Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hidden Desires

Challenge 105
Hidden Desires

Welcome back to the IKEsWORLD challenges :)  do pop on over to IKEsWORLD to join in the challenge, it is always so much fun and  Ike produces the most amazing stamps, everything from off the wall to cute and fluffy :) :) :)

I am giving cards a rest for a while and going to play around with canvasses so you are on a bit of a journey with me experimenting with different mediums and seeing how they work.  On this canvass I used the image 'Look of Love' a stunning image and one that gives me a chance to practice painting eyes with acrylic paint (I am happiest with watercolour and only really used acrylics to paint block cover on boxes in the past).

For this 20cm x 20 cm canvass I first started printing the image on 120 gms paper which I hope, with the help of gesso will take the tints and paints I want to use.  Next I glued the image onto the canvass and used gesso over the whole lot.  Fingers crossed as now I am committed :) :) :).  Once dry I then added texture paste and let that dry.  Die cutting was next on the agenda, the words are Tim Holts dies and the hearts from another company.  The words were cut twice and mounted together to give more height and then all the die cuts were glued to the surface.  Now more waiting time for the glue to dry, I am not very patient when I get an urge and this waiting is a killer, maybe I need to try to have more than one project on the go at once but there again I can see the confused brain I would end up with.  Oh well, maybe I will just have to drink more coffee.  Once dry, I then used Spectrum Noir mauve tint and brushed this all over the canvass, I was trying to get the tint to seep into nooks and crannies and use the different ways the textures absorbed the tint to do most of the work for me.  I then moved onto the eyes and painted these with acrylic paint.  It was then out with the Distress Oxides to see how these worked on the gesso, would they still react as they do on paper and now I know they don't so probably won't be using them in this way again.  To finish off I used some bronze and gold gilding paste and then added a bronze metal heart.  To be honest, I am not sure about this canvass, I had so much fun doing it but when I step back and look it is not one that appeals to me, right out of my comfort zone in the final appearance, certainly not my usual thing but maybe it will grow on me :) :) :) 

  • image - Look of Love by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - SN tints, acrylic paint, Distress Oxides, gilding pastes
  • other items - canvass, gesso, die cuts, bronze heart
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Textured Canvass

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #26

This fortnights theme has been chosen by Hazel :).  I love the theme of this challenge but it seems my crafting mojo has gone on vacation grrrrrrr.  I spent 2 days making a card for this challenge, a struggle and a half and although the end result was OK I was not a very happy bunny. Time to try something totally different.  I have wanted to have a go at mixed media on canvass for a long time but have not got round to it until now, yes, it seemed the perfect time to try to inspire myself.  My daughter loves owls and it is her birthday in a few days so this 30cm x 30cm canvass is for her to hang in her bedroom.  Now I have to cross all my fingers and toes and hope she likes it.

I used Gesso on the canvas first as it was just a cheapie and I was not sure if it had been primed or not.  Next was the texture paste and a stencil by Sheena Douglas available from Crafters Companion.  When all that was dry I attacked the canvas with acrylic paint, a mixture of turquoise and pearl white.  I then die cut the text twice onto thick card and stuck the letters together, these were then added to the canvas.  Next was the owl, again die cut and I embossed the components, after all this is a texture challenge.  Lace was added to the wings to give the impression of a second layer of feathers.  I used shells for the claws and some small flower beads above the beak.  Pretty chuffed with the way he turned out or maybe it is a she as there is a fair bit of pink going on there hahaha.  Feather metal charms, small metal dimensional bead holders along with three metal double hearts, two chipboard hearts and a chipboard owl were also added. To finish off I added some flower soft and then painted over all these components with left over bits of paint I had and my finger lol.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Veil of Petals

Just a quick post from me before the grandson arrives for his tea while his mum is out at uni.  This canvas has been a challenge and a half but after having made so many cards and often spending the hours on the intricate colouring I wanted a way to keep the image in view for longer than a few days.  I have not coloured an Aurora Wings image this size before hence the extra time it has taken but oh such an enjoyable time I have had, well worth it.

The canvas size is 20x20 cm canvas and the image used AURORA WINGS_Veil-of-Petals.  I printed the image out to the size of the canvas, alas not the best paper for colouring as is fairly flat 120gms printer paper but it works.  The main part of the image was coloured with Polychroms - black and Light Grey, an experiment to see how I could do with just two pencils and three shades of green only used on the eye as I wanted that to really stand out.  To carry the green theme through the image I used l Lime Ice Stickles on the dew drops on the flowers.  Once the image was coloured I then used strong adhesive spray to stick it onto the canvas.  The edges were trimmed and folded over and I used black ribbon to go around the edges and some more of the Stickles on the outer corners.  The flourish embellishments are from Crafters Companion and the stamped sentiment one I had in my stash.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018


 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #25
Do Something Digital

This fortnights theme has been chosen by Josephine :).  Digital may sound daunting but really there are so many ways to incorporate digital into your artwork.  You may go all the way and produce something that is totally digital, like a new piece of wallpaper for your computer etc. or may you will choose to use a digital element in your creation, be it an digital image, digital paper or as I have done, a digital die cut.  These cute wee baby cards are from a design by My Scrap Chick.  Quick and easy to make and a great standby to add to my collection of cards.  I have to admit I am not a lover of die cut cards but these I do find just adorable.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Nigerian Lady

Challenge 104
What's NEW With You

Happy New Year folks and hope you all had a magical Christmas.  We are all set up for the coming year with IKEsART and some awesome challenge themes to keep us out of mischief hahahaha.  

