Vertical Garden

 

Hello friends, thank you for stopping by and for the comments you have left – every one of them is read and appreciated!  I have been inspired by the posts of my Design Team members. Keeping the Succulent theme in mind today, I am creating a  Vertical Garden – I have seen these done on garden walls – but this one will be a home decor piece. You can see how I have created it as you follow along with the tutorial.

I have used one of the little trays that wooden embellishments often come in – I have a number of these and always knew I would use them one day.  I started by colouring the edges of the frames and the outside using ink.  Next I cut and glued small squares into each opening using some patterned paper – this is a great way to use leftovers and to give a lovely background.

I started at the centre and glued one of the Cactus Combo at an angle and built outwards using both big and small succulents and flowers.  The flowers from the Succulent Burlap Patch have been removed from the Burlap Strip and used separately.  The finished look is very full and very eclectic. 

If unsure of how it is looking, I find taking a photo will show any ‘flat spots’.  Keep going until you are happy with the look – the patterned paper behind the succulents and flowers helps blend any gaps.

Using a background frame or canvas, adhere the Stencil Rectangle Jumble to the first corner using repostional tape to prevent it from moving.  Add a few drops of colour to the  Grainy Texture Paste and mix well, apply using a spatula.  Apply randomly to each corner and a small amount along the edges – do not try and make it all even – we are not wanting a ‘perfect’ look.  Glue the Verical Garden to the frame/canvas.

Trim the chipboard sentiment and glue above the Vertival Garden, finishing the sentiment using Alpha Stickers. Mixing sentiment fonts adds another point of interest. Glue the Chipboard Scroll Border below the Vertical garden.  I have added a light coat of white paint to the chipboard with a Sponge Dauber to make it ‘pop’, followed by a clear coat to seal it all.

At this point I also randomly, and lightly, added some white paint to some of the stenciling, to soften the look slightly.  It all comes down to personal taste – it is very easy to make it your own style – remember there is no right or wrong when you create ‘Art from the Heart!’

Supplies used from Little Birdie Crafts

I look forward to seeing you again in a couple of weeks with a new project to share with you – in the meantime don’t forget to check out the tutorials on the Little Birdie Crafts Blog by the other Design Team Members – they inspire with every post!

{{{hugs}}} and Happy creating

 

Altered Mixed Media Notebook Cover

I’m Anat Weksler, a Brazilian Israeli. I live in Israel now. A full-time artist and mother of a gorgeous 12 year old girl.

I’m absolutely addicted to Mixed media like Canvases, Page Layouts and Altered objects , Mini albums,  cards and Tags, but love Scrapbooking as well.

I am so happy to be on Little Birdie Crafts blog as a Guest Designer.

I’ve altered a notebook cover using gorgeous Little Birdie’s chipboard frame, some of Little Birdie’s lovely flowers and twigs.

First I spread some sand texture paste through a stencil. After it dried, I painted the cover with black gesso and let it dry.

Next step was to spray shimmer color on top and let it dry again. Meanwhile drying I spread a little bit of sand texture paste on the frame. Colored the Burlap flowers and the frame with 2 of the colors I used on the cover.

The fun part was to assemble everything together and adhere it to the cover with Gel medium.

Last step was to dry brush everything with Heavy White Gesso. It brings everything together!

Here are the snapshots of my project:

Hope you like it xoxo”

Thanks so much for inviting me 😘

Hugs,

Anat

Forever & Always Mixed Media Wood Pallet

Little Birdie Crafts Sparkle Paste Embossing Texture Paste and Flowers Mixed Media Wall Hanging by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Hello, Friends!  I don’t know about you, but I cannot resist a great bargain!  This weekend while I was out shopping I found a really cute wooden pallet sign on the clearance shelf.  It was a bit of a Plain Jane, but I was certain I could dress it up and make it look fabulous with Little Birdie Crafts Mixed Media Supplies.

Have you had a chance to play with Little Birdie Embossing Texture Paste yet?  Wow, this stuff is amazing!  you can see it in the background on the left hand side of this 8″ x 6″ pallet board.  Apply it through one of Little Birdie’s stencils, and then watch in wonder as you emboss it with your heat gun.  As it dries, it puffs up, develops a wonderful texture and actually turns a lighter color.  You’ll see how fun it is to use the video tutorial below.

I added color, sparkle and texture with Little Birdie Mint Fizz Sparkle Paste.  Once again, I applied it through a stencil, then gently heat embossed.  It adds just the right touch of shimmer to my Succulent Garden vignette.

 

Of course I added some beautiful Little Birdie Succulents, Roses, Foliage and Florals to my composition.  You can find a complete supply list at the end of this post.

Forever & AlWAYS mIXED mEDIA wOOD pALLET vIDEO tUTORIAL

Please join me for this step by step video tutorial and learn how to use these wonderful mixed media supplies!

 

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Little Birdie Products Used in this Project