The Road Less Traveled


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Spray Dyed Bag

Another Altered Arts project here for you.  Altered Arts Magazine offers so many ideas and tutorials, as well as the website, with a blog link, and products you might like to use in your designs.

Several techniques embody this project.  The bag is canvas, a small one, great for stashing your smart phone, keys, and money.  You can wear it around your neck or use it like a wristlet.  

The canvas bag is stuffed with paper and then sprayed with various spray inks.  Any brand will work well with this.  Remember that wherever you overlap colors, they will blend and mix.  I like to use newsprint to block out areas that I want to keep the original color when I spray others next to it.

The image in the middle is a collage piece, transferred via printer onto fabric.  It is mounted on another piece of fabric using fuseable adhesive.  

On top of the image, I used a clear lacquer thinly, and added clear, hole-less beads.  It adds a dimensional quality to the collage.  The photo does not show how cool this effect is!

Sewn are charms to add more dimension that pops out from the bag.

The trim with beads is also fused to the top of the bag and fibers sewn at each end to create a handle/strap.

The basics of this design include:

*  Spray inks
*  Printer collage image printed onto inkjet fabric
*  Fusing fabric with fuseable adhesive.
*  Hole-less beads for dimension, depth, and sparkle.

This technique is transferable to any type art style you would like to work on.  Different types of canvases and bags, wood, paper (good cardstock or chipboard), and using acid-free products, in scrapbooks.  Do not be afraid to fuse onto paper!

If ever you want to share your creations with me, find me on Facebook, and send me a message with the photo of your art!  I'd love to see what you design.

I always do my posts on the 10th and 24th of each month, so look for them!!!  Also check out the link above to Altered Arts Magazine to download an E copy of the magazine, or subscribe if you'd like to (Makes it easy to insure you get your issue every month).

Cre8tively Yours - Lea

Monday, December 23, 2013

Winner of the Niji Pearlescent Watercolor Palette

I know you all have been waiting!!!!  "Melissa Melissa,"  you have won the palette.  Message me via FB or email me your full name and address so I can get it sent out to you!!!

Merry Christmas!  Congrats.

Love, Lea

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

frog dog studio: Frog Dog Studio Holiday Ornament

frog dog studio: Frog Dog Studio Holiday Ornament: Loving the December kit!!!  I will be using the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric, the Prima Marketing stamps, the collage image of t...

Monday, December 16, 2013

My Giveaway to Bring in the Christmas Spirit!!!!

Niji Pearlescent Watercolor Giveaway!

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!!!  I have a sweet giveaway for you!  How would one of you like to win this awesome set of Niji Pearlescent Watercolors??????

Look at all the lovely colors!  Perfect for any scrapbook, altered art, mixed media, or illustration/card making you have.  I have been so fortunate to work on such wonderful design teams, I wanted to give away something yummy to the readers of my blog!



So many ways to used these wonderful watercolors.  It doesn't matter what type of art you like to do.

Remember, comment here, "like" the Yasutomo Facebook Page!  You have all this week.  Comment as often as you'd like.  I will use the random generator to get a number and on December 23rd, I will announce the winner!!!  The announcement will be on my blog and on my Facebook Page.

Have a wonderful holiday season, and Merry Christmas!

Cre8tively Yours, Lea

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Splash of Color

We had a blog hop involving Frog Dog Studio and Splash of Color!  Here is my art for the hop, showcased on Frog Dog Studio's Blog.

I have two different projects that highlight the wonderful December Kit at Frog Dog Studio!!!  I like that each kit gives you major media to use in your art, and ephemera as well as elements to make several complete works of art!  The DT, I am proud to be on, helps those who are looking for ideas, techniques and eye candy!!!

Stamping with Silks!

Found a gold chipboard tag and wanted to design a simple, festive look as an alternative to a greeting card.  Flat painting and smooshing plastic wrap to create texture.

To stamp with Silks, use a sponge or a cut piece of Ranger's foam Sheet, and paint a good amount of Silks on it.  The paint will go into the surface but because it doesn't totally soak in, it makes a perfect stamp pad!  The Ranger Foam is exactly what they use for some of their stamp pads.  There are felt sheets too.  Use the foam and tap on the stamp from the kit, and then stamp on the tag.  Stamp the image off the edges of the tag.  Cool effect!!!

