Friday, December 29, 2006
I was lucky enough to receive one of the absolutely wonderful Artgirl pendants from the "uber-talented" Jenny Crossley (hey Crozza!!!).....isn't it just fantastic!
I also received through the post another of Sulea's creations.....thankyou Sulea.....true to form - another masterpiece! Here it is....
Lucky me.....I got stamps for Christmas!!!!! Two of the beautiful clear plates from Michelle Ward (greenpepperpress). I've mentioned her stamps before, just love 'em. Just so I wouldn't get too comfortable thinking about doing canvases only for the time being, I thought I'd better do some atc's. So I used some of the background paper that I made at my last atc class (Tim's very technical "smoosh" technique) using two of my favourite colours in the distress range - peeled paint and weathered wood - I created these ones with my new stamps.
Here are another couple of atc's that I made after reading a very inspirational new book by Bernie Berlin called Artist Trading Card Workshop (I bought mine through Amazon.com).
The one with the spooky eyes & great red Artchix wing is insulation tape background, stamped with a gate image, then embossed with a stylus to define the image....rubbed over the whole thing with black paint then wiped off straight away leaving the paint residue in the depressions. Looks really good in real life...much shinier than you see here.
The second one is a magazine image, dry-brushed with gesso, out-lined with fine point sharpie pen, coloured with Twinkling H2O's. Took a bit of time this one...probably not something I'd do often but I like to try things at least once....well, most things anyway! lol
Both these techniques are in Bernie's book along with about a million others (so I'm prone to exaggerating!), absolutely love this book - buy it - save the animals! To understand this statement, here's Bernie's blog link, http://aplacetobark.blogspot.com/ - it'll explain all. Here's the link to the book on Amazon - http://tinyurl.com/yj7mmt).
Okay, an update on my next class at Scraptivate on the 6th of January '07. We're doing watercolour crayon & watercolour tube paint techniques. I've had a play with a new Mona stamp using one of these techniques...kinda wanted to see how it'd look in different colour combinations...what do you think? My favourite is #2 - the red and blue one with the wire across her face.
Had enough sitting at the computer.....books to read.....tea to cook......it's "wine-time"!!!
Friday, December 22, 2006
There is also a little bottle hanging on the side - this has a piece of gothic script rolled up inside as well as a cemetary angel statue picture in there as well. It's wrapped in wire and attached to a fishing hook thingo.....(note to self....improve your vocabulary in '07!!! lol) This really needs to be seen in person and I struggled to get a decent photo of it so you could actually read the word as it needs the light to hit it in just the right way!
I really liked how the butterfly transparency turned out over this little girl's face on this second canvas! Wasn't sure how it was going to go as I adhered it with Dimensional Magic just around the edges but then coated the whole transparency with the DM....don't you just hate that it goes on opaque and you have no idea if anything is going to bleed or whatever??? The words down the bottom are a little hard to read from this scan but it says "Colours speak all languages". I'm not really a colour person but couldn't resist this particular combination of vibrant transparency with the softer pinks and yellows of the paint. Besides....this one is going to is a "colour-girl"!
These are two more Christmas gifts and I'm now on the hunt for more of these fantastic little 4" x 4" canvases.....must go and ring The Art Shed in Myaree to see if they have any more left.....I feel a canvas phase coming on....
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Then it was a matter of using some acrylic paint in a burgundy/reddish shade to colour the edges along with some Golden Burnt Umber for some depth. I tend to dry-brush these colours on along the edges so you don't have too much colour. I used the Titan Buff to dry-brush slightly over the canvas in parts - you can see some on the girl.....this tends to drop the image back into the canvas rather than have her looking "stuck-on".
