Tuesday, April 29

Two for TANGO?? AMAZING Mixed Media Canvas Inspiration by Tracy Alden


Hello! Tracy here with a inspiration post using the wonderful supplies from Amazing Crafting Products and our "Partners in Crafting," FrogDogStudio.com

Inspiration is a strange creature – this time it snuck up on me while sorting what I call my resin "save for later" bin. This bin is populated with all kinds of resin pieces, some finished, uneven pourings or even pieces I just didn't know what to do with. Often when pouring resin if I have extra, I pour it into cabacion molds, this way no resin is wasted and they end up in the bin for later use.


I had some cabachon pieces in the bin, some clear some tinted. I had poured some Amazing Clear Cast Resin tinted with Alumilite Dyes but I had been a bit eager with putting one too many drops of dye in, leaving me with some rather intense dark purple pieces. Theses little ovals made me think of carved stones so it got me thinking of trying out a mixed media piece.


From the Frog Dog Studio April Mixed Media Kit I used the Alumidust Powder - Red Plum; StazOn Midi Ink pad - Claret; iZink Pigment Ink bottle - Gold; Stampendous Mica Fragments Jar, Pearlized. I had already used the Dusty Attic Chipboard Bird set in another project, but kept the chipboard frame of the birds.


Digging around for some paints, inks and some stamps I started to layout the project on a old canvas, figuring out which direction to go.


After applying several layers of acrylic paint, I stippled on alcohol ink and the Gold iZink Pigment Ink. After they dried I applied a water based sealer and sprinkled on the Mica fragments and glued on the purple resin cabachons. The chipboard bird frame became my focal piece on the canvas.


With some wonderful supplies and some saved pieces,
 I was able to create a summer wall decor piece!

What wonderful Mixed Media project
would you create with these supplies?

Visit my blog Art Resurrected for more craft tutorials!
Until next time, safe travels! ~ Tracy

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Tracy Alden... An AMAZING Artist Spotlight

Today we feature Tracy Alden - one of our AMAZING team of Creatives... and a true Artist and Craftswoman. I was so excited to have stumbled upon Tracy's work to invite her to join this team - I had no idea at the time what a GEM she truly is. We are like-minded artists and Tracy is always experimenting and one idea that spawns another... and another. Each project she shares is a marvelous surprise... and her uniquely designed jewelry - SUBLIME {and completely one-of-a-kind}. Enjoy! - Sb

I was raised on arts and crafts; I can't even imagine a life without art of some form in it. Many in my family were and are involved in the arts, from fashion designers, painters, illustrators, dancers jewelry makers to engineers (when blueprints were drawn by hand). My family has been a great influence on me and without their love and support I would not be who I am today. Growing up my family home looked part library, museum, art studio and zoo; my home today is pretty much the same.
Some fun questions for the inquiring minds...

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I had always loved drawing, dancing and wearable art even as a child.When young and fickle I didn't know if I wanted to be a fashion designer, comic illustrator or archeologist. As an adult I have had the amazing luck of working with clay, jewelry, illustration, museum replicas and product design and development in the art/hobby industry.


Coke or Pepsi?

Diet Pepsi


If you could print any phrase on a T-shirt, what would it say?

Artistic Endeavors an Ongoing Neurosis.


What inspires you?
Nature and Ancient Art are my top inspirations. Sometimes just watching the sun rise, rain drops or the wind moving leaves gets me sketching something. 


What is the TOP thing to do on your "Bucket LIST"?
Travel the world even more. So many more wonderful museums and historical sites I would love to see. Top on list however is to see the pyramids in Egypt and South America.


If you could mold ANYTHING with Amazing Mold Putty, what would it be?
I try to mold pretty much anything I love the texture and pattern of. I think the only limit is my imagination or if I have a pack of Amazing Mold Putty around.


What style of music gets your creative juices going?
I am quite fond of ambient and international folk music. Often I let my art project dictate the music, steampunk art work I play steampunk or Victorian music, supernatural themes I play Celtic, grunge or industrial I play metal or classic rock, etcetera.

