zondag 28 december 2014

December 2014, still on time.....just!!

So here's my art journal calendar for December, and in the nick of time too! I made the background with Distress paints in Weathered Wood and Broken China, and when will wet sprayed them with Glimmer Mist Silver and Lindy's Stamp Gang spray Sea Asters. Love love love the effect, it's sort of like a marble. The month was stamped and then painted over with a Molotow red maker and the year I just wrote with the same marker.
The stamps on top and bottom are a border by Lost Coast stamps, brandnew from Santa, and embossed with Bridal embossing powder. Gorgeous don't you think?!
This year I got totally addicted to snowmen, so I had to add one on my spread. I cut it out of an old book and gessoed it so it would look white. Glued it down with matt gel medium and painted the nose, eyes, mouth and buttons on. Also painted the twig arms. Around my snowman I made a shadow with a black gelato so it would stand out more against the background. Now the hat is another day, which is due to lack of room on my page LOL! I initially wanted to give him a top hat....
I diecut the starts and stickled them with Distress Stickles Pumice Stone. Totally finished off a bottle of Distress Stickles Pumice Stone, really had to wring it out in order to stickle the last of the stars LOL! I do live the effect that the Distress Stickles aren't as shiny as the regular Stickles.
Hope you like my spread; I enjoyed making it and have decided to stop my calendar challenge; I started in March 2013 and in fact have sort of had enough of doing calendar pages, so December is a nice month to
pack it in. No worries, there is so much inspiration to do other stuff, I won't get bored yet LOL!
Have a great last couple of days in 2014! Hugs Frea

zaterdag 27 december 2014

Loslaten, or translated; Letting go......

Hello girls, it's been a while, but then again, this is  such a busy month. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays! Today I have a spread for you with my brandnew Paper Artsy Jofy stamps that Santa brought. The word is Dutch for 'Letting go'.  It is something I have been working on this past year, and even though I sometimes still falter, I am getting the hang of it. The background was gessoed first and then I applied some light pink chalk paint here and there. Then I sprayed some Glimmer Mist Silver and let is drip down. At the bottom of the spread I scraped some Paper Artsy Crackle medium on and after drying added mauve chalk paint which gave a lovely fine crackle here and there. 
In my stamp set was this stamp strip with a fine checkered border; by stamping it slightly away from the bottom of the spread and adding poles with a black pen, I made it into a fence. In the background I stamped a very fine script stamp. I coloured the 'flowers' with transparant acrylic paints. The words were embossed with Sterrenstaub embossing power Chameleon. I added fine lines with a black felt tip pen and some shading with an Inktense pencil, which I also did around the flowers. Around the border of the spread I added a grey shadow with a glato. Hope you like my spread. I will add some detail pictures.
Hugs, Frea

donderdag 13 november 2014

Stampotique challenge 'spotlight'.

For the Stampotique challenge 'Spotlight' I made this spread in my selfmade journal. I started out by using some washi tape. I used some modeling paste and a stencil in the middle and in the corners a doily stencil and Deco Art Graphite Paste in order to make some texture. I then covered it all with Fresco Finish paint. After nearly drying I took a baby wipe and wipes the paint back, revealing parts of the stenciling.
I took a scrap piece of paper, painted it mauve with Fresco Finish and then used their crackle glaze and a pink colour on top. I cut out the circle and the tag. I stamped the Stampotique girl on the background and coloured in that part within the circle with Copic markers, and then glued the circle down. I added some Glossy Accents on the heart of her shirt. Around the circle I made some shading with Inktense pencils. I used the same pencils to make the ground she's standing on.
With some Lindy's Stamp Gang I coloured a piece of cambric. I used the leftover on my mat on the leftover piece of paper from the tag and circle. I then layered the pieces and stitched them together on my sewing machine after which I wrote down the sentiment on the tag. All the shading was made with the Inktense pencils and to was the edging around the pages. I used some gel medium to apply some glass glitter on top of the tag. As a final touch I made some splatters with the LSG spray I used to colour the cambric.
I hope you like my spread; I thought it turned out kind of cool. So I'm entering this spread into the Stampotique Designer Challenge. Have a great day! Hugs Frea

dinsdag 11 november 2014

Foamboard is 'da bomb'!