Lastly it was a matter of attaching the coins on the chain up the top, the picture hook thingy with the dangley metal heart and the metal "Hope" word was attached to some of that Etal metal fabric stuff in a gold/brass colour. That's it....really simple....I have another two half-baked for tomorrow - just waiting for the texture paste to dry and I'll try and post them when they're done.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
(I'll tell you a secret - my trick for making stuff that you INTEND to give to someone else and then you really, really like it and want to keep it for yourself.....have it displayed in a place where you see it all the time - in my place it's the family room on the sideboard. This way, when it comes time to hand it over, you've looked at it that often that it's easier to "let go"....my theory anyway! lol)
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
On the "L" square up the top left, I used a crackle stamp and distress powder in vintage photo to get that great cracked look. I also used a little 7 Gypsies round thingey (best description I can give!), this has a stamped "a" in it then coated in the Ranger crackle. Love that stuff!!! This one is called "La Luna".
Seeing how I mentioned the "T" word (Timbo), just thought I'd stick this pic in of Dawn the prawn, Tim and moi from his most excellent workshops that he had here in Perth this year.....hope he comes back...what a wealth of knowledge this bloke has....and he's a top fella as well! (yeah, I know, we were both a little *star-struck*...lol....actually it looks like I'm ready to bop Dawnie in the nose!)
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Nuff about private stuff....though I will make one more comment....am SO looking forward to eldest son coming home for Christmas on the 22nd of December. He's in the air-force and we only see him once a year for a few weeks, hmmmmm....wonder if I can still tell him what to do??? What do you reckon???
So here's an atc that I made at work yesterday as a sample for the next atc class being held this Saturday (16th), it's called "Distress & De-stress"...using the ever-popular distress inks and distress powders and Julie v O's (Collections) fabulous little chip-board squares as well as the absolutely beautiful Da Vinci tile sheet (Design Originals). If the words look a little blurry it's because I've mounted the tile up the top right onto mounting foam and it never scans really well when you do that.
There is another different version that I have left at work but I probably won't get this one scanned as it'll be the raffle one for the atc class. If I remember to bring it home tomorrow I'll scan it and get it posted.
I've had a wonderful mail week this week, received a funky atc RAK from Julie H which she used the "pencil & stencil" technique as seen in Somerset Studio (May/June '06).....
Last week at SAJ's Dawn the prawn gave me a little envelope and said here's a Christmas card for you...upon opening it, not only was it a card but a fantastic stampboard key fob (well, that's what I'm calling it anyway!) in the same tones...as the girls would say....absolutely faaaabulous! Here 'tis...
To top it all off, I received another two Christmas cards this week, one from another "artzy-tartz" - Bevlea - alas, this one is at work so will have to scan it when it comes home, trust me, it's fantastic! The second card was from Charmaine from SAJ's...a new member to SAJ's but an old hand at stamping. It arrived with the most wonderful calligraphy done on the front of the envelope and when I opened the card, it's all written in the most beautiful calligraphy inside as well. Now you have to all promise that you won't read the personal message.....only admire the wonderful writing.....promise??? okay, here is the front and the inside.....(hope this is okay with you Charmaine.....beat me next time I see you if it's not ;-}....)
Okay, one more......a couple of weeks back our ABC group (Altered Book Club) had our final get-together for the year and one of my very best pals - Jenny G, gave me this awesome card....what a great treat.....all the girls got one - obviously with their own face on it, though I am glad that I didn't get the one with the hairy legs!!! hahahaha
Now I have worn my fingers almost to the knuckles, I'll go.....
Saturday, December 9, 2006
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Thanks to permission from Dawn the prawn, I'm also going to teach the Microscope Slide Shrine that we all learnt from her at Sally G's InkRedibly RT stampcamp earlier this year (....and a FINE time was had by all....whoever thought that shot glasses could look so absolutely fabulous painted with alcohol ink....once they were empty of course!!!). I have a couple of really good movies of the conga line and a few other things that occurred around 2am!!! Love the jammies girls.....hahahahaha
So here's a couple of pics of the shrine that I made at camp...
You can check out the Scraptivate web-site (at the top of the blog) in the next few days for the listings of the new class timetable....if you want.....
Saturday, December 2, 2006
To get into the spirit of Christmas (which I might add has been sadly lacking on my part - don't think I'm the only one though!!!), I've made some Christmas placecards for the guests.......