Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Technique Tuesday - Versamark Resist (aborted) - DecoArt

Welcome to Technique Tuesday #5 and a versamark resist that didn't work lol, but pushing through on the technique I ended up with a result I really liked. I had recently seen this video from Claudine Hellmuth a little while ago and wanted to have a go at her technique using versamark watermark ink refill.
I followed the instructions and got the first layer completed - a painted layer of raw umber media acrylic to seal the card and give me a dark background on which to work.

Next, as Claudine instructed, I placed down a mask - she used a stencil - and used a blending tool and foam to apply a coat of the watermark ink .......

..... and then painted a watery wash of gesso over the top but the magic didn't happen. The watermark ink was supposed to act as a resist but for some reason it didn't work for me - perhaps I should try it again and use titanium white media paint. To try and salvage something I grabbed a piece of kitchen towel, laid it over and gently dabbed some of the gesso off and dried it leaving this very mottled effect. I actually quite like it as it was but the more I looked at it I could see some of the ghostly branches peeping through underneath. I wiped it over with the kitchen towel wondering if anything else would be revealed but it didn't, the gesso was well and truly dry and nothing budged.

Still the more I looked at it those ghostly branches were calling me and I wanted to see more of them so I took things a step further, laid the mask back over the tree image and used a blending tool and foam again but this time with the raw umber media acrylic on it ........

..... this time when I removed the mask the trees and their branches appeared all wintry white and where the gesso had been in the background and with the covering of raw umber over it, it still left a mottled looking appearance, just a darker one than before. Mmmm this looked really quite cool.

 I knew immediately I wanted to make it into a journal page so out came the wonderful quotes stamps  from the lovely Alison Bomber and I chose a lovely simple tree one and stamped it on some painted core'dinations paper. The ink and the painted paper didn't work too crisply together but in the end I quite liked the rather ghostly words that I had and decided to use it anyway.

Sometimes you're lucky and sometimes you're not. Last week I threw several things in the bin that just didn't work for me but today I'm happy with the results.

Her's the graphic for today if you are pinning.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Blues and Greens #2 for CVC

Welcome to Bumblebees and Butterflies where today I am sharing another journal panel using a gesso resist technique. Sorry I got so into the moment with the process steps I kept forgetting to stop and take photos, but I will add this to the Technique Tuesday posts at some point.

Take a stamp and using the dark side of a piece of blending foam gently blend gesso over the surface of the stamp and then press it onto a piece of card. It leaves you with a semi textured design.
Dip and dry layers of blue and green paint washes dabbing the paint so that the gesso pattern appears. Because we didn't seal the card to begin with it absorbs the colours really quickly.

I splattered some watery paints and dried them before taking a palette knife and scraping some clear crackle glaze around the edges, then left it to dry naturally.

Now came the decision keep this light and shabby with perhaps the cracks not showing up to well or go more grungy and darker? You can see which I chose. I took carbon black antiquing cream (wasn't I brave????) and rubbed it round the edges exposing the cracks and gaps in the crackle paste. The result surprised me but I actually quite like it.

To finish I decided to give it a dirty blue glaze using ultra matte varnish to seal it and then add some remnant rubs and stamping so that it could become the back cover to my journal. The glaze also takes off the shine of the crackle glaze.

I'm looking forward to sharing more of the journal once I get the inside panels made - then it will be up and running ready to fill.

I hope your weekend is going well.

Take care and huge hugs Brenda xxx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

August DecoArt Media Team post

I'm really happy to be sharing a project over at the DecoArt Mixed Media blog today having had some fun creating another Eileen Hull Journal very much in an Andy Skinner style.

I'd love it if you could pop over to take a look at all the details and if you want to leave a comment on that blog you have to tick the captcha box for the comment to go through and then it is moderated before it appears. I'd love to know what you think of it.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Technique Tuesday - Dirty Glaze - DecoArt Media

Quite often when making a grungy piece of art I will need to seal a background or an embellishment and often I will use matte medium or ultra matte varnish on their own, but there are other times when I have something that has white or a light colour in it whether that be stencilled or painted and I want to knock back the brightness. You can of course make yourself a 'dirty wash' as Andy calls it which works absolutely perfectly but if you want to seal it at the same time how about a 'dirty glaze'?

Here's a grungy background with some white gesso stencilled on it (left purposefully like this to help you see the changes).

Here I have made a blue/grey glaze by mixing matte varnish (you could use gloss if you wanted to), paynes greay and raw umber, you only need the most tiniest amounts to colour it up.

This is a more yellowy brown glaze that I mixed up a few months ago and is kept in an empty media pot. I can't remember the colours I used but it look like it could be burnt umber, yellow oxide and perhaps some paynes grey as well - it really doesn't matter because you can mix whatever shade you like with the media acrylics and varnishes.

Here I have painted over the little background I made with the glazes and I'm sure you can see which half belongs to which glaze. They have both knocked back the brightness and have sealed the substrate and paint layers at the same time.

