Sunday, 16 June 2019

Midnight in the Garden

Long, long time.  Life has been really busy and I have been focusing on painting here are my latest two.
One of the old trucks at the end of our grass runway.

This is a portrait of my father in law Jake.

This month at Frilly and Funkie the monthly challenge is Embellishments, Trinkets and Trim.

This mixed media collage layout was created with tinted texture paste, alchemy paint and modeling paste, Aga Baraniak embellishment sheet, Treasure Memories (Edmonton) post page, Boozybear Stencil, clay embellishments using Finnabair molds and various embellishments.

I started with half a sheet of pattern paper on the bottom half then used Finnabair art basics dabbing brush (these are fantastic) and two shades of texture paste- midnight blue and mauve purple.  Paint like it is night time sky.

Mix light modeling paste and grape preserves art alchemy paint and apply through stencil created by me.

Finally lots of fuzzy cutting, I love the mushrooms on Aga Baraniak element page.  Ink edges of all paper elements with vintage photo and ground espresso distress ink.

The moon molds were painted with alchemy unicorn paint, and antiqued with raw umber acrylic paint.  I also used lots of pop dots to get depth.

Added beads into a vial and glued stopper in.

Added trinkets in and around layout clusters.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Architecture 202

Page two of my Architectural layout.
I don't like this one as much as page 1, but it will do.  I am obsessing with architecture lately, I find old/ vintage windows, door, railing pictures and turn them into chipboard elements.  I love the detail in old architecture.

The window is the focal point, basically because its big lol.  These windows I have been making need to be big since they have lots of little details, if i make them too small the chipboard is cut too thin and falls apart.  The designs have several pieces that are all layered together to get a final detailed piece.

Bottom layer, painted white and sanded.  I inked with distress oxide peacock and ground espresso.  The white acrylic paint works like resist and the ink wipes off but settles into the sanded portion.  The ink needs to be watered base for this technique to work.

Next layer, painted white and sanded inked with ground espresso.

Final layer, painted white, sanded and inked.  I should have inked this layer darker so it is more noticeable.

From the side, all the window layers are visible here.  Making these windows hurt my brain, making sure everything sits together perfectly requires a lot close up work staring at a computer screen.

Some ornate frames recreated with polymer clay, and a mould.  The creases and details of frame collect paint in them- which I like.

Fun tags, because tags are always fun.  The small script on the background is actually washi tape, 2" wide washi tape.  I wish i had brought more.

Then some random frames, if i had added photos I would put a photo in here.

Working on columns next hopefully i will get some time to make into something.

Boozybear Chipboard has been in action with Pam Bray- A Girl with Flair check out these posts.

Pam designed this for Authentique Paper as a design team member, check out the post here.

Here is the chipboard at work for Pam's card for Xyron  check out the post here

Monday, 25 February 2019

Architecture 101

Over at 13 Arts they have this lovely moodboard challenge for February
So here in Cold Lake we are in the deep freeze, we had 3 weeks at -40 celcius but recently warmed up to -25 celcius so I guess things are looking up. lol  I used the tones and colors from the moodboard for my creation.

Here is my creation, I have to say I love it.  The final look ended up being old, vintage, like old architectural sketches.  I used some new chipboard pieces, clay casts, and 7 dots studio papers.
Used the following chipboard and
stencil available on my etsy store

Metal Gate
European Ironwork
Latin Stencil

I painted pillars chipboard white, let it dry then sand it slightly, ink with oxide peacock and ground espresso inks.  Now it looks old and patina.  I am still debating covering with glossy accents so it looks more like metal.

I used latin stencil and modeling paste to create the background, paint in with raw umber acrylic paint.  I water it down to blur edges, and get color variations, very antiquey.  I highlighted the latin words with white gold alchemy wax.

I made the windows with polymer clay and silicone molds, I really like using clay and molds you get detailed casts but they are flat on the back much easier for gluing down.

I usually make a cluster with paper layers and embellishments but i really love how the embellishments are placed randomly around the layout.

See you soon (hopefully not a month and a but will pass again before a post)

Friday, 11 January 2019

Around the World

This month is Anything Goes with Blue at More Mixed Media Challenge.

