Friday, 12 October 2018

Make today Count - panel to mini book.

Gosh I'm still showing projects I made earlier in the year - but I'm so glad I had a few held back as it enabled me to spend lots of time in my garden during the warm weather - and I'm still catching up with project deadlines now.
Here's the panel I made.

Proces steps
1.      Seal the substrate with tinting base. 
2.      Use premium acrylic paints in cobalt teal hue, primary yellow, burnt umber, pyrrole red and titanium white. Blend them randomly through a stencil (Prima).
3.      Take media acrylics in translucent white, cobalt teal hue and phthalo green blue (all translucent colours) and blend over the background with satin varnish on a sponge. 
4.      If too dark rub over with dry kitchen roll and then spread translucent white with satin varnish over, let it pool, dab some off if necessary and dry. 
5.      Dip and dry in cobalt blue and titanium white mixed media acrylics. 
6.      Repeat step 4 with raw umber media acrylic. 
7.      Splatter with white media acrylic. 
8.      Add some random and torn tissue tape. 
9.      Stamp with black archival ink. 
10.  Add embellishments. 
11.  Sand and ink the edges.

Stamps are by Andy Skinner. This is from the Stampendous Shabby Chic set.

Paper dolls by Tim Holtz.

So that was the panel finished ......

..... but I decided to use it to make another little book for my shop space.

The pages are from a watercolour paper pad cut to size ....

.... and I used green thread to match in with the colour tones.

I used a coptic binding so that the journal open right out and lies flat when you use it.

I just simply tied it up with ribbon to keep it closed.

Making art on panels is a fabulous way to create and then to use the panel to make a book of your own is even more pleasurable.


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Mixed media Collage Journalling for DecoArt

This is a project I created as part of the DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team which went live on the DecoArt Media Blog back in July - see here.
I am now publishing it on my blog to keep an accurate record of the projects I make and my creative journey.


I have missed using an old book as a journal so I decided to go buy myself a couple from a local book charity shop and picked up three for £1 each, I love a bargain. I created the front cover for another design team project with a Victorian cabinet card and bits of ephemera I decided I wanted to get back to some vintage creations snf thought this altered book would be a good place to get going on them again. I have lots of old book papers, maps and Tim Holtz ephemera as well as vintage photos both original and bought printed ones so I was excited to get going.

I  glued some pages together and sealed them with white gesso and when it was dry I used matte medium to adhere some of my ephemera and torn book pages making sure I sealed over the to of them with it. Give it a blast of the heat gun and then leave it to completely dry.

If you have piece of the papers overhanging the sides don't worry about cutting them off yet, wait until they are perfectly dry and do it then.

I place a piece of waxed paper behind both of the pages I am gluing or painting on which protects the pages behind from paints or mediums as you go up to and over the edges of the pages. I also make sure I have a piece between those pages I am working on if I close the book and put it under a heavy box to flatten out before going onto the next stage or when I have finished.

Now the pages are dry take the white gesso and a palette knife and scrape some over the pages with a couple of thick patches. 

Take the heat gun and give it a blast until you have dried the thin areas but the thicker patches of gesso have a skin on them but are still squidgy underneath. Now take a stamp and press it into those squidgy areas. Priming it with clear embossing ink can help prevent the gesso sticking to your stamp. You will get some lovely texture from it. Dry those patches off now.

I like to build up these layers of gesso and texture and repeat it again at least once or more if required.

 I like to use different stamps too.

For the next layer I took two stencils, a number one and a mixed media design one and applied a mix of texture paste and gesso through them.

I dried the surface of the first layer of stencilling before applying the second layer so that it didn't get spoilt.

I still had a little of the texture mix left over so I used my finger to blend a little round some of the edges and give it a more cohesive feel.

Whilst I left it to dry I started to gather some more ephemera and a photo for my focal elements and I layered and glued them together ready to put on the pages.

To bring some depth into the background and the textures I wanted t spray neutral colours over the pages. I have lots of distress sprays that I rarely use these days so I decided to try out adding some media acrylics to a couple and see how I fared!!!! I began with Titan Buff in Antique Linen distress spray and tested it on some absorbent art paper. In the photo below the first smaller spray was just the ink, the second spray had some of the titan buff added and third spray had even more added. You can see the colour changed and became more milky by the third spray so I heat dried them and then sprinkled on some water, left it for a few seconds to soak in and then dried it of with paper kitchen towel. The antique linen ink being water based came out of all three of them so I need to do some more experiments here ......

.... but I went ahead and used the mixture and had some raw umber and burnt umber on my palette and a brush and water spray to hand to experiment with. I achieved what I wanted with colour pooling in the recesses of the stamped textures .......

..... and some subtle colour changes across the pages.

Now to finish it off. Add the collage, take a dark brown charcoal pencil and add shading around the two collage areas and then around the pages themselves and hey presto we're finished.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been creating in my new journal.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday, 28 September 2018

Mixed media collage card.

Today I am over on the 'A Vintage Challenge' blog with a step by step showing how I made this card.

If you would like to see all the details please click the link HERE.
  I have  shown the process steps for the background which is made using DecoArt Media paints and mediums but you could use any acrylics and similar mediums you have at home.


Thursday, 27 September 2018

Shabby Autumn Frame

I have a new project and tutorial over on the DecoArt blog today. As it's now Autumn I took that as a  theme with the idea of using leaves and came up with this. More like winter isn't it? - But that's where my muse took me lol.

There's embossing, painty mixed media layers and a faux encaustic finish to the middle of it.

All the details and lots more photos can be found on the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog HERE.



