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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Week-end Messy

I'm just not sure which is the best photo, one taken in the craft room (resting on the Cats climbing frame) and the other hanging in the living room where it will live.  This hanger for hanging things has taken me most of Saturday and into this Sunday morning to complete.

First a wooden hanger sanded down.   Next cup hooks screwed along the bottom.  One side was much easier to set the hooks into, there is one hook less on the left hand side simply could not do it.   Time to decide what material to use.   I have a small stack of fat squares in cotton, cut 2 strips out of one to give fabric strips.  Then there are the cotton doilies from years back (I knew there was a reason I brought all my stash with me when I moved, twice now).    From the Powertex kit some Tee shirt cotton 'rope' and open weave/mesh hessian.   More Bare Necessities hessian and some paper flowers.

I've just added Ivory coloured Powertex to my supply thinking it would be an interesting contrast to the Bronze.   Started with the Ivory, the fat square strips and the doily.wrapped and draped the coated fabrics over and around the hanger.  Then the hessian cotton rope were coated in bronze and added.   Once I decided that the arrangement worked set the hanger aside for an hour or so until everything was touch dry.

At that stage I got a better look at the back and also realised that some of the hessian had not adhered to the project.  To fix it some of the willow bark (from the first Powertex kit) was used to help support the back with Ivory.   More of the Ivory Powertex used to secure the loose hessian and to add some paper flowers.   Everything was now left overnight.

This morning satisfied with the result so far the now stiff fabrics were dry brushed with turquoise/teal, blue and copper pigment.   Thinking it was finished I went so far as to take pictures.  Rummaging for a die to use in a new project (still not properly decided let alone started) I came across some Prima flowers that were saved to just this sort of project.   Poured out out a little more Ivory Powertex and added them, 2 went over flat paper flowers from the previous day, while the 3rd is just below the 3rd of the original flowers.  

Now it is finished.   Soon various necklaces and pendants I've made will be hanging from those cup hooks, just in case you wondered what they are all about.   The way the Powertex adhered to the metal is also interesting and adds to the shabby chic style.

So I'm sharing this project with.
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Always anything goes.
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything but a card
Studio 75 - Flower and Chic mood board
Creative Artiste - Anything Goes

Saturday, 25 June 2016

3rd picture for the frame project.

This is the last of the portrait format 6" x 4" cards, and like the other 2 the base is coloured card this time something in between the other 2 shades.   The 3 landscape to come will use the same base cardstock.

Looking to achieve something ethereal this Clarity lady very much like a Mocha girl.   Stamped in Memento brown and again on eclipse paper to make a mask.   A Penny Black stamp provided the framing in the same ink.   Decided this dreamy lady would have white floating hair and ribbons, her dress is grey & although it does now show here her skin tone is much lighter than the base card.

Just to lift it a little some of the outlines have been traced with pink, green and gold felt pens.

I'd like to share this with
Colour Q - Colour Challenge

Thursday, 23 June 2016

A little gift from me to a friend

Earlier this year on FB I ran a little Pay it Forward, a couple of people took the challenge and I've then kept them waiting the better part of 6 months!   This is the cover of a note pad made for one of them.   

The background is part of a shaving foam with Ken Oliver Ink Bursts that I've kept waiting for the right time.   The Stamps are all Inkylicious, stamped with various ep and coloured with Pro Markers. The little air bubbles were filled with Glossy Accents.

I'm sharing this with
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Make your own background
One Crazy Stamper - Anything goes

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

1 Box, 4 sides

I've been put this project together for a little while and been itching to share it with the world but needed to all 4 sides done first.   Here they are.

First painted all the panels with black gesso and then fixed everything together to make the box.  Using white Dreamweaver embossing paste and an Andy Skinner stencil.   Painted over the side with Distress inks and then went over it all with Indigo Blu crackle paste, the embossing paste had not quite gone off creating this erie pinky wash.   The crackle paste has to be 'set' with slap it on a sealant.

When everything had finally settled down dribbled along the bottom with stampendous shabby ep in various colours and textures.   Still not getting the effect I wanted spread down from the top Texture Paste (Black Sand) and dripped over that green alcohol ink.  Thought it was finished and then remembering the TH wings die cut out in blue acetate and lime green origami paper these were cut out and added.

 On this side the crackle stuff was used directly over the black, as this crackle paste dries white I expected an interesting result.   Some Glimmer Mist in blues and greens were added and gold paint swirled onto the still wet surface.  After 3 or 4 days the slap it on went over the top and ep sprinkled into before it dried.  Finally the blank areas were stamped in blue and the outlines picked out with white pen.