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Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this peek inside Tracy's world. Please check back a little later today for some Inspiration from Tracy Alden. You can see more of Tracy's stunning and diverse work at her website Art Resurrected - here.

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Monday, April 28

Decopatch Tissue styles this DIY Desigual Bangle Knockoff for Mold Rubber Monday

 

Good evening Amazing Crafters! Susan here for another Mold Rubber Monday. Today I am sharing a bangle inspired by some acrylic bangles I saw in the mall using the gorgeous Decopatch tissue from Frog Dog Studio April Mixed Media Kit – our partner in crafting. I've created a bangle mold using Amazing Mold Rubber... and haven't had a chance to use it yet. This was the perfect project - since I was not paying $18 for the bangles at the mall when I can do it myself.

  

While on a rare excursion to the mall with other half - there was a new stylish store that I've never seen, so I persuaded my other half to run in. They had all sorts of colorful clothes and accessories... and I spied these bangles – the same exact colors and nearly the same pattern of the Decopatch Tissue in the FDS kit. The cost of one of these bangles {$18} is about the cost of an entire box of Amazing Clear Cast Resin; which would produce at least a dozen handmade bangles if not more. Please scroll all the way to the end of the post for items included in the Frog Dog Studio April Mixed Media Kit and April Add-On Kit:



Amazing Mold Rubber comes in 2 parts, Rubber Base and the Catalyst. I will be creating a large mold so I am mixing up the entire container. This mold took about 1 1/2 containers due to the size required to completely cover the bangle over a two pour process. I always mix the entire container and prepare several molds simultaneously. Amazing Mold Rubber will completely fuse to itself, so if you run out mid-pour, you can let it cure and fill the rest with another batch later.


To mix the entire container of Amazing Mold Rubber - its so simple. Peel back the protective seal on the Rubber Base and then pour the entire bottle of Catalyst into the rubber base. Stir gently and completely until there is no swirling and the catalyst is completely incorporated into the rubber base. The color will be a light bubble gum pink. I use a plastic knife from take out to stir – as the back edge is flat which can be used to scrape the edges completely when mixing.

   

I used a pyrex bowl as my mold box - it was the perfect shape. I hot glued a wooden lid from a liquor bottle in the center of the bowl, centered the bangle around it, and poured the mold rubber into the center first, then around the outside of the bangle. The photos reflect the mold poured halfway. There was an airbubble trapped on top of the wooden lid, so I peeled it away – and resulted in having to trim more away than anticipated. No worries... the next pour will fill it in. 

My reasoning for filling only halfway was because this was how I resolved not gluing the bangle to the bowl to keep it in place. I did hang around for about 45 minutes to see if the bangle shifted while the mold rubber began to harden, but it did not. YAY! When cured I completely covered with a second batch of mold rubber filling 1/4" over the items.



After the second pour, I let the Amazing Mold Rubber cure for a couple days before attempting to remove because it's a fairly thick mold in a glass bowl. I gently heated the bottom of the bowl with my heat gun to loosen the glue; ran a knife around the outer edge of the bowl and twist – a mold is born! Now to free my items - another occasion I could have used an extra set of hands. Amazing Mold Rubber is so flexible that I was able to bend the sides back and peel the bangle out.


The edge of the bangle is completely flush with the top of the mold so I shouldn't have to do any sanding or repair after casting in resin. I think the wooden lid will make a nice cabochon.


My original bangle shape and wooden lid along with mold.


I gathered my Amazing Clear Cast Resin, and items from the April Frog Dog Studio Kit. The Jaquard Pinata Manilla Black Ink is from the March FDS kit. I used this to prepare a separate matching bangle using a different process – I will be sharing this very soon. For this bangle I trimmed sections of Decopatch Tissue to 7/8" strips the width of my bangle mold.


