Monday, June 19, 2017

5 Project Ideas with Amazing Casting Products... a new Video Tutorial Series

Today begins a new Series on Youtube. It's my 5 Resin Project ideas series.
My partner in crime in this wonderful endeavor, Amazing Casting Products.
This partnership should come as no surprise as I have been using ACP since 2012 and working with them...feels like home. If you are unfamiliar with their line, be sure to stop by the product page here. They not only carry Clear Cast Resin, they also carry an assortment of mold products, dyes,  powders, and my go-to product Casting resin! I LOVE this stuff! You can find these products online or at your local Micheal's or Hobby Lobby.

To kick it off the series my first video will be "5 Easy Peasy Resin Paper Ideas" 
This video talks about one of my favorite mediums, resin paper(sheets). 

Resin paper(sheets) can be used in SO MANY WAYS. Yes, I get giddy just thinking about it. 
You can view the video on the ACP How to videos page here...and trust me you want to stick around to watch their other videos because they have some pretty great tutorials!! 

You can also follow along on my YouTube channel here and be sure to subscribe to my channel so you dont miss any future videos. 

Next up... "5 things you can do with Resin and Wire"

Should be fun so stay tuned! 
Thanks for visiting and as always,
Happy Creating!

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Monday, April 24, 2017

Polymer Book Pendants Online and TWO Giveaways!

***Update Sunday April 30th****
A huge thanks to everyone that entered my recent giveaway! 
Congrats #14 Jackie Wimberly (you won the book pendant) and #43 Liz Walters and #7 Julia Vazquez.(you two won the online class) You have all been contacted, just message me your info. Thank you all so much for participating!!



I'm thrilled to announce that my Polymer Book Pendant class is now available through my Etsy Shop!
Now I have to admit....these can be a wee bit addicting! Once you start making them, it's hard to stop! 

As a special introductory offer I'm giving away my "Fly" Book. All you have to do is leave me a comment below.



  But that's not it, if you share my class via social media(Facebook, Instagram) tag me in the post, and include a photo(you can use the first photo in this post) of my books, I'll give one lucky winner, my online class! Yup! Just make sure you tag me so I can add your name to the list and dont forget to include the link to my Etsy Listing http://etsy.me/2pSL3St and a photo of my books to qualify. 

I'll announce both winners Sunday the 30th on Facebook. 


Thank you so much for stopping by!!




"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Friday, March 10, 2017

Make it Artsy Segment 1

Super duper double decker excited to be on Season 2 of Make it Artsy on PBS! I have three segments featured on Season 2 of the show. 1-Making Resin Eyes 2-Making and using Resin Sheets 3-Layered Resin Pendant with Clay and Amazing Clear Cast Resin.  

Today I'm excited to share "Making Resin Sheets" using Amazing Casting Products and Seth Apters Embossing Folders. I also created a sweet shadowbox using Retro Cafe Art Gallery shrines and Relics and Artifacts  Resin Blanks.

Make it Artsy will be available to all public television stations across the country. The scheduled air date is March 30, 2017
To get more information about the show you can go here!

Hope you catch the shows and keep in mind I was shaking in boots during filming. ( :

Thanks for watching,
Cat


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Friday, January 27, 2017

Creativation! Phoenix Arizona

So when I first found out I was going to Creativation (aka CHA) I just about flipped a lid!


With scheduling issues I was only able to attend for one full day, but I didn't mind. The chance to go and Demo at the Alumilite(Amazing Casting Products) booth, and to visit all the booths and check out the upcoming products, and to meet long time "online" friends, well, I would have been happy with an hour!

Of course before I headed to Arizona, I asked one of my favorite artist friends Linda Willis if she could make me a special apron just for the occasion. I fell in love with it right away!! 


The night I arrived I met up with the Alumilite(Amazing Casting Products) gang! It was so great to finally meet everyone!!


The morning of the show I got to walk around before my demo and met up with so many familiar faces!

Here's Julie! I met her last month at the "Make it Artsy" taping! 


 I also found some Prima friends...


 and I finally got to meet this lady for real! The amazing Susan Lenart Kazmer..


and I so enjoyed my time getting to know Tracy...


and finally meeting some of my wonderful Relics and Artifacts Art Sisters...



We had so many laughs during dinner! Loved every minute.


I managed to even squeeze in a quick hello with Art Sister Marjie..


and by the end of the day I felt overwhelmed, full of gratitude and just so thankful for the experience. A huge thank you to Susan, for thinking of me and for encouraging me and for your constant support. Thanks Susan! 


To check out my two Demos go here...I was a bit nervous,but overall it was a great experience.

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Monday, December 5, 2016

"Make it Artsy" Dreams do come true,with a lot of help from my friends...

 When my sister asked me(while taking this photo),"how ya feeling?"....well,this kinda sums it up. I felt completely out of my element,overwhelmed and nerves running through me like bolts of electricity. There were so many things I felt I did wrong...like talking to fast,forgetting to smile,making a big mess....I can go on and on...


But that's not what this post is about.
This post is about ALL the things that went right
and all the folks that helped me along the way.

Sure I was thrilled at the idea of being on TV show,but it scared the heck out of me too! With a deep breathe I said yes because I'm constantly trying to remember that I have to keep doing things that scare me in order to keep growing.

First, I wanted to thank my hubby and family.I couldn't of done this without them.Hubby switched his work schedule,took care of my son and pups and as always,was so very supportive. The gratitude I feel for having this man in my life runs deep and strong. 

So when I first received the message from Kathie(K&S Productions)I'll admit,I thought she accidentally messaged the wrong person heehee but as things began to finalize, I started to believe that this was really going to happen. So thank you Kathie for finding me and believing in me and my work.


