Sunday, 1 March 2015

Altered Packaging

It's time for the latest Altered Eclectic challenge. As always the theme is Anything Goes but it must be Mixed Media/Altered Art, no cards are allowed.

For my DT piece this month I decided to turn some Amazon packaging into a colourful folder.


This is the packaging I started with.


I started by covering everything with white gesso and then painted it with acrylic paint.

I then scraped some gesso over it using a credit card. I left some of the colour showing and added some shapes and lines using my finger and small brush I also used a stencil in places. I stamped some flowers [Chocolate Baroque] onto book paper and cut them out and glued them to the piece keeping some aside for later.

I then added more colour until I was pleased with the result and then I added some black script. I used a mixture of Fresco Finish, DecoArt and Reeves acrylic paint.

I painted the inside of the folder and glued down the flaps, then I added some of the spare flowers.

I decided to use a magnetic closure so I glued in the magnets and covered the magnet on the front with a flower, then I glued a couple of flowers to card so that they were more sturdy, I glued these to the front and back of the magnet on the flap.

This is the back of the folder.

This is a close up of the paintwork,

Why not pop over the the Altered Eclectic Challenge to see the fabulous pieces that the rest of DT have made.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Birds, Beasts and Humans

Birds, Beasts and Humans is the latest theme at Art Journal Journey, although my entry for the challenge doesn't have any beasts in it.

I'd also like to enter my page in the following challenges.
Moo Mania challenge, the theme is Black Bird.
Bumble Bees and Butterflies A Visual Journey No. 9.

I coloured the background with Gelatos and used a baby wipe on a leaf stencil to take out some of the colour, then I use a coloured pencil to colour the leaves green and a black pen to outline them.
I stamped the figure on the page and also on some white card, I coloured her with Inktense pencils and cut her out, then I adhered her over her image on the page.
I stamped the large birds and drew a couple of lines round the page to make a frame, I used a white pen to put some dots on the branches.

The stamps I've used are
Dina Wakley - blackbirds
Doo Lally Pip - the girl juggling blackbirds and the sentiment.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Bicycle Race ATC

I'd like to share with you the ATC that I made for this months UK Stamper's ATC swap, the theme is Bicycle Race.

The background was coloured with Inktense blocks and water, I used a Dina Wakley round stamp with distress ink and a PaperArtsy dotty stamp with distress inks.
The main image was stamped and embossed, I've no idea who made the stamp.
I edged the card with black soot distress ink.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Craft Barns Calendar Challenge - February

Red and Hearts is the theme for this months Craft Barn Calendar challenge.

The base is a piece of red corrugated card that I'd dry brushed with white acrylic paint.
I stencilled some hearts with modelling past onto a piece of white card, when the paste was dry I wet the card with water and sprinkled some brushos over it. I stamped some script in black and added the word love [Dina Wakley stamp].
I found the white chipboard hearts in my stash and coloured them with fired brick distress ink and then I stamped the black script.

I'd like to enter my calendar page in the following challenges.
That's Crafty - Be My Valentine Challenge.
The Artistic Stamper - Love Challenge.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Hearts and Love ATCs

Good morning everyone, I hope you're all having a lovely weekend.

Today I'd like to share with you some ATCs that I've made for a KCUK swap.

For the background I stencilled some hearts with gesso and when they were dry I wet the cards and sprinkled brushos over them, when this dried I stamped some script.
The word love [Dina Wakley] was stamped onto scrap card and coloured with distress ink, then I cut them out and glued to the cards.
I stamped the bird heart onto some die cut hearts, I think the stamp was a freebie on the Craft Stamper, then I coloured them with distress ink and painted them with some DecoArt Crackle Glaze, when the glaze dried I glued them to the cards.

I would like to enter my ATCs in the following challenges
The Artistic Stamper challenge, the theme is love.
That's Crafty Be My Valentine challenge.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Documented Life Project - Week 4

The brief for the DLP week 4 is Writing/Words With Friends.

I kept my pages simple this week.

I decided to do a secret letter to all the friends I've had since I can remember.