I prepared a small batch of Amazing Clear Cast Resin mixing equal amounts of parts "A" and "B" {click here to view preparation}.  I stirred slowly to combine completely to minimize air bubbles. I set aside to let rest to thicken up a bit while I selected mica fragments and vintage watch parts to place onto the resin coated paper. After about 15 minutes, I painted a thin layer of resin onto the tissue using a foam brush. I'm working on freezer paper - which has a non-stick surface.


After about 5-10 minutes, I gently peeled up the strips of resin painted tissue, turned over and painted the other side {miraculously... I had painted the backsides first - LOL}. I painted this side a little thicker to accept the mica fragments and watch parts. I set these aside to cure overnight.



The Decopatch tissue has a lovely translucency from the light clear cast resin coating – and now it's more durable for placing into my bangle mold. While the clear cast was still tacky, I dropped on some vintage watch parts and Stampendous Mica Flakes.

  

Now the tricky part {I could have used four hands for this}... placing the tissue resin paper into the mold. I gently pulled open a section and pressed the tissue into the mold, rotated and positioned more, and repeated until it was inserted all the way around. Then I made slight adjustments to make sure it was all flat and the two ends met and I measured perfect, there was about an 1/8" overlap.


With my batch of Amazing Clear Cast Resin prepared, I gently spread open a section of the mold and poured the resin in. This was a messy proposition and unfortunately was unable to photograph as this process ended up with both hands a sticky mess. I rotated around and I filled the resin completely, removed the excess resin on the top of the mold and set aside to cure.


Needless to say - I didn't anticipate that the way this mold totally encloses the resin that it might take longer to cure... so the delay of the post was waiting all day to pop it out. I didn't want to impress fingerprints into the pristine surface by trying to pull it out if it is still soft. Patience pays!!! I have one more strip prepared and ready to pour another, too! I think this is a success and will look nice layered with a couple different types of bangles or could stand alone as a statement piece.


How will you customize your
Amazing Clear Cast Resin Bangle?


If you would like to see more of my creations, please visit my blog
sbartist : painting in the dark by clicking here. ~ Susan

I hope you have a creative evening - thanks for visiting!
See you tomorrow with more Amazing Crafting Products inspiration.

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The Frog Dog Studio April Mixed Media Kit includes:
(1) **Alumidust Powder - Red Plum; (1) StazOn Midi Ink pad - Claret; (1) StazOn Midi Ink pad - Blue Hawaii; (1) iZink Pigment Ink bottle - Gold; (1) Stampendous Mica Fragments Jar, Pearlized; (1) Dusty Attic Chipboard set - Birds; (1) Stampendous Mini Clipboard Canvas pack; (1) Set Canvas Mini's - Canvas Corp; (3) Sheets of Decopatch Tissue Paper; and (16) Tim Holtz Clear Fragments (random sizes/shapes). ** Alumidust is one of the many additives from the Alumilite Corporation. Valued at over $45.

The Frog Dog Studio April Add-On Kit includes:
(1) Amazing Clear Cast Resin – 16 Fluid Oz Box; (1) Amazing Mold Putty – 2/3 lb Box; (25) 1 oz Measuring Cups; and (50) Wooden Stir Sticks. Valued at over $47.

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Rachel Whetzel... An AMAZING Artist Spotlight

Today we feature the fabulous Rachel Whetzel - one of our AMAZING Creative Team Alumni... and so much more. She's a photographer, a mixed-media artist and doll maker... and that just scratches the surface. Right now she's the proud mama to a new herd of baby goats {not sure the proper term - but they are so stinkin' cute}. Rachel is always surprising me with here inventive projects and extreme creativity... did you see latest masterpiece, her phone case REDUX??! Enjoy! - Sb


I specialize in creativity and mixed media art through thrifting, up-cycling, re-purposing and new design. I have had the privilege of being published in several Stampington Publications, and am a contributor to Seth Apter’s newest Mixed Media book, “The Mixed-Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams from Over 40 Amazing Artists” slated to be published later this year. I am the owner of A Year in the Life of an Art Journal and Monday Mugshots! I am: Thrift junkie. Free Spirit. Believer. Artist. Photographer. Mom to boys. Rust Lover. Worm Farmer. Blogger. Creative Soul. Rule Bender. Spider Saver. Coffee Drinker. Cream Lover. Chook Farmer. Goat Milker. Sailor Mouth. Music Listener. Phone Talker. Garden Grower. Beek. Mess Maker. Risk Taker. Chewy Mom. Gritty Gramma. Good Intender.
Some fun questions for the inquiring minds...

