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
Challenges :

zondag 5 oktober 2014

When was the last time you counted your blessings?

I'm on a roll here! Trying to finish te last pages in my Round Robin journal so I can pimp the cover! That would be my 2nd journal ever to get finished. The page was inspired by France Papillon, a great mixed media artist. I used the lyrics of the Crosby, Stilss, Nash & Young song 'Our House'. Slightly altered the text though, since we don't have cats but two dogs it goes: 'with two dogs in the yard....'!
The houses were made with Prima resist papers, coloured with Distress Stains and Dylusions. Those work just great together! I drew the doors and windows on with a permanent marker and made the windows yellow with a Pitt Pen.
On my T.H. tissuepaper background I smeared some golden en metallic green paints as well as some white gesso.
Hope you like it, have a great Sunday, hugs Frea
http://catchthebugblog.blogspot.nl/2014/10/october-anything-goes-challenge.html http://www.charismacardz.blogspot.nl/2014/09/anything-but-card.html

zaterdag 4 oktober 2014