Friday, 21 September 2018

Dreamer of Skype Dreams

Last week three of us had a fabulous crafting day together on Skype. Nikki (aka Addicted to Art), Alison (aka Words and Pictures) and myself spent just over 5 hours creating a project with each of us giving the instructions for the process steps, taking it in turns. At the end we had the big reveal to see what each of us had created and oh boy they were so different.

Here is my sample - a 20 x 29 1/2 cm mdf board which is actually the base from my Mixology frame kit cut by Tando Creative. Nikki and Alison had extra large tags to use.
B = Brenda, A = Alison and N = Nikki
I'm giving you the instruction and what I did to interpret it.
B - Seal substrate with gesso
N - Use some texture paste any way you wish. - texture paste and stencil
A - Dilute one colour of paint and apply in any way you choose - I mixed titan buff on a foil palette, daubed it onto the background
B - Add crackle in anyway you want - I poured weathered wood crackle medium randomly over the background and then scraped with a palette knife and heat dried.
We decided we needed a bit of time to start to gather embellishments also giving time for the crackle to dry.
N - Add texture to one or more of the embellishments - I gessoed the dress form and added texture sand paste to it.
A - Add colour to one or more of your embellishments. - Taking the dress form I painted it with a simple rust technique (pounce raw umber, paynes grey and quinacridone gold, heat dry. Dip in watery washes of the same colours).
B - Create a panel to use in making layers - I used a piece of mountboard, sealed with gesso then gave it some watery dips in  burnt sienna, titan buff, raw umber and titanium white. Flicks of sap green then mixed with prussian blue and flicked as well.
N - Apply a coat of paint to the background any way you like. I took grey and white premium painting randomly over the whole surface but crackles didn't appear so I improvised and painted over the areas where the weathered wood was with white crackle paint. I had some lovely bits of mega crackle appear.
A - Time to stamp - Alison said 'it's in your hands' but pure stamping only over the background. - I had out some old but never used stamps. Taking an artstamp from carabelle studio 'une plume sur mon carnet' I used paynes grey acrylic paint to stamp with.
B - Dip, drip and dry watery washes. This is my most used technique and I simply used titan buff. 
N - Edge in whatever way you want. I blended ground espresso and spritzed water over then dried it three times. I then sealed with DecoArt matte acrylic spray.

A - Trial your composition and design and finalise embellishments.
B - Do an Alison and add some words.
N - Add a touch of metallic. I used gold metallic lustre on a number of the metal embellishments and painted it onto the dress part of the dress form.
A - Splatter. - I used watery titanium white and splattered all over the background before I glued my elements on.

I used a Tim Holtz frame and paper dolls and the panel became my background for it.

 You can just se some of the crackle in the background above the frame and on the right side edge.
I love how the texture turned out with the stencil design. Towards the end, to bring it to life, I just rubbed a ground espresso ink pad over the top of the raised modeling paste.

The penultimate  instruction from Nikki was to use metallic - at first she had said gold before making it broader so it would fit each of our projects - I continued with the gold as the line around the inside of the frame looks like an old gold colour. I think this really lifted the whole look and helped bring the embellishments together.

I found the dress for die-cut in a box and after the sand texture paste, the brown paints the gold also lifted the dress part and makes it stand out. The ribbon and bow cuts in half to take away some of the prominence it had.

Lastly I felt the overall design didn't quite balance  so I added a little tissue tape and remnant rubs (the stars) to achieve the composition I desired.

To see the other two projects please pop over to Nikki's blog - Addicted to Art and Alison's blog - Words and Pictures.

I didn't get much time for photos and don't have one of me or Alison - sorry Alison but here's a flavour of the day. We had chatty times, lots of laughter and some silences where we were concentrating hard on what we were doing. We also disappeared from screen when we needed to find something or wash something, it didn't matter, the whole day was brilliant.

 I love Nikki's face here enjoying the reveal at the end - that's Alison's project.

We already have another day booked so stay tuned for another Skype session in a few weeks.


Monday, 17 September 2018

Steampunk clock shabby style.

Today I am sharing the steampunk clock I had published in the Craft Stamper earlier this year over on the Tando Creative Blog.

 The frame is covered with a crackle texture that has been coloured mixed media style....

.... and the background has layers of DecoArt media acrylics used as washes and some Andy Skinner stamps.

More photos and the process steps are available over on the Tando blog where I have added them as part of my Texture Week sample.


Monday, 10 September 2018

Follow In My Footsteps - Fossil panel plus.....

Firstly, although she doesn't read my blog I wish my gorgeous daughter a wonderful and happy birthday.


I used the instructions for one of the panels I made for Stitches, back in February, and created this Andy Skinner fossil fish tile with a computer generated caption to go with it. To follow the footsteps you need to see the panel I made here. This panel was made around the same time as the linked one and has been sitting in a box so I decided to give it a second lease of life and used it to make a hand made / hand bound sketch book / journal. The paints and mediums I used are all DecoArt media line and the stamps are by Andy Skinner.

I revamped an old technique that Tim Holtz got me into I think in 2011. I revised it when I first started teaching workshops but now updated it again.
I started with this previously made panel.

Using my technique it changed to this ......

.... and then this.

I call this Pitted Enamel and I'm keeping the written steps for a DecoArt Media Team contribution which will be sometime in November, so please keep your eyes peeled for an update.

Once the front cover for my sketchbook/journal was finished I moved on to making the insides. I cut media paper to size, folded the pieces into folios and put two folios to make a signature. I repeated this four times and then sewed the signatures together making a text block using a kettle stitch
binding. I found this video HERE pretty useful but I didn't go on to gluing the edges of the signatures.

 I covered the spine with a gaffa type tape before adhering the front and back pages to the front and back covers.

Just some simple coloured twine for holding the book together ......

.... and what started out as a simple panel has become the cover of a useful sketch, watercolour, note book and is in my shop space to sell.

Thanks for stopping by.

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