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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Is it Art O'clock yet?

I mentioned I'd been rearranging rooms
recently...and realised I no longer had a
clock in my Art room....
so  I made one :D

I took this old canvas I'd "borrowed" bits from...
and gave it a thick coating of gesso, 
scraping some extra texture as I went along.
 Been dying to try some "weak washes"...
 letting each layer dry*not my strong point lol*
 before adding another...
til I got this yummy crusty finish :D
I love the way Brenda Brown uses metal on her projects
*see her amazing projects at Bumblebees and Butterflies*
so I made myself a metal embellie by embossing an
old Tomato puree tube and cutting a piece out.
 Keeping to faded colour tones I collected some papers
to layer (distressing as I went along)...
 attaching everything with matt medium and tape.
 Really pleased with the final "grunginess" of the canvas
 and the depth created by the different washes.
I also used pencil around the edges of the individual elements
to add definition.
Now to position the "clock" mechanism.
 Once I decided where, I stamped a clock face onto
 tissue paper and glued it down with matt medium.
 I also added glazing medium to the clock face for
extra protection.
over all I am very pleased with my new
"Arty O'Clock"
Enjoy :D XXX

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Picked for You :D


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Had so much fun making this card that I forgot to take
progress shots lol
So I'll list ingredients instead...
Base card and yellow floral paper by Anna Griffin,
Purple Bunny paper from Belle and Boo pad,
Paper flower from Craftwork Card Flower wreath kit

Friday, 13 April 2018

A Rusty Crusty Creation

I was honoured by 
recently as being "pinworthy",
and invited to join as a GDT for this month's challenge

A walk on a grey day brought me inspiration,
looking at the trees with the light behind them.
 I raided my stash of board hangers...
 and coated one with gesso...
thick enough to scratch marks into.
 When it was nearly dry I pressed a piece of 
kitchen paper on to add more subtle texture...
 before adding a thin black paint layer.
Next I took a tree stencil and taped it in position
to use as a mask.
 I used a piece of natural sponge to add
red, yellow and green acrylic paint.
 After I had built up the layers of paint I washed the mask
while the paint dried.
I replaced the mask and added a layer of heavy gel medium.
 This is how it looked when I removed the mask
to wash again.
 After the gel dried I didn't feel there was enough contrast,
so I replaced the mask again and added a little white.
 Still hadn't achieved the "rusty" I wanted,
so I mixed rust coloured paint with some bead gel...
which gave me this yummy texture.
The tree trunks seemed a little flat now, so I 
used crackle glaze to give the effect of old bark...
 rubbing a white wash into the cracks.
 Very happy with the finished textures and colours.
Both Rusty and Crusty :D
Enjoy XXX

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Monday, 2 April 2018

A dry day in Spring :D

Sorry for the dull photos, but still waiting for the
sun to show here.

This fortnight's challenge from
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I wanted to make a floral embossed background 
for this image, but didn't want it to be just one colour.
I chose a striped paper and put that through the folder
and love the extra dimension it creates.
Next I matched up my Promarkers to the colours
in the papers...
and ,as well as the image, I coloured some tiny
buttons...
to use as flower centres :D
I added glossy accents to the buttons on the
image for even more detail.
Another Niece...another birthday lol

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