It is Saturday and that means it's time to SPARK some kreativity.
Every Saturday a design team member for the Kraaft Shaak will share a new project to spark some kreativity, and so far I have been seriously so inspired! New ideas, new possibilities, new ways to use old stuff and new techniques with new stuff I've never tried before. Three projects have been shared. You can find out about them and the other fantastic designers HERE.
We were each sent a mixed-media kit from the Kraaft Shaak to use. I love this kit so much and have already written a long post about it. I couldn't help myself. There were just so many good things that I had to tell you about, you might want to also check out my post Mixed Media Art Kit Adventures.
I got a kit with two 5 x 7 canvas's and picked eggshell Prima Chalkboard Paint and the White Sand Texture Paste.
The Mixed media kit was my "Spark" for Kreativity: for this project. I'm kinda of a "seat of my pants" krafter, trying new things and learning as I go. I decided to use both my canvas's (should I say, kan-vas?) in one project, stack them together and make a book.
I've never made anything like this before.
I got a little too excited about all my great ideas that I forgot to take good photos of all the cool stuff in the kit. ARG. Note to self - grab a camera like +Sylvia Tabor does whenever I open a box. It drives me nutty when folks don't share all the good stuff they get in the mail - but what do I do when I get good stuff? I tear right into it like a kid on Christmas.
These are some of the collage papers and the selection of all the mediums I got to play with. I used the papers for the base of the project and glued them down with Mod Podge, painted them with a couple of coats of chalk paint, and then added some of my own Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Colors as well of some Prima Color Bloom Sprays. I didn't have trouble with color layers sticking BUT I also used the Mod Podge and Aleene's spray sealer between some of the layers.
I got a little Finnibair wood grain stamp in my kit that I used on the inside of the canvas. I also added some gold Pearl Ex to the texture paste and spread that on the inside of the one of the 5 x 7's. And did some fun swirls with some the kit goodies.
I love adding layers and depth. And once I got going - well I just kept going. Pulling things from here and there. Taking an hour to look for just that one thing that I needed from my own stash. This project took awhile because I tried to let things air dry. I din't want to rush anything and ruin it. I misted, I daubed, I layered and dripped to my hearts content to get this messy, grungy-pretty look.
I bet that you didn't realize that "grungy-pretty" was a thing. Well it totally is! Tell your husband I said so - y'know that guy who usually asks you, "Did you mean to do it that way?"
I made the two canvas's into a book just adding gaffers tape down the one side and on the insides. I was going to hinge it too, but the hings were too small or in the wrong place or something. They kept the book from opening nicely so I pulled them out and re-taped it.
I worked on the inside of the canvas and the outside. There were die-cuts and a napkin in the kit and I used a good part of them both putting this together.
There was a page in the collage papers with rhymes on it from a children's book...as some point and time I decided that I would highlight it. I downloaded the photo of the woman from pinterest that would be my girl in silk and satin.
I used the mica flakes from the kit and added a couple of pinches of my own gold flakes. I was hopping for a mosaic effect, or at least something textured like broken china. Be really sweet and tell me that is what you see, and not a bad case of dandruff.
You might have noticed the empty compartment? I made something to fit right in there....
I will not go into detail about the little book inside the book. It is my first little book without a simple O ring binding and it didn't go very well. But done is better than perfect. I added a few stickers from my stash, inked the edges and called 'er done. It reads, "All Good." on the cover.
I had such fun kreating this. Having the kit really freed me to play with stuff. I didn't worry too much about ruining something precious I just went forward and kreated fearlessly. I hope this little "spark" encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and make something different.
And DON'T ask your husband if what you kreate is pretty. Lawd, NO. (not to be hard on our lovely husbands or anything, but some of them are klue-less) Bring it over to the G+ Kraafters Kommunity and share it with us. I promise we will give you some good feedback and answer or find the answers to any Krafty Question you might think up. In fact, if you have any questions about my project, how I did something or what I used, just leave me a comment. I'd love to hear from you.