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Handmade Journal

10-14-21

Hello! Check out my newest post over on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog today, featuring my latest creation: A double-sided, midori-style traveler’s notebook. I just love the flexible functionality of these journals, which allow you to switch and change the content out whenever you like!

Handmade Journal 8 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ – Midori-style traveler’s notebook
The outside covers of the double-sided handmade journal.
This journal contains the options for three inserts or less.

In a hurry and don’t have time to read a whole blog post? No worries, I’ve got you covered! Simply hop on over to my @TealHareCreations YouTube Channel and watch the 1:04 minute fly-by process video!

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My blog posts over on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog (every other week)

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Pet Portraits Tutorial

Meet Winnie…

Did you get to meet Winnie yet? If you’re a cat lover or an animal lover, head over to my latest blog post on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog.

In this blog post, I walk you through the process of how I created this tribute pet portrait for my best friend Cindy and her husband to hang above the mantel in her studio.

No time to read a long blog post? No worries, I’ve got you covered. Click this link to hop on over to my YouTube Channel and watch this short process and fly-by video I created.

As always, thanks ever so much for following me, it truly means the world to me. Have a hoppy day and happy creating!

Best wishes,

Michaela

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Tutorial

Textured Landscape

Did you happen to catch my latest blog post yesterday over on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog? In case you missed it, here’s the link:
https://www.thecraftersworkshop.com/blog/2021/08/textured-landscape/

Hero shot of the Textured Landscape artwork with a grey and yellow Michaela Butterworth, Design Team, TCW banner across the bottom.
Check out my latest post over on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog!

No time to read a blog post? That’s OK, I’ve got you. How about watching a 58 second video instead? Hop on over to my YouTube channel to watch my brief, fly-by process video from start to finish. Just click the following YouTube link to watch!

Thanks for following me, I hope you have a hoppy day!
Best wishes!
Michaela xoxo

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Steampunk Grungy Lightbulb

8/12/21

Hello! How are you doing? I’ve been crazy busy lately with many happenings in my art world. All good, of course.

Today, I have a new post up over at The Crafter’s Workshop blog. It features a grungy steampunk lightbulb on a 6″ x 6″ mixed media board.

If you have time, hop on over and check it out. Click the blog link above, or the photo below, to navigate directly to the post to read it.

Don’t have time to read a post? How about less than a minute to watch a fly-by process video? Click the link to navigate to the video on my YouTube Channel, or click the YouTube embedded video, below to open and watch.

Thanks ever so much for following me, I really appreciate you! Have a wonderful and happy day.

Best wishes,

Michaela

Image of the completed Steampunk Grungy Lightbulb artwork, mixed media artwork.
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Tutorial

Feather Book

Close up image of the Feather Book laying open at the middle page on my work surface. The page displays a die cut stag and leaves. The hand stitching can barely be seen in the middle of the page. It's so pretty!
Feather Book created by Michaela Butterworth, Teal Hare Creations.

Hi there! Did you happen to catch my latest post that’s up over on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog?

If reading’s not your thing, time is of the essence, or you just really prefer to watch videos, then I’ve got you covered! Hop on over to my YouTube channel and watch the 1:04 min video.

Many thanks for hopping by and checking my work out today! Please come back soon.

Happy day, dear friends.

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Tutorial

Lavender Bliss

7-8-21

Did you see my latest post over on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog? Today’s project features a 6″ x 6″ mixed media board project starring lavender and bees with a tiny bird to top it all off. Check it out by clicking on this link.

Close up image showing the Lavender Bliss 6″ x 6″ mixed media board artwork.

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Gel Printed and Stenciled Topiary

Check out my new blog post that’s up over on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog today!

In this blog post, I details the step-by-step instructions of how to create this lovely topiary scene using existing gel printed papers, stencils, and black gesso.

Short on time? Watch my 50 second fly-by process video on my YouTube Channel!

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Stencil Butters

Close up image of the background that this post is going to teach you how to make.
Close up image showing the completed stenciled butters background.

Hello! Recently, I created this fabulous background using our stencil butters. For fun, I made up a bunch of postcards and mailed them to art friends to see if any of them could guess how I’d created the background. While there were a few elements guessed correctly and some pretty close guesses, no-one actually guessed the correct combination of products or techniques. Today, this post reveals the process and products I used that kept them guessing!

The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.

