woensdag 29 mei 2013

Forest Fairies & don't forget my candy ladies!!!

Before I start this new post, I just want to remind you of my yummy candy ladies! Who can resist that gorgeous art journal and some more fabby mixed media stuff! Just click this link http://messymixedmediabyfrea.blogspot.nl/2013/05/40-followers-candy.html and it will take you straight there.
Right, now on to my latest pages, and how about you, do you believe in fairies, well I do!! This page has loads and loads of techniques, and I do hope the pictures do it justice because in real life the texture is just gorgeous. Now for starters I used this new stuff I got called Paper Perfect by Deco Art. In the jar contains something that looks like wet paper mass, it comes in several colours but I have the cremecolour because I knew I wanted to colour it myself.
I put it on the page with a spatula and it gave a brilliant texture. If you add a layer to a craft sheet and let it dry, you can pull it off and it will give you a sheet of handmade paper. After drying I smeared matte gel medium over the paper texture in order to seal it. I had tried it out on a piece of test paper, and found it totally absorbed the Glimmer Mist spray, taking away both colour and glimmer. The gel medium made all the difference, this picture shows a little of the gorgeous effect of the spray. I used Old Lace, Sweet Clover, Olive Vine and Suede. I tilted the art journal in order to let the Glimmer Mist drip down the page from the bottom up. That was the moment I thought it started to look like a forest and the idea of the fairies popped into my head.
I printed out two digital fairy stamps I have, no idea what brand they are, I think they were called Crystal Fairies. I coloured them with Copics, and added Stickles Frosted Lace to her wings and sprinkled transparant glass beads on these wings when the Stickles was still wet.

I started placing the fairies on the page but there was still something missing, so I took out my pastel crayongs (the same ones that are in my candy), and started drawing mushrooms on my page. I just love the way how they turned out, the pastel blends brilliantly. When hinished I sprayed them with a spray fixative after which I added a pattern to the green one with a black permanent marker.
I placed one fairy on top of one of the mushrooms, using it as a chair, the other on a set in front of a large mushroom which created a lot of depth in the picture. I then set off looking for a nice fairy quote and I actually found two I really liked, and which combined perfectly with each other, there both from Peter Pan.
So, here's a picture of the total spread:
And here's a picture of the Copics, Spectrum Noir and Promarkers I used for colouring the fairies.
Sorry about the long post, I just wanted to explain to you how I made these pages. Can't wait to hear your opinions!!!! Have a great day, Frea

Hallo Dames, hier de Nederlandse vertaling. Voordat ik begin, vergeet vooral mijn candy niet, ik hoop natuurlijk op heel veel deelnemers! Klik hier op de link en je wordt er meteen naartoe geleid. http://messymixedmediabyfrea.blogspot.nl/2013/05/40-followers-candy.html
Deze pagina's heb ik gemaakt in mijn Donna Downey album (dezelfde die ook in de candy zit). Ik ben begonnen met iets nieuws dat ik een tijdje geleden had gekocht. Het heet Paper Perfect van Deco Art. Het lijkt een beetje op papier maché, een soort papierprutje zal ik maar zeggen haha. Het is beschikbaar in meerdere kleuren, maar ik heb 'm in creme gekocht omdat ik het zelf wilde kleuren. Na droging had ik een prachtige textuur op de pagina's. Op een proefstukje heb ik Glimmer Mist erop gespoten, maar het bleek veel te absorberend en de kleur en glans van de G.M. verdween totaal. Daarom heb ik er matte gel medium overheen gestreken en toen werkte het perfect. Op de 1e foto is de glans en kleur goed te zien. Ik heb de G.M. ook een beetje over de pagina's laten druipen. De kleuren die ik heb gebruikt zijn Old Lace, Sweet Clover, Olive Vine and Suede. Toen dat klaar was kreeg ik echt een 'bosgevoel' en kwam het idee van de elfjes op. Die had ik als digitale stempels en heb ik uitgeprint en ingekleurd met Copics, Spectrum Noir en Promarkers. Nadat ik wat had geschoven met de elfjes op de pagina besloot ik er met pastel krijt (de set die ook in de candy zit), paddestoelen te gaan tekenen op de pagina's. Heerlijk hoe die blenden, je kunt de kleuren zo mooi over laten lopen. Ik heb ze met een fixeer spuitbus gefixeerd en toen op de groene paddestoel met een zwarte permanente viltstift een patroontje getekend. Toen de elfjes opgeplakt en op zoek gegaan naar een leuk elfjes citaat. Ik vond er twee waarvan ik vond dat ze prima met elkaar combineerden, ze komen allebei uit Peter Pan. Nou, dat was 'm wel zo'n beetje. Ik ben natuurlijk weer zéér benieuwd wat jullie ervan vinden. Fijne dag nog, groetjes Frea

