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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fish And Fungus On a Jar?

Hello PEEPS! Today for my monthly Design Team post for Altered Eclectics I am excited to share some more of my exploration into the uses of PEBEO Glass Paint, and today I am actually painting on glass.  I took an empty plain jar with an attractive metal lid and did this to it.
It is a bit impossible to show the entire jar in one photo so here are several more photos showing different sides and one of the lid top...

Now creating this fun container was surprisingly easy, although time-consuming as I could only work on the jar one third at a time to allow drying time in between applications of product.  First I stamped my images right onto the outside of the jar using Stazon Ink which is made for stamping onto slick surfaces, like glass. I was able to stamp all around my jar in one go and the ink dried fairly quickly.
Then I applied the clear epoxy in a tube that creates the wee "pools" that will be filled with the glass paint.  This did dry in the 10 minutes as promised in the directions, and again I could do the entire circumference of the container fairly quickly.
Finally I filled the pools created by the epoxy with color.  I started first with a paint brush (not recommended), then with some Q-tips (also not recommended) and ended up using the pipettes that PEBEO recommends using. And which worked beautifully!
I needed to allow each side to dry until tacky, before turning the jar to next bit, so the paint did not run.  As I am NOT the patient type, you will notice one or two places where the color has run or pooled, but hey, isn't that part of the charm? Smile.  It took approximately 30-45 minutes for the paint to dry to tacky, but it took a full 24 hours before the paint was fully dry and smooth to the touch.
Now some of you may find this stamping, outlining, painting a bit at a time TEDIOUS... but I found it very therapeutic and I LOVE the effect... Next on to some custom wine glasses... What do you think?

OH Yeah, and I created this project for the May Altered Eclectics Challenge where Anything Goes All the Time as long as it is not a card or an ATC or a Scrapbook page!  So why not pop on over to see what everyone else created this month and we would LOVE to see one of your creations, you have until May 31st to link up.
PS:  Ooops, forgot to mention that these images are all from my Dyan Reaveley Dylusions collection! Grin
Lynne Mizera

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Suzi Blu... I LOVE YOU!!

I am so excited about today's post because I am covering a number of things I wanted to do all in one fell swoop!  Firstly - it's FRIDAAAY and for me that means Unity Stamps "Friends with Flair";

Secondly I want to send out a personal, heart-felt THANK YOU to Ms. Suzi Blu... An artist whom I just ADORE - and who in 2012 was the first artist whose whimsical faces and figures stole my heart and who whispered right into my heart... "You can do it and YOU are good enough!" And all through her book "Mixed Media Girls" ;
And Thirdly I am so excited to be participating in my very first "Tag it Tuesday", a monthly Tag Challenge put on by Cards and More by Sheri and this Month's Challenge is Showers, Rain, Rainbows ...
So with these three things swirling away in my brain and a phone call from a friend who lives alone and may need a surgery with a two-month recovery period... here is what I created:

And here is the back side...

And quickly, for those that want to know...I covered a tag in this rainbow duct tape..
Then I toned it down by using my ink roller to roll on some Golden white fluid acrylic paint over top. I mounted my Suzi Blu/Unity Stamp colored and cut out figure "Mademoiselle" and then embellished the tag using Art Anthology's Dimensional Crystal Paints. 
I stamped and cut out my umbrella from my Dyan Reaveley collection and I added foam pop dots to the umbrella so it really is covering her.
The final touch was to add to the back of the tag one of my favorite sayings for my dearest friends in need. 

And I KNOW you can see the influence my new book by Joanne Sharpe "The Are of Whimsical Lettering" is making!

So thanks again for popping in to see my stuff and if you leave me a comment I will try to leave you one right back!!
Lynne Mizera

WOYWW #307 (What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday)

Ok! Ok! Ok! I KNOW It's Thursday, but I've missed so many WOYWW link ups this past month that I am pretending it's still Wednesday and I am getting in on this one! Now, for those of you  that are new to the Stamping Grounds WOYWW,  it stands for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and it's a "Linky Party" where you link up a photo(s) of what your workspace looks like on Wednesday (and no cheating- which means NO Tidying Up-grin) and then you can pop on through other people's workspaces all over the world... It's just too much fun!  

Here is a portion of my Workdesk on Wednesday... And I am showing off TWO books I have been WANTING... both of which I found when I was in Texas last week:   Joanne Sharpe's "The Art of Whimiscal Lettering" and Jane Davenport's SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE "Beautiful Faces" Swooon... which was Gifted to me by my wonderful friend and Hostess in Texas, Lisa... THANK YOU LISA!!

Now Lisa and I met Jane Davenport last April, when we both attended Christy Tomlinson's "She Matters Art Retreat".  Not only is Jane a lovely person and fantastic artist and a BEAUTIFUL soul, but she has the gift of being able to impart difficult, involved, technical information in easy-to-understand, bite-sized pieces for us artistic types.  I have taken several of her on-line classes, for which I give FIVE Stars, but this book... SWOON... it's the Pefect All-in-one package!
Now I am also going to tease you with these two little ladies, both from Unity Stamps and both are Suzi Blu creations... all done up and waiting to be applied to another project....Smile... so stay tuned!

And thanks again for popping in to visit me today and please DO leave me a comment and I will try and leave one right back!
Lynne Mizera

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Be INSPIRED! and More PEBEO Vitrail Painting...

