Friday 30 March 2018

Tag Friday AVJ

It's a Tag Friday post over at A Vintage Journey

I began by stamping the salamander from France Papillon's Illusionary Artist set of stamps Creepers and Crawlers using distress oxide, spritzing it with water and drying it before cutting it out.

For the background I die cut a tag using media paper tag and stamped with gesso to get some immediate texture and interest on my tag and then dipped in spiced marmalade and worn lipstick distress oxides. When that was dry I rubbed in some vintage photo around the edges and spritzed with water and heat dried and later towards nearing completion I stamped lightly with an old text stamp and splattered both titan buff and titanium white media fluid acrylic paint.

I used the same distress colours plus walnut stain and barn door DI to get another background from which I die cut a robo bar frame by Seth Apter. This was a little smaller than I wanted so I have saved it and cut the outside piece into a larger frame in which the salamander can sit.

I sewed round the edges of my tag and then mounted it onto some brown card. I also sewed down the sides of the frame.

These are the elements I collected for embellishing, the button actually got left off when it came together it just didn't work.

The Salamander is mounted over some chicken wire .....

... and the book plate is being recycled although the inner part is new.

 For more information and inspiration pop over to A Vintage Journey to see what the other amazing Creative Guides have added for us to peruse.

Happy Easter.

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday 26 March 2018

Entomology tag for Easter

I have a pretty Spring like tag over on the Country View Crafts project blog today and I think it's a perfect gift tag for that Easter egg or present for someone special. 

I have outlined the steps with photos if you fancy taking a look at how it came together.

Easter is only a few days away. I love getting out my seasonal decorative pieces for this time of year.

Hope you have a good week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Updated from CVC Project Blog

Begin with distress oxides in spiced marmalade, broken china and cracked pistachio and create a dip and dry background.

 Stamp some flying bugs, I used the Entomology set of stamps by Tim Holtz and used his stamping platform to get a strong outline ( I stamped it twice using coffee and black archival inks)

Take forest moss, pine needles, tea dye and rusty hinge ordinary distress inks and with a paintbrush paint in the wings. I also used some white linen ink spray by dylusions to highlight the bodies.

Next take some scraps of paper and tear pieces to cover the butterflies and stamp the text stamp, also from the etymology set, with broken china doxide.. 

Before removing the paper lightly spritz over with water and heat dry.

Stamp the small butterflies from the classics 17 stamps and remove the little Fig. numbers, cut, distress ink the edges and adhere. Also stamp the special delivery from the correspondence set directly onto the tag.

I always 'frame' my tags, cards etc and didn't want to rely just on the normal distress inked edges so I searched my boxes of old unknown stamps and found a fabulous forgotten distressed border stamp which I used with cornflower blue archival ink.

Finally I covered the winged bugs again and splattered some white gesso and then finished with the distress inked edges.

A lovely gift tag with springlike images and colours don't you think?

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Positivity journal panel for CVC

I am over on the Country View Crafts blog today with a panel for my positivity journal and using some of the new Aall and Create stamps. More photos and a description can be found over there.

Thanks for popping in.

hugs Brenda xxx

Updated from CVC Project Blog

The background was made by laying down some gesso applied on the back of a palette knife and left to dry before adding in some colours - primary cyan, cerulean blue, titan buff, raw umber and burnt umber, taking time to add some dips of watery washes of these colours and finishing with a brayer and titanium white to bring some brightness back. 

The stamp set has 11 stamps in it, so there's plenty to help make up a composition with the brush which has written around it -
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
The stamp above says - Creativity takes courage.

The little arrow and dots make a nice fill in piece and the circles make up a great border.

I love using text so I added some very light random stampings of one of my own small stamps.

I used the quotestamp on paper so that it stood out more and shaded round it after I had finished and sealed it all with matte medium.

To get the finished look I splattered some raw umber and white paint and dried it and took my white posca pen to add some small dots in the circles and a black one to add some squiggly border additions. I sanded the edges and blended in ground espresso distress ink.

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Mini Book Storage for DecoArt Media Team

I am up on the DecoArt blog today with  a storage shelf kit from Tando Creative to house their mini books.

