Friday, 21 July 2017

DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team project - Vintage Collage Tag

Welcome everyone to one of my samples for the DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team blog which was showed over there in April.

I had been swapping a few bits recently and with one of my blogging friends and she very kindly sent me one of the new Etcetera tags, and at 5 1/2 x 10 inches I couldn't believe this was the small size.

I have really mixed my media this time round as I have used the chalky finish paints as well as the media fluid acrylics and mediums.

I took out some DecoArt chalky finish paints and brayered four layers drying between each one .

Relic ......

.... Primitive ...

.... Restore ....

.... Lace ....

I wanted to keep some of the peeled paint look but also wanted it to be brighter and shabbier so I grabbed a 12 x 12 stencil, painted it with white tinting base .....

...... and laid it over the tag rubbing it down with some kitchen towel ......

 ...... so that when I pulled it away it revealed random mottled dots with a white fill in. I really like this effect. Not wanting to add any more at that moment I left it to dry out overnight to give me some thinking space (yes I know I can overdo the thinking sometimes but for me the detail, the accuracy and the composition are everything - just the way my brain works!!!) 

Don't you love the texture the white tinting base has to it just because it was sandwiched between the tag and the stencil.

 So next morning I decided to stamp into the spots using a very old text stamp with French script on it. The two photos below show the technique and how it looked when I took the stencil away.

Now I started collecting together the ephemera and embellishments for this large tag .....

.... and inked and altered them ready to use and layer up. I started with the metal pieces to make the attachment for the word band and these pieces were altered with iced espresso metallic lustre.

I put together the collage layer by layer .......

..... layer two .........

..... layer three with a grounding strip (where the feet will go) and brushed the surface of all the papers with matte Decou-Page.

I gave all these pieces a wash of tinting base to bring them together into the colours of the background.

Then added some burnt umber, raw umber and quinacridone gold around the edges to give a slight rust effect to it. Use the water spritzer and watery colours with a small brush adding and drying until you are happy with it.

To finish I added the film strip, metal number, focal photo and butterfly. Then I twisted some rusty wire through an old button and adhered it in the hole at the top.

I hope you like my rather large wooden tag, thanks for stopping by to take a look and please do pop over to the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog where there is a wealth of inspiration, ideas and tutorials from the most amazing artists and covering a wide variety of art genres and skill. I am sure you will find plenty for you to choose from to inspire you.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Technique Tuesday - Pitted Glaze - DecoArt


Here's a great technique that I've seen used several times in different ways and with different products so I thought I would share it today as it's a technique I love to use when I want a rusted and pitted effect.

Paint the substrate by applying a layer of acrylic paint(s) using a wet wipe, paint brush, palette knife, old credit card, sponge and creating a layered effect. I decided to use all blues with some white and didn't want the blue paint to soak straight into the card so I scraped an very thin layer of white tinting base over to seal the surface and give me some more wiggle time to move the paints around. I wiped over the colours with a baby wipe blending them together and finished by dipping into watery washes of the same. (then forgot to take a photo!!!)

At this point either leave it plain or stamp it (as in my sample linked below) or as in my case this time round, I decided to stencil over the colour. I mixed together some gesso and white modeling paste and used a lovely Tando Creative stencil. Leave to dry although you can help it along with a heat gun. 

Apply clear embossing ink and ultra thick clear embossing powder and before heating use a scrunched piece of kitchen towel to dab over and remove some of the powder from the surface. 

Heat the powder until it becomes clear and shiny. 
Paint over the surface with brown and quinacridone paints and work into the cracks.

Leave it for about 45 seconds to a minute and then wipe back with a damp babywipe - you see the pitted areas showing - leaving some of the paint on the surface creates a very grungy effect.

But I wanted to show you what it looks like if you knock it back more and how you can get a cleaner effect but still see pitted areas - this is created by wiping over until you have taken almost all the paint off the shiny surface. So the effects can be controlled to your preference.

Here's one I made recently and stamped on before adding the embossing powder, I used it in a shadow box project, click here to be transported over to see it.

If you are keeping track of these techniques through Pinterest here's the next graphic for you.

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy experimenting with the technique and please let me know on Face Book if you use it.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Craft Stamper project

Just catching up with projects that haven't been posted and I've realised that I've missed out several of my Craft Stamper makes so this is one that was published last month that I called 'Creativity Takes Courage' and I used a THAT'S CRAFTY shrine that the lovely Laura sent me. It stands 24 cms tall and is a very sturdy design, I used DecoArt chalk paints on it and it was a dream to paint and stencil on the lovely smooth surface.

I love this dancing girl with what looks like a shower cap on her head - hence the title, I thought they went together well.

DecoArt chalky finish paints are fabulous to use as a base which is what I did here and I added media fluid acrylic with it to stencil with. You can see it on the back of the box as well as the front.

There's a tutorial in the magazine on how to create the textured rust that I used on the doily.

I also stamped the very back panel as well.

Some butterflies were rusted and some were dipped.

If you take the Craft Stamper magazine you will find this on P.46 of the June issue.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope your weekend goes well.

huge hugs Brenda xxx

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Things with wings #2

This is my second contribution to the Country View Challenges Design Team inspiration posts for this months challenge - Things With Wings. The background is one I made earlier in the week and posted up for my first Technique Tuesday post and I'm actually using the sample from that to create this card.

First I experimented with sponging more card and stamping butterflies on it but it didn't give me the elegance I wanted so I went searching in my cupboard and found some translucent papers. I took a butterfly from Tim's Watercolour stamp set and stamped the butterfly on both using quinacridone violet DecoArt media acrylic paint (the same as had been used in the background) and then cut them both out.

