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