What did you want to be when you grew up?
What I wanted to be when I grew up has changed a few times. I wanted to be an Artist. I wanted to be a Veterinarian. I wanted to be a Forensic's Detective. I wanted to be an Attorney, I wanted to be a Beautician...  I've wanted to be a lot of things!


Coke or Pepsi?

Dr. Pepper



If you could print any phrase on a T-shirt, what would it say?

Oh, man... there are SO MANY!! Probably something from a some Ecard.



What inspires you?
In art: Old, rusty, crusty, vintage and unique.
In life: People that make a difference to just one other soul.


What is the TOP thing to do on your "Bucket LIST"?
I don't really have a bucket list, per say... but I am adventurous eater, and I REALLY want to have tried Squirrel, Alligator and Opossum.


If you could mold ANYTHING with Amazing Mold Putty, what would it be?
I have some metal frames that I really want to mold, but they are really big. It would take SO MUCH Amazing Mold Putty... so for now, I have to be happy with just bits of it.


What style of music gets your creative juices going?

Anything up beat helps to keep me moving, but usually when I create,
the TV is on in the background, not music.


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Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this peek inside Rachel's world. Please check back a little later today for our regularly scheduled Mold Rubber Monday feature. You can see more of Rachel's fabulous work at her website here... grab a cuppa - there's a lot of exciting stuff to see!

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Saturday, April 26

A Case of Inspiration by Rachel Whetzel

Hello, Creatives!! Rachel Whetzel, here, with a little inspiration for you this month!! Recently, hubby and I got NEW PHONES.

They came with really great sturdy cases from Otterbox, but they were BLACK. Black is great for the hubby, but I wanted something PRETTIER... There weren't any other color choices at Costco when we got the phones, and when I priced a prettier comparable case, I got a bit of sticker shock. Too much money for me to justify buying a new one, when the one I had was perfectly good, just not nice to look at. Then it hit me. I could decorate the hard shell of the Otterbox, and MAKE it pretty!!


I took a case that looked like this one:


Then I spray painted the plastic with some plastic friendly red spray paint, and got to work covering the rest with cool vintage ephemera papers, bits, paints and a vintage pin that I hammered flat. Once I was done, I coated it with Amazing Clear Cast Resin, and let it cure. The result is a super cool, ONE OF A KIND, totally ME cell phone case that is also waterproof!! You could do this with ANY cell phone case. Just make sure that the piece you apply your art to is made of hard plastic!! 


Thank you for reading! Want to see more of what I'm up to?
Visit me on PINTEREST and INSTAGRAM, or like MY PAGE on Facebook!
Thanks for stopping by! ~ rachel

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Friday, April 25

Taking #Cre8time Out of this WORLD!!! Original Mixed Media LED Wall Art by Lonnie Sexton


When I was asked to work with the Frog Dog Studio kit – I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. This kind of project is way outside of my normal style, but I took the challenge to see what I could learn from it. When I received the April kit (shown below) nothing came to mind at first – so I took the parts out of the packaging started tinkering around. I came up with the 2 projects shown below. You may want to go grab a cuppa... there's a lot to see here.

