15 September 2014

a sprinkle of colour.... is back!

We have a brand new colour palette for you today! 

Head on over to the Monthly Challenge Page to get all the details and see the fabulous creations from the design team. 


Happy Creating!

Vicki 

14 September 2014

A holiday memory.


It's been a while but I'm back from a fabulous holiday in Portugal where the main theme was sun, sea and sand. Before the tan fades and it becomes a distant memory I wanted to try and capture a little of the magic.

Now I'm back and I'm pretty sure the holiday will be influencing my work for the next few weeks. In this piece I tried to capture a bit of the sea and even added a few shells brought back from the beach.


The base is simply a piece of cardboard and a few die cut letters.


After picking at the card and sticking on the letters I gave it a quick coat of gesso before my paint layer.


I wiped over some Distress paint in Tumbled glass and stamped the lace border across the letters using  the Lace and Doily set by Finnabair. I love this set and even though the stamping came out unevenly as you can see below, I wasn't too bothered as it just looked like torn lace.


I added the shells and some jute along with a dried piece of coral then wrapped wire and beads around the whole piece for a bit of bling.


It's now a reminder of a wonderful holiday and hopefully will keep me going until next summer.

Jaine x

10 September 2014

it's almost time!!!

after taking a wonderful summer break we are now back with "a sprinkle of colour", 
our monthly colour challenge. 

Here's a sneak of this months colours... 


All sorts of projects are welcome, just remember that the challenge does have rules! 

The new challenge will go live on the 15th September, with some fabulous pieces from the design team to help get those creative juices flowing.  
So make a note in your diary, and pop back to see the final colour palette.

07 September 2014

Art Doll part 3 (only 3?!!)

Hello!
This is kind of a follow on project to the first Art Doll tutorial I shared this summer (THIS one!)
Todays Art Doll looks like this....

Oh yes...getting weirder..... :)
One of my step by step pictures for the first doll looked like this:
Which gave me an idea for a shape.....and todays doll was born!
My 'peculiar genius' doll is much smaller than the hanging doll of a few weeks ago, I wanted the face to fill the entire head part this time....
The shape is basically the same though, with the crown part included in the initial chipboard piece. As before, I painted the chipboard, stuck book pages to it, then added the face by gluing on stamped tissue. Doodled lines and painty dots to finish it off.
The body is also roughly the same shape as before...
Again, covered  with book pages and stamped tissue. This time, I stamped this fab dotty image by Stampotique onto the tissue to give the body a nice design. Painty dots and doodled lines again, then the body was finished off by the heart embellishment...
This is the smallest pendant from the Prima Mechanicals range, turned over, painted white with a punched out heart stuck to it!
Adding the head to the body requires a neck, of course! This neck will be visible, so I painted stripes on it....
No legs this time, I've used chipboard circles. I think they look a little wheel like....
I edged them with blue paint, and carried on with the dots/doodling theme! I always add a phrase or title to my work, this time I've added it to one of the 'wheels'....
The Art Doll is basically a flat item, so if we want it to stand up, we need to add things to the back! Even if you have no intention of ever making jewellery, I would thoroughly recommend large cube beads as a stash essential.... they are brilliant for jobs like this!
Apologies for the unsightly glue picture!!
So.... Art Doll part three!
Hope you like her!
See you soon,
Trish xxxxxx







31 August 2014

'To Dream Of A Fairy' Art Doll

Hello!
Yep, me again! Bet you're getting sick of me this summer eh?!
I did warn you... Art Dolls are my favourite thing right now....so here's another one!
Art Dolls can be constructed in as many ways as your imagination can dream up, and with this one, the body is a clear glass vial. I used the largest bottle from the Craft Medley Bottle Set as the body for this one!
I added tiny scrunched up bits of text paper to the bottom of the bottle, along with a sprinkling of turquoise glitter...
I suspended a punched out heart in the bottle, easily done by gluing thread to the heart, then using a needle to thread the other end through the cork. The 'wings' are also easy to construct, I created a triple bow using waxed cord, then simply tied the bow onto the bottle neck. As it's waxed, the cord holds it shape and the loop shapes don't go all droopy!
No apologies for using another Prima Mechanicals Pendant.... these are fast becoming a must have in every project! The medium sized pendant is exactly the right size for the bottle to sit in...
The pendant is great on lots of levels, fab petal shape, very easy to colour with paint, but best of all, it has a hole in the middle! This means its a doddle to use to create the base. I used a thick strand of wire to join the disc of the base and the pendant together. One end of the wire was glued into a hole drilled in the base, the other end was threaded through the hole in the pendant, bent over at right angles and then glued. The glitter/paper layer in the bottle help to disguise the wire, but I did give everything a coat of white gesso under the bottle as well!
The legs are painted paper...
Glued onto the front of the wire holding up the bottle!
The Art Doll face is a Stampotique favourite, the crown is a Stampotique design too!
Stamped onto text paper, glued onto card then cut out. I glued a short pin onto the back of the face, then simply pushed the pin into the cork to secure!
Hope you like her, a few ideas for you to try out maybe?!
See you soon!
Trish xxx





27 August 2014

'To Be Happy' Shrine : A Tutorial

Hello!
Me again, back with another tutorial! I've gone for another 3D assemblage type affair today, a shrine. Here is the finished piece...

No pre cut shrine kits used, all done from scratch which means you can make them any size and shape you want! Easy too, really! I'll show you......
Firstly, you need to decide on a shape and size for your shrine. I knew I wanted a house with a pointy roof, so that bit was easy, but I wasn't sure about size. The size can depend on various things, maybe you have something specific you want to put in the niche, so obviously you need to create something that will be big enough for your chosen object. I knew I wanted to use a specific set of wings behind the roof, so that was the detail I needed to take account of. I roughly stamped out the wings, and sketched out a shape to fit...
Once you have a shape, you can trace it onto chipboard and cut out....
Next we need to cut the pieces for the niche. The back part is easy as it is exactly the same as the hole the the front part, so simply draw around the hole onto more chipboard. The sides will depend on how deep you want your niche. I chose a 2cm deep niche, so cut my sides accordingly...
As you can see, the sides are the length of each side of the back, and all 2cm wide. Next, tape the niche together with masking tape....
You could use sellotape if you have no masking tape! At this point, when you fold up the sides, you can see the box like niche appearing!
Tape up the corners so the box stays in shape...
Now, at this point I should say that you are not to worry about gaps, sturdiness or neatness! We will be covering the whole thing inside and out with gel medium and book pages, which will cover up and gaps or unsightly tape. Gel medium dries rock solid, so will give added strength to your niche. The only thing you need to do at this point is trim away any difference in height of your sides!
The general idea is that the pieces will look like this...
Again, don't worry if the niche looks too small! The book pages will add extra width to the chipboard, and you can add as many layers of pages as you need if the gaps are still in evidence!
 So, cover with book pages....
Decorating the inside of a box is tricky at the best of times, and trying to decorate once the box is attached to the front piece will just make things harder! Decorate the niche at this point....
I painted everything with Lime Dina Wakley paint, then added a touch of Sky over the top to give a gentle turquoise look in places. I then added a cut out figure with a magic wand and a star behind her head. As you do....

 I then put it behind the front piece to see how it looked, and decided it needed a pop of colour. Red to be precise! I made the border by painting some copy paper...
And then doodling a border pattern...
This can then be cut out and glued into the niche. Copy paper is way more flexible than card stock, so I always use the thinner base if I'm wanting to glue it into tricky places!
The finished niche can then be attached to the front...
This is done very simply by glueing on more book pages across the join. Two or three layers for a strong bond!
The shrine stand is made from a small wooden candlestick, and one of my new favourite things...a Prima Mechanicals Pendant!
These were thoroughly gessoed (is that a word?) and then had more Lime and Sky paint added!
Glue everything together, and you have....
Your shrine!
The Prima pendant adds a fabulous shape to the stand...
The candlestick was splatted with black paint, then had red cord wrapped around it for that colour pop!
The front of the house was simply decorated using a circle stamp, and a house number. The butterfly wings were stamped onto red painted card before cutting out....
All stamps are Darkroom Door.
In the end, I added some red moss into my niche....
I liked the way it spilled out, creating more depth.
So, another tutorial, and I hope it has given you a few ideas....go make a niche!!!
Love Trish xxxxx


















20 August 2014

Super Speedy Paint Backgrounds: A Tutorial

Hello!
After my last tutorial using ink to make a background, I thought that today I would go back to my 'go to' medium, paint! 99% of my backgrounds are made using paint, and I'm going to share a very quick and easy technique that will get you a fab background in a couple of minutes!
First up, the finished project.....
Right...the background! The main thing to remember is speed. Don't stop to think, just do it! We want a little blending/mixing going on, so no drying between colours with this one!
Get all your paint squeezed out onto a palette (or a bit of acetate!!), so you don't need to stop to change colour. Add your first with broad strokes of the brush..
My 'brush of choice' is a make up brush! A foundation brush to be precise. Love the feel of them, they're cheap as anything and the bristles don't fall out and stick to your work!
White is great to add in between colours to blend....
I don't stop to clean the brush either, just keep going! Pale purple next...
To stop it looking too 'blocky', add in more purple over the blue...
Plenty of white to bring the colours together! Up to now, I have used vertical strokes. Add in a few horizontal too...
I use less horizontal strokes when applying wet colour over wet colour because these tend to mix up the colours and make things a little too muddy for my taste. Up to you though! Now I add in my dark 'pop' colour...
Still wet over wet, and still not cleaned the brush as you can see! Less of the darker colour as it will obliterate everything otherwise. Colour needs to be a bit balanced though, so add a little more dark on the other edge of the piece...
I love the blue/white/purple scheme, but decided to add in a bit of pink for a change!
By now, the paint is starting to dry off, so you get nice texture as well as colour as the wet paint drags over the drier paint underneath..
That is the base layer finished...and should have taken about a minute and a half!
Now we need to add the details, so clean your brush and dry off the wet paint on the background!
This next set of pictures look very similar.... Each layer of detail is subtle, but it all adds up!
I stencilled a little through some sequin waste..
Next, print a few lines here and there..
Dots and circles...
Stamping...
And the final touch, sewing the background to a bit of black card! I also did some stitching over the paint to add more detail..
This is now very nearly done, just focal images/embellishments to add, and then text. Sometimes I add more to the painty details too, if I feel the end look is missing something! In this case I added red accents to tie in with the red hearts.
I created a flower look from some rather awesome Prima mechanicals pendants...
I covered the metal with gesso, then just flicked purple paint at them! The hearts are Fimo clay, painted red and with tiny blue dots added. Wire stems, with coils around them to make them a little more substantial! The deep pendants make wonderful 3D flowers..
Final touch, words cut from a book..
Phew...are you still with me?!!
I hope you have a go at the speedy painty backgrounds....great fun and a great base for any page!
Love Trish xxx