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Saturday, 28 March 2020

Secret Garden



Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a piece of home decor/mixed media to share with you today.  A friend of mine gave me a couple of MDF watering cans that she had got from Dreamees   https://www.dreamees.org.uk/  and I immediately thought 'Vintage' and 'Secret Garden' theme.  I have recently aquired some new silicone moulds which I use with air dry clay that I knew would be great for this project.    
So, I have used acrylic paint and mat arylic paint from my stash, air dry clay, moulds from Prima and La Blanche, Little Birdie paper flowers, La Blanche paper ephemera,die cuts from my stash, That's Crafty crackle gel, La Blanche antiqueing laquer, 13 Arts grit, Distress Inks, a little garden twine and gold gilding wax.




I  began by painting all surfaces with a terracotta acrylic, letting it dry then painted on a coat of crackle gel.  When that was dry I painted all the surfaces with a mat acrylic paint and watched the cracks appear, giving the effect of old, cracked paint.  




I added antiqueing laquer using a dry brush to age everything a bit more.  I wanted to include a brick wall in my design and some texture.  I have a brick wall stencil in my stash but it's too big for this project so I made one myself.  I took some clear packaging, which is usually very strong, and I used a die from my stash of a small brick wall.  I then mixed some sand texture paste and terracotta paint, and stencilled it onto the body of the watering can.  When that was dry I took the air dry clay pieces that I had prepared earlier; a bird bath, a figureen head, a bird house on a post and some tiny birds.  I painted the birds and the bird house but left the other pieces white so they looked like marble.  I attached them all to the watering can with multi purpose gel medium.  I added some die cut Ivy leaves, which I had edged with white gesso, to replicate creeping Ivy growing on the wall.  I then attached some white paper flowers, a couple of painted clay flowers, some die cut trellis and added some garden twine on the handle.  




I took some La Blanche paper ephemera sheets and cut out a dragonfly, a small photo and a tag.  I tore the edges of the photo and added some DI to them.  I then added ink to the edges of the tag and the Dragonfly before attaching all the pieces to the spout of the watering can.  
    

Next it was time to decorate the other side, I wanted to create a secret entrance to the garden.  I took another of my clay pieces, this time an old wooden door, and I painted it with mat acrylic paint.  I used gold gilding wax on the hinges and door handle, then added antiqueing laquer to knock them back a bit.  I dry brushed a light colour over the door to accentuate the grain then decorated the doorstep in the same way.   



I wanted to create the effect that the door to the secret garden was a bit hidden by lots of overgrown foliage, so I added various die cuts from my stash in different shades of green card.  I then added DIs to the edges of the leaves.






The next stage was to add the old brick wall, using the same products and techniqes as before.  When the 'bricks' were dry I attached the door and doorstep with multi-purpose gel.  




I then attached all the die cut foliage including the creeping Ivy across the top of the door.  I wanted to create some scruffy grounding for the piece so I took some fine grit and attached it on both sides, at the bottom of the watering can and over the base.  I then painted the grit with a mat acrylic in a tonal colour.   I attached a small white flower as a little tease of what might be behind the door.  






I added gold gilding wax to all the edges of the watering can and base, then cut out a butterfly and attached it to the spout to complete the design.
I had so much fun creating this piece!  I used around 8 different techniques and lots of products, in other words I had a wonderful playtime lol!  I am so pleased with the results too, it looks just as it did in my head when I was thinking about how I wanted to decorate my MDF watering can.
Thanks so much for dropping into my blog today, I hope you've enjoyed this post.  Feel free to browse further and I hope to see you here again soon!  :)

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Inspirational Garden



 Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  I am sharing another of my samples for Chocolate Baroque today, featuring more of their lovely stamps.  For this card I have used stamps from the Doodle Birds, Doodle Butterfly and Edgy Edges sets; Versafine Clair inks, Distress Oxide inks, Versamark ink, white EP and a gold pen.  



On a piece of Kraft card I stamped and embossed three floral images and a butterfly in white EP.  I then watercoloured the images with DO inks.



I took another piece of Kraft card and stamped a couple of images randomly in Versafine Clair inks.  I used a gold pen to edge the panel.  



On a spare piece of Kraft card I stamped the border image, painted the leaves then added gold pen around the edges, and around the edges of the focal panel.  



