Thursday, April 27, 2017

TBT with StencilGirl and Canvas Corp Brands!

Happy Thursday!

Today, I have a whopper of a post to share!  

This month, StencilGirl Products is collaborating with Canvas Corp Brands to show you unique ways to use StencilGirl stencils with a variety of Canvas Corp Brands surfaces and Tattered Angels Paint Kits!

Be sure to check out the details at the end of this post on how you can win a wonderful prize package worth over $50 in goodies from StencilGirl Products and Canvas Corp Brands!
As usual, when I got into the creative spirit, the projects kept coming so I have three to share with you today.  :)

For my first piece, I deconstructed one of the mini canvases, removing the canvas from the frame.  I used the frame to showcase a mini weaving.  

Creating texture on the wood frame was super easy with a stencil, modeling paste, and Tattered Angels sprays.

(I used the Maltese Mix stencil for all my projects on this post.)

Bits of Canvas Corp Brands burlap and patterned paper finish the edges of the frame perfectly.
 No project is complete without a little bling.

Using the same deconstruction technique, I removed the canvas from a smaller Canvas Corp Brands canvas, creating a vignette within the frame. 

 I used the removed canvas to create a backing for my mini vignette, again using the Maltese Mix stencil for texture.

 I really love the texture and neutral colors of the Canvas Corp Brands burlap.  It compliments my design style perfectly.
 My final project is a mini book, filled with stenciled pages, and paper product from Canvas Corp Brands.

I used lyrics from one of my favorite songs as journal inspiration.

The colors, the patterns, the stitching, and the words all make my heart happy!  ♥♥♥


What would a matchup be without a fun prize??
Here's your chance to get your hands on products from StencilGirl Products and Canvas Corp Brands.
All you need to do is...
* leave a comment here on any or all of the matchup posts during the month of April
You can leave one on each post for more chances to win.  Don't forget to include the hashtag #SGPCCBmatchup so we can find you!
* and/or leave a comment on the CCB Facebook page or StencilGirl Products Facebook page
Don't forget to include #SGPCCBmatchup so we can find you.    

* and/or leave a comment on any of the CCB Instagram posts or StencilGirl Products Instagram posts where you see any of the projects from the CCB team or the SGP team.
Don't forget to include #SGPCCBmatcup so we can find you.
* You can follow along by searching #SGPCCBmatchup.  If you love what you see and would like to join the Facebook group CCB Collective, ask to join.
*  You can find all StencilGirl Products in our shop.
*  Shop Canvas Corp Brands here. 
* We will be sharing projects the entire month of April - learn new techniques, see how new products are used and be inspired with great ideas from members of the SGP and CCB creative teams. 
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Sustainable Souls Project - April 2017

Happy April!

Today, we go live with Month Three of The Sustainable Souls project.

 The Sustainable Souls Project evolved from my yearly discovery of a single word.  Each year, I choose a word to define my hopes, focus, and desires for the next 365 days.  Past words have included: home, explore, be, and others.  

This year, I chose the word, 'Sustainability'.  Because the earth is in dire need of help and I want to leave a legacy for my children and their children to inherit, I thought it was time to focus on issues of Sustainability.

But I wanted to make 2017 different.  I wanted to include others in my word, since Sustainability cannot be done alone.  Yes, every small action helps, but it's the combination of hundreds of small acts that make a difference.  Hence, The Sustainable Souls Project.

Each month, we will pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art.  Projects may include art journaling, mixed media, assemblage, and more.  We are hoping to educate, entertain, and create awareness, one paint stroke at a time.

April's theme is 'Alternative and Renewable Energy'. explain various types of Renewable energy sources, which include  
including solar, wind, geothermal, bioenergy and water

Excerpts from this article explain the need for alternative energy sources.

"The United States (and other countries) currently relies heavily on coal, oil, and natural gas for its energy. Fossil fuels are non-renewable, that is, they draw on finite resources that will eventually dwindle, becoming too expensive or too environmentally damaging to retrieve. In contrast, the many types of renewable energy resources-such as wind and solar energy-are constantly replenished and will never run out.

Most renewable energy comes either directly or indirectly from the sun. Sunlight, or solar energy, can be used directly for heating and lighting homes and other buildings, for generating electricity, and for hot water heating, solar cooling, and a variety of commercial and industrial uses.

The sun's heat also drives the winds, whose energy, is captured with wind turbines. Then, the winds and the sun's heat cause water to evaporate. When this water vapor turns into rain or snow and flows downhill into rivers or streams, its energy can be captured using hydroelectric power.

Along with the rain and snow, sunlight causes plants to grow. The organic matter that makes up those plants is known as biomass. Biomass can be used to produce electricity, transportation fuels, or chemicals. The use of biomass for any of these purposes is called bioenergy.

Hydrogen also can be found in many organic compounds, as well as water. It's the most abundant element on the Earth. But it doesn't occur naturally as a gas. It's always combined with other elements, such as with oxygen to make water. Once separated from another element, hydrogen can be burned as a fuel or converted into electricity.

Not all renewable energy resources come from the sun. Geothermal energy taps the Earth's internal heat for a variety of uses, including electric power production, and the heating and cooling of buildings. And the energy of the ocean's tides come from the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun upon the Earth.

In fact, ocean energy comes from a number of sources. In addition to tidal energy, there's the energy of the ocean's waves, which are driven by both the tides and the winds. The sun also warms the surface of the ocean more than the ocean depths, creating a temperature difference that can be used as an energy source. All these forms of ocean energy can be used to produce electricity."

You may hear the terms 'renewable' and 'alternative' energy interchangably.  The actual definition of each is below.

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from natural processes that are continuously replenished. This includes sunlight, geothermal heat, wind, tides, water, and various forms of biomass. This energy cannot be exhausted and is constantly renewed.

Alternative energy is a term used for an energy source that is an alternative to using fossil fuels. Generally, it indicates energies that are non-traditional and have low environmental impact. The term alternative is used to contrast with fossil fuels according to some sources. By most definitions alternative energy doesn't harm the environment, a distinction which separates it from renewable energy which may or may not have significant environmental impact.

 The inspiration for my project this month came from solar energy, and the solar panels you see above. Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available, and the U.S. has some of the richest solar resources in the world. Modern technology can harness this energy for a variety of uses, including generating electricity, providing light or a comfortable interior environment, and heating water for domestic, commercial, or industrial use. I have considered installing solar panels on my home, embracing the idea and concept behind renewable energy.

 Using Oven bake clay, I created mini 'solar panels', adhered to a wood canvas.  The 'grid' was created with wrapping wire around the entire canvas, weaving the wire up/down each square.

To make my canvas more 'solar panel like', I adhered the canvas to an TV wall mount.  I TOTALLY love how this turned out.
In addition to my main art piece each month, I am creating a smaller piece that will be combined with 11 others to create ONE large piece.  Here's a peek at my April contribution.

Want to do more?  Want to be a Sustainable Soul?  Want to create with us each month?  Send me a message and I'll provide more details.

Here's a peek at what the other Sustainable Souls created this month. 

Interested in my past Sustainable Souls projects?  Here's link to each.

January 2017 

February 2017
If you can't create with us each month but would like to support and participate in our quest for a Sustainable future, please feel free to grab our badge and share it on your social media sites.  We truly appreciate your support and understanding that our future must change for many generations to come.
Wanna know if a city can really run on renewable energy?  Here's a video that shows what's possible. :)