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, 3 August 2015

A tisket a tasket a little Alice basket. A Calico Craft Parts design team project.

Hi everyone.
today I am using one of the lovely wee "Trug kits". its slightly bigger than I imagined and I will actually be able to keep stuff in it. I might put my cottonwool balls in it or something... anyhoo I digress.

I assembled the basket and painted it. applied book print tissue paper, a stamped image of Alice, and then built up a 3D look with Calico Craft Parts.

I gave it all an aged look with quinacridone gold media paint and then a coat of media Crackle glaze.
when the crackle glaze had dried i added more Quin' gold to sink in to the cracks and wiped off the rest. you can see the crackle in the close ups...

Calico Craft Parts Used:

Trug Kit
Mini Sugar Maple leaf twig
Mushrooms and Fungi Set 7
Wild flower in grass shape
Holly leaf and Berry corner shape.
mini Butterflies

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...