Parts/Tools:
  • Frog Dog Studio April Kit
  • Amazing Mold Putty
  • Amazing Clear Cast Resin
  • Amazing Casting Resin
  • Mixing Cup
  • Mixing Stick
  • Poster Board
  • Spray Paint – Black, Green, Yellow, Red, Clear
  • Acrylic Paint – Flat Black
  • 18”x24” Framed Blank Canvas
  • Solar Yard Lights
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Box Knife
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie
  • Painters tape
  • Soldering Iron
  • 1/8th heat shrink
  • Clear White LED's
  • 22awg wire, Red, Black. White insulation 2 –stand wire 3ft.
  • Printed Label and/or Sticker
  • Key Ring Loop
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Here is what is included in the Frog Dog Studio

    

The Frog Dog Studio April Mixed Media Kit includes:
(1) **Alumidust Powder - Red Plum; (1) StazOn Midi Ink pad - Claret; (1) StazOn Midi Ink pad - Blue Hawaii; (1) iZink Pigment Ink bottle - Gold; (1) Stampendous Mica Fragments Jar, Pearlized; (1) Dusty Attic Chipboard set - Birds; (1) Stampendous Mini Clipboard Canvas pack; (1) Set Canvas Mini's - Canvas Corp; (3) Sheets of Decopatch Tissue Paper; and (16) Tim Holtz Clear Fragments (random sizes/shapes). ** Alumidust is one of the many additives from the Alumilite Corporation. Valued at over $45.

The Frog Dog Studio April Add-On Kit includes:
(1) Amazing Clear Cast Resin – 16 Fluid Oz Box; (1) Amazing Mold Putty – 2/3 lb Box; (25) 1 oz Measuring Cups; and (50) Wooden Stir Sticks. Valued at over $47.

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4x4 Key Chain


I took a couple of the Tim Holtz Clear Fragments
and applied a printed label to the center.

 

Then I mixed up equal parts of Amazing Mold Putty {click here to view preparation}, pressed each of the shapes into the mold putty, then let cure.


With each mold ready – I combined equal parts of Amazing Clear Cast Resin per instructions {click here to view preparation}, poured into the molds covering acrylic pieces, and let cure.


Remove from mold, clean up hole and insert key ring.
Fun custom keychains ready to go!


Layered Canvas

As this celebration of mixed media with Frog Dog Studio continued, I decided to use some of the materials and try something completely off course. The steps shown below are there so you can follow them to make this project yourself or use another line design, change the colors, etc.

I used a shared design of a Spartan printed on regular paper. Glue whatever printed line design you choose to a piece of 3/16” think foam board. Cut out the first layer from the outer edge.


Cut two (2) more layers using the first one as a stencil.

I drilled holes through all three layers from the front mask to be used later. The first layer with the printed line design will be the top layer, so I cut out the pieces that will be shown from the layers beneath. When complete, I have a solid outline layer (Layer 3), middle texture layer (Layer 2) and the printed line design pieces (Layer 1).


I applied Mod Podge Matte to layer 3 and covered it
using the red/gold Decopatch tissue paper.


Let dry and trim the edges off.
Tape the front of layer 2 and paint the edges with flat acrylic paint.


Apply Mod Podge Gloss to the 2nd layer and cover with the Chrome/Feathers Decopatch tissue paper. Let the Mod Podge dry and trim the edges.


Attach Layer 2 to Layer 3 using hot glue.



Spray paint the pieces of the first layer red,
and trim the edges with flat black acrylic paint.


Brush on the Red Plum Alumidust to give the surface
a metallic effect. Set Parts aside for later.


Make a mold using the cut-out’s from the face mask visor
by mixing equal parts of Amazing Mold Putty. Let cure.



Remove the foam shape. Mix and fill halfway
with Amazing Clear Cast Resin. Let Cure.


Paint the top of the casting with the iZink Gold Pigment Ink, and let dry.


Prepare a second batch of Amazing Clear Cast Resin and fill the second half of the mold. Let cure. Remove from the mold, sand the edges. and set aside.

