Monday, June 15, 2015

Yay! I'm being featured today on the Our Creative Corner blog

Hi all ~ I'm so excited today to share a project I have on the Our Creative Corner blog. This is the prize for winning the "Junk in the Trunk" challenge (my last post). I have a short interview and a picture of this canvas on the site today. I hope you'll go take a peek and leave me a comment! it is:

I just love using small canvases (6x8) for these type of projects, they can be time intensive if you use a bigger one...and you'll need a lot of objects to cover up all the space.  So for this I started off with orange acrylic paint and then some gold paint smears:

Next I mixed some red acrylic with glitter and smeared it through a stencil, then glued on some embellishments in an arrangement I liked (yes it took forever to get it the way I liked!) Then added a generous coat of gesso to prime the elements. I used found objects as well as chipboard from 13 Arts and Prima flowers. The resin frame and "family" embellishment are also from Prima.

Then I added some more of the orange paint, red spray ink and gold rub n buff. I also added some gesso on the elements to lighten them up, here and there. 

I love how the spray ink landed in the shape of a heart on the bird! I really love combining different elements such as chipboard, paper flowers, metal and texture paste on one canvas. I'm going for a look you want to reach out and grab and feel with your fingers. I've learned that you can use pretty much anything and once you gesso everything white then color ~ it all matches!
Here is a photo of the canvas again:

I would like to thank Laura and the wonderful ladies at Our Creative Corner for featuring me today. If you haven't yet, go check out their blog and play along with the monthly challenge to maybe win a fabulous prize! Plus you will be seriously inspired by the quite diverse design team, there is something for everyone! Have a great week friends.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

I Would 4 U

Hi crafty friends, I am sharing a canvas I just finished using pieces of metal and junk that I've found on the street. For the last year I have been saving interesting "trash" I find, in hopes of making some projects that in fact use real "found objects." Unfortunately most metal pieces are really heavy so I must use a small canvas and not use too many pieces at once. First, I take out some pieces I think may work on the canvas and play with them until I like the configuration.
After I decide the layout of items, I glue them down with glossy accents, hot glue and/or glossy accents so they stay on there. Next is to cover them in a few coats of gesso to prime for the color. (Sorry I don't have a pic of it gessoed).

Next it's time to add the color.  I knew the look I was after, a grungy patina look, but wasn't sure exactly how to achieve it so I basically kept adding/removing colors until I liked the effect.  I glued some micro beads and applied some crackle paste for texture. When I was happy with the color I added some alphas that I painted to spell out "I Would (from the bottle cap) 4 U." This is the title of one of my favorite band's songs. (Jane's Addiction). So I was initially inspired by Our Creative Corner's "Junk in The Trunk" challenge and Gauche Alchemy's "quote" challenge.  Here is the canvas:
Here are a few close ups:

This canvas was a blast to make! Sometimes you gotta go grungy and dirty, dark and just well, not pretty.  Free therapy art is, especially when you use real free found objects!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

I would also like to enter this into these challenges:
Altered Eclectics- Anything Goes
SimonSaysStampBlog Wed Challenge - AG
BeyondGrey - Mixed Media (gesso, crackle paste, paint, mist, ink, modeling paste, embossing powder)

Saturday, February 21, 2015


Hey friends out there in blogland, it's been awhile! 5 Months since I've posted and I'm so happy to be back sharing again.  I never took a break from creating, it is like breathing to me, I must be painting or gluing or glittering or I feel like I'm dying inside.  I need it.  So here I am, sharing a canvas of my darlings, that I was inspired to create for a few challenges. (yay challenges...haven't done one in ages!) I love everything mixed media, it's so fun to completely change the way the pattern papers look and feel. To gesso and stamp and splash ink around is just so fun! Pink and purple are my favorite colors so I fell in love with the mood boards at Lindy's Stamp Gang and Off the Rails Scrapbooking. I used mainly a few shades of pink and purple, then some touches of blue. Click here to go to the Lindy's Challenge.

Here is my layout:

Here is a photo of the Lindy's Stampgang sprays I used with a link to the store here:
Lindy's Stampgang Store

I used the following colors from left to right: Cotton Candy Pink, Magnolia Magenta Gold, Mountain Lavendar Gold, Baby Blue Eyes, Alpine Ice Rose and Sunset Pink (the first 5 are Starburst Sprays and the last is a Glitz Spritz).

