Spring POP!

When I saw the mood board for April I got all tingly because I love color and the chance to do something totally graphic infused me with creativity!

I recently went to this cool exhibit at my local botanical gardens that paired orchids with pop art by such artists as Haring and Warhol and BAM BOOM OH YEAH!  I knew something POP was in my near future.

And I was so inspired, I decided to make two 6″ x 6″ canvases!

This first one uses wooden buttons that came unpainted. After adhering them to the canvas I gesso’d them then painted the rays with Amsterdam Neon Orange and Yellow acrylic paint. This thing is so bright you need to wear shades!


The heart was made by first spraying the cardstock I cut out with pink Rangers Dylusions Spray then covering the heart with DecoArts Crackle Texture. Once that was dry it was already somewhat pink from the under spray but then I sprayed it again and I suppose because the crackle medium dries somewhat smooth the spray ink pooled up in certain areas making it look rather jewel like.


The 2nd piece I made is a bit more traditional collage, I suppose. The background is made by cutting four pieces of this bright texture paper I’ve been saving for at least two years into half inch squares then gluing them into the grid you see. It’s actually pretty easy and a great way to meditate :)


I then cut the flower out of black cardstock, married the two together, and now we have a celebration of spring with a POP.


Shut up and Kiss me!!!

Well hello there Gauche girls and boys.. Kristie here with some creative Gauche goodness for ya!

This month we were challenged to use this mood board for inspiration


Well I loved everything about this!! I was so inspired that I had so many ideas running through my head that I couldn’t get any one thing to work.

I started to create on the inside of a 12×12 canvas.  I drew then added texture paste, then alcohol ink, looked like sh*t!!! HATED IT!

Literally THREW it in the garbage, like, chucked it across the room.  Well, ok lets be honest.  It didn’t LAND in the garbage but I never pretended to be a ball player.  LOL!

Next idea, use Barbie and Ken as models to draw a kissing couple under a rainbow of bright color.  Well I can draw some true but APPARENTLY the drawing gods were against me because it looked like someone squashed Ken to a bloody pulp and poor Barbie needed reconstructive surgery–GARBAGE!! I mean pure rubbish!  CHUCKED IT AT KEN’S HEAD!  Stupid Ken and your no man parts self!  I mean if Barbie can have the perkiest boobs since Chrissy Snow then why can’t Ken have actual parts instead of a mysterious bulge that only makes you wonder what he is hiding?!

Moving on……. browse Pinterest…….browsing……browsing……. waiting for “Pin-speration”…..

AHH! Ok here we go! Let’s make one of those melted crayon canvases.  Nah.  Definitely not me.

Ok frick it!  I am done DONE DONE DONE!  Who needs this stupid challenge anyways? Stupid dumb challenge loaded with bright vivid color, gorgeous neon, kissing couple, fractured colors….OHMYGOD-I-HAVE-GOT-IT!!

Let’s start with the fractured background. I LOVE that! Now  let me browse through my supplies and decide how to recreate that look. Dig through art supplies.  Dig through mixed media bin (found all kinds of things I forgot I  had lol). OH LOOK SHINY!!!

Okay, back to things I use to add color.  I need bright vivid color, like super neon color.  Ohhh what’s this? ALCOHOL INKS!!! Geez, when’s the last time I even used these?  Who the heck knows but you can bet your sweet butt that I HAD to have EVERY DAMN COLOR!!! Ok let’s set those out and…CRAP!! Kids are hungry.  Gotta go start dinner.  Don’t know why kids think they need to eat EVERY DAY!! GEEEZ!  Ok I was going to make fried chicken, but I finally have an idea that will work so lets just throw this chicken in the oven and then we can head back to the craftroom.  Okay so line a pan with aluminum foil so I dont have to scrub the stupid pan later…


Thank the crafty gods!!! I HAVE AN AWESOME IDEA!!!

Okay, now that you have an idea of the madness that goes on in my head, here is my project:


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Here is how I did it:

I covered the canvas panel with aluminum foil, then used a ruler and a hot glue gun to draw the “beams”

Once that was done, I used alcohol inks to color each beam.

