My turn over on the Calico Crafts design team blog HERE. Here is a small portion of the project. to see the whole thing please do visit the Calico Crafts blog and maybe leave a comment if you have time and like the project. Thanks Z x
I had a bit of "me time" in the craft room today. this means I am not creating for design teams or magazines etc ... so it was creating for fun. And my new Tim Holtz "cabinet cards" and "Found Relatives" arrived so i decided to make an assemblage style hanging. I also added two of my favourite craft looks; Rust and corrugated card. ....
It was simply assembled using the card, an old hard book cover, paint (a lot of quinacridone gold and transparent red iron oxide with a touch of Indian turquoise), book pages and a selection of rusty bits picked up off of a junk yard floor.
decided to try and alter an old coffee jar. I had this old Kenco coffee
jar from 7 years ago when i used to drink instant coffee... it has been
used for storing pasta or something. so i gave it a makeover.
started by coating the whole thing in a layer of PVA glue and torn book
pages. this gave a good base for paints and mediums etc.
I put some random areas of texture paste
on it then when that was dry i added paint in green and aqua tones. I
stamped out my Alice themed stamps and cut them out. I tinted them with
watercolour pencils and stuck them in to place. then i added details
with more paints ... i let everything dry and gave it a coat of multi-purpose sealer followed by a coat of one step crackle.
used Quinacridone gold to give a rusted and aged look and let it get in
to the cracks of the crackle glaze (cleaning off the extra with a damp
cloth. (remember a damp cloth will do the same job as a baby wipe but
you can use it over and over again without adding more waste to the
I went over all the raised sections with treasure gold gilt wax and then i added some fabric and lace (stained with paints) and lots of lovely rusty wirethat i dangled some charms from...
for the lid I also included some lovely green moss, a few red rose heads and a very cute toadstool.
I have decided to join in the challenge over on Sir Tim Holtz blog for the 12 tags of 2014 February tag.
I have heard a few people say they dont join in because they dont have "all the stuff" but i think its quite clear that Tim's tag is for "inspiration" and not intended as an exact template to be followed. there are many elements on the tags he makes and you can be inspired by just one of them. you can see lots of great examples by others who have joined the challenge and who didnt have "all the stuff".
I am lucky to have just acquired a few valentines themed "Tim Holtz" products so was keen to try them out. But i didnt have the elements he used.
so i looked at the tag and decided my inspiration was 1) small red hearts and 2) the blackboard effect words. There was a slight hitch with the blackboard effect... I dont have any appropriate word stamps and i dont have the embossing powder stuff; but as Tim's example was purely "inspirational inspiration " then i set to, working out an alternative method for this look...
I used the valentines embossing folder on black kraft core card and gently sanded it a little. then i rubbed my chalk over the raised bits, very carefully smudged it a bit and then sprayed a fixative over it. I used a spray matt varnish but i think any artists fixatives for chalks and pastels would do. perhaps even hairspray as i have heard of folks using that.
When i first sprayed it, the chalk seemed to vanish when it was wet but it came right back again as soon as the spray varnish had dried.
Then i cut out little red hearts and also used the heart border embossing folder to bring the little red hearts inspiration on to my version. the background paper is actually from a christmas stack (merriment) but i think it went well with the theme... hop on over to see Tims original inspiration and maybe get some of your own inspiration and have a go ;)
We are in the middle of an altered art "Alice" swap on my facebook page (UK only due to the insane cost of postage these days)... My make has arrived with its recipient so i can now safely blog it. I altered a box (you are not shocked in the least are you? lol)
Lots of crackle and moss and a little mad hatters tea-party inside.
And with it having the queen of hearts on it (and some hearts in general) I would like to make this my second entry to the simon says heart challenge....
The month of "Love" is upon us... and I am sharing some altered items with "hearts" as a theme. A tin one and a wooden one....
on this wooden one, I had been trying for a "faux ceramic" look by using crackle texture as a first coat base and finishing it with a lot of triple thick glaze at the end.
Secondly, here is my "faux" vintage enamelled tin. I did this one to match some other kitchenware i already owned...
The tin was originally pink gingham check with flowers. now it blends in with the above kitchen items (of which i have many lol)
This was a commission card for someone to give their friend along with an alice themed gift. I must be getting better if people are asking me to make cards for them!
this one features a selection of left over Kaisercraft papers from three or four different collections.
the dies are by XCuts and Sizzix alterations.
Before starting, i separated the
basket section from the balloon section to make it easier to work with.
cut my sections of paper out close to the required shape (slightly
larger) and glued them on one panel at a time. Once each panel dried, I
trimmed it and sanded the edges before sticking on the next panel. dont
sand the paper till its dry or i will tear. Use a heat tool if you like,
to dry the glue and take the wrinkles back out of the paper quicker
than waiting on it air drying.
Once all the panels were in place and sanded to distress it, I aged it a bit more by using a Versamagic "Chalk ink" pad (gingerbread).
Next I cut slits in the sides of the balloon and slotted the large gold wings
in to place. These are super huge and wonderfully detailed; pretty
sturdy too considering they are a type of metallic paper/ card....
used a piece of german scrap trim to decorate the edges and the top of
the balloon and then set to work on the basket section. I covered it
with more papers (i did it in three sections due to the shape being
wider at the top than the bottom). I sanded and inked it in the same way
as I did the top and then added more dresden trim.
