My New Favorite Technique

Hi Everyone!

Debbie Cole asked if we would share our favorite techniques on her Creative Innovations Facebook group.  As artists we constantly evolve in our craft.  We try new supplies, styles and techniques to try to stay current.  We all strive to bring something new to our followers.  Sometimes we try things and we are not impressed enough to try it again.  Other times we are hit with the WOW moment and you can’t wait to try it on every piece you do.  When I was doing my new book “Holiday Mix” I came across 2 of my new favorite things to do with stamps.  When you find two things at once you really get excited.

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I have been using lots of stamps in my backgrounds and when I found out that Stampendous had a stamp that would create a crackled look, (WHHAAAT!!!!), I was all over it.  It is SKU#ASCRS06.

I used it on the pumpkins and hearts.  It was quick and easy I just basecoated and then stamped the crackle image over the background with Soft Black paint.  I use a cosmetic sponge to apply paint to my stamps.  You could use any color but I thought it made it look very realistic.  I will never crackle any other way again : )

My other fun stamp technique I worked with was to insert and an image into my background by whiting out the area first.  I then stamped over the area with the outline with ink and then added my detail/color with paints.  In the book this was done on the Halloween tag.

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Here is a new project I just finished using the same techniques.  To do that I followed a process like this:

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I start with a fun background and then added my crackle stamp.


I used my trailer stamp from #CRP283 ( and created a pattern for myself by stamping onto transfer paper with ink.

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I transfered the outline of the pattern onto the board.


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I then blocked out the area by dry brushing the area with white paint.


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I then stamped the image with Archival Ink.

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Next I cleaned up the area around the camper by floating color around the image.

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I used washes to paint the camper.

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Shading and highlights finish it off.

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Added lettering some stars and dots to finish my “Happy Camper”

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I also used the same technique on the pumpkin sign to insert the leaves.

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So, hustle out there and give this a try.  You will never look back.  If you do look back you will be laughing at all the time you wasted messing up a good crackled background and how you missed how you can combine our painting techniques with the use of stamps.










Happy Easter

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Just wanted to say Happy Easter to everyone.  If you are following our adventure, today would be a great day to do some brainstorming on new projects or endeavors.  I have several pressing things on my schedule this coming week.  Plus, we are preparing for our spring Creative U that we hold here in Des Moines.

I have member patterns on my table for both the regular pattern club and for the next online adventure.  I am also working on the next set of stencils.

Hope you all took a little time to spend with family and friends this weekend.  Painting can comence again tomorrow.


The Ultimate Creative Journey Begins

Welcome to our new blog.  As I am typing I am in not so sunny California getting a much needed Disney break.  The Las Vegas Creative Painting Convention is over and was once again a great time and success.

The new blog is our new place to post our announcements that need more detail than facebook will allow.  It will allow people to enter at their own leisure and get updates when they want.  I can add materials easily for review and direct our VIP’s (Very Interested Painters) who are joining us for the online adventure where they need to go to get more information about the journey.

Only members will have the passwords to our class materials and special extras but everyone can keep up to date here to see what we are up to.

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This was our full house event in Vegas.  When we start the first project for our adventure March 15th, I will talk about things that happened in class here. Chris Haughey and I enjoyed leading this crew through 2 projects using the new Media line from Deco Art.  Each participant received a goodie bag with over $135 work of goodies.

The trade show was good and our crew did an awesome job setting up and tearing down.  They also helped immensely with getting customers all the product they were looking for in the booth.

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After Vegas we headed to Arizona to pick up Margy Spradling and off to Disney to get some revitalization and creative inspiration.

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The adventure now is officially underway.  Stay tuned to get filled in on all the details!