Again crackle paste and glimmer mist, liking this for an underwater theme the sprays were applied directly onto the paste, before the slap it on.   The grunge board flourishes  were coloured with Gelatos having a lot of fun with those.   The fish are inkylicious embossed with fine detail ep.

The final side has been Powertexed.   Using various bits and bobs from the draws and shelves there is papyrus and hessian card die cuts embossing powders and a strip of tissue paper.

Great to use so many different things and compare the results.  Loved re-discovering the Glimmer Mists and Grunge Board.  Not impressed with the Crackle paste, think it was given a good try out but it has to be quite thickly applied and then it takes days to develop the cracks.  It you want it to be coloured you have to mix it with acrylic paint which might or might not result in the effect you want.

Minx thinks its a nice box she sits in it.

Deep Ocean - Wood or Metal
Things to Alter - Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything Altered Goes
Country View Challenges - Crackle

Red, White & Blue

There is a lot of it around at this time of year!   And this year, at least until tomorrow, it is proving to be significant here in the UK.   Trouble is we not always understand what it means.   The Union Jack is made of 3 national flags, The Cross of St George, England.   The crosses of St. Andrew, Scotland and St Patrick, Ireland.   Wales is not represented on the flag, but those 4 nations comprise The United Kingdom.   Geography they are located on the British Isles, the 2nd largest is known at Ireland.  The largest occupied by Scotland England and Wales, is known as Great Britain.   Great Britain is the name of the island not the 'nation' inhabitants of these islands are known as British.  Complicated, maybe, but I get frustrated when people especially British people refer to Great Britain as a nation not an island.

Red White & Blue

  Necklace, bracelet and earrings made with Quartzite beads.    Just a little fun with the colours.

The Cats Pyjamas - Red, White & Blue with a touch of Sparkle (Crackle Quartz and Silver)
Craftin Desert Divas - Red, White & Blue
My Sheri Crafts - Red, White & Blue.

Or maybe you just prefer Blue, A Fluorite pendant also recently wired up.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Did someone say Tag?

Now this was wonderful messy fun.   A week or so ago I took out a subscription to Craft Stamper mostly because the subscription gift was soooo tempting.   It was/is a selection of Thats Crafty Surfaces, thats MDF and white lined grey board cut in to hearts, tags and ATCs as well as a set of mini masks.  Not to be passed up and unlike similar offers in the past it was delivered within days.

I've already talked about the Be Creative Wonder Crystals and watching them on Hochanda the other day I learnt how effective they look on hessian.

Another product promoted on Hochanda recently was Powertex.  I've seen this before and been intrigued by it, so the starter kit became another must have.   Knowing that was on it's way I've been collecting lots of natural fabrics and other things to use with it.

Those then are all the elements.   Yesterday the Powertex arrived.  A marriage of the grey board some hessian and the fabric stiffner was quickly arranged.  Throughly coated the basic elements and assembled them, they then have to be left for at least an hour before the next stages.   The kit includes pigments and a fixative that is dry brushed onto the project.  Using these pigments it was magical to see how the colours picked out the folds and textures.    Next morning the stiffing process had continued (It takes 3 weeks for a fully coated project to be fully hardened)  Feeling that it needed a little more lightness I applied some pigment ink and sprinkled Wonder Crystals over the tag, heat softens Powertex so the melting process had to be done carefully but it was another moment of magic as the crystals became part of the project.   Left it alone for another 24 hours not quite sure if it needed anything more and if it did what.   Today I decided to just do a little more dry brushing using the turquoise pigment.

Watch out for more Powertex experiments.

For now I'm sharing this with
Tuesday Throwdown - Distressing
Artistic Inspirations -  Always Anything Goes
613 Avenue - Create a Tag

nite nite

Tangled Bird's wing

Not something I expected to post today as it is not often that I share my tangles.   I do still follow some of the sites especially The Diva and her fabulous family.

Yesterday the lovely lady set her challenge for the week and this time it was a colour challenge.   Usually a tangle is left in black ink allowing the patterns to speak for themselves, but by chance she had used a red pen and been brave enough to go on the journey and see where it took her.

Now the challenge to us is to include red and a bit of fun.  Well frankly my tangles are always just a bit of fun and this one came out nothing like the idea in my head, how usual.   It is however probably the best mocha I've done so far.

Got to this stage and decided to stop anymore would spoil it and besides to me this is the wing and tail of a bird.  So I'm also sharing it with Try it on Tuesday, who believe they can fly!