Make some Spray Paint Art

I’ve always wanted to try the spray paint art seen on street acts. I watched a couple videos on you tube and gave it shot. I made two of them using different planet colors, the one shown below was not the one used for the final, but it’s made using the same steps. The paint dries quickly, so every step has to be done quickly to get the right effect.

Start with a white canvas; spray a corner with yellow.


Then orange.


Using a glossy coated page from a magazine, smear the Orange and Yellow. 


Shade Black by spraying lightly off the corner;
this will be the shaded part of the planet. Try and arch the shade.


Place a lid or bucket over the corner, partially over the black shade on the edge.


Paint the entire surface black.


Spray white on your finger tip and flick white stars across the surface.
Flare highlight the planet with light blue lines off each side.


Remove the Planet cover.


Using card stock or a business card, drag a line (swoosh across the planet)
to simulate rings. Sign the corner or your masterpiece.


Let dry, set aside...

Solar yard Lights and LED’s. It’s not over yet…

Lights and glass have always been my favorite décor and/or effect. If it’s translucent I’m usually drawn to it regardless of the color… Laugh it up, my favorite color is clear. This part of the tutorial is optional to your resources. Basic soldering skills, equipment and tools are required. This part is optional and you certainly skip this section and proceed with final assembly... but I'm all about the lights so I appreciate you hanging in until the end.

Secure an LED using the clear LED’s, note the short pin ( - cathode).


Clip the pins short. Strip the 22awg black and red wires and solder tin the end. Attach the black wire to the cathode pin, red to the anode. Cover the solder joints with heat shrink. X4 LED’s.

  

  

  

The solar yard lights I found were from a discount store. They were wired for 1 battery, but have a compartment for 2 AA. The LED’s I used are 3V so 2 sets of LED’s wired properly will need 2 AA. I took apart 2 solar yard lights.


The inside of the enclosure has a small circuit and 1 – LED.
De-solder the back of the solar panel connections.

  

I removed the stock LED and wired the output from the board.


Take out the battery tabs from the second solar light and add them to the first. I changed the wiring so the batteries are in series; the positive side of one battery is connected to the negative of the other. The ground wire is moved to the negative of the second battery. As shown below.


Remove the battery tabs from the 2nd solar light base.


Add them in the marked locations.
The tab with the spring goes in the (-) location.



Move the black wire from the first battery tab to the negative side of the second battery (RED Arrow). Add a wire from the tab you removed the black wire and attach it to the posative tab of the second battery. Now the battery base has 2-AA batteries, 2 output wires for LED's and 2 input wires for solar panels.

Take the Solar panels and wire them in series.


Secure the panels with hot glue, cover the face with tape.


Cut a foam board shape large enough to enclose the 2 solar panels.
Mix enough Amazing Mold Putty to mold the shape. Let cure.



Place the Solar panels in the finished mold.
Mix and fill with Amazing Casting Resin {click here for preparation}. Let cure.


  

Remove from the mold and trim any casting that leaked
under the panels, peel the tape off the solar panels.


Almost over...

Attach the Decopatch tissue Layers 2 and 3 to the front of the canvas
using small wood screws and/or hotglue.


Attach the Gold cast visor.


Attach the red pieces from the first layer.



Now if you decided to skip the lighting portion, please skip the following steps. Poke holes through the canvas from the front visor/mask. Insert the 4 LED's wired previously through the back. Wire 2 pairs in series, then wires to the 2 pairs together parallel.



Attach the battery base to the back of the canvas using small wood screws.


Connect the LED's to the LED output of the battery base. Connect the Solar panel assembly to the solar input on the battery base. Mind the polarity (+/-). The solar panels casting can be placed in a near by window to keep the batteries charged in the day and automatically trigger the LED’s on a night when it get’s dark enough.


Completed assembly lights off.


The final completed piece all lit up!
I'm going to really enjoy this hanging in my shop.

Thanks for joining in and thanks to Frog Dog Studio and Amazing Crafting Products!

Stop by anytime to check out more exciting projects from
the Amazing Crafting Products Creative Team. ~ Lonnie S.

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