Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gelli print shirt embellishments // DIY

Bringing a super fun gelli print no sew shirt embellishment tutorial to you! I added a pocket to a plain tee, and cute heart elbow patches to my nieces long sleeve shirt. This idea popped into my head last week and I gathered the supplies and went to town. Below I will show you the step by step process and let you know what worked & what didn't work for me! 

Supplies you will need: 
 Gelli plate (any size)
 Acrylic paints
 Stencils & tools for mark making
 Fabric (I used an off white muslin)
 Fabric Glue or Heat Bond
 Washable fabric marker

 Step 1. Cut your fabric into manageable size pieces 

 Step 2. Grab your Gelli arts gel printing plate, some of your favorite acrylic paint, and stencils... now get to printing!!! (I just used acrylic paint for this project because once you heat set it you are good to go!) Allow fabric to fully dry, I left mine dry overnight! Some of the fabric was prepped with white paint that I allowed to dry first before gelli printing, however I preferred the plain fabric.

 Step 3. Grab your dried fabric pieces & choose what best matches your t-shirt then begin cutting out your pockets & heart patches. I was going to give you a template but sizes vary for shirt sizes. I referenced back to an old t-shirt I had with a pocket to get an idea on size. I then cut my pocket slightly larger to allow myself room for folding under to make things look sharp & neat. (about a half 1/2 in. seam allowance)  The heart size was determined by looking at the sleeve size.

 Step 4. Iron your fabric! This is not only getting any little wrinkles out you may have but also heat setting the paint! The edges that I folded under on the pocket also must be ironed down.

 Step 5. I used a combo of heat bond, and fabric glue. The heart patches I used only the heat bond. For the pocket I used heat bond to secure the folds then glued just around the edges. (please follow the directions on your fabric glue bottle)

Step 6. Allow glue to fully dry, and the heat bond to cool down. Then it's ready to wear! 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or email me.

I hope this has inspired you, be sure to follow me over on fb for more on creative journey!

- Kara Beth 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Collecting Art

Recently, I was thinking back on the first piece of art I ever sold to a complete
stranger. I see this as a huge compliment and great accomplishment in my life. I was sixteen years old at that time. I had already had the dream of being an artist for a few years.

I made an abstract painting on canvas that I was super intrigued by. My sister asked if she could take it and hang it up at her work. (A small little dry cleaners in town). Not long after she hung it up, a man who drove for the company, asked about the painting. He then asked if he could purchase that piece and then asked to purchase another piece of work. That was twelve years ago, and I am grateful for local shops that are willing to showcase artwork from artist around the area. 

I think that now more than before the internet is a great way to find wonderful pieces of art. Social media like instagram and facebook are great sources of connections with the community. Also a website like Etsy is a pretty terrific place to scroll through artwork showcased from all around the world. When you collect art from artists, you are getting a little piece of them and numerous times there is really great art to see that may have not had a chance to be showcased in a gallery or magazine.

I being an artist, try using online as a way to grow a community and maybe my art will catch someone's eye one day. As a collector the art has to make you feel a certain way to want to spend your hard earned money to purchase it. Everyone has a certain style and taste.

So if you are looking to collect art, I urge you to start searching the wonderful world wide web!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Art for the dogs {{helping a rescue}}

As you can tell by other posts that I have a strong passion for creating, but today I wanted to share how I also love animals! And I think it's very important to help animals out when in need. We rescued our dog Chase years ago from a farm, a situation that if we hadn't taken him that day he most likely wouldn't be alive. He has some issues, but he's probably one of the happiest dogs. He sleeps in bed with my parents every night, and he's very attached to my Mom!

So to help out some dogs I decided to auction off my Mixed Media American Flag piece with 75% of the proceeds going to which is a dog rescue looking to expand and have their own building! Please if you can help me so that I can help them, visit my auction & bid! But if you can't bid, please consider sharing the link on twitter, fb, or your blog today or you can make a donation, thank you!!! <3 

Keep creating.
- Kara Beth 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mixed Media Madness...

I love that it's almost August! Hooray! That means fall is fast approaching, and I love fall! But I wanted to just throw out my latest creative projects here on the blog today, just in case you aren't following me on fb -- but you should be!!! 

