Friday, January 23, 2015
Monday, January 19, 2015
Hi! Dana here today sharing a canvas. Susan asked us to share why we create this month. Her motto "Create to live, live to create" really resonates with me and is a statement that I agree with. Whether it is stormy outside, or I'm just dealing with my occasional stormy mood, Susan's designs always bring a ray of sunshine into my studio. I love the happy projects that I create with her collections.
The design idea for this piece began with a Coco Chanel quote Susan shared with the team; "If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing." I thought this was a great motivational quote!
I had a lot of fun with my favorite Susan K. Weckesser Color Burst patterned paper. I have once again cut the colorful circles from the paper, slightly distressed the edges, and stacked them to form a caterpillar. I used the Susan K. Weckesser Live In Color Stencil with a black marker to add the little feet and antennae to the caterpillar.
I used the Susan K. Weckesser A Little Bit Washi and Tumbleweed Houses stamp sets to embellish the background of the canvas, which is a simple layer of painted tissue paper. I finished the canvas with some flowers and bright splatters of mist.
Thanks for stopping by today!
~Dana Tatar - Susan K. Weckesser Creative Contributor
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Craft space #1 is the extra room that some people might use for their guest bedroom. My overnight guest get to use the couch in the den. Nothing is too good for my guests..lol
Well, it keeps them from staying too long anyway!! HA!
But then I have a tendency to over flow and when that happens I take over my dining room, where I do most of my painting. If you are company you see picture #1, if you are a good friend dropping by then you get version #2 ( keeping it real for my friends, lol )
And last is my new studio that I am renting at the Art MoB, it's a very big step for me and it's both exciting and scary at the same time. Currently, the table I work on is set up for my hand made paper making. While I like being in a studio it is harder to get use to people coming in and out and all the noise. But this has been on my bucket list and I am going to give it one year, but I hope I do well and can stay on longer.
I began with a sheet of the Bouquet paper and used crayons to write the word art filling up the background. The crayons will create a resist for the next layer. Next I used my KOI water brush and Derwent's Inktense blocks to color over the top of the crayon. Because the crayons are waxy the ink does not adhere to them and they pop out from under the ink.
After that dried, I used my Signo white pen to do some stream of conscious writing, or in this case, I simply copied what I wrote up above in "Why do I create?" Because my writing isn't a focal point but only part of the background I used my broad water brush to smear the white pen writing. If you want any of the crayon words to stand out better then simply go over the crayon with water and blot it off.
Monday, January 5, 2015
It Is 2015! Already!
Wow! Where on earth did 2014 disappear to? It was a super crazy busy year full of graduations and weddings. I hope that you had a good year. This year there are going to be a few awesome changes. First of all my logo will be changing. Just having fun with doodling! This will be a fun year a designing for me. I even have my designs showing this month in New York at Printsource and later on in the spring at Surtex. A dream of mine. I am also having to really focus on health. Sometimes we just have to slow down a bit and smell the daisies! I like daisies…..so it is all good. I am enjoying every minute of each day.
I am really excited to announce that this year Susan K. Weckesser Inc. will have Creative Contributors. These ladies are not only really super amazingly talented but they are so BIG HEARTED too! If you don’t already be sure to get to know them.
I wont be at CHA 2015 this year but I have a couple wonderful designers doing demos with my stamps and with Clearsnap, Ann Butler Ink, & and Fancy Pants products at booth #1903: Bella Crafts Quarterly. So stop in and check it out and say hi! Take a picture and tags me me @susankweckesser #craftuplove …… It will really make me SMILE! Especially when I am stuck in a hospital bed instead of crafting. Haha! I will likely be crafting IN my hospital bed! !!!!
Have an AWESOME week! and an AWESOME 2015 !!!!!!
THANK-YOU from the bottom of my heart for helping to make this 2014 Christmas Love Campaign AMAZING! Everywhere I looked people where reaching out to friends, neighbours and even strangers and doing something kind. It was SO wonderful to see and hear the stories and to see the wonderful crafts, artwork and edible goodies. It WAS AWESOME! I got so many wonderful emails and pictures! It was SO cool! There was people participating in my home town here in Medicine Hat, Alberta, all over North America, AND all other the world!!!
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
The prize winner of this years Christmas love Campaign is Gayla Vibar.
Gayla can you please email me at email@example.com. Thank-you for helping spread some love this Christmas! xo
Thank-you to everyone for helping to make this Christmas a little more special for someone this year. Let’s keep the spirit going and #craftuplove the WHOLE YEAR LONG. It really is wonderful to make someone smile…isn’t it! *smile*
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
I love giving gifts in hand made gift bags and wanted to create something special. Using a variety of stamps and stencils, it's easy and fun to create the perfect gift bags.
Using a white gift bag, I inked The Crafter's Workshop Vineyard stencil with ColorBox Crafter's Ink for Ann Butler in Evergreen. The large sized stencil make it possible to ink the entire bag without moving the stencil.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Design Team Member
Susan K. Weckesser