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Thursday, January 28, 2016

A New Life – Finnabair Inspired Mixed Media Canvas

Good day to you all Blogging Friends,

First of all I have come to realise that I am NOT a good Blogger!! Grrrr! Always something else moving up on the priority list!

I have been watching Finnabair and her Design Team's Projects for quite a while and could only sit and ’drool’ over it  . . . way too scared to try! Well, if one does not try, nothing will happen J


One day, many moons ago, I saw Finnabair’s project :
Art Recipe Wednesday: New Life of the Old Brush and it really got me inspired as I have lots of old brushes and all sorts of embellishments to get me going. Please visit Finnabair’s blog for her Art Recipe Wednesday as well as the tutorial on how to create such a canvas.

It took me another approximately 7 months to pluck up the courage to give it a try. My friend, Jacqui, and I organised a play date at the shop during her holidays. Oh what fun did we have!  We put all our ‘ingredients’ ranging from the blank canvasses and brushes to washers, paper flowers, wing nuts, buttons (like in ‘ugly’ buttons), hinges, twine, beads, nuts, bolts, chipboard embellishments, etc. out on the workspace and started off sort of slowly. We quickly got the gest of ‘How To’, but *Sigh!* the day flew by way too quickly!
Here is my Finished Canvas:
I started off by using a few Arty Stencils from Enmarc Crafts and thick gesso paste to add texture to the background and then let it dry. After all the embellishments were stuck down, I covered everything with gesso and left it to dry.

I opted for watered down acrylic paints . . . . that wasn’t so easy, because it so happened that one moment it was too pink and the next moment it was too green . . . then too pink , then too green. After a couple of these ‘trial and errors’ I was satisfied with the outcome. Next I used metallic gold acrylic paint and dry brushed all over the brush and embellishments close to it. I added Finnabair art Extra vagence Texture Paste : Clear Crackle to the handle of the brush and also a bit randomly onto some of the embellishments. Then I added Finnabair art Extra vagence Texture Paste : Gold Crackle in a blob onto the tip of the brush and added Finnabair art ingredients Glass Glitter : Gold Rush to the Gold Crackle. Then Finnabair art basics Soft Matte Gel : Transparent was added randomly with added Finnabair art ingredients Glass Glitter : Copper. Then the micro beads and seed beads were added also with the soft matte gel. I got carried away and maybe have put too many beads onto the canvas, but for now I am happy J. When everything was dry, I used a graphite pencil to accentuate and add shadows to the embellishments.

Some Close-ups of the finished project:


Finnabair Products used:

Thank you for stopping by and please leave a comment so I know you were here J

Take care and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Book of Days 2015 : With Effy Wild

I have really left this very late.


Launching registration for a class like this should be done months in advance. Because I've only given myself a few weeks, I'm going to need your help. In return, I will enter you in a draw for a giveaway: A free seat in ALL the sessions of Book Of Days I teach next year. I've got three of these to giveaway, so here's how to enter:
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xo
Effy

Monday, August 18, 2014

Digi Stamps 4 Joy : Mid-challenge #98 - NEW - Poplap

I have been meaning to participate for quite some time now and then finally took the plunge.


One has to create a card celebrating something NEW. The only 'new' I have at the moment is my DGD3's 5th Birthday and I created this card for her:


I used Spectrum Noir pens to colour the images. The garden gate image is from Digi Stamps 4 Joy and the Teddy image is from Dominique Boudlei? got it from a friend as a free digi.

I fussy cut the teddy image and raised it with foam squares.
All other embellishments except for the ribbon on the inside of the card, are from Enmarc Crafts. The word tile on the front and the floral bling on the inside of the card are discontinued products.

The little surprise on the inside of the card: (I had to scan the inside of the card as I forgot to photograph the inside of the card and there is no sunshine this time of the night ;-) )

Thank you for stopping by :-)


Saturday, August 16, 2014

My Paper Bag Art Journal : If I had a Flower

On to page 6 of my Papaer Bag Art Journal.

I chose another watercolour paper for this page.

This page was inspired by this gorgeous darling little angel I found on Pinterest. The original image belongs to Becky Hetherington – attic-crafter.blogspot.com


Ain’t she just way too sweet!?
As you know, I am a wanna-be-artist and I copied this sweetie as I just HAD to have one of my own ;-)
AND . . . . here is mine ;-) 


I enlarged the coloured stamped image and used watercolour paper to trace the image on. Then did the outlines with a uni-ball black pen.


For the colouring of my image, I used Inktense Blocks and my water brush .



Enmarc Crafts has such a big variety of WHITE board embellishments and I chose their Nature Element :  Flower Layers 2 to add to my journal page. These were also coloured with the Inktense Blocks.


Whilst I waited for the flowers to dry, I coloured the background and left it to dry naturally.


Then added Stickles (Crystal) to the fairy’s wings and dress. I used a brush to spread the stickles as I wanted to create a very faint shimmering effect.


And here is a close-up of the stickles after it was dry.


For the edges I used Distress Ink : Vintage photo.


Then added a piece of lace to the left side. Next I stacked the Flower Layers and pasted it randomly down. I used my Distress Marker : Pumice Stone to add shading.


The flowers need stems ;-) Also added grass.


Then a gazillion liquid pearls! I am still trying to bond with these and who knows, I might make them perfect someday! 


Lastly, I used my uni-ball black pen to redo all the black lines.
Close-up of the sweet fairy.



  Nature Elements : Flower Layers 2

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