Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Apothecary book box: the inside. For DecoArt

Well here it is as promised... The inside of the apothecary box. for the tutorial on how to make the wooden cogs and gears look rusty, then please go visit the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog by clicking HERE

Monday, 30 March 2015

Shadow box frame. just for fun...

I made this layered 3d collage to fit in a shadow frame I had in my stash of "things to alter".
I had lots of lovely Madame Payraud papers left over from a previous magazine commission so used those.

 No need for an explanation really. It's just a lot of cutting out and sticking in with 3D foam tape etc :) Back tomorrow with more for DecoArt (the inside of the book box)...

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Entertaining in the craft room... Little dream notebook.

A wee quicky today.
I had a friend from Glasgow (Via Lincoln)  visit me for the first time today. she wanted to see my craft room and have her first go at "rubber stamping"...

As it was her first time at this sort of crafting we kept it simple by making a little notebook each.

I have one of those huge big block pads that sit on your desk so we took a small section off and divided it between us.
We cut out a piece of stiff card for the back and a piece of normal card to ink up and stamp on to make the cover.
As a wee tip, I would say spread some PVA glue or decoupage medium along the spine of your paper. it secures it and stops all the pages separating before you want them to.

Then we simply assembled the pieces. I forgot to get a photo of Simone's but sharing my completed note book....

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Apothecary Book Box: For DecoArt

I am sharing the "outside" of an altered book box with you today. (the inside will be in a future post).

the step by step tutorial on techniques used to get the look are on the DecoArt mixed media blog HERE .

On here, I will simply share a few photos of the finished item. I have not done a tutorial for the "page effect" on the sides as, although it is not exactly the same as Candy's technique, it is close enough. so for a tutorial on that, have a look at Candy's post HERE (well worth a look as the project is beautiful).

So that is the outside. a tutorial for the effects on the inside will follow on the DecoArt mixed media blog very soon and then I can show you the inside in detail here. but here is a wee sneak peek at what to expect...
Nice to be back on blog land after my break. see you all again very very soon. thanks for dropping by Z x

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Shabby Chic, "Chalky Finish Paint" wardrobe make over: DecoArt

My friend just bought her first flat. the seller left an old wardrobe and set of drawers behind. it looked like they had considered giving it a makeover at some point but not got further than one badly painted coat of patchy white paint. they had also only painted bits that could be seen so only the front, outside. they didnt even paint the back feet lol.
As well as the badly painted coat of white, it had coffee stains and other random unidentified spillages etc. but it still seemed worth saving. so we are giving it a bit of a DecoArt Chalky finish paint makeover.

 So here is a look at how it started. (one knob missing on the drawer but we will replace it. )

we gave it a wash then a coat of "Relic" chalky paint. its a nice charcoal grey colour. not as harsh as black.
I put on some Vasaline (petroleum jelly) on random patches around the edges and handles etc to act as a resist to the next few coats.  then I added a couple of coats of the "Everlasting" chalky finish paint. "Everlasting" is a white shade but a gentle soft white. once it was COMPLETELY dry, i used a slightly damp cloth to wipe over it all. the patches that had the Vasaline on, came off showing the darker underneath colour. it gives a chipped or peeled paint effect.
lastly I added a piece of a DecoArt stencil to give it a bit of a French provincial look....

I still want to add a few more coats of white in places and finally I will give it a nice top coat (or two) of creme wax.

I now have an urge to tie a bunch of dried lavender to the door handle.....

Monday, 18 August 2014

Time Flies at "A Vintage Journey"..... guest designer spot.

Hi there folks. I was very happy to have been asked along to "A Vintage Journey" as a guest designer  this month. The theme is "Time Flies". I have combined my love of "DecoArt mixed media" and "Tim Holtz prodcts" by altering this old clock case i managed to find in an antique shop for less than a fiver!.