I just discovered this foamboard, and it's possibilities are near enough endless. One can build storage space with it, it cut's like butter, is light yet very strong, it embosses and cuts with the thick big dies, and you can paint it and work it with all sorts of art mediums. You may have read about the workshop I did with Andy Skinner some weeks ago in which we workes with this stuff. Now I've already shown you one of the two little projects I made (if you haven't seen it yet, do scroll down a couple of posts and you will find it), so here's the second one. Sorry about the colour of this first picture; it was made at night and the lighting was not so good. The true colour is more like the other pictures.
The background piece and heart were first painted in black gesso, and then I used the Deco Art crackle paint. Now this is a white think paint, which crackles in a manner best compared with the oldfashioned enamels used in ancient times on cooking pans and strainers. Sometimes in grey of green colours. After letting the paint airdry (don't use your heating tool on it, it will crackle, but I find the crackle much better when airdried. I first slightly sanded it to make it flatter and then used blac antiqueing cream by Deco Art. Now you just apply the stuff and let it dry. Then you use a piece of dry kitchen roll and rub it off. After that I stamped it using Ranger archival ink and a dictionary stamp. I then added some Quinacridone Gold which is transparant, to give it a slightly rusty effect. On the edges I covered some of the crackled chips a coat of Burned Umber which makes it look like the enamel has chipped off revealing the metal underneath. Love the effect, it looks so darn real.
On the top piece I started out with white gesso, and after drying I added some sand structure medium. After drying I painted the entire piece with transparant Paynes Grey, which is a blueish grey colour. Because of the transparancy the white of the gesso shimmers through here and there which is exactly what you want. After drying you make a fine splatter with a white acrylic paint. Then the piece is painted with Red Iron Oxide and Quinacridone Azo Gold paints. here and there you can mix some Paynes Grey in to make darker patches.
The heart was also painted with the Crackle paint, but in this case I used Antiquing Cream Green instead of the black I used in the background. I also added some Quinacridone Azo Gold, again to make it rusty looking.
This element was cut and embossed with a Tim Holtz die, also from this foamboard. That make it considerably thinner. This element was given layer upon layer, and the endresult is an effect as if this piece is zink metal which was rusted. It is this piece that I am most happy with. I think the result is very convincing.
So, I'd advise you to check out the new Deco Art line, brilliant stuff and very affordable as well.
Hugs Frea

maandag 3 november 2014

I love the Jofy style!!

Hi girls, don't you just love those Jofy stamps? The're so simple really, but love the effect of them. Now I bought myself some matching Fresco Finish paints and the Fresco Finish crackle medium; just love the effect of this medium. The crackle is so fine, just great! So I painted the background with a taupe colour and after adding crackle medium ust here and there, I topped it with a light pink colour. I coloured the flowers in with some transluscent Fresco Finish paints.
After doing the background I stamped some scriptstamp on, first with a white paint and then in black ink.
Since the paints I used for the flowers are transluscent you can paint straight over them without loosing the lines. Love the effect!
So pretty don't you think?!
So, heading for bed now, tomorrow's another day working. Hugs  Frea

zondag 2 november 2014

Weekend has come and gone. On the upside, I got some crafting done!!

And here it is, my spread.
I started out with Fresco Finish paints for the background and used mat medium to glue down some material in the corners. I emphasized the structure by rubbing Inca Gold  Hematite onto the fabric. Then I used Golden Molding Poaste through a stencil and after drying coloured it with Pan Pastel Turqoise. I also added shading with a grey Pan Pastel.
I stamped a little fairy and coloured her wings with Daler Rowney Pearlescent ink and the bubble on which she's sitting with Glimmer Mist Pearl.
In the same stamp set were these scrolls which I stamped with Indigo Blue Flitter glue and added gilding flakes. The 'Fairy dust' was stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder. And then I did some distresssing with Black Soot Distressing ink.
I do hope you like my spread; I thouroughly enjoyed making it. Have a great week!! Hugs Frea

dinsdag 28 oktober 2014

Andy Skinner workshop.