I hope you find this useful in your art work. Here's a graphic if you are pinning the techniques.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are enjoying the series.

hugs Brenda xxx

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Skype Journal

Welcome to a Skype collaboration post where I have a fabulous (well I think it is) Eileen Hull HeArtfelt journal to share with you made in an hour long Skype session with the lovely Nikki Acton. We were both experiencing mojo issues and thought that sharing a project and ideas together would help us get through it and get us motivated and feeling better about our crafting again - it certainly worked for me, I really do love what I made.

The Ipads were on the tables and connected to Skype. We had already decided to do the journal before the session and had them and the panels cut and ready to go. We weren't sure how we would collaborate and in the end decided we would take turns in suggesting each new layer for the background and could opt out if we wanted to after 6 layers.
So here's how it went -

1. Brenda - choose 2 colours of paint and use a brayer to create the first layer.
I used raw umber and titan buff.

2. Nikki - dip, drip and dry with a third colour.
Mine was burnt sienna.

3. Brenda - use a stamp.
 I pulled out a Tim Holtz ledger script stamp and coffee archival ink.

4. Nikki - stencil with paint.
Titanium white was sitting on the table and a sponge and I used them both with Tando Creative and Tim Holtz harlequin stencils.

5. Brenda - paint a wash or glaze of colour all over
I took soft touch varnish, paynes grey, burnt umber and titanium white with a little water, mixed together and used this to knock back the colours and vintage them up a bit more.

6 - Nikki - more stencilling - anyway you like.
At this point I was really happy with my layers and didn't want to stencil again. I tried the printing method but wiped it all off as it really looked awful and decided to go back to my original stencils and ledger script stamp and I stamped through them creating a little darker stamping but not too much of it - phew it worked and looked ok.

7 - Brenda - edge/frame in any way you want to.
I added this layer just because I like to darken the edges of my work and I sanded them back and blended ground espresso round.

Coffee break

Mine was a coffee caramel popcorn frappuccino (taken from the freezer).

I painted raw umber, dried it and applied a layer of weathered wood and when that was dry painted over eternal chalky finish paint and somehow got quite a mega crackle. A few layers of stenciling, stamping and colour washes and I had something that fitted with the front and back covers in both colour and design.

We decided we would use die-cuts that we had in boxes or lying around rather than cut anything new with an agreed circle shape and some words incorporated into the design. Here you can see me pulling bits together and I also added some memory box chloe flowers and a paper doll with a 'halo' to bring attention to it.

Five hours later we had finished with elastic in and ties and panels on. Woo hoo what a fantastic and fun collaborative Skype session with two brilliant projects finished. Can you guess we both went through the same processes to get to our finished designs? Amazing isn't it how different they are?

Thanks Nikki for a fabulous five hours, we had a great laugh, swapped ideas and tips, talked to Frankie (her cat) and both ended up with something we were really pleased with. All paints and mediums I used are from DecoArt media line.

We had so much fun we are doing it again at the end of August/beginning of September.

Thanks for stopping by, please pop over to Nikki's blog - Addicted to Art and take a look at her project and photos in more detail. I'm sure you'll love her journal and be amazed at how different it is.

See you soon.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Blue and green - mixed media journal cover

I'm still making Eileen Hull midori size journals and this time I thought I'd create one for art/ mixed media techniques. As the midori style journal can take three or more signature booklets I thought I would begin by creating one using my DecoArt paints and mediums. This panel is for the front cover, I'll show you the journal as it unfolds as I want to create panels for the back and inside covers too. It is my DT sample for the new Country View Challenges theme starting today with the lovely Corrie choosing 'Blues and Greens'.

I began with some old book and music paper, adhering it to the panel with decoupage and applying a coat over the top at the same time.

Next using phthalo turquoise, viridian and green gold I painted watery blends over the surface and dried it.

Next two brayered layers of the blue and green colours mixed independently with some gesso .....

.... and then white gesso through Andy's gorgeous ammonite stencil using white gesso with a blending tool and foam.

I knew at this point I was going to add some words and maybe embellishments so I didn't want to add to much more to it  and although I love these bright colours I thought I would tone it down with a coloured varnish to knock back the colour and seal it at the same time but as I was thinking that I thought I'd add a few splatters of paint as well.

So I've still got some lovely contrast of colour but they're not in your face, just toned down a bit more. It's actually not such a big sea change as I only used some ultra matte varnish with some paynes grey in it.

Panel one complete with some stamping, remnant rubs and a quote chip to finish it off. Three more to go which is when I will reveal the journal ready to be filled with techniques I am experimenting with or want to practice

I hope you'll get a chance to pop over to see the fabulous line up of projects my lovely teamies have been making and also get a chance to join in with us.

August - where did summer go????? I know the gardens needed rain but we could do with some sun as well to keep the flowers flourishing.

I hope August is a good month for you. Tomorrow is my next fracture clinic appointment and I am keeping fingers crossed that I come home boot free so that I can wear normal shoes again and get back to driving my car - that will be fabulous if it happens.

Enjoy your art.

hugs Brenda xxx