zondag 26 mei 2013

My goodness, 40 (!) followers already, candy coming on today!!!

Keep your eyes on this blog ladies, because I have just reached 40 followers after having started my blog only a couple of weeks ago! A warm welcome to my latest followers, and especially to number 40, Nathalie!! When I started this blog I said I would do a candy once I had 40 followers, not realising that would be so soon LOL!! Now my cardmaking blog Creafrea has 380 followers, and I wonder if you can have a competition with yourself LOL!! With all my multiple personalities that shouldn't be a problem LOL!! One advantage, I always win LOL!!
Anyhow, keep you eyes on my blog today ladies, because it will be on before this day is over. Have a great (in my case rainy) Sunday, huggies Frea

Lieve Nederlandse volgers, voor jullie even een vertaling hier, want toen ik dit blog startte, heb ik gezegd dat ik een candy zou doen als ik 40 volgers bereikte; ik had me niet gerealiseerd dat dat al zo snel zou zijn haha. Hartelijk welkom aan mijn nieuwe volgers en vooral aan mijn 40ste volgster, Nathalie. Mijn kaartenblog Creafrea heeft 380 volgers, en ik voel toch een soort van competitie opkomen.... kun je eigenlijk een competitie met jezelf starten? Met mijn meervoudige persoonlijkheden zou dat toch geen probleem moeten zijn haha!! En er zit een groot voordeel aan, ik win altijd haha!!
Maar goed, houd je ogen op dit blog gericht, want voor vanavond staat deze candy er nog op hoor!!
Nog een super fijne - maar regenachtige - zondag, Frea

vrijdag 24 mei 2013

Attempting soft pastels to draw a face, and I feel a candy coming on... Pastelkrijt uitproberen om een gezicht te tekenen en ik voel een candy opkomen....

First of all a warm welcome to my new followers; I never thought I'd be up to almost 40 followers only a couple of weeks after starting this new blog! Just keep your eyes wide open, because I can feel a candy coming on and it will be fabby, I can tell you ladies!!!
Anyhow, some of you may have seen my first attempt at painting a face with acrylics, and it was really tough, trust me. So I decided to do my second one not in acryllics but using soft pastel crayons. I can tell you that blending is a lot simpler and I quite like the result. I used my Andrea Gomoll stamps from the online class I've been doing again for the eyes, nose and mouth. Now brace yourself for loads of picture cause I photographed all the stages. But here's the endpicture to start with, for those who can not do the entire 'ride' LOL!!

This was the first colour set up, eyes and mouth not yet coloured in and details not added to the hair yet.
Here's a close up of the eyes which I coloured with coloured pencils.
Here's a picture with some stuff pasted to the background: I used old book pages and then stamped with Black Stazon and a background stamp with random pattern as well as a key stamp. I added some shadow to the hair with a brown Faber Castell Pitt pen and texture with brown pencils.
I coloured the background using Faber Castell gelato's in the colours Lavender, Lime, Spearmint and Pistachio. You just scribble it on and then take a wet brush and activate the colour. It gives an aquarel like wash but the colours are very vibrant. I then used a background stamp with circles which I stamped with gesso. After drying I used a black Faber Castel Pitt pen and made black circles all around which I faded with my finger. Love the effect, really adds dimention.
So, I hope you like my 2nd attempt at this. I still have a long way to go but I must say I really love doing this. After the Dutch translation I will be on the look out for challenges I might enter. Have a great weekend everyone. Hugs Frea

