Saturday, February 10, 2018

#Artlove52 Week 5: Wellness

Oh my, I totally missed posting this project! My bad, lol. Last week's #ArtLove52 word was "Wellness" and I really struggled with this. And then I got to thinking about how I was hitting a brick wall with this word. And then Bam! It came to me...lol. Part of being well is knowing how to deal with brick walls. And the way to do that is one brick at a time!

#ArtLove52, Leah Tees, Ode to Paper







To start this project, I wanted to use texture paste to create some kind of wall. I remembered watching Maremi's Small Art on Youtube and she had mixed paste with coffee grounds to get fabulous brick texture. So why not give it a try? Guess what? It works amazingly!


#ArtLove52, Leah Tees, Ode to Paper







When the brick wall was dry, I put a couple of coats of gesso on it. When my gesso was dry, I started to add watercolors in browns and blacks to create the brick color. I used my Prima Classics Watercolor Pans and mixed different ratios of brown, red and black to make the right colors. I added the colors in layers, drying each layer before moving on to the next. I sprayed them with water as well, to make them run in between the bricks.


#ArtLove52, Leah Tees, Ode to Paper








I rubbed the colors around the outside of the brick wall as well to make the page more cohesive and started to think about what I could use with the quote as the focal point. I had already decided on the text, so all that's left is to make it all come together.


#ArtLove52, Leah Tees, Ode to Paper







After I decided which scraps I wanted to add behind the text, I realized I needed to single out one brick and add some highlights. I added some Art Alchemy Metallic Wax in Bronze Age from Prima Finnabair to the high spots of the bricks and then added quite a bit to cover just one whole brick.


#ArtLove52, Leah Tees, Ode to Paper









This photo really shows the texture of the bricks. This technique is great for massive texture and effect!


#ArtLove52, Leah Tees, Ode to Paper




To finish this project, I added some black ink around the edges of the page to frame it in, and some Art Alchemy wax to the edges of the paper bits to make them look worn and aged as well as make them stand out a bit against the dark background. Thank you for stopping by today! I have linked some of the products I have used to the 7 Kids Crafting Supply store. Thanks for stopping by for last week's #ArtLove52 word of the week: Wellness. This weeks word was "Dancing"! And of course it is also off schedule just a bit lol, but it will be up soon and I hope to be back on schedule next week!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Treasures Mixed Media Canvas with 7 Kids Craft Supply Store


Hi everyone, I have a fun mixed media project and some exciting news!  First the exciting news!  I am now a designer for 7 Kids Craft Supply Store out of South Dakota!  I was so excited when Kelly Neis asked me to be on her team, I started designing right away!


Treasures, 7 Kids Crafting Supply Store, Leah Tees

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Into the Forest Mixed Media Art Journal Page

Hello! I have an art journal page to share with you today that I created back in December. I used only two colors in this page, but I really like how it turned out :)

Mixed Media Art Journal Leah Tees Ode to Paper

Thursday, January 25, 2018

#ArtLove52 Week 4: Brave


Hello everyone! It's time for Week 4! I can't believe I made it this far, I am so excited about this! This week's word is BRAVE.

#ArtLove52, Brave, Leah Tees

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Salvaged Mixed Media Art Journal Page with OOAK Artisan Showcase

Hello all, it's getting pretty chilly up here in the great white north, and I can't help but sit and create when it's this cold!  Who wants to be outside in this weather?  Not me!


Salvaged Art Journal Leah Tees OOAK Artisans

Thursday, January 18, 2018