Friday, April 4, 2014

Paper Wings Production April Blog Hop & Giveaway: Turquoise

WELCOME to Paper Wing Productions' April Design Team Blog Hop & Giveaway! If you've arrived here from The Aviary, then you're in the right place. 

This month we're working with beautiful and peaceful Turquoise.  So get get comfortable and get ready to be dazzled by our design team, enjoy the hop!! 
The main prize is a $25.00 gift certificate to the Paper Wings Productions online store.
For a chance to win all you need to do is:

  • be a follower of the Paper Wings Productions blog
  • visit each of the participating designer's blogs and leave a comment
  • come back and leave us a comment on the PWP blog telling us you completed the hop.
To increase your chances of winning: like our Facebook page and/or invite your friends to the hop.  Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of your additional entries. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 on the Paper Wings Productions blog.

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by!!  Today I have a really fun mixed media collage to share with you.  I was pretty happy about this month's color because I love cool turquoise especially with a pop of a warm color like pink or red.

So I started out with one of the backing boards from the Nesting Components kits.  Dana does this so I thought I'd give a try too ;D.  I wanted to just have fun, let loose, do some recycling and use up scraps.  I found strips of stamped paper from one of my Dec projects.  Believe or not it was still hanging around on my desk, lol.  I just glued them on with Modge Podge and the blue was accidental.  It was paint that was still on my paint brush but hey it works!  The strips of paper are stamped with the Postcard stamp

Recently my son went through a phase where he was taking electronics apart so now I have lots of techie scraps lying around.   Being the hoarder "creative" person I am I saved all the little pieces to use in my projects.  I also dug into my junk box for chipboard bits and cardboard.  The yellow piece is actually the divider from my grandson's Memory game (no one's stuff is safe, lol).  I gesso'd everything and stamped a cute little bird from the Bird Melange stamp set.

Next it was time to get inky!!  I sprayed various shades of teal, turquoise and blue Dylusions inks over everything.

After that I dug into my Nesting Components kits and found THE perfect image (love her).  I tucked in my techie pieces here and there.

I randomly stamped the Writing cling stamp and added beautiful pink flowers.

This beautiful sequenced heart has been in my stash for over 10 years!!  I'm glad I finally found the perfect spot for it, see hoarding pays off (sometimes, lol).

Here's another look at the beautiful pink flowers.  The jeweled flower is my stash of flea market jewelry finds.

She looks pretty sassy don't you think?!  Her look, the beautiful bold color and all the bling instantly reminded me of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun".  So using another scrap from my desk, I stamped it on using the Perfect Alphabet stamp set.  This is my newest PWP stamp set and I'm so glad I got it.  It's a must have, trust me!!

I managed to work in a yellow bangle some more birds and the piece of tag.  I have to say, I really love this one!!  It just makes me happy :D

Okay well it's time to send you off to your next stop so head on over to Amber's Blog!
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dakota - Mixed Media Canvas

Hi Everyone!!  I'm back today with a new mixed media canvas.  This is a custom ordered piece.  I was given a theme and color combo to work with and this is what I created:

Meet Dakota, named after the beautiful quote "We will be known forever by the tracks we leave" of the Dakota Sioux.

I started out by painting a base coat of turquoise and then sketching my focal image.

I working on her face and then moved onto the background.  I used masking paper to cover her and then created rays using a stencil.  I also added streaks using an old credit card.  I wanted to add subtle texture to the background so I used molding paste with a stencil.

After that I drew in native american motifs to tie the background to the focal image.

With the background nearly complete, I turned my focus back to my beautiful native american woman.  I added details to her clothes, head piece and jewelry.

I was given a choice between two quotes to use and decided on this one.  I think it really fits the piece and is a great quote.

I finished off by adding dark blue paint to the edges.  I feel like it helps finish a piece when I have some sort of border.