Mijn tweede gezicht meisjes, en deze heb ik gemaakt met zacht pastelkrijt. Het is veel makkelijker om kleuren in elkaar over te laten vloeien, dat is een feit. De ogen en mond zijn weer gestempeld met de stmepels van mijn online cursus voor gezichten tekenen en die heb ik ingekleurd met potlood, daar kun je meer detail mee toevoegen. In het haar heb ik schaduw toegevoegd met een bruine Faber Castell Pitt pen en textuur met diverse kleuren buin potlood. Voor de achtergrond heb ik eerst gescheurde stukken uit een heel oud boek opgeplakt en vervolgens heb ik met zwarte Stazon gestempeld met een achtergrond stempel en een sleutel stempel. Vervolgens heb ik kleur aangebracht met Faber Castell Gelato's. Dat zijn een soort labello stiften dit je hier en daar een beetje opzet, waarna je met een kwast en wat water eroverheen gaat waardoor je de kleuren activeert. Het geeft een beetje een aquareleffect, maar de kleuren zijn heel levendig. Toen de achtergrond gedroogd was heb ik met een achtergrondstempel met cirkels in verschillende maten en gesso gestempeld. Na droging ben ik met een zwarte Pitt pen rond de cirkels gegaan; het mooie van die stiften is dat ze gevuld zijn met oostindische inkt, en als je op een ondergrond werkt, kun je deze inkt als het ware uitvegen met je vinger. Ik vind het een leuk effect, als een soort schaduw zeg maar. Nou dat was 'm weer voor vandaag meisjes. Ik wens jullie allemaal een super weekend toe, met hopelijk iets lente-achtig weer dan vandaag! Liefs, Frea

maandag 20 mei 2013

K=knight at the Craft Barn and Prince Charming. K voor ridder (knight) bij de Craft Barn en de Prins.

Dora vroeg of ik op dit blog ook in het Nederlands wilde typen, dat had ik niet gedaan want de meeste volgers hier zijn internationaal. Dus de Nederlandse tekst staat voortaan onderaan dit bericht. Het is zo lastig om die tekst tussen de foto's door te typen dat ik dat een stuk handiger vond!

It's the letter K at the Craft Barn and I picked the word 'knight'. Now I have this ancient Sugar Nellie stamp of a night (in shining armour LOL) which I though I would use. But the background seemed rather empty and I remembered I had this Magnolia stamp with the castle, only it was too small. I stamped it on white paper, scanned it in the computer and enlarged until I had the size I wanted. I then printed it on tissuepaper, coloured with Copics and glued it down with gel medium. It really looks as it it's stamped directly on the page!
Now my little knight was coloured in metallic colours. The light silvery colour was done with a simjple gel pen, but to do everything in the same colour seemed a little boring. So the pewter colour was made with Perfect Pearls Pewter, and it gives some depth to the image. I stamped the hearts and drew the zig zag on his shield. His jacket and the other red accents were also made with Perfect Pearls Forever Red. I do hope the picture shows the metallic off.
I started out with one page, but soon decided it needed a story, so I painted the other page also in blue and green and made a bit of a hill. I then decided my knight needed a princess and I do have loads of Magnolia stamps, amongst which a princess AND a prince. But now, they were too large for my knight (you can't have a princess who's taller than her knight LOL!!) So I repeated the castle process in reverse, I stamped, scanned and reduced the images to the right sizes. I coloured them with Copics and am rather pround of my little princess with the pleats in her dress.
So, a knight, a princes AND a prince charming, that spells trouble LOL!! Hence the text; poor Prince Charming!!!!!
Now the clouds were done sponging gesso onto the pages and 'boiling' it with the heat gun in certain places. That gives a lovely dimensional effect. I gave them several layers on the 'boiled' parts to make them stand out. I then took a grey Pitt Pen and added some grey at the bottom of the clouds in order to give them even more of a dimensional feel. Happy with the result and here are the two pages together.
At the bottom I used washi tape to create the bottom the figures are standing on. And of course I owe you the word. Hope you like my pages, I thought they made quite a little scene, fitting for a princess LOL!
Ok dames, nu voor mijn Nederlandse lezers. Ik wil het woord ridder gebruiken omdat ik een héél oude Sugar Nellie stempel had liggen van een riddertje. Nadat ik die ingekleurd had (met gelpen en Perfect Pearls om een metallic look te creëren), vond ik de pagina wel heel kaal. Nou had ik nog die Magnolia achtergrondstempel van het kasteel, maar die was te klein. Ik heb 'm gestempeld, ingescand en groter gemaakt met de computer. Vervolgens uitgeprint op tissuepapier, ingekleurd met Copics en opgeplakt met matte gel medium. Het lijkt net of  'ie rechtstreeks op de pagina is gestempeld.
Toen mijn linker pagina af was kreeg ik een leuk idee voor de rechter pagina, dus die heb ik ook blauw en groen geverfd. Ik heb ook de stempels van de Magnolia prinses en prins, maar die waren weer te groot t.o.v. de ridder. Dus nog een keer hetzelfde als met het kasteel, maar nu kleiner gemaakt via de computer. Deze heb ik op Copics papier geprint, ingekleurd met Copics en opgeplakt.
De bodem heb ik gemaakt met washi tape. De wolkjes in de lucht zijn gemaakt met gesso dat ik met een schuursponsje heb opgebracht, en vervolgens met de heattool op sommige plaatsen laat 'koken'. Dan zwelt het op en geeft het een 3 dimensionaal effect. Dat heb ik een paar keer herhaald zodat de wolken volume kregen. Tenslotte heb ik aan de onderkant hier en daar met een grijze Pitt Pen accenten aangebracht. Dat was 'm wel, ik vind het zelf een leuk 'schilderijtje' geworden. De tekst spreekt voor zich: Sorry beste Prins, maar hij mijn dappere ridder! Ach gossie, toch wel zielig voor dat prinsje haha!! Ik ga op zoek naar challenges (behalve die van de Craft Barn natuurlijk). Nog een fijne 2e Pinksterdag, Frea

