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Sort of mixed media!

First stage

First stage

Sheelagh came up with another challenge on Cardmaking Paradise for our house shaped books and it was to use mixed media and “junk” ; you know all those bits and pieces we collect and stuff into a box, drawer or container thinking it will come in handy one day?  For this first stage I used a piece of grey board and various stencils, for some of the stencils I use moulding paste (white) by Farrell and Gold, for other stencils I used Imagination Craft’s Sparkle Medium in Gunmetal – although it matters not what colour is used as it will be coated with gesso later on and other colours applied. It was the texture I wanted. Also added at this stage were some die cut corners that were languishing in a container and some lace.

Second stage

Second stage

A few more die cuts, buttons, embossed paper, bits of a paper doily and a paper rose.

Third stage

Third stage

Amazing what can be found when all those corners are checked out! A metal bee badge, more flowers and lace, shrink plastic birds, a metal charm, strips of pearl beads and a rather garish owl pendant. All these items were adhered with Collall general glue. Once everything was stuck in place and dried then out came the gesso and brushed over, this piece needed two coats (my gesso was rather thin) and all the nooks and crannies were covered in gesso.

Final stage

Final stage

The best bit! All the shimmery paints and sprays can be used! Dry between the different coats/layers. I only had one shimmery spray, a home made one in a jade colour with mica powder added, the rest of the colours were shimmery acrylic paints. I have had these paints for years and they are in small flip top containers with no name on them, wish I could remember where I bought them as some of the colours are running out!

This piece will be mounted on another piece of greyboard and then onto a larger piece of mountboard.

Thank you for looking xx

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This Old House is now completed!

Unusually for me I am actually quite pleased with how this turned out! It isn’t 100% perfect but it does look good imho!

Completed House

Completed House

Following are some close up sections showing the various elements in each of the little niches:

Attic

Attic

At the very top of the attic are two owls peering out with a small mulberry paper rose alongside. Above them is a small cabochon with a paper butterfly adhered on the back. Below the owls on the right is a basket of flowers and next to that is a pile of ‘vinyl’ records; all the types of items that might be relegated to the attic!

midsection

midsection

Two buttons form the clock on the wall with a sand timer and paper rose; next comes a pile of books on a small section, below them are some wooden beads and a mixture of leaves and small silver beads. A small feathered robin with several loose feathers ‘stuffed’ around him with a music cleft adhered on the wall behind him. Below the robin is a teddy bear, a small clay face (donated by Lottie), a found piece of blue pottery and a small glass vial. The beaded ‘flower’ is handmade. In the large right hand section is a handmade pin of flowers, clay button and lace with several charms -key, postcard and buttons.

Bottom section

Bottom section

From right to left – two small bottles filled with seed beads; a found cone (found in my garden!) together with some toadstools from Wild Orchid Crafts and a small clay butterfly button courtesy of Lottie! In the left hand side the shells and white pieces are from my own beach combing collection together with several charms.

close up of clock

close up of clock

A close up of the clock; the small clock was a button from which I removed the shank and adhered the button onto a black scalloped button.

This was such fun to make and decorate, I now need to make a few more purchases and find a few more items to make another one!

Thank you for looking x

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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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Canvas Collage

Canvas

Some time ago, whilst grocery shopping, I saw some small canvases for sale. An aside here for my overseas friends..over here in the UK there are some supermarkets (e.g. Lidl, Aldi) that not only sell groceries but are renowned for the other items they occasionally offer such as craft items, office items, shoes, plants, etc and I was shopping in one of these when I spotted the canvases..phew!

Size wise, from memory as I am too lazy to go and measure one, they are roughly 9 x 12 inches and were very good value. So I bought a pack of two and promptly put them away in a cupboard and there they languished until two lovely ladies inspired me to hunt out these canvases; one lady by the name of Billie had one of her Virtual Crafting Challenges for July and August all about paint. Now Billie is very enthusiastic about painting and sketching which I know I am not brilliant at – hey a woman has to know her limitations (as Clint Eastwood might have said!) but I can slap a bit of paint around now and again. The other inspirational lady is Leslie ..you have to visit her blog to see how creative she is …. Leslie can see crafty uses in many things such as a circuit board or picture frame. I see a picture frame and think “Oh yes there is a photo that would fit in that one” but Leslie sees a picture frame and thinks “Oh yes I’ll make a clock out of that”!! Now that is inspired creativity.

Anyhow these two ladies between them enthused me to try something a bit different and back we come to the Canvas Collage. I slapped some acrylic paint on the canvas itself; there is a mixture of colours here but mainly a hint of Burnt Umber mixed with white and then a dash of gold acrylic paint added here and there. The covering is not even and that is deliberate.. now this is quite hard for me to do as I would normally cover the surface with an even coat of paint so I went outside my comfort zone a tad here and just painted in a sort of distressed style letting some of the orignal canvas show through. Around the edges I smeared some light blue acrylic paint and then whilst the paint was drying I pondered on what to do next.

Now I don’t know about you but I have a collection of ‘found’ objects; some I have found whilst gardening other things whilst rummaging around in boxes at jumble sale type events. These are items that catch my eye and then wonder what I’m going to do with them and usually end up popping them into a box however that box was emptied out and I rediscovered these ‘found’ treasures and thought they would make lovely additions to my collage.

Found tile

This lovely little tile was found when I was digging in one of the flower beds. I have no idea what it came off or where it came from but it is pretty and very small – less than half inch square. The blue ‘squiggles’ are stylised flowers.

Found wooden button

 

 

 

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A sweet wooden button I came across when rummaging around in a box at a car boot sale or jumble sale .. forget which now … that was lying in my ‘treasure’ box. It depicts blackberries and is quite cute.

 

Postcard from Italy

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Postcard from Italy showing a stone sculpture of a reposing lady; the sculpture is in a wooded area.  Just wish we could afford to have sculptures like this in our garden!

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Domino

I decorated this domino a while ago and I bet you will never guess what it is covered with nor where the piece under the domino came from… give up? It is a sticky backed transparent cover off a cigarette lighter! I have several of these covers in various colours and designs; one day having little to occupy my fingers I started picking at the corner of the covering on a lighter and it came off cleanly. I edged the domino with gold pen.

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hand made paper

Not sure if you can see this corner piece of hand made paper very clearly but this is just copier paper, the stamp used is Penny Black’s Chantilly Lace; a very large background stamp. I stamped in Versamark and embossed with silver embossing powder and then coloured with inks and removed excess ink from the embossing. This was the last piece of this particular handmade designed paper.

stamped vellum

A large collage stamp on vellum and embossed with white detail ep, it was cut out and laid onto a hand made tag.

charms & feather

Just like it says on the tin! A feather shaped charm and one feather gathered whilst out walking together with various beads. The white piece of ‘stone’ was collected off a beach; it isn’t actually stone – not actually sure what it is but it is very light and worn with pits in its surface.

Phrase

Another one of those items collected on my travels…I have no idea where this dictionary saying came from, I came across it one day hidden in a drawer of crafty ‘stuff’ and it was so apt for this whole canvas. So many items on here were either ‘unearthed’, ‘located’, found or uncovered – a most serendipitous find! I wish I could ‘happen upon’ more of these dictionary labels.

Thanks for getting this far 🙂

 

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