I have as always used layers of paint but this time used the new Premium range of acrylics which are absolutely fabulous to use.
If you would like all the details please pop over to the DecoArt Media Blog to see all the process steps with plenty of photos.

The little books and the shelf were made for Stitches so you will be seeing more of some of those little cute albums, just keep your eyes peeled here on the blog.

Thanks for being here, enjoy your week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Sunday 18 March 2018

Tando Tiny Mini Album - Vintage style

I have a super cute mini book over on the Tando blog today. It measures about 6 cms square and is just such a sweet little thing to hold in the hand.

There's more details on the blog although I didn't have time to do the process steps as it was for Di as a sample to use at Stitches last month and she has kept it lol. There are a few more photos as well though.

I hope you can pop on over. Thanks for dropping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday 16 March 2018

Visual Journal - altered book and cabinet card for AVJ

As promised my step by step of the altered book I made to start our new year of challenges is now up at A Vintage Journey. You will see how I prepared this cover and how the embellishments and finishing touches pulled the vintage collage together. To see my original post and my 'Treasure' that triggered this project for this month's challenge click here.

I have already created the first pages in this book so keep an eye here on my blog in May when I will  link to the DecoArt Mixed Media blog when the project goes live.

Thanks for being a reader and supporter of my blog, I do read all your comments and really appreciate them.

Have a great weekend and hopefully enjoy some crafting time of your own.

hugs Brenda xxx

Updated from AVJ
I began by preparing a couple of old books by painting the outside covers with gesso and adding some texture using the gesso with a palette knife when it was dry.

Having chosen the larger book and this cabinet card to use .....

..... I decided that as it was quite plain I would alter it and I found a piece of old Graphic 45 paper and cut an oval shape from it.

I had ensured there was plenty of space around the oval to fully cover the card.

I aged the centre cut by rubbing round with an emery board and blending over ground espresso DI. Then I adhered it onto the cabinet card and used a sanding block to sand away the excess patterned paper. This had then distressed the edges as well and again I blended in ground espresso DI.

I started to gather bits and snippets to make some decisions on the embellishing first. Every piece has been painted, inked and/or distressed in some way. I sealed all the card embellishments with satin varnish before they were added to the cover.

This cabinet card covers quite a bit of the front cover so I felt I needed to create a layered background with textures and neutral covers. I began with a text stencil and texture paste mixed with gesso that I heat dried and then, dribbled, dipped and spritzed my gorgeous decoart media acrylics.
 Using quinacridone magenta, titan buff and yellow oxide I dribbled and spritzed the colours to create a light mottled background.

I stamped with the same colours using a text stamp from the Andy Skinner shabby chic set.

I darkened the background by dribbling and spritzing some raw umber with titan buff and dabbled over some watery titanium white (all the time I am heat drying between each layer).

At this point I decided to seal it and used the DecoArt satin varnish. I wanted it to be very sturdy and ready to take the punishment of it being used regularly and creating and making the new journal pages. I began adding the collage elements in layers ....... getting the base parts adhered and flattened under a heavy box.

Now to add in the collage elements. I used the new clear modeling paste from DecoArt and oh boy does it have a strong bond for the card, fabric and metal pieces.

Looking at the book I felt there was something missing - contrast in the background - so I took a fine brush some quinacridone gold, paynes grey and raw umber ........ and with some dabbling of the colours around the collage elements the shading, shadowing, aging and framing has brought it together more.

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Panel 7 - Antediluvian

..... or something ancient, primeval, prehistoric.
This is another of Andy's skulls and comes from the Skulldoggery set of stamps.

Process Steps
1. Paint a layer of brown umber media acrylic paint.
2. Monoprint using card painted with titan buff and rubbed onto the background.
3. Stamp with some numbers/text with coffee archival ink.
4. Repeat step 2 with cobalt blue and titan buff.

5. Lightly brayer some titanium white ver the surface.
6. Stamp text using burnt umber, quinacridone gold and titan buff paints.
7. Stamp the skull and specimen onto tissue paper and adhere.
8. Give everything a coat of satin finish varnish.

