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TB&CO New Items for February February 17 2017, 0 Comments

Happy Friday!

Today we are featuring items that are new to the TB&CO shop this month.

"2017 Brush of the Month Club - February Brushes"

2017 Brush of the Month Club - February Brushes

Do you want all 12 Brush of the Month packs for one amazing price? Get these brushes and more in the 2017 Brush of the Month Club.

ARE YOU A MEMBER OF TANGIE'S "ART JOURNAL EMPORIUM"? If you pay monthly for Subscription B or C, these brushes are NOW INCLUDED in your membership! 

"The Artist's Compendium No. 1"

The Artist's Compendium No. 1

"**NEW** The Artist's Compendium No. 2"

**NEW** The Artist's Compendium No. 2

And don't forget Tangie has released a NEW watercolor online class!  It just started on February 15, 2017 so why not join in and spend the weekend with Tangie exploring and playing with watercolors!

"**NEW** Explorations in Watercolor Online Class"

**NEW** Explorations in Watercolor Online Class

 Have a wonderful weekend!

[Posted by: Joy] 

 


"**NEW** Explorations in Watercolor Online Class" Sale Extended! February 10 2017, 0 Comments

Class starts February 15, 2017 so why not give yourself a Valentine's Day treat and take advantage of the 20% Sale Price?!  

Here's the details from Tangie:

There are few things in this world I like to do more than play with my watercolors! They are a unique medium that lend themselves to ~*PLAY & EXPLORATION*~ in this class we'll dive in together to learn the basics of watercolor, including mixing our own unique signature colors, but mostly we'll be explorers! Everything I learned about watercolors was through this type of play (no stuffy rules or "right way" to do things will be found here!). I'm an artist by exploration and I wouldn't have it any other way! 

"**NEW** Explorations in Watercolor Online Class"

**NEW** Explorations in Watercolor Online Class

*Save 20% for 1 week Only* (Sale extended so hurry to get the discount!)

There are few things in this world I like to do more than play with my watercolors! They are a unique medium that lend themselves to ~*PLAY & EXPLORATION*~ in this class we'll dive in together to learn the basics of watercolor, including mixing our own unique signature colors, but mostly we'll be explorers! Everything I learned about watercolors was through this type of play (no stuffy rules or "right way" to do things will be found here!). I'm an artist by exploration and I wouldn't have it any other way! 

This is the perfect class for you if:

  • Are just beginning! Maybe you haven't ever picked up a brush? I know you can do this, and I'm here to help
  • Are intermediate and want to see how I PLAY and explore and push myself every time I watercolor
  • You like a "no rules" approach and would love for me to cheer you on every step of the way
  • You need help getting over any sort of "anxiety" about doing art or feeling like you are good enough to do this, I STILL struggle with this sometimes, but I also know we were born to be creative and I can help you move forward!

The class will start February 15th, 2017, and it's on sale right NOW!

More details on the class can be found here.

[Posted by: Joy]

 


Flashback Friday - Art Travels with Rain: Making a Paperback Book into a Card Base February 03 2017, 0 Comments

A few years back we had a feature called "Art Travels with Rain".  Please note these may be altered from the original posts to update links, provide information on newer programs, etc.

Enjoy!

Hello all,

Today I am going to post for both this week and next as 11/27 is the day before Thanksgiving here in the US…our daughter’s family is coming from Hawaii tomorrow to spend the week with us in western Colorado and are all hoping for snow.  Yes, my sweet almost 2 month old grandson is coming with Mom and Dad for Grandma Rain to take a few thousand more photos of his beautiful baby-ness!  Maybe I will recover from overwhelming grandparent mania, by oh, age 18 or so, but then again, maybe not.  It will just be another phase.

These two lessons are about using a paperback book to make a 3-D card or desk topper.  There are so many paperback books available at library and tag sales for practically nothing…I have a small box of books I’ve picked up at the library sales for 5-10 cents, along with some hardbacks to make altered books for less than $1.  I occasionally match the topic of the book to the actual card recipient, but more about this later.

