Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Embrace The Journey


Hi everyone! Melissa here with a new page for the amazing Shimmerz Paints! These paints are so wonderfully textured and colored, I love them!  




I took the photo below on a sunny day, the day after I had to post.







To make this page I applied texture paste with a stencil onto watercolor paper. I put the layers under the photo together, starting with taping on card stock under the image to make it stronger. Below that is a layer of watercolor paper, and at the bottom is corrugated cardboard.I tore off most of the paper from the surface of the cardboard, and painted it with gesso. I put layers of cardboard between everything, to add dimension. I clipped the edges of the watercolor paper to a 12 x 12 " piece of cardboard to prevent warping. After I had the page all put together, I added first water, then Shimmerz Paint to the background paper. I used Teal the End of Time and Moonrock Shimmerz, and First Blush Inklingz. Later I painted on white Higgins Ink, to cover areas where it looked too busy with all the textural things, or if there was too much color. I also splashed the page with the  white ink. On the corrugated and waterpaper layers under the photo I used Moonrock, Honeymoon, First Blush, Penny 4 Your Thoughts,Imperial Amethyst, and Plum Crazy Inklingz. 


I picked out Reneabouquets Beautiful Board, applied gesso with a cosmetic sponge, then painted it with Moonrock Shimmerz, and when dry, topped it with a thick coat of Clear Rock Candy. There is Pink Shimmerz at the left of the photo.






To add visual interest I added micro beads, glass glitter,metal glitter,seed beads,glass beads, pearls, Swarovski crystals,rhinestones, acrylic crystals,pressed flowers and leaves, strands of gauze,tulle, small pieces of iridescent wrapping paper,gold mica flakes,gold leaf,shells,metal from Reneabouquets and Tim Holtz, flowers from Reneabouquets,and bling and metal from my stash. A lot of the textural elements are from Reneabouquets.






















Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!



















































Thursday, August 15, 2019

Laguna Beach


Hi! Melissa here with a new page, I've used a photo my husband took at Laguna Beach, California. I was thrilled to be there. There's just nothing better than being at the beach. This is a boardwalk that goes a long way, and we walked on it for awhile. This is one of the most gorgeous beaches I've ever seen, I am so in love with California. I lived there for about 5 years. 


Reneabouquets & Crafty City is doing a fun Collaboration Called Paradise In August! So grab your FAV Paradise Treasure Box, and join both the Reneabouquets & Crafty City Design Teams as we team up to inspire you for the month of August!!
I've used Paradise Treasure Box #2





To make this page I took Mintay Paradise paper, and put gesso on with a cosmetic sponge. I applied texture paste with a stencil, then put together the layers with the photo, I used watercolor paper and corrugated paper. I put pieces of cardboard between the layers to add dimension.  I painted the Bboard with Shimmerz Paints,then applied a thick coat of crackle paint.





To add visual interest I added glass glitter,pearls,sequins, pressed flowers and leaves,gauze, pink and black tulle, shells, glass balls,fussy cut images from the Paradise Paper collection, and metal pieces from the Treasure Box. I cut up a little of the pink tulle and glued it on the page, and tucked a little in the layers of the photo, on the left.





I used White Gold Prima wax on the metal frame, and dimensional magic over a piece of Paradise paper. The Prima wax is all over the embellishments on the page, I used it to kind of tie things together.




I painted the gauze with Amsterdam gold ink. I painted on a few colors of Tattered Angels in lavender and blue. I used Shimmerz Inklingz in a pink color, and a teal color on the watercolor paper and corrugated under the photo and at the bottom of the page.





There's a lot of sand chunky glitter at the bottom of the page.




The mermaid has the same White Gold wax on. You can see I used gold mica powder here on the glitter, and on other places on the page, to highlight the texture.





Under the butterfly on the left and on other areas of the page, I used Mermaid Shard glitter.




I brushed on white Amsterdam ink in a couple areas to make the page less busy, and rubbed on silver mica powder on a lot of the page. I used one of Renea's gorgeous butterflies at the left of the photo. I use them, or dragonflies,on every page I make.

Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!



For Treasure Box #2:
Splash Into A Creative Paradise!! This Reneabouquets Treasure Box #2 is loaded with lots of gorgeous products that will have you reaching for it over and over again to create your Summer Arts, Crafts & DIY Decor Projects!! Each item in this box was selected by the Reneabouquets Design Team & is cooridinated beautifully to make creating your own Beautiful With An Edge Art a breeze!
This Treasure Box Includes:

1 Yard-White Shell Lace1 Yard Pink Tulle Lace - I used a little Pink Tulle Lace

l Frame, 1-Mermaid Charm, 1-Teal Orb, 1-Ocean Blue Orb, 1-Teal Sea Shell, 1-Ocean Blue Sea Shell - I used all of these except the Ocean Blue Orb and Sea Shell

