Thursday, February 11, 2016

Please welcome Art Girl Bobbi!

Please join me in welcoming Bobbi Smith to the Art Girl team! 
I have followed her for years and LOVE her work and her journal page made me squeal! 
It is absolutely stunning! 
Thank you Bobbi for sharing your amazing art journal page and inspiring us to go play! 

 Hi everyone, Bobbi here with you today!  I've got a fun journal spread to share.  I love spending time in my art journal.  It's where I like to try out new techniques, new color combinations and new styles.
To start with I used the 6x8 Inky Art Journal.
 I applied a thin layer of white gesso to my journal pages and let air dry.  I die cut a large butterfly using manila cardstock and a Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly die.  I wanted my butterfly to have movement when you opened the page.  I folded my butterfly in half and secured it to the page using tissue tape.
  I decided to work with a very neutral pallet.  I applied Pumice Stone Distress Paint to both pages and butterfly using a baby wipe to move around the color.  Then to add a bit of pattern I used my Latticework Tim Holtz stencil and some Hickory Smoke Distress Paint.
 I wanted to soften the area that was going to be stamped with the phrase so I applied a little wash of white gesso and dried with heat tool.  Then stamped the Yvonne Blair Designs Stamp "Delight In The Beauty" with black archival ink.

Delight In The Beauty
 Next I stamped a few different sizes of Yvonne Blair Design leaves with black archival ink onto vintage dictionary paper.  I cut out several of the leaves and adhered to my journal spread with multi medium matte.  I softened the text in the leaves with a little white gesso wash.  Then applied color to the leaves with a little water down Peeled Paint Distress Paint and dried with my heat tool.

 Scribble Flower

 Sketch Leaves
  So, I thought it needed a little dimensional texture.  I applied some transparent matte texture paste using the Latticework and Wildflowers Tim Holtz stencils.  After my texture paste had thoroughly dried I added some splatters using some watered-down Picked Raspberry, Black Soot Distress Paints and white gesso.  I also added a few drips of Picked Raspberry Distress Paint on the right-hand side of my butterfly wing.
  I wanted to really pull the texture out so, I added some Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Crayons...smudging them as I applied.  To finish off my journal spread, I added some Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs here and there.
 A few close ups.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my art journal today!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Welcome our Guest Designer Averie...

Hello there! I am so excited to share a very special guest designer Miss Averie Phillips! 
She is now our honorary Jr. Art Girl and I love the project she and her Aunt Tonya made together. 
This is the kind of thing that makes my heart absolutely sing.  
I just know that these special Valentines are going to be a hit. 
Thank you Averie for sharing your art with us! 

Hi everyone it's Tonya here today with a fun little post with our Jr. Art Girl, my niece, Averie. She needed a little extra special Aunt Tonya time this weekend getting her craft on, so we decided to pull out some of Yvonne's stamps, the Gelli® Arts Gelli® Printing Plate, and some acrylic paints. Our mission was to create unique Valentines for her classmates!

We headed to the store to purchase a package of candy, because Valentines should always include candy right?  We wanted to keep our project simple.  Easy is key when you have to create so many! Plus our goal was really "the art project" the Valentines just gave us a reason to create (like we needed one!)

I introduced Averie to Yvonne's stamps, and she instantly fell in love with these sketched beauties. They were at the top of the must use list!

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Next we grabbed an assortment of Acrylic full bodied paints from Liquitex Basics  Cadmium Red, Titanium White, and then a we also used a Plaid Apple Barrel Bimini Blue with an 8x10 Gelli® Arts Printing Plate. For added interest, we also pulled out a Tim Holtz Hearts stencil to give us a smaller heart for a repeated pattern.

This was the first time she had played with a printing plate. It was fun watching her discover how the stamps could be used to lift paint and create one look or stamp directly onto the paper to create another look.

Through all the random patterns that we continued to pull, she talked about how neat these Valentines were going to be because no one else in her class would have anything like them.  I must say my heart was beginning to melt JUST A LITTLE BIT!

I often have people say "what do you do with all those prints?"  I have lots of ideas for that, but Averie asked the same question, and she kept saying "these look really messy." I said "Large patterns can be overwhelming, but when we cut them smaller you will see they take on a different look. Wait until we are done!"  Here is a sample of one of her prints, before we trimmed it down for her Valentine covers.

Look at all the texture we created with just three colors of paint and few stamps.  Keeping it very simple was key.  The contrast of the blue really helped to make the prints pop! In just under an hour we had enough prints to cover 27 Valentines. We were having so much fun!  When we went to pull our fourth print - I looked at the plate and yelled  "hold it -  STOP, sometimes the Genius in Art is knowing when to STOP! Look at the yummie plate!"

We pulled the Print and this what we got!  PURE GENIUS!  I suggested that she frame this print and hang it in her room as a reminder to "Always follow her heart."

So back to the Valentine's Project!

We took a piece of cardstock and cut it to 6 inches by 2.5 inches then scored the long edge at 3 inches.  Averie applied glue down the edges to form a pocket.  The candy will slip inside the pocket once the glue is dry.  Note - I recommend wet glue for this so that the pockets stay closed.  You may need to adjust the sizes to fit your candy selection.

Next we trimmed her Gelli® Art Prints to fit the front and backs of her pockets.   Once the patterns were trimmed smaller she saw how the busy patterns were now really cool and fun.  To finish off the Valentines we punched out a heart from the scraps of cardstock for her to write her classmate's names, then glued them to the front.  

We had such an amazing afternoon. These few hours are time that we both will cherish forever.  In just a few hours we created 27 Valentines cards, but for me it was more than just cards. In two hours we created a memory that would last a lifetime, for me I nurtured an artist. I hope that print that we pulled is always around to reminder her of our time together.  Her Dad has already sent me a photo of it framed.  Thanks for stopping in today!

