Pick A Stick Challenge – January 2016

IT’S OFFICIAL!!!

Our challenge page is up and running!

If you are one of those people who would like to try out something a little different, sometimes a little silly and always incredibly inspiring…THIS is the place for YOU!

Come join us for some challenging fun at: Pick A Stick Challenge on facebook!

Watch for the video of us drawing the new prompts on the first Friday of each month and watch for the #Fab4Creates team to post their videos of their challenge creations on the last Friday of each month!

Here is the first ever challenge, posted to my YouTube Channel here: Pick A Stick Challenge!

 

Happy 2016!

– Lizzie

 

 

WELCOME TO 2016!!!

Hello creative family!

I am quite excited about this new year as I have mentioned in many of my videos lately, it will be a year of many changes!

To start off, I am trying to wrap my schedule around staying creative as it feeds my heart and soul and prevents me from getting too cranky!

I will definitely be continuing my “Mixed Media Monday” series on my YouTube channel: Lizzies Workshop

As well, I am hoping that I will be able to create at least 1 zentangle and reading series of videos every couple months.

Some exciting news is that I have been invited to be a part of Shannon Greens Inspiration Conspiracy and will take part in my first video hop with her on the 14th of January! I am quite excited about that!

Also, since the end of 2015 I have been a member of the Creative Arts Collaborative. This is a group of YouTube creators who get together each month to create videos under the same hashtag event as a sort of support group. Some of the past #s that we have created under include: #LoveFallArt and #Thankful4Art

Last year I took part in the Kraaft Shaak Design team and enjoyed sharing projects created with supplies provided by the KraaftShaak.com. With the dissolving of that design team in November I will no longer be posting for them.

BUT, from that design team I created some fabulous friendships and I am excited to announce that 4 of us have gotten together as #fab4create to build a challenge group. It started off with us all challenging each other but we slowly grew the seed into a Facebook challenge group.  On the first Friday of each month we will pull 10 sticks from a jar and they will be our challenge prompts that must be performed in the order that they were drawn. Our community may participate by doing the challenge and posting their pics in the fb community. The Fab 4 will post videos of how they met the challenge on the last Friday of that month. The following Friday, we will have another one of the admins pull and post a new challenge list!

If you would like to join us, you can find us here: Pick A Stick Challenge

I am also very excited to announce that I got accepted to Interior Design Technology, so starting in January I will have course work to perform as well!

I am not sure if I have ever had a year that was more full and lush with potential, excitement, and challenges. But I look forward to what this year holds and cross my fingers that it will be everything I have been dreaming of!

Welcome to 2016 my friends, I look forward to having you along on my journey!

-Lizzie

A Tangled Christmas Carol

What is “A Tangled Christmas Carol”?

I have been listening to a lot of videos on periscope lately, yes, listening, off of my phone while I was shopping, cooking and wrapping presents and it occurred to me that I would like to hear something Christmas oriented while performing these activities. Right around that time I had been going though a box of things that I inherited from my grandmother last year and stumbled across an old copy of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”. It was printed in the 1960’s in a text book format and since I had never before read this book, I had decided that THIS was the Christmas to do so!

I have also been doing a lot of zentangling lately and was thinking about creating something that I could use for card fronts next holiday season.

AND so a 12 days of Christmas video series was born in which I read you “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens while drawing, doodling, zentangling an 8 1/2 x 11 page of white card stock. I posted one video each day and even created a playlist for them on my YouTube Channel: Lizzies Workshop

To make this page I used 5 different nibs in the Faber Castell PITT pen series, from XS all the way up the their B. I drew it on a 90lb sheet of white card stock at 8 1/2 x 11. I then followed it all up with Sakura, Metallic Gelly Roll pens.

I really love how this whole project turned out and so once the 12 videos was complete, I decided that I just had to combine them into one very long video that could be used in the same way that I was using the periscope videos. Something that people could just hit play on and listen for hours while they wrap gifts, cook, bake or sit around a cozy fire. Maybe there is someone out there who has never read the book and just simply doesn’t have the time.  Here is the link: A Tangled Christmas Carol – Full version

This is also a tribute to my grandmother. Every year, for the past 10, I have sent her a package in the mail for Christmas and this is only the second year that I can’t do that any more. She was a woman who adored Christmas. She loved the baking, the giving to the community, the lights, the music and the camaraderie that came with it. If those things were not present then she would create them. I didn’t spend many Christmas’ with her but the ones I did, were always merry and bright!