I was really happy to do this themed piece because I've been wanting to do an native american piece.  In fact, my next canvas will probably be in the same theme.  If you have an idea for a piece and would like to order a custom canvas, just shoot me an email, message me on Etsy or FB.  If you send it through Twitter I may not see it.  So let me know what you think of Dakota!!  She'll be traveling to her new home this week.  I sure hope she is loved :D

Thank you for stopping, HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Namaste - Paper Mache Heart

Hi everybody!  I'm back with another paper mache heart.  I've actually had this one here partially done for months.  So I decided that it was time to finish her up.  She is done in the same colors of my last two pieces for the same reason, to finish up the paint I had out.

I'm calling this one Namaste because of the mandala inspired background.

I was really inspired by the beautiful mandala designs all over Pinterest so I just started doodling.  I also did a little stamping to help fill the background.

I did all of the doodling freehand using a Faber-Castell Pitt Pen and then painted them in and highlighted using a white Sign pen.

I chose not to prime my flowers so the colors are muted by the dark background.

I think that keeping the color toned down really helps her stay the focal image even though there is a lot going on in the background.

She was drawn a long time ago so instead of starting all over, I decided to just go with it and paint her in.

Even the back got a coat of paint ;D

When I look at her "Namaste" instantly comes to mind but I decided not to write it on there.  What do you think, should I add some words or leave it the way it is?  Let me know your thoughts!!

Thank you for stopping by & have a beautiful, peaceful day!!

Monday, March 24, 2014


Hey there sweet bloggie friends!!  I hope you are all doing fantastic :D  I've been busy trying to get ready for upcoming shows.  So today I wanna share a new mini tabletop canvas that I completed last week.  This is a tiny 3x3 canvas in a tabletop frame.

This design was completely driven by the large canvas I was working on.  I used the leftover paints from "Amelita".

The blue is from her dress and the red from her lips.

I used a rubon from my stash for the flourishes, birds and sentiment.  The white dots were done with my favorite Signo pen.  I highly recommend this pen!!  You can buy it here: PWP.

I did an outdoor market on Saturday, here's a look at my set up :D  Well friends I'll let you get on with your day, thanks so much for stopping by!!

Hugs, have a beautiful day!!

Monday, March 17, 2014


Happy Monday everyone!!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  We had a wonderful trip to Houston for the Anime Matsuri Convention.  It was our first one and it was very interesting, lol.  We also caught up with family so it was a blast.  Okay, I am ecstatic to share my latest canvas with you.   So without out further ado, let me introduce you to Amelita:

I love all my lovely ladies but I just think Amelita is breathtaking.  I'm so pleased with the way she turned out.  This is a large canvas measuring 18x24 and is 1.5" deep.

Many of you joined me on Facebook as Amelita came to life and I'm so grateful for all of your encouragement.

She is done in heavy body, soft body and fluid acrylics.

The background is also done in acrylics and then overlaid with spray ink using a stencil.

Here's a better look at he background.  The sun is really shining today so I was picking up a lot of glare in my photos.

I hope you love Amelita as much as I do!!  Thanks so much for joining me today, have a beautiful and blessed day!!

Hugs to you all :D

Friday, March 14, 2014

Let Your Spirit Soar

Happy Friday Everyone!!  It's Spring Break here and we've enjoying fun filled days along with much needed lazy days.   Boy the week really flies by doesn't it?!  Okay so I wanted to pop in really quickly and share a custom piece that I created for a friend.  If you follow me on Facebook then you saw this one coming together.

Isn't she beautiful...this is my friend's daughter.  This is the first portrait piece I've done and it was a bit nervous at first but I'm very happy with the way it turned out.

This is the first one I've done with teeth too :D

I started out on a tin heart but it really wasn't working for me so I had to switch to a wooden heart.

I added texture using molding paste and stencils.

If you're interested in commissioning a piece like this, please email me or PM me on Facebook.

Thank you so much for joining me today, HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!!

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