I decided to use some dark blue textured drawing paper, TCW926 Bubble Rebound stencil, and delicate surface tape (which is less sticky than painter’s tape and less likely to tear the paper when removing). Now, the real trick with this background technique is to choose an analogous color scheme (colors next to one another on the color wheel) that matches the color of the paper that you are using. Since I chose royal blue paper, I decided to choose three cool colors to match, and white to provide contrast against the darker blue paper. I chose shades that were lighter than the paper in order to have the paper texture show up and be more visible in the end design.

Image showing Fabriano Color Drawing Paper 160 gsm, 98 lbs
Textured Paper
Image show TCW926 Bubble Rebound Stencil
TCW926 Bubble Rebound Stencil
Image showing the paper taped down over the stencil using 3M Delicate Surface tape.
3M Delicate Surface Tape
Image showing the NeoColour II water soluble wax pastely crayons (aquarelles).
Caran D’Ache NeoColor II Aquarelles (Water soluble wax pastel crayons)

For this technique, you’re going to work with the stencil under the paper. Tape the paper in place over the stencil. For the first step, I chose to work with NeoColor II water soluble, wax pastel crayons. I wanted a water soluble product so that it would react later in the process, as you’ll see. Laying the crayon almost horizontally on the paper, color random patches of each color over the entire paper. Don’t press too hard, or you’ll lose the paper texture, yet press gently enough so that you can see the edges of the stencil’s outlines on the paper, as shown in the image, below. (You might want to try a couple of practice pieces first to get the amount of pressure just right).

Close up image showing the stencil beneath the paper. A white NeoColour II crayon is laying on top of the textured paper which has had the crayons applied to it.
Close up image showing the stencil taped under the paper, and the NeoColor II crayons applied to the top of the paper.

Next it was time to apply the stencil butters. Again, I stuck within the same analogous color palette, so I chose to use the TCW9064 Turquoise stencil butter and the TCW9066 Orchid stencil butter. Using a fairly wide palette knife, I applied the orchid stencil butter randomly over the page first, immediately followed with the turquoise stencil butter randomly in other places (yet overlapping here and there so they blend a little). The trick with this technique is not to load the palette knife with too much stencil butter, don’t press hard with the palette knife, and just lightly scrape the palette knife at a 45 degree angle across the top of the paper. The stencil butter will get caught by the stencil cut out areas, showing the shapes and outlines of the stencil. It’s important that you don’t cover the paper completely, you still want to be able to see some of the Neocolor areas through and under the stencil butters in places. This is what gives the background depth and dimension. Do not wait for the stencil butters to dry!

Use a wide palette knife to apply the stencil butterrs
Use a wide palette knife to apply the stencil butters
Turquoise and Orchid stencil butters
Stencil butters – metallic, pretty, creaminess. Goes on just like buttah!
Orchid stencil butter on palette knife
Orchid Stencil butter – just look at that sheen!
The paper showing the applied stencil butters
Stencil butters applied to the paper

The next step is to use a spritz bottle to add water drops to the top of the entire paper. You want random drops in different sizes scattered across the page, not a shower or a soaking. Think of the drops as adding a new layer of design to the background. Let the water drops sit on top of the butters and paper for 2 minutes. Note: The water will activate the NeoColor II crayons, blending them where the drops have landed.

Lay a dry piece of kitchen paper towel, with the embossed design down, over the stencil butters, and the entire paper. Using your hands horizontally across the paper, very gently pat the paper towel to remove the water drops and impress the paper towel texture into the stencil butters. This creates two levels of texture, one from the water drops (where the stencil butter will lift off the paper when you remove the paper towel), and one from the paper towel embossing impression pressed into the stencil butter.

spritz bottle waiting to be applied to the page
Love this adjustable spritz bottle!
Water droplets sitting on page
Close up image showing water droplets on the page
Water droplets rested for 2 mins, about to be removed from page using paper kitchen towel
Page resting for 2 mins with water drops. Paper towel at the ready!

Your background is now complete. It is also able to be reactivated by any moisture or wet product, so keep that in mind if you want to be able to work over the top of it. You will want to apply a coat of matte or gloss gel medium to seal it. I would use either an old credit card or a silicon catalyst blade/mini scraper to apply the medium, but you’ll have to work fast and light so as not to smear or reactivate the background design! Pro Tip: Get your medium set up on the tool first, and start it on a scrap piece of paper to adjust it before applying it to the actual piece.

The finished background
Close up image showing the completed background.

