Friday, 22 March 2019

Book panel for Andy Skinner

So I decided to do something different this year for my Andy Skinner posts and create a heavyweight panel book so you will see a few more of these coming over the next few months so that I can keep some of my more grungy mixed media work together..

Process steps
Paint the board with phthalo green-blue, prussian blue hue, cerulean blue and titan buff. Heat dry.
Drag slightly watery paynes grey around the edges, spritz with water, let it move about and heat dry. This frames the board.

Apply crackle paste through Andy's fossil stencil and put aside to dry.

Take the telephone dial and roughly scrape over some texture sand paste.
Rustify the frame pieces of greyboard I wanted to follow along with team member Hannah's fabulous Facebook live video which you can find HERE.

I sort of repeated Hannah's process on the telephone dial as well but she talked about mixing it up - so I did.

I took the printed numbers dial from the kit and gave it a coat of dirty matte medium wash to seal it and make it look aged. I stamped the circular board from Andy's Curiosity set of stamps in both coffee and black archival ink and also gave that a coat of dirty matte medium (thats decoart matte medium mixed with a little paynes grey and quin gold - just the tiniest pin prick amounts and a wet brush!).

It was here I started to assemble pieces and play with designs to the point that I really didn't like the room the frame took up, it created a distraction from the beautiful fossil and telephone dial. I knew I would use it some point but just not on this composition. After fiddling with all sorts of bits and pieces I decided I would go for book corners and simply make them look rusty with layers of watery quin gold. I also added some watery washes over the fossil crackle to start the transformation process using cerulean blue and red iron oxide,

 Next I scraped black modeling paste through Andy's Bubbles stencil around the fossil. When that was dry I also added some random patches of texture sand paste. It looks really grungy and not too attractive at the moment. Now the inner critic set in - was this going to work? etc, etc.

Once dry the fun began using all the rusty layering colours of paint with a water spritzer and a heat gun. I used paynes grey, burnt umber, transparent yellow iron oxide and quinacridone gold.

Then time to assemble.

My project is over on Andy's blog today with links to all the supplies.

Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by and ....

Andy Skinner stencils - Fossil and Bubbles
Andy Skinner stamps - Curiosity
Andy Skinner (Tando) kit - So Call Me Already
DecoArt media fluid acrylics - phthalo green-blue, prussian blue hue, cerulean blue, titan buff, paynes grey, silver metallic, yellow oxide. metallic gold, quinacridone gold, burnt umber, transparent yellow oxide.
DecoArt Media - white crackle paste, sand texture paste, black modeling paste, matte medium

Thursday, 21 March 2019

DecoArt Media Team - Fabric Journal

I have a post live today on the DecoArt Mixed Media Team Blog which includes these lovely little pages from a brand new Tando mini album.

I'd love it if you could pop over to see how the album came together and leave me a little love over there. Thank you.

I'll be back tomorrow with a project on the Andy Skinner blog too. It's busy, busy, busy!

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday, 18 March 2019

My first workshop this year at Country View Crafts

I had a fabulous workshop at Country View Crafts last weekend teaching techniques and sharing tips with a fabulous group of people who attended. This was the project - a shadowbox filled with textures, images and ideas.

I enjoyed putting this together as well as teaching the process steps and taking centre stage are two od the Tim Holtz Cottontail die cuts, created in a mixed media style.

Participants also put together a collage layer for a rusted frame to sit over using ephemera and papers ....

.... and I demonstrated quick and easy way to add watercolouring using decoart media fluid acrylic paints.

I love the entomology bugs which come as stamps and dies and these are fabulous for adding interest with the layers ......

.... including one hiding in the wildflower foliage.

The crackle background worked perfectly using a stencil with the decoart media crackle paste and then layers of watery acrylic paint washes.

I have a post over on the CVC project blog today that also shares these photos and also a video of the projects made on the day.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

DecoArt media fluid acrylics - quinacridone gold, paynes grey, raw umber, sap green and cobalt turquoise hue, green gold, cerulean blue, viridian, pyrrole red, titan buff, raw umber, titanium white, translucent white, cobalt teal, burnt umber, yellow oxide .
DecoArt mediums - media white gesso, media white crackle paste, decou-page sealer, texture sand paste, matte medium.
DecoArt - Glazing medium
Tim Holtz dies- Cottontails, Wildflower stems #1 and #2, mini 3d border
Tim Holtz - entomology stamps and dies

Friday, 15 March 2019

AVJ March Challenge Tutorial

I'm sharing the process steps for my March AVJ project today over on the AVJ challenge blog.

Come see how I made this background

The candlestick ......

The platform it all sits on .......

The vignette box ......


The word banner and little extras ......

I was so pleased with the outcome of this and it now sits proudly on the sideboard in my dining room.  

Thanks for stopping by and ......

Monday, 11 March 2019

Vintage journal pages for Country View Crafts.

I'm sharing these journal pages today over on the Country View Crafts Project Blog and I decided to journal as I wanted to use the lovely quote stamps from the amazing Alison Bomber. I'm working in my vintage altered book journal and chose to use the friendship set of stamps.

Process steps
1. With a palette knife cover the pages with a layer of gesso - don't worry about it being smooth, the rough areas create wonderful texture later on.
2. Tear some brown paper and collage papers and adhere to the pages - leave some white space too.

