of the final project.

Thanks so much for stopping by and joining me today, hope to see you all over at the Mind, Body and Soul Art-Journaling Facebook Group.  Xxoo

Holiday Catch up and repurpose those Holiday Cards

Hi friends I truly hope everyone has been having an amazing holiday season.  I know for myself it’s always a bit of ups and downs along the way, but such is life and we just have to go with the flow or we get too bogged down in the what could have should have been nonsense.

So a bit of a holiday catch up here.  Below are some of my favorite ornaments on my tree.  They are “our first Christmas together” that Dan and I got way back in 1999 , the second pic is the oldest ornament on the tree from when I was in Kindergarten it has my name on it in glitter and the year 1978 (yeah I know along time ago lol), next is a pug in a stocking that my sister gave me years ago and then one of my sons Christmas pictures when he was 5 (1998).  Most of my tree is made up of very special ornaments, given to me from others from the time I was small.

 

And here is a pic of our tree Christmas morning

Here are some holiday pics from time spent with my mom

 

And some pictures of our Holiday at home with my husband, son and his girlfriend

 

Okay so now what have I been up to creatively well, more than you might think.

How about a little tutorial on how to repurpose those holiday cards into some tags- yes I know I too am all Holidayed out but if we do this quick now before putting them away then you will have them for next year when the time rolls around and you will remember YEAH they are all done.   So I started out with some clothing tags that I would have normally just thrown away.

And now take those holiday cards and some punches or if you don’t have any you can just wing it and cut out some of the pics in easy shape like squares.

 

Use some gesso and paint your tags and then select a color or 2 and paint your tags

add some more paint / colors with stencils, I choose a star stencil from Stencil Girl and used some red and gold with it.

next you can just glue on some of your cut outs, add some accents with a black pen and some doodles with a white pen, even add some glitter if you want – glitter makes everything look great and holiday-ish 🙂

Don’t forget the backs you can paint them or glue them to some of the cards and have a picture on the back as well

and here are the finished tags and I actually have lots more cutouts I can use later on or next year.

 

One more quick tip, so if you have some old calendars that you are going to just throw away STOP before you do lol.  I took one and cut it up for beautiful collage pieces and tags to use throughout the new year.  But they also make excellent art journals just gesso over then and bam you have a nice larger sized art journal.  They usually have thicker pages so they make a great choice for an art journal.

here are a bunch of the pieces I got out of just one of mine it was a sunflower one and I even cut out the names of the month in case I want to use those for a planner etc.

Just look at all these scrumptious pieces, this calendar had quotes at the bottom of each page so I cut those out as well or at least the ones I loved.

Thanks for letting me share with all of you hope everyone has an amazing evening xo

 

 

December StencilGirl Club Voices

Hello Hello Hello friends, it’s such an honor this month to be a part of StencilGirl Club Voices.  This month’s stencils are designed by Artist, Gwen Lafleur and are just simply amazing.  Here is what this month’s club stencils look like.

If you haven’t heard of Stencil Club before you totally need to check out all the details here.  Here are a few of the fun details about the club:  Each month you get 3 exclusive stencils, yup that’s right exclusive stencils that can not be purchased anywhere else.  Always created by one of the StencilGirl Artists and always amazing! I have been a part of the club for over a year now (yeah I know only a year – that’s only because I hadn’t heard of it before!).  You also get a wonderful video tutorial showing you how they used their stencils and that again is exclusive to club members and …….you get access to a private Facebook group that yup you got it is exclusive to club members.  Now I know you are thinking there are tons of FB groups for art and yup there are, but this one is sooo different, it’s super interactive with lots of the StencilGirl artists also being present and commenting / posting etc in the group and on your artwork.  Even the StencilGirl herself Marybeth is in the group all the time.  I honestly could go on and on but I think you get that it’s the most amazing Club out there and something you must check out for yourself.

Okay on to some art.  So what did I create with this month’s club stencils…… Well when I heard that the Artist was Gwen Lafleur I just knew that I wanted to do something regal with these and something that had some bling.  If you have ever seen Gwen’s art it is always filled with gold and gems and glitz (truly amazing!)

So I started out with a sketch of a girl, anyone who has been following me knows that I have been working on my “whimsical girls”

To draw the bottom of her dress I used this part of the stencil, when I saw it, it totally reminded me of a ball gown.

I first painted her face, this has several layers of both watercolor and acrylic paints.

I am working on a watercolor pad, so I took out some of my inktense pencils and a watercolor crayon and lightly scribbled some background color and used a wet brush to blend it out.  I wanted to keep the background more simple so not to take away from my “girl” as the focal point.

