Thursday, September 14, 2017

Every art journal needs its own special cover

Today on the Imagine blog I'm sharing an art journal cover made using the new Delicata inks.  Check it out when you have a moment.

I used one of Frank Garcia's beautiful frames as the focal point and then just layered it with tons of decorative metal ephemera.  The complete supply list and tutorial can be found on the Imagine blog.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Hugs ~ Renee

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A little artistic relief after Hurricane Irma

After all the Hurricane Irma drama during the past week and a half I needed a little TLC today.  It came in the form of the latest Art Journaling magazine, the fall issue.  Last year I posted some fun portraits I had created using Distress Crayons and stencils.  I ended up binding them together and sent them into Stampington for possible publication.  Well, guess what?  They were published in an article entitled "My Imaginary Friends" and I'm really delighted.  This is what the cover looks like, it  will be available on October 1, 2017.

The artwork of the amazing artist Pam Carriker is featured on the cover

My article is found on page 42.

Thanks for allowing me to share my joy with you even though all of us feel overwhelmed by all the sadness and despair not only in Florida but also Texas and the Caribbean right now.  My thoughts and prayers are with the thousands that have been displaced and suffered loss.

Sending big cyber hugs to you all and thank so many that checked up on me to make sure we were safe and sound here in South Carolina.  I want you to know I appreciated your concern!

xoxoxo - Renee

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Check out these Rose Gold tags!

I apologize for my long silence.  This week I had all kinds of plans to create but have been obsessed with preparing for a possible direct hit from Hurricane Irma.   We won't know the exact extent of the effects of Irma that will be felt here in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina until later this week end but at least it won't be the Category 5 earlier predicted, it might just be a tropical storm.  My heart goes out to all those who are suffering in the wake of this frightening disaster!

On a happier note, I do have some tags to share using the newly released Delicata ink in Rose Gold. They will be featured on the Imagine blog today.   I also used Dina Wakley masks and stamps with the Rose Gold, Sapphire Blue, and Emerald Green Delicata inks.  The instructions and product list can be found there, I hope you'll check them out!

Take care, be safe.  ~ hugs ~ Renee

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Combining Imagine supplies with the Amazing Teesha Moore stamp

A little nod to the amazing artist Teesha Moore today and her Zettiology stamps.

Making master boards is always fun and saves time later for fast, interesting projects. These snippets of a master board designed using StazOn Studio Glazes will make a great background paper for a giant refrigerator magnet, a focal point on a card or an art journal front cover. Now is the time to cut up those extra pieces of paper and turn them into something beautiful!

1.      Cut master board remnants into desired sizes. Use a large background stamp with script and stamp onto the panel. On a separate piece of Bristol paper, stamp an image of a girl with Delicata Black Shimmer ink, sprinkle on clear embossing powder. Melt powder with a heat tool.

2.      When cool, color in the image with Memento Markers and cut out.

3.      Glue the image to the panel, add word stickers, using a black marker to outline each word. Ink edges with Midnight Blue and then Celestial Copper ink. Use gel medium to attach metal wings. Glue to a card, the front cover of an art journal or attach magnets to hang on the fridge.

Supply List
Imagine Supplies
Master board created with StazOn Studio Glazes – Blue Hawaii, Emerald City and Gold
Ink- StazOn Midnight Blue; Delicata Black Shimmer and Celestial Copper
Sponge dauber- large
Memento Markers-Blue Hawaii, Dandelion, Tuxedo Black and Love Letter
Tear it! Tape

Other Supplies
Stamps – Teesha Moore Zettiology and Stampers Anonymous
Metal wings from Idea-ology
Strathmore Bristol paper
Finnabair 3D Matte Gel
Stencils by Artistcellar
Cutting tool
Heat tool

For additional step by step photos check out the Imagine blog.  Thanks for stopping by ~ hugs ~ Renee

Paper towels

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Steampunk Style Book Mark for Summer Books