I cut out Alice and her friends from a sheet of the paper and glued them to the inside and then cut up a paper doilyto decorate the inside of the basket. I stained the doily to blend better with the yellowed paper look of the scrapbook papers.
also added some strips of decorative border (cut from the papers) and
attached them using the glue on the edges only. this way i could slip
little bits of ephemera
in to them. lastly i added some "alice" themed charms for a nice
vintage curio feel. the flag at the top is also from the ephemera pack.
That's it folks. Alice's Adventures in a hot air balloon...
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decided to alter a couple of those fab "book boxes" with the recess in
the middle. I had been getting inspired by some altered art elsewhere
that was WAY beyond my abilities but it still got my creative juices
flowing. I felt a need to feed my rust and blue patina fetish.This is
the first of the two projects with the second to follow on monday.
painted the whole thing in a nice aqua colour then when it was dry i
used weathered wood crackle medium in places and simple PVA glue in
others... then, when it was touch dry i gave it a top coat in a more
neutral colour... I used one called eggshell but anything like light
buttermilk, pebble, warm white or antique white.. or mix something
heat dried it all with my heat gun. i got crackle were the "weathered
wood" medium was on on the bits with the pva (which would have crackled
too had i left it) I over heated deliberately so it blistered and made
cool wee distressed lumps and bumps. I went over the bumps carefully
with my gingerbread chalk ink then used it around all the edges.
then started tearing and cutting up old book pages, papers (7 gypsies
global and trousseau ), calico, hessian(burlap) and lace, and collaging
them on in a distressed and random manner. I used my versamagic
gingerbread chalk ink on the edges of the papers .
added rusty nails, rusty keys, buttons, feathers, and then used my
rusting and patina solutions from my personal stash and dripped over
some random areas to give a really worn, damaged, aged look. I also used
the solutions over the spine..
added more book pages to the sides of the box and rusted them with the
paint and rust solution from my stash. you could just use dirty brown
paint brush water or use any inks you have that you use to age things.
my finishing touch (for now) is the bit of drift wood at the top, with
some blue and white watery paint added in some areas, wrapped in rusty
wire. i tucked a rusty star in there too and dripped some of my iron
paint and rusting solution....
is a simple little collection of "beach finds" (or calico crafts
finds)... A bit of fishing net, a couple of shells and some drift wood
List of supplies used from Calico Crafts:
Book box from HERE
DecoArt paint from HERE
Weathered wood crackle medium from HERE
Versamagic chalk ink (gingerbread) from HERE
Hessian from HERE
calico from HERE
lace from HERE
measuring tape ribbon from HERE
Drift wood from HERE
7 gypsies papers from HERE
buttons from HERE
rusty wire from HERE
rusty heart from HERE
little glass vial from HERE
Artemio mini frame /book plate from HERE
fishing net HERE
I decided to get my paints out again. I have been ever so inspired by a blog I visited recently. you should ALL go and see it as it so fantastic. Although the first couple of pages has a lot of doll art (that is not my cuppa tea), but keep going to discover altered books, work with fabric, assemblages... all sorts of yummy stuff.... its the blog belonging to Joanna Pierotti and you can find it by clicking HERE.
I started by painting my canvas black and allowing it to dry, just so there would be some contrasting colour showing through if there were any cracks in my layers. Mainly because my next step was to coat the whole canvas back and front with DecoArt Texture Crackle. I used the Glacier blue as it reminded me a bit of duck egg blue. I have painted a lot of layers on over it so its hard to see the crackle so here is a bit of a fuzzy close up...
I then built up layers of random colour using a pretty dry and not too heavily loaded brush (not quite dry brushing but close). (colours used listed at the end of the post.). I also dabbed some paint through some sequin waste and dragged some white gesso across (hardly touching the canvas, so it only hit on raised edges and sparingly) using my pallet knife.
when the paint had all dried I took some of the DecoArt Lustres along the edges in two colours. a slightly darker "Iced espresso" that I allowed to go in to the canvas a bit and then a lighter touch of "Gold rush". I used my fingers to do this but the tub says use a brush or cloth.
I will now describe one section at a time as its going to get muddled otherwise.
the ornate lid thing is something i found on the ground in a junk yard. cost me 2p. no idea what it is or was. It is made of wood and was painted gloss black (which had begun to flake with damp and age.). I sanded it down and painted it all over with "Indian turquoise" DecoArt acrylic paint. I let that dry then i began building up colours to represent a rust effect. I stippled it on with a stipple brush. The colours I used for my faux rust were: "Bittersweet chocolate" as a base, then stippled on "burnt orange", let it dry, stippled on "Burnt umber", let it dry then a light stippling of the "Bittersweet chocolate". when it was all dry again I sanded it back to show some of the "Indian turquoise" and the original black paint.
For the first side of the canvas, I glued a bit of an old book page to the back of the recess . this was the back of the canvas originally but it is now the front. then I attached a rusty ornamental plate and a little fake bird egg. I stuffed some faux moss inside too then glued on my other rusty items. I added some driftwood sticks and some torn calico (some of which I had stained an olive green), and a bit of some kind of buckle (I found on the ground at the scrap yard).
For the other side I did a wee bit of image transfer, some text stamping and some rubons.
And the centre piece is a pocketwatch thats been taken out of its case. ...
My colour palette for the canvas was: the glacier blue texture crackle as well as the following acrylics....
Lilac and Black plum mixed to make a darker lilac.True Ochre
Teal Green (dabbed through sequin waste)
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