vrijdag 17 mei 2013

A canvas and I need your opinion, does it need a quote??

Hi girls, I wanted to share this canvas with you, but I also need your opinion; I'm in doubt whether or not to give it a quote. I was thinking on: You don't know how far you can fly, until you spread your wings. I really appreciate you thinking along with me.
So, here's how I started. After gessoing my canvas I glued down pieces of Tim Holtz tissue tape, some lace, doilies and string, and I stamped some background stamps with Stazon black. Then I smeared some crackle medium here and there on the canvas.
I started with a creamcoloured acrylic paint which I diluted slightly, and then covered the crackle medium with a taupe coloured acrylic paint. Then, using my fingers, I added some turqoise paint and found it too harsh, so I smeared some pearlescent acrylic medium which helped. 
Then I took some Glimmer Mist Walnut Gold and Suede; just love Glimmer Mist, the soft vintage looking colours and the gorgoeus shimmer. I hope to get that on camera, but as you know that is pretty hard. I used Tattered Angels stencils with the Glimmer Mist to make the birds and dragonflies.
After the paint dried completely, I added some more texture with texture past which I coloured with a darkbrown acrylic paint. I used a Crafters Workshop template called Mini Tile Texture. In all the loops I glued some embelishments, just to give it an accent.
 Here are two detailpictures where I tried to capture the Glimmer Mist, don't know if it worked....
So, now back to my question: what do you'll think: quote, or no quote?? Help me out here girls!

dinsdag 14 mei 2013

My first mixed media portrait, be gentle please.....