I love how striking the images are on this slightly textured background, the tissue paper technique works perfectly if you use a soft white tissue paper and seal it afterwards,

Thanks for stopping by. The weather today has been beautiful, some blue skies, sunshine and feeling quite mild. Spring must be on it's way.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxx

Sunday 11 March 2018

Positivity Panel for Mother's Day

If you saw my post on Friday you will know I have started a Positivity Journal and I thought I would make a panel as a tribute to my Mum. I can no longer make or buy her a Mother's Day card or gift but this seemed perfectly apt and helped me remember her with very fond memories.

I used the process steps almost exactly the same as I had used on the two panels shown on Friday.  I had covered the card with canvas from a canvas pad and stamped onto it using the media acrylic paints before adding the tissue tapes. 

The heart was a Tando one that I soaked and split into four thin ones so it will not be too bulky in the journal. The words were computer generated and to me my Mum is one of the best and most beautiful things in the world. I cannot see or touch her anymore but I certainly feel and love her in my heart.

I hope I haven't got too slushy but I still like to think of her often but even more so today.

Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful Mums out there.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday 9 March 2018

Positivity Journal Panels for Andy Skinner

I have a post over on Andy Skinner's blog today sharing these panels I have made for a new Positivity Journal.
Sitting on a shelf were some offcuts of card measuring 3 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches left over from a previous project and I decided to make up a couple for my DT contribution to Andy's blog this month both using the same recipe but changing papers, images and colours etc and adding an odd scrape of gesso for texture and variation on the second one.

Card 1.
Seal the card with a coat of gesso.
Stamp diagrams onto greaseproof paper and adhere to the card. Sand round the edges with sandpaper to remove any excess.

Add some tissue tape to different parts of the card.

Spritz the surface with water and finger paint some light daubs of cobalt blue hue, cerulean blue and raw umber. Heat dry. The tissue tape will probably lift so seal the whole surface with a coat of decoupage sealer/glue.

Stencil numbers etc using Andy's French Elements stencil and black acrylic paint or black gesso.

Die-cut, punch or tear stars from patterned paper and adhere to the card. (I used some left over painty card and the tim holtz dimensional stars thinlits dies and some watery paint in the crevices)

Add a quote and .......

..... sand back and ink the edges.

Card 2
Follow the steps above and before stencilling Time .... In Action, just scrape a little gesso with a flat palette knife and dry.
The cogs are from Tando Creative and to keep the panel flat I soaked them in water for a while and then split them into 3 or 4. That way I could layer several and it not sit bulkily in the journal I wanted to put them in.

It was only once I had finished the first one that I liked it so much I decided I would use the small panels for the little altered journal I had started. I remember my friend Astrid had started a positivity journal years ago so  thought I would start a new one and add these cards to the pages.

Well I'll have to make sure I make a positivity panel every month so I can fill all the pages.

Take care I hope you have a good weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday 5 March 2018

Faux Wood for Tando Creative

I have a post over at Tando Creative today where I have shown my weathered floorboards technique which you can see over there and here.

I definitely seem to be in pink mode at the moment as here's another shabby grugy project in a vintage rose colour.

When I began this project it was snowing outside and I chose the elements I wanted to use which included that heart so I decided to find a snowy palette with a touch of red. Here it is.

But there isn't a rich dark burgundy red in my media paints range so I had some fun with colour mixing to find the colours I would need to use.
Here is my colour mixing palette and by the time I had tried these all out I just went for it in my paint palette and added cadmium red hue, sap green, paynes grey, pyrrole red, and a little black. It's a little browner than I wanted but I'm happy with it as part of the background.

It would be lovely if you could join me over there and also see what ideas the other team members show us.

I hope you've had a great weekend and hopefully the snow has gone or is going wherever you are especially in the Uk.

Enjoy your week.

hug Brenda xxx

Update from Tando Blog

Faux Wood

Hi it's Brenda here with a project for faux wood week. I have created a faux weathered floorboards effect on card and then added it and some embellishments to one of my large media boards cut by Di.