One of our challenges with Imagine for the month of August is to create something with the word “Motion”in mind. I have created a book mark for several reasons. I love the ocean and the constant motion that can be found there, not only with the movement of the water but all the creatures in the sea that seem to be always on the move. The Dog Days of August make me want to head down to the beach with a good, old fashioned paperback novel, for which I need a book mark. This book mark is made with Graphic 45 paper that is called “Voyage Beneath the Sea”; it has a distinctive Steampunk flair to it. There’s a lot of inky goodness on the front of the tag and a surprise appearance of a mermaid on the back. Enjoy your summer reading!
Time: 1 hour


Step 1:
Create a master board on Bristol paper that will be the water like background. To make sure that the Glaze doesn’t soak into the paper, apply a thin coat of gesso to the water color paper before beginning.  Make sure the gesso is dry. This master board was created with StazOn Studio Glaze applied with a Smudgees Sponge Mitt and a little water to blend the colors, first Emerald City, then Bahama Blue and then Gold. Each color was applied through a stencil and heat dried in between to set the color.
Cut off the desired portion for the marker.  This one measures 8 ¾” by 3 ¼”. Save the rest of the master board for another project.
Step 2:
Choose a stamp that looks like something under the sea and stamp an image with StazOn Midnight Blue ink at the bottom of the marker.


Step 3:
Cut a piece of paper for backing out of sea themed paper, this one is from Graphic 45. This panel measures 3 ½” by 9 ½”. Cut another snippet of paper to glue on the bottom. The seahorse is a die cut from Sizzix that has been colored in with Memento Markers. The stickers match the paper collection.

Step 4:
Adhere the panel to the backing paper; glue some sequins to look like bubbles. Tiny glass beads mimic sand at the bottom of the ocean, On Point Glue is perfect for adhering tiny details like this.

Here is the front side of the finished tag with a tiny bit of glass glitter added to the sand area.

The back is pretty too.

Supply list
Imagine Supplies
Ink- StazOn Midnight Blue
StazOn Studio Glaze-Emerald City, Bahama Blue, Gold
Memento Markers-Tangelo, Dandelion, Tuxedo Black
Tear It! Tape
On Point Glue
Palette knife
Craft mat
Smudgees sponge mitt

Other Supplies
Bristol water color paper
Stencil by Artistcellar
Graphic 45 “Voyage to Beneath the Sea” paper collection and stickers
Finnabair Glass Beads-White Gold, Copper, Platinum
Prima Glass Glitter
Sizzix Die Cut-Sand and Sea (seahorse)
Spray bottle of water
Paper cutter

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs ~ Renee

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Steampunk Mirror

I love to recycle or alter items I continue to find in the house that are not really being used.  Some things have just been relegated to the book case, behind books, just barely peeking out.  Sleep often eludes me and I can't stand to just lay in bed, so I sneak into my studio in the wee hours of the morning and use that quiet time to create.  This time I used my new Finnabair Patina Effect Paints in Blue and Red Rust plus a few metal objects to give an old mirror new life.

I won't hide this behind any books now!  Thanks for stopping by-hugs-Renee

Friday, July 21, 2017

Day Three of the Imagine and StencilGirl Products Blog Hop!

Here we are at Day Three of the Imagine and StencilGirl Products Blog Hop!  Have you been leaving comments every day on each of the designers blogs?  I hope so.  This is the final day, you have until Sunday July 23 at 11:59 PM Central Time to leave your comments.
(One comment per blog please)
One winner will be announced on Monday, July 24th on the StencilGirls Facebook page and on the Imagine Facebook page.  Just to remind you of what the prize is:

Here's your list of designers for today:

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure and leave a comment on each of the designers blogs that have been showcased on the lists over the past three days to increase your chances of winning the prize of a $25 Gift Certificate from Imagine and a $25 Gift Certificate from StencilGirl Products.  Who doesn't need $50 of supplies?