Here are two images of finished paperbacks, one is a card for a dear friend and colleague battling fourth stage breast cancer, and the other lives on my desk in my studio:

 

Let’s first look at the mechanics of making the paperback into a card base.

This is all about folding.  First step, using a craft knife, cut off both the front and back covers of the book.  I often save these to use as backing for some of the tidbits I push between the pages later, or you can just toss into your recycling bin.

This particular book is about playing Scrabble, and has special meaning for my friend as playing online while receiving chemotherapy infusions has helped her keep her sanity.  I loved the paper of this book, but honestly it was such a lousy Scrabble guide I had no qualms about tearing the covers off and folding the pages into my card base.

When every page is folded in half to the center of the book spine, the base will form as a gentle arc.  There are many variations to this shape that are easily folded, including:

*Folding each page at a different height for a stair step look, starting over again with the smallest size every 5 or so pages

*Cutting and Folding in a stairstep from small to large, then continuing from the peak, folding back to the smallest.

*Folding partial pages into triangles, rectangles, squares, or any other shape desired.

*Folding and cutting to form an organic or geometric pattern

*Folding and cutting to create a landscape or cityscape

*The sky is the limit!

The photo of my desk topper above was made by making triangle folds moving from the right, across the middle, to the left, and back in reverse:..I started with a center triangle by folding the outer corner into the center on both sides of the page.  In between each triangular fold, I folded the page in half, towards the center gutter of the spine.  The half page folds increase the stability of the overall base.

In the photo above, I am showing a center triangle.  In the image below,  my fingers are lifting the small right side folded into the center, while the left bulk portion of the page is folded into a left-sided triangle top.  In between are the folded in half pages.

For this particular desk topper, I painted Walnut Ink onto the pages in a rather haphazard  way…the pages could be sprayed with inks or paints, painted first, or after folding.  I have a friend that can’t make anything without glitter glue, so of course, her books are heaped with lines of various colors of glitter.  Gesso or other base could be applied to the pages, other pages glued on or stuck in, then sprayed or painted or ?  There are a lot of options!

I brushed on Walnut Ink with a basic cheapo brush, going for a mottled look.  I actually painted on the ink on the first third and kept on folding, cutting and folding until I reached the peak of the base.  Then I folded groups of 6-8 pages in half, then 4 pages, then 10, just random numbers of half folds without triangular tops.  These will hold up the triangles, making it easier to put the bits and pieces in between the pages.

 

In the image above, I have already started to tuck in pieces of painted, stamped, stenciled papers and cards.

Since my studio desk is over one hundred years old, made by Gary’s grandfather, I am super careful of anything touching the wood surface that isn’t absolutely soft.  I made a felt base for the desk topper with a  piece of cardboard attached with double-stick carpet tape to craft felt, then trimmed to size.  I keep all sorts of card around, backs of sketchbooks, watercolor pads, paper tablets, etc.  I love the thin card used to pack shirts or sheets.  If I am the least bit concerned about archival quality, I will seal the cardboard with a Golden GAC 100, to prevent acid drift.

I attach the base of the paperback book to the cardboard using either double-stick carpet tape or some type of glue.

Once the base is adhered to the cardboard/felt base, I paint on Walnut Ink all around the visible area.

Obviously, there are so many different ways I could choose to decorate the folded pages!  Or, just leave the pages alone and just fold.  The card for my friend battling illness is a Scrabble book, kind of a joke between us about 7 letter Bingo plays, and I wanted the pages to be visible.  In the next lesson I will show you some different types of insertions, including floral wire, seed packets, notes and journal cards, word poems, etc.

