Friday, 28 November 2014

Christmas plaque for BladeRubber Stamps


I've made this plaque especially for BladeRubber Stamps, to wish all their customers a Merry Christmas (although it's still just a leeetle early in my book - my Christmas spirit is still firmly in the bottle, probably around 15% proof, lol).

As always, I'm heavily into Glitter Mode - this one is positively restrained compared to some of my other projects!

I prepped the palette-style MDF pieces with white acrylic, then went back over this with a medium blue and a pale grey, to imitate cold snowy skies. This was topped off with a snowflake stencil, stencilled with metallic pale blue on two edges, and white acrylic in other places. I threw glitter on two of these (glitter will stick to a thick layer of acrylic paint if you apply it while the paint is wet).


I then prepped all my lettering and the snowflakes (die cuts by Woodware in stiff white card.) I've used white acrylic paint all around the sides of the Merry Christmas phrase (which was bright red glitter, from our local supermarket, which I've separated into two pieces so I could space it out).

I drew out my shapes using the fine nozzle of the Glossy Accents bottle - the secret here is to draw around the outline first, then flood in with the glue. If you just want a raised and shiny finish, let it dry as is. If you want glitter etc, spoon it onto the wet glue and leave it to dry completely before shaking off the excess. Make sure you put your letters etc onto a totally flat surface, as this is dimensional adhesive which means it's self-levelling. So if it's on a tilted surface, it'll flow off the edges which is probably exactly what you don't want, lol.


I used glitters by Stampendous: Crushed Glass glitter in silver, Shaved Ice (big irridescent pieces), Crystal Snow, and Silver Halo Glitter Mix.  Also used: Vintage Sparkle glitter in blue (fabulous bottle!) and Stickles Ice Glitter glue dribbled on the tops of the Merry Christmas, to look like snowdrifts.


Once the glitter was dry, I added my letters with Glossy Accents, and the plastic Merry Christmas using a hot glue gun. Finishing touches were artificial fir branches, felt snowflakes, white glitter berries and some fir cones - all applied using a hot glue gun.


The whole piece was hung with a length of copper wire, painted with white acrylic and glittered. I did the same for the snowflakes, wrapping the wire round the end of a paintbrush to get the twirly whirly bits. These were glued at the back of the MDF, at the bottom, with glue gel (and a piece of lace stuck over the top with loads of white acrylic on top to make sure they were stuck really well).

And that's it! Hope you like it - and that you'll all visit and see their Christmas window in person.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Pre-Christmas diet? maybe???

Created in PicMonkey
Completely off topic, I thought I'd give you all a laugh... just stepped on the scales and nearly gave myself a heart attack...

So I just had to share a quick digital collage piece I made to illustrate last year's New Year Resolution (which lasted less than a week). I'm dusting it off in the hopes some willpower will kick in, and I'll actually be able to cut down a bit on the pastries etc so my clothes will actually fit over the Holidays.

I created this image with a vintage photo from my own collection, and played around with it on PicMonkey, which is a free online photo editor (nothing to download) although you do have the option of downloading your pic when you've finished, if you want to save it. Totally brilliant, highly recommended and a whole heap of fun!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Spread from my Zombie journal


As we're shortly coming up to Halloween, I thought you might like to see one of the spreads from the Art Journalling class I'm teaching.


This one is a vampire, from my Zombie journal - in the Faces&Figures section on 26 October. The face is heavily crackled, with lots of encrustation and a strip of flat-back crystals, dripped red inks (blood).


The quotation is by Virginia Woolf:
The beauty of the world which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.

I haven't yet made up my mind whether this needs any further wording. I purposely made the writing loose and slightly illegible. I think it kind of speaks for itself....

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

PMC earrings I made


Thought you'd like to see a pair of PMC (Precious Metal Clay) silver earrings I made.


PMC isn't quite as easy as they like to make out. The actual modelling of the clay, and the firing, are easy peasy. The hard bit is polishing with a wire brush and then burnishing with a steel - this is the killer bit!


Very hard on the hands - and as I've got RSI and had the op for carpal tunnel on both hands, after making a few PMC pieces, much as I love the stuff, I've had to concede it's not for me.


I've dated and initialled this pair on the backs, the safety ear wires (so you don't lose them) are Sterling Silver, hallmarked - and they're on eBay as we speak...

Abstract, just a little bit different!


Monday, 25 August 2014

VINTAGE PLAYING CARDS: old magazine covers, newspaper headlines and adverts


I'm a bit of a pack rat (as I'm sure you've realised) and often shop at antique shops and fairs, bric-a-brac shops, car boot sales etc. I've also got a bad habit of buying things that catch my eye, without really knowing what I'm going to do with them. Hence this set of cards, which I bought from a little shop on Richmond Hill, Richmond-upon-Thames, around 8 years ago.


The owner told me they're vintage - probably 1920s-30s, but I can't really remember the details - and I can't find anything online either! It's really frustrating...


