Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Going Really Old School in September

September will be full of fun at Gingersnap Creations! We'll be going truly old school next month as we celebrate Ancient Ages! In the tradition of great ancient civilizations like Medopotamia, Greece and Rome, we will be working with tiles and mosaics for the whole month.

Artwork by Sharon Briss

We are proud to welcome our September Muse, Lucy Edmondson. Lucy is a talented designer for the Altered Element, Imagination Crafts and The Artistic Stamper as well as having been published several times in Craft Stamper magazine.

Stay tuned to see some of Lucy's amazing art in our exclusive interview with this dynamic mixed media artist. Until then, you can always check out Lucy's blog, True Colours.

We would also like to welcome our new Visiting Artists for the month of September, Jan Hennings and Vada Schutz. Petra Berendsen is returning in September for another month as a Visiting Artist! Welcome back, Petra! Jan, Vada and Petra will be sharing their art with us throughout September's challenges!

We have lots of fun things coming up this month:

~ our 4 regular challenges: Chestnut Theme, Spicy Supply, Random Redhead and Color

~ our Once in a Blue Moon Challenge returns!

~ 4 more wrap-ups with more stunning Ginger Gem art and 4 new Home Page Artists

~ some wonderful projects from our September Muse, Lucy Edmondson, as well as an exclusive interview with our new Muse coming to you on September 4th.

~ We have some great new history-making tutorials for you from our wonderful Gingers including techniques and projects from Suzanne Brookfield, Lynn Stevens, Laura Liddell and Irit Shalom.

~ mid-month Jennie will share another fabulous project with her regular column

~ we'll be unveiling our new reader-participation event at the end of the month

~ we'll also be introducing you to the new additions to our Design Team

Checking in with our Gingersnappers

Our Yahoo Group, the Gingersnappers, really gave us a palette full of fabulous art!

Check out their amazing scraplings for the current Art Exchange!

Krish


Joanne


Pattie G

Julie

We also challenged our Gingersnappers to do some watercoloring during our paint month!

Here's what Christine made:


If you want to get in on this month's special content for the GC Yahoo Group or sign-up for our Paint Chip Scraplings Art Exchange, why not become a Gingersnapper yourself and join our group? The membership process is easy and the fellowship is phenomenal!

We hope you join us for our foray into history and as we have fun with tons of tiles and mosaic projects.

Wrap Up - GC65: Famous Painters or Paintings

We were delighted with the superb submissions for our Famous Painters or Paintings challenge! Everyone had such creative ways to interpret our theme. Thanks to all who played! Your creations were all wonderfully artful!

The randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

Daniele
of
Musings of a Chocoholic

inspired by Van Gogh's Sunflowers

Congratulations, Daniele. Your artwork will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog.

Now onto our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we also pick 7 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.


For more information about Ginger Gems and entering our challenges, please visit the FAQ page.


Our Masterful
Ginger Gems



Artwork by Julie Forest
inspired by the work of Leonardo Da Vinci


Artwork by Kim
inspired by the artwork of L.S. Lowry


Artwork by Viv
inspired by Vermeer's The Lacemaker


Artwork by White Racoon
inspired by Leonardo's Mona Lisa


Artwork by Paul B
inspired by "Constellation with Five White Forms
and Two Black, Variation III" by Jean Arp



Artwork by Alison
inspired by Klimt


Artwork by Maarit
inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night

Congratulations to all our Ginger Gems this week! We hope you take a minute to stop by their blogs.

Come by tomorrow for a new Chestnut Theme Challenge.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Paint Chip Scraplings Exchange

I'm excited to be hosting the current Gingersnaps Art Exchange - Paint Chip Scraplings. The deadline for signing up is September 1 and the scraplings are due in my hands by September 15, so there is still time to sign up.

Here are some scraplings that Design Team member Joanne Wardle made for the exchange - who wouldn't want to receive one of these?


If you've never made a scrapling before, Fellow Founding Femme, Sharon Briss, wrote a great tutorial on how to create these gorgeous little works of art.

Once again, the details of the exchange are as follows:

Specifics
Format: Scrapling - 1.5" wide x 4.25" tall, folded (must be complete, no fronts accepted)
Theme: Open
Supply to be Used: paint chips (or something close)
Media: Any but must include some stamping
Number of Pieces: 4 for 4 (can be identical submissions or 4 individual designs)
Sign-Ups/Withdrawals: by September 1, 2010
Due Date: September 15, 2010

Remember that you need to be a member of the Gingersnaps Yahoo Group to join the exchange, but membership is quick, easy and stress-free! If you live in the UK, Design Team member Laura Liddell will receive and mail out your scraplings to save you some postage.

We can't wait to see all your miniature works of art!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Linda Ledbetter: Super Simple Image Transfer with Gesso

I learned this cool and simple method of doing image transfers in the "At Home with Claudine Hellmuth" class I'm taking, and I've had so much fun using it! This method works with laser prints, photocopies and magazine images, but not with ink jet prints. Remember, your image will be reversed in the transfer, so if there's text involved you'll want to flip it in a photo editing program before transferring it!

You'll need:


♦ A canvas (mine is 5 x 7)


♦ Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso


♦ A flat paint brush


♦ A piece of scrapbook paper


Begin by spreading a layer of gesso

all over the canvas with your paintbrush,

about as thickly as you'd put peanut butter on a sandwich.


Place your scrapbook paper or printout face-down

into the layer of gesso, and smooth it out gently

with a credit card or craft scraper. Work out any air bubbles and

make sure the paper is completely pressed into the gesso.



