Meet Official Alchemist- Bea Grob

We are so lucky to have Gauche Alchemy fans and artists all around the globe! I would like to introduce you to Bea, who hails from Switzerland. I can’t wait to see her creativity shine here at Gauche Alchemy.

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“Hi all–

Looking forward to share some of my new adventures with Gauche Alchemy.

I’m a Mixed Media Artist and formerly handweaver from Switzerland. Color was and is always the reason for me to work, whether with threads, on canvas or with paper. I have passed several Fibre and Art related educations, but also commercial school or the latest addition Educations for Educators Level 1.

I’m also the president of the association Handwerkkunst, which runs every year one of the biggest Art & Craft shows in Switzerland, with about 60 to 70 artists in an old Knightshouse.

You can follow me on my www.facebook.com/BeaGrob

Here are two of her recent projects; I’m drooling over here!

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Flowers and Fairies

Hi, my dear friends! Viktoriya Porechnaya here! And this month (and next month)is for art journal sharing her at Gauche Alchemy. It’s a free creation-free feeling, free colors, free techniks! Open your mind and let’s go!

My inspiration are flowers and fairies! So leave room in your garden for fairies to dance!

flowers1At first I used gesso as a base coat. Then I used mists as an aquarelle and created flowers from color spots. I drew petals by black and white liners. For more layers, I use acrylic paints with floral stencil and texturing paste with sand for leaves. Finally I added touches of enamel dots, glitter and stamps. And drawed butterflies

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flowers5I like fairies living in a garden so they live in my pages

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flowers7I hope that I have inspired you to create a little magic in your journal today!

 

Wandering Soul Mini Book

Hi everyone! Jackie here!

This is my first post as a Gauche Alchemist, and I’m so excited. Today I’m going to share with you a project centered on the “Wandering Soul – MIXED MEDIA handmade mini book or journal kit” curated by Gauche Alchemy. In it you’ll find wonderful patterned paper, ephemera, embellishments, and materials you can use to bind a mini book or journal.

I think kits are great because you don’t have to rummage through your stash, or go from store to store to online store looking for what you need, unless you want to. Everything required for the project is right there in the kit, so you can jump in and create. And that’s exactly what I did.

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So let’s start off with the hardcover. The one included in my kit was covered with a cloth that had a beautiful gold debossed emblem on it. I thought it would be a great focal point in a future project, so I removed the cloth from the book board and squirreled it away. (Repeat after me: “I am not a hoarder. I am a collector of possibilities”)

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Next, I cut the book board in half. At first I tried using the Fiskars ProCision trimmer (it’s supposed to cut through some pretty thick stuff), but that was an epic fail, so I went back to the good ol’ box cutter and metal ruler. I ended up with two covers that measured at 6-3/4 x 5” each.

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At this point, I had to decide on the method I was going to use to bind the journal. Since I love to overdo it with projects (smile), I chose to forego the binding materials included in the kit (i.e. rings, twine and washi tape), and settled on the kettle stitch binding method that Sea Lemon does such a wonderful job of explaining. It requires addition material, but that’s OK, I already had them. (Again, I am not a hoarder)

Now that I know how I’m going to bind the journal, I can begin cutting paper. I cut the 12×12 sheets to 6-3/4 x10” and folded them in half.

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I wanted a journal with more than 6 pages, so I thought of a way to use the ephemera paper and leftovers of the 12×12 sheets to add additional pages. I cut the longer side of each to 6-3/4” and folded at 5”.

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And of course I just can’t leave the short side of the paper hanging out there all willy-nilly, so I gathered up the smaller scraps from the 12×12 paper and a tag from the kit, pulled out the punches and sewing machine, and got to work.

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Now that all of the pages are done, the next step is binding them together. I won’t bore you with that process, but I will say that I used 2 sheets of paper from my stash (beautiful woodgrain embossed paper from an old dictionary I took apart) to serve as the end pages.

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Here are a few close-ups of the finished journal. It’s a little on the “rustic” side; with the covers only wearing two coats of gesso (leaving room for a little mixed media personalization), the spine uncovered, and the stitching inside, but that’s what I seem to be into these days. *^_^*

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Well, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed what I had to share. Until next time!

– Jackie

P.S. You can see more of my random arting and crafting on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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Meet Official Alchemist- Jackie Jimerson

We’re already half way through the week- where did the time go??? Anyone else having a week like that? 

Today, I am so pleased to introduce one of our new Alchemists, Jackie Jimerson. I first became enamoured of her work on Instagram, and was absolutely thrilled that she decided to apply to be a part of our team!

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Jackie Jimerson {Creations by J. Sheri} || Instagram  || Facebook

I’ve been surrounded by crafting my entire life, with my grandmother being a major contributor. I remember her saying, “I’ll try anything once.”, and I believe, even now, that’s what nurtures my desire to continuously learn new crafts and techniques. Currently, my creative journey has taken me down the path of Zentangle, mixed media art, and the occasional invitation and greeting card. I would love for you to join me as I continue to learn new things along this path. And maybe, just maybe, I can lend a little inspiration and motivation to your journey. So, if you’re ready, let’s go!”

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Stay tuned, because tomorrow she will be sharing a fantastic handmade mini book and a GIVEAWAY!

Meet Official Alchemist- Ashley Findlow

It’s a new week, and time to introduce another new artist!

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“My name is Ashley (Dobson) Findlow.  I am 28 years old.  I live near Cincinnati, OH with my husband, daughter, and nine pets.
I do not have a full time job, so I am able to work on my art whenever I like.  I try to take classes whenever possible.  I always look forward to learning to techniques. I work with all different mediums and in all different areas of arts and crafts.
Some of my favorites are book binding, card making, and art journaling, but heart truly belongs to mixed media.
Happy Creating!”

Today, Ashley is sharing a simple Artist Trading Card to jumpstart your creativity!

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Hello All!!  New Alchemist, Ashley Findlow, here!
I wanted to go ahead and jump right in with a simple tutorial of how I made this simple, yet beautiful, Artist Trading Card.  (ATC)
Keep in mind that you don’t have to have (or use) the exact things I have, this is just to get your creativity flowing!
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To begin, I simply cut a piece of card stock down to the size I wanted for my ATC.  I chose 2.5″ X 3.5″.
I added a bit of yellow acrylic paint and smeared it around with my fingers.  No tools necessary! :)
Then I added a small piece of joint tape for texture.
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Next, I glued on some scraps of gelli printed deli paper I had left over from an art swap.
Using Archival Ink, I stamped some music notes to add some extra interest.
To add some small details, I used my PrismaColor marker (brush tip) and Uni Ball Signo white gel pen.
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The final touch, was to add a piece of ephemera to the center.  It really pops!
I used a mini stapler to attach it, and even green staples.  They’re so cute!
Here’s a complete list of supplies I used:
ATC (2.5″X3.5″ Cardstock)
Joint tape (or whatever you choose to use for texture)
Left over paper scraps (to add color and texture)
Glue stick
Rubber Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink
PrismaColor Marker with Brush Tip
Uni Ball Signo White Gel Pen
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Follow me on Instagram to see more of my work!
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Have fun creating and don’t forget to share you beauties over on Gauche Alchemy Studios on Facebook!