I painted it with a charcoal coloured chalky finish paint (relic) , gave it a coat of the crackle medium for chalky paints then gave it a coat of white chalky finish paint (Everlasting) and sealed it with a couple of coats of creme wax .
I used some tissue tape to decorate the bottom of the clock case and around the the top. Next i cut out lots of butterflies using my Tim Holts Framlets dies and some paper from the "laboratories" papers and attached them randomly around the case. i used acetate to attach some so it looked like they were flying free of the clock case.

I cut out a circle of "wallflower" paper to stick to the back wall of the display area then all I had to do was stuff it full of moss, eggs and a handful of wonderful Tim Holtz ideology and ephemera.

Please do go over and take a look at "A Vintage journey". its a Tim Holtz inspired blog challenge full of amazing and varied inspiration.
thanks for visiting
Z x

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Work in progress reaches completion (maybe): with DecoArt

So a few days ago I showed you a pretty large canvas i had started while sitting in my friends back yard chatting and getting my back burned to a cinder in the sun....
neither of us had a clue what we were going to make, we just picked up some brushes and paints and sort of just "started"... I was using DecoArt media fluid acrylics. They have a wonderful high percentage of pure pigment so far less likely to get that muddy look mixed paints can get. i started by painting a line of cobalt blue to the top and adding water so it would run down the canvas. then i turned my canvas upside down and did the same withe green. i then built up colours in the same way, with a lot of water.
I think the sun put me in a rather dreamy frame of mind and I went uncharacteristically floral and pastel.  but at one point, I went a step tp far and it went from quite attractive to a bit of a mess. I dont have photos of the mess as i persevered for a little bit and rescued it. though it is far from its original soft dusky colour palette.
I had my Stampendous mixed media stamps and stencils with me so i used some DecoArt texture sand paste through the "sequin waste" stencil and formed my tall flowers (they represent a cross between lupins and delphiniums lol) but then time caught up and it was time to pack up.

anywho, I brought it home (here it is with my cat scrutinising it)...

...and tried to keep going with it as i am bad for just "giving up" and tossing projects to one side if they dont go well in the first hour lol.
here it is with a little additional detail.
It was at this point I blogged it and facebooked it and asked what folks thought i could put as the main focus.
Various opinions were put forward. some thinking it should be left as is as it didnt need a focal point.
My friend, Astrid, came over to my place on Monday and instantly put her hand in the area that i felt needed the focal point and she too said that there needed to be one and it needed to be in that area. so, as that had been my gut feeling too, i set about adding some focus with a "foreground presence", to stand out fro the soft hazy background.
I added a large dragonfly. then decided to add two more (as it somehow felt like the right thing to do).

I used Decoart "interference" acrylics on the dragonfly wings. its so hard to show you this in a photo, but tilting it to the light can show the wonderful lustre of the interference, and tilting it back shows just the original painting. the interference had a beautiful blue colour and a green colour that both seemed to be very "insect" appropriate. I have tried to get a photo but its not doing the lustre effect any justice at all. it is more like a Lalique piece of glass in real life. very effective for a dragonfly.

So I think its finished now. maybe. no doubt i will pick it up a few more times and dabble.
Z x

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Stampendous/DecoArt Blog hop post 1

I'm in a mixed media frenzy: Stampendous and DecoArt have come together to do a fantastic blog hop full of mixed media loveliness.
We have been using an amazing range of paints and mediums from DecoArt along with the wonderful  "Studio Multi Media" cling rubber stamp packs, Fran-tage embossing powders and Elements and the Creative Palette from Stampendous.
When the supplies arrived with me, I immediately watched the cool youtube video Stampendos have provided on how to use the "Creative Palette".

Next step was to try it out and make some backgrounds of my own.... 
I set some aside for future projects and then set about using one to make my first ever journal page.
I had been watching the video of Prof Wangari Maathai (she won the nobel peace prize in 2004)  telling the story of the little hummingbird. And I was inspired by it. My page was made to remind me of that inspiration and to remind me that I can only try my best and that must be enough.it may be insignificant but it is important to try. Imagine if we all put our minds to the same problem and did our best!!!!
 I selected one of my backgrounds and decorated it further with more of the stamps and stencils, using more acrylic paints. I hand painted on some grass and plant life then printed off a hummingbird image. I used more paints and some pastels to highlight the hummingbird then printed off my quote and glued it on too. I coated the whole page with DecoArt multi-purpose sealer.  

