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Textures

Over on Cardmaking Paradise we are participating in Fun Weeks! This entails building a house shaped ‘book’ or album over the following weeks; an idea that came from Sheelagh , a very talented crafter/artist who not only crafts as a hobby but has been teaching crafts and running classes for many years.

There are two projects running: the first one involves an ATC swap and then we will make a page for our album to house the ATCs we get back from our swap partners but the second project is a start into exploring¬† textures in our crafting.¬† I rarely use buttons in card making although I have a few ‘nice’ ones that I have collected or made however this first texture page was using buttons plus other bits and bobs adhered to a greyboard shape and then cover the whole in gesso, paint and then gild to highlight aspects of the overall design.

Hee is my before photo – with the buttons, bits and bobs adhered to the greyboard with ordinary PVA or white glue.

Everything stuck in place!

Everything stuck in place!

The “roof tiles” are beads created from sea shells, the body of the house has various buttons, some charms, one or two ‘found’ objects that I discovered whilst digging in the garden and a few beads to fill in any open spaces.

And this is how it looks after applying a generous coating of gesso (to give the various surfaces ‘tooth’), a coat of aquamarine mixed with a touch of white acrylic paint, sprayed with a home made shimmer mist and highlighted with gold Goldfinger Paste.

 

After!!

After!!

Oh my word did I enjoy this?! I have seen various items done like this and I must admit it has not had any appeal for me before but this could become a new addiction.

Here are a few close up sections of the completed ‘page’:

bottom left corner

bottom left corner

middle section LHS

middle section LHS

roof

roof

Thanks for looking x

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Destined to be a clock!

Our son-in-law now and again has some interesting scrap in his scrap box and when I saw a pile of clutch plates – don’t ask any technical stuff because I don’t know; the men in the family said in that blokey all-knowing way clutch plates – I saw clocks. So I rescued three of them and wished I had collected the lot, too late now though.

clutch plates

clutch plates

Just in case, like me, you had no idea what a clutch plate looks like here is one! Although the one I used is slightly different.

 

I knew I had a round canvas bought from The Works last year that would be a good size to work for what I had in mind but I had a false start.

false start

false start

I thought torn paper adhered around the edges would be a good base but less than half way round I changed my mind. Didn’t like it at all so the paper was soaked off and a rethink; while I was thinking about what to do I got the paints out and put various colours onto the canvas.

painted canvas

painted canvas

By the way the canvas is the size of a very large dinner plate. The paints I used were white acrylic and a mix of pearlised paints. The metal clutch plate was also given some paint and then before it had dried completely most of it was wiped away. I also coloured two wooden pieces of birds on branches using ink pads and marker pens, the wooden bird cage was covered in Versamark and gilded ivory mixed with gold detail embossing powder, then heat embossed.

clutch plate

clutch plate. Centre image is stamped on tissue paper and coloured with pencils with a rub-on quote

So here is the painted clutch plate! The beauty of this particular plate us that it has 12 external lugs so perfect for a clock. The lugs have been painted with gold paint and the rest of the plate has had pearlised blue paint wiped on.

This is how it looks almost finished, needs a clock mechanism to finish it off.

completed canvas

completed canvas

A few spotlighted details of the canvas:

 

bird on branch

bird on branch

 

stamped birds on feathers and skeleton leaves

stamped birds on feathers and skeleton leaves

handmade blue flower, quote stamped on tissue

handmade blue flower, quote stamped on tissue, rub-on flourishes and paper roses

 

paper roses, rub-on flourish, birds stamped on tissue, rub-on flower and hand made pearl 'flower'

paper roses, rub-on flourish, birds stamped on tissue, rub-on flower and hand made pearl ‘flower’

wood birdcage emboosed with gilded ivory ep, small feather and rub-on quote

wood birdcage embossed with gilded ivory ep, small feather and rub-on quote

piece of twig with chain for birdcage, wood bird on branch, feather made from shrink plastic

piece of twig with chain for birdcage, wood bird on branch, feather made from shrink plastic

And finally

 

leave stamped in various coloured inks and flying birds

leave stamped in various coloured inks and flying birds

Thank you for looking x

 

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