Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Here's a beach card for you.  I love the dreamy mood created in the beautiful photo by Paper House, and decided to use it as my focal point,and inspiration.

Supplies Used:

To make this I sprayed my dry watercolors with water,scribbled on some water soluble oil pastels on my craft mat, and made little puddles of paint of the blues,greens, and purples I planned on using. Using watercolor paper, I misted about half the page, and applied a small amount of paint.  I misted again, and tilted the page in different directions to let the paint run, then again to soften any hard edges. I used a heat gun to dry it,then put on more layers in different colors. I also used metallic watercolors,and watercolor pencils.  I took small amounts of teal liquid pearls and brushed them on all the edges of the paper,flowers, and on random spots on the glitter. 

You can see I flicked on paint all around. To create more texture I used glass glitter in clear and champagne,shells, bling, and sequins. The page got too busy, so I brushed on some white watercolor,and white acrylic paint. I rubbed on pearl mica power all over the card. To finish up I put more diamond glitter glue on the edges of the flowers.

  The little girl is from a greeting card I cut up, and the great egret is from a photo I took locally.

The flowers are watercolors over dry gesso, followed by clear glass glitter and pearl mica powder.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


 Hi everyone! Melissa here with an art journal page for you.  I love the detail and intense colors of Paper House products, so I made a stunning pink dahlia image the center of the page.

Supplies Used:

I used a page of a  9 x 12 watercolor book to support all the media I wanted to use. I prepped the page with white gesso, followed by texture paste applied through some paper die cuts.  I used pink shimmery watercolor, and water soluble oil pastels. I didn't have a sprays in the colors I wanted to use, so I mixed what I had with water, and brushed a lot on the diamond texture. I tipped the page in different directions, let the color run all over,misted it with water to soften and blend it,and used a heat gun to dry it. I used the same process for the green. I glued the beautiful flower image onto a piece of paper and put it on the page. To add more texture I added glass glitter, micro beads, seed beads, and threads I pulled from a piece of gauze. I lightly brushed the pink crayon over the diamond texture along the outer edges of the page, and misted it. I added green watercolor randomly in between the diamonds.  If any of the  colors ran I blotted them off with a paper towel.

To add more visual interest I put on butterfly and rose stickers, rub ons, flowers,bling, stamps, a cut up black and white vintage photo, and die cuts.

The page looked too busy, so I brushed white gesso over some areas. Along the edges of the page I brushed it on lightly, as an accent.

I don't really like a mat white look, so I brushed pearl mica powder over all the areas I'd used gesso.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Sunday, July 10, 2016


I painted a few cherry blossoms using a photo as a reference,and then stenciled on some modeling paste. I added flowers, pearls, die cuts, microbeads,sequins, and stickers.  I added more paint using Shimmers , Twinkling H20s, Watercolor pencils, Viva Decor Inka Gold, and Winsor and Newton watercolors. After almost everything I put on, I used an empty hairspray bottle filled with water to mist on water. This blended the colors and softened edges.

The die cuts are by Sizzix. The girl is from Tim Holtz Found Relatives, her crown is by Paper House, The Wizard of Oz collection. 

The metal bird is Vintaj.

I used a lot of gold mica powder all over.

The peace, love and joy rub ons are from Tim Holtz.

I used some lace.

Close up of bottom right.

Top right in sun.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you liked it!