Ike's images are available from the IKEsART store and if you don't know her artwork do take a peek, they are super special and cover everything from the totally off the wall to the cute and furry :) :) :) 

For this challenge we were given the option of 'What's New With You' and that is such a wide open challenge, everything from celebrating the New Year down to using new items.  I have gone for the new items as hubby treated me to a  TODO machine to add to my craftroom.  I happened to mention one evening some time ago that the one thing I don't seem to have and would be rather useful was a foiling machine.  I was so keen to have one that I had not done any research, it was just something I said and one day would get around to checking out lol.  Anyway, a couple of weeks later a big box arrived at our house with the TODO in - I had to go and do my research as I had never heard of this beauty.  It is really a 4 in one machine able to do embossing, die cutting, letter press and foiling.  I doubt I will be using it for the embossing or die cutting but it is fabulous at the foiling and able to use the different types of foils on the market, the ones that are heat activated and also those that are laser printer activated.  

For this card I have followed my routes so to speak and used the image of the Nigerian Lady from the Africa World Series pack - I was born in Nigeria many moons ago lol.  The Nigerian flag is green and white so I used those colours for my card along with the gold foiling for the background to represent the gold which is abundant in West Africa, Nigeria included.  I often wonder what Nigeria would be like without corruption and religious divide- a country so blessed with mineral wealth, gold and now oil, that it should have no poverty at all.  Alas that is not the case !!!!!

  • image - Africa World Series by IKEsART
  • colouring medium - Polychromes
  • other items - gold foiling, die cut corners and gold embellishments 
I am entering this project into the following challenges:-

Sunday, January 7, 2018

White on White

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #24
White on White

Happy New Year folks and hope you all enjoyed a magical Christmas.  It is hard to believe we are now starting another year, time is flying by just that little bit quickly these days :)

This fortnight theme of White on White was chosen by our DT sister Christine :).  For my white on white creation I used different types of white paper and some white material.  This creation was right up my street as I love monochromatic and the challenge delivered.  A pretty simple card using lots of dies, a bit of embossing, some very fine white lacy type material and liquid pearls.  The sentiment was foiled in silver although it looks rather dark in the photo.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Make it Sparkle

 International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over an join us with you artwork :)

Challenge #23

Oh wow, this was a push at the last minute.  I made my Christmas cake way back in July and since then it has had its weekly cap full of rum, better be a boosy cake.  This is only the second Christmas cake I have made in my life as normally our daughter keeps us some of hers but saying as we are now retired and living back in the UK and not in lovely warm Saudi any more I thought I should make the effort lol.  Yes, it is a traditional fruit cake and I can hardly wait for a piece.  The crackers were also made a few months ago and each one has a rubbish joke as a cracker is not right with anything else along with a small gift suitable for each recipient - the hubby has a lighter in his and my Mum's some Ferrero Roche chocolates.  Alas, my cracker is still empty but hubby assures me he has something to go in it hehehe.

Although I made the cake ages ago I had to leave the icing and decoration until yesterday.  It was out with the apricot jam and the home made marzipan then another first attempt at rolling the icing and draping it over the top as we see done so often on Cake Boss - that was so much easier than I anticipated.  I had planned to make the poinsettia out of thinly rolled icing and die cutting but that did not work well so the back up plan of making the poinsettia out silver paper to match the crackers had to do the trick.  For the leaves on the crackers I used lots of glitter but that would not work for the cake so for these leaves I mixed several pigments from my Brusho collection, luck was on my side and so close to the original glitter I was all smiles.  The Brusho pigments were mixed with extreme silver glue I have and then painted onto card.  Lovely and shiny and no plastic glitter on the cake - perfect.  I created the cake frill using a Crafters Companion edging die and finished it off with silver tape and turquoise ribbon to match the crackers too. The fan shapes on both the crackers and the cake were made from a trellis die and I added turquoise gems for a bit more bling. I am so glad this project turned out as planned as there really was no time if things went wrong and I have had the finished items in my mind and half made for so long.
A close up of one of the crackers, I did have 7 altogether but 2 have been sent to their recipients already.  Silver glitter paper was used around the centres of the crackers which was edged in turquoise ribbon.  More ribbon on the cracker edges and silver tape for balance and a bit more bling.  The poinsettia flowers were cut out of silver stiff paper and the leave white card then glued and dipped into turquoise glitter.  One trellis die cut was all that was needed here and as with the cake, finished off with turquoise gems.
Close up of the cake frill using a Crafters Companion edging die cut 5 times and joined together.  To finish off some more turquoise ribbon and silver tape to match the crackers.
For a bit more shine on the cake I used a silver shimmer cake spray, so hard to photograph but in real light you can see it twinkling.

And now I come to the last challenge of the year for International Art and Soul.  Our current challenge will run for one month (next challenge is on January 7th) so until then I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and send you peaceful blessings for 2018.

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