Friday, November 7, 2014


Hello everyone! Today I have a 6×6 canvas for you. The Gauche Alchemy inspiration board for this month is just awesome what with the bright colors, metallic, and geometric shapes, OH MY!

Faces Canvas Bare 
I started with a 6×6 canvas and applied a layer of gesso to prime the surface and keep my paints and mists from soaking through. This is very important if you are going to work with canvas.

Faces Canvas 
Once the gesso was dry, I sprayed on layers of Art Anthology Glorious, Juicy, and Peacock Feathers Colorations and then pulled out my Art Anthology Evergreen Sorbet and Lemon Tart and Tango Velvets and got to painting. Once that was dry, I mixed up a little of Art Anthology Copper Metal Effects with some Studio 490 Translucent Modeling Paste and stenciled through TCW’s Mini Harlequin stencil. I then took some Studio 490 Black Embossing Paste and stenciled through Dylusion’s Small Triangle stencil in a couple of areas. Finally, I painted two faces I made using a push mold and PaperClay and glued them to the canvas using Glossy Accents.

Faces Canvas Side 
To finish off the piece, I stenciled all around the edges with Studio 490 Gold Embossing Paste and TCW’s Mini Hourglass Stencil.

If you are interested in participating in Gauche Alchemy’s November Challenge, just click here to enter:

Until later………………………

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

High Flying

I’m a member of Art for the Creative Mind swap group.  When a person dropped out of a swap without fulfilling their commitment, I volunteered to step in and take their place.  The theme was Hot Air Balloons.  I thought I had some 3D balloon stickers around and dug around until I found them.

High Flying Tag

I used Studio 490 gold embossing paste through a TCW stencil over a black tag.  Then, I painted a few UmWow clouds with white acrylic paint and Art Anthology Splashed Sorbet.  Voila!  A tag that I really like.  Hope the recipient likes it also.

Until later…….

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Like Night and Day–Art Anthology/Altered Pages Blog Swap

Today I wanted to share a journal page and an ATC I created using Art Anthology paints and Altered Pages stamps for the blog swap Art Anthology recently had with Altered Pages.

Moon for Journal Page Web Sun for Journal Page Web

I stamped the Moon, Stars, and Sun from Altered Pages Celestial Playground stamp set and colored them with Silver Metal Effects (moon), and Lemon Tart, Tango, and Desire Velvets (sun).  I then fussy-cut them out.

Journal Start

I started with an Art Anthology Journal and sprayed Juicy, Ink Spot, and Plus Colorations all over the page.

Page 2 Web

Next, I sprayed Ink Spot Colorations through our Doily Stencil in a couple of areas.

Page 3 Web

Next, i mixed Silver Metal Effects with Studio 490 Transparent Embossing Paste and added circles to the side of the page using the Bubbles Stencil.

Page 4 Web

I then stenciled some small dots using Black Stone Effects and the Dot Matrix Stencil.

Page 5a Web Page 5 Web

I then mixed Lemon Tart Velvet with Bone Stone Effects and applied this mix through the Dot Matrix Stencil in different areas.

Page 6 Web Page 7 Web

Since I wanted to add some some of our wonderful Embedibles to my page, I gesso'd some of the Butterflies and Birds and then painted the Birds with Silver Metal Effects and the Butterflies with Tango, Fifi, and Fiesta Velvets.

Page Complete Web

I then laid everything out on my page and added the wording.

Stamped Images Web

For the ATC I created, I stamped some of the images from Altered Pages Circus Time stamp set and colored the images with Lemon Tart and Desire Velvet.

Clown Face Web Circus Web

The clown is painted with Tango, Basil, and Lemon Tart Velvet and "Circus" is painted with Desire and Lemon Tart Velvet.

Stenciled Stars Web

For the background, I sprayed Salted Caramel over a piece of cardstock cut to size and then applied Tuxedo Velvet through our Twilight stencil using our Mini Blade Spatula.

Circus ATC Web

Finally, I put everything together and glued black fiber around the edges.

Until later…………..
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Friday, October 31, 2014

ART – With Art Anthology and Altered Pages

Art Anthology and Altered Pages teamed up during October to offer some fantastic projects using their products.  Below is a mini canvas series I did for the blog swap.

AA-Altered Pages image

Step 1 Web

To get started, I covered three mini canvases with Art Anthology Gesso.

Step 2 Web

Next, I lightly misted a coat of Sandcastle Colorations.

Step 3 Web

I then gave two canvases a couple of coats of Lemon Tart and one canvas a couple of coats of Limeade Velvet.  It gave me a nice, grungy look which is what I was going for.

