Sunday, April 29, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
Friday, April 20, 2007
On another note, I went with my girlfriend Joan the other day for the usual ladies "poke & prod"...something we both really look forward to!!! NOT!!!! Anyway, in the car on the way there, we were discussing when we could end with this fun activity......I said maybe 48? Joan is 48 in a week's time and then it's my turn in a couple of months (yep, you'll ALWAYS be older than me Joan!!! hahahaha). Joan tells me that the age for women is actually 69........unless..........you take on a new sexual partner!!!!! I kid you not!!!! Like THAT'S going to happen!!!
So anyway, in we go for our separate appointments and both finish up at the same time and she comes out with this huge grin on her face saying "I don't need to have them anymore....not enough 'bits' exist down there for it to be necessary!". So I was right! It was 48 for her but still 69 for me...drat! Another friend who shall remain nameless (Michelle), asked if I wouldn't mind having her exam for her while I was in there as she's overdue....sure, I'll just take it out of my bag and plop it on the table for the doc to look at, then hand it back to her when she's done! Wouldn't THAT be bliss.......mmmmmm........one can dream.......get your check-up girls!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
This is one from France, a polymer queen from SAJ's (a local stamp group)....I was going to say something about her being the "moldy queen" but figured that was taking it a bit too far....'sides, she might not give me any more RAK's!!! lol
This is an atc that is just so beautiful and textural irl (geek-speak....in real life). Just lovely France, thankyou ;-) Check out France's blog for a great little tutorial on post-it books!
What an absolute feast for the eyes this atc from Dawn is!!! The background is actual tin with a torso mold on top that has been painted in the most fabulous metallic colours and gorgeous gold metal wings and the brads look just like little rivets holding it all together...this whole atc just screams "metal". Love it, love it, love it!
A truly beautiful piece which I am thrilled to own ;-)
On Friday I had a catch-up with girls from our Art Tarts Club. Every month we try to take turns teaching each other a new technique, or at least an old one that's been re-vamped! Friday was Michelle's turn, we used black tissue paper, dress-making tissue, jac paper, embossing powders and paint to make fabulous crinkly backgrounds. We also did some stamping into fun-foam then attached this to an atc, coated the whole shebang with gesso and then painted over the top....this is a la Bernie Berlin's wonderful Artist Trading Card Workshop book that I'm sure most of the people in the atc world know all about and own their own copy!!! If you're in Perth and you don't have a copy, the store where I work has it!
So here are a couple of atc's that I finished this weekend from the backgrounds that I made on Friday. The blue one on the left is crinkled tissue paper attached to jac paper on an atc background, then painted all over with Titan Buff, then dry-brushed with Payne's Gray...love that Payne's Gray colour! The 2nd one is dress-making tissue crinkled, attached to jac paper, painted with Golden's Quinacridone Burnt Orange and then dry-brushed in a few areas with Golden's Interference Oxide Green (blue shade).
Another couple.....first one on left is another gel medium transfer using the Jet Print Photo Paper, love this stuff! The one on the right is a technique I learnt from Jen Jones, another very talented girl from Perth, made using some of that thick acetate that's on office reports, comes up much better irl - trust me! lol
Monday, April 9, 2007
Lastly, another transparency atc, once again if you hold it up to the light you can see straight through it as it's a stamped image (zetti) on one piece of transparency with another piece of transparency coloured with alcohol inks. I put silver tape around the edge and coloured this with alcohol inks too!
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Not much to say.....I made some new atc's. This one is for our ATC (Art Tarts Club) alphabet swap - we make 8 atc's each month and at the end of 4 months we have a collection of atc's, each representing a letter of the alphabet. My letter this month was "Q" and I did manage to think of something other than quicksand! lol Q for "quota"...
I made "Uncle Franco" this morning as the raffle atc for the girls in my atc class that's on today. We are doing "Industria" style a la Julie van Oosten, they'll be making a name tag atc each that goes on ball-chain and is worn around the neck as well as a normal atc and a little key-fob thing....hmmm....how many times can I say "atc" and use """""" in one post!!!!!
"Fragment" is currently winging it's way across the ocean to the States to someone. I used a piece of my credit card technique paper as background (Folk Art Antique Copper & Jo Sonja Celadon). On the picture is a layer of Jo Sonja 1 step crackle which, when dry, I used some Jo Sonja Burnt Sienna over it and quickly wiped it off so it only settled in the cracks. A little bit of copper German Scrap and some of that Chalk Paint that's not available any more. I do remember reading though that you can make it yourself using any acrylic paint and adding some tile grout as this is what gives it the chalky feel/finish. I particularly love this soft green colour, a very authentic patina colour! It's the green colour that you can see more on the right hand side than the left - what's on the left is the Celadon paint colour.
Edit: The liquid chalk I used on the above atc is by Plaid and is called Liquid Chalk. The following comes straight from the Plaid web-site:
Liquid Chalk has been discontinued and we no longer have any available stock left. However, we do offer a suggested “recipe” that you might try.
Mix 1 part FolkArt Glazing Medium to 1 part FolkArt acrylic paint (any color), add just a touch of fine tile grout [that would be the ‘chalk’]. This can be thinned with water or more glazing medium if you are looking for more a wash. Apply with a stiff utility brush; wipe down with a clean damp sponge.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
This is a pic of Jarred when he was home last at Christmas time - just how I like to picture him ;-)
....must take more photo's of Cort!!!
Didn't get much of a chance to play on the weekend as it was a major housework day on Sunday but I did get my soldering gun out and had a go with it, all by myself this time!!!! It took me just as much time to get the blasted little jump ring attached as it did to solder the rest of the whole thing......stupid jump rings! This first one I liked the lumpy bumpy effect of the soldering and thought for the 2nd one I'd do it smooth.....think I was right the first time, I'm a lumpy kinda gal so will be going with that look in future!
Yep.....definitely like the lumpy look much more than this smooth effect. Love both of these pictures!
At the last Tuesday night atc class I taught we did texture paste which the girls did really well with. When I did the Saturday class on texture paste a while ago we didn't have in the store the wonderful metallic Folkart paints, so we were using the normal Jo Sonja paints, which are fine, but I'm used to using my Lumiere's for Texture paste as their shimmer and shine works perfectly with the texture. So luckily the Tuesday night girls had a play with these metallic paints as e stock them now and they were suitably impressed by how they looked. This is my atc that I made up on the night as a sample.Looking forward to a weekend away in a couple of weeks time down at Margaret River with my hubby and then in 8 weeks time........STAMP CAMP!!!! Woo-hoo!!!!! Can hardly wait.....last year we played until the wee hours of the mornings and were surprised one morning when we came in and the girls who'd stayed up until nearly dawn, had passed the time by applying alcohol inks to their EMPTY shooter glasses!!! They looked fantastic and I promised myself to take more pictures of these ordinary little things this year...though they didn't look ordinary....extra-ordinary! ! ! lol .....as were the headaches....hahahaha