I started by covering the two pages with my letter and then painting gesso over it. You can see from the photo that the words still show through, some of the words can also be seen through the tissue wrap.

I covered the pages with tissue wrap and added the calendar page and some hand written friendship quotes.
I coloured the pages with Distress inks and sprayed water over them, when they had dried I coloured the butterflies with Inktense pencils and a water brush.
I used my finger to add some black soot distress ink on the edges.
I was going to stamp some butterflies, colour them and cut them out to add to the pages but then decided not to.

Here is a close up showing the water drops.

I'm entering my pages into the Country View Challenges the theme for their challenge this month is Drips and Drops.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Documented Life Project - Week 3

I'm already falling behind with the Documented Life Project, I've just finished week 3 and were already on week 5. The prompt for the challenge was The Colour Wheel, it took me ages to decide what to do, I remembered that I'd bought an Inkadinkado Stamping Gear last year so decided to use it. I think I need a bit more practice with it as the flowers are not spaced as well as I thought they would.

These are my finished pages.

I spread gesso on the pages and when dry I brushed them with primary yellow, primary cian and primary magenta DecoArt Media paint

Then I scrapped white paint over the pages.

I used the stamping gear on the pages and started to colour the images with felt tips but they didn't stand out very well so I ended up stamping them on to card, colouring them with felt tips and fussy cutting them. After glueing them to the page I covered them with a DecoArt crackle glaze. The red and oringe flowers look the same colour but in real life you can tell the difference.

A close up of the crackle.

On the background I also stamped some white circles and scribbled in them, I also used a PaperArtsy dotty stamp with black ink.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Decorated Journal Cover

It's the first of the month so it's time to post my DT piece for Altered Eclectics.
Altered Eclectics is a challenge blog for mixed media and altered projects - no cards or ATCs are allowed and the theme is always Anything Goes.

This year I'm joining in with The Documented Life Project so for my DT piece I've decorated the cover of my album.

I'm using the large Dylusions album for the project, it's A4 in size.

Dylusions - THE Dylusions Journal

I painted the cover with gesso and then painted it with acrylic paint, I stencilled some orange flowers but it was too much so I used a credit card to add more acrylic paint leaving some of the orange showing. I stamped some script and used the edge of the credit card to make lines.
I stamped the leaves and coloured them with Inktense pencils and a waterbrush.
The title and year were done on the computer and glued to the cover, I did attempt to write them by hand but I'm not very good at lettering and it looked awful.
The flowers were stamped onto white card and coloured with Inktense pencils. I fussy cut them and glued them to the cover.

This is a photo of the front and back cover.

The flowers and leaves were stamped with Sheena Douglas stamps.

The rest of the DT have made some wonderful projects so why not pop over to the blog to take a look.

Friday, 30 January 2015

Circle Tags

Good morning everyone.
I'd like to share a couple of tags with you today - both tags are the same just different colours. I've made the tags for KCUK's January challenge, the theme is circles.

I made the tags from a couple of my mono prints and stamped the Creative Expressions circles on the background.
I stamped and embossed the Chocolate Baroque bubble blowing machine and coloured it with watercolours, then I added Glossy Accents to the bubbles.
I added the hand written words and stapled some ribbon.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Craft Barn Calendar Challenge - January

I've decided to join in with the Craft Barns Calendar Challenge, for January the theme is Aqua and Snowflakes.

I used a baby wipe to colour the background with peacock feathers distress ink. The trees [Artemeo stamp] were stamped with evergreen bough distress ink. I glued bits of a lacy handmade paper at the bottom. For the snowflakes I used a mixture of Tattered Lace dies and a Martha Stuart punch. I put stickles on the snowflakes and handmade paper but the photo doesn't show it very well.
I shall probably matt the pages onto card but I'm not sure how I'm going to bind them yet.

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Documented Life - Week 2

I've just finished my week 2 for the Documented Life, this week we had to use gesso on the pages.

