Kim Lucas Designs ~ Infused Creativity

Kim Lucas Designs  ~ Infused Creativity
Mixed Media and Creative Artist & Photographer

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mini PLP

I am working on my DLP 2016 the UnPlanner, which is so unplanned I just like picking up inspiration for my own art. 

This is a mix between the traditional baseball card sleeve PLP and a small Twinchie 2x2" clear pocket. Hence the MINI PLP.  

I added pieces from swaps, created stamps, stitching, stamps from Happy mail, sequins, cut outs from old National Geographic's, washi tapes and wrapping paper.  So much fun from the last week in one place. My favorite PLP by far. Try it on for size...The pocket is about 7 x 9'!

Embellish-strips - A Tutorial for Creating Fun Papers


I love creating anything that involves art. This includes re-creating the details in blog form through tutorials and teaching. This tutorial was inspired by a large group swap of hand-made embellished 2" circles. The end result was a fabulous envelope of diversity and color. Fast forward..let's swap strips.

In my marketing brain I'm thinking embellished strips. Embellished so that we are swapping artful strips of papers beyond a cutting up a piece of cardstock. I hope you find this tutorial helpful. (Sidenote...I've tried video tutorials... not my jam)

Just follow the pics and you will see from start to finish what embellished strips require.

Click on the pics to zoom in and read closer.

Examples of cut paper strips that would NOT work for this swap.

Comparing for Clarity

Use what you have. Some ideas of things for you to consider using might include: 
  • Sharpies, markers, pencil, pens, metallic pens, stabilo pencil
  • Stamps and Ink, alcohol inks, spray inks
  • Punchinella (sequin waste for a stencil)
  • Acrylic paints, watercolor paints, metallics 
  • White pens, gesso, gelatos
  • Stitching or sewing machine work
  • Modeling paste, irridescent medium
  • Washi tapes, colored pencils

One way to approach your strips:
One inch strips
Ok...a little math so you know how to get the most from your 8.5x11" paper

How many pieces, pages...or pisces of paper for a 50 strip swap?
All cut up! Even a sample is "artful"

What was used on these strips to get what you might like

-Stencil with shiny paint and star punchinella

-Under paper
-Pencil geometric sketch over paint and punchinella
-Plain cardstock with sharpie

-Black gesso with a scraping tool
-Collaged papers, text, magazine, paint

-Alcohol ink on photo paper with sharpie and white gesso
-underpaper and smeared paint

-Star punchinella, modeling paste
-Gelli plate red with  blue stencil over

-Stencils, stitching from sewing machine, inks

-Printed paper with finger-painted dots
-Stencils on shiny cardstock

-Spray inks on copy paper
-Watercolor paper, zentangle with sharpie and white gesso

-Gears stencil, black diamonds stamp, white gesso dots

*50 Strips*
Look at all that yummy color and design
Lastly..What do I do with 50 Strips?????? Well, here is a journal layout I made with under paper pieces that I could not part with circa 2015.

Please kindly use as inspiration, but certainly create your own version. :)


  • 1" strips cut from 8.5 x 11" paper  (1"x11" strips)
  • Some sort of original embellishment from the artist 
  • Straight cut 

When you have created something with your strips, whatever that maybe, feel free to share here and we can all see what you've created :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Random Accident Art

Random Accident Art. 
Sometimes I see things. I see art creations in everything I look at. A gift in art and a curse in the form of a brain than will never turn off. I have been swapping and making tags for at least the last 2 years. People always ask "What do you do with your tags?" I always had to have a reason to make them, like a swap, or a journal page, and now I just think,  "I don't make art for any reason other than to create something or bring to realization something I've imagined". 

I have these tags. Most of them are large in size around the 2.5 x 4" size. I've had them on my wall for about a year. They were all nicely clipped with clothes pins to a wire across the closet door. In need of change I took them down and instead of unclipping them they magically grouped together in what I would say is this hanging tag sculpture. More compact, but easy to view individually. 

Here's the fun Random Accident Art Part.
I created my first/second ribbon doll. I tend to get carried away with the amount of ribbon but I like the big puffy dresses look. I hand drew the face and body. The body is simply a tag with a wire top which I curled under the shirt and out to the sides with curled ends to create hands.  

Look Really Close. 
See my Ribbon Doll?
See the Art Tags?

Random Accident Art = Ribbon TAG Doll!!! 

I plan to collect my larger tags in groups like above and either create a body and head drawn from paper, or repurposing a baby doll from the thrift store. I LOVE the look! I just thought to myself..hmmm. "Well that did not take any thought at all, pure happy coincidence of hanging up the ribbon doll on the same hook as a gaggle or ribbons! 

I can't wait to really make one. I'll share when I do. If you create a tag doll, please share with us here!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Steampunk Throwback

There are phases in art for me. One of my favorite was steampunk... A few pieces of Steampunk creations I found while digging through my journals for the past 2 years. 

Just Some Recent Journaling -Random Accident Creations

Just another take on the List 10, and a couple weeks of pages. For the List, I make a large tag from cardstock, added some printed paper and an old written card on the inside. I gessoed over the card and for the lines...I stitched them in with my sewing machine. New to me technique I "discovered" while playing. I'm hooked on Pink and Yellow right now..very lemonade of me! lol

Am I an Artist?

Yes. The answer is definitely YES! I have been creating artistically whether it be with a paintbrush and canvas, film and camera, or pencil ...