I'd love to share one more of the journal pages I did with my stencils from StencilGirl just to emphasize the versatility of their stencils.  All the same stencils just different results.  Be sure to hop along to the above list to win the gift certificates!

Hugs ~ Renee

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stencil Girl Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hello and welcome to the StencilGirl Products and Imagine Blog Hop, DAY TWO!

For this hop I received three stencils:  Jessica Sporn's Rain, Andrea Matus deMeng's Eve, a modern woman small stencil, Seth Apter's Techno Insiders Circle.  It was so easy to use all three, actually it became an addictive process, I haven't been able to stop using them all month long!  This is the project I chose to share today, it is called " Steampunked Namaste".  It is part of an art journal of faces, she just has an elaborate head gear and flowers.  I will make a series of faces like these and then bind all the pages together in a hand made journal.

The background gets its color from Fireworks! Craft Spray in the Lilac Posies color, sprayed over Seth's Techno Insiders Circle.  Then I used the Techno Insiders Circle again on top of that with Fireworks! Desert Sand spray.  The face is Andrea's Eve stencil. I evened out the skin tones with Jane Davenport's Paint Over Pens, using Unicorn, Beach and Starfish.   Even the flowers in the foreground are a StencilGirls stencil designed by Mary Beth Shaw.  On a separate piece of water color paper,  I sprayed the Fireworks! sprays through the stencil then added additional shading by pouring some of the Fireworks! in a water brush and applying it where needed.  When the flowers were dry I cut them out and adhered them with Tear It! tape.   Here are a few close up shots of the background and the face.

To give her a "Steampunk" look I adhered cogs and gears with Imagine On Point Glue and a touch of the Iridescent Blue Creative Medium.  By using the On Point Glue I can better isolate the areas where I want to adhere the glass glitter.

After applying gesso through the words on the Rain stencil, I allowed drying time, then I highlighted the words with London Fog ink and a small dauber.

Here is another very similar art journal page using the same stencils but in Fireworks! Craft Spray in primarily blues and greens.  I used all the same stencils just differently.

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY?!!  One special winner will receive prizes from both StencilGirl Products and Imagine, a $25 Gift Certificate from each.

What do you have to do to enter?
Just visit the blogs of the fabulous designers and comment for your chance to win.  The more blogs you comment on the more chances you have.  (One comment per blog, please)
You have until Sunday, July 23rd 11:59 PM Central Time to leave your comments.  
The winner will be announced on the StencilGirl Facebook page and the Imagine Facebook page
on Monday July 24th.

Renee Zarate ~ You are here
Elina Stromberg ~ Your next stop

Product List:

StencilGirl Products

 Jessica Sporn's Rain, Andrea Matus deMeng's Eve, a modern woman small stencil, Seth Apter's Techno Insiders Circle and the flowers came from a stencil designed by Mary Beth Shaw

Imagine Products

Fireworks! Craft Spray- Lilac Posies, Desert Sand, Blue Hawaii, Tangelo and New Sprout
StazOn Jet Black ink
Memento London Fog ink
Blue Iridescent Creative Medium
Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray (on the lips and eyes)
Sheer Shimmer Spritz Frost
Tear It! tape
On Point Glue
Craft Mat
Palette Knife
Small dauber

Other Supplies

140# water color paper measuring 8 1/2" by 11"
Jane Davenport Paint Over Pens
Bird nest stamp from Michaels
Fude Ball black pen
Prima Metal Cogs and Glass Glitter
Paper towels for blotting
Heat tool
Water Pens

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.  There is one more day of the blog hop so be sure and stop by tomorrow for the list of designers.
Hugs~ Renee

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Imagine and StencilGirl Product Blog Hop starts today!

The StencilGirl and Imagine Blog Hop starts today!

And what do you have to do to enter?

Just leave a comment on each blog by Sunday, Jul 23rd at 11:59 PM Central Time.
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win! 
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please)
The winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and Imagine's Facebook page on 
Monday, July 24th.

