Friday, 31 January 2014

Alice's Advebtures in a hot air balloon..... (SSS Wednesday)

It's a "hot air balloon" project for you today. It features the Kaisercraft "looking glass" collection of papers and ephemera. And as my balloon is held together with (and hung by) some string, I am including it in the Simon says stamp wednesday challenge HERE.

Before starting, i separated the basket section from the balloon section to make it easier to work with.
I 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....
I 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 doily to decorate the inside of the basket. I stained the doily to blend better with the yellowed paper look of the scrapbook papers.
 I 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...

Monday, 20 January 2014

Book box for Calico crafts...

I 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.
I 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 yourself.
I 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.
I 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 .
 I 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..
I 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....
Inside 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 sticks.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Double sided canvas: DecoArt Paintable texture/crackle and lots of painty fun.

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....
Indian Turquoise
Lilac and Black plum mixed to make a darker lilac.True Ochre
Teal Green (dabbed through sequin waste)

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Calico crafts day again....



I have another post over at Calico Crafts. Scrapbooking! who would have believed it?
you can see the full project and supplies list HERE.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

little distressed and crackled "lost coast" box.


My all time favourite stamp. I love it. it is by lost coast and can be found HERE.(scroll right to the bottom of the page).

I made this little box in my usual way... by making it distressed and aged and beat up looking. it was painted with a dark undercoat, then a coat of the "weathered wood crackle varnish" and lastly a coat of white paint. I let the crackle do its thing and once the box was completely dry (over night) I sanded it all over. this made it look even more handled and beat up.
Here is a close up of the effect....

 I also took my versamagic "gingerbread" chalk ink around all the edges to add more age then I stamped on my images. I sealed it with a mod-podge gloss varnish and lastly i added touches of treasure gold around the edges.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Calico crafts day for me....

http://calicocrafts.co.uk/blog/2014/01/faux-enamel-blue-white-tin-kitchenware-zuzu/

Its my turn to show a project over on Calico crafts. this one was inspired by my grandmothers enamelled tin pie dish.... you can see the full item and a description of how to do it HERE...

Friday, 3 January 2014

Altered Tin (just because)

 I actually took time to craft "just for me and just for fun" today. I altered a silver metal tin....
 This is a photo heavy post because I love my little tin lol. both of the images, above, are available on a sheet from ArtChix.





Wednesday, 1 January 2014

CC3 and Tim's May tag inspiration.

 I have not had a lot of time to do "personal" crafting this last two or three weeks, so I have had to combine two of my favourite challenges. The compendium of curiosities and Tim Holtz' 12 tags of 2014.
Tim's May tag was all about using our embellishments and displaying them mounted singly first, then displaying them on a tag. I haven't done a tag this time around.

The CC3 challenge was about Tim's distress glitters and adding a bit of sparkle to our project. the glitter has been distressed with vintage photo ink....