3. Scrape some black gesso in a few random places and when it's dry repeat with some more white

4. Choose your focal vintage image, some ephemera, cheesecloth and interesting die-cuts to add to the design. It's usually about this point I will arrange things on the pages to see how it all fits together. I take a photo whilst it's on my desk so I can put everything back in the same place when I come to do the final assembling

5. Take some small stamps and add some numbers and text in purposefully placed areas -  this part is not random as you want the stamping to keep the cohesiveness and balance of the pages. I kept it very subtle as there was already lots going on in the papers.

6. Edge all your pieces with brown distress ink. I had found the wildflower stem on my table and had dipped it and the bee in watery ground espresso distress ink. Adhere all the bits to the pages. My stamps hadn't arrived when I had got to this point so I was unable to place my quote in position but I knew I was going to stamp on media paper and cut it up to fit on the left hand side where there is plenty of room. 

I was happy when they turned up and I could complete the project.

I have to be honest and say I was expecting them to arrive that day and they did. Susan is so reliable with her dispatches.
Here are the pages individually.

Love my paper dolls and the strong and bold palette of limited colours and you can see I wasn't frightened of leaving some white space. In fact it took me quite a while to decide on where to place the words to keep the composition looking right. And it worked!

Thanks for joining me today and ....

Friday, 8 March 2019

Journal page for DecoArt Media Team

I have started a new journal and if you missed the cover you can find it here. This is the first page made as a DecoArt Team member for 2019 and I have used real leaves I picked up in the garden as well as stencilled leaves too.
I know many of you might have already  seen this on the DecoArt blog but I'm just bringing all the details into the fold of my own space here at Bumblebees and Butterflies. My friend Alison Bomber calls it an 'encore' post.

Process steps

1. Using black archival ink randomly stamp a text background. Dry with a heat gun.

2. Use a monoprint technique using some quite thick paper or a piece of card. Randomly paint your piece of card with white gesso and press it onto your page.

Repeat until you are happy with the background. Play with the amount of colour you paint onto the card and watch for the variations it gives you. Leave some of the kraft page and text showing through. I placed a piece of wax paper behind my page to protect the pages underneath and prevent them from getting stray paint on them.

3. Using the dark grey mixed with titanium buff on your craft mat, spritz with water to create a watery wash, with a paint brush spread it out over a wide surface area …..

….. and dip your page into and dry several times.

4. Repeat step three with a very tiny amount of prussian blue (it really is a strong pigmented colour) mixed with some paynes grey.

5. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to tone it down again but leave some of the colours showing through as well.

6. It was here I decided it looked a little too cool in tone so I brayered some transparent yellow iron oxide over to warm it up. I wasn’t sure if I had done the right thing but I persevered and carried on.

7. Now I tried another monoprint technique using a stencil, but it didn’t work for me. I think it was because my background was too textured and didn’t allow my stencil to lay flat on the surface. We always learn something from our experiments don’t we?
Acrylic paints can dry very quickly especially in warm environments so I added a little extender medium to my colours for this next step. I used prussian blue hue and diarylide yellow.
I mixed both of these colours individually and together on my palette with the extender medium ……

…. then using my craft mat I painted some onto a stencil and then pressed it onto my page, rubbed over the back with some clean kitchen towel and repeated with the same stencil design to add pattern and texture.

But it wasn’t quite what I expected but you know what they say – get over it, there’s never a right or wrong way it’s all part of the learning process. So that’s what I did.

8. There is a bonus as you can press some clean media paper or card onto the surface of your mat or plate and rub over the leftover paint to ‘pull’ prints which can be used later.

9. Knowing that I had a leaf to add to the page I decided I wanted some of this background to show through but I also needed a more neutral palette for the leaf to sit on so I scraped some white gesso over the page using a palette knife keeping the flat side horizontal to the page. I can still see some of the original grey and blue and some of the stamping.

10. I took this a bit further and mixed some gesso and white modeling paste together and scraped it through the leaf stencil and a small dotty stencil to create texture. I left it overnight to dry and then mixed some sap green with glazing medium and painted it all over the substrate and wiped back with a wet wipe. (I love this technique I learnt from our very own talented Shawn Petite).

11. I wanted to make this a bit grungier so I repeated step 10 using raw umber fluid acrylic.

12. I had picked a couple of bits up from the back garden to use in this journal. To get them ready I placed them between some kitchen paper and two pieces of card, put two elastic bands around it and put it in the microwave on full power for 2 minutes. They came out lovely and dry and flat ready to use.

13. I had originally thought I would paint the leaf with gesso but I love the holes in the leaf parts and the faded colours so I decided to seal it on both sides using the DecoArt matte sealer spray instead. I have to be honest and say I don’t know how long it will last! Because it was very dry I painted a coat of matte medium over the top of the leaf but it was very fragile and broke in a couple of places.

14. So I altered course and made the decision to completely change the ending of my processes. I added some very small torn pieces of collage paper and then covered the page with a coat of clear modeling paste and laid the leaf in it to protect it. Originally I thought I might be able to glue it on with a hot glue gun but hey ho – all the best plans! This now made the leaf very soft and pliable and bends with the page.

15. To finish I cut three leaves from the prints you can see in photo 8, stamped them with some brown texture and drew in the veins.

I added some hessian ribbon, some stained cambric and some words to complete the page.

I'm looking forward to creating more pages in this journal.

Thanks for stopping by and ....