maandag 29 september 2014

Just a little spread.

I made this spread in my Round Robin album; I had some leftover gel medium and used it through a stencil making the circles. Then I used some home made glimmer sprays to spray the background, the gel medium works as a resist.
Then I stamped the three birds and the shrine like stamps with the script with Ranger Archival ink Aquamarine. I added Charcoal around the birds to give them some depth.
I took out some gel medium and mixed it up with LSG Magicals, Ponderosa Pine Needles ad Bachelor Button Blue and used it through a TCW circle stencil. After drying it, I took some gesso and applied it with my fingers using the same stencil in exactly the same place.
With soft grey ink I stamped some script in the background. Then I used LSG embossing powder Morning Glory Azure to stamp the birdcage and Oakleaf Olive for the small birds. Finally I distressed the edges with Bundled Sage Distress ink.
I hope you enjoyed my little spread and the steps I described to make it. Have a great week, hugs Frea

maandag 22 september 2014

My grandmother when she was young, what a lovely picture!

I found this ancient picture of my grandmother when she was young in a box with old pictures in the attic, and knew I had to do a spread with it. I did make a copy first because I didn't want to use the original.
So this is how the spread turned out. I started with Distress Paints Antique Linen and Tarnished Brass, which turned out much more yellow than I expected. Then I took a stencil and Distress Paint Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs and made the Fisbones. I used a Kaisercraft stamp and Stazon Orange Zest and made the random smudges on the background. I stamped the double squares with a stamp and Metallic Copper acrylic paint amd here and there I stamped a sewing pattern with a mini Prima stamp. Then I took out Viva Rusty Paper paint and made the butterflies with a TCW stencil.
While that was drying I distressed some strips of paper with an edge distresser and Distress Ink Walnut Stain. I took some plaster bandage and sprayed Dylusions Chocolate and Squeezed Orange over it and let it dry. After drying I frayed the edges, layered strips and bandage and did some stitching on my sewing machine. The same proces was repeated with the strip and cards on the right page. On each set I added a home rusted paperclip.
On some spots I used gel medium and golden microbeads, copper crushed glass and copper mica.
Here's a close up of the Rusty Paper butterflies. The other butterflies are by K & Company.
 I hope you enjoyed my spread and the description on how it was made. Have a great week, hugs Frea

donderdag 18 september 2014

Drawing faces.....

A while ago I started doing faces; at first mixed media faces, then I tried something Santoro like face, and now I used a photograph to draw a face. I used soft pastel crayons for the face, for the background I used Pearlescent Pan pastel in blue and the shirt with Pearlescent Pan Pastel in Red. The flower I fussy cut out of the photograph but it was very hard compared to the soft drawing, so I decided to cover it with gesso to  tone it down and then used the same blue Pan Pastel of the background to make the colour match better.
After I coloured the background with my Pan Pastel I fixated and then stamped with a script stamp and Versamark and used the same colour Pan Pastel over it.
The only thing I am not really happy with, are the eyelashes; I did them with a fineliner, but I find it wasn't fine enough, so for me the lashes stand out too much. Of course there is nothing I can do about it; can't cover them up, so this is it. Next time I will do it differently.
Anyway, this is my first realistic face, so I'm quite happy with it. Hope you like it to. Hugs Frea

dinsdag 16 september 2014

Art brings Balance in my life.

This spread I made in my large Dylusions journal and was inspired by Donna Downey. I would have never picked those colours together myself, but seeing one of her works in this colour combination I decided to go for it too, and lo and behold; it works. Well, for me anyhow!
I started the page by gluing down some squres and rectangles of leftover white cardstock, then I gessoed and using a spatula to make some texture with modeling paste. I glued some pieces from an old dictionary to my spread and randomly stuck some old canvas letter stickers on. Then I wrote some words on which came to mind like 'messing about' and clueless, which I was at the start of this spread LOL!
I used denim blue and slate grey with glazing medium to emphasize the texture. Then I used some Quinacridone Azo Gold by golden with a dotted stencil here and there. With my fingers I added some Deco Art transparant Red Iron Oxide, and around the blue circles I drew red circles with Amsterdam Carmine red.
I wrote the words with a black Identipen.
With some diluted black acrylic paint I made splatters and some stripes with an old creditcard. Furthermore I added black distressing around the edges of the spread with a black Gelato.
With the leftover diluted red paint I made some drippage on the top left corner and close to the circles. I didn't want to overdo is because I feel the red really stands out, so I stopped there.
I hope you like my new spread, I thoroughly enjoyed making it. Tomorrow is my day off and I will definitely be crafting!! Have a great evening, hugs Frea

zondag 14 september 2014

Youer than you.....

This spread I made in my small Dylusions Journal. The background was made with Grey Dylusions and LSG spray Cotton Candy Pink and Rambling Rose Pink.
I stamped a Dylusions girl and coloured her up with Copics. I added Stickles to the dots on her dress and Glossy accents on her boots. I used some striped washi tape here and there.
I used a stencil for the little grey squares with acrylic paint and did some white drippage with gesso. The cirles were made with bottle tops and gesso and the strips with an old gift card. I stamped with embossing ink and Ranger Cement embossing powder.
Around the edges I doodles some and I wrote the text with a white sharpie edging it with an Identipen in black. The quote is by Dr. Seuss.
Hope you like my spread, I enjoyed making it. Ha ve a great week. Hugs Frea

woensdag 10 september 2014

Mij Round Robin Art Journal torn apart.....

Hi girls, hope you are all doing well. Yesterday I had a play at my friend Astrid's house and I decided to take apart my Round Robin journal which I received back a couple of weeks ago. Itwas so thick the ring that bound it couldn't really take it, and there are quite some spreads to go until it is full. Since I own a Bind it All, I can put a larger spiral in, and on top of that it makes it easier to work on the loose pages. So I made my first spread yesterday. The background I made with some soft green en blue acrylic paints.
I used my brandnew TCW stencil to make the grungy shapes using a sponge and an armygreen acrylic paint. I then took out some modeling paste and made the butterflies with the same stencil.
I used my (also brandnew) LSG embossingpowder Oakleaf Olive to stamp this large dragonfly and the Field Notes which are stamps by Tattered Angels.
In de background I stamped some tiny script with a Prima stamp and Archival Cornflower Blue. I used a babywipe and the same ink to take the bright white off the butterflies, and distress the edges of the papers.
Unfortunately the colours don't really appear on the photos the way they are in real life, and the gorgeous shimmer of the embossingpowder doesn't show up either, but it will have to do.
I hope you have a great week, and see you in the weekend.
Hugs Frea

zondag 7 september 2014

It's been ages since I posted, so sorry about that....but here I am!

The last time I did a post on my blog was in my holiday, nearly a month ago. It was in that same holiday I made the background for this spread, and I didn't like it one bit. I actually wanted to gesso over it, but my sister forbad it. So I left it and never looked at it again. Until tonight, and all of a sudden there was this nightmare background staring back at me. I took out this Stampotique stamp and stamped her 3 times, coloured her in with Copics and stamped her on the background. Then I cut her coloured version out and glued her down, with this result.

I went looking for a quote on nightmares, but couldn't really find one that appealed to me, and then I thought the obvious; everyone has them, those nightmares you can't seem to wake up from. You wake up in terror, fall back asleep, and presto, you're back where you left. Thank goodness I don't often have them, but after one of those nights, you wake up feeling you've been hit by a freight train! Anyhow, I wrote the text with a Molotow red marker, and it stood out quite nicely. Hope you like my spread.

Have a great week!
Entering the Stampotique designer challenge with this one.