Optional Items to Make for Your Paperback Book Base:

Once again, I am so totally in love with Tangie’s Collage Sheet collections for so many reasons, and for this particular project, the printed sheets are an easy and fun way to give a set of variations as a gift with the card base.  I tend to print off a batch of collage sheets, my own art journal layouts, photos,  or other pages, and keep a stack by the computer or TV or anywhere that time is spent listening to a video or tutorial.  I cut out bits and keep them all in a tray for the next project, many times first fusing the printed sheet to another paper or thin index paper or cardstock to stiffen, as this makes fussy cutting so much easier.

I also keep paper edge trimmings, little squares of card, photo trimmings, and other edge bits in a box as possible “attachments” for my collage pieces.  Sometimes I glue, sometimes I use double-sided tape, or even permanent soft gel medium, to attach the printed cutout to the floral wire or card.  I have a lot of covered floral wire from some mythical project lost in the mists of the past that I love to use for this type of insert as I can bend and bend over and over again without breaking the wire.  I often attach little stitch samples leftover from a project, or a City and Guilds sample set, or whatever, and attach it to the floral wire with Golden High Gloss gel medium, Soft or Hard Gel, laid out flat to fully dry over at least 24 hours.  The first image below is the front piece of free motion stitching on a piece of blue dupioni silk, glued to a spiraled floral wire.  The second image is the dried Hard Gel.  Once dry, all the Golden gel mediums can be cut or trimmed with a scissor.

Below is an image from my friend’s card, where I have glued a batch of bits together.  The wire or card or other bottom portion is tucked right between the folded book pages, and voila’, instant interactive card.

I have a large and wonderful base that I use to organize which seeds I will plant next in my greenhouse this time of year.  I found this paper from a now defunct shop in Colorado of vintage seed packets and decided to fuse each one to cardboard as spacers for my large seed collection.  Once late fall arrives, I like to stick one or two into a base book with the seeds so I remember to go toss a few rows into the greenhouse beds for winter eating.  In the spring, I would need a table top for all the varieties that I plant! Now, not so much, so the art work is a much appreciated reminder of all the gifts that gardening brings to my soul.  The paper had been crushed and rolled badly, so first I pressed the back with a dry iron to take out some of the crinkles, then fused Wonder Under two-sided glue to the back.

Once the fusible cooled off, I used a rotary cutter to slice through each row, then each individual packet.  Some of these I fused to card, others to scrapbook or Kraft paper.

Word Art is another fabulously fun option for an insert.  Here is an image of another collage sheet of Tangie’s from the latest collection that I fused to Wonder Under, then after peeling off the backing paper, fused to a piece of thin card.  I used the rotary cutter to cut between the lines, then either rotary cutter or scissors to separate the words.  I keep a bowl of words on my desk and make little poems, affirmations, card greetings, or whatever with them.  Sometimes I just line up words on my desk then sweep all back into the bowl.

So here again is an image of my desktopper:

I wish to you all a very safe and happy Thanksgiving…this holiday is always about gratitude for me.  I feel so blessed on every level of my being, and I thank God for a long list every day.  This month in my art journal I have been celebrating this incredible community of artists, the Art Journal Caravan, and our very own Tangie Baxter.  So for all of you, I hope there are some moments in this holiday season to make art, to express yourself in color and form, even if just for a few moments here and there.