1 - .6 Ounce Jar Beautiful Beads Iridescent Pearls Mermaid - I used a lot

1 - .4 Ounce Jar Beautiful Beads Flatback Pearls Mermaid - I used a few

1 - .5 Ounce Jar Sand Chunky Glitter Glass - yes

1 - .5 Ounce Jar Mermaid Shard Glitter -yes

1-Large Printed Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard - no

1- Large Patina Lilac Heart Frame -no

1-Package Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Ocean Bubbles Texture Panel -yes

1-Package Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Follow Your Heart Compass -no

1-Package Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Small Seashell Sea Horse - no

1-Package Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard Chunky Chain Links Frame Set -no

1-Package Winter Teal Sky Glitter Glass Butterflies - I used one

1-Package Tiny Treasures Butterflies that includes: 2-Darling Yellow, 2-Sweet Pea Pink 2-Snow White Glitter Glass Butterflies -no

1-Package Teal Pendant Dragonflies -no

1-Package Tiny Treasures Dragonflies that includes-2- Pendant Pink, 2-Suncatcher Teal, & 2- To Uranus & Back Glitter Glass Dragonflies - no

Link For Treasure Box #2: https://www.reneabouquets.com/product-page/paradise-treasure-box-2

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Coupon Code:
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Crafty City has a sale for this collaboration as well! For 10% off at Crafty City use the code: Goldsand!!


Be sure to join us on Facebook at  Reneabouquets Artists With an Edge page and share all of your beautiful projects using ReneaBouquets! We feature a shared project every Friday there and at the end of each month one of those features is drawn and receives a $15 gift certificate to ReneaBouquets!





Monday, August 12, 2019

Refridgerator magnets for Reneabouquets July 2019 Swap


Hi everyone! Melissa here with the Reneabouquets July 2019 Fridge Magnet Swap. I asked Renea what style of magnets she wanted. She asked me to make some using my mixed media style. The colors she picked were gold and bronze. 





To make these magnets I took two 3x3 canvases, and brushed on gesso. 
I picked out Beautiful Board, applied gesso with a brush, then painted it with Shimmerz Paints, and when dry, topped it with a thick coat of Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint.You can also see gold mica powder,and Prima White Gold Wax.  






To add visual interest I added the Tim Holtz images, micro beads, glass glitter,metal glitter,seed beads,glass beads, pearls, Swarovski crystals,sequins,rhinestones,pressed flowers and leaves,lichen, strands of gauze,tulle, small pieces of iridescent wrapping ,gold leaf, shells,Tim Holtz, and bling and metal from my stash. I put everything on in stages, starting with the smallest, the microbeads and glitter. I brushed on layers of Shimmerz Paints in Honeymoon Inklingz, a lavender color. I used gold ink, Prima Metallic Gold Coin Paint, and Prima waxes. As I went I brushed and rubbed on gold mica powder. The stick type item with the butterfly on it is a thread of burlap ribbon. I used Glossy Accents,and double sided foam tape for everything.

Regular magnets weren't strong enough, so I put some very tiny ones on that were.I glued pieces of paper on them because I thought they might damage the surface of a fridge.





Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!














Thursday, August 8, 2019

5x7 Canvas


Hi everyone! Melissa here with two new cards for the amazing Shimmerz Paints! These paints are so wonderfully textured and bright, I love them. 




To make this canvas, I prepped it with gesso, and when dry, stenciled on texture paste. I put the chipboard on with double sided tape, then a piece of Prima Moonchild paper. I taped aTim Holtz image on top. In between are layers of cardboard to add dimension. I painted the chipboard with gesso, then Miner,Miner 49er Inklingz, and topped it with a thick coat of Clear Rock Candy Crackle.





 Most of the purple is Honeymoon Inklingz, but I also used Imperial Amethyst and Plum Crazy Inklingz. I used a lot of Pearlex Mica Powder, and gold Amsterdam Ink.






To add visual interest I added micro beads, glass glitter,metal glitter, seed beads,glass beads, pearls,sequins,gold leaf,gold mica, Swarovski crystals,rhinestones,pressed flowers,lichen,leaves,a shell,a flower from Prima, ribbon,black tulle,gauze,iridescent wrapping paper, metal from Reneabouquets,Vintaj,Tim Holtz, and my stash.










Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!








Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Two Cards



Hi everyone! Melissa here with two new cards for the amazing Shimmerz Paints! These paints are so wonderfully textured and bright, I love them. 





To make these cards, I used pieces of Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante paper,and taped on card stock under them to make them stronger.The rest is watercolor paper. I put in layers of cardboard to add dimension. I stenciled on texture paste , and then added color to it and the background watercolor paper. I used Blue My Mind , Angel's Kiss,and Penny 4 Your Thoughts Inklingz, and  Tickle Me Turquoise, Ultra MarinePeacock's Plume , and Green Olive Shimmerz.






I picked out Beautiful Board, sponged on gesso,then painted it with Shimmerz Paints, and when dry, topped it with a thick coat of Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint.
  You can see gold mica powder, I dabbed it on to sort of tie everything together. On the above card I also used gold and black ink.






