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