Here's your list of blogs to visit:

Be sure and stop by here tomorrow as I will have a few projects posted here, leave a comment below tomorrow so you can be entered in the drawing.  I'll look forward to your visit!
Hugs~ Renee

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

AIRs July Challenge... "Wet" made me think of rain

When I was looking at the Imagine AIRs DT challenges for July one caught my attention...WET.  Of course, living near the ocean I immediately thought of the beaches here in South Carolina.  We have had an unusual amount of rain this year so I decided the StencilGirl stencil designed by Jessica Sporn might be more apropos since it is title "Rain".  I ended up doing cards that look like water colored panels, placing the stencils on top of the colors and using white gesso to make the images pop out.  It gave a chance to use one of my new Andrea Ockey Parr's new stamps, they are so adorable!

With that theme in mind I also incorporated our color of the month, Pineapple yellow, into another design.  It is the same technique just adding bright yellow or Pineapple to the umbrella.

I would love to embrace the rain like that but, you know, my hair.  If I had hair like hers maybe it would be different but my is too curly. ( lol)

Here are the directions and a supply list:

1)  Cut a piece of master board measuring 5” by 6 ½”.  Place a stencil on top and using a palette knife push white gesso through the stencil, dry thoroughly. Be sure and wash the gesso off of the stencil immediately before continuing.  If need be repeat the gesso stenciling until the coverage is sufficient.

2)   Reapply the stencil to the panel. Use colored ink with a small dauber to enhance the phrase. While the stencil is in place use a VersaMark pen through the stencil on the umbrella and the boots, remove the stencil and apply Imagine Iridescent Embossing Powder on the umbrella and the tops of the boots. 

3)  Melt powder with heat tool. Stamp words in black, emboss with Clear Embossing Powder and melt with a heat tool.

4)  Continue to enhance card with pens, attach sequins with On Point Glue and add additional inks. Ink edges and attach to a card blank with Tear It! Tape.

Supply List
Imagine Supplies
Fireworks! Craft Spray – Bahama Blue, Dandelion, Tangelo, Lilac Posies, New Sprout (for master board)
Brilliance – Pearlescent Rust
Memento Dual Marker pens – London Fog, Peanut Brittle
VersaMarker watermark pen
Imagine Embossing Powder – Clear and Iridescent
On Point Glue
Tear It! Adhesive tape
Craft Mat
Sponge daubers – large and small
Scotty palette knife

Other Supplies
Strathmore 140 lb. Water color paper
Stencils – Stencil Girl (Rain by Jessica Sporn)
Washi tape
Spray bottle of water
Micron 05 black pen
Heat Tool
Paper towels
Paper trimmer

Thanks for stopping by, leave me your thoughts if you have a moment.  Hugs ~ Renee

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Using Stencil Girls stencils to create faces with Dina Wakley's Scribble Sticks

I'm using Pam Carriker's face stencil and color wheel stencil here to create a portrait.  Stencil Girl makes several different face stencils by different artists, there is one for all different styles and tastes.  I wanted to try out my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks on gessoed water color paper and this is the result.  I've written the colors I used right there on the right hand side of the page.

Very fun and very easy to do using the crayons and baby wipes.  Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs, Renee

Monday, July 10, 2017

My upcoming Zentangle Class at the Chapin Library

In the event that you are in the Myrtle Beach, SC area on Thursday, July 20, 2017, I will be teaching a Zentangle 101 class at the Chapin Library.  There is no charge for the class with the exception of $5.00 for supplies, which include 3 tiles, a Micron pen, a paper blender and a small pencil for shading.  I also include hand outs that show the step by step process of each tangle taught in the class.  If you have your own supplies though I do invite you to bring them with you then your cost would be zero!  Just click on this link to sign up, the cut off date to register is July 17th, you have the option to call Wanda or email her to book your spot.  The class will take place between 2-4 PM.  My students generally complete 3 Apprentice size tiles which measure 4.5" square during the class.  I teach not only the basic Zentangle concept but enough tangles to lay a foundation that can quickly be built upon to create small masterpieces.  Here is a sampling of what my students were able to achieve in 2 hours last year at the Surfside Library class:

Not one of these students had any previous experience with Zentangle, some had never even heard of it before.