Add elements, wire and twine or raffia with beads to complete the look!

A created vignette' which highlights the Primary of Shopping and the Christmas Season!  The smaller art is designed on the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Fabric.  Silk Paints glaze areas, and after using the modeling paste; the Silks add light semi-transparent colors that make the letters POP!  The tree is a flat, wood tree.  The Modeling paste and Silks bring this little tree to life.  Silks were used on one of the accents pieces and on some of the circles of the background cardstock.  The mesh and one of the collage images complete the look!

The Tim Holtz stencil is adhered to the fabric using painter's tape.

After applying paste to the stencil and removing excess, this is how it looks on the fabric before adding color with Silk Paints.

This is perfect for a journal cover or photo album cover!

For more ideas check out Frog Dog Studios - Click on the blog link, look at this month's art, and check out the store!!!

Cre8tivelea Yours, Lea

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Altered Arts: Altered CD Cover

Some holiday gift inspiration!  This is my FIRST post for Altered Arts Magazine.  I was recently added to the Design Team with a few other wonderful talents.  Back in the day, I was published a couple times in the magazine but now they have a Design Team and I am thrilled to be a part of it!!!!

Watch on FB, I will be posting some of the published art on my FB page.

I have friends who like inspirational quotes as much as I do.  I decided to make some CD's to give to them.  I wanted the jewel case that holds the CD to match what was inside the case; and of course, to display as art!

I worked both on the back side of the front cover and the front side.  This gives depth and dimension with texture.

Start with a painted design to fit the CD case.  A decorative sheet of paper can be used. if you feel more comfortable with that or you have many gifts to create.  Use a small line of Glossy Accents to make sure the image stays place on the inside.  It will dry clear if you don't put too much Glossy Accents on the surface.

Stamp Dream On Top
Close the CD.  Stamp the word "dream" on the front using a permanent ink.  Clearsnap has their new ink "Colorbox Surfacez."  This ink works effortlessly.  To easily stamp on the CD cover, I fold some scrap paper or cardboard to go inside the CD.  That gives body to the cover and easier to stamp.

Angel Transparency
The angel image is a transparency from Altered Pages. Take the transparency and use a double-sided adhesive sheet (Miracle Tape from Viva Las Vegastamps is good), and remove the first protective sheet.  Mount on backside of image transparency.  Cut out image, remove second protective sheet, and adhere to front of CD case.  Glue a crown charm on her head, and add a floral clear sticker.

Adding Fibers and Elements
Adding the fibers/ribbons to front of the CD case is achieved by drilling 2 holes on towards the top and one towards the bottom.  I use the Fiskars hand drill because I know it won't crack the CD case.  Run the fibers/ribbons through both holes and tie.  Tie beads and charms at bottom.  TIP:  dip ends of fibers in white glue and roll to a point.  Let dry.  Beads will slide up the fiber easier this way.  The cover is finished with 3 buttons glued, and a strip of clear floral stickers.

Add your CD inside, a sentiment and maybe more decorations!

The piece I am showing is just the type of tutorials you will find in the Altered Arts Magazine.  You can order it as either an Ezine or the Magazine in hard copy.  Click the link at the beginning of this post to see the site, and click on the blog link to get even more ideas!!!

This busy time of the year doesn't have to be stressful!  Have fun and celebrate!!!!

Cre8tivlea Yours - Lea

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Niji Pearescent Watercolors

This post is from last week. The weather was still mild, beautiful autumn scenery outside.  This week it is cold and getting colder. 

Please check out the Niji Creative Collective and see my post/tutorial on the beauty of nature.  A very free-form way to paint with Niji Pearlescent Watercolors.  By letting colors mix together at certain points and other stand out, you can achieve wonderful shading.  Adding splotches add to the look of the leaf falling or sitting in a puddle.

Bo Bunny accents are great to finish any artwork.

Nature is spiritual to me.  Any season brings new colors, shapes, and textures to take in.  I honor all nature and what it brings to my heart.

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

New Altered Arts Design Team Member

Starting in December I will start posting mixed-media art to showcase Altered Arts Magazine.  I will also be working on projects for publication in the magazine as part of the DT. 