I started by painting the blank pages with gesso and then I adhered my calender page.
I use a baby wipe to apply the DecoArt acrylic paint.
I used an Impression Obsession stamp and rose madder Archival ink on the background and then stamped some black crackle with a Kaisercraft stamp.
The Woodware clematis was stamped onto paper and coloured with Inktense pencils and a waterbrush, I cut them out and adhered them to the pages.
The dates and lines on the calender had disappeared under the paint so penned them in.
I stencelled the dragonflies with gesso and let them dry then I coloured them with Inktense pencils and a waterbrush then I went round the edges with a black watercolour pencil and waterbrush.
The last thing I did was to write the Mary Shelly quote.

This is a closer look at the dragonflies.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

The Documented Life 2015

The Documented Life 2015 project started last week, here is a link to the project. I failed miserably last year with the project as I started half way through the year and couldn't catch up so I hope to do better this year. I've managed to get week one done, the prompt was Be Your Own Goalkeeper and to use book pages.

I'm using the large Dylusions journal for the project, the pages are A4.

Dylusions - THE Dylusions Journal

This is what I came up with for week one.

I covered the pages with music, crossword, dictionary, shorthand paper and book pages, the blue tit picture came out of a bird book that belonged to my dad, he'd written blue tit in pencil on it so I was very careful not to cover it with paint. I used a scraper to apply the acrylic paint rather than a brush as I didn't want the paint to be very thick, I also used a stencil and a couple of stamps on the background. I've written some of my goals for the year on a tag that's in the pocket, I may add more goals later on.
If you can see the journalling you will see that I've had the lurgy since Christmas - not a good start to the year, I wasn't very happy that I had to cancel a trip to Sadler's Wells to see Matthew Bourne's Edward Scissorhands. Although my head still feels like it's full of cotton wool and I still have a cough I'm feeling a lot better now.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year

 No projects to share with you today but would like to wish you all a very

Happy and Healthy New Year

xxx Hazel.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Craft-Room Challenge - Picture Inspiration

Another fortnight has flown by and it's time for another craft-Room Challenge. This is the last challenge of the year and sadly it will be the last ever Craft-Room Challenge. It's been a difficult and busy year for some of the DT  and other members are moving to new pastures so we've decided to call it a day. Debi is the hostess of this last challenge and she has a lovely picture for us all to be inspired by.

Our sponsor for the challenge is The MDF Man

Inspiration Picture

For my DT piece I've decorated a frame and taken my inspiration from the roses, colour blue, snow and frost.

I gave the frame a couple of coats of gesso and then painted it blue, when the paint dried I dry brushed a paler blue over the top. I stencilled some snowflakes with modelling paste, when the paste dried I sprayed the frame with Glimmer Mist and melted some white Frantage embossing enamel. I printed the image and painted the edges with blue paint then I put it in the frame. I die cut the leaves and ivy and covered them with Stickles. I've had some red roses in my stash for a long time and I covered them with frosted lace Stickles. Then I glued them to the frame and added some silver cord.

 A close up of the frame.

A close up of the flowers.

The rest of DT have been inspired by the picture and have made some gorgeous samples so why not visit the Craft-Room and take a look.

Monday, 1 December 2014

My First DT Post For Altered Eclectics

This is my first DT post for the Altered Eclectics challenge and I've made a Christmas Door Hanger. The challenge is Always Anything Goes As Long As It's Not A Card.

I found a plastic door hanger in a charity shop, it had a cute design on it. I started by giving it a couple of coats of gesso and then painted it blue.

I then stencilled some snowflakes with modelling paste and when the paste dried I gave it a wash of mermaid Fresco Finish paint and then I dry brushed it with snowflake Fresco Finish paint.

I put some stickles over the snowflakes and painted DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze over all the hanger when the stickles had dried, then I edged it with black soot
I die cut a Sizzix snowman and covered it with the crackle glaze, then I die cut the two Sizzix deer out of one of my monoprints and stamped some script on them, I also put some crackle glaze on them. I used a Spellbinder die and white card for the poinsettia and leaves and I covered them with red and green stickles. I glued everything to the hanger together with some silver cord, silver beads and die cut letters.

This is a close up of the crackle.