Monday, April 16, 2018

Relics & Artifacts and RubberMoon FUSE Collaboration Day 12 - Sandra Evertson & Kae Pea

It has been so inspiring and such an honor to share the past eleven days of art and creativity with the talented artists and designers from the Relics & Artifacts team.

As a little 'encore', Sandra and I decided to team up on this final project! Sandra sent me a beautiful amber, glass, bottle she had re-purposed into an artful, sculptural masterpiece. She envisioned it as an "intention" bottle.

She left me the sides and back to work with and I set about adding a bit of my own creativity and energy to this beautiful piece.
Although I loved the shell topper, I thought I could make it even more 'treasure-like' with a bit of gold leaf!
And to the back I added Relics and Artifacts®  gold dresden wings and a hand painted watercolor angel with the word "intentions", using the RubberMoon my type alphabet!
I loved every minute of this collaboration. Special thanks to Sandra, her R & A team, to our RM team and to YOU!

*PLEASE watch our Facebook for this special piece to be auctioned!!

Sending Moonbeams,


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Relics & Artifacts and RubberMoon FUSE Collaboration Day 11 - Kae Pea

I hope you have been enjoying this collaboration as much as I have. 
When R&A first approached me about this idea to FUSE our two teams, I just knew there were going to be some truly amazing creations and I have to say - I wasn't wrong! 

Today I'm sharing a piece I created with R&A Ambassador Monica Downing. She sent me a clayboard treated with Moonlight Duo Tint & Hue Ink Pads. 

I decided to give it the RubberMoon treatment with lots of stamps & stencils layered to create something new and unexpected. Then I added the RA angel wings and it was something entirely new. I hope you like it! 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Relics & Artifacts and RubberMoon FUSE Collaboration Day 8 - Maxi Moon

Hi everyone!

I hope you've been enjoying the RubberMoon/Relics & Artifacts FUSE Collaboration as much as I have. Seeing everyone's posts has been so inspiring and incredible! And there are still many more fantastic projects to come. 

Today I'm sharing my piece of a 3-way collaboration with R&A team members Milagros Rivera & Sherry Matthews. We each chose an artist to represent. Yesterday you saw Milagros' amazing take on Frida Kahlo, and today I'm sharing my take on Vincent Van Gogh, one of my all-time favorite artists! 

So first for this piece I picked a quote from Van Gogh that I really think sums him up nicely: "I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." 

I chose a Relics & Artifacts piece (the hand) and made it hold a small paintbrush. On the back, I layered a copy of one of Van Gogh's works that I got out of an old art book I had on my shelf. The yellow dots of paint on the navy background inside the cradleboard are reminiscent of his painting Starry Night. 

I hope you enjoyed this piece, thank you for visiting the blog today! Please stay tuned through the next week to see the rest of the incredible FUSE pieces!

Maxi Moon

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Relics & Artifacts and RubberMoon FUSE Collaboration Day 6 - Shari Acuff

Shari Acuff and Darlene Madden

Finishing Supplies-
Black acrylic paint
Black Fine tip Sharpie
Watercolor paper
White embossing powder
VersaMark Ink
Black Ink

Darlene and I decided to do City/Country,  I started country and Darlene started city and we swapped

We worked on wooden trays as our bases and played with stamps and stencils to create our scenes.
Darlene added rows of houses to the center so I thought it would be fun to add city buildings to the bottom.
I started by adding some black paint to the top portion to make it a nighttime city scene.  I played with Gelatos on watercolor paper then traced out the city stencil and carefully cut out the buildings with a craft knife.  I also cut out the one with the warm tones to fit behind the buildings to show through the windows.  I glued it to the bottom edge and cut off the excess.
Then stamped and white embossed a moon and stars in the sky.  Stamped the moon also on watercolor paper with black ink and colored with colored pencils.  Cut it out and glued onto of the embossed image.

Shari Acuff and Darlene Madden

Starting supplies-
Relics & Artifacts - Wooden Tray
Cotton fabric strips
Ranger white Gesso
PVA glue
KP810-017 Celestial Sea Stencil
Range Texture Paste
Relics & Artifacts – Papillion

To start country I painted to wooden tray with a coat of gesso, then glued on strips of torn cotton fabrics with PVA glue to add texture.  Once dry I trimmed off the excess fabric and then used the Celestial Sea stencil with Texture Paste.  I glued on a butterfly from the Relics & Artifacts Papillion set, and did one more coat of Gesso before I mailed it off to Darlene.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Relics & Artifacts and RubberMoon FUSE Collaboration Day 2 - Kersten Christianson

I partnered with Rochelle Kretz Gaukel on this piece, "A Little Birdie Told Me."  Rochelle sent my way a beautifully layered and painted backdrop complete with metal working.  

I used RA: Finch for the centerpiece of my hand in the project. I used Golden acrylic paints (bright blue and copper). I also used small beads of all colors to weave strands among the metal grid of my art partner's cage. Initially, I was going to nest the finch at the base of the cage, but I didn't want to cover up the lovely collage work that was created for me. So I had the finch emerge from her cage, outstretched legs and all!

Because she had shaped a cage, I decided to forgo the idea of creating a nest and instead perched my bluebird emerging from its cage.  I then wove strands of beads throughout the layers of cage to add further bright colors to the piece.

This was such a fun piece to work on!


Collage materials

Friday, March 16, 2018

Stamped and Stitched Pencil Pouch by Belen Sotelo

Hi friends! Belen of Art & Whimsy, here, with an easy stitched & stamped pen pouch project for you. Not the greatest at sewing? No problem, I'm not either. Today not only is wonky stitching ok, it's encouraged, so let's get started!

I started by giving a zippered canvas pouch a generous coat of gesso on both sides. You can find these pouches here on RubberMoon's site!

After giving the gesso time to dry, I brushed on acrylic paint that I made suitable for fabric with a bit of fabric medium. You can can find many different brands. I used Liquitex. I set that aside to dry.

Next I used a Sandra Evertson's Otomi stamp to add an image to a piece of thin muslin.

I used a small round piece of cardboard as a mask, along the top of the head, to leave that part of the image unstamped.

To create a Frida from the stamped image, I added a flower crown using the Flores stamp.

To give my Frida life, I added some color to her face.

I added some more color around her, to make her really pop and then gave her a face using the Introspective stamp. Again, I used a scrap piece of card stock as a mask.

Using an assortment of pens, I added more color. I also stamped “Life Is Art”, using a stamp by the same name.

Next, I added a bit of stamping to my pouch using the Scribble stamp & the XOs stamp, both from the Mixed Media Stamp Set.

To finish off my pen pouch, I trimmed out the Frida image, fully embraced my wonky stitching abilities and stitched her right onto my pouch.
Thank you for following along.

I wish you a week full of art and full of whimsy!
xo, Belen

Friday, March 2, 2018

Double the Fun with Sandee Setliff

Double the fun

Mail art (also known as postal art and correspondence art) is a populist artistic movement centered on sending small scale works through the postal service.

I love mail art, and when I can make the card and the mail art match, well, that's awesome! 
Mail art can be as involved as you want it to be or as easy as you want. 
 I hope you enjoy it and thank you for watching.

masking your stamp

How I store my ink piks and sponges that I use with my Moonlight Duo inks.
How I combine small stamps on the Cling on Card stock

Rubbermoon products:
stamps -


Stazon ink
Micron pen

I mentioned in the video that I used my inks through stencils, if you would like to check out that project then please visit: Fragile Heart over on StencilGirl