take good care,

Rain

~~~~~

Please join us next Flashback Friday as we continue our journey with Rain.

Have a great weekend!

[Posted by: Joy]

 


**NEW** Explorations in Watercolor Online Class! January 26 2017, 0 Comments

Tangie has released a NEW watercolor online class!  

Here's the details from Tangie:

There are few things in this world I like to do more than play with my watercolors! They are a unique medium that lend themselves to ~*PLAY & EXPLORATION*~ in this class we'll dive in together to learn the basics of watercolor, including mixing our own unique signature colors, but mostly we'll be explorers! Everything I learned about watercolors was through this type of play (no stuffy rules or "right way" to do things will be found here!). I'm an artist by exploration and I wouldn't have it any other way! 

"**NEW** Explorations in Watercolor Online Class"

**NEW** Explorations in Watercolor Online Class

*Save 20% for 1 week Only*

There are few things in this world I like to do more than play with my watercolors! They are a unique medium that lend themselves to ~*PLAY & EXPLORATION*~ in this class we'll dive in together to learn the basics of watercolor, including mixing our own unique signature colors, but mostly we'll be explorers! Everything I learned about watercolors was through this type of play (no stuffy rules or "right way" to do things will be found here!). I'm an artist by exploration and I wouldn't have it any other way! 

This is the perfect class for you if:

  • Are just beginning! Maybe you haven't ever picked up a brush? I know you can do this, and I'm here to help
  • Are intermediate and want to see how I PLAY and explore and push myself every time I watercolor
  • You like a "no rules" approach and would love for me to cheer you on every step of the way
  • You need help getting over any sort of "anxiety" about doing art or feeling like you are good enough to do this, I STILL struggle with this sometimes, but I also know we were born to be creative and I can help you move forward!

The class will start February 15th, 2017, but it's on sale right NOW for 1 week only, so why wait?

More details on the class can be found here.

[Posted by: Joy]

 


TB&CO Treasures - The Tangible Plans™ Goodness Continues January 25 2017, 0 Comments


Welcome to our TB&CO Treasure Featured Items this week!

The TB&CO Treasures Collection features some of our all-time favorite products each week. The ones that you may not have seen before, or maybe they've been on your wish list for a while? These kits and workshops are too good not to share again, so we're highlighting a few of our staff's picks every Wednesday. The really exciting part is that you can shop each week's selections for 50% OFF the original price! Just use coupon code Treasures50 at checkout. 

Here is a peek at this week's featured items: 

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 002}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 002}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 003}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 003}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 004}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 004}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 005}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 005}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 006}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 006}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 007}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 007}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 009}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 009}

"Tangible Plans™ Half Sheets Magic Dashboards"

Tangible Plans™ Half Sheets Magic Dashboards

"UP Course No. 01 {Creating Vision Boards}"

UP Course No. 01 {Creating Vision Boards}

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new selection!  You can always find the Treasures Collection using our "Shop All" button on the store menu.  

There are still more planner kits available under "Tangible Plans™".  And even though Tangie's not doing a 2017 Tangible Plans™ class this year, the 2016's is still packed with amazing goodness if you haven't taken it yet.

"Tangible Plans™ 2016 "How To" Workshop & Exclusive 2016 Packages"

Tangible Plans™ 2016 "How To" Workshop & Exclusive 2016 Packages

Happy Planning!

[Posted by: Joy]



Flashback Fridays - Art Travels with Rain: Part 1 of 2: The Blue Orange Complementary Colors January 23 2017, 0 Comments

 

A few years back we had a feature called "Art Travels with Rain".  Please note these may be altered from the original posts to update links, provide information on newer programs, etc.

Enjoy!

Hello everyone,

I hope all you are staying warm in the areas of the country that are in the deep freeze!  Yikes, Batgirl!  Wind chill numbers keep scaring me, although here in western Colorado it has been lovely and sunny even though cold at night.  I have seen photos from Ontario where the snow is two and three feet deep…wow!

