Saturday, 1 October 2016

Spooky Skull for Halloween

It's a new challenge at Country View Crafts and Corrie is our host looking for all things spooky. I've had a play with Andy Skinner's skull stencil, various other stencils and lots of colour that got grunged up at the end.


I began with Andy's stencil and applied black modeling paste through it.


Then I began adding other stencilled textures around the skull.


Here you can see the four stencils I used. (Sorry it lost some definition somewhere)


The next step was to start adding colour and I used these seven over the next few steps


Spritzing with water and blending washes of colour in 'streaks' I put down the base layer.


You an see how I use the colours straight and also blend them on the craft mat to get the effects I want. 


Making sure the board was completely dry I then added some quinacridone gold to the edges, spritzing it with water and letting it run


Again having let that dry I mixed the colours into deeper shades and added more layers including the quinacridone around the edges again.


I love mixing he colours I am using to see what shades I get.


I added just water to the skull area and then dipped a fine paintbrush into titanium white then into the watery area also adding some medium grey. This highlighted the skull making it pop out more. I also coloured the teeth with a white posca pen.


Now to grungy it up by adding raw umber antiquing cream. The photo left below shows it after the antiquing cream had been brushed over and around the edged stencilled textures and on the right after I had let it dry then wiped it over with a damp babywipe to leave the brown in the recesses.


Some bakers twine dipped in the left over paints and a haunted token painted with prussian blue and quinacridone gold before a little orange metallic lustre rubbed and painted over it adds a little embellishment to it.


And the bats create a more eerie feel, they were die-cut in shiny black card using the mixed media Halloween thinlits.


A couple of Tim's Halloween remnant rubs and it's finished. It's not quite how I imagined it to be but I am still happy with the overall look.

I hope you will enter any of your Halloween projects into the challenge, it would be lovely to see you over there and wait till you see what is up for AVJ on the 7th, it's definitely the month of October lol.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my make.

See you soon.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday, 30 September 2016

September Tim tag

This is my second post for today and I just want to get this tag finished and entered into the Tim Holtz tag for September post. If you missed my Tag Friday post for A Vintage Journey this morning you can find it here.

I just loved Tim's tag from the very first moment I saw it with all the amazing techniques and effects he has created. I have also been watching so many fabulous versions of it emerge throughout the month and have been waiting for a chance to spend some time on it. Really I should have been prepping for my workshop tomorrow when doing this but hey ho I will just have to work longer tonight to get it all ready, I am just so please I have managed to get it done.


No details because you can find all the instructions and details photos from Tim on his blog HERE.


The colours I used were - salty ocean, walnut stain, pine needles and tarnished brass.


The metal pieces were painted with the distress paints and when dry I added metallic lustres to brighten them a bit.


Just a few embellishments as I wanted the alcohol ink resist technique to shine through and as you can see I got the sewing machine out too.


Thanks Tim for some amazing remix inspiration again this month and fabulous techniques.


Can't you always just amaze yourself when you follow Tim's teaching?

If you haven't see it I have a Tim Give Away going till next week, details are on my side bar. Don't miss out as it is easy to be in with a chance to win.

Right off to get that prepping done.

Have a fabulous Friday and a great weekend. I am looking forward to being at Country View Crafts tomorrow teaching my Autumn Frame and Halloween Shrine.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxxx

Tag Friday for AVJ

Yay it's a five Friday month so we all get the pleasure of making a tag for the AVJ blog and it's great as there are no rules or themes we just keep to the genres that we love.



I started by collecting together some mini tags and textured embellishments that I made a while ago to get a feel of the direction I was going to go in. Grungy, timeworn and rusted were the words that came to mind.

So I took an ordinary #8 tag and painted it with black gesso. When it was dry I then dipped and dried in watery washes of burnt sienna, yellow iron oxide and paynes grey mixed with cerulean blue which gave me those electric streaks. yep I felt I was definitely getting the right style.


For the next two layers I mixed media acrylics with lace chalky finish paint, so the first one was the lace mixed with raw sienna through a chevron stencil with a wash paynes grey and quinacridone gold mixed on the tag. The second was lace mixed with phthalo turquoise and burnt umber through Andy's cog stencil and given the same wash.


I added some text stamping in coffee archival ......


... and I sanded the edges and blended the same coffee ink round them. I also altered the smaller tags with media acrylics, dipping, spritzing, blending and drying ....


... and put everything together to create a collage. The arrow, 'explore' and route 66 badge were from my rusty bits box as they were made months ago and were surplus to requirements at the time, but came in so handy for this make.


Hope you can find a minute to travel on over to the Vintage Journey Tag Friday post and take a look at the magnificent inspiration from the Creative Guides, honestly their tags are amazing.


Have a great weekend, enjoy whatever you have got planned and thank you for taking a stop by my blog today, I really appreciate your visit.

hugs Brenda xxx

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Halloween Give Away

I find myself with an extra set of brand new Cobweb Blueprint Framelits stamps and dies and am offering it as a give-away to one lucky person who links a Halloween project to my linky below. I will keep an eye open for any other die cuts or extra embellishments I might have to add to the parcel when I send it off.



So to be in with a chance to win this set please add a Halloween project below which can have been made and blogged anytime in September or up to 6th October this year and be one of my blog, Google+ or email followers. You can enter as many times as you want. I will choose the winner next week on the 6th October at midday (BST) so that I can get it in the post and give you a chance to use it before the spooky season finishes.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing your entries.

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday, 26 September 2016

Remembering a special friend

Some of you will know I sadly lost a very special friend and Godmother to Ben at the end of August. I made this page straight after her funeral. She was a fun loving, strong lady who loved her family and friends and would do anything for anyone. We are going to miss her tremendously.



The page started as a 'mop up' piece used on the first page of the book (see here). I had used it for mono-printing and drying off using my trusty media fluid acrylics from DecoArt..


It looked very different by the time it had gone through a series of stamped, painty and stencilled layers.


My friend Linda loved her garden so I decided flowers would be my remembrance piece for her, I used Tim Holtz flower garden stamps, his wildflowers stencil and wildflowers die to create the effects. The stamped flowers were cut and individually painted using media fluid acrylics.



Seth Apter stamps in the background ....


....... various stencils.


And the page is in my Seth Apter style journal.


I would like to enter this into the Anything But Cute 'Friendship' challenge as it was partly inspired by being a Guest Designer for this current theme, but this is a very different style than the vintage clipboard I made for it. You can see that here if you missed it.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Harvest easel card

It's my turn over on the Country View Crafts Project Blog today and I made this quick easel card with a resist background.


It is a fairly quick background process, but what made it even quicker is the central panel was my test piece for the upcoming workshop on the (1st October details - HERE) and I didn't want to waste it or hide it in my bits box - I think it works well on a card.


Please stop by the project blog to see how I did the background if you have time.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

hugs Brenda xxx