So if learning Zentangle has been on your bucket list I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.  Most people find that is an incredibly relaxing art form and helps to cope with anxiety while opening up an amazing pathway to individual creativity.

I invite you to release your creativity, only by taking the risk of learning new skills can we grow artistically.  I hope to see you there.  Hugs ~ Renee

Saturday, July 8, 2017

An "Itsy Bitsy" Card using Inchies

Imagine Crafts challenged their AIRs design team with the theme "Itsy Bitsy".  I immediately thought of "inchies" which are precision cut tiny canvases measuring any where from 1" square all the way up to 4" squares.  I have some tiny mat squares that measure 1.5" by 1.5" that I knew would be great for this project.  These were given to me by Inchie Arts and are very high quality.  This card was designed with those in mind.

Here is a short tut on how to use inchies in creating a unique card like this one.

Step one:
Stamp and color in the images.

Step two:
First stamp the phrase, sprinkle embossing powder on the phrase and melt with a heat tool.
Cut and tear paper to go across the top and the middle of the blank card.

Step three:
Add the tiny dog portraits by using a strong adhesive.

Here's the supply list:

Supply list
Imagine Supplies
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
Imagine Black Embossing Powder
Memento Markers- Peanut Brittle, Espresso Truffle, Dandelion, Teal Zeal and London Fog
Tear It! Tape
Craft mat
Other Supplies
Art Squares from inchie arts lic., three 1 ½” precision cut matboard squares
G45 paper from “It’s raining cats and dogs” collection
Paper cutter
Blank white card
Heat tool

Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs ~ Renee

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Stencil Portrait with Distress Crayons

I find drawing faces so intriguing, it's as if each face falls out of my pencil and has its own story to tell.  Using a stencil is a terrific building block, the stencil lays a quick foundation and it reinforces the positioning of the facial features.  By outlining the face through the stencil with a Stabilo pencil I'm assured that the shading will take care of itself.  The Stabilo pencil is water activated, it seems to blend into the right places on the face.  I use Distress Crayons to do quite a few of my portraits now and a quick spray to the entire surface at the end gives it a water colored appearance.  I had several posts a few months back showing a step by step tutorial on how to create your own water colored portraits.  If you follow the directions it is as simple as it looks, I taught my 11 year old great-niece how to do this with very successful results.

Thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions about this technique just send me a message.  I hope you're taking a little time every day to create some kind of art! Hugs ~ Renee

Friday, June 30, 2017

Stencil Girl Stencils and Jane Davenport's Products

I've been playing with my Stencil Girl stencils, in this case Andrea DeMeng's "Eve" face stencil, and Jane Davenport's Mermaid Markers and Paint Over Pens.  Wow, what fun results can be had with this combination of supplies.  Here's my Parisienne Lady.

This was not difficult to do.  I traced the shape of a hat I liked in some publication, the face is Stencil Girl's "Eve" and I used Jane Davenport's Mermaid Markers for the bright colors, spraying them occasionally with water to cause them to run just a little.  The face is colored with Jane's Paint Over Pens, just remember that these are pretty permanent and cannot be watered down.

I hope you have fun with your supplies.  Combine them, mix it up a little, don't let them sit around drying out, use them!  Have fun ~ Renee

Friday, June 16, 2017

How does your garden grow? An AIRs Challenge produces Garden Markers

At the Imagine Crafts site one of the AIRs design team challenges for June was to create a project using something other than cardstock to stamp on. I’m just getting my herb garden going to I thought I’d create small name tags made out of plastic stakes (Dollar Store again) to identify my herbs. StazOn ink is my go to ink when I want something that won’t disappear with the blazing sun and torrential rains of South Carolina where I currently live. Guests are always curious about all the herbs I grow and use, this way they can read the names, pluck a little off and enjoy the herbal scents while they await dinner.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 10 minutes per tag ( not including drying time)


Step one: Prepare the plastic surface by wiping each tag lightly with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue. 