I had to make this project 3 times to get it right, there are still changes I would make but overall I am happy with it.  It is really hard to photograph you can't see the colors or the interior details as I would like.  The base is made of an upside down bowl, but once it is all painted it looks like a brass lamp base.

Here is a close up of the continents, they are a combination of Alchemy paints- Magical Pond, Deep Waters, and Brass Hardware.  Layering the colors really gives it a tarnished metal.

The globe is made of twine, modge podge and a balloon.  Inside I made a mechanical core with gears and planets.

One of planets i cut in half then added some chipboard moons and stars.  The planet has been painted with Alchemy blues and unicorn's hair.

The continents were made with black chipboard gears, hexagon shapes, clocks and lightbulbs.  This project takes a lot of patience because you need to let everything dry overnight- I hate letting this dry overnight.


Sunday, 11 November 2018

Woodland Mushrooms

I created this collage with Mixed Media Place October Challenge in mind, here is the mood board
I was planning on using metallic purple and green but the piece took on a life of its own.

It ended up being more brown, still not 100% if I like but it does look better in natural light.

So lots and lots of layers.  Used some new chipboard pieces- twig balls, postage frame, and twigs  They are all available on my etsy store

I wanted it to look like the cluster found in a bird's nest so I used odds and ends in my stash.  Used texture paste, alchemy paints, beads, sequins, and vintage wax for coloring.

I like angled shots you can see all the different layers.

I love making lightbulb out of vials, I add a wire fuse through cork then added some art stones and paint around edge.

Lots of new pieces up on etsy store tonight, this one is my favorite mason jar lights.

Mason Jar Lights 

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Magical Woodlands

Here is the mood board from Mixed Media Warriors
Very much Fall colors

I found this FAB tutorial from Anastasia Elena and came up with this

The background is created with texture paste, crackle paste, rust paste, camo paste and cardboard.  I LOVE how this turned out.

I exposed the ridges of the cardboard- more texture = more interest.  The cardboard works great to tuck in paper die cuts in between the layers.

Lots and lots of layers.  The paper die cut are from 49 and Market, the paper are from Ella and Viv, chipboard is mine- Boozybear

I added some twigs and feather, wanted it look like things you find in a bird nest along with a romantic twist- all the frilly chipboard. 

I added some glossy accent on pattern chipboard and paint ironwork chipboard with Alchemy sparks paint so super shimmery.  The green stucco is embossing powder I applied with gloss gel but didn't heat set. (My heat gun broke so a happy accident)

Love how this turned out, it is a favorite of things i have created lately.  Wouldn't a new born picture work fantastic with it??

chow for now. g

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Winter Trees

This month at 7 Dots Studio the challenge is this mood board
Look at all those beauitful colors.

I used 7 dots Northern Lights paper collection.  These paper collection has fantastic colors and of course as always all the cut outs.

Here is my creation with a few of my favorite things- sewing, stamping, harlequin pattern, and of course CHIPBOARD.

I started with my blank page, added some inked pattern paper circles, then sewing.  Sewing sewing sewing around the circles, it doesn't need to perfect circles as you see but adds so much.  Add some harlequinn texture with turquoise sparkle paint.

Here is my favorite part- this a new design and it worked exactly like I had imagined.  I painted the tree in an ombre fade light blue to dark blue.  Snowflakes are painted white (this takes several coats) then I just colored the edges with shades of purple, and blue.  Layer it all together, the key here is to layer some underneath- adds so much dimension.  There you are a snowflake tree.

Then i put it all together- added a corner cluster, and random stamping.  Behind the tree I added color with Lindy's Mad Hatter Mint and Danny Zuko's Denim.

Among the snowflakes in the tree I added silver microbeads.
The geometric and mini snowflakes give you lots of sizes to choose from great for layering.

7 Dots die cut sheets are amazing for layering and making little cluster sections.  Grunge it up with black ink and texture stamps.

Love the sewing circles.

The final touch is splattering white paint around leaves, I like to think it makes it look like it is sparkling and snowing.

The following chipboard pieces are available for purchase on my etsy store Boozybear

Wind Swept Tree $6.75

Geometric Snowflakes $8.75

Mini Snowflaske $4.25