I painted her dress in a magenta, actually mixing in some of the left over face color.

I wanted her ball gown to have one of these gorgeous stenciled flowers and chose the larger of the two in the set and stenciled that in white and added some yellow in the center.  Later on I change my mind about the yellow and go back over it in a deep violet color.

 

These adorable motifs on the large stencil were perfect for adding some additional accents to the dress and I stenciled those using a white acrylic paint as well.

Now it’s time to give her a crown.  Using Cobalt Violet hue for the outline I stencil that first, then filled it in with the gold using a small paint brush.  Once dry I went back over it with the cobalt violet again and then use a small round paint brush to close up the stenciled lines so it no longer looks like a stencil but solid lines.

Now I do like the crown as it is but she’s royalty right?!  So I decided to add some glitter and gems

I used my stickles and put some on my palette and applied it with a small paintbrush to the crown, the 3 bottom diamond shapes on the crown I did not have a gem small enough to fit in them so I used the stickles from the bottle to fill them in creating what looked like a gem.

I ended up giving her a gem necklace and added some glitter to her dress as well on the flower and those little motifs I stenciled around the bottom.

Tying it all together I added 3 of the same motifs that I added to her dress to the top of the page and drew hearts hanging from them.  I used a purple identi-pen (marker) to draw the lines and hearts then added glitter to the motifs at the top as well.  Painted the hearts in with a turquoise blue and then she was done.

Thanks so very much for stopping by my blog, all your comments are cherished so if you have time to leave a comment it would mean so much to me.  If you want to get in on the action and get this month’s amazing club stencils here is the link once again.  Wishing everyone one a day filled with Royalty. xo

Corrugated Inspirational Art Cards 

Hi Friends hope everyone had a wonderful week last week and is enjoying the weekend. We have been getting lots of rain still. It’s still better than snow lol. Today I have a tutorial to share with all of you on how I created these inspirational art cards. I know most call them ATCs but since I rarely trade mine I call them art cards ❤️. 

I acquired some great cardboard pieces from an online order and I know you are thinking what’s so special about this cardboard but not all cardboard is created equal. This was already cut in a 12″x12″ square and the top layer ripped off super easy without leaving any glue or paper pieces behind. 

So I started by cutting my cardboard into 6 pieces each 3″x4″ as you can see above. 

Then I used this deep red paint and added just a bit with my finger to each one. For some reason I have been drawn to red lately and I almost never use red so I have to figure out why or what that means lol. 



Then I took my DecoArt White Gesso and added some to each with my palette knife. That piece you see stenciled in the back was what I was going to use on these at first but as I got going, changed my mind and created a different sheet using this months 9″x12″stencil by StencilGirl From Stencil Club, which I will show you later. 


Then I decided I wanted to add some dimension and texture to these so pulled out my Modeling paste by DecoArt and some beads by Finnabair (Prima Marketing) 

I added the modeling paste with my finger because I wanted to be sure to get in down in between the raised parts of the cardboard. 

I took the beads and pushed them into the modeling paste but not to completely cover them as I wanted the color to still show. 

I used the turquoise beads shown above on 3 of the cards and the cobalt blue shown here on 3 of them 


So then it was time to set them aside and cut my hearts. Here is the stencil I used designed by MaryBeth Shaw 

And I sprayed a sheet of mixed media paper with DecoArt Turquoise shimmer over the stencil. 



I cut out 6 hearts in various shapes and sizes. Then 2 hearts I painted with the Deep red paint, 2 with pink light and then left 2 the turquoise. I loved how the stenciled parts was showing through the paint raallybhave then some depth. 

Below:  Spritz with water let it set for a few seconds then dab with a towel to reveal some of the color below as well as give it a bit of a vintage look. 


Once the cards were dry I used a black archival ink and my blending tool to outline the cards. Then added more red and cobalt teal paint to them. 


I took my black and white gel pens and added some accents around my hearts after they were dry. 

Awhile back I ordered some things from 7 dot studio. They had these very cool punch out paper pieces on clearance for I think it was $1. Once I glued my hearts to my cards I added an inspirational saying to each and for 2 of them I cut a smaller heart out of my scraps and glued them to the larger hearts. 



And the completed cards and a few close ups. 



I think I may actually make a wall haninging or something with these. I haven’t figured that out yet but when I do I will be sure to post a picture. Hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I hope I inspired you to create your own inspirational art cards.  Thanks for joining me here and have a wonderful evening ❤️