Step 4 Web

I stamped the A, R, and T stamps from Altered Pages Alphapalooza stamp set, then mixed up a little modeling paste with Desire Velvet and stenciled on some dots using the Dot Matrix Stencil.

Step 5 Web

I wanted to embellish the canvases a little, go I gesso'd some Hexagon and Triangle Embedibles then gave them a coat of Evergreen Sorbet.

Step 6 Web

Using a small paintbrush, I painted the "A" with Kona Velvet, the "R" with Desire Velvet, and the "T" with Shamrock Velvet.  I then added the hexagons and triangles to my canvases.

Step 7 Web

In order for the canvases to hang from each other, I snipped off pieces of an old necklace chain and attached them to my canvases using a mini stapler.  I then added a hanger to the back of the "A" canvas and hung it on my wall over my work table.

Hope you enjoyed this little mini tutorial. 
Until later……………….
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

To The Moon – Gauche Alchemy Challenge for October

Hi everyone!  The theme for Gauche Alchemy’s October Challenge  involved the moon.  Well, it being the month of October, I just couldn’t resist. I HAD to create a couple of moon-themed Halloween projects. Being an October birthday girl, it’s in my blood. Bwahahahahaha!

Halloween tag by Marilyn Hughes

For Moon Cat, I started with a black ATC and stamped my images in white ink. I first stamped the stars and the moon (embossing the moon) and then masked over them and stamped the wording. Add a fence from UmWowStudios, a black cat from Retro Cafe Art Gallery, and a pumpkin from Unique Laser Designs and I have a cute little Halloween ATC.

Halloween tag by Marilyn Hughes

For my Spooky Ghost tag, I once again started with a black base. I used a template to draw my big moon and then some white acrylic paint to color it in. The sayings are stenciled in white ink (from Retro Cafe Art Gallery) and I bordered two sides of the tag with some Halloween themed washi tape. Next I took a bat, tree and several ghosts (from Unique Laser Designs), painted them appropriately, then applied them to my tag. A cute little owl charm with red Stickles eyes sits in the branch of the tree. The jack-o-lanterns along the left side of my stash were some buttons I found hanging out in my stash.

While I went the Halloween route with my project, you don’t have to. Let the moon, stars, lovers, and words guide you to the perfect project. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Until later………

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Kick It Home

Hello everyone!  As you know, Gauche Alchemy is now a challenge blog.  This month, we were challenged with the theme Country Rustic (this month’s challenge) and I set about creating a couple of tags.   All the colors and pictures on this month’s board reminded me so much of home and growing up in the country (how about the middle of nowhere?) that I was inspired to create the following two tags:

mixed media tag by Marilyn Hughes

For “Kick It”, I started off with a background created using Barn Door and Broken China Distress Stain (I iron my tags to get them to go flat after applications of wet medium). I then stamped VLVS’s sunflower stamp in sepia ink at the top and bottom of the tag. Next, I stamped randomly over the entire tag using sepia ink and my Stampotique Design Cube (gotta love a stamp with four sides).

The rusty looking hinges were created with VLVS’s fancy hinge stamp, sepia ink, and Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder. I found the boot image online and the twine is from a roll I had laying around. Last but not least, I stamped “Kick It” onto a piece of paper using my Stampotique Random Acts alphas and Barn Door Distress Ink. I then swiped some Broken China Distress Ink over the saying to help better incorporate it into the tag. The white paper was just too glaring.

mixed media tag by Marilyn Hughes

For Home Sweet Home, I started our with a fabric sample that was in my Gauche stash. I then stamped a border using VLVS’s barbed wire stamp. I found the white lace in an envelope of goodies a friend sent and promptly ran a piece of it down the middle of the tag. The button at the top is actually a brad I’ve had for a while; the house and the hearts were in a box of scrap goodies that Retro Cafe offers from time to time.

I painted the house with Art Anthology Kona and Desire Velvet, the house with Red Velvet Sorbet, and then glued them down securely over the lace. Last, I stamped out Home Sweet Home onto my trusty white copy paper, embossed it with some red embossing powder, gave it a swipe of color to take care of the glaring white, and then arranged it around my tag.

Hop on over to the Gauche Alchemy blog and get your project entered.   You might win September’s Prize Pack!

Until later,
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Guest Designer for Viva Las VegaStamps!

Hey everyone!  I’m the Guest Designer for September over at Viva Las VegasStamps

This is just one of the three projects I have over on their blog today.  Please stop by and check it out!

Until later……………..
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