Friday, 19 April 2019

Route 66 media board - Tando Creative

I have a quick post today sharing a small media board from Tando Creative, one I made for one of the visits Di made to Hochanda.

The Route 66 badge was stencilled onto a piece of leftover painty paper using  cerulean blue, phthalo blue and paynes grey media fluid acrylics.

The quote was stenciled using black modeling paste.

The background was created using a cracked distressed technique I have used before. The blues were chosen to get a retro look.

Short and sweet I'm afraid but sometimes time is of the essence.

Thanks for popping by and -

Monday, 15 April 2019

Mixed media - Stitch/sew journal panel

I created a new journal at the beginning of the month to hold small panels with a sewing/haberdashery theme so here's the first one. If you missed the making of the gorgeous journal with neutral outside covers you can find it here.

Process steps.
1. Tear patterned/designer papers randomly and glue to the panel. Also add some tape measure washi/tissue tape.

2. Dip this in watery gesso and dry a few times until you have a lighter and more cohesive look to the background.

3. Add some black asemic writing and areas of light colours to match the tones of the first papers you used with oil pastels or water soluble crayons. (I used oil pastels, sometimes scribbling 2/3 colours together then I heated them with a heat gun and rubbed them with my finger to blend them). Also distress the edges and blend some  ground espresso ink around them.

4. Cover the surface with embossing ink and cover with vintage beeswax baked texture by Seth Apter and heat emboss. Repeat with a layer of UTEE.
 Heat the surface and add a little of the bone mixed media powder from ranger.

5. Rub a coffee archival ink pad around the edges to frame the panel. Heat gently to dry.

6. Now add a third layer of embossing and again I used UTEE and have your stamps and watering can archival ink to stamp into the molten surface. Hold the stamp there for a few seconds so the the embossing cools down a little before removing the stamp.

7. When it had cooled completely I bent the panel t get it to crack the embossing and rubbed white antiquing cream all over. It needed to dry for 5 - 10 minutes.

8. In the meantime I collected together a few embellishments together and blended DI and dark grey and burnt sienna premium acrylic paints over the metal pieces.

9. When dry I rubbedback the background to give it a more shabby vintage feel.

10. And added embellishments. The hooks and eyes are torn from an old packet I gathered from my Mum's supplies many years ago.

The scissors are flat backed and I added some paints to age them.

I added a little burnt sienna to the buttons too.

I absolutely love the finished effects. It's not at all how I thought it might look and I was very surprised at how dark the vintage beeswax embossing is, but mixing it with layers of clear worked well.

This will now be added to the journal.

Thanks for taking an interest and popping by and ........

Friday, 12 April 2019

Collect Beautiful Moments - Journal Panel

Just stopping by with a quick journal panel that I made some time ago. It now belongs in my 'blessed' journal, it makes me feel so happy that I am able to spend time with my art and have been so blessed to have learnt so much in the past 10 years or so and am able to share what I do with others. It really is an important part of my life now.

Process Steps
Paint a media paper panel with a light coat of gesso.
When it is dry stamp using a largish background stamp using archival ink. I used a stamp platform to help me get a fairly good image over the gesso.
Stamp a small but pretty text stamp with watering can archival ink, lightly and randomly over the background.

Create some age by blending a little ground espresso distress ink over the panel also blend some around the edges. Spritz with water and dry with a heat gun.
Add a small collage with a photo booth vintage picture.

Die-cut a couple of wildflower stems from core'dinations paper, edge with brown distress ink and flick with white gesso.

Add a flower ephemera piece and some words.

The paint behind the panel on the kraft page was just a mop up from a different project, simple but it fitted the bill perfectly colour wise.

I have made quite a good start with a few journal pages this year and I have promised myself I will do more so that I can keep my art safe. Trying to keep canvasses, altered art, tags and media boards are so much harder to store. I currently have three journals on the go so we'l see what happens.

As always thank you so much for taking some time to stop by and ....

Monday, 8 April 2019

Wildflowers card for Country View Crafts

I have a card today using the gorgeous wildflower stems from Tim Holtz, I just adore the shapes of theses blooms and the added greenery. I am also sharing it over on the Country View Crafts Project Blog.

Process steps
Spritz the back of the doily stencil and sprinkle over sunset beach infusions. Lay over the card panel and rub over with a dry piece of kitchen paper. Remove, heat dry and edge with age mahogany distress ink.