Thank-you, to all of you who have been supportive of my art over the past couple years, I greatly appreciate all the love you have sent my way. I wish all of you and yours a VERY Merry Christmas and a New Year that is jam packed with everything you need!

Christmas Zentangle by Lizzie Sinn

-Lizzie

Mixed Media Monday – Gelli Print Journal Page

Hello my creative friends! Thank-you for joining me for this weeks episode of Mixed Media Monday. My journal page this week was all about using some of that beautiful stack of gelli prints that I have created over the past couple of months.

I will start off by telling you how I store my prints. I picked up a large, clear office organizer from my local office supply store and it just happened to slide perfectly into into my cube storage shelving unit! It has 2 drawers that are about 3″x 3″x 9″, then an open space that is 3″x 6″x 9″ across the top and the rest of the rack is broken into paper sized slots of 3″x 13″x 9″ deep.

November 2015 001

I keep all my little scraps, printed labels and tags in the little drawers.  Place the envelopes, half pages, doilies and small book pages in the smaller slot. Then I organize all the bigger prints. One slot for the letter sized printed pages, this is mostly on white card stock as that is my preferred printing paper, it gives me the choice of using it in paper piecing but is also sturdy enough for book making. The next slot down is all the other pages that are around letter sized, so book pages, file folders, delli papers, wrapping paper and so. and then the bottom section is for my large prints that come from large book pages, legal sized papers, brown paper bags and so on.

This is A LOT of storage space in my workshop for one specific item. So when it starts to get full, I don’t search for more storage space, because there simply isn’t any, I focus my efforts on using some of it up. Most often, that means CREATING!

My gelli prints are made of paint and paper. Paper can be used in almost ALL of my hobbies, and that is how I use it. For me, there isn’t anything special about it other than pride of creation, and sometimes I feel like I can’t even claim that because I used other peoples tools, such as stencils and paint. So, once my shelves get full I make things like: Book signatures, cards, ATCs, art journal pages, scrapbooking pages, embellishments, and die cuts. There really isn’t a limit.

Here is this weeks video on how I used them to create a quilted art journal page.

Happy Monday, and thanks for watching, commenting and visiting often!

-Lizzie

 

[stc-subscribe]

Kraaft Shaak Design Team – Gelli Art Time! #KSDT2015

Welcome to this weeks design team submission!

Join me as I Spark Some Kreativity, Saturday @ the Kraaft Shaak!

This months project was totally artist own and I got really excited about it. So I went through my stash and laid out everything I had ever purchased or had given to me by the Kraaft Shaak. Believe me, it was a LOT of stuff! THEN I came upon my circular gelli printing plates and remembered someone recently saying “You can’t really DO anything with a circular plate” and I thought I would put that to the test!

So I grabbed the stack of stencils I had picked out at the Kraaft Shaak. Pulled my Kraaft Shaak supplied Dina Wakely heavy bodied paints out of the pile and then grabbed a couple stamps for good measure.

I feel as though I did a lot with my circular plates and that I am going to have to go back in to play with the idea of using some stamps

This was a really fabulous project, but I do have to say that it was really hard to video record it because I kept getting into the zone and forgetting the camera was one. Which was great in the moment but difficult to edit afterwards. Here is where you can find the video:

My favourite part of this project? The faces!! Oooh the faces!

KSDT2015Oct (3)

Thanks for visiting, commenting and watching my video, hope you come back and visit again soon!

-Lizzie

 

 

 

 

[stc-subscribe]

Paper Taming – WOYWW 329

Well hello there my creative friends and thank-you for joining me for another of Julia Dunnits “What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday” linky parties over at Stamping Ground. This week has been so busy that I almost forgot it Wednesday!

