Friday, February 5, 2016

Artfoamies Meet the Gelli Plate and Upcoming iStencils Sale

Hello again! I'm back as promised, so far so good with my New Year's resolution to post at least once a month on my blog! Yay me! 

We are closing in on a date for my next iStencils release! This will come with a discount coupon code or all my viewers and subscribers to take advantage of the entire iStencils website, well over 3,000 designs! My focus on this launch is a new series made especially for the 8" round gelli plate. Of course they can be used on any of the gelli plates or for any other application you would use any stencils for, these just happen to fit the 8" round perfectly. I've also come out with a couple mixed media masks which is pretty exciting. This may happen as early as next weekend, so stay tuned. I'll announce the timing as soon as we confirm the sale dates here on my blog as well as Facebook and Twitter. This is a good time to take advantage of a great sale that only comes around a few times a year. So stay tuned so you don't miss out. 

I streamed last Sunday and focused on playing with some new Artfoamie stamps. These stamps are even better than I imagined they would be. Really crisp images and they hold acrylic paint so well you can get multiple prints out of one 'inking'. They are great on the gelli plate too. Check out my YouTube video that I uploaded from the live Ustream broadcast. Here are some pics of my favorite gelli prints from this session:

This is a close up of some really yummy crusty bits on deli paper that I used to pick up a ghost print, then used Daddy Van's All Natural Beeswax Furniture Polish to make the deli paper translucent. This is great for collage fodder. Check out Shannon Green's recent video demo of Daddy Van's, which includes a coupon code for her viewers to get a great discount on your next purchase of Daddy Van's. 

 This is a ghost print using one of the feather artfoamies. 

 Love this patina print of the feather artfoamies. 

 This was one of my stamping off deli papers where I stamped the excess paint the artfoamies were picking up off my gelli plate. 

 My favorite print of the day -- patina print with the Julie Fei Fan Balzer Artfoamie stamp of numbers. 

A cool clean up print from the paint leftover from the patina print shown above.

This was a ghost print using one of Julie Fei Fan Balzer border artfoamies with some Pebeo Studio Acrylic DYNA Color Iridescent paint in Green/Yellow. YUM! 

 This was another ghost pulled on black bond paper. Really makes the Pebeo's pop. 

First pull on deli with multiple impressions of Julie's border stamp. I love the blend of the Pebeo Green/Yellow with their Oriental Purple. Makes a pretty pinky bronze color where they meet. 

 Stamping off on deli, love these feather stamps. 

 Look what a crisp image you can get with these stamps. This was a piece of deli I was using to stamp off the excess paint when making the print shown above this one. Nothing is a waste when you can get images like this. 

I'm planning to stream live again this Sunday around Noon Eastern, so check out my Ustream channel to be alerted when I schedule an event or go live at any time. Once you get to my channel, just click 'follow' and you will be alerted when there is any activity. Join us live and participate in the chat with lots of other artists of all levels as we laugh, learn, and share information about new products and resources. 

Happy Arting! 


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy 2016 to All!

Happy New Year!!! 

A new year, new hopes and dreams, new plans, a clean slate full of possibilities. I love opening a brand new, clean calendar at the first of the year and filling in all my family and friends birthdays, anniversaries, vacation plans and parties and looking forward to what may come in this fresh new year. I make resolutions every year, but admittedly, I rarely stick to them. I'm not sure if they are too lofty for my time schedule and abilities, or maybe I lose focus when every day life kicks in. Not sure what happens. So here I am again at the beginning of a fresh new year, looking back at what didn't happen and looking forward to what I hope will happen. We will add two new babies to our family this year. One in February and one in March, both little girls. We are really looking forward to that. But what else lay ahead for us? Kind of exciting to think of what is possible in a whole 12 month cycle. 

One of my resolutions is to bring my blog back to life again. I resolve to post at least once a month this year. Surely I can squeeze that into my crazy schedule! I usually work about 50 hours a week at my real job, then streaming and doing videos, designing my stamps and stencils and doing my own art in my spare time, after my family responsibilities of course. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to do everything that I want to do. I'm also resolving to put more focus on my health starting with joining Weight Watchers (AGAIN!) and going to the gym three times a week if only to walk on a treadmill. I also want to come up with a regular Ustream schedule so that my viewers will know when to expect me to be on live. This is really difficult since I never know when I may have to work later than usual. I can't stream during the day since I'm always at the office, so I have to try to squeeze it into an evening during the week, as weekends can be more spontaneous with things to do with family and friends. I'm considering Monday evenings or Sunday afternoons. I'll announce it here and on my Inky Obsessions FaceBook page when I decide. 

I'll be having another iStencils release coming in the new year, this one will feature a bunch of new designs I've made especially for the 8" round gelli plate. I'll have some new stamps that match at some point after that launch. I hope to play more with polymer clay tiles, metal embossing, watercolor, gelli printing and more. Lots in my mind, I just need to find the time to make it happen. Am I the only one with this problem???

Here are some things I've been working on over the last several months that I haven't posted: 

New cling mount stamps and wine totes with my art prints now on my Etsy Shop

So for now, I hope you are feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and looking forward to the brand new year. Let's do something fun and creative in 2016! Let's make it count!

Happy Arting,