Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Dare to Create catch up 2

I did  the Sunday morning class with the amazing Tracy Weinzapfel at D2C a few weeks back and made this framed board in her style using Tracy stamps. 


I have added a few bits since I got home, the shading using a ground espresso distress marker and white drawing pencil .......


.... and some fun words - 'Summer days' and 'Special Moments'.


Although it's not my usual style I had great fun making it and will certainly use the techniques in my journal.


Hope you are loving the sun and warmth here in the UK, it's got to be the best weather of the summer so far ....... and I'm so happy my garden is looking lovely (thought I would add these as they fit the project above and were taken just now in the sunshine).

I love my pots and have various little groups of them round the back of the house and patio and most of them contain at least one Fuchsia - you'll see all my cuttings being grown on in pots. They are all hardy but it doesn't stop a few of them dying off over the winter.














The sun loungers are in the shade at the moment but they get the last sun of the day too.

Right off to go and meet up with Nikki for coffee or maybe that will be a frappuccino today!!!

Enjoy your week.

hugs Brenda xxxx

Friday, 15 July 2016

Down at the bottom of the deep blue sea

Media Board - Down at the bottom of the deep blue sea

I have used a Tando Creative media board for my blog project today and got the inspiration from the DecoArt Under The Sea challenge that is running at the moment. I have a full tutorial and DecoArt Media blog post coming up later in the month as a DT piece.


So these are the steps I took to create this.
Paint board with white gesso and when dry adhere tissue wrap which has been stamped using archival ink. (Whoops forgot to take the photo here).  Add colour with watery translucent media acrylic paints and a brush or your fingers, randomly applying a couple of colours and letting them blend together. Use translucent colours so that the pattern shows through. (I used cobalt teal and quinacridone burnt orange).


Take small chipboards and with matte medium adhere to the background then add crackle paint around the edges.


 Glue on different sized beads, micro beads and glass flat backed cabochons, leave to dry.


Cover elements with white gesso and heat dry.


Make mists of translucent or semi translucent blue media paints (I used cobalt teal in one and a mix of phthalo turquoise and paynes grey in another) and this is the result after one spray.


Take a very small paint brush and the dark prussian blue and add some into the crevices for contrast, some neat and some into spritzed water.


Then use phthalo green/yellow, burnt umber, raw umber, paynes grey, raw sienna and quinacridone gold to colour up the wooden pieces.


Finish with the blue sprays again and a gold self made spray.
 that adds another level to the colour layers.


Here's a couple of more detailed photos ....


.... showing the changes to the wooden pieces after their colour additions.


I hope you will be able to join us at DecoArt for this amazing challenge theme - the world, or should I say sea, is your oyster. (pun intended lol).


Look what you could win......


If you fancy your chance click HERE to be transported over for all the details and the linky.




Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have had a good week and also have an enjoyable weekend planned. We hope it will be fine on Sunday so we can BBQ and watch the last day of the Farnborough Air Show planes from the garden.

hugs Brenda xxx





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Monday, 11 July 2016

Circles 2 for CVC

I'm here with a DT reminder project for the Country View Challenges theme of circles and have gone a bit wacky I think (must be that Andy Skinner influence). I had in my mind a camera lens with the eye looking through it .......


I began by drawing two circles on some good quality card to look like the eye and took a white signo pen and drew in scribble lines - I did a google search to find a real eye for inspiration.


I took a range of colours I wanted to use ..... although I might just have added a colour or two by the time I was finished .....


... and began painting using lots of spritzed water to keep the colours light and watery at the moment. When I was happy with the first layer I dried it.


Still using the water, my fingers as well as a brush, I added another layer of the colours and started to introduce the black pupil. Again I dried it as a second layer.


This time I frayed the black edge and painted in the dark blue outer edge going between some of the white lines that are still showing through, I also added some water titanium white and yellow around the frayed black. I was thinking at this point that even if it didn't end up as a good representation of an eye it still made a pretty good pattern for the centre of my lens.


Next I used my fine brush again and went over the black and the dark blue edge and just played with the colour washes to create more layers.


Then finally went over some of the white wiggly lines again and filled in colour where I thought I needed to. Not sure if I should have left it alone on the last layer!!


I took the three boards each with different size circles cut in and began painting, texturing and colouring each one.
The first inside one was painted blue/grey then a black inner ring hand painted and given a very watery wash of carbon black.
The second was painted dark grey and white lettering quotes added.
Look at the world with a child's eye - it is very beautiful.
An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
The outside one was given a coat of gesso with a palette knife and then a coat of white crackle paste before being given washes of the blues and yellow watery paints.


The eye looks amazing in the lens effect of the boards ......


.... then some varnish and rub-ons with brads in the corners and inked edges finish the look.


Hope you like my strange piece today .... I really like it with the concentric circles drawing my eye into the painted eye and creating great depth and dimension. The crackles seem to break up what could have been a very dark piece of art.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx