Securing a magnetic attraction for art and inspiration

We’ve been in our new location going on eight months now so I guess it’s really not so new anymore. I’ve always felt bad because we never had time to paint before we moved everything in and then it’s just been busy keeping up with classes, custom furniture painting and painting pieces to sell in the Studio.

This week’s workload was a little light so I got the itch to put some paint on a wall. I tested four or five colors last week and not one was well received by the majority so I finally settled on the beautiful light grey we had at our first location. There was about a half gallon of paint left and I knew it would be close, but I had a plan.

green_door_studio_magnetic_corner_tapeI taped a rectangle off and had this great plan to paint a magnet board to display all our ATC’s from club, along with my scrapbook layout class samples for Sketch your Stash and Scrap your Stash.

Rust-oleum is the only brand I could find that offered a magnetic primer and at $20 a quart I thought it was a tad pricey. I checked online reviews and they weren’t that good. I asked the paint staff at Home Depot if they’ve had any feedback from customers, but they had none. I checked to make sure I could get a refund if the product didn’t work as it said it would as long as I followed application instructions. I was told it could be returned, so I figured I’d give it go.

First off, have the paint staff shake your can for you. I didn’t have the first can shaken and it took me over 15 minutes of stirring to get a nice creamy mix. Buy a roller and brush with every intention of throwing it out when done, and don’t buy foam. My foam brush just soaked up the liquid and dropped big gobs of paint everywhere. Wear a large smock and gloves.

green_door_studio_magnetic_paint_trayI figured I’d have a 4′ by 8′ magnet board but the more grey I painted on the wall, the more I realized I was not going to have enough wall paint. I painted what I could and when it was dry I just taped off a huge area with blue painter’s tape. This would be my magnet board.

Stir the magnetic primer very well. It needs to be smooth and creamy (it looks and feels like really heavy motor oil – smells a little like it too). I lined my paint tray with foil so I could just throw it all away at the end. I used the smooth, to semi-smooth roller, like the can said. The magnetic primer spreads really well but spatters everywhere – thus, the large smock to cover all clothing. I also added gloves to my second round of painting to avoid the black speckled hands.

I eventually got three coats of the primer on my board. I had to buy another quart because my taped-off space was so large that I got one-and-a-half coats on and ran out. I had them shake the second can for me at the store and it was much easier to stir than the first.

green_door_studio_magnetic_paint_wallI couldn’t wait for it to dry to see if it worked as I hoped. It actually dries pretty quickly – in about 4 hours or so. The can says you can paint over it when dry but we liked the black. It’s a nice background for the art work that hangs on it.

Most of the bad reviews I read were complaints about the thickness, the inability to stir it easily and the fact that magnets don’t hold as they thought they should. I had read the information listed on the can of Rust-oleum so I knew it was very thick and hard to stir, that it needed smelly stuff for clean-up (that’s why I chose to buy stuff I could just throw out), and I knew it would not hold heavy stuff like a refrigerator magnet will; it’s recommended for lightweight items.

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I am so pleased with the results! I couldn’t wait to give it a try to see if it worked. I’ve used magnet tape on the backs of ATC’s and a scrapbook layout and it’s holding well. This board is going add a lot of color and inspiration to our classroom area. It’s going to look so cool when all the ATC cards are hung; they’ll create a border. It also gives me space to display our scrapbook layout samples for upcoming classes. Come check it out for yourself.

Trading cards build friendships

You know what I really enjoy about our ATC workshop/class? The students enjoy the class just as much as I do.

linda_neff_mug_2016When we began this class a little over a year ago, I struggled with it. Going from working on a 12-inch by 12-inch scrapbook page to a tiny piece of paper that measures 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches was a real challenge for me but I stuck with it – and the students stuck right there with me. Next to our Art Journal class the ATC class has become one of my favorites.

In our class I teach a technique each month. Other than using that technique somehow for your ATC there are no rules. It’s so enjoyable to watch the students have fun with the technique during class. Seeing how they use the technique in their ATC’s they bring back the following month to trade is even better. Each student’s cards are different from the others even though we all sat in the same class.

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Our ATC class runs from 2-4 p.m and from 6-8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. We’d love to have you join us. The evening session is new to the schedule line-up and we’re hoping to grow the evening group with a few more students (there’s also a few spaces available for the afternoon as well).

Participating in a class at Green Door Studio is a wonderful opportunity to share time with others who enjoy crafting as much as you do. It’s a great way to build new friendships and we love adding new members to our crafting community!

Christmas is a coming!