And for your interest, here is the youtube link to the story...

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Simple altered chest box: for a commission.

Well it is not super clever or different or informative; but as I have not blogged much in the last few weeks (lots to come next week though) then I thought I would share this anyway.
It was made using
DecoArt Chalky Finish paints,
DecoArt napkin Decou-page glue,
DecoArt One-step crackle
Decoart americana acrylics.
Some treasure gold
And a single napkin.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Colour on my mind. canvas.

I am still thinking of male appropriate projects at the moment.  Last time I made a very functional little "faux leather" notebook for my father in law. But this time I am going for a bit of colour and a purely decorative item.

My canvas was firstly painted with acrylic paints. I then stamped on to tissue paper (the kind you wrap crockery and gifts in, not the kind you blow your nose on). I cut out the stamped images and words (both are from Tim Holtz stamp sets), and glued them in to place using decoupage glue.

I added remnant rubs, some craft tape, a bit of film strip ephemera and a Tim Holtz alterations die cut. I also spelled out the word "HIM" using die cut letters and attached them to the film strip ephemera.

I then coated it in a crackle varnish. let it dry (and crackle) then rubbed in (and wiped off) some more acrylic paint.

That's it really. a bit of colourful fun with a male theme.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Faux leather notbook.

With fathers day imminent I find myself focusing on 'stuff for men', or with a male theme, at the moment.

I am lucky in that most of the men in my life are in touch with their arty sensitive side so i can make them almost anything (well maybe not something festooned with flowers). But I do have a difficult to make for, father in law. for him, it needs to have a purpose, be useful, functional. So I have made this little note book. It still satisfies my need to make new things look old but it is under stated and most importantly, it has a purpose.
 I made the cover using so Tim Holtz kraft-core paper. I wanted a "faux leather" look so I chose a nice leathery tan brown sheet. I also used a gorgeous new spellbinders embossing folder 3D M-Bossabilities Folder, Mediterranean Medallion (I love this folder SO much.)

I cut the kraft core sheet to size then crumpled it up to make folds and wrinkles. I straitened it all back out and gave it a light sand with sandpaper. Then I ironed it back out flat and put it through the embossing machine (I used a sizzix big shot so had to work out what combo of plates and mats would work.) once i had embossed the front and back cover of my book (with a little gap for a spine), i sanded it again so the embossing stood out more. To make it look like old polished leather, it needed some colour variations and  a slight shine so I added a few blotches of  "Vintage photo distress stains" and then i gave my cover a coat of  DecoArt satin finished multi surface sealer. (any varnish, sealer or decoupage sealer type finish will do).

 To bring the pattern out more I used treasure gold. I want to take this chance to say, I have been buying treasure gold from art shops for over 10 years. they are gilding wax polishes that most art shops have been stocking for many many years. They are available in lots of highstreet and online art and craft shops too and they are NOT made by PaperArtsy. PaperArtsy started stocking them more recently but they do not own them or make them. I dont know why they are sometimes advertised as "paperartsy treasure golds" it is a little misleading.
Anyway I digress... I used my finger to gently rub over the raised bits of the embossing.
I cut out an image from Tim Holtz paper stash "laboratorie" and put an ornamental plate over it to attach to the centre of the book. I added a Remnant rub from the life quotes pack.
For the inside, I simply stitched some folded papers together. before i glued it in to the cover, I glued a bit of ribbon on to the inside of the spin, to be used as a page marker. i then glued my note book signature in by using the outside pages. I did not glue it to the spine. the book opens and closes better if its not attached to the cover's spine.

I used some pages from an old book to cover the glued pages up just to give it a nice finished off look and add a bit of interest. I added a few little page tabs too, decorated with chit chat stickers.

And that's my little notebook.