Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Artist Trading Cards

Today I'm sharing more ATCs as part of the UKATC swap group on Yahoo.  These are for one of  July's themed swaps which is Copper.
Top left, I used a script stamp and DI Pumice Stone to create the background which is matted onto card sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Walnut Gold.  The flower petals were white heat embossed with copper and gold embossing powder, then overstamped with the script and a flourish stamp.
For the top right I took a thick piece of brown card and melted 3 layers of the embossing powder to create a pool into which I pushed a Tim Holtz Stuff to Say stamp to create a de-bossed metallic effect.

For the last card I sprayed on Glimmer Mist then used part of the Tim Holtz clockwork stencil and DI Brushed Corduroy on the left-hand side.  I used DI Rusty Hinge for all the stamped images, overstamping the watches and 'tempus fugit' with StazOn metallic copper ink. Unfortunately this doesn't show up in the photo.
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Watercolour Poppy

I haven't shared any painting for a while and whilst this is only quick observation, not a finished painting, I'm pleased with the way the flower head turned out.

I used an underpainting of Quinacridone Gold to keep the colour as vibrant as possible and then allowed the top colour to blend on the paper.  I tried a different method of painting the stem and used the wrong brush which is why it's too thick.  But that's the point of preliminary sketches like this - so you get it right when you paint it properly.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Day We Went To ...

I love this photo of me with mum and my middle sister.  I think it was taken around 1981 when our parents had retired to Cornwall and Jackie and I decided we would both visit at the same time.  Unfortunately our eldest sister Ann couldn't join us.
I've had the BoBunny paper for ages and it was perfect for this photo which is double-matted onto  pale turquoise to match the paper and then onto black, leaving a pocket for the journaling.  The left-over vintage-style ephemera and flowers were made using Cricut dies Elegant Edges and Flower Shoppe and were perfect to finish off the layout, picking up the colours from the background paper.



Saturday, 11 July 2015

Artist Trading Cards

Here are my ATCS for the compulsory partner swap on UKATC Yahoo group for July.  This is a free choice of theme, technique and style but each one needs to be different as they all go to the same person.

I've used a piece of watercolour paper as the base for the card on the top left.  I'd been playing with some new brushes, laying down variegated colour washes and find these pieces are perfect for craft projects like this.   The background is stamped with DI Pumice Stone and a Crafty Individuals' script stamp, with the Tim Holtz 'post card' stamped in DI Vintage Photo. The image is from the Crafty Individuals' People and Places Miniature collage set.

Top right is a Clarity stamp heat embossed using Blonde Moments Fresh Red Iridescent powder.  The actual image is longer than this and is a lovely Art Nouveau style.

For the last ATC I used a piece of brown wrapping paper (one of my favourite things to craft with)piercing the holes ready for the stitching.  The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed in black.

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Monday, 6 July 2015

Be You...Art Journal

This is a quick scheduled post sharing another art journal page.  For this one I wanted to use collage elements from a magazine together with stamping but I started with the Tim Holtz wood stencil and white modelling paste to give the effect of a tree on the left-hand side. 

Next I tore out pictures of a wood and some stylised flowers from a perfume advert, using Mod Podge to stick them down.  Once dry I gave these a light coat of gesso which makes the wood look misty.  The whole page was then sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Antique Rose and Patina to tie the collage and paste elements together, then I brushed DI Evergreen Bough over the modelling paste to make the wood effect stand out more. 
The head and wand are stamped in black StazOn using the Doo Lally Pip stamp Princess Tippy toes.


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Spread the Memories

It's another challenge month at ALTERED ECLECTICS for mixed media and altered art only, no cards etc.

 My Design Team project this month is altered cutlery - or knives to be precise.
I have 3 old bone-handle butter knives which I remember using as a child.  They were the first knives I was allowed to use because they weren't sharp and I felt very grown up spreading butter and jam or (those of certain age will remember this for Sunday tea) fishpaste on my bread. Unfortunately over the last few years we've been careless and dropped them into the dishwasher to the point that as you can see they are splitting and cracking. 
I started by giving each handle a coat of Mod Podge to seal the surface so the cream acrylic paint wouldn't soak in.  Then using a hot glue gun, I carefully spiralled the glue around the handle to create a pattern and then painted the whole handle with another layer of paint, which covered the glue perfectly. This photo was taken before painting over the top.
  During a clear out I found some old costume jewellery, some broken which I no longer wanted to keep so I took the chains and wrapped each one around the handle, between the glue.  I found Glossy Accents worked well for this as the fine point allowed me to control where the glue went. 
I used a couple of old keys to decorate the handles, wrapping the end of the chain round them and hot gluing them into place.  The key on the bottom knife was covered with Alcohol Ink to dull the shine a little, the other key is in fact two flat padlock keys, glued together and covered with Frantage embossing enamel in old gold.
To finish off I stamped onto the blades using StazOn black ink and a Tim Holtz Stuff to Say stamp, masking out the individual words I wanted to use.  A flourish stamp and a gem from the broken pendants finished the knives off perfectly.
I still have one knife left which I'll alter in a different way but these two will eventually be mounted onto a canvas or box frame to hang on the wall.