So for this chilly week I am exploring the blue/orange color complements.  I love, love, love, using complementary color pairs to make neutrals like grays and earthy browns in everything from thread, dyed fabrics, colored pencil, and paints of various types.  It is so easy to make beautiful, illuminated neutrals rather than the flat color that comes with just adding white, black, or gray.

So what is a complement?  Basic definition: colors that are directly opposite on the color wheel.

The 3 major complementary pairs are:

Blue/Orange

Violet/Yellow

Red/Green

Notice that each pair has a Primary color (red, blue, yellow) with a secondary color produced by mixing two of the primaries (green, orange, violet).  Now here’s the BIG secret to understanding color mixing across various media:

***Every primary color leans to the warm and the cool, so really there are SIX primaries, for example:  yellow that leans towards green, and yellow that leans towards orange. ***

This is the key to totally successful and controlled color mixing!

Let’s look at this on a color wheel that I made with acrylic paints:

Below I have drawn a line between the two blue orange complementary pairs…each paint chip has a specific name below it.  These are the specific colors in acrylic paint that act as true complements, and will gray or brown out when mixed together.  Have you ever made mud rather than the beautiful color you were expecting?  That is because mixing a pigment that is not absolutely true to color will not behave as a complement would.

This is also true with watercolor, poster paints, fabric dyes and paints, colored pencils, inks, basically anything that can be mixed together.  It is super important to identify a true primary to make secondaries, and on and on.  Otherwise, everything turns to a moody, glunky brownish gooey color.

Now, of course, there is too much of a pure complementary pair if the proportions used in your work is way off…below is another batch of samples I made with acrylic paint, showing the accepted proportions in the art world of the 3 main pairs of complements.  In plain English, while you may really enjoy an art journal page with equal amounts of red and green, the same will never look quite right with violet and yellow!  I made these samples VERY saturated and bright, not a choice I would make in my work, where I would tend towards a lighter or darker value of one of the colors.

Below is an example of simply adding white or black acrylic paint to Orange, Yellow Orange, Blue, and Blue Violet to make tints and shades.  This is one way to lighten and darken your colors, although it does look flat and a bit lifeless.

Here’s another example of various blue colored pencils layered over complementary orange in a cross hatch pattern, then whites, grays for tones, and blacks.  With acrylic paint and most markers it is almost instant and mostly opaque, although with pencil and watercolor it will take applying layers to get color mixing that isn’t completely transparent.

Here’s an interesting example of both blue and orange painted papers of different types, and paint chips and magazine cuts.  Look at the vibrancy and life of the blue paper chips on the left vs. the right side.

…and here is the orange version:

The next two photos below are from my media sketchbook.  I make color logs of every pencil, paint, ink, marker, or other art material I have, mostly to learn the qualities of the material and how it behaves, but also as a future reference.  I used drafting tape for the paint samples, and drew pencil lines in a sketchbook as I grouped the pencils, inks, or whatever by color family.  I highly recommend taking the time to do this for at least your main paints and pencils…you will so appreciate how quickly fluency with the media will occur, and the reference book will serve your art process for many years to come.

 

I once did a project during a painting course where I made a geometric abstract schematic, shown below, then cut it up into a numbered pattern to use as a template for cutting painted papers.  I learned so much making various color harmonies, including monochromatic and complementary pairs, although the scrappy bits of paper drove me nuts!

 

So here are two photos of blue/orange:

 

 And below, an experiment in layering the two colors.  I was unhappy with how forward the orange became, despite using very little…another great learning of how SMALL an amount of orange or yellow to use if the complementary pairs will not be thoroughly mixed together to form another color.  I eventually painted over the pages with a strong ultramarine blue!  Much happier.

Various color pencil exercises below, starting and finishing with one or the other colors, density of marks, leaving independent color vs. total mixing:

Total color mixing to produce neutrals or interesting new colors is SO much easier with paints and dyes than pencil, I discovered.  Below are examples of starting at one color and adding 10% more step.

And trying some other acrylic paint combinations with the same type of exercise, less of a percentage with each step.  I love, love, love, the earthy, beautiful red-browns possible from mixing orange and blue!

Are you excited???  In part 2 of the Blue/Orange complementary pair, I will look at some paper and fabric pieces that illustrate this color pair.

I hope you find some time to play with your art materials!

