Friday, 29 July 2016

SDC253 - Beach or Sea

SDC253- Beach or Sea
Soooooo, it's been a long few days.
 The girls are at home for six weeks solid as the summer holidays are well under way and already they are bored!
Moving swiftly on the new challenge over at Stampotique was set, beach  or sea! This is what the team at Stampotique had to say.
"The beach is always such a fun and relaxing place to be. Whether its sun or just fun in the sand and surf, lets see your best beach themed projects this week".
With this in mind my project is a sort of "tile" I guess, my inspiration being a sandy beach.
What do you find lots of on a beach?
Sand, pebbles and shells so I've made a mini sand sculpture. (Just in case you can't tell).

 I began by rolling a ball of paper clay and flattening it into a circular  shape with a brayer to provide a nice flat surface to stamp my head into.
Prior to stamping I used an anti static power bag to dry the surface of the stamp and ensure an easier release.
This is what my sand sculpture should resemble (ish).
A shell was added and pressed into the paper clay image while still damp then left to dry out.  A layer of texture powder was added all over using soft gel medium on the tile to create a sandy effect followed by various sized art stones infilling the stamped area to create the hair and other features.
Distress re-inkers added shading and tones of brown (sandiness).
Its actually a lot darker in real life. More shells were added around the rim of the tile.
There you have it something a little different and well, odd, I may revisit it and do a little more but for now I'm out of time and energy.
 For lots more inspiration hop on over to the Stampotique blog here and also check out the great new stamps available.
 Sue X

Saturday, 16 July 2016

SDC252 - Party

SDC252 - Party 

It's all change over at Stampotique, a new design team and a replacement fortnightly challenge which you can enter twice, hopefully I can manage at least one entry.
I decided on a journal page which I've called, "Party Animals".
The page was inspired by an unfinished, ink sprayed page which I came across while deciding where to use some leftover texture paste. It's  colours were bold and party like and had masked images and text which I knew I wanted to use.
While waiting for the paste to dry I stamped multiple dogs and party hats onto watercolour paper. These were cut out and coloured with distress ink (as a watercolour).
Some of the hats were turned upside down to create bunting.
The top edge of a paper pad had also been sprayed and I decided to use this as a grounding for my dogs, a title was added along with a black smudged outline to make the dogs stand out.
The page was assembled and my Party Animals page was complete.
A few close ups.

I hope you like it.
 Hop on over to the Stampotique blog to see loads of inspiration and ideas from the new design team.

Sue X

Friday, 15 July 2016

Washed Up (Not)

Washed Up (Not)!

A little while ago I made a canvas called Washed up! I needed to do another, the same but different.

My sister in law, Nola,  meets up with a group of ladies on a Sunday morning once a month and I managed to get an invite on the condition I take something for them to do, lol, I'm in demand.

 I have a few canvas's' around the house as I buy them in bulk so all I had to do was put a few extra bits and pieces, shells, etc together. We pretty much followed what I  had done  on that post, go here if you would like to read about it.

Anyhow, I went along part of the way with them and then took another path, adding a flowers instead (sorry Rebecca) to make a canvas card, a card and gift in one. 
 Attach a card blank to the back of a box canvas and hey presto canvas card.
 Here is my finished project.

And a close up.

Sue X

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Washed Up!

Washed Up

A few days ago (its now been a couple of weeks, I'm a tad behind with posting) I cut open a canvas, wanting to create an explosion of something erupting out of the centre.
Very rarely does my artwork replicate what I image and this was one such piece
My working mind set changed and went in a different direction this is how it ended up.

Being summer (we'll sort of) I decided on a sandy, almost beach like theme. Having  purchased art stones from various companies I thought it would be a good idea to blow the dust off them and include them on a project.
As I said I cut into the canvas 6x6" distress the edges then folded them  down gluing them in position. Grey board was used to create the inner platform on which to build  the piece.

This was all painted with white gesso ( I stayed away from black for a change) art stones were added at the corners and then I went about finding embellishments 'n' bits to decorate the piece.

After hunting down a few things I pulled apart a piece of cheese cloth and lay it in the opening I thought it could resemble fishing net. A length of sisal type shredded rope was twisted around a piece of wire and twisted even more to replicate an old worn out bit of you guessed it, rope.
This was placed on the top of the cheese cloth both of which were glued into position.
Texture paste was added to the area surrounding the torn canvas and work began on the inside while it was drying.
A miniature bottle was filed with beads, a paper clay frame was cut and added along with a few shells and metal embellishments these were stuck into position.  Massive art stones from powertex, medium and small prima art stones were added around the items to give the impression of treasures half buried in sand an washed up on a beach.  The piece was given a coat of white gesso (not the bottle) to make an even base coat.
Once this was all dry Lindys sprays added the colours sort of sea, sand beach like.
Treasure gold added a few zingy highlights along with more touches of white gesso.
Blue beads added at the last moment to give a watery impression. Oh A few more small shells too just to finish off.

Here are a few close ups.

