Jan 28, 2015

Do we still use bookmarks?

Hello Everyone.
 I have been trying to post up this little bookmark for the past week, whether it will ever be used is another question, since purchasing an e-reader I do not have the need to use this item. The e-reader is convenient when travelling but I much prefer to hold an actual book.

You will recognise the Jofy flower stamp.
I covered cardstock with embossing paste and pressed the stamp into this to create an impression.

When dry I painted with a mix of Acrylics and Inks.

Stamped some text in Black Archival.

Iridescent Gold wash applied all over

Treasure Gold rubbed on the edges and to highlight leaves and flower.

Click on pics to see texture.

It is not easy to photograph 'shiny' but I do hope you can recognise that it is there.
Thanks for the visit and do have a good day.

Jan 23, 2015

A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies.

Hello Everyone.
Another make for the Country View Challenge Blog.
I feel so privileged to be on this Design Team, the work that is being produced from this site inspires me constantly, not only from my fellow teamies but also from the entries we receive each month, I would encourage you to pop across and browse through, even if you do not want to enter the Challenge.

The Challenge this month is "Use Something New To You."
 I have once again used the Bister ink, it was a case of using up all my samples that I accumulated....the ones that worked anyway.

I have explained the process on my previous post (here), so I will not repeat this, but I will do a step by step on how this card was put together.

 I spread some texture paste through a stencil, then painted Blue watercolour paint over the top.
Sprinkled some Bister powder.
 Spritzed with water.

I added a little Yellow bister and spritzed again.

I let it dry naturally, this is the result.
 Using Vintage Photo Distress Ink to edge the card then Dark Brown Cardstock to matt.
The Graphics45 paper is wonderful for fussy cutting images and these butterflies and frame were meticulously cut and mounted onto a SB fancy frame to create my focal point to the textured Bg.
 Some glitter has been added to some of my butterflies and also a little crackle in the top left corner.
You may pick it up better if you click on the pics.

Most of us love working with butterflies and I am no different, they create so much movement on any project, plus they are very attractive to the eye.
I hope you will join us this month(here).
We would love to see what new product or item you are working with.


Jan 19, 2015

Working with Glazes.

Hello Everyone
I am still playing in my Journal....This week I have been experimenting using Acrylic Glazing liquid.
Using any Acrylic paints;(it works best with transparent colours) apply with a brush or foam pad, wait about a minute then wipe off with a paper towel or a baby wipe depending how much you want to remove. I kept going until I liked what I was comfortable with.

I probably need some definition, but it is my journal and a point of reference and experimentation.
You can see more journal pages here .
You are very welcome to join in if you so desire.
Brenda ( Bumblebees and Butterflies) has organised it all.

 'Keeping a visual journal is a journey of experimentation; giving time to be free in expressing yourself and not constrained by others expectations.

Hope you are all having a great day. 

Jan 11, 2015

Journal Workings.

Hello Everyone,
Do you have days when you just want to play? Well I had such a feeling last week, so I opened up my old book that I am creating freely in as part of Brenda (Bumblebees and Butterflies) Visual Journal Blog party.
All intentions were to not think too much and just paint and sketch...not that I am great at sketching, but I was willing myself to go wherever.

This is my spread......I really did zone out on this one, and I enjoyed myself immensely.
It is not perfect, but it is not meant to be, this is the whole point of the exercise.

It is all about ME!

My substrate has Gesso, paint, inks, crayons, mediums, glazes, crackle and stamps.

The word ME was inked with distress pens then Glossy accents applied.
The top Heart has a piece of stamped tissue paper, mod-podged on top of the substrate.

The word MYSELF was treated the same way with the Distress pens and placed on the flap, where I also attached a label with the date.

the eye  is from Graphic 45....love this bit of design, thinking I am very clever here!!!!

The stamped flowers is a JOFY stamp. 
My centre flap is a page cut in half.

and where you find my inspirational words.

And there you have it, a little more work than what was initially intended but I just went with it.
Please click on the photos for close up views.

Have a good Day

Jan 6, 2015

A canvas using Bister.

Hello Everyone,
The first Challenge this Year at The Mirror Crack'd is 'STENCILS'.  I hope you can join in with us this month.
I would like to enter:
 :The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge -Something New for the New Year.
 :Simon Says Monday Challenge- Make new friends but keep the old. ( Bister is the new, cuttlebug postage die cuts are the old.)
: Darnell's NBUS Challenge-Anything Goes.