Step two:
Use a mini alphabet stamp set and StazOn Jet Black ink to stamp the name of the herb, allow to dry.

Step three:
Using a different color of StazOn ink, begin stamping designs and patterns onto the plastic randomly. Allow drying time.

Step four:
Using a large dauber, apply different colors of StazOn ink; apply Clear Embossing Powder and carefully heat set the colors. This is plastic so take care not to get the heat tool too close or hold it on one spot too long or the stake will melt.

Step five:
Apply a clear sealant to the stake with a product that will withstand the elements outdoors, allowing the drying time stated in the instructions. Insert it into the ground near the plant.

If you would like the supply list please visit the Imagine Craft Blog.  I hope you're taking time to get out and enjoy the beginnings of summer.  Thanks for stopping by ~ Hugs ~ Renee

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Tangerine Master Board Becomes an All Occasion Card~ an AIRs Project

Like most crafters I have a stash of cards that can be used at a moment’s notice. When I make master boards I generally make a few cards or ATCs with whatever remains after I complete the main project and into my emergency reserve they go.  Our color challenge for the AIRs design team at Imagine Crafts this month was “Tangerine”, a cheerful color of summer, so I decided to make a master board combining all the different shades of orange that I have on hand. Objects in nature are never a single flat color but generally an eye pleasing combination of multiple shades of one color, including tangerines. This card has a nice masculine feel to it but can also has a feminine side to it with the addition of some paper flowers in the upper corner.

Skill: All levels
Time: 1 hour


Step one:  Create a monochromatic master board using different shades of orange.  Spray water on a piece of Mixed Media paper, this one measures 11” by 14”.  Lay a stencil or a piece of laser cut paper on top of the wet paper and with a large dauber begin pouncing different colors of orange inks through the design.  Keep blending the colors through the stencil, spraying more water during the process if necessary. The wet paper can be blotted off onto another piece of Mixed Media paper which almost has the same effect as a Gelli Plate design. The stencil can also be wiped off with a baby wipe onto the paper so that none of the ink goes to waste; this creates additional self-designed papers to be used later. Dry the paper with a heat tool.

Step two: Cut a piece of the master board measuring 2 ½” by 3 ½” (standard ATC size). Decorate with a bird die cut that also came from the master board paper, Washi tape and stamp a sentiment, heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Step three: Mat panel on black, gray and orange cardstock.

Step four: Mat the entire panel onto black cardstock and then mount onto patterned paper.

Step five: Glue the finished panel onto a blank white card. Color a few paper flowers with ink, spritzing water on them then blotting with a paper towel until the desired color is achieved. When the flowers are dry attach them to the upper corner of the card with a strong adhesive.

Here is the list of supplies that I used:

Supply List
Imagine Supplies
StazOn-Jet Black
Memento Luxe-Morocco
Brilliance-Pearlescent Rust
VersaMagic-Mango, Persimmon
Radiant Neon-Electric Orange
Memento Marker-Teal Zeal for eye color
Clear Embossing Powder
Large dauber

Other supplies
Stamps-Sizzix Bird Talk
Die-Sizzix Alterations “Bird Talk”, Big Kick machine
Washi Tape-Idea-ology Sketchbook
11” by 14” Strathmore 140 lb. Mixed Media paper
Cardstock-black, gray, orange, laser cut paper
White blank card measuring 6 ½” by 5”
Heat tool
Baby wipes
Paper towels

Thanks for stopping by today, I always appreciate your visits.  Why not leave a comment so I know you were here?  Have a great day, hugs ~ Renee