~~~~~

Please join us next Flashback Friday as we continue our journey with Rain.

Happy New Year !!!

[Posted by: Joy]


Flashback Fridays - Art Travels with Rain: Making a Tray with Collage January 23 2017, 0 Comments

 

A few years back we had a feature called "Art Travels with Rain".  Please note these may be altered from the original posts to update links, provide information on newer programs, etc.

And don't forget we are featuring Tangible Plans™ Kits all month in TB&CO Treasures!  These kits are also great for creating collage sheets like Rain uses in this project.

Enjoy!

 

Hello!

After a fabulous 12 days with my new grandson, I am home and happily working away in my studio.  The weather has shifted towards late fall and early winter and my thoughts are turning towards upcoming holidays.  Today I am going to show you a project that is a terrific hostess gift for a holiday party or even just a lift for your own kitchen!

Ok, I have to slip in one photo of the baby boy that has totally stolen my heart and soul:

Ok, Grandma Rain is now willing to move on to art!

I bought these two wood edged trays at IKEA in the sale bin for under $10, with the thought that a collage in the center would improve the look drastically.  Given that the center was a melamine type of surface, I used an appropriate glue and printed out various bits and pieces from Tangie Baxter’s kits, including "Día De Los Muertos {CUATRO}", "Field Notes {Fall}", and the "Collage Sheet Mania 2013".  I also gathered up leftovers from my collage bin stash from previous projects.

Here are two images below of the finished trays, with two out of three coats of sealant outdoor Mog Podge®:

Let’s take a closer look at the process of creating this type of collage:

Here is the empty tray in all its non-glory!  The wood edges are lovely, a soft finished pine, so I could see the potential.  I had a few different ideas so I first gathered up a batch of leftover printed “Tangie-ness” to layout some possibilities.

I decided to go for poppies and fall themed items and tried out a few layouts.  The second image is not glued, just laid on top of the tray.

I was happy and decided to start applying glue, and of course changed my mind half a dozen times!  I used Nori paste made by Yatsutomo brand as I knew it would stick to the melamine surface of the tray, and is water soluble for easy clean up.  Plus it gives a bit of time to reposition!

I started on the left and moved to the right, applying the glue to the back of the collage bit with a glue brush on top of an old catalog.  I just turn the page whenever it gets too much wet glue, and eventually toss into recycling.

I then let the finished tray dry completely before adding a sealant to the top for waterproofing.  In Colorado this takes about an hour!  Most climates that have some humidity and aren’t at 6000 feet in elevation would require at least one day to fully dry and harden before applying the sealant of your choice.

Here’s what I did for the second tray, using collage sheets from Tangie’s “Purple Tide” (Retired, but still available in The Vault), and other ocean related kits, on a background of my own painted paper leftovers from another project.  I tore the background papers into strips, and occasionally used the deckle edged ruler to tear against.  I then used the same Nori paste to make the background first.

I did some “fussy cutting” around various bits from the collage sheets and added in a few other printouts from a Photoshop file I made from the oceanic kits. I glued each bit down to the background just like the poppy tray, then used a damp paper towel to wipe around the wood.

I also let this tray dry for a good couple of hours here in Colorado before applying the Mod Podge® outdoor waterproof sealant.

The sealant is your choice…I went with the Mod Podge® because it is water soluble, doesn’t have an off-gas of fumes like most varnish products, and dries quickly.  I also often use Polyvine® Wax Varnish, available at your local hardware or paint store, if I can work outside.  Today we had snow for the first time and I was feeling moody about getting chilled, so Mod Podge® it is!  The image below the product photo is the second coat of sealant on the poppy tray…even in Colorado I allow each coat of sealant to dry for at least one full day, or two if it is damp and raining outside.

Allowing the sealant to dry in several thin coats is far superior for waterproofing, which I desire for a tray that will be used for tea and serving food.

And here we have two images of the drying trays with multiple coats of sealant:

The poppy tray isn’t even close to dry after two full days!