A big Thank You to Alumilte (moldputty.com) for sponsoring me.These are core products that I love to use and I was so happy to use them in my segments.

(here's how I set up each segment with steps)

Thank you USPS for delivering a very important box full of samples and product.


Thank you to the best helper ever,my sister Sandy.She picked me up in Ohio and went with me to the studio that morning and helped me set up and stay on task.I really couldn't have done it with out you sis.

Here's me just trying to keep it real the morning of the taping.



Thank you the nice lady that did my make up...


and to all the help behind the scenes...







and to Julie,for her guidance on and off the camera and the round table chatter and for your kindness.



On the way home while waiting for the plane I thought about every single person that helped
me to do this.
 Susan Brown for helping me coordinate with Alumilite.
The kind ladies at K&S Productions.
Every kind comment on FB and social media.(they helped me so much)
To the travel attendants,luggage handlers,hotel workers.


I believe my season will air in March,but you can get info on the show and Season One videos at...

http://www.makeitartsy.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/ksproductionstv
https://www.facebook.com/makeitartsytv/

(Here's me and my sis Sandy taking a walk the morning I flew back.A perfect way to end my "Make it Artsy" adventure.

"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Friday, October 14, 2016

The answer to almost every question is...


The questions that creep in sound like...
Am I good enough?
How can I compete with the other amazing artists out there?
Am I different enough?
Should I try something new?
Should I stay the same?

As a working artist these same questions continue to come up over and over again.
Not only do I often ask them of myself,but they also come up in conversation when speaking to other artists. It's a comfort to think that we are not alone in feeling like this. 

Fear has a way of doing that, it can make us question ourselves...fill us with self doubt, but after reading "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert I realized that those feeling...are perfectly ok. In fact, they're here to help us. Fear can be a very good thing. It helps us to focus,it helps us to push harder,it helps us to keep going.  You have all the power you need to accept fear for what is. Yes, it can make your heart race,yes, it can make your hands sweat, yes,it can make you feel like you are not enough...but only temporarily. Because what is it really?
A reaction to something,to someone. An unpleasant emotion caused by something that could happen.

Whatever it is...however you define it...it will pass. It always does you know. 

Today, I've learned to not only accept fear,but to also appreciate it and to even thank it. I've learned that there is nothing I can do to make fear go away, it will always stop by, it will always make my heart race and there's nothing I can do about that.  But what I can control is how I deal with it when it comes for a visit.Instead of pushing it away,I've learned to embrace it and instead of focusing on everything that's wrong I'll just work on being the best me I can be.No more,no less. Because being the best version of me takes courage
and it shouts to the world
that the faith I have in who I can become is bigger than the fear of not trying at all.
So move aside fear.There's work to do.

So now the answers to almost every question.
You are enough
Work hard.
Be the best version of you.
Beautiful,smart,kind,loving,creative you.



This assemblage was created with these feelings in mind. 
I first assembled the Retro Cafe Art Gallery Shrine and covered it in card stock.


I glued in all sorts of RCAG masonite bits! 
I then covered them in gesso, and I painted it in assorted layers. I also glued on the word "You" on the hand.


I found this wonderful pre-made clear sheet in Micheals and cut out a piece to fit the front of the shrine. I made sure the words "Just be" were visible and highlighted them by using gold paint.


I then painted this tiny Circle Shrine with Pebeo paints and added an Face Paper Cuts, Rub Ons and lastly sealed it with Amazing Clear Cast Resin.


I then glued on the clear sheet to the front of the shrine. I covered the edges in a tiny scalloped Black Dresden. I also added some coconut fiber to the top of the shrine and glued the Mini circle Shrine to the top.




Masonite Bits:

More of my ramblings about fear can be found here.

Happy Creating!


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Brave Heart


I've taken art journaling workshops, I've purchased multiple media journals, along with countless supplies... but I have yet to start an art journal. This week I realized why that is. I mean I love the idea of art journaling...I really do,but what I dont like is that once you're finished with a page,you close it up and put it away. Today I have for you MY version of an art journal page... I approached it the same way I would a page layout and I love the way it came out! 

"Brave Heart" unlike a traditional art journal page,when you finish with this, it can be placed on your desk for you to enjoy over and over again! 


I first assembled the large Niche Shrine shadowbox.

Using a large art journal I placed these three stamps in random spots creating a pattern.

I then added Deco Art Fluids.(Primary Yellow,Primary Magenta and Teal)

 I then ripped the page out of the journal and then shredded it into strips.

 I glued the strips onto the shadowbox and then painted in between the spaces with black gesso.
I then added splashes of color with acrylic paint and extra dimension with a white sharpie.



Using the Pebble stone stencil,white gesso and a foam brush I added some additional design. Finished it with a layer of sealer and splattered Gold Color Shine.

I then stamped this image onto a piece of clear plastic sheet and sprinkled it with gold Color Shine spray.
The image reads in Latin "Alis Volat Propiis" which translates into "She flies with her own Wings"


Next, I spray painted a Niche frame black and again added gold shine spray.Added black and white card stock to the inside of the shadowbox and highlighted the corners with the same Primary yellow.


Painted a Rising Spirit Relics and Artifacts wing Teal and sprinkled with Gold Color Shine.Then I glued it in place.
I then placed the clear plastic sheet on top of the black frame and covered the edges in a mini Scalloped Dresden.
Lastly, I painted a compass rose in the same Magenta color and covered it in clear coating of Amazing Casting Resin then I glued it in the corner.


The back of the shadowbox has the journal part of the project. It reads
Finding my way
it's scary
but at some point
in order to grow
I have to be willing
to loose sight 
of the shore, 






Retro Cafe Art Products used in this tutorial:


"Long ago God drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. You were never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Here's to making every minute count,