Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mixed Media Art Journal with Mandy Russell


I love using little bits and baubles in my art and I truly feel quite fortunate for how abundant they are in this world.

Mandy Russell, Stitched Abundance Art Journal, OOAK Artisans

Tiny buttons, gems, and plastic animals are a few of my faves which I've incorporated here in this sweet little stitched collage. There is no glue used here to hold things in place, just a needle and thread. Hmmmm, is it still a collage if there is no glue? Whatever it is, it's easy! And adorable!


Friday, November 10, 2017

Exploring Art and Artist :: Mandy Russell

Ellen Schimmel Pearson
by Ben John Lincod Albino

Welcome to the November installment of Exploring Art and Artist!

“Exploring Art & Artist” is a new feature here at OOAK Artisan Showcase. Written by Ellen Schimmel Pearson, it’s a non-artist’s exploration of the creative world. 





Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mixed Media Bookmark with Sharon Harkness-Dobler

Hello everyone! Here is another project designed with book lovers in mind. This vintage inspired bookmark was fun to make. It requires few supplies and its quick and easy to make.

Sharon Harkness Dobler Mixed Media Book Mark OOAK Artisans




Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mixed Media Shine Art Journal Page with Leah Tees


I have an art journal page to share with you today for OOAK Artisan Showcase in one of my newly made art journals. I created the art journal with bristol paper cut to 4 x 6 and bound it with my Bind-It-All and some heavy weight board for the covers.


Leah Tees Mixed Media Art Journal OOAK Artisans






I started by putting down these star die cuts that I had. There were many different sizes and colors. I knew I was going to cover them over, so my main focus was placement. I glued them with Uhu glue stick.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wicked Witch Mixed Media Project with Roberta Laliberte


Hello everyone, Roberta here and with Halloween just around the corner I just had to create a wonderfully witchy creation. You could easily make this to hang on a wall or a door but I made my witch to perch on the edge of a table. This wonderfully wicked witch is made out of scrap cardboard. Here’s how:



Roberta Laliberte Wicked Witch Mixed Media OOAK Artisans







Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sticks and Stones...a Wall Hanging with Jean Stambaugh Peter



Sticks and Stones ...I did not know for sure what this was going to be when I started it, but I knew the title would be Sticks and Stones! When starting this I noticed there were a lot of lines and circles; I think that is where the name came from. I am not good at naming my pieces so its a big thing coming up with a name so early!!


Jean Peter Sticks and Stones Wall Hanging OOAK Artisans



I took a lightweight canvas napkin (on clearance for $1.50 for a set of 4!!!) and painted it!! Using metallic paints and the 5x5 Gelli Plate I did a series of prints lined up to fill the square. Then I over-stamped with the circle plate. Grabbed me some acrylic paint, stencil, markers and brushes, and doodled and stenciled accents!! Then I thought of what it could be .. book cover? Journal? Wall hanging? Bag? Pillow? The Pillow was eliminated after sewing paper to it. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ancestral Art Journal with Sharon Harkness-Dobler

Hello everyone! I thought I would switch it up a bit this month and invite you guys to art journal with me. I’ll be using my Ancestral Journal to show you how I incorporate vintage photos into my art journal spreads. You can also use family photos for this project as well. So, grab your art journal, your favorite supplies, and a photo and let’s get started!


Sharon Harkness-Dobler Art Journal OOAK Artisans

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rose Queen Mixed Media Project with Roberta Laliberte


I just love taking beautiful magazines and piecing together bits and bobs to create a story. Some of my favourite magazines are the Stampington mags. The Somerset Life and Artful Blogging often have beautiful photos of flowers and vintage goodies, beautiful objects that can be reborn into beautiful art.


Roberta Laliberte Mixed Media OOAK Artisans


Friday, September 8, 2017

Exploring Art and Artist :: Melanie Mason

Connections:  what connect us?  How are the details, the experiences, the threads of our lives woven to link us into a greater existence, whether physically, with people or beings; emotionally, with our feelings; or spiritually, strengthening our faith in the unseen?  I certainly don’t know the answer in whole, but I believe my journey in these monthly interviews will introduce me to my “teachers”, these beautiful artists who have found some of these connections in their art. 

Melanie Mason


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cameo Wall Hanger with Sharon Harkness-Dobler

Hello everyone! This month's project was inspired by a lovely cameo pendant that I saw over on Pinterest. I love cameos! I find them to be very classy and elegant. I had a great time creating my cameo. It was fun and easy to make. Here’s what I did.



OOAK Artisans Sharon Harkness-Dobler Mixed Media Art


Friday, August 25, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

African Daisies Watercolor with Roberta Laliberte


There is something magical about heading outdoors with my sketchbook and settling into a little corner of the world and recording what I see.





Friday, August 11, 2017

Exploring Art and Artist :: Ben John Lincod Albino

Ellen Schimmel Pearson
by Ben John Lincod Albino

Welcome to the August installment of Exploring Art and Artist!

“Exploring Art & Artist” is a new feature here at OOAK Artisan Showcase. Written by Ellen Schimmel Pearson, it’s a non-artist’s exploration of the creative world. 