linda_neff_dream_weaver_art_journal_6Howdy again! I’m back again as guest designer with Dream Weaver this month and looking forward to sharing with you some ideas I have for using Dream Weaver products. This is my second post this month for the theme Thankful and Thoughtful.
Link your creations, using the Thankful and Thoughtful theme on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool at the end of this post – you could win the stencil of your choice and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver products in your artwork. Be sure to stop by the blogs of the regular Dream Team members as well – loads of great ideas out there!
I have another Art Journal page for you this week and an ATC (Artist Trading Card). I love to give credit where credit is due but, honestly, I was on my phone either reading emails or Pinterest and I seen something similar to this technique but my phone wouldn’t let me bookmark it and I haven’t been able to find it again! Don’t you just hate that?
*A friend found the link for me – yippee! This technique was done on Julie Fei-Fan Balzar’s blog by guest designer Melita Bloomer.*
The end result is such a bold and dramatic effect. I just love it!
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I began with watercolor paper and used the smoosh and spritz technique with Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed Distress Inks – Christmas colors. Stamped with a Christmas script stamp using black Archival Ink then laid Dream Weaver’s stencil, LX7007 Leaves, in the center of my page and traced all the inside openings with a black journal marker.
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I worked out from the center after that till the entire page had traced openings on it.
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After that it’s all hand-painted with black gesso and that creates that very dramatic effect.
It was time to make some ATC’s for my stamp group and I had this cute little Nested Stocking Die DG692 from Dream Weaver along with an adorable embossing folder, FJ922 Christmas Borders. I made the background similar to the art journal page then cut it to ATC size (2 1/2″ X 3 1/2″) then ran it through my Vagabond in the embossing folder. All the edges are inked with Peeled Paint and I also rubbed Peeled Paint across the ATC’s to bring out the embossed areas. I used Dream Weaver’s white embossing paste to make the rim of the stocking look fluffy.
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I actually cut two each of the stocking rim so I could stack them and make them dimensional. I glued a small piece of chipboard in-between then assembled the stocking, added it to the ATC and finished it off with some printed words and cute little gold jingle bell.
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I think these will be a hit with my exchange group. I’m thankful I’ve been able to have this opportunity to challenge myself with my craft using these Dream Weaver products this month!
Be sure to visit the other designers to see what they’ve been up to this week.

ATC’s dressed for the holidays

ATC’s are just not my forte. I keep trying but I’ve never been quite happy with the finished results. The Cracker Jack Stamper’s that I’m part of have been swapping ATC’s recently and every time the sign up sheet comes around I swear I’m not going to participate again, but when that paper lands in front of me I pick up the pen and sign my name once again.

These are my attempt at a holiday-themed ATC for this months’ swap. I’m not afraid to show my failures!

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They started out as watercolor paper die cut with Tim Holtz’ ATC die. I needed eight so cut 16 pieces – front and back. They are brushed with one coat of Gesso and left to dry.

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Then they’re painted with red paint and left to dry before adhering a torn strip of patterned paper with a Xyron Glue Stick.

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A thin coat of soft gel medium, colored lightly with a touch of black acrylic paint to make a tinted glaze, is brushed on. While the medium is still a little tacky I randomly pressed down some gold leaf to add a touch of bling – it is the holidays after all!

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I typed up a saying – “And she wore holiday dressings” and printed it out on plain office paper. I trimmed the sayings down and inked the edges with Ranger’s Archival Black ink before running them through the Xyron 1.5″ Create-a-Sticker.

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The saying is split and adhered to each ATC then the ATC’s are brushed with a thin layer of soft gel medium tinted with Ranger’s Adirondack Metallic Gold paint dabber. I used a baby wipe to blot and gently wipe away some of the gold layer; I wanted just enough left to add a slight sheen.

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I prepped eight Dress Form Hangers from Maya Road by tying a piece of Maya Road Twine Cording around each one and trimmed the ends.

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To complete the look, I stamped the other eight blank ATC’s with a label stamp, wrote my info on the back and ran them through the Xyron 9″ Creative Station. Then I matched them back-to-back with the finished fronts.

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I finished them off by edging them with the gold paint dabber and added the cute paper clip!

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I took them to Club and exchanged them with the others. Though I don’t love them I’m not ready to give up yet! I love a good challenge so keep watching for that perfect ATC from me!

ATC sparkles and shines

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Well, I’m finally delving into the art of Artist Trading Cards thanks to our Cracker Jack Stamp Club! We’re hosting an ATC swap at our April meeting so I’ve been experimenting with products to use on them. This one is stamped, glittered and inked. Skip on over to Art Glitter’s blog for a tutorial on how it was created.

Meet my little Halloween Boo Boo…

I’ve been busy working on projects this weekend and just wanted to take a minute and share this little Halloween Boo Boo ATC with you that I made with Globecraft Memories products. The clip art is from Red Lead Paperworks (a free download) and the ATC is constructed on an ATC-size Globecraft Memories Card Decor punch-out.

It’s my first ATC that I can remember ever making. I’ve avoided them like the plague because of the smaller dimension but actually enjoyed creating it and watching it come together very much!

For the most part I used Globecraft Memories Glastique for the adhesive, sealer and dimensional finish along with the company’s new Cool-Set Enameling Gels. You can find complete instructions in a tutorial on the Globecraft Memories Blog and you can shop for the Globecraft products right from my blog if you cannot find them locally (just click the Globecraft Memories ‘shop’ button on the sidebar).

Products I used:
Piccolo Card Decor Set #5
Piccolo Card Decor Set #6
Glossy Glastique (adhesive, sealer and dimensional finish)
Mars Black Piccolo Cool-Set Enameling Gel
Cobalt Turquoise Cool-Set Enameling Gel
Ranger Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber
Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink

It really isn’t that hard to work on the smaller surface. I just found that I had to edit the embellishments down so I wouldn’t detract from that gorgeous face and those haunting little goblins! This could also be used as a knob hangar for a door, cupboard or window by adding ribbon or wire to the top for hanging. It would also work well as an embellishment on a scrapbook page.