Saturday, July 13, 2013

Studio Make Over

I nearly fainted the other day when my sister told me that she was going to paint her antique plate rack with glossy purple paint! To me, ruining an antique furniture is as bad as committing sacrilege!! I mean, look at this beauty:

It's quite big; 115 cm wide (45 inches).

The patina is just gorgeous:

Luckily, it wasn't hard to persuade my sister not to paint it. It wasn't even hard to convince her that she should give the plate rack to me! OMG! I have been in love with that piece of furniture ever since she bought it 15 years ago or so. And now it's mine! And it's in my studio!! :-D

I decided to put some of my art journal pages on display, a couple of art journal and lettering books I really like, and some other stuff on the lower shelf.

Stamp by Tom Holtz: every possibility begins with the courage to imagine
Antique ink thingie (what IS that called??): better do it now that wish it done

Once I had this beautiful display shelf in place, another furniture caught my attention - not due to its beauty! I've had this small dresser for some time now, never really liked the look of it, but it's practical (on wheels). It was time to do something about it - in a hurry!

This is what it looked like:

I decoupaged it on the side with some pretty paper:

Then started to paint the top ....  If you know how to refinish furniture, you will probably pull your hair when you see what I did. Yes, I used acrylic craft paint! No, I didn't sand the top first! But I had fun, just look at this! 

End result:

 I could not resist the next step because all of the above felt like working on a giant Gelli Plate. I just HAD to make a print!

Pretty cool!

But I was not really happy with the way my dresser had turned out, so I sponged the edges with brown paint (acrylic craft paint again), then decoupaged the top and the drawer fronts. This is what it looks like now, rolled back under the table where it belongs:

While I was at it, I decided to paint the top of our outdoor table white. THIS time I did it correctly; sanded it down real good first, then used paint that is made to withstand the harsh, Norwegian climate.

I will paint the second stroke today, and once that is dry (some time tomorrow), I will decorate the corners by using an old crochet table cloth as a stencil and spray it with brown paint. Yes, I saw that idea on Pinterest!

Stay tuned for more make over photos :-)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Right Side Art Journaling

For a long time now, I have been in the "What if ...?" mode. Meaning I don't know what I am going to make, I don't have a specific result in mind, I just play with inks and paint, pens and stamps, or whatever lies on my work table at the moment.

Sometimes, wonderful things happen! Other times, they don't. But I always, always have FUN! When I play like this, it truly is the process that matters, the journey - not the destination.

This art journal page "just happened" after two days in a row of What if I ... and what happens when ... and I wonder what would.....

Background made of spray inks, acrylic paint, soft pastels, glitter glue, and Jet Black ink (rubber stamps by Cherry Pie). Face sketched on copy paper, colored with soft pastels, cut out and adhered to the background. And Pam, if you read this, notice the piece of lace from the stash you sent me! :-)

This is what the background looked like before I went coo-koo bananas:

A friend of mine came by, and since she was going out to a fine restaurant the next day, she decided to use gloves. I rarely do, and when my hands are stained like this, it means I've had a GREAT day! :-)

Signing off with a clean hand ... (I better go do something about that ASAP!),

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Published again!

In the current issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts, you can find a 3 pages article by yours truly,
called "Landscape Architecture, Part I"; where I show how I make my landscapes with ink on paper.
Part II of this series will be published in the December issue (out on newsstands in October).

Here are two of my published cards, shown with permission from the editor:

Calligraphy sentiment stamps by Quietfire Design
Flower stamp by Nature's Print Shop

Calligraphy sentiment stamps by Quietfire Design
Florish woman by Cherry Pie Art Stamps

The magazine can be ordered from the publisher, but please ask your local craft storte first - if you have one. We want to support the local stores! :-)

If you want to see more samples, I have a few over at Quietfire Design's blog:

Other articles I've written for Scrap & Stamp Arts:

Grunge Resist, Part I, October 2012

Grunge Resist, Part II, April 2013

Thank you card, September 2008


Thank you for stamping by! :-)

Remember the Flower Stamp Sale - read more here.

Summer Sale, Flower Stamps!

By popular demand, my flower stamps are on sale! Only $19.00 for a full sheet (7 x 5 inches) with lots and lots of flowers to use on your summer cards or art journal.

Regular price is $24, so that's FIVE BUCKS OFF! :-)

Sale good via my Etsy store:

Here are the stamps that are for sale:

* Bold & Beautiful *

* Weed Love *

* Hibiscus *

Happy Summer Stamping!