Wednesday, July 1, 2015

HAPPY SUMMER! WELCOME TO OUR JULY CHALLENGES!

Here we are...in full blast of summer - at least we are here in Delaware where I am.  It's a great time for making lots of family memories - picnics, camping, tyrips to the beach, bar-be-ques - SO much fun to be had and so many photos to be taken!

When you have all that fun run and get your photos printed because we have a fabulous layout sketch right here waiting for you!



Here are a few DT samples to inspire you!

Leah Weatherford Burgett


Paula McLane Jennings

Next we have a fun card sketch - I'm sure over the summer there will be weddings, birthdays and lots of other occasions you will need a cute card for.


With some fun DT samples -

Cara Goedking

Leah Weatherford Burgett

Our Scripture Inspiration for this month is Psalm 34:18-
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; 
He rescues those who are crushed in spirit.

And here is a beautiful mixed media piece -

Debbie Reed

And, I spent Saturday in a tent with my art supplies at Creationfest Northeast.  It was raining so hard that much later that night we had to be evacuated and my car got stuck in mud. We had no phone signal for 5 days so I did not see what the Scripture focus was this month but it was one of several sheets of watercolor paper I worked on that day.

Paula McLane Jennings

OK. You now have 3 wonderful ways you can get busy creating and sharing your creations with us for the opportunity to win a fun prize!  You can choose to do one, two or all three.  Every entry gives you another opportunity to be selected by the DT as in the Top Three or the Random.org drawing for the prize!  Please be sure to put the link to your specific blog post that your creation is on and be sure to mention us with a link to our blog in your post.  Looking forward to seeing what you have to share with us!




Friday, June 26, 2015

Tips & Tricks with Alicia Redshaw - Gelatos (Part 1)


Hi everyone, Alicia here today to share some ideas for using Gelatos® in your creations. I have been using the Faber-Castell Gelatos® since 2011, well before they were the Superstar product that they are now. And for those of you who are wondering what Gelatos® are this is the best quote I have found for them on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Website:

“Compact acid-free pigment sticks glide on creamy smooth for vibrant color and coverage. All Gelatos® blend easily with or without water.”

And that really does sum them up in as few words as possible. My only additions would be that the creative possibilities with Gelatos® are absolutely endless as they mix with other acrylic products and with a bit of know-how can be applied to almost any surface. This canvas is one of my first completed Gelatos® projects that I still have (most have been sold or given away), and it was finished in November 2011.  I still love this canvas, even though it may seem a bit old now.


I have used Gelatos® in several different ways on this canvas, with the two main ones being:

1. Accenting and shading areas by taking the brush to the Gelatos®. This can be seen best between and around the paper hearts. The secret with this technique is to make sure that your brush is only damp, not wet. Too much water will prevent the brush from collecting and distributing the Gelatos® in a pleasing manner.


2. Applying the Gelatos® directly onto the piece and then spreading with fingers for a blended look – similar to using Oil Pastels. I have created the blue halo around the canvas edges using this technique, which also highlights the texture created by collage layers.



Hopefully you have enjoyed this information and it gives you some ideas for your next Gelatos® project.