If you’d like to watch a super quick fly-by video (56 seconds) of this process with captions, please hop on over to my YouTube Channel @TealHareCreations.

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Stenciling over alcohol inks

Multiple mixed media artworks featuring alcohol inks and stenciling with a variety of mediums and stencils.

11-12-20

Can you believe we are almost halfway through November already? Where does the time go sometimes?

A couple of weeks ago, I took a fabulous class in our Wanderlust 2020 course with Jennifer Pipe from Self Esteem Through Art. It was my first time trying alcohol inks and I had an absolute blast. If you are fascinated by watching things take on a life of their own, then I definitely recommend giving alcohol inks a try. It’s such fascinating fun to watch the inks flow and morph together, sometimes producing colours that you didn’t even use! It’s so cool! All my examples shown used a medium weight yupo paper.

To begin, I played with Ranger alcohol inks on the yupo paper. Then I let them dry fully for a day before I began my stenciling experiments. I took lots of photos as I went, and have included quite a few here for you to see the outcomes. If you have any questions, please feel free to pop them in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to reply to you.

For this page, I used stencil TCW899 Striped Mandala with TCW9012 Shimmery Goodness which dries iridescent. It gave this piece a translucent effect to the point that my friends were asking me how I got the alcohol inks into the mandala design (I didn’t, I just stenciled it over the top of the alcohol inks with a palette knife!). Doesn’t it look fantastic? This is definitely one of my favourite combinations.

Yupo paper with blue, turquoise, and purple alcohol inks that has been stencilied over using shimmery goodness applied with a palette knife through the striped mandala stencil.
TCW899 Striped Mandala stencil with TCW9012 Shimmery Goodness applied with a palette knife.

My next experiment had me using the TCW924 Lush Petals stencil with the TCW9033 Marcasite Silver Modeling Paste applied with a palette knife. Once the modeling paste was dry (the next day), I applied some mica sprays and finishing wax in silver to really make the design pop! I love the richness, dimension, and depth of the finished piece.

I also decided to try the TCW9033 Marcasite Silver Modeling Paste through the TCW500 Nautilus stencil over some ocean coloured alcohol inks.

Marcasite silver modeling paste applied with a palette knife through the TCW500 Nautilus stencil on top of blue and green alcohol inks on yupo paper.
TCW9033 Marcasite Silver Modeling Paste applied with a palette knife through the TCW500 Nautilus stencil.

I’ve wanted to try the TCW865 Asian floral stencil for ages, but I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity. This was it! I applied TCW9009 Black Modeling Paste with a palette knife.

Black modeling paste applied with a palette knife through the Asian Floral stencil on top of yellow, gold, orange, and red alcohol inks on medium weight yupo paper.
TCW865 Asian floral stencil stenciled with TCW9009 Black Modeling Paste using a palette knife.

Next, I decided to use the TCW912 Wheat Stalks stencil with the TCW9037 Grecian Gold Modeling paste applied using a palette knife. To add a tiny bit of dimension, but not darkness to the wheat grains, I lightly applied some black stabilo all pencil to the edges of the stenciling. This helped the wheat stalks stand out from the background a little more. This is the perfect Thanksgiving combination and will make a beautiful greeting card.

For the last several pieces, rather than using a three dimensional modeling paste, I wanted to try tracing through stencils using Signo uni-ball pens. The names of the stencils are included in the captions below each photo.

Yupo paper with bleu, purple, and turquoise alcohol inks beneath the Celestial sun and Star shower stencils traced with black, white, and gold Signo uni-ball pens.
TCW923 Celestial Sun stencil and TCW5004 Star Shower stencil with white, black, and gold Signo uni-ball pens, and white paint.
Yupo paper with purple, green, and yellow alcohol inks beneath stenciled fern fronds with black and white Signo uni-ball pens.
TCW243 Ferns stencil with yellow acrylic paint over alcohol ink on yupo paper. Outlined in black and white Signo uni-ball pens.
Red, orange, and yellow alcohol inks on yupo paper with the striped mandala stencil outlined in black, gold, white, and silver Signo uni-ball pens. Black stabilio all pencil has been shaded around the outside of the stencil to give a shadow effect.
TCW899 Striped Mandala outlined in white, black, gold, and silver Signo uni-ball pens. Black Stabilo all pencil shadow.
TCW912 Wheat Stalks stencil with Raw Umber acrylic paint dabbed through with a cosmetic sponge.