Guest Artist Dina Wakley: “Be Kind to Yourself” Tag

May 19th, 2014

dina-12



Join me in welcoming the extraordinarily talented Dina Wakley to Somerset Place. Dina has been featured in Art Journaling, Somerset Apprentice, and Take Ten, just to name a few. Today she has graciously taken the time to walk us through the steps of creating a stunningly beautiful tag in a very special Somerset Place exclusive tutorial.

~*~

I’m excited to show you a stamped tag, made with materials from my new Dina Wakley Media line by Ranger. I have new acrylic paints in all of my favorite colors, gel medium, gesso (white and black), paint brushes, a palette knife, stamps, and stencils. I love using the new line and I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

 “Be Kind to Yourself” Tag Supplies:

“Be Kind to Yourself” Tag Tutorial:

1. Paint the tag with some Sky Blue paint. I always like to use a dry brush when I paint.
Dina Wakley project with Ranger

2. Add some Turquoise paint to the tag.

Dina Wakley Ranger project

3. Tear up a book page and use a palette knife and soft gel medium to glue some pieces to the tag. I like to make a river of paper.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 3
4. Use Night paint and the Birds stencil to stencil a few flying birds onto the tag. Use a dry brush and just a small amount of paint to ensure you won’t get seepage under the stencil. You need just a tiny bit of paint. You can always add more, but it’s hard to take it away once it’s seeped under the stencil.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 4

5. Use Magenta paint and the Affirmations stencil to add some text to the tag. I like to add
stenciling in three areas at a time.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 5
6. Stamp one of the women from the Face in the Crowd stamp set onto a second manila tag
and cut her out.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 6
7. Glue the woman onto the tag, and use a Stabilo All pencil to pencil in her body and add
any other details you want to the figure. I added more ruffles to her collar.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 6

8. Add some color to the woman with Necolor II crayons. I added pink to her cheeks and lips, green to her eyes, brown to her hair, and orange to her dress. Use a damp paintbrush to dissolve some of the crayon and give it a watercolor look.
Dina Wakley Ranger project 8

10. Journal in the woman’s body with a black journaling pen.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 9

11. Stamp a phrase from the stamp set onto the second tag and cut out the phrase. Glue it to the front of your tag.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 10

12. Ink the edges of the tag with the Archival black ink pad.

Dina Wakley Ranger project 11

Thank you so much, Dina, for giving us this creative and colorful tutorial.  If you’re interested in learning more about Dina Wakley or seeing more of her work visit her blog, Pondering.



Sarah How-To Project TutorialsMixed-Media ArtUncategorized ,,,,,,,,,,

Join me in welcoming the extraordinarily talented Dina Wakley to Somerset Place. Dina has been featured in Art Journaling, Somerset Apprentice, and Take Ten, just to name a few. Today she has graciously taken the time to walk us through the steps of creating a stunningly beautiful tag in a very special Somerset Place exclusive […]

Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project

May 15th, 2014

Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project

Are you a collector of little bits and pieces of beautiful things? Unique buttons, shinny pieces of paper, sea glass, porcelain beads, the list can go on and on. While quite different, all these little things come together to bring mixed-media projects to life by adding splashes of color and bold touches of texture. However,  as wonderful as these treasures are — they need a home or else they’ll be all over the place! Why not make their storage container just as special as they are?

We love boxes in all sizes and especially in unique shapes. They’re great for storing and organizing things and if embellished they can be given away as gifts or used to package gifts in. With a little TLC almost any box can be turned into a stunning treasure chest that’s worthy of holding  your most cherished finds. That’s why we had to share this mixed-media graffiti box project, which features an interesting design and a hexagon box.

Materials for the Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project:

Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project

Mixed-Media Graffiti Box Project Tutorial:

  1. Start by painting the medium-sized hexagon box with white gesso and then allow it to dry.
  2. Once dry, stencil the tile stencil design onto each panel of the hexagon box and the lid using blue acrylic paint and a foam brush and then allow it to dry.
  3. Using Black StazOn Ink, stamp the Create with Abandon design onto the box in various places.
  4. On the edge of the lid, use Graffiti washi tape, and adhere it around the edges.
  5. Place the lid on the box and wrap black scrapper’s floss around the box a few times. Thread it through a Prima Marketing button, and secure with a knot.