Hi everyone, I had a great weekend at the Craftorij retreat. We did two workshops, one by Andy Skinner from Deco Art and one by France Papillon. Now here's what I made with Andy; love love love the Deco Art line; the fluid acrylics are brilliant and I just love all their mediums. We had a go at trying out a lot of stuff, and I really like the effects you can achieve.
Now this project was made with presentation board; it's a hard foam covered on both sides with black paper. It weighs next to nothing, you can cut is easily with a craft knife, you can diecut and emboss it.
So the wings have been diecut from this material. I made some faux rust on it by firstly putting down a layer of white gesso,after which you ass Sand Texture medium just here and there, not to much. Then you paint it with Paynes Grey acrylic, splatter it with a white acrylic mist, and then paint with some Quinacridone Gold and for the darker spots mix some paynes grey in. The ribbets (which are actually sticky pearls) were done in the same manner. 
Now the background was a printed paper which I glued on after which I used several colours of paint in a drybrushing kind of way.
I sanded the edges and added some rubons which I protected by covering them with mat gel medium.
The top layer was first covered in black gesso. I then added a layer of crackle paint which is white but can be tinted as well. You best let this airdry which does take a while. After drying I slightly sanded it in order to flatten it out enough to stamp on it. I then coverend the entire plaque with black antiqueing cream and let that dry before rubbing it off with a baby wipe. After drying it again I stamped the bicycle on.  As a final touch I used a Burnt Umber to make faux chipped pieces on the edges of the plaque. 
I added some Quinacridone Gold to make some faux rusty drips to make the piece look like a rusted metal enamel plate. Love the effect! As a final touch I added some rusted wire and burlap. I really like this piece. I made another but will make a separate post for that one. Have a great week, hugs Frea

dinsdag 21 oktober 2014

Wacky? Me?? And that would be a problem because ...... ??

I started this spread with my brandnew Dylusions Pommegranate Seed. Love the colour but it's a little dark for me so I diluted it with about 50% water. The colour then turns slightly purple. I combined it with a pink glimmer spray by Avec. Then I sprayed some Dylusions white through a stencil. I used Raspberry Silks through a burlap stemcil to add texture to the background. The large letters are stickers and I embossed them with Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder Royal Burgundy Blu. I used some Stampers Anonymous stamps in the background.
I added purple Viva 3D texture paste through a heart stencil and a purple Inktense pencil to add some shading to the hearts.
 Now she does look pretty wacky doesn't she?? I stamped her onto the background, then stamped her on Copic paper en coloured her in with my Copic markers. She too had some shading added to her with my purple Inktense pencil.
The rest of the text was handwritten by me with a black permanent marker. I added some washi tape here and there and distressed the edges of the spread with Royal Purple Stazon.
So, another one done. Hope you like this ons. It's very stormy here in the Netherlands, so I think my hobbyroom is the space to be right now. Hugs Frea

zondag 19 oktober 2014

Journey, Time, Fly; Life Moments...

This spread I made in my selfmade Donna Downey journal. I started by covering the pages with transparant geso since I knew I would be using inks en sprays. I added some modeling paste through a stencil to create texture and with acrylic ink and another I added some more interest to the background. Then I glued down some frayed peaces of stamped linen. These tags I used are by Ephemera's garden; all you have to do is print them out in the size you want them. All the tags used on this spread are from one set.If you look at that blue green tag you will see a mystical kind of creature; I really like this design!
Here you can see the other side of the spread with the inclusion flipped over.
I sprayed the background with Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays Steampunk Sepia and Turbine Teal. Love the shimmer and the way these inks dry. After drying a made some splatters with Steeampunk Sepia to give it some more texture.
I glued them down on cardstock to give them some solidity since printer paper is quite thin. I then distressed the edges with a paper distresser and added D.I. Walnut Stain.
Here is a detailpicture which shows the shimmer of the paints and the texture of the modeling paste.
Here you can see what the effect is of the drops of the spray after letting the first layer dry.
The textstamps are by Stampers Anonymous, and the Memories stamp is a really old stamp I've had for ages by Inkadinkado. Hope you enjoyed my spread. Have a great Sunday! Hugs Frea

woensdag 15 oktober 2014

Valentine in October???

It would seem that way LOL! Actually, my sweet friends Annika and Astrid and me had a nicve craft evening yesterdag and Annika thought a challenge might be nice. She thought of the colour red, Astrid added the idea of using hearts and I felt some glitter was in order. So there you are; Valentine's day!!
I tried something new for the background; I sprayed some Glimmer Mist silver and Grey and Black Dylusions on a gelli plate and layed my paper on it. Love the effect, it's totally different from spraying on your paper. Then I made the fishbone with a stencil and black gesso around the pages. I doodled a little here and there. Then I made the small glitter hearts with a stencil my sweet friend Astrid made for me and Viva Glitter Gel Hematit. I used a red Molotov Marker to edge the hearts and let one heart on each page stand out by using some Stickles.
The large hearts were made with an ancient Sizzlit Die set in multiple layers. Two of the hearts were embossed using embossing powder, one with ultra fine Flower Soft and one with Liquitex liquid ink.
At the top of one of the hearts on each page I added some red glitter parts en a sort of heap. Around the hearts I made a shading with a black carbon pencil.
I stamped tiny hearts all over the page, and on the left page made a few of them dimensional and shiny with a red Viva Pearl pen. With white Liquitex liquid ink I made splatters on the pages and with Black Soot Distress ink I distressed the pages on the edge.
Love the way this spread turned out. Hearts are cool, even in October LOL!! Have a great day, hugs Frea

