Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Alter a pumpkin with clay and paints

Hello there !

Today I will show you a project I created for my next workshop in Houston (BTW contact me if you interested in attending one with me). It's an altered pumpkin, with the rich colors of Fall, purple and gold :


The base is a plastic pumpkin, half-covered with lace. I added lot of embellishments created with moulds and paper clay.I have two tricks to work fast with clay. You cannot let the clay dry in the mould or the clay will be too rigid to be added to the pumpkin. What you can do is add starch into the mould with a brush, put your clay into the mould and place it in the freezer for 10mn... It will be so much easier to remove the shapes ! You can glue the clay embellishments right away with a fast glue like Zip Dry or Tacky glue with the help of a heat gun. I also glued some Prima Art stones to add more dimensions.


In these close-ups, you can see that I used the Large Fleurish and the Medallion mould (for a large selection of Prima mould, you can click here). I also use the Baroque 6 mould to create the stalk of the pumpkin.
Once everything was dried, I covered all with white gesso, and then with purple paint.


The last part was to add light touches of Finnabair's Spark Fairy Wings paint (it's a green gold) on the embellishments and lighter touches on the lace.
The purple looks deeper depending of the light...


This pumpkin will be a great add to your Halloween or Fall decorations, so jump in and create one ! Or better ask me to join this class...

Thank you for your time, I hope you enjoy this project ! See you soon !


P.S. here are some affiliate links to products I used in this project :



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Dream the impossible : An art journal spread

Hello there !

I'm back with another journal spread for the Art anthology blog, using the Hexi stencil stack as focal point on my pages :


I started with the medium Hexi and Glorious Colorations spray, followed by the hollowed Hexi and Tango Velvet, and then the larger Hexi with Dazzle Clear Coat.


Once each coat was dried, I added some Waimea Bay Colorations spray and wipe the excess from the Hexi pattern.


I played also with a graphic stamp to add some dimension to my pages, from the Geometric stamp set by BoBunny and added black distress ink to the edges.


Title is made with a die cut and alpha stickers.
I made a video tutorial to help you with these stackable stencils, so feel free to take a peek at it :


Thank you for stopping by my blog today ! Have a great one !

Monday, September 17, 2018

How to decorate a chipboard frame with Art Anthology

Hello !

It's time for another project for the Art Anthology blog ! This time I decorate a chipboard frame using mediums, ink and stencil...


The base is a standing chipboard frame (BoBunny) that I covered with white gesso, then painted with Amber (from the Rust texture set).
Do you remember the flower tutorial I made a while ago ? I create roses with punches, but as you see in this project, you could make petunias too ! Take a look at the previous tutorial to make roses here. You will see how to make the petunias in the video of this frame project at the end of this post.


I use three different colors for the flowers : Azalea Shine, Grape Shine and Dragon Fruit Velvet mediums by Art Anthology.


The pink background was create with Bone Stone Effect medium, the Gothic stencil with gel medium and the Patience Colorations spray. Can you see the rich texture and dimensions this combo create ?


I added only few embellishments to this project beside the flowers : some clay ferns and a wood title, colored with Amber.

Take a look at my video tutorial to know more about this project here or on my YouTube channel BonjourScrapValerie :


Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this new project !
Have a wonderful day and see you soon...

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Faux leather book with Art anthology

Hello crafters !

Let's finish August with another mixed media project for the Art Anthology blog, one that will completely upgrade a very basic wooden box... I started with a plain book shaped case and ended with a faux leather book !


The technique I used in this project required simple things : a rubber stamp and texture paste, plus few paints.
I first cover the book box with gesso, then only the front cover with Mud Texture paste, that I let dry almost completely. Then I pressed the book cover stamp and remove it carefully. I used the Chocolate Sorbet and the Cocoa Shine mediums to color the cover.


Once dry, I added some metal embellishments, like corners, flowers, leaves and dots, painted with the Teal Velvet and the Copper Metallic from the Patina Texture set.


Using two different shades of brown make the imprint design really pop from the background and gives an antique look to the project.


Really love the Teal/copper combo to create this oxidized look on the metal embellishments...


If you want to re-create this look on your next project, you can watch my video tutorial here or on my channel BonjourScrapValerie :


Thank you for stopping by, I hope this project will inspire you to make something today !
See you soon...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Altered Chinese fan with Art Anthology

Hello everyone !

I know it's been a long time since my last mixed media project, but the waiting is over ! Here is my new one, an altered wood fan that I created for the Art Antology blog !


A lot of textures and dimensions in this one ! And a vintage vibe... This look totally make me think of the Chinese-like object from the 50's. With a shabby hint.


I used different mediums on it : Rose Velvet medium, Patina Texture set with metallic and stone texture, Mud Paste, white gesso... I also used two stencil : Cherry Blossom and Floral Tiles. All of that by Art Anthology.


If you want to know more about my creative process on this project, I made a video tutorial for you. You can watch it here or on my YouTube channel BonjourScrapValerie :


Thank you so much for stopping by today ! I hope you liked this new project and you will come back soon to see few more...
Have a great day !

Monday, August 13, 2018

Black and gold Thanks card

Hello everyone !

I'm back from France and will start soon to create again ! Meanwhile, let me show you a card I made with the Modern Metallic stack by DCWV :


I just played with the papers, cut out few flowers and assembled it to create a Thank You card...
By the way, Thanks for visiting my blog after this Summer break !

I will be pretty busy with back-to-school stuffs for few more days, but I promise I will return with new projects very soon... Meanwhile, you can take a look at the other cards I made with this stack : Hello card or You&Me card.

So have a great day, and see you soon !

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mixed media Art Journal pages : Fish for love

Hello everyone !

I'm back with a new project for the Art anthology blog : an art journal spread !


 The background was created with Siesta Key Colorations spray and green distress ink, followed by brown distress ink over the Lattice stencil by Art Anthology. I added two types of bubbles, one with the Messy Bubbles stencil and the Mermaid Sorbet medium, the other with a Deep Red droplets stamp and green ink. Some more brown distress ink on the edges of the journal added the final touch to the background.


To create the heart, I painted a cardstock with different mediums and colors, using also stencils to add dimension.


Once I was happy with it, I cut hearts by hand and glued them on my pages. I added some journaling on white paper, used a black pen to outline the hearts, journaling, and drawn the fishing lines.


If you want to know more about this creative process, I made a video tutorial for you :


Thank you for stopping by today ! I hope you enjoy your summer so far. Mine is super hot and I can't wait to go back to a cooler weather... which I will not have in a while because I live in Texas ! Never mind, I will stay in my craft room and create until Fall... See you soon !