I am soooo excited to be participating in the Unity Stamp Company's {Be Inspired} Challenge for this Month (April 9th until May 13th) and the images and colors in this month's challenge totally inspired me to create this very first large canvas using more of the PEBEO Vitrail glass paints, Stencils and of course UNITY STAMPS
Here is the challenge photo... How did I do? Grin
I created the canvas background first using stencils, Liquid acrylic paints and spray inks.  Then I went to town using my Pebeo dimensional paint in a tube to outline everything I wanted to enhance and then I filled the butterfly wings with my Vitrail paints, these looked so good that I then allowed myself to add more Vitrail glass paint to accent and enhance colored areas and because they are translucent the images behind the paint still show through beautifully.

Then I stamped two of my favorite Suzi Blu Unity Stamp images using Archival Black Ink, Gypsy Warrior and Serenity Angel, and then I painted them using my Inktense pencils like watercolors because these ink pencils will not run after they have dried and the colors are amazing!
After I had cut out my images I mounted them using foam pop dots to the background so they actually POP right off the canvas at you...
The final touch was to add gold leaf as an accent and to help direct your eye around the canvas... this was so easy to do with Pebeo's special "glue in a tube" for gold leaf and their "mirror sheets"... I think you will be seeing a LOT more of this on my future projects!

I just LOVE the shiny and glittery texture I get with this medium and I hope you like this new direction I am taking my Unity Stamps because I SURE AM! Thanks for popping in to see what I am up to and don't forget to leave me a comment if you like what you are seeing!!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Edna Says..."Q" is for Quick!

I cannot believe that two weeks have flown by and it's already time for the next Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers' Challenge! This week Edna says, "Q" is for QUICK... make a card in 10 minutes or less! 
And here is mine and YES this card took only 10 minutes, this is the outside, it says "BEE"
And THIS is the inside "HAPPY!" Be Happy - Cute Huh?! It looks really cool when you open and close it really fast over and over, but it doesn't take much to entertain me. (grin)

This really did only take 10 minutes but I had the idea in my brain and all the product assembled and within reach before I started.  If I had to go looking for anything I would have totally been over.
AND I set my sparkly egg timer .... you know the one that goes TICK TICK TICK and then rings so loud you  jump when it goes off? Grin So I KNOW I did it in exactly 10 minutes!

So pop over to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog to see what everyone else has created and if you want to play along you have until May 1st to link up and maybe be selected our next Queen or Princess of SNARK!

Addendum:  Donna (our Queen of SSS) has requested a mini video of me opening and closing this card.... so here is my debute as a "Vanna White"... ENJOY!! 

Scrapbook Lynne Mizera

Friday, April 17, 2015

Playing with PEBEO... Swoon, and Friends with Flair!

I am Baaaack! Smile... Sorry it's been so long between posts, but I have been REALLY sick from a bug I picked up at my 8-year old grandson's hockey tournament on March 23rd...
Grandson#2 and his Hockey Medal
 and then I was on a plane winging my way to Texas for a week-long visit and week of ART, eating, talking and BEACH with a my good friend Lisa (who I met at Christy Tomlinson's She Matter's Art Retreat last April)
Christy Tomlinson's SHE MATTERS Art Retreat, April-2014
and although I arrived home this past Tuesday, it took TWO DAYS to unpack all the stuff I brought back with me!  (Note: Hobby Lobby should show a big bump in revenue this month ... GRIN.)
Me & Lisa - Apres Beach IceCream Cones...Swoon!

 So ANYWAY... One of the new-to-me products I stumbled upon and bought are these awesome glass paints and dimensional glazes from a french company PEBEO... 
and they are one of the reasons I had to go back to Hobby Lobby THREE times and why I needed to purchase a FOURTH suitcase to get home. (Ha!Ha!Ha!)  
Canvas #1 Using Stampedous and Unity Stamps
And I am sharing these two wee 5x7 canvasses I created using my stamps, Stazon ink and Pebeo's glass paint product - VITRAIL...
Canvas #2 using my Unity Donna Downey Poppies stamp
I first stamped the entire canvas with a book page stamp and Stazon black ink;
I then outlined the flower images with a dimensional paste that mimics stained glass leading;
Can you see how the glaze shimmers and shines when dry?
Then, using pipettes, I filled each space I created with the dimsional paste with these jewel-like colors. As you can see these Vitrail colors are made for glass so they are totally transparent and the stamped images are completely legible through the colored glaze.  
The backgrounds took about 12 hours to dry completely after which I stamped, painted with my InkaGold paints, cut out and mounted using pop dots, one of my favorite Suzi Blu Unity stamps "Chickadee and Me" - so OF COURSE I am linking this up to Unity Stamps' Friday's "Friends with Flair" today!

So you can count on my regular blog posts going forward, and stay tuned for some pretty awesome stuff coming your way using my new Pebeo paints and glazes!!
Scrapbook-Glass-Mixed-Media-Artist, Lynne Mizera

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Edna Says "J" is for Just KIDDING!

It's time for another Challenge from the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and Edna says, "J" is for JUST KIDDING!
In case you didn't know, Edna is the Mascott for the Sisterhood. (Can a person be a Mascott?) ANYWAY for this challenge Edna wants us to make her laugh (or at least SMILE) so pull out all the stops and create something funny!
Here is what I created .... It's a "Dudley" Card...
I had a stamp-fest creating him because Dudley is a myStamp Box stamp, the wings are from my Dyan Reaveley Dylusions stamps and the sentiment is a new on from my Unity Stamps.
So come on down to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers blog to see what else the Team has created and why not consider joining in for a chance to be selected as the QUEEN of Snark or a Princess of Snark and win some blog candy for you site?  You have until April 17th to come play.

As always, thanks for popping in to check out my stuff!
Scrapbook Lynne Mizera