 Gather together some ephemera pieces to make a little collage .......

 ..... and adhere the flowers and sentiment over the top.

If I were to make another of these now it would take less than half an hour but the thinking time and die-cutting time (I cut 6 different colours of flower!!!) took me several hours to get it right. BUT .... I actually really like it now I've got it done.

Thanks for taking the time to pop by today and ......

Friday, 5 April 2019

In the Neutral Zone for A Vintage Journey

It's Nikki's turn to host the challenge at A Vintage Journey and she want us to be in the neutral zone. 
Time to banish colour and use blacks, whites, greys, beiges, creams and browns, just what I love for some shabby projects.

I love sewing and haberdashery themed projects but rarely make them so I thought what better way than give me an excuse to get the sewing machine out, a little fabric and dress form and sewing associated stamps than to create a journal. Now I have somewhere to stay fairly neutral and to use collage papers, old patterns and vintage images to fill it.

Having cut one of Eileen Hull's wrapped journals I set about getting the covers sorted first.  I used DecoArt gesso and premium acrylic paints to create some texture and mottled colouring, adding layer upon layer until I was happy with it.

I sealed the whole surface with varnish so it will take more wear and tear.
The products are listed at the end of the post.

I used Stamperia papers to line the inside and yes ok I have included a little colour here but I know I will also use pastel tones on some of the pages I create over time.

Next came the collage front cover. The stamped dress form from Tim Holtz took centre stage and I collected together some ephemera, fabric oddments and used the sewing machine to leave some hanging threads.
I really like the way the dress form stands out prominently having been stamped with white acrylic paint on some dark brown card, it's a fabulous contrast.

The collage layers came together with me sitting and playing with small pieces of papers, ephemera and fabric until it looked balanced. I always know when it looks 'right' and I just have to spend time arranging and rearranging until it fits like a jigsaw puzzle for me.

 I decided to do something very similar for the back cover as I had this dress form left over.

Some more words to inspire me when I look to add some pages.

I added two small but very strong magnets to hold the journal together and covered them with a strip of tissue tape so that you don't see them when you open it.

I'll add my signatures soon, but this is what it looks like standing up.
There's a little button sewed onto the dress form as an embellishment and some words that open up the world for my imagination to run wild.

If you'd like to see more inspiring projects pop over to A Vintage Journey to see what some of the rest of the team has been making and please join in if you choose to use a neutral palette in one of your projects this month.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by - and ....

DecoArt Premium Acrylics - raw umber, burnt umber, burnt sienna, dark grey value 3, titanium white, titan buff.
DecoArt Premium white gesso
DecoArt Media ultra matt varnish, matte medium

Monday, 1 April 2019

Colour theme at Tando Creative - Gasoline Alley Tag

I love using a colour palette for inspiration and this time I had the stencil as well as this tag was for one of Di's Hochanda shows.

So here's how my muse took me.

Process Steps
1. Cover tag with DecoArt decou-page paper - I used text from Victorian Romance. Adhere with matte medium and seal the surface of the paper with it. When dry sand back the edges to get rid of any rough edges.

2. Paint a layer of  gesso, black and white mixed together to create a light grey  over the tag and wipe back to reveal some of the text.

3. Stamp some designs over the thicker gesso areas using watering can archival ink and scrape some white gesso over the tag with a palette knife and add a very small edging with it too using the side of the palette knife.

4.  When dry daub, spritz and dribble some paint through. I used quinacridone violet mixed with titanium white and also cerulean blue mixed with paynes grey and titanium white to get two more colours from the photo palette.

5. Blend some black modeling paste through the stencil on the tag to look like an advert.

6. Use a stabilo pencil and wet brush around the edge of the tag to add a 'frame' it.
7. Stamp and cut out a vintage car and the fuel vendor to add as embellishments.

8. Give it a coat of matte varnish.

I have shared this project over on the Tando blog too.

Thanks for stopping by and ......

Tando size 8 tag.
Tando - Andy Skinner new 15 cm stencil - Gasoline
DecoArt media fluid acrylics - quinacridone violet, titanium white, cerulean blue, paynes grey
DecoArt Mediums - black gesso, white gesso, matte medium, ultra matte varnish
Stamps - Tim Holtz Travel Ways, Documented, Vintage Auto