Hope you like it.

Sue X

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Tuesday Fun

Tuesday Fun
It's Tuesday again, less than two weeks and the girls will be at home for six weeks solid.

This will be my last official crafting Tuesday with sister-in-law Nola for seven to eight weeks, even then I'm not sure when we'll be able to squeeze in a session as hopefully we will have the builder's in.
Now, I would like to say I'm having  a lovely huge craft room built but alas no!  We are going over the garage to add a bedroom for Georgie, she has the box room and if her feet grow anymore she will not get in there. (Sorry G).  We are also having an extra bathroom, two girls one bathroom need I say more.

Anyhow this is what we made today!

This one is mine.

This one is Nola's.

I'm sure you'll agree they are both fab and who would have thought they began life like this.
A paperback book had the cover removed and was divided into two sections.
The book halves then had an aperture cut into them,  the edges were glued together and held tightly with bull dog clips until set. (greaseproof paper  was placed between the clip and book so
as not to damage the pages).
Both clear gesso and white gesso was added to the pages so that part became translucent and part was semi translucent.
Sorry no photos got carried away with making it.
Next we added texture paste with a variety of mediums mixed in (fine art stones, infusions powders)  through a couple of masks.
The edges were inked along with the centre of the aperture with brown distress ink then misted with water and lifted off almost immediately to reveal a mottled effect.
The bird cage and birds were heat embossed with white embossing powder.
Wire was twisted to form the tree branch, using 3d medium this was glued into position. Green moss was added  to create the foliage along with a few small flowers to give the impression of blossom.
The birdcage had a piece of thread attached to the top and this was glued onto the project to give the look of a hanging cage,  the birds were glued into position and the project was complete.
Not bad for a spur of the moment project.
Sue X

Thursday, 30 June 2016

SDC251 - Black and White Only

SDC251 - Black and White Only
 Nellie van Leeuwin is our hostess this week over at Stampotique, she is challenging us to use Black and White only. Here is what she says about it.
"I challenge you to use only black and white in your project this week. So there you have it, let's play with only black and white! What a challenge this will be."
I initially thought OMG but then I saw my daughters converse and I remembered I had a stamp that would be perfect for this project.


Take one piece of smooth watercolour paper/cardstock, using Black versafine ink stamp shoes (once onto the watercolour paper and then again onto scrap paper and cut out to create a mask.
Place the mask over the stamped image and stamp a grounding.
Black soot distress ink was then used with an alphabet/numeric mask to add interest to the card. this was then edged with black ink and a sentiment added.
One black and white card!

To see more black and white inspiration hop on over to the Stampotique blog here.

A short post  but at least I managed an entry this week.

Sue X


Friday, 17 June 2016

Sculpture Medium

 Sculpture Medium

 I've watched many video's on using sculpture mediums/powertex, from initial preparation to completion.  I've not used the proper stuff before, normally I  substitute plaster fabric to create a piece of artwork, so, I thought it was time to give it ago.
 I'd recently bought a plaster head from a craft shop in Telford, (Crafty Bunch),  the clear sculpture medium by Finnabair had been collecting dust for a month or so in a little nook of the dining room come crafting room, I had an idea that needed to be released but failed miserably.
 With that in mind this is how I began.
Using a block of wood which had a former life as a tea light holder and a empty kitchen roll cardboard tube,  I created a body for the plaster head. To do this I made a slit up one side of the tube so I could make it fit into the tea light holder circle. I then used masking tape to hold the tube to the correct size creating a long cone. The whole of the tube was covered with the tape to make it stronger and stuffed it with tin foil. This was glued into position with heavy gel medium.

The head was also stuck into position with the heavy gel medium and masking tape overlapped the join.

I was a little sticky during the next step so didn't take any photos, sorry,but this is what happened.
 I raided my old t-shirts and found an old white boob tube type top which was way past its best and probably will never wear again, I tore off all of the sewn edges and elasticated bits then tore strips for ease of application.  
I didn't have any gloves, fortunately my medium was clear so you couldn't exactly tell how much mess there was, I did try keep it to a minimum though.
I put a puddle on medium onto my craft mat and used a paint brush  to apply it to the strips of fabric, making sure it was well saturated. I began at the top by the plaster head and worked my way down just winding the fabric to the base the sculpture.
A larger piece of t-shirt fabric was used to create a shawl and shredded powertex fabric was added to create texture.
This was left to harden in the conservatory, not that this helped because the weather changed and the room which in the summer is so hot you can't  sit in it became a cold room. Fortunately the fabric hardened off nicely, probably about three days to go off completely.
Amazing, Love it.
Want to make more!
So drying time over I wanted to paint it and add interest to the piece.
Pale blue chalk paint was used all over the piece and highlighted with white, old gold was dry brushed all over.
Originally I imagined  using denim but when I tore the denim it didn't have the look I wanted, it was new denim not old worn frayed denim, so I'll save that for another project. With the denim torn I will throw it in the washing machine every time I do a load that will distress it nicely.
So, that said, not the dark indigo blue I had in mind but it turned out okay for this project, I would like to add more detail but not gonna rush it, the best things come to those who wait (or can afford it). LOL
Here are some pictures.