I mounted the background on the darker of the two papers.

I found a small greeting stamp to add the sentiment and made this into a card. 

I need to get some more things added to the Pack House space and this will do very nicely.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Technique Tuesday - Sponged stenciling - DecoArt media


I'm a technique addict and so many that I have used over the years are buried within projects and blog posts and often get lost and even forgotten so I am starting a series where I can label all my techniques together so that not only I but you also can get to them a bit quicker if we need to refresh ourselves what they are. I will be using mostly DecoArt products, particularly the media line paints and mediums.

Today I am beginning with a simple sponged paint and stencil technique.

First sponge some colours onto card blending them a little as you dab each colour on.

I used quinacridone red, quinacridone violet, dioxazine purple and titan buff.

When dry, lay the stencil over and blend titanium white and titan buff over the stencil making it a random coverage and not too thick a coat so that some of the colour underneath blends through ..........

 ........... so that when you remove it the coloured pattern is revealed and some of the channels from the stencilling have also been coloured.  I really love this effect.

This is a really simple way to create a background with a fabulous mottled effect that can now be stamped over, embellished in fact whatever you want. I tend to give mine a dirty glaze coverage to make it more aged and vintaged looking. (See a Technique Tuesday post coming up)

Another example can be seen on this post here.

I hope you enjoy this series and if you want to keep a track of them individually why not add them to a Pinterest Board - here's a graphic for you.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday, 7 July 2017

All Squared Up

It's a new challenge at AVJ today and the lovely Tracy has chosen - 'All Squared Up' as the theme to get our teeth into. I have to admit to sitting thinking about this one for quite a while, I love all sorts of shape and form yet did you realise that there is a psychology behind shapes? Certain shapes make us feel a certain way. Shapes with rounded edges are softer and more approachable, while shapes with sharp lines and edges, depict strength and presence and sometimes anger.  How do shapes make you feel?  

Anyway when composing my project for today I chose a 23 x 23 cm shadow box to work with where the frame comprises of the outside and inside edges which look like two squares and an inner mount in it with a 12 x 12 cm aperture which gave me three squares to work with. I also decided that whatever I made to go inside the mount would also be cut into squares (4 x 4 cms) which would hopefully take my eye right through to the centre - but I also decided that these squares would have some rounded patterns so that the finished piece didn't make me feel as though I was purely conforming and ending up with a very formal design losing depth and interest in the piece as a whole. Circles, curves and handwritten text on the other hand would imply movement and interest, so that's where I was aiming.

- paint the frame with phthalo turquoise, dry and paint a thin layer of weathered wood. When dry randomly scrape over some white crackle paste and leave to dry naturally. Paint over with titanium white and when dry then dribble through some watery yellow oxide paint.  

For the inner small squares I cut five 8 x 8 pieces of card so that I could play with different textures and designs but mostly complementary colours so I could cut them down and have plenty to choose from for the finished design.  

Square 1
I used a sponge stenciling technique so I could get some visual texture in there and then gave it a coat of my dirty glaze to age it a bit.  

Square 2
This was rusted enamel with some stamping again to create visual texture.  

Square 3
Similar to a mega crackle and used in my last Tag Friday post.

Square 4
This is a drip and spritz background and some stencilling that can be seen here. When I came to the end to put the larger square together you will see I omitted this one completely, it just didn't look right.

Square 5
I've called this Coarse Stucco. It uses texture sand paste to get the gorgeous coarse brick/rough cement texture.  

The three techniques that haven't got a link to them will be coming up as full tutorials soon. Keep your eyes peeled for Technique Tuesday posts. They'll be short and sweet but each one will hopefully spark you off for creating backgrounds and altering elements for yourself using the DecoArt products.

I really like the textures and colours and didn't want to take the next step but with the design in my head I knew I had to.

I also started playing with designs, but .......... uh oh ............. thats not working for me, too busy ........

So out came some more squares and I played with more neutral backgrounds. The first was using White, titan buff, yellow oxide and raw umber and brayered in layers and then dipped in white and beige at the end.  

For the second one I sealed the card with white tinting base and the just layered watery washes of titanium white, titan buff and raw umber adding a few splatters towards the end.

So I played with putting the squares together into more different designs ....

.... but you know what I did next ....... I cut them into 2 cm squares and took out the textured stencil ones and added more of the neutral ones ........ now I'm happier.

The day before I got to this point my gorgeous Alison Bomber stamps had arrived and I knew I needed to use them on this. I chose one that I knew I could add some embellishments with and hey presto the shadow box started to come together.

With some wildflower die-cuts and the quote with the natural additions all I had to do was rub some antiquing cream over the crackles on the frame and wipe it back and seal with ultra matte varnish and finish putting it all together.

I will have to admit that the composition didn't quite gel with me, I wanted to put something in the top right hand corner but after experimenting with a stamp, border and even cutting some little 1/2 cm squares of the bits that were left over, nothing worked for me - so embrace white space is all I'm saying .........

So what started as a series of painty, grungy squares turned out to be a very clean project for me and I really quite like it so who knows this may creep in from time to time.

 Products used are from the DecoArt Media range including the fluid acrylic paints and mediums.

 I hope you'll be able to pop over to the AVJ challenge blog to see the amazing samples from the Creative Guides again, oh they really are amazing and so varied.

 As for me as from today my calendar tells me it is 26 days and counting - that's till the boot comes off hopefully. Have a wonderful weekend whatever you have got planned.

 hugs Brenda xxx