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Write Your Story Art Journal Spread with Leah Tees

I am so in love with art journaling :) However, I do need to start taking process shots and videos, so watch for those coming soon!


OOAK Artisans Leah Tees Art Journal



Friday, July 28, 2017

On The Road :: Michigan - Part Three



Recently I travelled to Holland, Michigan to visit with my best friend from high school, Ellen. Wherever I go I am always on the lookout for art and this trip was no exception. As usual I took a zillion photos! I decided I'd shared my visit with you. This is part three, the final installation.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Mixed Media Art Journal Page with Leah Tees

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your summer ;) I have a fun mixed media page for you today featuring Dina Wakely and Tim Holtz products.

Mixed Media Art Journal Page Leah Tees OOAK Artisans


Friday, July 14, 2017

Exploring Art & Artist :: Ellen Schimmel Pearson

“Exploring Art & Artist” is a new feature here at OOAK Artisan Showcase. Written by Ellen Schimmel Pearson, it’s a non-artist’s exploration of the creative world.  


Ellen Schimmel Pearson
Portrait by Ben John Albino




"I am so excited to be a part of OOAK Artisan Showcase and bring you interviews of artists around the country, and the world!  I am looking forward to meeting some interesting and passionate people, and learning what drives them, what inspires them, and how they define their art. "   ~ Ellen 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Happy Fabric Journal with Jean Stambaugh Peter


Today I am sharing with you my process of creating a fabric journal. For a while I had a creative block, but once I started it, it ended up only taking me about two hours to complete.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Water Color Bookmarks with Leah

Hello everyone! I have two projects to show you today for OOAK Artisan Showcase! I have created two water colored bookmarks using some fun rubber stamps from Whipper Snapper Designs, Inc and my Prima Watercolor Pencils and paper.


water colored bookmarks OOAK Artisans Leah Tees


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fun Image Transfer with Roberta Laliberte


Hello everyone! Roberta here with my next project. I decided to use a print of one of my paintings to create a rustic little sign for you. I really wanted to try the freezer paper method for image transfers. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be lol.



Prairie Fairy Designs OOAK Artisans Image Transfer



Friday, June 9, 2017

On the Road :: Michigan - Part One



Recently I travelled to Holland, Michigan to visit with my best friend from high school, Ellen. Wherever I go I am always on the lookout for art and this trip was no exception. As usual I took a zillion photos! I decided I'd shared my visit with you. This is Part One.



Monster





While visiting a new friend I noticed these really cool iron sculptures in her garden. I asked her husband about them and he told me they were created by their son, Foster.

Abstract
Bees






So I said, "Is he here? Do you think he'd let me interview him?"





Foster is 18 but he created these pieces when he was about 12!


He told me his dad was teaching him how to weld and he noticed a pile of 'junk'. The artist in him said "Hey, I can make something with that!"  (LOVE that!)



While sharing his sculptures I found out his current passion is virtual reality. I wish I could explain to you everything he told me but I have to admit it was WAY over my head! Something about assets and model creations?!!


He did convince me to give it a try in "The Dive", a den where he entertains other VR enthusiasts, for a fee! I won't bore you with my whole experience but here's just a clip of my experience in creating dimensional art.



Foster just graduated from high school and is off to Kalamazoo to attend college in the fall. He will major in Computer Science. But, like I told his parents, I don't think he will finish college - he will be a self-made millionaire before then!

I really enjoyed my visit with Foster and I am looking forward to watching where his path will lead him. He is truly an amazing young man.


I'm leaving you with some of his thoughts....







Part Two is coming, stay tuned!

~ Shelley

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mixed Media Paint Brush Holder with Jean Stambaugh Peter


"Wow!! Time for a new project for the OOAK design team. I am loving the challenges! I used a lot of the same products as last months project, Since I am trying to use the same supplies in as many ways as possible!! This "tool" is a paint brush roll up case but we all know a lot of possibility's for it!


OOAK Artisans Jean Stambaugh Peter mixed media


My newest product to use is the NEOPAQUE flowable extender and it works amazing!! helps with the layering of colors, and seems to deepen some of the colors, I used the dyna flow fabric paint and the fantastix pens to paint the outside of the case in splotches using the neopaque on some to give a little gradation of the colors.

OOAK Artisans Jean Stambaugh Peter mixed media



I added strips of cardboard in each of the slots to keep the paints from bleeding through to the other side. The inside was painted each slot a different color. NEOPAQUE flowable extender was used it to paint the circles, which allowed me to paint another color over and not change the colors!!

OOAK Artisans Jean Stambaugh Peter mixed media




I used a bit of black dyna flow to dry brush the edges of colors to help the colors look blended. Several stamps, stencils,and doodling in black tied it all together!!" ~Jean

OOAK Artisans Jean Stambaugh Peter mixed media







WOW! Jean's project is fantastic! I would love to have one of these in my art box for sure!  Don't forget you can visit Jean's blog at jeanpdesigns.blogspot.ca     

 ~Leah