My work desk looks quite a bit different from last week! I decided on Saturday that this was to be THE week that I gained control of the mega stack of things that had been accumulating for the past year on the end of my workbench. The pile was beginning to encroach on my work surface, it was beginning to worry me that it would topple into the sink AND it is fall here in western Canada and I was dreaming about my pile housing a cozy little mouse family and me never finding out!

So I took the “bull by the horns” and attacked the pile. I sorted and organized all day on Saturday, not even getting out of my pjs and then I put everything away on Sunday.

Sunday evening we had dinner at my in-laws house and on our way home we were in a car accident. A man in a large pick-up truck ignored a yield sign and drove right into the side of our SUV! Luckily my husband and 2 children were either asleep or almost asleep and were unharmed due to their relaxed states. I, on the other hand, was shoulder checking to see if I could safely change lanes, the answer was no and I didn’t manage to turn my head back in time before the collision occurred. So I am stiff and sore and hoping I don’t have any long term injuries. That lead me to spending all day Monday at the police station making a report, calling insurance and visiting a body shop for quotes on getting it fixed. I am feeling very thankful that we were in my SUV and not my husbands small car.

Tuesday, I started a rather large project. While cleaning my workshop I noticed that I had several piles of paper scraps and several drawers and baskets of paper scraps and that I should probably find a way to make those piles of papers more useful!

So I grabbed the first pile and chopped it into pre-cut cards, ATCs, 4 inch squares and 8 inch squares. everything else was put into a pile to use for die cutting, a drawer to use for punches and a basket to use for fussy cutting. This may seem like a strange organization system. I have discovered though, that when I create, my brain does not choose by color, but more by shape, size, texture. I also have some projects coming that will focus on cards, ATCs and 8×8 albums. So in a way, this has felt like I was getting a leg up on future projects!

WOYWW 329 002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by, please scroll to the bottom and leave me a comment so I know you were here and feel free to subscribe to future posts. ALSO, please don’t forget to check out what everyone else has been up to over at Stamping Ground this week!

-Lizzie

 

[stc-subscribe]

Fall For Canada #LoveFallArt

Hello, hello all my crafty and creative visitors!

Today I am bring you something that is pretty cool!

In July Cinnamon Cooney and some of her creative friends came up with the idea of creating a more cohesive and supportive bond between the creators of creative YouTube content. They brainstormed this beautiful project called the “Creative Arts Collaboration”.

CAC Logo 2015On YouTube 300+ artists come together to post thematic projects under the same hashtag. In July it was #LoveSummerArt, in August it was #pawgustart, and in September we are posting under #LoveFallArt. For each of these hashtags (#) you can find extensive playlists of all the videos published under it. On Facebook she created a group were we could go to ask questions, to mentor each other and  be supportive of each others creativity. On Pinterest she created a board where we can all post our videos so that they can be found in one place!

Make sure that once you finish reading this that you check out those hashtags!

So, now, lets talk about this months theme of “autumn”.

I had the opportunity to create absolutely anything I wanted as long as it fit, in some way, under the #lovefallart banner. I had a month to come up with something but nothing ever flowed into place. So here I was on the first posting day, seeing all these fabulous artist posting up their fabulous art and I had NOTHING to offer. I felt retched. So I took myself for a walk around the park across the street from my house.

One of the first things I noticed was the amount of color that was everywhere! Bright yellows and ochres, browns, blues, greens, deep purples, and reds. All kinds of lush textures, spiky spruce trees, long spines on the pine trees, big fat cones, fuzzy white leaves, smooth dark purple ones. There were sticky things and fragrant things. Shiny leaves and dull. Looking around me I realized that I had plenty of inspiration all around me, I just had to come out of the basement!

As I walked I put things that made me happy into my jacket pockets and then, once I was home, took them all out see what had inspired me today. I had red cotone aster leaves and yellow leaves from an ash tree. I had the tops of long blades of grass and the blueish tip of Colorado blue spruce tree. I had the green and purple varigated leaves of the lilac tree in my front yard and the dark purplish black leaves from a Schubert chokecherry tree. And just to top things off I added in a fragrant deep purple pansy!