Ok ladies, this is my first mixed media portrait. I've been doing this online course for drawing/painting portraits, and this is my first attempt, so please be kind.... I've used several colouring media and I will attempt to describe the process. I started out with sketching the face. The eyes, nose and mouth are stamps that come with the online course. Then I painted the pace with acrylic paints. The hardest part is to get them to blend, quite hard with acrylics. The shading in the face was made with a violet watersoluable wax pastel. The mouth and eyes were coloured in with Derwent pencils and blended with Sansodor (low odour solvent).
Then I coloured in the hair; I used three brown tones of acrylic paint, and in order to get something of a hair structure, I used a dry brushing technique where you take almost all the paint off the brush.
The background colours where made with Creative Inspirations paints in the colours Amethyst,  Plum and Turqoise. These paints are waterbased and have a lovely shimmer which unfortunately doesn't really show up that well on the pictures. The butterflies are Tim Holtz stamps stamped with Royal Purple Stazon.
I mixed up some texture paste with the Turqoise Creative Inspirations paint and used a 6 x 6 Crafters Workshop template named Mini Damask to add some texture.
I added a sentiment that I really felt was fitting for this lady, I thought she looked pretty happy with herself LOL!
And this is the endresult. Hope you like it, I wasn't entirely happy with the placement of the eyes; I will probably place them a little closer to the nose next time. I have another sketch ready for colouring and will try soft pastels on that one.

vrijdag 10 mei 2013

Just living is not enough; one must have Love, Sunshine and a Little Flower.

First of all I would like to welcome all my new followers; my blog is only 2 weeks old and already I have more than 20 followers! I'm so happy you all think my work is worthwile to look at, thanks a lot!
On this page I started out with some napkins with flowers which I glued down with matte gel medium. 
I then stamped with a handwriting stamp and decided that is was too harsh so I covered the entire page with diluted gesso. From the top of the page I let gesso drip down and then I did the same from the bottom of the page only I used peach coloured acrylic. In between the gesso drippage I used a naples yellow watersoluable wax pastel to accentuate.

I stamped the large flowers with de Donna Downey foam stamp and acrylic  paints. I accentuated the flowers with a dark red Derwent pencil and the stems with a dark green pencil.
The large words I have written with a dropper from a bottle of black Indian Ink. The smaller words I printed out and then pasted to cardstock.
I really enjoyed making this page, I love the colourcombination which really came from the napkins that I started out with, I don't think I would have picked this particular combination myself, but it does work. Have great day everyone, hugs Frea

dinsdag 7 mei 2013

I've joined in on the calendar challenge at The Kathryn Wheel and here's April.

Hi everyone, now most of you have seen that I participate in the Craft Barn Dictionary challenge, so every 2 weeks there's a dictionary page coming on my blog, but I have this Dyan Reavely journal, and that is very suited for making calendar pages. Kate Crane runs a calendar challenge so I decided I would join in and here's my version of April 2013.
I sprayed with Dylusions Cherry Pie and added some thinned white acrylic paint here and there. I stamped various stamps with Black Stazon and doodled on them with a white paint marker.
The large black splatters were made with an acrylic paint dabber: you push down on a craft sheet to get some paint in the dabber. Then you spray some water onto the dabber and bang the dabber hard on the paper surface. Easy peasy and just love the effect.
I used some washi tape on and around the letters and numbers. The days of April were made with a Sizzlits mini tag die from various blue papers and the date numbers on the tag were made by writing and several different stickers.
Now this is May, and of course it's still empty. Will be back end of the month with a filled May calendar and June. 

Hope you like my pages. Hugs Frea

zondag 5 mei 2013

Hi everyone, I'm back, and A is for Atom.

Hi everyone, did you miss me? We went on a little trip to the Tsjech Republic and came back just last night. I saw the new letter for the Craft Barn challenge is the letter A and checked out the entries so far. I always try to pick a word that nobody chose so far, so I picked 'atom'. I started out painting the page with Creative Inspiration paints in Mocha Latte and Turqoise. The picture doesn't do them credit because they have this lovely shimmer to them, love that. I took a grey Faber Castel Pitt Pen and added some shading around the atoms to make them stand out more. (Bought them on holiday so there brandnew!). And as a last step I used Distres Ink Black Soot to distress the edges of the page.
I printed the atom images which I found on the Internet on tissue paper and used Matte gel medium to glue them down. I added Glossy Accents on all the circles to make them nice and shiny.
Then I took a mask and used a blow pen in blue to get the image of the mask into the background. Of course I should have done that first, before gluing the atoms down, but of course I thought of that a little late in the process LOL. I accentuated all the circles and ovals in the mask with a permanent red felttip pen.
And of course a picture of the word in my dictionary. Hope you enjoyed this one. Onto the next, love the dictionary challenge!