An Alicorn is a winged unicorn with both the horn of a unicorn and the wings of a Pegasus. Or you could just call it a winged Unicorn but I kinda like Alicorn.
I know I would love to own every single stamp image that I could possibly have but sometimes you need to improvise and that's what I'm doing today by combining a couple of stamps to create my Alicorn mixed media canvas. I hope you enjoy the video!
Optional: Plastic gift card (to wrap tape around it) I like to keep my tape flat
Optional:Matte medium (or DecoArt SoftTouch varnish)
Optional:Sea salt (for granulation effect)
STEP 1 // Tear off strips of masking tape
Place each strip on a clean surface or on a craft mat.
TIP! Lay the strips close to each other if you want to stamp two strips at once.
STEP 2// Stamp the strips of tape
I like to use a clear stamping mount so I can see exactly where I’m stamping the image.
Be sure to use a permanent ink pad so that your stamped images doesn’t smear.
Have fun! Encourage your inner designer to create themed designs. For example, if you want to use your washi for packaging, you could use the Mail Art stamp. Or, use RubberMoon’s cute flower stampsfor a soft, feminine vibe.
STEP 3// Paint the tape with fluid acrylics
After you’ve stamped your tape, let them completely dry.
I allow the tape to air dry for at least 30 minutes before moving on with the paint. (Using a heat gun or hair dryer will melt the adhesive on the back side of the tape and will create a bond with the craft mat. This makes the tape less sticky and it will want to peel off.)
STEP 4// Optional: Add sea salt for a cool effect!
Before the acrylic dries, dash a bit of salt right on top of your washi tape. Check out that “star-like” texture!
Optional: Seal the tape with varnish
If you want your tape to have a soft, velvety finish, I’d recommend DecoArt’s Dura Clear Satin Varnish.
For a matte or glossy finish, I found it easier (and quicker!) to use a spray varnish.
Remember to allow the tape to dry before using them in your projects.
Hi everyone! Sandee here to share some of my art journaling magic.
Ok...there's no magic but...
But seriously, a few techniques can make you feel like you have magic powers!
Using a crayon to create a wax resist. First draw your design with a white crayon making sure to press firmly onto the paper. Next apply your color wash. The paint will resist the areas covered with crayon.
Crinkle a piece of tissue paper and place it on top of the wet paint. Position the tissue over the wash and gently press down onto the paper.Allow to dry slightly (but not completely or the tissue could become glued to the watercolor paper) then carefully lift the tissue from the paper.
Salt is fabulous for creating textured backgrounds. While the paint is still wet,sprinkle the salt over the top. Let the paint dry completely and then use your finger or paper towel to flake away the salt.
Deconstructing your stamps to create a completely new image or alter it just a little bit. Mask off unwanted parts, ink your stamp and make sure to remove the mask before stamping and let your imagination soar.
Splattering makes quite a mess but it's really fun! Cover any areas of your paper that you don’t want to be splattered. Load your brush with paint then hold it over the top of your paper. Tap your brush and watch the paint splatter onto your paper...and your desk, camera, hands...etc. lol
Acrylic paints:Teals, Aqua, Magenta, Gold, Silver, White, Blues
Glitter Spray Paint
Over the years, I’ve accumulate more than a few sets of Tarot, either by intuit friends, or my own interest.Many of the sets I have include strong moon imagery, but see very little daylight all packaged up in their individual boxes.I’ve been eyeing a plain wooden box for some time now, decided to “moon it up,” and create an easier draw from a variety of sets.Here is the finished box in the setting sun.
Here is the box covered inside and out with Black Gesso.And here is the gathering of mostly moon-inspired stencils.Ready to paint!
Working from one side to the next, I sponged acrylics through the stencils onto the box.Luckily, the acrylics dry quickly.Luckily, I long ago abandoned the need to keep my stencils in pristine condition.In fact, I quite like the accumulated paints that gather in crusted layers.It shows good use of art supplies and creative use of time.One the images were stenciled, I sponged around the edges for a funky Milky Way effect.Once finished, I spray painted and sealed with Glitter Seal.
On thing about crafting in Alaska in the winter is waiting for daylight to snap a bright photo or two.Here, the cards are loaded, the wait begins.
And the following afternoon…SUN to highlight some MOON art.Here my tarot card box sits on the front porch atop a layer of Yantra Wisdom Cards, also catching bright sun.
Another day, another project.Start gathering your stencils!
Hello there everyone, Shari here again. Hope everyone's holiday season is off to a good start.
This year I got an early start on my Christmas shopping! I was almost done but couldn’t figure out what to get a couple people on my list. I decided to give them a box of handmade cards, hoping they might like to have a stash of cards to give out all year long.
Using a stamping tool to help with mass production, I made 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs) and decorated the envelopes. Then made an envelope box using the 1-2-3 Punch Board. Wrapped it up with a ribbon and added a stamped tag.
I stamped the chipboard cards, white cardstock and envelopes with the Whimsy Doodle Border. I then stamped out the other images onto the white cardstock inside of the doodle borders, 2 of each design. Once all the stamping was done and the was ink dry, I colored the outer circles on the chipboard cards and colored in the images on the white paper. Then cut out the images from the white cardstock at the edge of the outer border line. Glued them onto the chipboard cards with the coordinating dot colors. I also colored the envelopes to match with the cards.
I put them each in plastic sleeves, not necessary but they look fancier that way! And they’ll stay clean and fresh until used. Loaded them up into a box, added ribbon and a tag.
Thanks for looking, hope this will help inspire you to make handmade gifts.