LoveFallArtInsp (8) LoveFallArtInsp (6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

LoveFallArtInsp (5) LoveFallArtInsp (4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

LoveFallArtInsp (10)

 

 

This plethera of color pushed me to run with it, and I did! I used book pages, lace a burlap to create the base structure of what I was envisioning. I then covered it all with gesso, and covered it again with layers of paint.

 

 

 

 

LoveFallArt (4) LoveFallArt (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I added depth by stamping in black ink with several stamps and then added multi colored leaves for a 3D piece. Now, I know that I am biased, but I think that it is beautiful, rich in color and so tempting to touch.

As this project was coming to completion I decided to go hunting through my Pinterest board of quotes to see which one would work best on this piece. This is when I came across George Eliot. I had never known before that she was a woman, and I knew that I would be interested in reading her books. So I went searching through my husbands book collection as I was certain that he had studied her book titled “Middlemarch” while in university. It wasn’t there, so I asked him about it only to discover that he had recently completed a library purge and no longer had the one I was looking for. I guess I will have to go to the public library or else find it for my kobo so that I can read it anywhere!

 

LoveFallArt (5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the finished piece:

 

LoveFallArt (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come watch the video of how I created this piece by clicking here:

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to subscribe to the sections that interest you and scroll down to the bottom of the page to leave a message so that I know you were here!

-Lizzie

 

[stc-subscribe]

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 328

Welcome again to the linky party happening over at Stamping Ground!

Every Wednesday a whole bunch of creative peoples get together online to celebrate that while we are not all incredibly organized, we are all incredibly busy!

This week I am creating in my upstairs living room. My husband and I turned it into a classroom/table top gaming room in January and have been taking turns spreading out our hobbies. I use it to teach “Mixed Media Monday” to some local ladies every week and he uses it on Wednesday evenings to play games and make videos for his YouTube channel.

Oh, and TODAY is Wednesday so ALL of this…

September 16 2015 014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…needs to go back down to my workshop.

For most of the day though, I am creating classes. The first one is an art journaling techique class that I will teach in my home. The second and third are gelli plate mono-printing and projects to make with the prints. I will teach those 2 in a local scrapbooking store.

Thanks for stopping by and please scroll down to the bottom to leave a comment so I know you were here.

-Lizzie

 

[stc-subscribe]

I’ve Been Framed! #KSDT2015

Hello my creative and colorful friends!

Today we are going to Spark Some Kreativity Saturday @ the Kraaft Shaak!

This is my last post as a member of the Kraaft Shaak Design Team and what an honor it has been! Over the past 3 months we have altered an item, created something for back to school and now I am going to show you how I “kill the kit”.

Normally I have a video to link to my post at the bottom, but today it just didn’t work out. I was working on such a large project that it took up my whole work bench and the filming was just not going to work. I tried to zoom in to the corner I was working on, but then would constantly go off screen. So I did something I rarely do and took a big pile of pictures!

September 2015 007

My first step was to sort through all my supplies that were left in my kit and make a pile of the ones that just might work for this project.

 

 

 

 

September 2015 003Then I dug through my closet to find a frame I had picked out about 4 years ago for something else. It was a large, black frame from Ikea that measured about 30 inches by 30 inches.

 

 

 

 

September 2015 004

 

I took it out to my garage work bench and sanded it to make the black just a little less shiny.

 

 

 

September 2015 005Then cut chicken wire off of the roll I had out there and slowly, tediously and with a little blood (a Kraafter was only minorly injured in the creation of this project) I folded it over the top, around the sides.

 

 

 

 

September 2015 006I stapled it to the back with my heavy duty staple gun and Wa-la! I had a frame that I could hang little things from!

 

 

 

 

September 2015 009Once that was done I brought it back inside and painted it with my plum chalkboard paint from Prima.

 

 

 

 

September 2015 010

My next step was to take a bunch of the book pages I had left in my mixed media kit and create a bit of structure on the chicken wire, almost like paper mache, to support all the stuff I wanted to add to my project.