I remember when Altered Arts first started out....that was many, many years ago.  I was honored to have a few articles published in the magazine back then.

Before Scrapbooking took off in a big way within the industry, altered arts was the big thing, especially altered books.  Saving a book from a garbage dump made me happy!  To Recycle and have a book filled with pages of canvases, excited me. 

This was from one of the articles for Altered Arts Magazine.  This was showing using brads to create a tip in page. 

Here is more of the article with other types of tip in pages with resources, and tutorials.

Altered Arts Magazine is a way to get inspired, learn new techniques and see TONS of eye candy.  I feel that recycling is a good way to create new art, and by altering it; you give new life to an old item.  Brand new containers and such can be altered as well.

Head to Altered Art's website.   The magazine comes in hard copy as well as an Ezine.  There is a blog and lots of interesting things to look at!

I am so delighted to now be sort of behind the scenes at the magazine and have my projects published along side the other DT members.  Be watching my blog for projects coming up!!!

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

frog dog studio: Inspirational Pin

frog dog studio: Inspirational Pin: What a wonderful kit filled with materials for different textures, colors, and blanks to work with!! Lots of color and texture ...

Click the link to check the post and tutorial.

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Viva Las VegaStamps!: Sneakers In Da House!

Viva Las VegaStamps!: Sneakers In Da House!: They say that women LOVE to collect shoes!  But did you know that a lot of men LOVE to collect sneakers!!  I found these words, and fo...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Just Steampunk lll - Aesthetics from the Victorian Era and Science Fiction

Erin Keck (EK Creations) sums up the feeling of Steampunk and why there are so many followers with this genre:  "Steampunk is the future as dreamt by the past." It can be artists, writers, or even CosPlay characters at Comic Con.  

Scott Publications showcases this all consuming love of Steampunk with their series of magazines entitled, "Just Steampunk."  The newest issue, Just Steampunk lll, hit the newsstands a few weeks ago!

This magazine encapsulates all things Steampunk - not just cards and jewelry.   The imagination soars with the romantic elegance of the Victorian era with whimsically modernized technology. 

One is transported back to the late 19th century, when the industrial revolution took off, starting with the invention of steam engine machines.  With all the new inventions, authors like H.G. Wells, imagined a future far beyond what was happening at the time! This was more science-fiction than reality.

Today it is sort of a "subculture" trend and refers to any of the art, clothing, or fiction from this Victorian era.  This style has caught on in a big way, especially with the huge following at Comic Con, and anything related to that.

This magazine is not just for artists alone to view but anyone who is following the Steampunk Craze.  Page after page of hand-crafted works within many categories highlight each page of this brilliant magazine.  You may think I am prejudiced because I have 4 pieces of art in the magazine, but really; it was my love of all things Steampunk that led me to submit to the magazine.

Above, Lyneen Jesse created a button fairy for a Viva Las Vegastamps swap!  The wings, the flying and Victorian woman is very prevalent in all things Steampunk!

This special piece was hand-crafted by Joe Rotella.  I am so in love with this art work!  The wings, gears, and the guy flying the machine represents more than just the basic Steampunk.  Science Fiction, whimsy, and sort of Jules Verne expresses itself here.

The top and lower right are 2 out of 4 of my art pieces published.  The top is a matchbox I made to use a a small gift box.  This is a mix of decorative cardstock, rubber stamp image, die cuts, Copic markers and rub ons.  the bottom is an ornament magnet for the fridge.  Rubber stamps, ink, paint, Copic markers, and a 101 Cement bead accent side.

 Here is an artist's rendition of a  Steampunk doll.

The Just Steampunk series of magazines has open calls to anyone who expresses themselves through current subculture.  Dolls, clothing, paper arts, jewelry, and machines that reflect the feelings of this time period are acceptable for submission.  There is a current call for art - due by November ( 

Show your art, enjoy the art in this magazine...dream of a time that was, play on what you think it was, add whimsy, science-fiction, and life to this great trending subculture!!

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Leslie Rahye's Very Fall Steampunk Blog Hop

Loving all things Steampunk, I was so thrilled to join in on Leslie's blog hop!!  Look at the sign above.  Yummy goodness representing all that is Steampunk!

 For this blog hop, I chose to design a canvas book, with 2 small, square stretched canvases, hindges and lots of Crafter's Ink by Clearsnap, and other mixed media items and techniques!!!