To add visual interest I added micro beads, glass glitter,metal and distress glitter, copper Stickles, seed beads,glass beads, pearls,sequins,copper leaf, Swarovski crystals,rhinestones,pressed flowers,lichen,leaves, flowers from Prima and Recollections, black tulle,gauze, metal from Tim Holtz and my stash.























Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!








Monday, August 5, 2019

Reneabouquets August 2019 Moodboard Challenge, Focus On The Good




Hi everyone! It's August, which means there is a new mood board challenge in the Reneabouquets Artists With an Edge Facebook Group

In case you are new to my blog, we do a mood board challenge every month in the Reneabouquets Artists With an Edge Facebook Group. Everyone who enters a new project using items from Reneabouquets, gets entered into a chance to win a Reneabouquets prize package at the end of the month. 

Here is the kick off project that I made for this months challenge.


I have used a photo from free google, from Stella de Libero.


I took the colors from the moodboard, and added things around the page that looked "beachy."





I wanted to get a summer feel for the moodboard, so I picked a beach type. I take a lot of sunset photos, just of the clouds because I can't see the horizon from my yard, so I really liked the pink and blue clouds here.
 I used the colors from the moodboard, and added things around the page that looked "beachy."




 To make this page I applied texture paste with a stencil onto watercolor paper. I put the layers under the photo together, starting with taping on card stock under the image to make it stronger. Below that is a layer of watercolor paper, and at the bottom is corrugated cardboard.I tore off most of the paper from the surface of the cardboard, and painted it with gesso. I put layers of foam core board between everything, to add dimension. After I had the page all put together, I added Shimmerz Paint to the background watercolor paper, by spraying on water, then painting fast with a 1 inch flat brush. You can blog off excess, it's way easier than most people think to make backgrounds. Later I painted on white Higgins Ink, to cover areas where it looked too busy with all the textural things, or if there was too much color. I also splashed the page with the  white ink. I also scribbled some Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencil on a piece of paper, brushed water on, and painted the left side of the page with it. I used a lot of water, I put some on the gear chipboard on the right side too. I was experimenting to see if the page could stand some black, to balance the darkness of the photo. It wasn't easy to make a good balance here with all the detail I add! I painted on a lot of white ink. I clip the edges of the watercolor paper to a piece of 12 x 12 cardboard to prevent warping.


I picked out Beautiful Board, applied gesso with a cosmetic sponge, then painted it with Shimmerz Paints, and when dry, topped it with a thick coat of Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint.You can also see gold mica powder,and Prima White Gold Wax. The Bboard at the top left was inspired by some drawings I sent Renea,I think they're so perfect. The Bboard on the right also has some Blu My Mind Shimmerz Inklingz on it. If you hold a brush with paint next to the crackle, it gets soaked right up.








To add visual interest I added micro beads, glass glitter,metal glitter,distress glitter,seed beads,glass beads, pearls, Swarovski crystals,rhinestones,pressed flowers and leaves,lichen, strands of gauze,tulle, small pieces of iridescent wrapping paper,gold mica flakes,gold leaf,tiny pieces of gold lace, cork, shells,metal from Reneabouquets, Tim Holtz, flowers from Prima, and bling and metal from my stash.






I edged the photo, watercolor mat, and corrugated with Prima Wax, and black ink. Ink is really easy to use, it's cleaner and easier to control than gesso, You just put a little on your brush. With gesso you need to add water, and it's just not as clean as ink.





 To put gesso on the corrugated, I used an inexpensive flat brush,vs a round watercolor brush,and one of the same few every time, because it can really ruin brushes unless you clean it right after you use it. 



Can you see the Vintage Cream Mica Flitter Flakes at the bottom right of the dress in the photo? I thought they fit the beachy theme well, the inside of shells are iridescent sometimes.





To make a "beach", I spread a little glossy accents on and poured on burlap colored embossing powder by Tim Holtz.I pretty much did it after I'd glued on the charms and things. The item under the key is a piece of abalone shell. My final step was rubbing on some silver mica powder all over the background. I get the big jars from Hobby Lobby. The gold mica powder though is a small one from a local scrap store, because the color is lighter. 




Thank you so much for looking, and have a great week!


If you would like to join us for this months challenge, you can find the event here...https://www.facebook.com/events/2323947427851855/

Challenge Rules
1. Create a NEW project (on or off the page) that features ANY product carried in the Reneabouquets.com store or the Renebouquets Etsy Shop 

2. Your project can be any style. 

3. Add your project to the Reneqbouquets Artist with an Edge May Mood Board 2019 event by 12:00 am May 28th, 2019. Check back on the 30th to see if you have won the random drawing.
(Drawing is done on Facebook live or unedited video to ensure fairness) 

4. Challenge is open to U.S. Residents and International
5. Have fun!

And now...I get to show you the prize package!!! 







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Reneabouquets items I used:





















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