January 26, 2016
January 18, 2016
My analytical, problem-solving, and engineering side of my mind has finally paid off in a big way in my mixed media journey; my 1990's Fisher-Price Pool Table (the hockey table that I use for mixed media is on the other side of the pool table) that converts to a hockey table and ping-pong table is IDEAL for drips, spills, glitter and embossing-powder mishaps, and leaking spray nozzles!
When I started using sprays and watercolor paints on a small scale, my "scraproom" was a spot on my bedroom floor. I sat on top of an old comforter with the hockey-table top on the floor. If you don't believe me, check it out yourself. (How did my picture of my bedroom floor get more views than any of layouts?!? haha!! Sad but true.)
After a few months, I became much more involved with sprays and inks. One afternoon, I watched my paintbrush in my hand bump into my brand new, full bottle of Raspberry Heidi Swapp Color Shine. Time seemed to stand still as I watched the ink pour onto my Fisher-Price table and onto my comforter that was sitting over my white carpet.
It was absolutely a miracle from God that the dark, raspberry ink did not leak through the comforter, although the comforter was soaked with ink through both sides! Somehow I managed to move off my comforter just enough to lift it up and catch the raspberry waterfall. I concluded that an angel must have saved me from having my carpet look like an episode of "Dexter", as the raspberry color definitely looked like blood.
I made some room in the basement then looked at the old, yet very sturdy, Fisher-Price Table. This durable and sturdy, child's high-tech, 1990's toy is an amazing solution to a messy, disorganized, and clumsy scrapbooker! Just LOOK at the amazing design: it comes equipped with "pockets" (made for pool balls originally) to catch the potential disasters! Even the table top sits on a secret compartment; any larger spills flow into the pockets and drain into the enclosed compartment under it!
To top it off, the embossing powders, mica powders, loose glitters, and paper shavings from distressing the edges of paper can be easily brushed into a pocket with my old makeup brush.
My conclusion: sometimes the solution to a problem has been right under a person's nose the whole time (possibly even collecting dust in the home).
By the way, I have already patented a version of this table for scrapbookers and mixed media artists. It will be available in stores by next year. ;-)
January 17, 2016
My newest layout is titled "Sparkling", and it is my entry for the More Than Words challenge for January 2016. I have also uploaded a video tutorial for this layout.
For the word "personality", I knew exactly what I wanted to do to show my own personality on paper. I am a very vibrant and colorful person. People have described me as perky and bubbly, so I chose the word "Sparkling" for my title and definitely had to add a lot of sparkle to my page!
I am also an analytical person - almost to a fault. I came across Prima's sketch for June of 2015 (shown below), and I knew that was what I wanted to use for this challenge.
The circles definitely show how I analyze things in life - overanalyzing causes me to go in circles! I have a B.S. in applied mathematics and I minored in computer science, so for much of my life I have thrived on analyzing. However, this personality trait of mine has been one of the most difficult things for me to overcome in my scrapbooking mixed media journey. It is very difficult for me to stop overanalyzing when I work on a project. When I begin overanalyzing, I know I need to step away.
I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut the title I designed in the software and to cut the fun circle frame around my selfie. For this project, I used Liquitex Basics Acrylic Gesso, Liquitex Clear Gesso, and Liquitex Glass Bead Gel. The roses around the picture are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and the other flowers are from Prima. All of the sparkles, gems, and gears used on this layout were random things I had in my stash from Michael's.
Feel free to watch my video tutorial at your convenience - I hope you enjoy it! As always, any comments, questions, or suggestions are encouraged.
Here is a close up and an angle view:
Thank you for viewing my blog, and have a lovely day!
January 07, 2016
Hello everyone! I would like to share my newest layout with you today: "Hopeful". At the bottom of this post is my very first video tutorial. In the future, I will probably be making adjustments to my tutorials, since I literally just learned the software.
I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut some designs I made for this layout: the title "Hopeful", the black leaves, and the white flourish border on the right side of the page. I used the black sketch pen with my Silhouette Portrait to write the caption at the bottom.
I use Silhouette Studio to design and cut almost all of my pieces that may resemble chipboard. For example, I designed the black "chipboard" leaves in Silhouette Studio. Before cutting, I duplicate each leaf one time so that I can make them a bit stiffer by gluing the two together after cutting and coloring them. They're made with 140 lb. watercolor paper and cut on my Silhouette Portrait. I usually color all of my pieces the color I want before I glue them together. The reason is that when I glue them together before painting them, particular paints or mists have trouble adhering to some glue that may have come out onto the front of the paper. In this example, I used Ranger's Distress Paint in "Black Soot" to color the leaves.
Before I made the video for this layout, I already had some flowers prepared. All 3 sizes of small roses are Wild Orchid Crafts flowers in white. To make the pink roses, I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Color Shot in "Cosmopolitan Pink". As for the purple flowers on the page, I first misted them with Ranger's Perfect Pearls Mist in "Grape Fizz" then, while wet, I used Prima's color bloom spray in "Pressed Petal". After all of the flowers were dry, I added some Liquitex acrylic gesso over the raised surfaces. The larger purple flower is a Prima flower and the larger white flower is a KaiserCraft bloom.
"Hopeful" Layout Video Tutorial
My name is Jessica McFall, and I want to welcome you to my very first blog! As I take my journey through scrapbooking and mixed media, I invite you to check out my layouts and any photo or video tutorials that I will be posting.
I would love to see your comments and look forward to any advice that you may have! If you can think of something that could contribute to my layouts or want to discuss something in a project, then please leave me a message in my comments section.
When watching any video tutorials that I post, remember that I have never taken an art lesson; therefore, my techniques may not be the "proper" or best way to complete a task. I might as well be finger painting (which is always a blast!). So I hope my methods and techniques will give you a laugh as well as provide you with helpful ideas.
Hope to see you back again soon!
Hope to see you back again soon!