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

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Upcycled packaging. For DecoArt

For the tutorial, click on the link to the DecoArt Media Blog HERE...

Today I have a tutorial, on the DecoArt Media Blog, showing how I altered some packaging. Nearly all my "Calico Craft Parts" come in this type of cardboard envelope and I have been keeping them because I was sure I could do something with them.
so here is what I have made.

The tutorial for the outside is over on the DecoArt Media blog so I will show you the inside here.

I used a lot of Tim Holtz papers and extras; like the clip board clip and the ring binder attachment. and I have added images from his ideaology range as I dont like to show too many images of friends and family on the internet without their permission. but the big main image is my mum and dads wedding :) 
and the small boy on the left is my dad.
The corner embellishments, the keyhole escutcheon and the lovely wooden words are all by Calico Craft Parts.
I turned one of the flaps into a pocket. I may just use it as an organiser or something for keeping tags and cards I have received from crafting friends. 
I feel quite pleased that I have actually recycled something I would usually throw away.
Z x

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

Sunday, 20 September 2015

American Gothic does Halloween. using Calico Craft Parts and DecoArt

It's been quite a spooky week on the Calico Craft Parts blog. And who am I to break the flow... (besides, Halloween/autumn and Christmas are my favourite crafting themes of all)...
I altered this little shrine (they come with a choice of having a shelf too).
I used the lost coast rubber stamp based on the painting "American Gothic" as the background. coloured with watercolour pens and pencils and sealed before adding a coat of DecoArt crackle glaze. the cracks have been highlighted with Decoart media fluid paint. a nice bright Pyrrole Orange.
I covered the sides, top and bottom with some left over scraps of Halloween paper from last year. and gave them a crackle glaze finish.

I painted the front panel with black acrylic, let it dry and added more DecoArt Crackle glaze. I highlighted the crackle on this more than once to get a it of variation in colour. firstly i used the orange. when that had all dried I used DecoArt white antiquing cream. it really shows the fantastic crackle up well.
A bit more painting and gluing the embellishments and then I assembled it all. (the little orange apples (dots) are left ov er parts from the shrine feet. I didn't use them all)
Calico Craft Parts used:

Shrine Kit
Gravestone with pumpkin

Monday, 7 September 2015

Last of the summer leaves. Book box (Inside): for Calico Craft Parts

Better late than never they say...
I am indeed late with this. but here it is at last; the inside of the "last of the summer leaves" book box.
(I saw my first autumn leaves yesterday so its really happening).
Here is a wee reminder of the outside of the book box...

I sprayed the inside of the box with some DecoArt misters and painted some flora and fauna parts. I particularly love the thistles (but i suppose thats because I am Scottish). I added the birds as I have also seen a few bullfinches eating the seeds from the thistles in the field behind my house recently.

The components inside have been put in in layers so that it is 3D but its very hard to show depth from a 2D image. I have tried by taking this photo at an odd angle (not very flattering lol)
 As usual, I did break some of the craft parts up so I could reconfigure them in a way that i wanted. they don't need to be exactly as they arrive. i snapped off pieces and rearranged them. i also broke off the branch the hummingbirds were feeding from so I could make it look like they were feeding from the thistles.

Calico Craft Parts used:

Thistle flower branch style 2 (medium and large)
Humming bird duo.
Wild grass wood shape
Fancy flower flourish
Flowering vine (border wood shape)

and of course the... Book box kit (medium)

Steampunk inspired "Raven Canvas"; For Katzelkraft

Hello again everyone.
I am sharing a small mixed media canvas with you today.  I stamped out various images using black archival ink on to white tissue paper. I didn’t cut them out. I tore them. Torn edges blend in better than straight cut lines. 
I decoupaged them on to my little canvas using  Decoart decoupage medium. This also acted a sealer and a base to add my Decoart crackle glaze. 
Once my crackle glaze had dried and cracked, I added some Decoart Media fluid paints to make the cracks stand out. Simply add each colour one at a time, wait a few seconds then wipe it back off with a damp cloth. the paint will come off the image but remain in the cracks.
After that I simply glued embellishments on, wrapped rusty wire around it and hammered some rusty nails in to act as feet/legs for the canvas. 

Katzelkraft Stamps Used:

SOLO-58-Corbeau-roulette       Solo13--engrenage
KTZ121-Balloon       KTZ113-Steampunk-elements  

Black luxury. An altered bottle for Art Daily Cafe

  The theme over on Art Daily Cafe this month is “Black luxury” so I have altered this big bottle using mostly black gesso and jet jewel pa...