Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Colorburst Indigo Moon Accordion Book

Hello and welcome to my first post for the new Ken Oliver Creative Team! I am so honored to be a part of this talented group, and I'm amazed at the many beautiful projects already being shared by my fellow team members.

Indigo Moon Color Burst Accordion Book

I love handmade books, so for my first official team project I wanted to create a special accordion book featuring Ken Oliver's Color Burst. These gorgeous watercolor powders are highly pigmented, and with just a spritz of water they explode into gorgeously vivid hues! Here is a list of all the elements I used to create this project:

Ken Oliver Color Burst Earth Tones Assortment
Ken Oliver Color Burst Ultramarine Blue
Ken Oliver Click It Ink Pad in Lamp Black
Ken Oliver Pegz Uppercase Set
Spray Bottle Filled with Water
Vintage Book Paper
3" Circle Punch
Mica {Optional}
Rigid Wrap Plaster Cloth at Blick Art Materials or Amazon
Disposable Bowl of Warm Water
Paint Brush
Paper Towels
Plastic Gloves {Optional}
6 X 6 Khadi Paper Zig Zag

The first step for this project is to remove the last panel from the Khadi paper accordion. Punch out or cut a 3" circle from this panel. Spritz the circle with water, sprinkle on some Indigo Color Burst and a bit of glitter, and then set it aside to dry.

Cut a length of plaster cloth the same size as the accordion pages and dip it into a warm bowl of water. Spread the plaster cloth on the accordion as shown and allow to dry completely. Be sure to do the same on the front cover. The plaster cloth should take about 15 minutes to dry.

*Please note that when working with plaster cloth it's important to use a disposable bowl. Use plastic gloves or wipe your hands with wet wipes or a damp paper towel. Never put the plaster down your drain or it will harden there. Instead, allow the plaster residue to harden in the bowl and then dispose of it in the trash. 

Spritz the plaster cloth with water and then randomly sprinkle on Indigo and Ultramarine Blue Color Burst along the entire length of the cloth. Spritz again with water and use a paint brush to move the pigment where you want. For the sky, I used a variety of colors from the Color Burst Earth Tones set. You can mask off the plaster cloth if you wish, but I had no problems with the colors bleeding into the cloth. Don't forget to apply the same techniques to the cover. Set the book aside to dry.

To embellish the front cover, use the Ken Oliver Pegz stamps and the Lamp Black Click It Ink Pad to spell out the words "Indigo Moon" or your preferred title onto the vintage book paper. Use a strong adhesive to attach the stamped title to the cover. For an extra bit of sparkle, add a piece of mica over the book paper. Glue the watercolored circle you punched out earlier to the second page of the accordion, making sure that it fits inside the punched out circle on the cover. I used Scor-Tape, a double-sided adhesive, for these steps because it's strong enough to firmly adhere to the rough textures of the paper and plaster cloth.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you so much for stopping by, and be sure to visit Ken Oliver's blog often for lots of fun ideas and inspiration.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Snail Mail {Book Review}

Do you feel a little zing of excitement every time you open your mailbox? I do, even though I know I'll probably only find bills or circulars. How gratifying though to open that little door and discover a handwritten note! The book Snail Mail by author Michelle Mackintosh shares the idea of "Rediscovering the art and craft of handmade correspondence." So we can all experience the delight of a thoughtful letter or card more often.

I was instantly charmed when I received a copy of this book for review and opened it to discover 6 chapters brimming over with detailed ideas for communicating with friends and loved ones in a more meaningful way.

I particularly loved this quote and the accompanying forest of pretty papers found in chapter 1: Write Here, Right Now!

Chapter 4: Brown Paper Packages, shares several ideas for sending care packages filled with thoughtfully chosen items and indulgent treats to bring a smile to the recipient.

I loved this fun collection of letters in chapter 6: Getting the Most from Your Post! When I was in grade school, I had a penpal from Canada, and I still remember how thrilling it was to receive a letter from her! I plan to spend several happy hours poring over this lovely book, and I'm already inspired to create some projects from its pages!

Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh (Hardie Grant) Photography: Chris Middleton 
Please note that I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher, but all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Alena Hennessy

Painting by Alena Hennessy

"Moody with a pop of happy." These words popped into my head when I first discovered the beautiful work of artist Alena Hennessy. I instantly connected with the lush, colorful worlds she creates in her paintings. Layers and layers of pigment, papers, and drawings create a mysterious depth that draws you in and delights you with a new discovery each time you look.

Painting by Alena Hennessy

Painting by Alena Hennessy

This past June I took a road trip to the Strawberry Patch Summer Market in Nashville, TN and was thrilled to feast my eyes on a collection of her paintings, prints, and handmade jewelry. Meeting Alena in person was a joy, and it was wonderful to discover that the creative force behind the artwork was just as warm and charming as her paintings! Two of my favorite paintings came home with me, and I'm so happy that I can enjoy them every day as I work in my home studio.