The background is colored with DTP (direct to paper - or canvas in this piece) utilizing the rich,creamy Crafter's Ink.  I wanted the texture of the canvas to show through and this was the perfect way to accomplish this.  Be sure to use your heat tool to set the Crafter's Ink.  Various colors are overlayed to add constrast.

Next, an image from Altered Pages is collaged on the front.  The window gives a look like it is in the background while the dude is up front.

The dude and word strip is stamped on clear laminate.  The back is painted with mica powder.  The crown again uses Crafter's Ink.

All the other accents by EK Success.

The back is done much like the front.  the crown and key are charms added for color, contrast, and dimension.  The gears are collage paper and a die cut gear.

The colors assimilate feelings of fall without shouting out FALL!  Fall leads into winter, the promise of rebirth and new things come spring again.  Fall is a time for harvest, a time to prepare for the long winter.

My interpretation gives my stamp of Steampunk fun and Fall.



Cre8tively Yours - Lea

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Viva Las VegaStamps!: A Note to a Falling Feather

Viva Las VegaStamps!: A Note to a Falling Feather: Layer it, color it, stamp it!  An illustrative piece affirmation to give or put up to look at. VLVS Images: 19126 - Feather Silhouett...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Teaching Splash Inks

Splash Inks are all the bomb in creativity land!!!  What we all love is that out of 4 bottles come hundreds and hundreds custom colors made easy with a recipe card.

These are some of the colors.  In each package there is a complete photo guide to show you the recipes, how to hold the bottles for ease of dropping color, and tips/tricks.

Very easy to mix colors!  A palette works but if you want to make a large quantity of color, use a little paint jar and mix in there.  The lid closes on the jar and keeps the paint from drying out.

 On the left is the recipe card to show how to mix colors you want.  Image was stamped on watercolor paper, and then you begin to paint!  Full strength you get an opaque, rich, coloring.  Add water, and you can lighten the color.  The more water, the lighter the color.  No ink goes to waste!!!

Another student painting with colors she likes.

Here is Nancy C's finished flower.  Brilliant for her first time!!  She has never created with these types of media and she was happy.

More mixing!!

Karen Elaine Thomas has "Splash Ink" videos on YouTube - check them out.  Basic color chart and other information go to Yasutomo's webpage for more information.

Cre8tively Yours - Lea

New DT - Niji Creative Collective!

Yasutomo, a well-known fine arts and origami company has a new Design Team!  I was happy to have the first post for September 16th!!!  I have used Yasutomo/Niji products for more years than I care to reveal, ha ha ha.  It is with extreme pleasure that I am a part of this team. 

My project is a "What You Did On Your Summer Vacation," theme.  Various mixed media techniques with Niji Pearlescent watercolors, Permawriter, Splash Inks, Nori Paste, and more items.

I am very expressive so my paintings tend to be surrealistic, whereas you can tell it is a flamingo, but I play and paint freely so that it is not exactly the way a flamingo may look from a photo.

Tutorial Link

See the whole tutorial at the link above.

Coming up:  Viva Las Vegastamps and Sakura of America Art.
                    Frog Dog Studio  Playful Musing
                    More Niji Creative Collective in October.

Thank you all for taking the time to view my posts.  I hope I can inspire your creativity or just enjoy my art!

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

New Article in Scrap and Stamping Arts Magazine!!!

The December issue has my ornament design tutorial.  Layering Viva Las Vegastamp images to create a whole winter scene!  This ornament can be displayed not only at Christmas but all winter long.  Mica powders, and pearlized pigment ink enhances the look of winter snow glistening in the light.

I adore the cabin and the sled images!!!

For the whole tutorial, check out the magazine.

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

Friday, September 13, 2013

New Viva Las Vegastamps Post!

Come to the Greatest Show On Earth!


An indexed journal book is a great substrate for VLVS circus images! Remove "Under The Big Top," or elephant and add a personal pic from when your family attended the circus. Makes a wonderful scrapbook page.

