Monday, May 2, 2016

My Watercoloring and Brush Lettering Journey

Hello sisters in crafting! I am finally back after 2 months of no blogging here at Sisters Craft Cafe. I've been so busy with so many things, new discoveries, family bonding moments, social media, building up my instagram feed and housekeeping. I mentioned housekeeping because it's like a major part in my life every now and then when my 2 toddlers are up and about. 

I'm so excited to be able to share with you my wonderful journey through watercoloring and lettering. There's so much art in me that I haven't tapped. I did not have the opportunity to do so in the past because either there's no mentor or inspiration or no money to buy art materials. But as the saying goes, "It's never too late or too old to learn something". 

My favorite subject is Flora. My medium of choice is either gouache or watercolor. I like gouache because of its bright pigments and I like watercolor because I can play with it while the paint is wet since it does not dry quickly as compared to gouache. For a start, my favorite brands are Reeves gouache and Symbalion watercolors. I use waterbrush pens a lot because of their portability, but I also own several traditional brushes that I use at home. 

water brush pens
Here are some of my favorite works using my favorite materials.... 

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I really enjoy brush lettering and I just recently started to incorporate my works in wedding invitations that I design for INKPRESSIVE INVITATIONS. My vision for Inkpressive Invitations and Crafts is that, all of the stationeries will have my original art. Sounds wonderful, huh? 

a practice sheet from INK SCRIBBLER book

My recent work
my worksheet

my handwriting after a cup of brewed coffee

I recommend NOT DRINKING coffee when you are about to write, because you can really see the hand tremors, and it affects the strokes.

Perfection is not really my goal when it comes to art so I just embrace who I truly am and what my hands can do. Comparing myself to others won't help and copying won't take me anywhere.

I truly recommend, that if you can't find a mentor who can teach you face-to-face, simply go online and read from the experts' notes.

1. I learned a lot of techniques from LINDSEY BUGBEE of  THE POSTMANS KNOCK. She's an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G watercolorist and calligrapher.

2. Watercolor journaling from the best teacher GAY STRATHMORE of WATERCOLOR JOURNALING



Keep on practicing and doing what you love.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Basic Grey Scrapbook Layout Tribute

Today is all about scrapbooking. I heard the news that Basic Grey scrapbook company closing down its doors this February 15. It doesn't affect me so much, but I'm a bit sentimental about it because I still have their papers, stamps, and embellishments in my stash. I just can't imagine how a giant company can close down after all those years. You can read about a write up by SCRAPBOOK UPDATE

I made a couple of scrapbook layouts out of the papers that I have and matched them with a variety of embellishment. A sketch helped me make these projects.

I WILL ALWAYS be a scrapbooker until my hands are so stiff that I can't move them anymore. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Sizzix bird and frame fridge magnet project using scraps

Hi! It's me Venus Fortuna. Im a huge fan of Sizzix dies. Yesterday, I designed some fridge magnets made of chipboard and Sizzix die cuts and scrap magnets. Below you will see how the plain chipboard transformed into lovely fridge decors. 

I started out with plain chipboard, cut into 2.5x3.5 sizes. Then I painted the sides with Tim Holtz Distress paint dabber n Barn Door. 

After drying, I cut scrapbook papers and covered one side of the chipboard then arranged the die cuts...

Oh dear, I lost all the pics of the chips painted red!!!!!!

Okay, here's the batch painted in TH paint dabber Bronze.

Viola! Look at the finished project!

 I used Sizzix medium die bird and branch and Sizzix medium oval frame die. I also used Martha stewart leaf puncher.

You can do the same or do whatever designs you can think of. Attach the magnets at the back side and they're ready to use!!

Thank you for reading!

Digital scrapbooking ~ scrapping the past

Hello, it's me Venus Fortuna. Welcome to my blog and I hope you all had a blast celebrating the holiday and welcoming the new year.

I want to make 2016 an exciting and productive year for me and for you readers. So for a start, I officially accepted the fact that I cannot scrap all the time. To counter that, I will be using all the dig kits I've been collecting for years (yes, years!) Mostly are freebies from SWEETSHOPPE DESIGNS.


For layout 1, I used the "paper tearing technique" by using the eraser tool in Photoshop. 
I use Photoshop CC. 


For layout 2, I simply used all the free elements. No special technique was used. 

Thank you for dropping by my blog!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Stamping and heat embossing tips to create a wedding invitation

Hello! Welcome back to Sisters Craft Cafe.
 I got to play with the new wedding themed stamp sent to me by the generous BEE HAPPY CRAFTS. I am a big fan of stamping and all things related to weddings. So, I quickly prepared my materials for a card project.


Before using a brand new acrylic stamp, it is best to rub an eraser on the side where you rub the ink to remove that invisible "plastic film".  By doing this, the ink application will be even.

Next step, rub the acrylic stamp on the embossing ink pad.

Stamp the wet acrylic stamp on a piece of paper, then pour some embossing powder on it.
Turn on the heat gun and apply heat on the stamped word.
You'll see the results when the powder start to melt.

Assemble the wedding invitation envelope..

I used Kraft paper, lace, trim, and die cut doily and flower, and heart bead.

This will hold the actual invitation cards. If you have a good printer, you can print out the cards and adhere it to this envelope.  I like small cards, so this one can fit 4x6 cards. You can create a larger holder if you like. 5x7 and 6x6 are the ideal card sizes.

This is a very easy, shabby chic project when you have the basic tools on hand.


Don't worry if you have no heat gun, you can still create a fabulous card using the sentiment stamps.

Thank you very much for stumbling upon my blog :-)  and thanks to  BEE HAPPY CRAFTS
for the Kaiser Craft wedding sentiment stamps. 

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