Tuesday, February 12, 2013

What's new to me

Ok, so I haven't been posting. I am taking a few, that's right!, a few online classes! I am finally learning how to use Photoshop Elements as far as scrapbooking and at the same time learning much more about my Mac. I am doing a journalling class that will last the rest of this year and also a doodling class that is cute. I have always wished that I could be a real artist. I am proficient in some kinds of things, but I classify a real artist as someone who can paint or draw without looking at anything to figure out how - like a photo or another drawing or painting.
I love to color and feel that I do pretty well with the copics. There is always room to improve, however.  So today I am going to share a few of my "class" projects and a card that I made to thank a couple who are going to present our library with a gardening program.  Since I know more of my followers do cards, I will show it first.
I love, love love, this image. It is a wood block rubber stamp. Not sure whose it is. I stamped it and then masked it while I colored the background with Distress Inks. I used tumbled glass, festive berries, scattered straw and peeled paint. Those colors closely matched the dp I used. The inside, which I am not showing, is just a pocket of the brown backed dp to hold a gift card. I used a Hero Arts die to cut out the little flower shape that I white heat embossed the greeting on. I covered it with glossy accents after I put a tiny gem on it. It is on dimensionals. There are stickles on the little blue berries. Believe me, it was hard not to stickle the whole thing! But I liked the way the coloring came out. Here are the copics I used: Y11, Y15, Y17, YG03, YG95, BG72, R22, R27, R29. I did the shadows with the BG72 also.

The class that these next photos are for is from Creativecardclasses.com and called Inky Doodles.  These will end up mostly as journalling pages. We did several different background techniques - these are mostly my takes on the backgrounds. The videos are great showing how to use lots of artist supplies as well as I used lots of ink!! And then she taught us how to draw different "doodle" figures as well as designs and different ways to apply them besides drawing directly. I have learned lots and had so much fun. There is one class left and I will really miss it. I am going to only comment if something I did doesn't show up = stickles or sparkly things usually.
 This guy has crackle accents on his shell. It is made of bits of papers glued down.

There is gold acrylic paint lightly dry-brushed over the feathers giving them a shiny look.
This one has flower shaped glitter in the gel medium and bigger flakes of glitter over the top.
The lady bugs are shiny because they are made of foil.
The scales on the snake are orange stickles and the stripes on the tail are yellow stickles!

Hope you enjoyed my blog today. Please leave me a comment. And make my day! Hugs to you all, Barb F


Lisa :) said...

Great work Barb! Love the backgrounds, especially the turtle.

Anonymous said...

Love the backgrounds, very pretty barb
Hugs Julie P

Christina C. said...

OMG, Barb, you took the words right out of my mouth.....I can totally relate to that. I'm trying to learn painting, i.e., journaling, but there is no one in my area to teach me and no workshops since I live in the country. I have ZERO access!
I love your use of the acrylic paints...beautiful use of colors and texture!

Danielle said...

Fabulous job. I like all the different styles.

Ellis said...

Fantastic card and beautiful backgrounds, like your doodling too!
I can uinderstand that you had a great time with these classes! =)
Hugs, Elenor