VLVS Images:
19190 - Admit One Ticket
19193 - Bulls Eye Target Open
19196 - Bulls Eye Target Solid
19195- Circus Lady
19199- Greatest Show On Earth
19200 - Under The Big Top
19219 - Whimsical Elephant
979 - Design solid Circles

VLVS Partners:
Sakura of America - Cray Pas Expressionist Oil Pastels, Moonglow Gelly Roll Pens
UMWow Studios - Chipboard Banners


The first thing I did was create the background. There is a subliminal orange and creamy orange jacquard-like background. I stamped the dots and the bulls eye images. For the dots, do not ink up the whole stamp, just part to give a more natural look. Edges distressed slightly.

The picture above is my playing with how I might want the finished layout to look. Things usually change as I work on my art. Notice, I changed the "Big Top" word placement with "The Greatest Show" word placement.

Each image is colored using oil pastels colored on plastic (An old CD works well for this) and use odorless mineral spirits to create a more watercolor look. The Gelly Roll pens add pops of color for contrast. A couple colors of Copic pens also used to finish off the design.



Here is a close up of how I colored the Chipboard banner pieces. Instead of picking up color from the CD, I colored full strength with the oil pastel on the chipboard and softened with mineral spirits brushed on top. It would be fun to go further and layer maybe another patterned chipboard shape over the solid - i.e. the orange striped piece over the solid blue.


This is how the page looks standing up in the journal. The left side could be where you scrapbook or journal words about your memories of going to the circus as a child or with your children.

We all love the Big Top, afterall; it is The Greatest Show On Earth!!!

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

Monday, August 19, 2013

Mica ATC with Frog Dog Studio

I really enjoyed creating with Frog Dog Studio's August Kit!  

Go to Frog Dog Studio Blog (see link above), click on the blog tab and see how to create this ATC!

The base was kraft board ATC, and I used Sakura of America Cray Pas Expressionist Oil Pastel in white to cover the kraft board.  This was instead of using Gesso.

Various colors of mica powders were brushed over the oil pastel.  Two stamp images (retired Viva Las Vegastamps) to add depth to background.  Each image was stamped in different colors.

The collage images are from ArtChix Studios.  Read the FDS blog to see how I enhanced the collage of the woman, and the extra 3D embellishments.

Collaging with many media is my favorite!

Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Viva Las Vegastamps Folds 'Em with Scor Pal

Scor Pal enhances art I stamp with Viva Las Vegastamps images!  It is there to inspire me to think outside the box with my designs.  Two designs were created for this blog hop.  It started on Monday, VLVS Blog.

For the first project, designed paper was designed on cardstock before scoring it into a pillow box.  I played with designs from my own and a coloring page and used graphite transfer paper to transfer the design.
 Each area was colored with Sakura of America Cray Pas - Expressionist Oil Pastels to color parts, then use odorless mineral spirits and a watercolor brush to break down the binder in the oil pastel and paint the areas.  I love shading and blending colors.
Sakura of America's Micron Pen .03 was used to outline the pencil image I transferred.  I did this before the Cray Pas, and touched up after. 

 Scor Pal makes it easy to line up your paper and scor the way the art needs to.  Google "templates" if you need patterns for creating specialized shapes, and Scor Pal has comprehensive information with measurements to make envelopes and boxes.
 The image is a Mary Logel Vozinak image from VLVS.  The  wind-up bunny is colored with Sakura of America Gelly Roll Pens.  The sentiment is cut out, edged and put on the box after some embellishing.
A simple box made special with VLVS images!!!  I made the box first and then used a grid to punch holes out.  You can do as many as I did or do just a few.  There is cardstock with stamped patterns inside the box so the pattern shows through the front.  The tag is a "double tag," patterned paper with plain paper on top that has been stamped.
There are alot of stamp images, so here they are:
Miracle Tape 1/8"

Cut out template shape and then score.   

I did a different painting technique with Cray Pas and mineral oil.  I colored plastic with the Cray Pas, then I used the mineral oil to break down the binders.  Then painted to accent the box top.

Here is a shot showing how easy it is to use Miracle Tape to make box, etc.  This image is showing that I am putting it around the perimeter of the inside of the box so I can adhere stamped cardstock.  When you turn it over, the patterns show through.
Follow Viva Las Vegastamps Blog every day this week and see all the IDEAS with SCOR PAL, a very versatile tool to help you create dimensional art!!!
Cre8tivelea Yours - Lea