The Painting Workshop by Alena Hennessy

Alena shares her work and inspiration through her books including Cultivating Your Creative Life and The Painting Workbook. I'm planning to work my way through the 52 prompts in The Painting Workbook, and I am excited to begin this challenge to myself. Notice the Posca paint pens in the photo? I learned about these through one of Alena's workshops, and I am smitten with them!

Co-Lab Workshop with Alena Hennessy & Susan Tuttle

Alena also teaches online workshops packed with inspiration and innovative techniques. I enjoyed her contributions to Life Book 2014, and I'm currently enrolled in Co-Lab, a collaborative workshop with the talented Susan Tuttle.

A Year of Painting Workshop with Alena Hennessy

A new session of Alena's workshop, A Year of Painting, begins on January 21, 2015, and I can't wait for it to begin! She is generously hosting a giveaway of 5 spots in the course right now, and the winner will be announced on December 25th. I'm throwing my hat in the ring, and I hope you will too. I have a feeling it will be a magical experience!

To learn more about Alena you can visit these links:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Art Journal Adventures Workshop

Art Journal Adventures by Kimberly Jones

I am so excited to announce a brand new workshop for 2015 - Art Journal Adventures! In this fun class, you'll learn how to make your own journal with a quick and easy binding method and a speedy painting technique that creates beautiful backgrounds in a flash.

The journal will have painterly pages ready to be embellished with more techniques and artful supplies...

and plenty of blank pages just waiting for your creative touch! This versatile book can be used to explore art techniques, as a scrapbook, a writing journal, or a place to gather your favorite quotes. Once you learn how the basics of making it, you can recreate the book in any size, color palette, or theme. 

The workshop will be held at Scattered Art in Newburgh, IN on January 9th at 6 pm, or you can attend a daytime session on January 15th at 10 am. The class is $25 and includes all materials. Please call (812) 490-0074 to register. Class space is limited to 8 for each session, so be sure to call soon.  I look forward to seeing there!

Friday, September 26, 2014

{Red Lead} Mixed-Media Lampshade & Art Journal

Red Lead Storefront via Kimberly Jones

Red Lead is a treasure trove of mixed-media magic! This petite storefront located in the charming, historic community of Webster Groves is just a few miles from downtown St. Louis, MO, and well worth the trip!

Red Lead Art Supply Stash by Kimberly Jones

I first discovered Red Lead several years ago on a weekend excursion with my family to St. Louis. I immediately fell in love with its modern vintage style and amazing art and craft supplies. I brought home quite a stash of collage materials, papers, charms, rubber-stamps, ribbons, and more!

Red Lead Art Supplies by Kimberly Jones

As you can imagine, I was over the moon when the sweet sisters who own the store, Chris and Sharon, invited me to be a guest artist for Red Lead! The talented duo designs their own line of rubber stamps, stencils, collage sheets, embellishments, inks, and ink pads. I was thrilled to receive a package brimming over with these artsy goodies!

Red Lead Artisan Inks and Art Journal Backgrounds by Kimberly Jones

I already had a stash of Red Lead's Artisan Inks, so I used several of my favorite colors, along with their Broken Circles stencils and some kraft tissue paper, to create backgrounds for my art journal. Just a few drops of ink in a mister bottle filled with created vibrant sprays that were so fun to use. I also dropped some ink straight from the bottle along the top edge of the pages and allowed it to drip down and create patterns and pools of color.

Red Lead Art Journal Pages by Kimberly Jones

Red Lead Art Journal Page 1 by Kimberly Jones

Red Lead Art Journal Page 2 by Kimberly Jones

Lovely rubber stamps from Red Lead along with my favorite white paint pen, a black journaling pen, vintage sheet music, and a bit of red crepe paper added the finishing touches to my art journal pages. I love the sentiments expressed by the Red Lead line of rubber stamps. They perfectly reflect Chris and Sharon's philosophy that everyone is an artist!

Red Lead Mixed Media Lampshade by Kimberly Jones

The art journal pages I created proved to be the perfect warm-up for making a mixed-media lampshade! I used Artisan Inks along with a Tapestry Stamp, and the Vintage Dot Stamp to alter large sheets of kraft tissue paper. I used matte gel medium to layer the tissue paper over a pink lampshade from the thrift store, and added a a paper doily, some vintage trim, an image from a Red Lead collage sheet, some rhinestones for a bit of sparkle, and text from an old book.

Red Lead Store Front September 2014 by Kimberly Jones

I was so honored to be invited to create projects using wonderful supplies from Red Lead! I popped into the store for a visit last Saturday, and had a wonderful time chatting with Chris and Sharon and doing a fun make-and-take! Of course, I had to so some shopping too and came home with another stash of rubber stamps and some fun pens and markers that I can't wait to try. I hope you get a chance to shop at this wonderful store, but in the meantime you can visit their website and blog for products and inspiration!