Once you’re done with your mixed-media graffiti box, you can fill it with gifts, treats, art supplies, or even your own collection of artsy treasures!

Want More Mixed-Media Inspiration?

Visit The Studio to explore even more unique and creative mixed-media projects.

 





Sarah How-To Project TutorialsUncategorized ,,,,,,,,

Are you a collector of little bits and pieces of beautiful things? Unique buttons, shinny pieces of paper, sea glass, porcelain beads, the list can go on and on. While quite different, all these little things come together to bring mixed-media projects to life by adding splashes of color and bold touches of texture. However,  […]

Quote the Image: Caption Contest With a Twist!

May 12th, 2014

057_WWC0514

~Sabine Herrmann from Where Women Create Summer 2014



036_BLG0514

~Tara Morris from Artful Blogging Summer 2014

081_BLG0514

~Jillian Lukiwski from Artful Blogging Summer 2014

Every now and then you’ll come across an image that immediately strikes you full of inspiration. You may suddenly want to draw, paint, or even compose a poem or song — and all because there’s something magical, wonderful, and simply stirring about that particular photograph. Sometimes, we’re not just inspired, we’re reminded of something else that we hold to be equally as moving. For example a favorite quote, the lines of a song, or a portion of a beloved poem.

While I was flipping through the pages of the summer 2014 issue of Artful Blogging, I saw Jillian’s picture and what came to my mind, almost immediately, was the couplet of my all-time favorite sonnet:

Then happy I, that love and am beloved
Where I may not remove nor be removed.

~William Shakespeare, Sonnet 25

There’s something effortless, charming, and just plain beautiful and romantic about Jillian’s photograph that resonated with me in the same way that my favorite love poem does. This got me thinking, if this is how I feel about this image — I wonder how others feel about it too?

 

Quote the Image Caption Contest Giveaway*

[This giveaway has ended.]

The three featured images on this post by Sabine Herrmann, Jillian Lukiwski, and Tara Morris are extraordinary! They capture romantic, happy, and carefree moments in time.

Select one of the three featured images, and find a quote, snippet of a song, or even a line from a poem that really resonates with it in the comment section below. How to enter:

  1. Click the “Pin-It” button for your favorite photograph
  2. Comment on the blog post below with the most fitting quote caption you can think of

The person with the most “fitting” caption will receive a magazine of their choice (a value of $14.99 or less)!

*Contest is open to US residents only, and expires May 31st, 2014.



Sarah Artful LivingContests and Giveaways ,,,,,

~Sabine Herrmann from Where Women Create Summer 2014 ~Tara Morris from Artful Blogging Summer 2014 ~Jillian Lukiwski from Artful Blogging Summer 2014 Every now and then you’ll come across an image that immediately strikes you full of inspiration. You may suddenly want to draw, paint, or even compose a poem or song — and all […]

Editor Spotlight: The Art of Alteration by Cynthia Levens

May 8th, 2014

Altered Couture Summer 2014

~Photograph by Johanna Love

With summer just around the corner, this is a time when people often find themselves reflecting on the types of changes they want to make in their lives, both physical as well as mental. Managing Editor of Altered Couture, Cynthia Levens has an interesting perspective when it comes to making adjustments and she’s kind enough to share it with us here at Somerset Place.

 ~*~

Dear Friends,

While many things in our lives are beautiful as is, there are others that could use a few adjustments. And even though some are completely out of our control, there are a handful of things we have the power to change. It’s incredible what can be accomplished with a few quick fixes, an addition or removal, or some sort of modification.