I was also inspired by this moodboard from Off The Rails Scrapbooking
Once again I went with mostly pinks and purple for the inspiration, I think they look so sweet when paired with a photo of my daughters. I also love using up some of my hoarded flowers, which are mostly pink! For the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog the requirement was to use pink this month. problem. 

Here are some photo details:

And one more of the whole layout:

Thanks for stopping by....I am so happy to be joining the blogging world again! I hope you will leave me a comment and perhaps consider following me with Bloglovin! Sarah xoxo

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dream Without Fear

Hello blog friends, hope you all had a wonderful weekend doing something fun! We've had a lot of rain here (but it's still hot) so I've had some time to have some fun in my art journal.  I made these two pages here last weekend having been inspired by the extremely talented and super nice Marta (Maremi's Small Art). I love this style of art and I love mixing media with scrapbook type layouts but I'm not great at it.  I used 7 Dots Studios Cold Country paper, purple and red mist, modeling paste, washi tape and canvas resist strips and flower. I really like the mix of these colors together, I will definitely use the combo again soon.  I would like to enter this project into the Vintage challenge at Scrap Africa.
The Mirror Cracked (Anything goes)
Altered Eclectics (Anything goes)

I got this adorable image out of a vintage book about friends.  I loved how much fun they were having in the picture and it was a great reminder of how friends can inspire each other to live their dreams. Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great week...


Hi friends~ I want to share an art journal page I made recently using my art journal and deli paper. I glued it down first to make awesome crinkly texture.  I then used various acrylic paints and just basically made marks and circles without much thought and had a blast.  I was inspired by the beautiful photo from the mixed media MC challenge.  Check it out:
These colors together are just stunning! I chose them and just played around...that's why I'm calling these pages "play," cuz that's what I did.  Thanks for stopping by! Here is my take:

Have a great day! Sarah

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Live Free

Happy Sunday everyone! I have just finished an 8X10 canvas panel that I would like to enter into a few challenges.  My Instagram friend send me this post card and I love it and thought it would be perfect for my red/orange/fall inspired/vintage background! I really do like the way it came out, it just makes me really happy to look at it. 

I made the background with some Lindy's, stamping, lace...then added the photo and made flower clusters for two of the corners.  I colored the chipboard and small bird with black crackle paste. I was initially inspired by The Artistic Stamper blog which asked for fall colors and stamping.  The deep reds and oranges remind me of the beautiful fall trees in Massachusetts where I'm from (live in FL now). I do really miss this time of year up there.

A close up of one cluster:

I used various flowers and Flying Unicorn embellishments.  I love how the metal looks with the paper flowers!
Scrap Africa has a challenge this month looking for vintage themed projects so I would like to enter it in there also.

Here's one last look, thanks for popping by!! Have a great, creative day! I would love a comment or possibly even a new follower~~Sarah

Also going to pop this into:
A Vintage Journey Challenge (fall colors)
Altered Eclectics (anything goes)
The Mirror Cracked challenge blog (anything goes)
Mixed Media Mojo Challenge Blog (fall colors and paste)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Happy Tuesday crafty friends! I would like to share a layout I made that was inspired by a few challenges:

I had this beautiful image from a magazine on my table and I received in my email the new challenge for 13 Arts using a mood board and this just clicked for me.  Here is the inspirational photo:

I was inspired by the colors; grey, black, brown, silver, white and a touch of blue. I was inspired to add lots of texture from the photo of the dress. I used wire, stamps, texture paste, microbeads, fibers, paper, paint, gesso, crackle paint, deli paper, ink splatters and tiny butterflies. This was so incredibly fun to make, I just kept layering and adding...not sure where I was going to end up! One of the rules of the challenge is to use at least 2 13 Arts mediums and I have used 3 colors of Ayeeda Paint: matte cocoa, matte cinnamon and matte blue. I also used The Frosted Life collection paper, both "cold wall," and "zimna sciana" and Ayeeda Powder 3D Glass Filler. Here are some details:

Wow! I'm sorry about all the photos but I want to show as many details as I can! Thanks for sticking with me....I was also inspired by scrapki-wyzwaniowo's prompt this month, which is "imagine." I have called this layout "Imagine" because I like to think thats what she is doing as she gazes off into the sunset. The rays all around her head are like beams of imagination bursting from her. Thats what it feels like to me anyway.
Thanks for taking the time to read! I would love it if you followed me on Bloglovin and/or follow me on Instagram! (sarah_lynch2002) Have a great day!