Bister Ink is not easy to work with, but with a little practice and the right card stock you can obtain wonderful results for Bg's.
If you are an Artist that likes precision then this product is probably not for you, however if you are like me and love the unexpected and when it does come together, then I encourage you to purchase some colours.

This is how the ink comes, it looks like embossing powder, if you missed my last post all the details are (here) on working with this product.
I sprinkled the colours randomly on my cardstock, then spritzed with water.

When it was dry, (I did not use a heat gun) I applied texture paste through a Stencil to make a border.
First coat of paint (metallic Gold) on the Border .
 Applied some stencils using White paint.
Adding the embellishments and elements.
Please click on pics for detail views.
The metal charms are altered with paints
An eclectic mix of media.

I finished by matting onto patterned paper then onto the canvas, which was edged with Black paint.

I am not sure how this product will work directly onto canvas, I will have to experiment a little more.
Hop over to the Blog at TMC and see what my other teamies have created with stencils..
Have a good Day, 

Jan 4, 2015

A Visual Journey 2015

 Hello Everyone.
 This is a first for me...A Blog Party.
I am not one for journalling, I have tried but I always fail to keep it up.
 Brenda Brown at Bumblebees and Butterflies has started a Visual Journey (blog party) for 2015 and is hoping others will link up with her.

So it is with a little trepidation that I begin this journey of putting things down without too much thought regarding theme or product etc.
On my first page I have dabbed various inks in wild abandonment, because this is what I have to encourage myself to do and forget about PERFECT and just do something.
Of course my tendencies are towards mix media and layers of anything I can find..... So I am leaving this page as is, the words are to remind me to take some risks through the year.
 Hopefully the pages will show this!!!!

Dabbing various Inks then spritzing with water.
Stamped the text... not perfectly.

 Highlighted the inspirational words.
It is a start.

You can link up with Brenda on her site or via the Link below.

'Keeping a visual journal is a journey of experimentation; giving time to be free in expressing yourself and not constrained by others expectations. Practising design, layouts, composition, colour mixing, techniques, materials, mixed media. Creating your own exercises, titles, mood boards, taking yourself out of the box, finding yourself. Bring new ideas to life, to spark you off in new directions, to allow your own imagination and creativity to develop in complete freedom'.

Jan 1, 2015

This is an interesting product.

Hello Everyone.
Happy New Year to you all, I hope it is a good one and your bank balance survives another battering from craft items you have 'just got to have.'

This is the first Challenge  for 2015 at Country View Crafts.
So what new craft goodies did you receive for Christmas?
 I bet you are itching to try them out, well itch no further as this month Brenda has set the theme 
'Use something new to you."
Here is the perfect opportunity to open up the packet and start a project with that new item.

I am also entering this creation into:
 Darnell's Challenge #3 - NBUS. The theme is Anything Goes.
The Mixed Media Card Challenge: NEW with optional element Tissue.

My new product is Bister Ink, some of you may have heard of this unique substance, but for those who have not you can watch a video HERE.
 Unfortunately it is not in English but you can follow what it is about. 

I have a little tutorial on how I made my card.
This is how the ink comes, it looks like embossing powder, do not be concerned about the small quantity... it goes a long way.

 On playing with this stuff, I learnt very quickly that the cardstock you use must be able to hold quite a bit of water. Surprisingly watercolour paper does NOT work.
 I used 'House of Paper' A5 smooth 210 gsm card, if the card has a coating I think you will obtain  good results.

Here I have sprinkled a few colours onto my card, I am a little heavy handed, you really do not need this much.
Now spritz with water and see the magic develop. 
All the colours appear to have a tinge of Brown, for instance the Blue will develop into Blue and Brown, it is not develop into just one colour.
This was my first attempt.

This is my second and the one I used to make my card.
I stamped my image with Stazon Black Ink and coloured up using Copics.
 Added the chip board sillouette.
A sentiment and extra stamping to complete the look.

 What do I think of the Bister Ink? 
It is an interesting product and the effects are great, but it does take some practice to obtain a good result, I will definitely find a use for it in my creations now that I have it. 
Could I obtain a similar result with other inks?....probably.

Hop over to the Blog at CVC and see what my fellow teamies have designed.
Have a good Day,