Friday, February 5, 2016


Oh my...I am giddy to share this with you! 

Today is the day we launch...
I hope you will join myself,

We will have month-long Creative adventures that will inspire you to get creative, find your own style and hopefully try new things! It's all about exploring, finding the joy and being free to create in your own unique style! 

I can tell you that we are all over the top excited to begin this journey and share it with all of you! 
I hope you will join the party...get creative...and feel free to express your uniqueness! 
Click on over to our new Creative Carte Blanche website and see what it's all about! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Art Girl Lynne Forsythe...

AN AMAZING Art Journal spread from Lynne.
It will wow you!
All the texture, the color palette...
It is beautiful!

Happy Thursday, peeps!
Thank you for stopping by
Yvonne Blair Designs blog today!

Lynne Forsythe here and I want to share my
latest art journaling pages.

I love to just PLAY in my art journal!
This spread was inspired by the hearts,
they are all 'TOVERS!
What are 'TOVERS you ask.....
they are things that at one time were
GREAT ideas, only to be put aside....
because they just didn't fit 
as anticipated.
Then to be REVIVED at just the
RIGHT time and place
and be.......just PERFECT!

The center "paper" heart and the burlap heart
were good ideas I had created that just didn't
end up working in a project I was creating.
The left heart is leftover "paper" I created for
a different project.

I then began the quest for
a perfect background!
A layer of texture medium,
some tape,
a layer of paint and glaze
Which turned out to dark,
so I dabbed on a layer of gesso
through a stencil with a sponge
creating fabulous texture!!
I finished it off with a
spritz of mist.

I now had this AMAZING 
textured background....
but there was NO WAY I could stamp on it.
And if you are familiar with my style,
I like my art to "say" something.

So, I pulled out a piece of tissue paper,
chose my Yvonne Blair Designs Stamp....
and some ink!

Then, I realized the line spacing
would require masking if
I wanted to cut the quote apart.

So, I pulled out a roll of paper tape,
masked of the first three lines,
inked the pad,
pulled off the mask
and stamped.

I repeated the process
for the next two lines.

And again for the last lines.

I cut out the pieces parts and applied
the stamped tissue to my spread
with multi medium.

Now, I have to tell on myself!
I was talking on the phone,
not paying attention to what I was doing
and I stenciled over one of
the newly adhered "stamp lines"
with black paint....
so, I continued the "technique"

I hope you enjoyed my creative process!

If you are interested in exploring
Art Journaling
Yvonne Blair Designs

.....till next time

Make sure to visit Lynne's blog too...she has a blog full of creative masterpieces sure to leave you inspired!!! Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Teaching Tour!!!

Hi everyone! 
So excited to share that I will be heading to South Carolina and North Carolina for a teaching tour next month! (February)  If you are in any of these areas I hope you can join us for a SOULFUL Inky good time!  I will be doing My newest Art Journal Class-A Woman's Journey
as well as Ink Techniques where you will create cards and a canvas! 
You can sign up by calling the store you are closest to! 

Wednesday, February 17th Scrapbooks By The Sea in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (843-215-9908)
Friday, February 19th Paper Crafter's Muse in Matthews, North Carolina (704-458-1572)
Saturday, February 20th Dorothy's Stamps 'n Scraps in Boiling Springs, North Carolina (704-434-7766)
Sunday, February 21st Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro, North Carolina (336-389-9539)
Can't wait to meet new friends and visit these fabulous stores! 
See you there!!!! 

Color Burst fun!!!

Hi everyone!
I'm over on Ken Oliver's blog today with a tutorial.
Click on over to get the low down! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Introducing Art Girl Lynne Forsythe! excited!!!
Today I am bringing you some fabulous art by the very awesome Lynne Forsythe!
I am still over the moon giddy that these ladies have joined me in my quirky creative world.
The Art Girls and I want you to not only be inspired to create art, but inspired to follow
your passions and your dreams! They are sure off to a great start!

Hello Yvonne Blair Designs and
Impression Obsession Fans.....

Lynne Forsythe here and I am
OVER THE MOON excited to be a part
of Yvonne Blair Design's ~ Art Girls!

Have you every had one of those product that you've 
JUST WANTED to try but
NEVER seem to get around to order it??

Well that has been me with Color Burst!!
So I decided to buy myself a Christmas Present.....
a set of Color Burst ~ Earthtones
the fun I had playing with this product!

I pulled out a Natural Canvas from Canvas Corp Brands.
I laid The Crafter's Workshop ~ Folk Art Flower stencil
on the canvas and poofed out various
Color Burst colors and them spritzed with water.

I have to say I LOVE the unpredictability of this product
under these conditions!

I then painted on a layer of
Perfect Paints ~ Perfect Glaze Medium
to seal the canvas so the Color Burst wouldn't move.

Once dry, I applied a layer of
Perfect Paints ~ Dried Cranberries
through The Crafter's Workshop ~ Beaded Curtain Stencil.

Next, I created a few spiral flowers from some
vintage dictionary paper
and colored them with Color Burst.

Then, I pulled out some of
Canvas Corp Brands ~ Mistable papers to create the
leaves, which were of course colored with
Color Burst!!

For added measure I painted a few
Layered Hexagons from UmWowStudio
for added texture.

I finished off my canvas with one of

Using an Archival Ink pad,
 onto a piece of vintage dictionary paper
and cut out the individual words.

I applied the stamped words to my canvas with
Ranger's Multi Medium ~ Matte.

I hope you have enjoyed my 
I know I sure did!!

Thanks so much Lynne! 
I LOVE what you did with this canvas and Color Burst!!! 
I think I need to go play now! hehehe. 
Till next time!!!