I then took an ivory base card and stamped a couple of worker images around the edges to create a border in first and second generation ink.  



I attached the focal panel to the background panel, then wrapped the border around both panels and attached all of them to the base card.  I took a strip of Kraft card and stamped and embossed a sentiment in white on it.  I then used the gold pen to edge it and attached it to the border with 3D gel. 



I'm really pleased with the result, this is a quick and easy design but it makes a really pretty card.  Another 'worker' card - suitable for a variety of occasions and recipients.
Thank you for visiting my blog - I hope you've enjoyed this post and maybe take a little inspiration.  Feel free to browse some of my other work, leave a comment, and I hope you'll pop in again soon  :) 

Golden Birdsong



Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a simple but pretty card to share with you today, it was one of my DT samples.  I have used Chocolate Baroque stamps from the Doodle Birds, Edgy Edges, and Rustic Fragments sets; Distress Oxide inks, Versafine Clair inks, Versamark ink, gold EP and a gold pen. 



I took a white base card and stamped a couple of images randomly in second generation ink.  I then stamped a textured image randomly over the card using first and second generation ink.  



On another piece of white card I stamped the border image twice then trimmed the card around each image to create two panels.  I then stamped and embossed a bird on each panel in gold.  I edged each panel with a gold pen and attached the panels to the card.    



On a spare piece of white card I stamped and embossed one of the butterfly images in gold, cut it out and painted it with DO inks.  I then attached the butterfly to the center of the card with 3D gel.  






This is quite a simple design from me but I loved creating it!  The colour mix of blue tones and gold is classy and bright, and I think this design is suitable for any occasion and recipient.
Thank you for dropping in today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and perhaps been inspired.  Feel free to visit my blog again anytime, I look forward to seeing you again soon  :)

Friday, 21 February 2020

Above and Below




Hello and welcome to my blog  :)   I have a few pages from a couple of calenders that I made a couple of years ago as Christmas presents, the calenders and the stamps are from Chocolate Baroque.  The first two pictures feature stamps from the Mermaid Queen, Underwater Kingdom and Seadragon sets; Distress Oxide ink, black Versafine ink, clear EP, alcohol pens, pearlescent paints and a stencil from my stash.



For both designs I stamped several focal images, to create a scene, in black ink and embossed them with clear EP.  I then coloured them with the pens and paints.  I laid the stencil over the page and used a blue DO ink to create a patterned background that gives the effect of water currents.  






For the next two pictures I have used stamps from the Seashore Dreams and Seaside Scenes sets; sepia Versafine ink, clear EP, and colouring pencils.  



For both pictures I stamped and embossed the focal images using sepia ink and clear EP.  I added a border of shells either side of the focal images stamping and embossing in the same way.  I then coloured all the images with my colouring pencils.  


Thank you for dropping in today, I hope you've enjoyed this post.  Feel free to browse my blog further/ leave a comment - it would really brighten my day if you did!  I hope you'll visit my blog again soon  :)


Tuesday, 11 February 2020

My Rusty Bulb Project from CCA



Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  Today I'm sharing a lovely little mixed media project I've recently completed that I got from the Creative Craft Acadamy, it's a design by Aida Domisiewicz.  I bought a kit with everything I needed to create this artwork, including an online workshop with the artist.  
  


This project is based on an inverted canvas design.  The first step was to tear up some Tim Holtz designer tissue paper and cover the edges of the canvas.   I painted over the tissue with the same medium I  had used to attach it then painted over the whole thing with brown and blue translucent paints from the kit.  This gave the project an aged rustic look whilst being able to see the patterns of the tissue.  



The next step was to fill the light bulb with copper glitter, tiny glass beads and some copper sparkles.  The plastic bulb is very static so the glitter sticks to the inside giving a nice covering.  I then took a piece of thin wire and rolled it around a paint brush handle to create a coil for the filament that goes inside the bulb.  I kept one end of the wire long enough to thread up through the top of the bulb and attach it.  It was then time to attach the bulb to the substrate which I did with some multi purpose gel medium.  



Now it was time to start attaching the embellishments, which is always fun!  I began by attaching the metal embellishments, some of which I had added the paints and some gilding wax to.  I also added some sparkles, micro beads and glitter to the dragonfly as well.  