 

 

 

September 2015 014 September 2015 015I let that dry over night and spent the morning shopping my stash for the perfect combination of beautiful to embellish my frame. I found all kinds of flowers and metal bits and pieces, as well as a large amount of what was left of my mixed media kit. I used the cheese cloth, gold mica flakes, sequins, pearl glass glitter and butter colored glass beads and my sample of golden olive chalkboard paint as well as the scrap butterflies from the napkin that came in my kit.

September 2015 011 September 2015 012 September 2015 013 September 2015 016 September 2015 018 September 2015 019 September 2015 022 September 2015 021 September 2015 020 September 2015 017I spent about an hour compiling everything on the frame, adding bits and pieces here and there to build up a big mass of 3D elements. I glued it all down with Finnabairs 3D matte gel. and let it sit, untouched, over night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next morning I went in and swept some of the plum chalkboard paint over the flowers to bring a background element to the foreground and make it all come together.

September 2015 007 (2) September 2015 004 (2) September 2015 003 (2) September 2015 002 September 2015 001

Now, here is the step where I am sorry to say, I missed taking this picture. I was so full of excitement as I added all the shiny, sparkly, glimmery elements that I forgot to take pictures of where I put all the sparkle. So I will just tell you. I used the 3D matte gel randomly around the edges of the big pink flowers and sprinkled on some pearl colored glass glitter. Then I laid down little patches of gel in and around the flowers and added a little bit of mica flakes here and a little bit of glass beads there. A few sequins peaking out here and there and used up my charcoal art sugar in a bit of dusting along the frame.

 

 

 

 

September 2015 009 (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last step to this project was to use up the rest of my kit on creating ATC’s (artist trading cards) to hang on the frame. Here are a few that are on their way to completion.

September 12 2015 002 Sept 12 2015 003 Sept 12 2015 001September 12 2015 001

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do have some left overs in my kit, but they are all soon going to be used for my series of ATCs that I will put up on the board over time to keep it interesting.

 

 

 

 

This is what I have left.Sept 12 2015 004

 

 

 

 

 

I am starting an ATC (artist trading card) class and trading board in my local scrapbooking store. This frame will go up on their wall. The whole purpose of the ATC movement is to SHARE a love of art for free. To build a community of creative people who do not judge and critique each others work, but who share and inspire each other every day!

To me, Heather Kraafter is all of that. She has built up a fabulous and caring Kraafters Kommunity of people on G+ who not only share their projects, but also their lives. She has built a family of people who may not have ever formally met, but who value each other for what they can bring to the Kommunity. In that kommunity we do not judge each other, but we definitely share and inspire each other every day. It is in honor of Heather that I hang this in my local craft store with the hope that her essence will continue to inspire the world to come together and find “family” through our creativity.

Thank-you Heather for the honor of sharing a place on your design team for the past 3 months. Thank-you for inspiring me and being a fabulous roll model for many Kraafters, the world over!

-Lizzie

 

[stc-subscribe]

What’s On Your Wokrdesk? Wednesday 327 WOYWW

Well hello there my crafty friends!

This morning I am jumping back into the blogging life with a quick little post that I have really missed over the past year! I have been running steady with my children for the past few months and baby sitting other peoples children for almost 3 years. But THIS September means something super special…NO children from 8:30am until 3:30pm!!! I feel on cloud nine! MAYBE, just maybe, I will be able to catch up on a few things around the house and in my creative life.

What’s on my work-desk this week? EVERYTHING!September 2015 011

I was recently invited to teach my crafty skills at a local crafting store and have been “slaving” away trying to create the curriculum. I have been making projects in my workshop and then spending all day once a week in the store classroom, trying to recreate with their in house supplies. One thing I have discovered is that my “juju” seems to turn to dust when I am not surrounded by my supplies, organized in my way. Guess I better work on that, but in the mean time, here is my work-desk!

It has mostly been a dumping station for a long time and I am hoping to address it…after I blog…and YouTube…and make stuff…and get distracted by shiny things! lol

Make sure you pop over to the linky party at Stamping Ground and check out what everyone else is up to!

Thanks for stopping by, see you next week!

-Lizzie

 

 

[stc-subscribe]