Sunday, 16 September 2018

Mixed Media & Art- Journey

This month at Mixed Media & Art the moodboard is
This is right up my alley.  Here is my creation.

Gone back to my steampunk roots.  A tag trio.  Metallic Alchemy Paint, embossing enamel. rust paste, chipboard, modeling paste, and metals. 

I think this is my favorite with the 3-D spectables, I used clear plastic, then colored with alcohol inks.

Underneath clock pocket watch, I layered gears and painted them with rust paste.  This one has my favorite background.

Start by scoring background paper.  Add brads along score lines, not all just some.

Paint entire tag brown, dry.  Mix white pearl and mermaid teal alchemy paint together, paint tag with several coats.

Rub some umber acrylic paint on tag, let it sit for awhile still it is tacky.  Now wipe off brown paint, not all of it leave some around brads, along edges, and along score lines.  Looks tarnished now.

Add some red oxide paint in some random spots.  Now tarnished and rusted.

A lightening bug, the wings are printed on transparent paper, then I cut out and glued on the body of lightening bug.

Harlequin pattern on the background, because I love harlequin.  The wings are the chipboard with three layers so they have lots of dimension.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Purple Trees

I have about 3 projects on the go right at the moments, today I created a cover for my new class-
FAMILY, FAITH, and LAUGHTER.  This is a tribute album to my cousin Gina, she doesn't have much time left but instead of wallowing she is embracing her final moments.  Recently they planted a purple tree for a memento for her children when she is gone.  I have created a purple tree for the album cover- purple is her favorite color.

Tree was created with polymer clay, curly moss, paper and wire.  This is exactly what i saw in my mind, so happy it worked.

I started with snakes of polymer clay, that tapered smaller at the ends.  Then twist into a tree trunk, the seperate lengths of clay become the limbs.

The leaves were super painful to make, I cut the leaves with the silhouette then glued two together with a wire in the center.  Very time consuming.
Once the tree is shaped, insert wire leaves into limbs before it is baked.

The background paper was painted with umber acrylic paint, once dry add harlequin texture with modeling paster mixed with black paint.  Layered onto top is alchemy blue-gold paint, muted with a thin layer of umber again.  Then start adding waxes- white gold, amethyst and vintage gold.

I wanted the background of cover to look old and tarnished.  Layered underneath tree is curly moss, gives the tree that full bushy look.

Love how it turned out!
Stay tune for more, next I will make the album.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Halloween in August

I am working on some new kits, and re-discovering my steampunk roots.  Here is my Halloween Creation
Mr and Mrs Bones

I cut a foam skull in half so I could make two canvases.  The hair is made with a foam support, cotton batting, and cheesecloth- my son thinks it is an old lady cap lol.  Next decorate.

For this one I cut out a circle section of skull to make an gear insert.  I really like working with foam, you can cut and shape into what you want plus it is sturdy and holds its shape.

I made the goggles with the bottom of a Medium Timmy's cup- cut, decorated, and painted.  BOOM goggles!

This eyepiece is made with cardstock, shaped into tubes, stacked together- decorated and painted.  Another BOOM!

I debated painting the whole skull black but i wanted color, I started with painting everything with gesso then a cream skull color.  Next paint the steampunk elements- goggles, gears, hair with Alchemy Metallic paints. Painting doesn't need to be perfect because once everything is dry I paint with watered down brown paint.  Now wipe off the extra paint.  The brown stays in the crevices, and antiques the decorations.  It's up to you how much brown you leave behind. 

The tubes are bendy straws, super really long bendy straws.  I got these from a friend and I have never found them again- I am now out.  DAMN

The scales around the hairline is made by heating the styrofoam just a little to much, once antiqued it leaves great texture.

I enjoyed making this, and it came together really quick.  Too bad instructions are that quick.


Monday, 23 July 2018

New Chippies

So summer has been busy- between camping, end of school, grad etc...  there hasn't been much time for scrapbooking.  When I finally sat down I worked on some new vinatge travel chipboard designs and then made them into page kits.
Layout 1 featuring a Shelby Mustang and a map of Canada.

Travel Canada Chipboard $9.75
Eleanor $ 6.50

Close up of the car.  The chipboard car consists of a base layer painted black, medium layer painted yellow with window details cut out, top layer painted yellow with car contour lines and grille.

Photo cluster.

Layout 2 featuring 62 ford and boler. The chipboard and sewing make everything look more shabby chic.

Boler $5.75
62 Ford $9.75

I paint the chipboard with distress paint, it covers really good but is nice and fluid.  Let dry then sand and ink with distress ink.  The ink settles into the sanded portion, defines the layers more and makes it look old and grungy.