Here’s an image of another tray I am working on for a gardener friend of my cabbage drawings and some photos:

So until next week, I hope you find some time to play with art materials! It certainly has helped me recover from dental work yesterday.

take good care,

Rain

  ~~~~~

Please join us next Flashback Friday as we continue our journey with Rain.

Have a great weekend!

[Posted by: Joy]

 


TB&CO Treasures - More Great Tangible Plans™ Add On Kits! January 19 2017, 0 Comments


Welcome to our TB&CO Treasure Featured Items this week!

The TB&CO Treasures Collection features some of our all-time favorite products each week. The ones that you may not have seen before, or maybe they've been on your wish list for a while? These kits and workshops are too good not to share again, so we're highlighting a few of our staff's picks every Wednesday. The really exciting part is that you can shop each week's selections for 50% OFF the original price! Just use coupon code Treasures50 at checkout. 

This week we've added some of the first add on kits released for the Tangible Plans™ system.  And I must admit they are some of my favorites!  

Here is a peek at this week's featured items: 

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 002}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 002}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 003}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 003}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 004}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 004}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 005}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 005}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 006}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 006}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 007}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 007}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 009}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 009}

We are still featuring all planner kits that have been TB&CO Treasures this month.  Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new selection!  You can always find the Treasures Collection using our "Shop All" button on the store menu.  

There are even more planner kits available under "Tangible Plans™".  And even though Tangie's not doing a 2017 Tangible Plans™ class this year, the 2016's is still packed with amazing goodness if you haven't taken it yet.

"Tangible Plans™ 2016 "How To" Workshop & Exclusive 2016 Packages"

Tangible Plans™ 2016 "How To" Workshop & Exclusive 2016 Packages

Happy Planning!

[Posted by: Joy]



Flashback Fridays-Art Travels with Rain: Making a Junque Journal with Tangible Plans™ January 13 2017, 0 Comments

 

A few years back we had a feature called "Art Travels with Rain".  Please note these may be altered from the original posts to update links, provide information on newer programs, etc.

And don't forget we are featuring Tangible Plans™ Kits all month in TB&CO Treasures! 

Enjoy!

Hello fellow artists!

It has been a beautiful day in western Colorado…filled with fall color, misty clouds and first snow on top of the high mountain range I see from my porch.  I have had the lovely experience of working on a new Junque Journal today, making pages using Tangie’s, Tangible Plans™ workshop.  I love the Studio Box: Buildable, Printable Art Journal and the Tangible Plans™ workshops for transforming simple Composition books into my daily companion.

I make new ones when the last are filled to the brim with bits, pieces, ribbons, journal words, lists, photos, and all the vast amounts of ephemera that pass by my eyes in a week.  I use these as a daily planner, a place to store my ideas, quotes, seed packets, doodled drawings, printed art journal pages, little paintings, ads that have colors or compositions I want to remember, on and on.  I tuck in pressed flowers and leaves, receipts, bits of life I want to remember in the future, and hold close, as well as lists of information such as the passport stamps of the Art Journal Caravan™ by number.  These aren’t scrapbooks with formal layouts and photos, or my art books of art journal pages, though many formal pages are generated from the ideas tucked into the Junque Journal.  I don’t know how I lived without one close at hand at all times!

This week I will take a look at the nuts and bolts of printing and making the Journal, next week the making of the paper beads, and then the making of ribbons and cords.

Last week I posted about couching and the making of a Junque Journal cover…this one was a gift for a beloved sister-in-law, filled with printed off Tangible Plans™ pages, with lots of areas for her to write or paste on.  This one is all mine.

On the binding side are paper and fused silk paper beads made with cut strips from the edges of my Tangible Plans™ print outs.  Next week, I will show you how to make these terrific beads that can be used in many ways including jewelry, book bindings, on tassels and cords, and as buttons and closures. (This post was already featured on Flashback Fridays here.)

The cover is a page from Tangie Baxter’s kit, “Field Notes”, printed onto a photo paper and fused to a stabilizer.  I made a collage of several flowers from Tangie’s "Día De Los Muertos {CUATRO}", bits of fused silk fibers, and a machine embroidered butterfly.  Yes, that is a butterfly, for all of you that took the "The Symbology Project" and attended the chat where I deplored the overuse of butterflies! I actually love the symbol of transformation and the beauty of butterflies.

