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Graphic 45 2018 Brand Ambassador Audition

Hello all!

I am so beyond excited to be auditioning for the Graphic 45 team this year!!

I was very proud to have made the top 30 two years ago, and am hopeful to make the team this year.

For my audition I decided to do one of my favorite things, scrapbooking. I began scrapbooking at age 16 and over the years it’s developed into card making, and eventually to mixed media. Taking the time to learn mixed media has really helped me to grow as an artist, and I am now taking back what I have learned to my scrapbooking.

For my page I decided to use the Raining Cats and Dogs collection to showcase a photo of my little black pug, Maddie. Maddie is always at my side wanting to know what I am up to, and am I going to share my food.



I am all about dimension and texture on my pages. For this page I decided to try sewing around the edges. I am very happy with the way this turned out and felt it just gave an added detail to my page.




I fussy cut several images from the paper for this layout. I LOVE t…
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Life update

Hello all!!
Sorry to have been a bit MIA the last little bit. Work has kept me pretty busy, and on top of that I was switching my studio from one area to another so that I had more space. 
Stay tuned for new projects and tutorials soon, and as always be sure to follow me on Instagram @Amrtlj to see what I’m doing or working on between blog posts. 
Thanks for stopping by! AR

Scrapbook Layout with Graphic 45 Faerie Dust

Happy New Year Everyone!!
It is currently a lovely 25 degrees outside in Southwest Missouri. With a nice layer of snow on the ground, it’s the perfect time to be inside doing some crafting. 
Between work and the holidays I haven’t had much time for anything more than sketching, so I was very excited yesterday to sit down at my art desk and do some scrapbooking. 
My adorable niece, who has been featured in several of my layouts, turned a year old at the beginning of December. I went to see her for New Year’s and she had a unicorn themed first birthday party while I was there. 


I knew immediately that I wanted to scrap my favorite photo from the party using Graphic 45 Faerie Dust. This is easily my new favorite collection. I love the colors and all the tiny details in the papers. 


I started laying out for my page. For my Layout I also used some Milled lavender distress ink, Tim Holtz rub ons, Ivory Tags from Graphic 45, flowers from Prima, and some dried leaves I had from Michaels. 






I also us…

Steampunk Mixed Media Canvas

Hello everyone!!!!
Today I’m sharing a steampunk inspired mixed media canvas.
I started out with a 6x6 canvas that I covered in tissue paper and then painted with black gesso. 
I then added several layers of Art Alchemy Wax. Added my found things and covered them in black gesso. 

After the gesso dried I starting painting the items with different paints from the metallique line. 

After I painted my found things I actually changed the color of the background from purple and pink to kind of a copper and gold. Once everything was dry I added some butterflies cut from Graphic 45’s Steampunk Debutante line. 


For a final Touch I splattered black paint and added glitter to the butterflies. 
Thanks for stopping by! -AR

Precious Memories Canvas

Happy Saturday!!!
October was an incredibly busy month for me, which resulted in very little time to craft. I was about to go a bit stir crazy!!!
Today I am sharing a custom order canvas, using the Precious Memories paper from Graphic 45.






This paper is some of my favorite, and I have used before for one of my personal canvases. 
I absolutely adore the way this one turned out!!
Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out my Instagram, Amrtlj, to see behind the scenes photos and more of my art. 
-AR

Exciting News!!!

Happy Friday!!
I have some really exciting news today. You can now find my artwork in the relics antique mall in Springfield Missouri!
I’m splitting the booth with an incredibly talented friend of mine and I’m so excited for everybody to go and see mine and her artwork. We are booth NN35. 



If you’re looking for one of my pieces in particular, all the tags have my initials for my art pieces. Please be sure to check out my friends art as well, it is beautiful and so stunning.
You find in the booth some of the pieces that you may have seen here on my blog or on my Instagram. So maybe a piece that you really loved is up for sale!
Relics is located off of West Battlefield and Kansas Expressway, behind Grizzly in Springfield, MO.  Hours are 10-6, Monday-Saturday. 
Thanks for stopping by!! -AR

Mixed Media Canvas with Art Alchemy and Dylusions

Happy Friday!!

Today I’m sharing an 8x8 Canvas I have done using some of the lovely Dylusions Sprays and Art Alchemy paints and waxes. 
I knew I wanted to use a photo I had taken on my last visit with my best friend and beyond adorable niece (not at all biased right?) I chose to do the photo in black and white as I wanted to use warm tones for the canvas, and the colors in the photo would have clashed. 
I started out with an 8x8 Canvas I got from Michaels. I went with one with the deep sides so I would have more room to play, and I love the depth it helps give to my art. 
I then began using random items from my stash. 


I built the piece up until I was happy with it. 

Not gonna lie, it was quite hard to cover this up!! I may have to recreate it and leave it be next time. 
Then I covered the piece in about three layers of white gesso. 


Once the gesso was dry I began to spray it with Dylusions Spray inks in Cherry Pie, Rose Quartz, and Pure Sunshine, until I was happy with the colors and…