Friday, 23 January 2015

new traditions (with tutorial)

Good morning! I am back again with a canvas that I made for the numbers challenge at Crafts 4 Eternity (where there is also a DT call going on, if you are interested!). I also took a few photos along the way, to show you how I made it.

This is also my guest design piece for Mixed Media Mojo, where I just happen to be this month's guest designer. The challenge there this month is 'new', with the added twist of '15'.

And finally, this is also my piece for the Documented Life Project where for Week 1 the art challenge is book paper and the journal prompt: be your own goal keeper.

I've got a few numbers on my piece. My 15 is on the bottom left hand house, to the right of the pink button. Some of the buttons have numbers stamped on them too.

Here is how I made the canvas.

I started off with an 8 x 8 inch canvas and covered the front and all four sides with Kaisercraft book paper. I used mod podge to adhere the paper to the canvas and then as a seal over the top.

I then added a dollop of gesso to the canvas and then used an old credit card to scrape it over the front and sides of the canvas. The idea is to still be able to see the book paper underneath, but it is now muted slightly.

I then put some mod podge on my craft sheet and added a little Distress Paint ~ Pickled Raspberry. You don't need too much of either. I then mixed them together thoroughly.

Again, using my old credit card, I scraped the mixture over my piece. Not too heavily. I still want to see the book paper peeking through in places underneath. The mod podge helps to seal in the gesso layer below.

I then free cut some houses and a cloud and added them to the papers. I used old Sassafraslass papers that I had. These made it really easy to create my design and the papers have layers within themselves.

Again, covering all the sides.

I then began to work all the paper pieces into the canvas using Faber-Castell Pitt Pens, rub-ons and rubber stamping.

I added real buttons, inspired by the button images on the papers. Then I stamped on them, to merge them into the piece.

The blue speckles on this photo are glitter, which I added on with mod podge.

The windows and door were free cut using the left over scraps from the original Kaisercraft paper that was my first layer on the canvas. You are my sunshine my only sunshine.

You make me happy when skies are grey.

You can still see some of the first layers of uncovered Kaisercraft book paper peeking through in places.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Thank you for looking.


Monday, 19 January 2015

today is the day I fell in love

Hi there! I can't believe it's been two months since I blogged!

I have been making a few things, so will be share them with you as soon as I can get them photographed and written up!

Today I have a little KaiserCraft album to share, which I have altered up, all ready for a few photos to be added.

Papers: Little Yellow Bicycle ~ Love Letters. Love how these work so well together. 

I have finished the edges of each letter with a silver wax patina.

Lots of buttons with silver Kreinik thread.

Notice the little word stickers at the foot of each letter. Together they spell out 'today is the day I fell in love'.

Thank you for looking!

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

golden cherubs

Hello! Today I am sharing another canvas I have made following the Mixed Media Studio online course. This is for the third week and is led by Frank Garcia.

I have started my canvas with a layer of vellum and then added some texture with texture paste through a stencil and sprinkled some clear rock candy glitter onto it whilst it was still wet. I then embossed some stars on and added some Mustard Seed Distress Glitter.

I stamped the image: La Blanche ~ Angels with Trumpets with Metallic Gold StazOn ink onto a piece of gessoed canvas.

The little golden baubles are just decorations from old Christmas crackers. I always keep them, just in case I can use them!

The flowers were die cut from a Spellbinders ~ Layered Poinsettia die.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
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Friday, 7 November 2014

vocal beauties from the operas

Good morning! Our challenge this week at Crafts 4 Eternity is to add lace and/or ribbon.

I have made an album with Marion Smith Designs ~ Mad Tea Party papers as my base. I've added an acetate by Glitz, which I machine stitched along the sides.

Along the bottom I added a strip of wide lace.

I made a tag from the papers and added some washi tape and a metal brad. The clock was diecut from the Marion Smith Designs ~ Mad Tea Party papers using my Tim Holtz Sizzix Pocket Watch die. Any coincidence they match perfectly?

Some luscious Prima flowers to co-ordinate with the golden roses and green leaves on the acetate, finish it off.

To the other side I added some crocheted doilies. Not having the right shade of yellow, I sprayed a pale yellow doily with Dylusions ink. The green doily was the right colour and I just added some glitter to each, to match the flowers.

Thank you for looking.


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Mixed Media Abstract Canvas

Hi, today I am sharing an abstract mixed media canvas I made, following an online class at Mixed Media Studio. The first class is taught by Donna Downey.

I must admit, I don't think abstract art is my thing. It doesn't really mean anything too me. I feel like it is just a base and I want to add something to it, a girl or something. So expect to see it again in an altered form!

Having said that, I did enjoy the process of creating it and I learned a few new techniques.

Some close ups.

I've added texture with a Tim Holtz stencil. The black is either Liquitex Ink sprayed on or black paint dabber.

I've added colour with Faber-Castell Gelatos and more texture with Prima white sand texture paste.

Thank you for looking.


Friday, 24 October 2014

October 31 halloween mixed media canvas

Good morning! Today we have a HALLOWEEN themed challenge starting at Crafts 4 Eternity.

I have made a mixed media canvas.

The witch I cut out freestyle and her hat was made from a Tim Holtz Blueprint stamp. Her legs drape over the bottom edge of the canvas.

The fence on the right is a Memory Box~ Estate Fence die.

The 31 is a Sizzix die.

The spiders web was made with a Memory Box ~ Haunted Webs die. The spiders are stickers that I had in my stash.

The pumpkins up the left hand side were made with Rusty Pickle papers.

I've made a YouTube video, which goes into more details of the products that I used to build up the layers on this.

I am entering this in at the following challenges:
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Friday, 17 October 2014

creepy crawly chilling thrilling HALLOWEEN

Good morning! This week at Crafts 4 Eternity our theme is creepy crawlies.

I've made another mixed media canvas.

I've got lots of layers on this: Gesso, Dylusions ink (cut grass), liquitex ink (vivid lime green),  crackle paste through a stencil, clear tar gel through a stencil, some stamping and rub ons. Phew! And that's just for starters.

The words: creepy crawly chilling thrilling Halloween, were part of an old stamp. I just stamped out the words and then cut them up.

The spiders webs are a Memory Box die which I die cut five times and placed around the canvas, wrapping them around the edges in places. The spiders were little stickers I had in my stash.

I am entering this in at the following challenges:
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Friday, 10 October 2014

watch out for spooks

Good morning! Today at Crafts 4 Eternity, we have a new challenge which is to use a harvest theme or element.

I have made a mixed media canvas with pumpkins. I used one of the workshops on Christy Tomlinson's Pumpkins and Cider course as my inspiration.

For the spider's web I used the Tim Holtz ~ Shatter stencil with Prima 3D Gloss Gel.

The leaves are by Prima and I sprayed Dylusions ink on them and scrunched them up a bit.

I am entering this in at the following challenges:
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Friday, 3 October 2014

keep out ... mixed media door hanger

Hello! This week at Crafts 4 Eternity the challenge is to use three elements beginning with the same letter. I have: white, wood and words!

I choose to decorate a wooden doorhanger.

I started off with by covering the hanger with a layer of patterned paper, covered part of it with a doily and then got to work with stencils, paint and ink.

Then I used a Tim Holtz Halloween blueprint, which I stamped out several times on the same patterned cardstock which I had used as my base. I cut a few layers and layered it up.

Finally I added some words with a few stickers, which I distressed up a bit.

I am entering this in at the following challenges:
Thank you for looking.