As you may already know, I get to teach mixed media from time to time & I am trying to get out and do that even more around the area. Last weekend I had a small group of 4, they were so much fun & so kind! I love that I get to teach, and encourage people to get creative! I think that being creative is a great thing on so many levels, it helps with so many aspects of your life. Did you know that making art reduces stress, and anxiety? And on top of that it increases positive thoughts & happy emotions! 
That's just 1 more reason to get yourself some paint, and start creating! 

Here's a class pic from Friday night -- 
The class was a mixed media canvas piece, they could do coffee or tea! It's wonderful to see each ones own personality and creativity shining through as they get to make the artwork with creative freedom!
I'm all about giving out chocolate in my classes too!

(For Sale)
This mixed media piece I finished up on Sunday night, and I love it! I'm so happy with how it turned out, I put it up on my fb page yesterday and it's not as popular as I had thought! But that seems to happen often with artwork! Everyone has a taste, and it might not be my taste! :)

Here's a fun mixed media card I made just to send a little sunshine someone's way!
 Supplies used: Paint,ink, Scrapbooking paper, stickers, wooden cutouts, and sandpaper.

Thank you for stopping to check out my blog...
To stay updated with all of my art, classes, and projects be sure to "LIKE" my page! 

-- Kara Beth --

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Creative happenings...

Hi there! I wanted to go more in depth today about some of my latest art projects/pieces. Remember if you want to see all of my latest & greatest LIKE my fb page! (( And just a heads up, once I reach 100 likes on my page I'll be doing a giveaway! ))

First up, the bird wall hanging -- 
Most of the stuff I make tends to be on the bright side, however I do like a lot of different styles of art. Sometimes I am inspired by nature, and sometimes I am inspired by people. This wall hanging started out as just blank pieces of wood, and I began to collage different layers of papers, some old & some new. I finished with an antiquing around the edges to bring it all together. It took awhile for me to put it all together, but in the end I am very happy with it. It is for sale, if you are interested please message me on fb page

Up close look at one of the panels! 

Second, the outdoor trash can -- 
I started with a plain bright yellow trash can, and began layering different shades of greens. 
I used acrylic paint, and then the shimmering pink paint was an indoor/outdoor spray paint. I did not seal it, and I know that in the weather it will eventually peel but I don't mind that because I can just paint it again! This was a fun project for me because it was an unusual surface. 

I had about a week of not really creating recently, and I had questioned in that time weather I wanted to give it up & just walk away. I was doubting myself, and allowing my negative thoughts to affect my motivation & inspiration. I had thought of writing it out on here but decided to keep my thoughts to myself and just allow myself time away from art. And I'm feeling better and more motivated! 

I do custom art, and would love to work with you! Contact me today, and I'd love to make a piece you are sure to love & cherish! If you have any questions about my art, or supplies I use don't hesitate to leave a comment below. 
Thanks for stopping by!
- Kara Beth 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Canvas Art // Take 2!

I was inspired yet again by Carolyn Dube, this time around I was inspired to explore some old artwork. I have a couple canvas pieces that have been sitting in my studio for a few years, pretty blah pieces, and ones that I have no attachment to!

 So I decided to grab this "happy harvest" piece I made a few years back!
 I may have to do this to a couple others I have sitting around, because this was useful & fun! 

I put a thin coat of white paint (or gesso) all over the canvas including the sides. 
It didn't need to be perfect because I knew I'd be using my matte medium to collage paper on almost the entire surface of the piece! 

This is the piece in progress. I had added the 2 because I simply just found it in a pile of papers, and I had no real reason behind the 2 until I realized that this is #2 of a piece of artwork. So I named it "Take 2"

Here's the finished(I think) piece! I had thought of adding a word & perhaps I will at a later time but for now I like it where it is! I hope this inspires you to take a second look at a piece of your art and re-do it or even re-work it! 

Remember to check out A colorful journey!

Thank you for stopping by to check out my play, and creative journey. Be sure to like my fb page to keep up to date with all my creative projects & classes! 

- Kara Beth 

Monday, May 9, 2016

A new art collection :: Cactus & Plants

I have been busy for about a week now working on a new artwork collection! A collection of plant & cactus pieces I designed & hand printed myself using my Gelli Arts gel printing plate. I played around with sketches of plants, and pottery/planters and went to town mixing the planters with different plants. All of these designs are original because each stencil was hand cut by me. It's been a labor of love, and the results are pretty pleasing. I am so excited to share it with you, so head on over to my fb page here to view the entire collection!!! 
((Prints are available for purchase)) 

Here's a sneak peek... 

Thank you for checking out my creative journey!
-Kara Beth 

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