Saturday, October 29, 2016

Simple Little Bookmark

Be Strong, Be Brave, Be Fearless

Hello Lovely Creatives!!

Earlier this week I shared via social media that Brian came home with mixed media bookmark orders from his friends.  He informed me that after they saw his handmade bookmark we made in church last year, they told him they liked it so he offered to make each of them one.  I thought it was cute that he came home with a list of their names and the colors they wanted. 
As I mentioned in my post  I'm super proud of Brian for his generosity and for being proud enough of the art we create together to share with his friends. 

Here are some pics of our process in making the bookmarks. 

Brian drying the 1st layer of gesso.  We used the back panel of a cereal box as
the base, makes for a durable bookmark.
Here he is decoupaging some tissue paper, text pages and decorative paper

2nd layer of gesso and starting to add some paint

Another thin layer of gesso and it time for some washi tape

A 4th and final thin layer of gesso, then paint, some paint splatter and stamped circles
Finally we printed out the sentiment and Brian decoupaged to the bookmark 

The original bookmark had Psalms 23:1 on the front and the rest of the chapter on the back.  I had to explain to Brian because he goes to a public school he cannot give them cards with a bible verse.  So I asked Brian to think about what else we can put on the front of the bookmarks.   He said he just wanted some positive words like be brave or be kind.  Oh, my boy is so sweet. 
As you can see in the image below he went with Be Brave, Be Strong and Be Fearless.  Which is essentially Joshua 1:9 ( strong and courageous. Do not be afraid...). 

I don't know what Brian's little friends and their families are going through in life, but may God glorify himself through this act of sharing a simple bookmark with friends.  May his friends be encouraged and blessed regardless of how they believe or don't believe, but may this impact them in a way that they may feel God's love.   

Well I hope you enjoyed your visit to my page, and may your weekend be full of happiness and fun. 

Many Blessings,

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Friday, July 29, 2016

TGIFrida Kahlo!

#stayfocused #createdaily #fridakahlo

Hello Creative People! 

Hope you are all well on this awesome Friday!! 

Well I am happy that I finally had some time to work in one of the travel art journals I received in the mail a few weeks ago.   The theme for this journal is "Frida."  
I googled images of her and I took inspiration from a photo of her in a blue dress.  I know I had to make sure to captured the breaded hair, flowers or bows on her head and of course the unibrow.  

Here are some process pics...

And here is the finished page...

This was my first "Frida" portrait and I know it will not be my last! I really enjoy doing my research and learning more about her.  I mean, I do remember learning about her as a fine art student way back when, but the details  I can recall are general.  
I knew she was married to artist Diego Rivera, but didn't know that they got divorced and then remarried.  I knew she had physical limitations, but the fact is that she had polio as a child and at the age of 18 she was in a horrible vehicular accident, those details were not in my memory bank. During her recovery she began painting.  
I figured out I knew so little about her. I think I spent more time reading about her than I did painting a version of her.  

Well now it's time for this little "Frida" take a trip to Australia, then she will travel to New Zealand, before she makes her way back to her new home in California!
May she travel safe and make it to each destination in one piece! 

Thank you very much for taking time to visit my blog, hope to see you again soon. 


PS I already started on the next travel journal which is a woodland girl theme.  To check out my progress, please follow me on social media: 
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What's on your workdesk? Wednesday #9

#WOYWW #stayfocused #createdaily #ATCswaps

Greetings Happy Creative People! 

Yes, it's Wednesday and it's that time again to share what's on my workdesk.  To be honest, I haven't really created anything since my last post (my hubby's on vaca and we've been having a lot of family time).  I do however have a lot of backed up swaps that need to get mailed. 
Most of my swaps are for ATCs (artist trading cards).  As I have mentioned in other posts, I am part of several art swap groups.  It is fun and quite addicting because receiving art in the mail is like having Christmas morning at my mailbox! I get super excited and feel so special.  I even do a little dance every time, and I don't care if my neighbors think I'm crazy. 
I would love to share exactly what I created with your but I don't want my swap partners to see the ATC prior to receiving them.  Since I like to be surprised to see my swap partner's take on the theme, I'm thinking they feel the same. 
So the following are photos of the cards at some point in the creation process:

I always have fun creating ATCs and just as much fun going though all my craft stuff so I can include extra goodies in the envelope I send. 
Here are some if the goodies I'm sending:

I hope the ladies that receive this like the ATC I made for them and enjoy the extras I added.

Thank you very much for visiting my page and hope to see you again soon!


PS.  I linked this post to What's on your work desk? Wednesday and Creative Every Day blogs.  Also if you like to follow me via social media here are my links:
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What's on your workdesk? Wednesday #8

#WOYWW #stayfocused #createdaily

Happy Wednesday Beautiful People! 

I know its been a while, but I'm here, I'm alive, and surviving summer vacation with my bubbas!
Anyway, I was trilled to receive some mail art this week.  I believe these are the last three before I receive mine back. 
These journals have been traveling for almost a year, if I'm not mistaken, we started in Sept 2015.

It's always so exciting to see everyone's interpretation of the different themes.  It truly gets me in the mood to create. 
I already started sketching in the journal of the woman who started this group, Miss Martha of Ayala Art.   Martha's theme is "Frida".  I've been an artist for many years and this is my first Frida, I'm super excited and hope I do her justice! 

Here is my start...
Oh and as I was searching inspiration I found out that today, July 6th, would have been her 109th birthday!! How awesome is that... Felicidades Frida!

Well this is all for now... as always I regularly share my art via social media, so if you like, please follow along via my Instagram @csbuster, my facebook artist page, or via twitter @carmen_buster  .  

Thank you very much for visiting my page and hope to see you again soon!


PS.  I linked this post to What's on your work desk? Wednesday and Creative Every Day blogs. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What's on your workdesk? Wednesday #7

#WOYWW #stayfocused #createdaily

Hola Beautiful People! 

Here is a look at my creative space today.  Working on a 10x10 canvas that I started two weeks ago using the leftover scraps from another project.  

Today I spent most of my time trying to figure out what I want to add to the canvas.  So I searched though my sketch book for some inspiration and decided to scan and print a these two faces. 
I printed the two faces onto tissue paper.  
Printing on tissue paper, in my experience, differs depending on how the paper feeds into the printer.  I taped the tissue paper onto printer paper. I used painters tape, as I know, through much trial and error, that it works best for my printer and doesn't melt or get stuck anywhere inside the printer. It's not fun unjamming paper and tape from the printer.   
fed my paper via the manual feed tray, tissue side down (per printing directions on tray).  This ensures the tissue paper does not get caught on the rollers.   Again, it all depends on your printer, so know your printer before you attempt to print on tissue paper.  


After printing my images, its time to decoupage the image to my background, using matte medium and a palette knife (or you can use a card or the tool of your choosing).  Because the tissue paper is so thin, just a thin coat of medium is needed, you wouldn't want your image to tear.  Then carefully smooth out any bubbles with the palette knife.  




I love how it turned out.  Now all I have to do is paint my girl's face and add a sentiment.  

I will be sharing my progress via social media, so if you like, please follow along via Instagram @csbuster, my facebook artist page, or via twitter @carmen_buster  .  

Thank you very much for visiting my page and hope to see you again soon!


PS.  I linked this post to What's on your work desk? Wednesday and Creative Every Day blogs.