Friday, 21 April 2017

DecoArt and Tando Creative. A PIP collaboration.

Decoart have a few Partners in Crime (no thats not the term its ummm "Partners In Promotion") and we collaborate with them from time to time; you may remember we did a "Stampendous bog hop"?
well back in february we were asked to work together with Tando supplies, as part of the Decoart design team, to send samples off for tando to display at trade shows and such.
I selected this lovely folder to alter. there are more pages to it but I only had time to do a few before sending it off to Di.

Page 1 leaves and flourishes also Tando parts.

Page 2 and 3 Book plate also a Tando part
Page 4 and 5 Flourish also a Tando part.

Page 6 and 7
back cover

lots of yummy DecoArt supplies used here. Texture, paint, metallic lustres, crackle, stencils etc etc.
And by the skin of my teath I have made blogged it in time for the June challenge on "Our Creative Corner" as their sponsor is "Tando" and my Decoart supplies make me VERY happy making it fit well with the June theme.
Z x

Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas/Yule mini album...

A quick post to share a mini album I have made.
It has an eclectic vintage feel to it with lots of pockets and tags which are not shown here as it would need WAY too many photos. But you get the gist.
And because I wanted to take part in Paula's December challenge, (You can find that by clicking HERE) I have used the colour blue on some of the pages.
Here they are...
It is my first "made from scratch" proper mini album but it wont be my last. I found this really soothing to make. It didn't need much thought nor did it need many paints or mediums. Just lots of cutting and gluing and a TON of frosty decoart glitter.
have a lovely safe Winter Holiday season, whatever your beliefs.
best wishes
Z x

Friday, 27 November 2015

Book box tutorial part one.

Today I am sharing this large apothecary book box with you. So as not to make the post too long with steps and images, I am sticking to showing you how I did the outside of the book first. The insides and extra details will follow in a separate tutorial.

Supplies Need:

DecoArt Modelling Paste White
DecoArt Modelling Paste Black
DecoArt Gesso Black
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics cobalt Teal Hue
DecoArt Media Antiquing cream Patina Green
DecoArt Multipurpose sealer
DecoArt Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso /Copper Kettle
Americana acrylic Indian Turquoise/Titanium White
Traditions Artist Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
Blank alterable book box
Palette knife
Paint brushes
soft cloth
Shaped plaque
embellishments (old jewellery, metal ornament etc)
Patterned Tissue paper

Using a palette knife, apply Modelling Paste / Texture paste through your chosen stencil.

Allow the texture to dry thoroughly. Then paint a coat of Indian Turquoise acrylic paint over it. Continue to paint the whole book box.

Apply a coat of cobalt teal media fluid acrylic to the front cover.

Apply a wash of Quinacridone Gold from the top, allowing it to run down the surface.
Continue to apply the Quinacridone Gold until you are satisfied with how it looks then allow to dry. 

Using a soft cloth (or your finger) gently apply some metallic lustre to the raised surfaces of texture.

The plaque section:

Give the wooden plaque a coat of black gesso and allow it to dry.

 Apply black modelling paste through stencil and leave to dry thoroughly. 

When completely dry, apply a couple of coats of titanium white acrylic paint. Allow to dry thoroughly.

This step should only be done if the modelling paste has had time to dry completely solid so perhaps leave t over night.
Using sandpaper, gently sand over the top of the plaque just enough to take off some of the white paint on the raised surfaces. This should give a bit of a worn ‘wrought iron’ look.
To make your wrought iron look rusty, use the Quinacridone gold wash in the same way as you did the book cover.

Add a coat of sealant (multi-purpose sealer or similar) and when its dry, apply a coat of Patina Green antiquing cream and use a soft cloth to remove excess. You can remove as much or as little as you like. Apply a protective coating of sealer or varnish to the book and the plaque.  All they need now is to be assembled with the embellishments.

Next time I will show you the sides and inside.  Now, as I have used stencils here (with texture paste) I would like to include this post in the Mixed media Challenge HERE at "Mixed Media World"

Zuzu x

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Woodland winter scene: For Calico Craft Parts

I decorated the front of a canvas for a DecoArt project and thought it might be nice to have a reversible canvas so I cold alternate which side was showing.
Because i love the calico Craft Parts in their natural wood form, I decided to try and make something that complimented that.
I stained the raw pine wood of the frame with some Decoart raw umber acrylic paint watered down so it blended in better with the Craft Parts. Then I covered the back of my canvas with thin wood veneer by cutting sections out of a sheet (you can get these sheets in hobby shops and on line). I also stained that with a watery wash of 'raw umber' and then a little touch of 'quinacridone gold' for a touch of warmth.

Next I painted the inside of the canvas "sky" with 'Primary Cyan' and dry brushed some 'titanium white' on it when it was dry. I also sprayed a little of the Decoart mister (white).
I added some Decoart 'snow-tex' in and around it as well as using it to put snow on my trees.
after then gluing my trees into place, in a 3D manner, I finished it all off with a sprinkling of Glamour dust glitter and a piece of bark from my friend's (Carol F) tree.
Although the photos don't show it, this snowy scene twinkles like frost in the light. I am actually quite pleased with it. it was so simple, as the craft parts do the work, but so effective.

Calico Craft Parts used:

Winter tree scene style 2
Winter tree scene style4
Winter tree scene style5

Thanks for visiting.
Z x

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Magical Dragon Skin Treasure Box: For DecoArt

Hi there.
I have a tutorial over on the DecoArt mixed media blog today. the tutorial is for the "dragon skin" part of the box. Over here on my own blog, I can show you the basic completed item.

For the "How to" and the supplies list, please visit the DecoArt Media blog by clicking HERE

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Rusty Old Things: For Calico Craft Parts.

Sneak Peek!
It is my turn to share a project over on the Calico Craft Parts design team blog.
For more detail and a brief run through of how it was made, please do visit the blog by clicking HERE.
thanks for visiting.
Z x