Monday, 24 August 2015

It’s all so Black & White

This is a bit of a quick extra kind of post. My new stamps arrived from Katzelkraft and I really wanted to stamp out that little jazzy looking cat. It reminds me of 1950s style.
I didn’t go to the craft room; I just had one black ink pad, one acrylic block, the stamps and some plain white greetings cards.  
I decided that, as I had made the cards, I may as well share them with you. There is plenty time for more interesting projects to follow.
I started by stamping out rows of the little cat (because it made me happy), but then I decided to do one or two black and white, clean and simple, cards.
A few simple elements come together to make some fun cards. As I am always forgetting about birthdays and special dates, I often need a card quickly and with no time to get to the shops.
these are ideal.
Not that I think I will need very many “Get well soon” cards for cats but it is my favourite. I guess it will do for humans who have upset tummies too...

Simple and effective but I expect I will be heading for some colours tomorrow.

Stamps used:

Thank you for visiting.
Z x

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Book box tutorial part 2 (the inside)

The other day, I shared this large Apothecary book box with you. But I only showed some techniques used on the outside. Today I am showing you the inside and giving some details on techniques used.

Supplies Need:

DecoArt Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso & Copper Kettle
Americana acrylic Antique rose
Traditions Artist Acrylics Quinacridone Gold, red Iron oxide, raw umber, Carbon Black, Phthalo Green-Blue
DecoArt Decoupage medium
Die cut, chipboard or laser cut cogs in various sizes
Die cut, chipboard or laser cut embellishments.
Paint brushes
Patterned tissue paper
Other embellishments (eg: old jewellery, metal ornament, mini apothecary bottles etc)
Paint the inside of your book box with your chosen colour. I used phthalo green-blue. Don’t worry about how random or streaky you make it. It will not be noticed by the time you are finished.

Add a coat of raw umber to the compartment side.

Using a decoupage medium, attach a piece of torn patterned tissue paper.

Paint a thin coat of Quinacridone Gold over it. You can do this while it is still wet. Now set it aside to dry while you make your cogs and embellishments look rusty.
Firstly give them a good coat of raw umber. You can allow them to dry naturally but you can also dry using a heat gun. I like to use the heat gun as i can concentrate the heat in areas and make the paint bubble up. This adds texture that works well with this simple version of a rust effect. 

Using a stippling brush or a sponge, stipple on your next colour. Rust comes in many shades so decide what tones you want. I used Antique rose this time to give a reddish looking rust.
i used the heat gun to dry (and bubble) it and then did the same step with Quinacridone Gold.

Stipple on some carbon black.
you can repeat your layers and colours as often as you like till you have a look you are happy with.

Arrange your embellishments and glue them in to place. 

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Our Creative Corner: Guest designer.

Sneak Peek
I was very happy to be given a 2nd chance to be a guest designer on "Our Creative Corner". The summer theme is a "mood board" with all sorts of inspiration in colour, texture, shapes etc. you may already have had a look but if not, do go over and take a look. its worth having a go to get the creative brain cells working. click HERE

Monday, 10 August 2015

Katzelkraft DT post: Egyptian shrine.

Hi folks.
Very happy to be back using Katzelkraft stamps in my altered art and mixed media as part of their design team. its been 2 or 3 years since I was last in the team.
those of you who know me, would have been able to guess which stamp set I would start with. and it was a 50:50 between the Egypt set or the Da Vince stamps.
this time around Egypt won the day. You will find them HERE:

I used a fair few DecoArt paints and mediums on it. crackle medium, fluid acrylics, gesso, decoupage medium and metallic lustres. and the little shrine is a "Calico Craft Parts" Shrine.
All Stamps are from Katzelkraft who are a French company (with very very reasonable shipping cost  throughout Europe).

And just as a little journey back in time, here are some of the things I made in the past using the stamps.

Thursday, 6 August 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