Then draw the silhouettes, and cut them from heavy watercolor cardstock. I spread some texture paste through a stencil and once that was dry, I painted the silhouettes black.

Add the silhouettes to the canvas, then surround them with a chipboard circle from Blue Fern Studios. I then added some items from my stash for embellishment. The words are hand drawn and cut from a Gelli print.

Here are some close ups:



Once I finally got my brain to calm the heck down, I was actually able to put together something that I like.  I hope you like it too!  Thanks so much for stopping by and please let me know what you think.

Now go out there and make something amazing!

Cyber hugs,


Shake It Off!!!

Hi Everyone…

Monica D here to share with you my first Gauche Alchemy Design Team Project…

First let me say that I am way excited to be part of this team. Awesome things the future holds for all of us so definitely stay tuned.

Not to mention the awesome artists on this team. Lots of creativity and inspiration for everyone.

Ok…so the April mood board…WOW RIGHT??? I freakin love it…I am all about color and I love neon and just…WOW…this hit home for me.

I did my project on a 12×12 chunky canvas.

First thing I did was slather it with black chalkboard paint, 2 coats, and let that dry.

I knew I wanted to incorporate a lot of bright colors so I got out my Gelli plate…I use this tool all the time and I love it. I love the mixture of colors and patterns and that you never pull the same print twice…

I laid down a few different color palettes and ended up using a couple of them.

The stencil I used was given to me a couple of years ago by a friend, and I’ve never used it before but I knew it would be perfect for this project.

I outlined the shape from the stencil onto my favorite gelli print of the day, then cut it out. I then decided to use the negative as a second element on my project.

Next I cut some of the other gelli prints up into 1 inch strips, folded them in half and glued them to the edges of the canvas.

I grabbed my white signo pen, and wrote the lyrics to Taylor Swift’s song Shake It Off…

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I used pop dots to adhere the girls to the canvas and give some dimension to the piece

I have had to shake off some bad **it over the past few months, Liars, Haters, Fakers…and how it negatively impacted my life, so this song and this layout were perfect for me to convey a message.

I know how it feels to have people drag you down and suck the life out of you. Try to shake it off…cuz you are so much better than that.

This canvas makes me happy and will be a reminder to SHAKE IT OFF anytime I need to…






Here you can see I doodled on the girl with my white signo pen.


Now… go put on your tutu and your crazy leggings and dance around the house, cuz I know you’ve got that song stuck in your head now…HEHE!!!!!




Bright, Colorful, and Geometric

Good morning everyone.  Certifiable Alchemist Marilyn here with a couple of bright, geometric projects for your viewing pleasure.  I created both a tag and an ATC based on this month’s awesome challenge.


I started with a white tag and using a stencil, added geometric “rays” very similar to what is on the challenge board and painted them in a variety of bright colors using Art Anthology Velvets.  Next, I stamped an image I love (Faces 2 from Technique Junkies) colored it, cut it out, and adhered it to my tags.  Then I painted various shapes in bright, colorful shades and scattered them all over the tag.  Last but not least, I added a sentiment using Tim Holtz ChitChat stickers and a little blue plaid rose.



The ATC isn’t quite a bright but it does contain geometric elements present on our challenge board.  I started with a picture from an old Gauche Alchemy collage sheet and added flourishes that I painted in gold.  Next I attached some bling to the center and adhered a piece of glass tile to the top.  Finally, I rubbed a little white paint into a Tim Holtz Word Band to make it easier to read and then I tied it on with some twine.  Yep, very simple and easy to do.

I really had a lot of fun with these projects.  Yes, the painting is a little tedious on the tag, but the finished version packed a visual punch.  I can’t wait to see what YOU create for this month’s challenge.

Until later………………..

Oh Yeah!

Hello Colour Lovers!  Lisa here and I am super charged to be taking on this fabulous challenge.  And what an awesome mood board it is!  I think I could play with this mood board for weeks, which I think I will!

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This month I will be cruising in the South Pacific teaching 4 scrapbook classes on the Radiance of the Seas as well as being on holiday for 3 weeks. So this month I expect to be creating lots of colourful and beautiful pieces and when I need a kick start, I will be coming back to this mood board for pure colour inspiration.

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Thanks for dropping by!