If anyone recognises these, and what game they are for, do let me know! I think it's a form of Snap or Old Maid, but without a box or instructions, who knows?


In any case, I've put them up for sale on eBay as I'm still frantically de-stashing. I've got around 8 sets of vintage cards in all - Heaven knows what I was intending to do with them all!

Meantime, you're welcome to download these for Personal Use, if you'd like to use them in scrapbooking and projects. Just click on the pix to bring them up to full size, then right-click to copy them. They're totally unretouched, and scanned at a large size.

Enjoy!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Finally catching up

UPcycled journal with original covers (1930s), page wraps with pockets and an eclectic mix of papers

View of the stitching - over tapes - on the spine
Well folks, it's been the marathon redecorating session from hell - taken me over 6 weeks to redecorate a 1-bed flat! I've been beset with problems: insect bites that became infected (3 visits to Casualty plus antibiotics - then I became allergic to the antihistamine cream and ended up on steroids) etc etc. I won't bore you...




In the meantime, I've managed to finish this book and also put it (and some other artwork) onto eBay, so fingers crossed someone will love it and give it a new home.

There's an eclectic mix of papers: vintage text in English and French, some vintage sheet music, 1940s street maps of London, plus plain papers (Daler Rowney heavyweight acid free cartridge paper)

I adore making books, and have around 7 journals already on the go - so some HAVE to go for sale as there's only so much room in our place.

The signature wraps are quite stiff, a very heavyweight flecked grey - almost a card - with a half circle punched out to give access to a pocket, and tabs at the back, to make the sections easy to find.

I've been massively decluttering, redecorating and restyling, so lots of things are going - including a little crystal chandelier!
I've also turned up the bottoms of some of the longer pages to make more pocket sections. These can be slit if you don't want them, or pasted for strength, have envelopes tipped in - lots of opportunities for personalisation!

Meantime, a little gentle stitching of journals has provided rest and relaxation - and such a nice change from being covered with eggshell paint!

This is a sweet little book, which I've really enjoyed making, and I hope it inspires some great artwork

Hope you like it!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Another Vintage Journal


Hi gang: Big apologies, as I haven't posted for AGES... reason being, I'm trying to redecorate the flat and finally get my own art space (which is squeezed into part of the living room) more workable. So there's a lot going on (STILL not finished) which I'll post shortly.


Meantime, I manages to get this journal finished. It's another upcycled, recycled one with original vintage covers and some of the original pages, ledger pages plus new papers, tapes etc etc. I've also used washing tape on the edges of the cover to add a little zap, without covering the original titling.


It's a Ready Reckoner - in Pounds, Shillings and Pence!So it's pre 1968 (when the first decimal coinage was released in the UK).


I've also put in section wraps in a really zingy screen printed 30s style paper, which could be left as is, or used to sandwich pocket pages, tip-ins etc.

 

This one has been a lot of fun! Hope you like it.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Just watched Despicable Me 2



I loved Despicable Me No 1, and Despicable Me No 2 is just as much fun. Those Minions are so sweet - so here's Pharrell Williams's YouTube video for you to enjoy.

Adorable!


Friday, 16 May 2014

VOICES - Gelli Plate mono print


VOICES - this is a monoprint I've just finished, using the Gelli Plate and IndigoBlu stamps. The silhouette shape is a stencil I made, cutting round a figure from a magazine which I've then laminated. Came out pretty well, I think.


I used a page from an old text book for the print. The base layer was a mix of Antique White and a pale turquoise - both craft acrylics (the cheap ones, ready mixed in a bottle). I placed the stencil on top and left it in place while I brayered deep pink and deep turquoise onto the plate, then removed the stencil. This was the second layer.


Next, I stamped the IndigoBlu Honeycomb Background stamp using Ranger's Archival Black ink, and topped this with IndigoBlu Mechanics background stamp. I held the stamp in my hand (not on a block) to get partial images - again, with Archival Black ink.

Finally, I stamped the phrase in Archival black, the chemical formula in Archival Red and the lightbulb in Archival Sepia - all from IndigoBlu's Beautiful Mind stamp set. The black circle shapes in the corners are giant snap fastensers.

I started off creating this as a journal page - now I'm thinking it could go in a frame? I'm really pleased with this one.



Monday, 28 April 2014

6 PRINTERS IN 7 DAYS! A loooong story...


Yes, you read it right: SIX printers in seven days. As usual, when it comes to me and machinery, there's always a story...for me, NOTHING is ever simple.

HP printer - broken type and smudging
Easter Saturday I had the first printer delivered: HP Envy 4500. As soon as I opened the box, I knew I was in for trouble... the CD was bent, so wouldn't load, and it took 5 tries to download from Hewlett Packard's website.

By the way, I emailed HP - as of today, they still haven't replied.

Then when I finally got printing, the top quarter of the page had horizontal breaks right across.