Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Photo transfer on canvas board

image transfer mixed media canvas lisa fulmer

I'm playing with the Designer Crafts Connection this month - we're celebrating "National Mod Podge Day" on May 19th with Plaid! Boy, any excuse for a holiday, eh?

Each of us received different kinds of Mod Podge - I got their Photo Transfer Medium, so I snapped lots of pictures in my mother's yard this past weekend. I decided to play with this shot of her mock orange bush.

mock orange blossoms

I went to the office supply store and make some copies of my photo on their laser printer (can't use inkjet with this medium) then I stained an 8x10' canvas board with a sea sponge. I was curious to see if the sepia tone underneath might soften the image, even though I had read that this medium is opaque.


Following the tips I read on the Mod Podge Rocks blog, I brushed the medium on my image, flipped it over to the canvas board, smoothed it out with a brayer and let it dry overnight.



The next day, I spritzed the canvas board with water and carefully rubbed off all the paper with my fingers. This is the tricky part - I realized that I was working on a cheap canvas board that wasn't really canvas fabric - I think it's actually thick paper embossed with a canvas pattern. It was primed, but I had to be careful with the water - wet enough to peel off the paper from the laser copy, but not so wet that I might tear the canvas.


I actually did rub a bit too hard in one place and the medium "skin" that actually holds the image started to come off the edge. But I was planning a distressed look for this project anyway, so no harm, no foul. I just used my sanding block to further distress the edges all the way around. Then I re-stained the edges with the sepia ink.


I added sand medium on the green areas and highlighted the blooms with iridescent paint.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Stencils - the positive and the negative


I used the same sunshine plastic stencil for the background on each of these greeting cards - the "hello" card is misted with both yellow and orange ink sprays through the stencil (aka mask). I inked the white "negative" space in the center of the sun with bright pink, which peeks through the little blossom punch-outs in the banner.


Then instead of immediately wiping away the ink from the top of the mask after misting and removing the cardstock, I turned the inky wet mask over and pressed it on to another sheet of cardstock like a stamp. This gave me a "positive" image of the sun with a random watercolor effect.


I added washi tapes and baker's twine at the bottom of the card, and dabbed a little interference turquoise sheer paint over the sun for a bit of shimmer. Pretty!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cardmaking and collage with Rinea Foil


I'm happy to be playing along with the Designer Crafts Connection this month - our sponsor is Rinea Foils. We received lovely sampler packs of this double-sided paper foil to create our projects. I lightly embossed a sheet of gold foil for this simple greeting card design by just rubbing it inside an embossing folder with a wood brayer. It was easy to punch out the circle from the foil, too.

 

Sadly this sheet of beautiful purple foil cracked a bit inside the same folder when I ran it through my embossing machine, the pressure of the plates was a bit too strong. But I actually really like the cracks for this piece. I wrapped and glued the embossed foil around a 6" square piece of thick illustration board, then added my collage elements. After sanding the surface to get rid of the purple on the raised lines, I brushed a coat of sheer iridescent silver paint over the top, then I roughed up the cherry blossom rub-on with a white pencil.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Flower Power show

lisa fulmer flower power painting
Rose Tile - 10x10 acrylic

I painted this to hang in a group show called "Flower Power," sponsored by the Concord Community of Artists. During the month of May, flower paintings from a variety of artists will be featured in a large display case inside the entrance of the Concord Library. All of our work is done on the same size canvas board - we each had to paint a single bloom of any style, using any mediums.


I took a photo of a rose in my front yard as inspiration for the basic shape of my rose. I worked with acrylic paint, ink and sand texture medium - I wasn't entirely sure where I was headed as I painted, but I like what I ended up with! It looks like a stencil, but it was all freehand.


The final touch was a layer of sand medium over the white areas. I love the texture - and I also love the hint of peach color underneath that just barely tints the white. I've seen some of the work from the other artists - it will be a fantastic variety of blooms!


Monday, April 03, 2017

Moonlit Path - Creekside Art Show

Moonlit Path - 8x10 acrylic

I painted this to hang in the Creekside Art Show during the first weekend of April at the Clayton Library. It began on a black-gessoed canvas as just some stripes going up and down - which ended up looking like the bark of tree trunks, and some heavily-ribbed brush strokes going across - which looked like tree roots across a path. And the scene took shape from from there.

Now this is hanging in the meeting room of the Concord Library through the end of June, along with 4 more of my older mixed media pieces.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Card buffet!

dragonfly card lisa fulmer

My friend Liz is a Stampin' Up demonstrator and she has the best cardmaking days every month. She's super organized - each sample card is set up with a box with pre-cut papers, plus all the stamps, tools and embellishments you need to make it. We each pick a different box to start and then we rotate them around the group so everyone has a chance to make the cards they want. I used watercolor pencils to make this background for the dragonflies.

ice cream card lisa fulmer

Even though I love her designs, I usually go rogue and create my own. This ice cream stamp set is super cute!
handmade greeting card lisa fulmer

I love an 1/8" hole punch - perfect for the center of the green flowers - and this gold glitter cardstock is delicious. So fun to play with all her stamps, punches and tools!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cardmaking day!

butterfly greeting card lisa fulmer

Finally getting around to posting some of the greeting cards I've made recently - once a month I get together with a few friends at a local coffee shop to make cards - today was that day, so relaxing and fun. Crafting is indeed therapy.

watercolor greeting card lisa fulmer

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Cute chipboard dress forms

handmade greeting card lisa fulmer

I just love this little chipboard dress form embellishments. They look great plain or with heat-embossed stamping. Stripes and zig-zag washi tape make a cool contrast and black/white/kraft is a great color palette, too.

greeting card lisa fulmer

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fun with stamped designs

handmade thank you card lisa fulmer

I enjoyed creating patterns with single stamps for these handmade greeting cards. The mandalas look great floating across this thank-you card. The chevron stamp looked cute and casual with alternating colors, as did the heart stamp.

handmade love card lisa fulmer

Friday, December 09, 2016