Susan Weckesser loves Christmas and she has a son who will be home for Christmas the first time in a couple of years so she is really going all out with the decorations.
She made this sweet home assemblage piece with chicken wire, a wooden frame, ICE Resin-ed vintage paper that had been ICE Resin-ed, raffia, the stamp from a letter, a little crafty tree with presents, and a stained glass house she drew freehand! Her stamp is available for order HERE.
What do you love most about creating gifts and decor for Christmas and Thanksgiving? The anticipation? The looks on people’s facing? Making things in your space? Receiving handmade treasures?
When do you get started decorating?
Susan made this winter memories piece back in September.
My work table is crowded with ornaments galore
My friend she has helped me make ornaments by the score
Yet there are others I cannot bear to miss
Lesley, JoMama, Sandy and Susan’s projects I cannot resist!
Rue Romantique ornaments will grace my tree
not forgetting a few for my loved ones who will shout with glee!
Sunday, Nov. 10
In case you missed the Christmas goodness:
Friday, Nov. 8
Kristen Robinson http://kristenrobinson.typepad.com/kristenrobinson/2013/11/rue-romantique-christmas-blog-hop.html
Jen Crossley http://amarkintime.blogspot.com/
Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com/2013/11/08
Saturday, Nov. 9
(ICE Resin site) Carol La Valley http://wp.me/p1MCno-2W3
Jen Cushman http://wp.me/p1lhEq-Gb
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My inspirations for this mixed media piece was my love of books and journals. I wanted to make my own special little book using the ICE Resin paper that I could use to doodle and journal in. I collect old vintage books and I adore the old leather covers to some books….I wanted to recreate a similar look.
I took a piece of tissue page and coated it with ICE Resin. While it was still tacky I put a couple drops of mica gloss metallic ink, Judikins, on the paper. Using my gloved hands, I blotted the paper to make a patterns. with a paintbrush and what kind of paint? (I didn’t used a paintbrush or paint…just my gloved hands) I then picked up the paper while it was still tacky and dabbed it into dried flower ‘crumbs’ and fragments. When the tissue paper was dry I cut it into a rectangle and stitched up the sides with a sewing machine. I also glued on ribbon and sewed on a button.
This is the inside page of my ICE Resin Journal. I cut and used drawing paper as my pages. By punching holes into the paper and the ICE Resin cover I could bind everything together to form a journal.
Take an old sewing pattern and after mixing up a small cup of ICE Resin®, using a small paint brush coat the front and back. Set aside to dry overnight. Do the same to an old book page.
Print off picture of the Canada flag.
Give your canvas a base coat of white acrylic paint.
Spritz with water and gentle rub off paper to get an image transfer.
Use some of paint to color up the sides of your canvas and around your image. Dab on some of the paint and then don’t be afraid to use a rag to work the color into all tear and creases.
Take the dried ICE-resined sewing paper and cut into strips.
Dab some ink onto a non-stick craft mat then dab the strips of Ice Resin sewing patterns through it. Like it sit for a minute and then spritz with a bit of water to let the color bleed a bit and then dab excess with a rag. You can add other colors it you want.
Glue to the back side of a cork circle. Now glue the rolled up Ice Resin book page on top.
Take the remaining ICE Resin sewing Pattern strips and wrap the bottom of your canvas and top with the Ice Resin sewing pattern flower.
I am always trying to figure out new ways to mix mediums together. I love quilting and sewing so I wanted to see if I could combine stitching, paper and painting. You can with ICE Resin®!
Because of the way ICE Resin® changed the strength of the paper, I was excited at the thought of being able to stitch my image onto my canvas instead of sticking it on.
Susan Weckesser, My Sweet Earth
To make a similar canvas you will need:
Paints and inks to draw and write
ICE Resined papers stitched right onto the canvas to add some more whimsy!
Desired rubber stamp, (I used one of my co-branded stamps, ’Heartfelt Warmth’ )
Needle and Embroidery Thread
1. Stamp paper with desired stamp and paint.
2. Mix ICE Resin per manufacturer directions.
4. Sew elements together with sewing machine.
5. Paint and draw on the canvas. Let dry.
6. Use embroidery thread to stitch edges of paper onto canvas.
A professional artist, the whimsical Susan Weckesser draws her inspiration from her dad, children her environment and color. She holds a BA in Education from the University of Alberta with minors in Art and French. She is a wife, a mom, a photographer, a former elementary school teacher and a poet.
Susan has been designing, writing and teaching painting/crafting for twenty-six years.
She designs for manufacturers and publications. She’s a contributing writer for the Canadian Scrapbooker, and her publications credits include Canadian Living, Creating Keepsakes, Cresendoh, FaveCrafts, and Scrapbooks and News Today. She makes her own crafting/scrapbooking videos and is a sought-after teacher at CHA, Paint in ALberta, and The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival to name but a few.
Susan’s “Live in Color” paper line and has her own line of stamps at Unity Stamp Co.
Mixed-media and paper crafts is Susan’s passion but she also likes making jewelry.
We are excited she decided to join us!