Saturday, August 31, 2013

Featured Artist: Lynne Forsythe

Hi Artsy Addicts Peeps...
What an honor and a privilege to be asked to Guest Design for Artsy Addicts.
My name is Lynne Forsythe and I hail from the small BUT BEAUTIFUL state of New Hampshire.
I was introduced to paper crafting approximately 7 years ago when I walked into a local scrapbook store located in a neighboring town I had just relocated to...and what a  WONDERFUL ride it has been!

I began by creating scrapbook pages, then I moved to cards and then was exposed to the whole world "mixed media" and my life has never been the same!

On my journey, I  have had opportunity to be a part of some very AMAZING Design Teams: Zutter International, Reminisce and the Swirlydoos Education Team. I currently design and teach for Petaloo International, Splash of Color (formerly Creative Imaginations) and am Design Team Coordinator for Die~Namites Dies. I have been published in numerous magazines and teach at Scrapbook Retreats and Local Scrapbook Stores. In the near future I will also be offering online classes through a fantabulous online store. Lastly, I had the amazing opportunity to be to attend Ranger U and become Ranger Certified, a life changing event!

I love..."I wonder if..." moments, especially when they work. Then I can't wait to share it with...anyone who will listen whether on my blog...The Next Best Thing by Lynne or on my YouTube Channel. In my travels, I have met some amazing people, whom I've had the privilege of kicking out of their "proverbial box". 

I would like to THANK, my AMAZING FRIEND,  Peggy Lee Baker, for introducing me to Artsy Addicts and all you UBER CREATIVE Peeps!

Now, another thing I like to do is tell on myself! The other day a very good friend commented that she knew a creation was made by me as it had my trademarks, flower cluster in lower left corner, loopy bows, distressed, colored backgrounds...and I became concerned that I have become way too predictable. So, after a phone conversation with Peggy the other morning, I decided to pull out an old book and create an art journal. A book I can try new things in and just allow my creativity to flow, unbridled by specific products or deadlines.

I am so looking forward to creating in my art journal! 

For my cover I used so many of my favorite things......vintage lace, stencils, stamps, gel medium, vintage jewelry, die cuts and flowers.

Using Multi Medium, I covered my book with various torn pages of the Travel Collage Pack.  For the binding, I added a piece of burlap for texture. Next, I applied Black Embossing Paste through the Cherry Blossom Stencil and let dry. Then, with a fan brush, I applied globs of Gold Precious Metal Effects Paint to the edges of the cover and spritzed with water and watched to goodness flow.

I had a Knobby Branch Die, cut from Linen Paper, already colored with Twinkling H20's laying on my work surface. So, I proceeded to cut it apart and applied to to my cover over the stenciled image.

I colored a few Mini Pearl Daisies with a bit of Cinnamon Brown Silk Acrylic glaze and Gold Precious Metal Effect Paint.....using spritzed water to move the colors. When dry I applied them to my cover.

My favorite part to my cover is my "Dress Form Lady"! Using Canvas, I cut out the Dress Form, colored it and proceeded to make her dress. I found a piece of Antique Lace, painted on a bit of Multi Medium, and as it was drying, formed it to fit the Mannequin.

I accented the dress with a few "loopy bows" and an Antique Button.

I finished off my Art Journal with the perfect saying....."dare to explore your dreams"!

I hope you've enjoyed my creation...and once again...THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY to share!

Products used:

Splash of Color
Gold ~ Precious Metal Effect Paint
Travel Collage Pack

Mini Pearl Daisies

The Crafter's Workshop
Cherry Blossom Stencil

Studio 490 ~ Wendy Vecchi
Black Embossing Paste

Claudine Hellmuth's
Multi Medium Matte

Die~Namites Die
Knobby Branch Die

Tim Holtz
Sewing Room Die


  1. This is gorgeous! And the only thing "predictable" about your creations is that we're going to love them all! LOVE it when you share your creativity us and inspire us to "explore" our own! <3

    1. Thank you soooo much my is my pleasure to inspire's WHAT I LOVE TO DO!!!

  2. I absolutely adore Lynne's fantastic art work!! I am always inspired with everything she does!!! Beautiful work Lynne...Simply beautiful!!

    1. Thanks BUNCHES are makin' me *blush*!!!

  3. Wow this is simply fabulous Lynne!!! thanks for sharing your story and your Heart in art with us....:)

    hugs, Peggy Lee

    1. My PLEASURE Peggy.....thank YOU for introducing me to such a WONDERFUL community!!!

  4. Sigh ~ so love this! Absolutely beautiful and loved that you shared your story with us. What an amazing journey thus far. Look forward to more of your creations.

    1. THANK YOU sooo much for you kind words Susan!!!! I know there will be more!!!!

  5. Fantastic work - that you so much for the inspiration!

    1. you are OHHHH SOOOO WELCOME's been an honor to be asked to be a featured artist and to share my creation with y'all!!!!


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