This past year I’ve made several “alterations” to my habits that led to changes — changes I’ve always wanted but never really worked for. And by making these alterations and sticking to them, I’ve improved my health, relationships, mood and happiness, and appreciation for, well … everything! I still have a lot of things to work on, but, again, I’m going to continue to repair my snags to ultimately be the best possible version of myself. And I know that while fixing one snag something else may unravel, but that’s all part of the process! With the right set of tools and a positive attitude, I know I can overcome anything, and so can you.

blog_6_long-05-2014

(Artist credits, from left to right and top to bottom: Shelly West, Shannon Dorsey, Diane Utley-Aguilar, Abby Potash, Jessica Rives, Elena Ulyanova — all articles can be found in Altered Couture Summer 2014)

This is why I love this magazine so much. I’m amazed by this concept and find it so rewarding to see both simple and drastic changes completely transform a garment or accessory. These pages clearly show the results of hard work and a commitment to improvement. Whether an alteration you would like to make takes place on your sewing table or elsewhere in life, and no matter if the change will be grand or small, you can do it if you stick with it. There can be so much beauty and bliss in alteration.

Cheers,

Cynthia Levens

Managing Editor

~*~

Thanks so much for allowing us a quick glimpse into your mind and heart, Cynthia. Alteration, in any form, can be just as difficult as it is rewarding. We want to know: Has there ever been an instance when you felt that a change was necessary — either in an artistic endeavor or in your personal life?

 

Use code BLOG0514 to get $5 off Altered Couture

1ALT-1403-Altered-Couture-Summer-2014-600x600Make sure you get all the beauty and bliss of alteration in this issue of Altered Couture.   If you’re a loyal blog subscribe take advantage of our special promotion code and get $5 off this or any other summer issue by using the code BLOG0514 when prompted at the checkout. (Discount code can be used only one time per customer).





Sarah Textile ArtsUncategorized ,,,,,

~Photograph by Johanna Love With summer just around the corner, this is a time when people often find themselves reflecting on the types of changes they want to make in their lives, both physical as well as mental. Managing Editor of Altered Couture, Cynthia Levens has an interesting perspective when it comes to making adjustments […]

Pearls on Knotted Silk Free Article Download

May 5th, 2014

Shabby Chic Pearl Necklace



“As I was creating this lovely, my mind wandered to another place and time. Who had worn this pearl necklace with the beautiful glass stones, what did she look like, was this one of her favorite pieces? I was so curious, I imagined the life she might have had – nights out, dinner, and dancing.”

~Colleen Pike

The shabby chic pearl necklaces, featured in this free article download, are just in time to help you create a carelessly elegant beach look. They’re the perfect accent pieces for all those fun summer get-togethers that last late into the night. Best of all, this article offers detailed instructions on how to recreate these stunning looks. Shabby Chic Pearl Necklace True to its name, you’ll be the Queen of Everything with Colleen Pike’s gorgeous necklace design. This extravagant shabby chic pearl necklace will dress up any pair of denim shorts and sandals, adding just the right touch of glamour and elegance. Made with a collection of bits and pieces, like bracelet rhinestones, a small decorative buckle, an assortment of chains, and of course a good amount of pearls, everything needed for this design could easily be found in a second-hand store or in a yard sale.

Wrap dress, corkscrew wedges and sunglasses – there’s only one thing missing from this summer ensemble, a shabby chic pearl necklace. Charlotte Self’s Pearl on Knotted Silk manages to be elegant and down-to-earth all at the same time. Made with upcycled silk and faux pearls, this is an inexpensive and interesting project for any jewelry artist.   Click here to download the free article, “Pearls on Knotted Silk,” by Colleen Pike and Charlotte Self that originally appeared in the spring 2012 issue of Jewelry Affaire.          

 

Get these Shabby Chic Pearl Necklace Designs and Many Others

Jewelry Affair Spring 2012The first publication of the magazine’s quarterly release – the spring 2012 issue of Jewelry Affaire features wearable pieces with an industrial edge as well as pieces with heavy fabric influence. This one is an oldie but definitely a goodie, so make sure you check it out to get even more amazing inspiration.  



Sarah Free DownloadsHow-To Project TutorialsJewelry MakingUncategorized ,,,,,,,,,

“As I was creating this lovely, my mind wandered to another place and time. Who had worn this pearl necklace with the beautiful glass stones, what did she look like, was this one of her favorite pieces? I was so curious, I imagined the life she might have had – nights out, dinner, and dancing.” […]