The original project wasn't as 'blingy' as mine, I have used more of the glass beads, glitter and sparkles, putting my own spin on it.



I had a real blast creating this project!  I learnt a few new techniques as well as using some old favourites.  It now hangs in my kitchen where it looks good with my industrial lighting.
Thanks for dropping in today, I hope that you've enjoyed this post and that you'll visit again soon  :)  

Friday, 7 February 2020

A Selection of Hearts

Hello and welcome to my blog  :)  I'm sharing some 'mini art' with you today in the form of Artists Trading Hearts.  I created them as samples for several Chocolate Baroque tv shows last year, using their stamps and as usual a multitude of techniques.  

For the first project I have used stamps from the CB Harmony Tree and Small Graph sets, CB White Board ATHs, Distress Oxide inks, Sepia Versafine ink, clear EP, watercolour paints, a gold pen and some die cut leaves from my stash.





I blended DOs directly onto the heart then stamped the tree and masked it.  I stamped over the entire heart with the small graph image then removed the mask and painted the tree.  I stamped a few words randomly then covered the whole piece with a clear varnish.  I added a few die cut leaves from my stash, shaping them before attaching them with 3D glue gel.  I stamped a sentiment onto a piece of coloured card and embossed it with clear EP.  I then cut and shaped it into a banner, added some gold dots with a pen and edged the heart with golde.  I added a small leaf to the banner and attached it to the heart.




This project uses stamps from the CB Rememberance Tree set, pearlescent spray inks, Versamark ink, gold EP, gold pen, heatproof acetate, holographic glitter.



I sprayed the pearlescent inks directly onto the white board heart, using brown and blue colours.  When dry I stamped and embossed the tree image in gold onto the heart, and did the same with some words and sentiments onto acetate.  I cut around the words and edged the bottom edges with gold pen, then used the gold pen around the edge of the heart. 



 I added glitter to the tree branches to give it a frosted look.  I then attached the words and sentiments.



The first two hearts were created in Autumn and Winter colours so I decided to create a bright, colourful piece to represent summer.  For this project I have used stamps from the CB Butterfly Mind set, metalic acrylic paints, purple Soft Form Paste, black Versafine ink, a stencil from my stash and a white Posca pen.
I began by placing a large butterfly stencil directly onto the heart substrate and spread the purple paste through it then left it to dry.  I painted the heart between the paste lines and added white pen detailing.  



On a piece of white card I stamped several images in black ink and embossed them in clear EP.  I then painted them with metalic paints in bright co-ordinating colours and added white pen as detailing.  I stamped and embossed  a sentiment, cut around it and painted it.  When everything was dry I cut all the images out, shaped them with a ball tool and attached them to the heart with 3D glue gel.  I added silver pen around the edges of the heart and sentiment panel.
Thanks for dropping in today, I hope you've enjoyed this post and your visit to my blog.  Feel free to leave a comment ( I'd love it if you did!)  and to browse more of my projects and artwork, and I hope to see you here again soon  :) 

Natural Reflection




Hi and welcome to my blog  :)  I have a pretty scenic card to share with you today, it was one of my samples from last year for Chocolate Baroque.  For this project I have used stamps from the Harmony Tree, Sunburst Scenes and Landscape Edges sets; Versamark ink, white EP, Koh-I-Noor watercour paints, Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and a white paint pen.
 


I began by taking a piece of Kraft card and stamping the large tree, the small tree and the windmill in Versamark ink and embossed them with white EP.  I took a white Posca paint pen and used it to link the stamped images and create a countryside scene.  I then stamped and embossed some words and birds in the sky of the background.  On a spare piece of Kraft card I stamped and embossed a stone wall image twice.  I painted all the images and background with the watercolour paints then cut the walls out. 
  



Next I took a white base card and stamped the stone wall image all round the edges using Vintage Photo DO ink.  I used a brush and water to smudge the ink and create shading on the walls.
    


I blended some DO ink around the edges of the focal panel then attached it to the base card.  I took the painted walls and attached them along the bottom edge of the focal panel with 3D glue gel.  



I think this card is a good worker card, meaning that it would suit virtually any occasion and any recipient - male or female.  
Thanks for stopping by today and visiting my blog.  I hope you've enjoyed this post, feel free to browse more of my projects or leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you!  I hope you'll come back and visit again soon  :)