Let this dry for 24 hours. Seriously.

Don't cheat and try to rush it.

Remember: "If you rush a Miracle Man,

you get lousy miracles."



Nighty night...



Okay, now it's a new day!

Saturate the paper with water.



Begin gently rubbing the paper off the canvas.

This will take what feels like forever. It'll be worth it, I promise.

Just keep rolling off those little bits of paper,

adding more water as you need to,

until you're not feeling paper crumbs under you fingers anymore.

Magically, the print has transferred to the canvas.



You might have a few spots where the image

didn't transfer completely.


That's good! That's why we call it "SHABBY chic!"


For extra added shabbiness, if you so desire,

dry-brush a little gesso on top of the image for a whitewashed look.

If you overdo it, just gently wipe away some of the gesso with a damp paper towel.




And, there you go! An easy, shabby-yet-chic image transfer,

just waiting for you to embellish it!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Holiday Happenings: Holiday Lights

With all our Outdoor-themed holiday cards now done, we can turn to a new inspiration for our next set of stress-free holiday cards. By getting a few cards done each month, we hope to be able to relax and enjoy the holidays this year. If you want to join in, our target is between 5 and 10 cards each month with a new inspiration happening around the 25th of each month from July to November.

Holiday lights will be our inspiration for August!


What kind of lights?

~ candlelight
~ firelight
~ decorative twinkle lights
~ starlight
~ street lights

For my own set of cards, I decided to do a few of each type. I also set myself a second challenge to not use any designer paper on this group of cards.

My candlelight cards:

Stamps: Rubber Stampede and Penny Black

Stamps: Stampin' Up

Stamps: HAnglar & StAnglar

Stamps: Cats Pajamas and Rubber Soul

My twinkle light cards:

Stamps: Inkadinkado and Rubber Stampede

Stamps: A Muse and Penny Black

Stamps: Inkadinkado and Katie & Co.

My starlight card:

Stamps: Penny Black and Stampington

and another starlight card from Ali Manning too:


Stay tuned next month on the 25th for another holiday card inspiration! Until then, if you have some "Holiday Light" cards to share, link them up to this post so everyone can enjoy them!

We can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wrap Up GC 64: Yellow, Orange & Red

Good morning and welcome to another Gingersnaps challenge wrap up. We were dazzled by all the rich and colorful artwork you created for our last color challenge.

This week's randomly drawn Home Page Artist is



Congratulations, Rebecca. Your artwork will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog.

Now, onto our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we also pick 7 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.

For more information about Ginger Gems and entering our challenges, please visit the FAQ page.

Created by Amy

Created by Athena

Created by Willy

Created by Helen

Created by Electra

Created by Aisling

Created by Cath

We hope you'll take a minute to stop by the Gems' blogs and congratulate them!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Jean Franks Beck: Stamping with Watercolors

Hello Gingersnappers! Today we're going to play with watercolors and silhouette stamps. Here's what you'll need:

- Watercolor paints (in tubes - the palette style will not work for this technique)
- Watercolor paper
- Brushes
- Silhouette-style rubber stamp (nothing with fine detail; fine lines will be lost in this method)
- Water
- Optional: Text stamp and coordinating dye inks; word stamp (with a large chunky font, nothing too delicate)

To begin, squirt out small amounts of the watercolors onto a palette or scrap of watercolor paper. Do not add water to the paints. Wet your brush (not too much - run it over the edge of your water cup to remove some of the water), pick up your first paint color, and apply it to your stamp. Start in the middle of the area you want to paint and work your way to the edges. You don't want globs of paint along the edges of the design, as this will distort the image when you stamp. Make sure you have a fairly thick layer of paint on the stamp. When you're finished, it should look something like this:
Now stamp onto the watercolor paper as you normally would, except hold it down a little longer than normal so that the paint has a chance to transfer to the paper. I also use a little more pressure than I would when stamping with ink. This is what you'll get:
Now... very important... *let the image dry completely.* Go wash your stamps. Go dig through your stash. Just make sure not to proceed to the next step until the paint is dry, dry, dry. (A note about using a heat gun..... it will speed things along somewhat, but some watercolors can fade in the heat, so you may need to experiment a bit if you go that route.)

Next step: Using clean water, wet your brush and start washing water all around the outside of your image, being careful not to brush across the image just yet. You'll want to wet the entire area of the paper that you intend to use. The next photo shows what I mean (hopefully!):
Now the fun part: Using clean water, wet your brush and lightly brush over the stamped image, pulling the wet brush from the center of the image outwards. You don't have to make too many swipes, just enough to start pulling the paint away from the image, but *not* so much that the image disappears. (This is why the image needed to be completely dry... if it's still damp, you will lose all detail from the image and end up with a pretty solid-colored background paper!)
Once you have done one section of the image (in my case, the red flowers), clean your brush, wet it again with clean water, and do the next section (in my case, the green stems). You don't want to overlap too much or your colors will turn muddy. Restraint is key. :)
When you're done, let the paper and image dry completely before adding anything else.
For both of my cards, I stamped over the image using coordinating ink colors and a text stamp. On one card, I used the same watercolors as I used for the flowers to stamp on the word "dream," except this time I didn't pull any water over the top of it so that it would stay crisp. The paint gives a shabbier, more artsy look to the word that regular ink would.
That's it! Embellish to your heart's content. You don't need expensive supplies - student-grade paints and paper work just fine. There are lots of different variations of this, too, such as adding in a resist technique to the background, or painting your own background paper to coordinate. I hope you can give it a try. :) Thanks for stopping by!
- Jean

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