The cover piece was then free motion embroidered with variegated threads, and a few solid colors, including a zigzag stitch on the edges, then mounted onto the Composition book.  I made a simpler backing in the same color scheme and also mounted it to the back.

Then I added the paper beads, the wrapped beads, a few embellishment charms, and hand stitched it all together with yarn and ribbon.  Yes!  Then on to the inner pages…

Below is an image of one 2 page spread from my last Junque Journal:

A few more pages that are for the new Junque Journal, in their beginning phases:

Above is a photo with one way to measure and trim the printed page before mounting into the Composition Book, by folding the side and top and then cutting off the excess.

Below is another method that I use the most often…using the Composition Book itself to trace around on the back of the printed page, then cutting it out and mounting.

Here is a view of my work table, and the pile of edges trimmed off the printed pages.  I keep these in a basket for adding to the center bit of the Composition Book, or saving for the future.

And as a preview for next week, here’s a look at some paper beads in the making:

So until next week, I hope you can find some time to make art!

take care,

Rain

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Rain mentioned some different workshops in this post that are still available as self-study workshops. Please note Tangie's not doing a 2017 Tangible Plans™ class this year, but 2016's is still packed with amazing goodness if you haven't taken it yet.

"Tangible Plans™ 2016 "How To" Workshop & Exclusive 2016 Packages"

Tangible Plans™ 2016 "How To" Workshop & Exclusive 2016 Packages

"Junque Journal Workshop"

Junque Journal Workshop

"Studio Box: Buildable, Printable Art Journal"

Studio Box: Buildable, Printable Art Journal

"The Symbology Project"

The Symbology Project

 

Please join us next Flashback Friday as we continue our journey with Rain.

Have a great weekend!

[Posted by: Joy]

 


TB&CO Treasures- Add Some Magic to Your 2017 Planner! January 12 2017, 0 Comments


Welcome to our TB&CO Treasure Featured Items this week!

The TB&CO Treasures Collection features some of our all-time favorite products each week. The ones that you may not have seen before, or maybe they've been on your wish list for a while? These kits and workshops are too good not to share again, so we're highlighting a few of our staff's picks every Wednesday. The really exciting part is that you can shop each week's selections for 50% OFF the original price! Just use coupon code Treasures50 at checkout. 

Tangie is at Disneyland this week for "Art Journaling the Magic No. 5 on Location at Disneyland" Retreat.  More information on all Art Journaling the Magic goodness is here.  In honor of that we've added some magical planner kits to the Tangible Plans™ featured items this week as we continue featuring items perfect for setting up your 2017 planners. 

Here is a peek at this week's featured items: 

"Tangible Plans™ Half Sheets Magic Dashboards"

Tangible Plans™ Half Sheets Magic Dashboards

"ARTist Collage Sheet #665"

ARTist Collage Sheet #665

"ARTist Collage Sheet #666"

ARTist Collage Sheet #666

"ARTist Collage Sheet #700"

ARTist Collage Sheet #700

"ARTist Collage Sheet #704"

ARTist Collage Sheet #704

"ARTist Collage Sheet #851"

ARTist Collage Sheet #851

"ARTist Collage Sheet #853"

ARTist Collage Sheet #853

 

And continuing items from previous weeks:

"Tangible Plans™ Half Sheets Mind Maps (for Brainstorming)"

Tangible Plans™ Half Sheets Mind Maps (for Brainstorming)

 

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 008}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 008}

 "Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 012}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 012}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 010}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 010}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 017}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 017}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 020}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 020}

 

"UP Course No. 01 {Creating Vision Boards}"

UP Course No. 01 {Creating Vision Boards}

"Tangible Plans™ Half Sheets Faith & Scripture Study No. 1"

Tangible Plans™ Half Sheets Faith & Scripture Study No. 1

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 023}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 023}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 030}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 030}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 033}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 033}

"Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 034}"

Tangible Plans™ {Add On No. 034}

 

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for a new selection! You can always find the Treasures Collection using our "Shop All" button on the store menu.  

There are even more planner kits available under "Tangible Plans™".  

Happy Planning!

[Posted by: Joy]