I love sewing on a page, I had to pull out the machine for fixing coveralls so I thought why not.

Layout 3- i think this one is my favorite with the pastel colors it really looks like a 1950's scene.

Gas Pump $3.25
Top Down $10.75

More sewing, that's what happens when you pull out the sewing machine.

I like the grid layout, you can add photos in the squares and add on small embellishments.

Yes I know these are not all mix media like I usual do but I have been in a creative slump and it was really great to work on some simpler layout that don't require drying time.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Wrap it up!

So this is the last month for Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog goodbyes are sad.
So this month's we are "Wrapping it up"
After a great run, it’s time to end this chapter of the Mixed Monthly Challenge. When I started this challenge four years ago in June 2014 I had no idea how popular it would become, how many people it would inspire or how many amazing artist and creative companies I would have the please of working with. I want to personally say thank you to all the awesome design team members (especially Lisa Hoel for keeping us going the last year), generous sponsors, talented guest designers and last but certainly not least the hundreds of mixed media artists who have played along with us through the years. Now it's time to move on. I wish you all well and I hope that you will play in the final Mixed Media Monthly Challenge this month as we “Wrap it Up.”

This month are sponsor is 
Sizzix Designer and crafter extraordinaire Eileen Hull 
We got these great wrap journal, blank white chipboard that we got to decorate her is mine.

These are super cute, there are holes along the spine that I put elastics in and use as a spine for 4 mini books inside.

I kept my decorating simple I am in a little bit of a creative slump.

Used paper called Oxidation- all look like rusty old metal.  Right up my alley.

Some inside booklets.

So long all!  Keep on crafting.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Ocean Waves

This month at Frilly and Funkie the challenge is Surf's Up.  I worked on two canvases, used clay seashells, cheesecloth, and art stones to create a faux surf and rocks.
I started by gluing down clay seashells, I make these with polymer clay and silicone molds.  Between the seashells I smeared on some 3D matte gel then sprinkle on art stones.  The cheesecloth is the fun part, rip and shred cheesecloth then paint with sculpture medium.  Shape across canvas and form into waves crashing into the rocks.  With the sculpture medium you can make ridges with the cheesecloth and it dries like that.  Glue down some art pebbles in the cheesecloth "water"

Once dry add some magicals, steampunk sepia along seashells and shore, guten tag teal in waves.  Sprinkle on magicals then spray with water to activate, move canvases around to move color. Dry

Next in the top corner use Lindy's Time Travel Teal, again sprinkle on then spray with water to activate.  Here I also used a paintbrush to cover the entire left top corner.  To make the sand darker I used Primary Elements Burnt Umber.  Again sprinkle on, activate with water then paint corner and into seashells with a brush.

Next paint all those FAB ridges with Pearl Alchemy Paint like an actual wave.  Also paint seashells and art pebbles with pearl paint, adds a little shimmer.

Finally, using embossing ink refill and a paint brush, paint along seashells and in between.  Sprinkle on stampendous aged gold embossing enamel, heat set. Once done I cut apart the canvases, but i preferred them as one.  Oh well.

Here you can see all those FAB ridges.

Love how ripping up the cheesecloth looks.

Seashells and "sand"

Turned out fantastic.  Have a great weekend!

Monday, 14 May 2018

Romantic Rust

Rust isn't just for the old and worn out but for soft and romantic.  This month at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge is RUST!  Sponsored by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

I started with pattern paper, coat with clear gesso dry.  Color background with Lindy's Edelweiss green, Pirate's plunder gold, and cape cod coral.  I splatter on the color then spray with water, then dry with a heat gun- makes it look like watercolor.  I do one color at a time.  Next mix light modeling paste with cape cod coral and apply through a harlequin stencil.

Around harlequin pattern add Lindy's Moonlit Mulberry these gives it a purple sprakle with brown under tones.  Starting to look rusty.  Next rub harlequin pattern with White gold and Amethyst Magic art alchemy wax.  So no "rust" products per say but the finished background looks like rust.

 Put it all together and what do you get??  I fuzzy cut floral designs from pattern paper, cut some paper panels and layer it all together with Scribble frames and Flowerdream chipboard.  Chipboard is painted with red wine and coral alchemy paints.  Love the metallic finish of these paints.  I sprinkled on gold embossing powder and heat from the underside this way I don't need to use embossing ink.

All the wonderful layers

Close up of harlequin texture, I also added some random stamping around page.

I like to overlap all my layout elements.

Scribble Frames Available on my etsy store Boozybear

Flowerdream also available on my etsy store Boozybear.

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