Thursday, March 17, 2016

New Stamps & Teaching @ Creative Studios NC

Hello Everyone! 

In keeping with my New Year's Resolution (for a change!), here's a blog post for March! Yay me! 

Lots going on in my life, and all good (except for having to replace one of our heat pumps and some vehicle expenses, but I digress!). 

I have a new set of PTP Elements Rubber Stamps coming out very soon. I should have some of these in stock later this week in fact. Once I receive them I'll add them to my Etsy Shop - Inky Obsessions. The entire image below will be sold as a full 5" x 8" sheet of unmounted red rubber. The images circled in red will also be sold as a separate cling mount set. These images have been requested by my viewers that are fans of my polymer clay mosaics and the black and white tiles I include in all my designs. Using these stark graphic images stamped in black ink on white clay, you get that poppa black and white throughout your project that really makes the designs pop. I have a checkerboard stamp I got years ago with no branding on it. People were having trouble finding a sharp checkerboard and harlequin patterned stamp with distress markings on it so I thought I'd include some of these favorites in this stamp sheet. This also includes some of my new designs on my latest iStencil release of 8" round patterns

Exciting news -- I've been invited to teach at Creative Studios NC, in Vass, NC. I'll be teaching my Gelli JumpStart Journals that were featured in the 10th Anniversary Edition of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. My class will be on Saturday, 2 April. Spots are still available and you can register on the Creative Studios website. Creative Studios is fairly new to the area. It was created by and is run by Jan Nichols McClay, Jean Skipper, and Jodi Ohl. I've taken a number of classes with Jodi over the years at Create Art Retreat and just love her both as a person and an artist. I then joined Jodi, Jean and Penny Arrowood at their ReMe Retreat in Ocracoke Island, NC in October 2014. If you ever consider going to an art retreat -- this should be at the top of your bucket list. These ladies know how to put the 'retreat' into an art retreat. We were pampered and catered to from the minute we arrived. What a wonderful and fulfilling experience it was to become a ReMe sister. I will do this again, no doubt about that. 

Jodi has announced her next book release coming out later this year -- and guess who was invited to be a featured artist??? OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! So exciting and such an honor and amazing opportunity. I can't thank her enough! As soon as details are available for the release and purchase of her new book, I'll be sure to help her spread the word. 

Our 2nd Annual Maryland Art Gathering Weekend is coming together nicely. This year we'll have 30 ladies gathering together for a jam-packed fun-filled weekend of art, laughs, fellowship and fun. I'll be sure to share pics here of our time together and projects we create. 

I've claimed Sundays at Noon Eastern as my regular weekly Ustream LIVE broadcast time -- Sunday Crafternoon with Patti. This is working out well so far with my schedule, however, I will not be streaming on 27 March and 3 April due to Easter Sunday dinner at our place and another conflict on the 3rd. I'll resume on 10 April as scheduled. I always push the recordings of my live events to my YouTube channel, however, there have been some issues with Ustream lately that have garbled my audio. For some reason though, the recordings playback perfectly if you view them from my Ustream channel. Odd! But if you'd like to meet a great group of artists and interact with myself and them during my live broadcasts, come 'follow' me on Ustream and join in the fun. We share all sorts of information about products, techniques and links to both, and have a lot of laughs too. 

Here are some pics of projects I've done recently on my live streams: 

Gelli prints using my new iStencils:

Polymer Clay Tile mosaic coat hook:

Collages into ATCs:

Happy Arting! 


Thursday, February 18, 2016

NEW iStencils Designs & Coupon Code ROUND20

Hello everyone,

Finally, my new designs are ready! I've concentrated on 8" round stencil designs this time in honor of the 8" round Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates. Of course as with all stencils of any size you can use these in anyway you'd use any other stencils. Some very versatile and cool new designs for you to check out. I'm also releasing two new 8 x 10 masks. 

Stop by my Ustream broadcast Thursday 18 February at 9PM EST for a demo of the new designs. I will also be streaming:

  •      Friday 19 Feb @ 5PM EST
  •      Saturday 20 Feb @ 10AM EST
  •      Sunday 21 Feb @ 12PM EST

The coupon code for this release is ROUND20. This includes: 

  • 20% off the entire iStencils website (well over 3,000 designs)
  • FREE 8" Round exclusive PTP stencil with $25 purchase that includes at least one other PTP design
  • FREE Domestic shipping with purchase of over $50
  • Coupon Code is good from Thursday, 18 Feb thru Monday, 22 Feb
Here's a pic of the FREE 8" Exclusive:


Happy Arting, 


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Polymer Clay Tiled Birdhouse & Painted Midori Travelers Notebook

Hello everyone!

Just a quick share of a project I did live on Ustream last Sunday. The video is now up on YouTube if you'd like to watch it. I really like the way it came out. I've had this birdhouse sitting on a nightstand in our guest room for years. I was in that room the other day and it caught my eye and I thought - roof - flat surface -- polymer clay tile that bad boy! I mixed up some acrylic paints that matched the color of the birdhouse exactly, then made a batch of tiles especially for this project including some of the orange and purple ones you see. These were all made with white Sculpey III clay that I rolled out, stamped with rubber stamps, cut into tiles, painted , then wiped back some of the paint to expose the texture of the stamped design. They were baked after I wiped back the paint. Here are some pics of the final outcome: 

I also wanted to share what I did with my Midori Travelers Notebook. I got swept into the travelers notebook craze a coupe years ago and went right for the original - Midori. I got the brown one but never really adapted it into my daily life. It seemed clunky to carry around with me and I lost interest. But I keep seeing so many people who can't seem to live without their travelers notebooks, that I thought I'd try to breath some new life into my abandoned notebook. I threw a little acrylic paint and some gesso and ink at it and used my Pictograph and Outback iStencils to add some layers. Now I LOVE IT! 

Speaking of iStencils (what a segway!) -- stay tuned for my new release of 8" round iStencils created with the 8" round Gelli Plate in mind. They of course can be used for any application you would use any stencils for, but are really great for the round gelli plates. I've also got two new masks which are really versatile and fun. The release will be accompanied by a coupon code so don't miss out on this sale for the entire iStencils website. I'll be streaming daily during the sale dates and demoing all the new designs along with some previous designs and how they play off one another. So stay tuned for the exact dates and get your coupon code for some great savings! 

Happy Arting, 


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!