Hope you like my first Sculpture medium Sculpture.
Sue X

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Hidden HeART

Hidden HeART
Where to begin?
A few weeks ago or maybe even a couple of months ago I began a project altering a book, the aperture was cut out and the initial base was coated in black gesso to create a tooth to add on other mediums.
 Graphite  texture paste was added randomly (when it goes on its grey in colour but when it dries it has a fab gritty texture), once dry platinum crackle paste was added to the rest of the cover.
Art Stones were the sprinkled onto the platinum paste while still wet, the larger ones were pressed into the paste gently.
Then I left it to dry naturally for  the best results of crackle and the girls were due home from school, (end of crafting for that day).
A heART  which was cut from grey board was treated in the same manor.
Two months later I revisited it and the crackle was amazing.
I decided to leave the cover more or less as it was, all I added was a couple of Lindy's sprays and then I lifted off most of the colour. I sealed it with a matt glaze with a sponge to add a layer of protection.
Over to the inside again a couple of Lindy's Sprays added a touch of colour, distress ink was added around the edges and into the centre a touch, this was misted with water and lifted away to reveal a mottled effect. Splatters were added and then it was sealed with distress wax. Tilda metal sequins were added for a bit bling.

The HeART was wrapped in rusty wire and mounted onto frayed powertex fabric,art beard were mixed with gel medium and popped into the corners for texture. A few small metal roses were added along with a few beads of various sizes. A couple of tiny rusty bells and a label pushed into the pages finished the project.
A little closer.
I'm really pleased with the finished piece, just have to find somewhere to display my
 Hidden HeART.
Or Hidden Art, get it!
Sue X


Thursday, 9 June 2016

SDC248 - All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small
Time for another challenge over at Stampotique, this week Nellie van Leeuwen is our host. This is what she has to say.
"Wild and woolly or friendly and domesticated we love them all..... make sure to include an animal or two on your creation this week."
And so with that in mind I chose to do a swift journal page.
My tabby moggy's and me.
 The standing cat was stamped and masked out with masking fluid onto smooth watercolour card. Then sitting cat was stamped and masked out closely followed by my little character, again stamped and masked. Flowers were then stamped and the grounding added all on the same piece of card.
Almost forgot other random stamping was added to the background to add interest, all of this stamping was done in archival ink black and grey.
Distress ink was added to the page in four springy colours which was misted with water and removed with kitchen roll.  This left a lovely mottled effect on the background.
At this point I used a little distress wax to seal the distress inks.
The masking fluid was gently removed by rubbing lightly, revealing the white paper beneath.
Water soluble pencils were used to add colour to the images on the page.
Extra squiggles were drawn onto the images in black as the colouring seemed to dull the outlines.
The edges were inked and the page was stuck into my journal book.
To see more inspiration hop on over to the Stampotique blog here.
Sue X


Monday, 30 May 2016

SDC246-Anything But Black

SDC246 - Anything but black!
The Stampotique challenge this week is a tester, most of us use an immense amount of black ink, either to stamp with, splatter or paint, a touch of black can make your project pop.
So bearing in mind no black is allowed I'm opting for blue.

This is what our host Samantha Read at Stampotique says about this challenge.

"The first thing I usually do after choosing which stamp I'm going to use is to reach for my black inkpad. So I'm challenging myself and you to make anything you fancy so long as there is no black ink or paint etc. Have fun!"
So let's see your best "non-black" creations. No black what-so-ever is going to be quite a challenge to most of us, as we usually run for that black ink pad, just like Samantha does. 
Good Luck!!

Now for something different.

I've just signed up for a class with the lovely Lynne Brown who has her own range of stamps and paint colours with  Paperarsty. The class I'm doing is called, "The Street Where We Live". 
This involves making gelli plate prints on fabric then creating a collage from them.
Ooooooo interesting, it's not until the beginning of October and I can't wait.
You may ask where I was going with this well I thought I would give gelli printing a go without a gelli plate..

Impossible? nah! I have a hot glue gun mat that I have been using as a printing tool in the same manor as a gelli plate. I presume it's some sort of silicon based heat proof, floppy gelli plate impersonating mat. Oh and it was only cheap when I bought it (many years ago).

You can find loads of gelli plate printing videos on YouTube give them a little look if your interested.
Using paints, masks and several different layers the background was created. 
 Happy Birthday was stamped directly onto it, then also onto a  piece watercolour of paper.  The watercolour image was cut out and adhered to the background piece. 
A Grounding was made by stamping in the same blue ink  then
the little character was stamped on watercolour paper, cut out  and coloured with watercolour pencils, then stuck into place.

There you have it, a card created not using black ink.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out and perhaps I should ban myself from using black more often.

If you would like to see more inspiration hop on over to the Stampotique challenge blog here.

That's it for now.

Sue X