Saturday, 14 March 2020

Follow The Wind

Check out this amazing moodboard from 13 Arts
FAB right!

I started with a couple paper layers, with hexagons along the bottom.  I painted the entire piece with clear gesso, then added some color with Lindy's sprays- Jazzy Jivin Purple, Pegleg Pete's Purple.

Chipboard pieces are embossed with (old school embossing powder) distress embossing- sand and walnut.  Add some paper elements.

More paper layers and paper elements.  I used pop dots between layers, then i have room to tuck in embellisments.  Chipboard cameo is painted with Alchemy steampunk cooper, and swirl painted with Alchemy red wine.

The finished product- added some chipboard flowers, and title.  I also added some more color and splattered with white.

and now for the close ups to see all those FAB layers.  til next time.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

My take on Carnival Row

So my friend suggested i watch Carnival Row, so far i have watched one episode and i like just haven't gotten around to watching more yet.  But what i love is the imagery, created a whole Victorian Steampunk era with fairies and other magical beings!!! How fantastic is that.  So here is my take
Fairy wings, bowler hat, piping, and gears just a few of my favorite things.  (who just sang the song in their head)

So i painted the wings on watercolor paper with oxide distress ink, then drew in the wing details with black gel pen.  I found creating these type of illustrations very relaxing, i want to do some large scale ones next.  I would like to do a watercolor illustration using the posters of Alphonse Mucha.  If you don't know his work its worth looking up.

Lantern is chipboard, with painted watercolor paper behind to look like it is light up.

Some piping, i paint a base color of gold then layer turquoise, rust, and brown on top for that rusted patina look.  I didn't like this when i first painted, but when i see how the pipes look in photos I LOVE. Funny how that works.

Some rub ons for the background, love me some rub ons.  For the border first i painted black then embossed with Lindy's Tannenbaum Green Gold- the color and shimmer is easier to see with a black base.

Spiral wire, i love wire it's a weird fasanation.  This was a bitch to get the spiral tied on without breaking chipboard.

Whenever i create something i always have a favorite spot- and this is my favorite spot.  I think because you can really see the background i created here, and i love backgrounds. 
WOW i used the word LOVe alot, it was a bit much.

Happy Leap Day!

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Create Dizcover

This month over at Lindy's Stamp Gang the color challenge is

I created this 10"x10" canvas.
The background is watercolor paper colored with Lindy's Moonlit Mulberry and  Cape Cod Coral.
Distress the edge and ink with vintage photo and ground espresso distress ink.  Then glue watercolor paper onto brown painted canvas.  Dry.

I don't know why but i forgot to take a picture of the completed background.  I drew on a floral branch and leaves, then painted with watercolor paints.  This was very relaxing, turned on some Elementary and painted away great way to spend an evening, should have had a glass of wine with it.  Once I finished painting I applied crackle paste and allow to dry overnight.

Used some empherma in my stash, distress edges and ink.  Then embossed some chipboard pieces using Lindy's embossing enamel Terra Cotta Plum, Midnight Copper, and Golden Angel Wings.
Used some old rub ons on the background, i love creating backgrounds.

 Here is a good shot of the background, I spend most of my time creating a background then cover it it seems to be my process.

Gears and winders are made with Finnabair mould, painted with brown and green paste and once dried spray with Lindy's Van Dyke Sepia.  Adds a little shimmer.

Layer in some tags, used Tim Holtz ribbon sprayed with Lindy's Van Dyke Sepia to color.  I saturated several strands of ribbon differently so there would be color variation in ribbon, finally rip and tear up ribbon.

Lastly add some inspriation chit chat and call it done.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Say Yes to New Adventures

Hey all, so i usually create classes or kits but today i just created.  I have missed just creating! No worrying if i have enough for one class, if there are too many steps etc...  So I saw the Stamperia sea world mould with an octopus and scruba helmet and thought i can do that.  So here we are

I used my chipboard helmet from octopus piece then drew legs onto watercolor paper.  I painted legs with watercolor paint and distress oxide ink, drew in details with black pen.  Love how these turned out.

