Up next is Cheryl Boglioli! Here's why it's a fantastic idea to let your imagination run loose.
And this is what I made with my “play time” last week. Hello, my name is Cheryl Boglioli and I am so honored and thrilled to be a Guest Designer this summer with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®. This week I took some time to just play with many of the different Faber-Castell products. I made mistakes along the way, but I learned from them and I had a lot of fun experimenting and just playing. Isn’t that what this art journey is supposed to be about too?
My inspiration piece was a new brush travel tote I just received and some Wendy Vecchi Stamps. I knew these would work so well together. I know myself well enough to know that I will spill paint, drop a stamp, lay a wet stencil upside down, or any of these things when I am working. I know my brush tote will end up looking a wreck sooner or later, so I decided to give it a head start.
Here is my new tote with no marks on it…yet.
I pulled out some of my favorite stamps by Wendy Vecchi. Aren’t they perfect for this?
Look how I opened the brush pockets and carefully slid the stamps down in the pocket before pressing down to stamp the actual image. It is so cute.
I did stamp these with Ranger Archival Ink and then heat set all of the images. It looks good, but I can show you how Faber-Castell can make it look even better.
I used Stamper’s Big Brush Pens, PITT® Artist Pen(s) and Metallic PITT® Artist Pen(s) to color in many of the images. I chose to color with these pens because these pens are India Ink, which is wonderfully waterproof when dry. I almost stopped right here because this was gorgeous to me. However, my inner child was screaming for more color and something that looks like it has been used for a long time.
After heat setting all the colored images, I started randomly washing the tote with Gelatos™ Colors mixed with water.
Here you see where I scribbled some Cotton Candy Gelatos™ and Mango Gelatos™ on my nonstick craft mat. I spritz the Gelatos™ Colors with just a little water and then brushed the color like watercolor on the tote.
I wanted streaks of paint to look like paint streaks, so I scraped little shavings off from my Gelatos™ Colors directly onto the tote. I brushed these with a damp brush to get a streaky paint look. You will also notice washes of bright color coming from each of the paint brushes. I used the Stamper’s Big Brush Pens to scribble some color and then blended immediately with a wet brush. You can still blend the India Ink while it is wet.
My signature is really on the tote – signed with a black Stamper’s Big Brush Pens! I also used the same pen to add more doodles to the stamped flowers as well as coloring these doodles with cadmium yellow and light cobalt turquoise Stamper’s Big Brush Pens. I finished with dry brushing using remisted leftover Gelatos™ Colors from nonstick craft mat.
Now, add my well-used brushes and it all starts coming together. It looks used, dripped on, spilled on, smeared, and well loved! It’s not a framed masterpiece by any means, but it will help me carry my tools to make masterpieces. I don’t think I’m finished with it either. I think I’m going to keep adding a little color and some more doodling and approach it much like I would an art journal. It was pure playtime and fun to color without worrying about coloring out of the lines or the gesso running under a stencil because of the layered fabric. I learned to embrace mistakes even when working on something that was supposed to look like mistakes.
I will proudly take my travel tote with me (except I’m not sure I’ll have room in my CHA suitcase this trip).
I think I was brave to try just playing around on my first Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Guest Design Team post, but I hope you are inspired by it and I hope you find time in your art journey just to play sometimes without worrying about the outcome. You never know what you might discover.
Cheryl Boglioli is a Florida native, a wife, and a mother of one beautiful daughter. She is a mixed media artist, craft designer, and educator who loves to stay on the cutting edge of new products and techniques as it pertains to the crafting industry. She achieved a CHA Designer Member status in 2011 and in 2012 became a full-time designer and educator traveling and teaching workshops at local scrapbook stores and events. She currently works with several manufacturers in the industry including Tattered Angels, Canvas Corp, Basically Bare, Helmar and Zutter.