Friday, May 31, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Vintage Easter Greetings...Free Vintage Graphics

I live in a German part of Texas so I often come across wonderful German goodies.  This is one of them.  I always wonder about these photograph postcards- like, are the animals real?  My very favorite so far has got to be this one!   The look on her face gets me every. Single. Time. 
The Fraulein above looks pleased to be doing what she is doing- but what a strange hen!

Anyway, I must apologize for my absence (but I do BWOB- blog without obligation) as I am doing a FIVE day juice fast and was in caffeine detox hell for the last two days. I said, Caffeine DETOX Torture head POUNDING debilitating  hell-  I just can't put that lightly.  It was SO bad!  I told Mr.D that if I felt like that today my 5 day fast would quickly become a three day fast.  BUT, I am so happy to report that I am feeling MUCH better today.  Yes, I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead  (FREE on Netflix) and it really inspired me.  Mrs.Organized (my BF) lent me her amazing juicer (woo-hoo it's on sale!) so I have had a great experience squeezing every last drop of  "delicious" (not really, but not as bad as you might think) juice out of my new friends "Fruit and Vegetables".  I think everyone should try it atleast once!
Um, so yeah, enjoy the German Easter card :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sweet Sundays...Free Vintage Images

I absolutely love this card that my sweet Mom sent me.
I have made it so you can write your own sentiment, as well.

Sweet Sunday.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Free Vintage Easter Collage Sheet...Free Vintage Images

I've put together a quick collage sheet for you.  I also have the PNG but the file is huge so if you would like it I would be more than happy to share it with you, just send me a message with your email and I will send a link :)  **UPDATE**-PNG HERE      I hope you are enjoying these images and sure would love to hear from you or see what you have made- (please pretty please)
Come on now...don't be shy!!!
Happy Saturday

Friday, March 8, 2013

Rose Transfer Reveal...Free Vintage Graphics Transfers

I will start with the free Vintage Rose image I have made for you- a Black with transparent background version:

The neutral version which is what I attempted to transfer...
This is the second part of this post about my attempt to find ways to do transfers with whatever I have in my jam-packed busting at the seams evidence of my hoarding crazy craft closet.
Here we have the rose image that I applied to wet gesso painted on a scrap board.  
It has dried in this image and I am slowly removing the paper- peeling and rubbing GENTLY with a tiny teeny teeny eency tiny (I learned that the hard way) bit of water. :

***I admit, I was very excited for this technique because I checked the image like 15 minutes in while it was still wet (naughty!!) and it was gorgeous.  As I continued "checking", achem, it, I realized (once again) that I needed to WAIT for it to dry overnight.***
Patience is very, very important.  I should have listened to myself the first time!

So this is what I got for trying to rush things..

Of course in my positive self kind of way, I attempted to "fix" it by  painting the image with VERY watered down craft paint which I dabbed off with a paper towel.

And then I got this:

I want it to look much better so will be trying different things.  "Why is she posting all of this stuff?", you ask.  "Just show me what works!", you say all impatient... just as I would.  
BECARSE (lol typo-leaving it) 
if you are like me, impatient, maybe you are attempting to try quick- fast- new techniques.  
I am saving you the trouble by showing you what works and what doesn't for me :)  
I think it's important to show that a lot of good things come from trial and error.  
Hey! Great art comes from "mistakes"!!
Blah blah blah, enough soap boxing already...

This is the final product coated with paste wax.  This is my favorite kind of paste wax (under my breath-only kind i've ever tried)

1. Prep your preferably not too bumpy surface (paint it with kilz, any color acrylic paint, or gesso), wait for it to dry...OVERNIGHT
2. Black and white images for now for me.
3. Gesso smells
4. Sometimes my ADD gets the better of me so I apologize.

I am definitely going to continue my transfer quest and I hope you will ride along with me.  I am always open to suggestions.  Remember, if it's a product suggestion, it has to already be in my  closet from hell  craft closet---do I dare post a picture??? Nah.

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