The key to watercolor i have discovered is you need to be patience thin wash of color, dry, thin wash of color until you get the depth you want and shading.
I used ground espresso, wild honey,and  pumice stone disatress oxide ink and orange watercolor paint.

Painted the helmet with bronze and gold acrylic paint, antiqued with brown acrylic paint then added some rust with red oxide paint.  I glued black cardstock behind the helmet then filled the center with glossy accents so it looks like glass.

Made plumbing with pipes chipboard, painted gold, antiqued with brown acrylic paint then added patina with red oxide and Jade impasto paint.  Also love the legs.

The background was created with Lindys' tainted teal, maidenhair fern green on watercolor paper.  I inked the edges then added water spots, rub ons. I think the fish is one of my favorite things- i cut out from some old paper inked edges and covered with glossy accents.

Embossed the border frames with Lindys midnight teal.  Painted black chipboard pieces (just some random pieces in my stash) gold acrylic paint and left some plain.  I used pop dots and chipboard for depth.

I have taken the week off to create hopefully it is a fruitful week.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

What happens in Vegas

I wanted to create a double page layout that looked like an old school postcard for Las Vegas.  Heres what I got
I cut words out of cardstock with my silhouette, the images inside are photos from Vegas.  So yes photos but in an unusual way.

Used chipboard to create the rest of the scene.  Layered Las Vegas sign, its missing a L, I lost and need to get a new one cut.

A pink cadallic of course, lucky 7 and cherries, cards and Shara sign to complete the final background.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Rustic Christmas Cards

So i saw these cards from Nadya Drozdova
FAB right, and there was a tutorial to go with it.  I love me a tutorial, and I thought i can make some of those.  Now i didn't have have the great papers and cutting elements from AB Studio so i found some elements i like off an etsy store printed them out and made myself some Christmas Cards.

This month at Mixed Media Academy is Winter Love challenge the perfect moodboard for some Christmas cards.

I went with blue tones, well because i love blue and always have lots of blue mixed media products on hand. 

Mixed in some paper feathers with my Christmas animals and foilage.  I love the tree ring chipboard it is one of my newer peices and very verstile.

Of course i added chipboard, snowflakes were painted with Alchemy sparks unicorn's hair and the rest with alchemy rustic brown.

I always like to ink my edges then you can't tell if my cutting is a little sloppy.

Merry CHristmas!!!

Monday, 18 November 2019


Fairytales are magical world of make believe.  My favorite parts were the illustrations and i wanted to live in a magical forest and an eleborate treehouse.  Today I created a ornate hot air balloon flying high in a cloudy, twinklingly night sky. 
This month's challenge at Mixed Media Academy is Fairytales, and here is the moodboard.

I have built these balloons before I think of them like a puzzle except i don't know what the end result will be.  I have reference photos of things i like and combine elements to create the final product.  I also rarely recreate the same thing so each one is orginial and the more i make the more challenging it becomes.

Polymer clay stars painted with Finnabair sparks raven paint, the brushed with white gold alchemy wax.  Makes it look like pewter.  I used iron lacework chipboard along center. If the chipboard is delicate enough it will wrap around a curved surface.

In the center is scroll gear chipboard painted with rustic brown alchemy paint and brushed with white gold alchemy wax.  On top is polymer clay sun/moon, I used a mould and laid the moon on top of sun before i cooked.  I had to shape them together so it would look like one piece instead of two.

The basket is made form a slurpy cup that i cut down, then in half.  I cut paper strips 0.25" thick in two patterns then weaved them together.  To finish the top and bottom of balloon layer together gears, cut down center and paint.

I create the background by first applying modelling paste with a palette knife- adds some texture.  Next paint the sky background with acrylic paints, at first i didn't love it but once I antiqued i was happy.  Once painting is completely dry paint with watered brown then rub off top layer with baby wipe.  The brown paint settles into nooks and crannies and gives it a nice rustic look.  Finish the edges with white gold alchmey wzx.