Paint the card with the base colour of your choice. I mixed some cadmium red hue, sap green and paynes grey to create this rich burgundy colour.
Rub some candle wax in the direction of the boards you will finish with ie for me that's longways. 

Then paint over with titanium white, keep gently swiping the brush in the same direction and slowly some of the paint will be rubbed away by the brush and you can see where you laid down the heavy rubs of wax.

Gently heat and wipe with a dry paper towel (again in the same direction) to remove a little more of the paint.

Repeat the previous two steps using titan buff.

Mix a very small amount of your burgundy or chosen colour again and add some titanium white and a small spritz of water to create a pastel colour. Rub with the candle again and paint your mixed colour over it. You will start to see small patches showing through where the water and candle wax don't mix.

Repeat the drying process. You can see how you are building up the worn and weathered layers of paint. Each new layer exposes some of the individual layers underneath.

To make this look like shabby floorboards I dipped the card first in titanium white and dried it and then in some raw umber to give the top coat that grungy look.

To finish the effect, score lines to create the ‘boards’, distress the lines with a sanding block and rub in a brown distress ink. Adhere to the backing board and distress and ink the edges.

I have painted and altered each one of the embellishments using more of the DecoArt media fluid acrylics. The clock had a layer of dark paint, a layer of weathered wood crackle medium and then I finger painted some white crackle paste that has given me another weathered look.
The heart was painted, covered with clear crackle glaze with titan buff rubbed in when dry and the clock hand was painted with a mix of cadmium red and silver then rubbed in paynes grey and then had ground espresso distress ink blended over the whole piece,

The word label was a left over piece from a workshop. painted, distressed, a word added and sealed with decoupage.

Thanks for popping by to see my faux wooden floorboards.

hugs Brenda xxx

This size isn't on the website yet but ask Di if you would like some this size.

Friday 2 March 2018

Treasured birthday at AVJ

AVJ is celebrating it's 4th birthday with a fabulous theme simply called 'Treasure'. I am hosting this milestone and have set the brief.
Treasure can be described as wealth or riches we store or accumulate, a collection of valuable, interesting or useful things, bits and pieces we highly value, articles that we hang onto that we’ve bought or found and might never be able to purchase again. What is in your crafty or artsy treasure trove - those items we squirrel away to keep for something special? Maybe some elegant embellishments, that hoard of ephemera or memorabilia found in a junk shop, a tin of old buttons, rusty keys or diamant√© jewels, a paper pad you get out and stroke then put away again, some beautiful fabric or lace you can’t bear to part with. We invite you in this challenge to share a project that includes a part of your treasure trove, just let us know what it is so we can see it and comment on it and remember our focus styles and genres to work in (which can be seen under out blog banner) if you would like to be considered for being chosen as one of our top 3 Pinworthy mentions.

I have lots of crafty treasures, some of which get used occasionally but I have a slowly growing collection of old photographs (not of my family) that I pick up when I see them at car boot sales, antique fairs etc. I have scanned some of them onto the PC and printed out the images to use at times but I have never been brave enough to take one of the cabinet cards and actually mount it on a project so here goes.

I wanted to make a new visual journal using an old book and bought three of them for £1 each. I prepared a couple of them by painting the outside covers with gesso and added some texture.

I altered my chosen cabinet card - you can probably see which one I chose from my treasured collection above.

On the background I created lots of layers with gesso, texture paste, painty overlays and stamping before varnishing to help make the cover more sturdy before it gets thumbed and used when creating the new pages inside.

My collaged embellishments have all been altered in some way with paint and inks to age and distress them to fit the vintage appeal I was trying to establish.

They also got more distressing when I was adding the final details.

I will have the process steps for this project here on the 16th March so do keep a look out if you are interested in how this all came together.

I hope you will be able to pop over to the AVJ challenge blog to see some more fabulous samples to fit with our theme and maybe you will be able to join us.

I hope the snow hasn't hit you too hard, we've had a covering and I had to postpone a workshop I was supposed to be teaching yesterday, I expect it will all disappear very soon.

Have a great weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx