Friday, 3 March 2017

Lots of layers!

This month's challenge at Creative Artiste is sponsored by the lovely Judy, a member of our DT and you can win this glorious set of goodies!

I decided that I would have another go at, "Excessive layering", and lots of fun and dire moments doing so.
I began with a tag which I covered in white gesso and then with printed tissue paper.

I added die cut tissue shapes which I spritzed with water and then removed when dry.I then knocked back with white paint and repeated several times building up the layers and leaving the tissue in the last stage. I added inks and sponged on paint. I cut the sentiment out of vinyl on my Cameo and stuck it on, then melted wax crayons and dribbled them on.

I used wire to create balloon shapes and stuck old papers behind them. These were coloured and then filled with liquid glass and then stuck on to the tag.

The final result is really quite interesting in real life but the photography doesn't really show how the layers work.

Happy crafting!
Denyse x

Friday, 3 February 2017

Colour, Colour and More Colour!

A new challenge is starting over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. This month it is sponsored by Scrapmatts Australia and as always the theme is Anything Goes.

For my project I decided to try a new approach by following a video workshop by Mary Wagerin as part of Wanderlust 2017.

The essence of the workshop is that your project is a journey, so you create many layers which you continuously cover up. It is a hugely difficult thing to do, to let go, trust in the process and cover up work that you like!
I loved some of my layers and then, covered them up and really disliked how the next layer looked!

I used Decoart fluid media paints, DecoArt Elegant finish metallic paints,Liquitex heavy body acrylic paints, tissues, papers, mod podge, Posca Chalk Paint pens, acrylic ink, Neo color II crayons and a Scrapmatts circle stencil!

I will show you the twists and turns my journey took, with the final piece at the bottom!

 The beginning of a focal point!
Placing the butterfly to see how it looks.

Very scary ... covering over AGAIN!

The Finished Article!!!

Not sure how I feel about the process but I was pleased with myself that I let go enough to follow the process and not resist the covering up!
Happy Creating!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all. I hope that this year brings you all good health and happiness. My first post for the New Year is for the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge DT. As always the theme is Anything Goes, which is great as you get free range with your creativity!
This month we are sponsored by the fabulous "Things to Alter", who provide all sorts of fabulous MDF goodies at exceptionally good prices!

I decided to alter a glass bottle which I picked up for £1 in a local charity shop. As you can see it

was a misted glass with red neck,
 I began by giving it several coats of gesso until it was well and truly covered and looked more like a pottery bottle. I then painted the whole thing gold using DecoArt Elegant Finish Metallic Paint. It's the first time that I have used this and I have to say that I am very impressed with it. I then painted a layer of DecoArt crackle glaze all over and left it to dry. Once dry it was covered in DeoArt antiquing cream (black) and left to dry, then this was removed with a baby wipe. I repeated the last two steps three more times building up a patina of cracks and adding depth and texture with each coat. I then used DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush to bring up the gold in some areas and dragged Treasure Gold White Fire down the bottle to add coppery glints as well. 

To decorate I used a silicon mould of a swirl and also one of a rose.I poured Powertex into the moulds and left them to dry. I also found two white pearl leaf embellishments. All of these were buffed with Decoart Antiquing Cream in Patina Green and I deliberately left traces of it on to give an aged affect, they were also given a good amount of Antiquing Cream in black and a small amount of the Treasure Gold wax . The swirl was glued on to the neck of the bottle. I did the same with some bright pink flat back pearls which I have never found a use for! 
I also took a lovely metal embellishment and buffed it with the antiquing creams in Green and Black and the Treasure Gold. The powertex rose was glued on to the centre of metal embellishment and the leaves to the top and bottom of it. The pearls were added as studs around the bottle.

I used a bright silver aftershave bottle lid to finish off. This was sponged in DecoArt Black Fluid Media paint and also the gold. it was also daubed with the Treasure gold once dried and a flat back pearl was added to the centre to finish it off.

Finally I took a length of cord and a Tim Holtz Brass tag which says (appropriately enough!) "Altered", and hung it around the neck of the bottle.

I must admit I am really pleased with how it turned out. I meant to take more photos at different stages but it got difficult as I got messier and in the end I was too engrossed to remember!! will try harder next time!

Happy Crafting!
Denyse x
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BSCB #232 (weekly)

Friday, 2 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

This month the (always) Anything Goes Challenge over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media is sponsored by Scrapmatts
I decided to create a seasonal piece and used my Cameo to cut a set of concentric rings which were, "Wreath sized". I painted these with Powertex to ensure that they would be durable in the rain and then added a lot of very ugly, coloured buttons(!). 
The buttons were then covered with Powertex as well and it was left to dry. I cut a Merry Christmas greeting out of card which I glittered up. I also cut two acetate circles and sandwiched the greeting in between with lots of little stars as well. The buttons were then buffed with rub and buff and Treasure Gold. 
Glitter was added and also Decoart interference paint in gold. The greeting was sandwiched between the button circle and another Powertex painted, identical, ring and I added ribbon to hang it up and a pearl string to decorate.

I have to say it really sparkles in the sunshine and even in the car headlights!

I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and (at least!) a little bit of peaceful time to create something lovely! :)
Denyse x

I would like to enter this for:-
Cut It Up Tic Tac Toe Texture/Glitter/Ribbon Die Cut greeting
As You like It favourite Silver/Gold (Mine is Treasure Gold white Fire, which creates a beautiful sparkling colour that is between silver and gold!)
Sparkles FCC Christmas is Coming

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Seasons Greetings!!!!

Merry Christmas to you all. I hope Christmas 2016 finds you happy, healthy and ready to create!
At Crafts Galore Encore we have a new challenge for you. Sponsored by Sherri Baldi the winner will receive the 3 digi stamps used by the DT

I decided to use the middle image and printed it on to tissue paper and coloured it with copics, Neocolor crayons and polychromos. I then placed it around a pillar candle securing it with a band of grease proof paper with the excess paper creating a hand hold for me. I then used a heat gun to gently heat the candle , causing it to, "Swallow", the tissue paper. I then added Ranger enamels and some Stickles glue.
To create the holder I designed a candle holder which I cut out of card on my Cameo. I then used texture paste and glitter to "ice", the candle holder and added some gorgeous toadstools which I bought in a new shop in Chelmsford called, "Flying Tiger" (from Copenhagen).

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas,
Denyse x

Friday, 4 November 2016

An Autumnal Canvas with Moths!!!

Today is my second DT creation for Creative Artists Mixed Media and as always the theme is "Anything Goes", using mixed media.
The sponsor this month is Foil Play who offer a host of goodies HERE and offer free delivery on orders of over £10!
I decided to create an Autumnal Canvas and it was quite a long process! 
I began by gessoing an 8x12" canvas. I then used masking fluid randomly to create an irregular border. I brayered on red acrylic paint and knocked it back with white.
I then put my first layer of stamps on using a mixture of Dylusions Paper Artsy and Tim Holtz stamps, letting them dry and then layering them up. 
I added colour and white highlights using Faber Castell Gelatos and a Pitt Big White pen. 
I used stencils to add texture paste and stamped on top of it. I added a postage stamp image from an old book and also an amaretto biscuit wrapper (!) I then used white and black pens to doodle and added the odd Swarovski crystal.
I cut the moths (well butterflies) using the Tim Holtz Texture Fade Bigz Dies, and then embossed them. They were painted with distress inks and embossed with distress embossing powder. I rubbed Walnut Stain ink around the edges and then used a matt Mod Podge and distress glaze on them.
After fixing them to the canvas I rubbed the masking fluid off to reveal the white edges.

I hope you like it!

Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

Friday, 7 October 2016

Exciting News!!!

I am so excited to share some news with you today. I answered the DT call at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and have been accepted on to their very talented DT!!!!

I am particularly pleased as I am finding myself drawn more and more towards mixed media and joining this DT allows me to explore this style further.
The challenges are always mixed media and Anything Goes. This month the sponsor is The Dusty Attic

For my first DT piece I decided to create a sketchbook for my lovely, artistic, daughter Bethany. It needed to be pocket sized so I started with two pieces of chipboard which I covered with canvas paper. I then used PaperArtsy paints with my fingers to create a background. 
The circles (ELB 29 from the new PaperArtsy stamps by Lin Brown ) were stamped on, using Archival ink in Cobalt and Sepia. I then added some darker paint to the corners and cut photo corners out of brown card, on my Cameo. 
I used a Prima heart sticker which I rubbed gold foil on to, and using random dots of glue I added gold flakes to the covers.

I then cut a name plate from waste card and used Deco Art Fluid media paint in Quin Gold and Paynes grey to give it an aged metal look. I used an old typewriter font to create the label and stuck them on.

For the inside covers I used kraft card. I stamped with the same stamp set adding the beautiful leaf skeleton and then used some punchinella as a stencil to sponge fresco paint and tinting base through. I finished with some black splodges.
Before sticking the inside covers down (on top of the ends of the concertina paper) I coloured some white ribbon with my copic markers, so I could get a good match and stuck it on to the end plates.

This is how it looks assembled and open!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

My first painted character!!!

I have long been an admirer of those who can create their own characters for their work (Kate Crane and Trish Latimer being particular favourites). So when the Crafts Galore Encore September Challenge was decided as, "Anything Goes", and I didn't get a digi from Beccy's Place (prize one set of digis to the randomly chosen winner) I decided now was the time to try.

I have been lucky enough to to attend a couple of classes with Kate Crane and I used the techniques I learnt with her to create my 8" square canvas. The paints used were Decoart Fluid Media and also Decoart Tinting Base. My three colours were mixed with the tinting base and applied randomly, I then used stamps and stencils to build up the layers of the canvas. I finished with splodges of black paint, I used a white pen wherever I felt it needed it putting on swirls, wiggles and generally marking my page and added dots from the new Ranger Enamels range.

Trish provided the instruction for drawing and painting the character's face and figure(I have the Traplet DVD "Creating Faces", which gives lessons from four great artists)  I used Golden Watercolour Ground, on normal Journal paper to create a texture to paint on and used a selection of Watercolour pencils and Neo Colour 2 Crayons to colour her in. I fussy cut her out and stuck her on to the canvas. I used a black watercolour pencil to outline her and added washi paper to ground her. I finished with  the saying, "She dreams in colours that don't exist", which I created using my old fashioned motex labeller (which I LOVE!)

I loved doing this, especially as at various points throughout the process I decided it was a complete disaster, but remembered Kate's advice to keep going as anything can be mended using a technique like this!

I hope you enjoy it too, a splash of colour always makes me smile!
Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

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