zaterdag 11 oktober 2014

Reviving an old project for Bibiana's challenge.

Hi everyone, it's weekend and I'm home alone; hubby's gone on a motorcycle trip and will be back on Sunday evening. I just hears about this new Throwback Thursday challenge by Bibiana, and this time you're supposed to revive an old project, prefereably Halloween. Now this project isn't necessarily Halloween, but autumn, however, the Stampotique stamps do give it a Halloween feel. These stamps have this creepy appearance which I really like. I made this spread in my selfmade Donna Downey inspired journal. It has the characteristic inclusion which at first was very hard for me to incorporate in my spreads, but after a while I grew accustomed to them and now I think the're wonderfull, because they provide extra room for all sorts of stuff. So here's my spread.
With the inclusion to the right,
and with the inclusion to the left.
I started my background with distress paints in Autumn colours. Let them run and love the blending effect. The cobwebbs at the top I drew with a permanent marker. All the stamps are Stampotique stamps. The spider was stamped straight on to the background and coloured in with a Copic marker.
The other stamps were stamped on Copic paper and coloured in. I wanted those colours to stand out more. The kittycat....
The little fellow (one of my favorite Stampotique stamps) because he's both creepy and cute....
and finally Edward who reminds me (and was probably based on) Edward Scissorhands, and I', such a Johnny Depp fan, you can see him on the first spread picture.
I made this one in October 2013, so about a year ago. Still like how it turned out. The little leaves I bought in a cheap store for next to nothing.
Hope you all have a great weekend!! Hugs Frea
I will enter my spread in this challenge:

donderdag 9 oktober 2014

It's October, and autumn is just around the corner.

Hello bloggers, it's October already, and summer has come and gone. However, love the colours that autumn brings, so my Obtober calendar page is filled with those lush warm colours.
I used Distress Stains in Gathered Twigs, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters as well as Lemon Zest Dylusion spray on an aquarel background. After drying I cut out the leaves with a Cheery Lynn stencil. Love the way they cut and make the vains in the leaves. 
The background was made with Distress Inks applied with a blending tool on a gessoed background. I stamped T.H. leaves with an ochre embossing powder, the letters for the month and year were cut with a Sizzlit alphabet set called Bozo.
 I also stamped some skeleton leaves, had this stamp for ages and really don't know the make.
 I loves making the leaves, but I'll admit, I hated gluing them down LOL! What a heck of a job! Never doing that again haha!
Have a great month, hugs Frea

woensdag 8 oktober 2014

Do you love Halloween too?? I do, especially this one, the vintage way!

I made this spread in my Round Robin album again. Love that side of it, it's just large enough but not that large that you sometimes don't know how to fill the pages. Anyhow, I get some lovely printables each week from Ephemera's garden which I really really love, and this weer there were these gorgeous vintage tags, and I couldn't wait to get started with them. I printed them, glued them to cardstock and distressed them. I just love Halloween, but here in the Netherlands it's not really celebrated. These vintage tags have this wonderful atmosphere and I did my best to have that feeling in my spread. Quite happy on how it turned out. I started with a sheet of Prima paper for a background and added gesso on part of it, followed by some Viva Decor Crackle Paste through a stencil.
Then I sprayed some LSG Gossamer Gold spray on the crackle and it turned out gorgeous. Love love love the effect!
My friend Astrid gave me some gauze like stuff, very hard and sturdy but when wetted you can sort of pull it apart. So I coloured it with Distress Stains in browns and oranges.So this is how the spread turned out.
I added glass glitter in copper colour and some orange beads here and there with gel medium. The lace was coloured with black Dylusions. As a final touch I added some LSG Fuzzy Navel Peach drippage and splatters to gett some orange in there.

I hope you like my Halloween page. Have a great week, hugs Frea
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