Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Take Flight

A new month is the start of a new Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge and this month our theme is "Choose your own theme". The Design Team members are working with some old dies, but new to me dies, using them in old or new ways using old or new techniques.
I decided to combine Eileen Hull's Birds and Butterflies Set with the Block/Cube die. I used Andy Skinner's Mega Crackle technique on the background. Spritzing first with DecoArt Media Misters Red, Orange and Yellow, then applying a coat of Weathered Wood, allowing to dry and then applying a coat of DecoArt Crackle Paint; the cracks appear almost immediately.
I added a dimensional flower on the front following some of the ideas in Pamellia's Rose flower tutorial HERE, I used slightly thicker card as I spritzed my flower with Yellow DecoArt Media Spray, along with a few splatters of orange. I also added Remnant Rubs to a couple of the petals. Rusty wire spirals have been included behind the flower and I also added 'Birds' to the top; the 'B' is also on the Block/Cube Die, perfect for this piece.
I love the combination of layers and bright colour palette, I am trying to hold onto those summer colours even if we have not seen much summer here in the UK!
I was making the most of the sunshine and taking pictures outside, echoing the colours on my artsy piece. I also added a rose to the top of my block along with more rusty spirals.
I die cut three of the birds from the Eileen Hull Birds and Butterflies Set and spritzed each one with DecoArt Media Misters and I also included Remnant Rubs for added interest and added each bird to a piece of rusty wire.
Circles of rusty wire and birds adorn both sides of the cube, the rusty wire adds wonderful texture and the rust combines so well with the bright colour palette.
I added further coils of rusty wire to the top, standing upright like rusty stems.
I hope you can join in with our challenge this month, I really look forward to seeing what you create. Thanks so much for popping by. Tracy x x

Monday, 3 August 2015

Artistic Outpost Product Focus

Morning all, time for our monthly PRODUCT FOCUS with Artistic Outpost.
This month we are focusing on imagery from the VERSES/GREETINGS category. I created a background using a Spin Art machine, a children's toy (a technique inspired by the fabulous Hermine who used this children's toy a few weeks back), a simple and inexpensive piece of kit that makes fabulous backgrounds.
I stamped the two children from the Think and Wonder stamp set and added touches of colour with Distress Markers.
I combined the focal image with the fabulous sentiment from the Chalkboard Wisdom stamp set, perfect when combined with the focal image.
I also added the focal image to the inside of the card along with a few delicate paint splatters.

My fellow team members also have some artwork to inspire you further:-

Tracy (me)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Imagination Means Nothing Without Doing!

Morning, hope you are all enjoying your weekend. We have another fabulous challenge for you over at the Love to Create Challenge Blog where the theme is Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes.
I have really enjoyed working with these colours for the past few weeks for my PanPastel DT pieces. Once again the background was brayered with Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint, applying light pressure so that some of the white areas are still visible in the background.
I then placed a stencil onto the brayered background and blended Magenta, Magenta Shade and Magenta Extra Dark over the circles. I also added some random stamping using a Carabelle Stamp and Black Archival Ink.
I die cut part of a circle from the edge of the decorated piece and then matted it onto a piece of card and stamped the sentiment.
For added interest I also included some tissue tape and added definition to some of the circles using Black Coarse Pearl Medium PanPastel.
From this picture you can see all the layers and the shading achieved with the PanPastels. I also added some scratchy lines with the edge of an old credit card and Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Play in the rain with me

I have revisited an old technique today which I have not used in a long time, the BOKEH technique.
I have created a duo of cards today showcasing the fabulous Springtime stamp set from Artistic Outpost. I looked on-line to check exactly what is meant by the Bokeh Effect and this is the explantion that was given:

Bokeh is the official name for a specific photography effect. The name actually comes from the Japanese word for blur or haze: boke. It also comes from the Japanese word for blur quality: boke-aji. All you need to know is that bokeh is the aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph.
I began both cards by applying Distress Inks to the background. The one on the left had two colours applied to a non-stick craft sheet, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks, which I then spritzed with water and I then mopped up the beads of ink. The second card was blended with Broken China Distress Ink.
Once I had achieved the desired depth of colour I then created my own template, die cutting several different sized circles from white card. I then placed the template onto the card and applied Glacier White pigment ink over the stencil, one circle at a time., moving the template around the card, applying ink through three different sized circles and overlapping the circes in some areas. I then heat dried the ink with a heat tool.
I also applied more Glacier White ink to some of the circles to achieve different depths of the same ink. To add further interest I also added some random machine stitching and the perfect sentiment from the Springtime stamp set.
I repeated the same technique on my second card  and stamped two of the sentiments into the inked circles.
Once again I added random machine stitching for added interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x 


Sunday, 26 July 2015

Dare To Spread Your Wings

Morning, hope you are all enjoying your weekend. We have another fabulous challenge for you over at the Love to Create Challenge Blog where the theme is Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes.
I brayered my background with Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint, using only a gently touch to leave some white areas visible.
I used a stencil to add two circles to my desing, applying Magenta, Magenta Shade and Magenta Extra Dark PanPastels to each of the circles, blending the colours as I move around each circle. I then added some background stamping to each of the circles using a Carabelle stamp.
To add definition, I applied Black Coarse Pearl Medium around the edges of each circle so that they pop from the background. I also added a Finnabair sentiment, coloured with PanPastels and again shaded at the edges with Black Coarse Medium.
I added some random machine stitching to act as stems to my circular flowers and also included some scratchy paint lines using an old credit card and some delicate black paint splatters.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x x

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Artistic Outpost Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly blog hop with Artistic Outpost.
This month the Design Team are showcasing imagery from the COUNTRY LIFE category and I have opted to highlight the fabulous Huck Finn stamp set. I have given the focal image centre stage in a 3D pocket watch created using Tim Holtz die and Eileen Hull's Make it 3D Die.
I die cut the parts needed using the Pocket Watch Frame Die and then added the 3D element using Eileen Hull's Die.
I then applied DecoArt Crackle Paste to the outside and the back of my pocket watch along with the front of the pocket watch face and set aside to dry. I stamped the Huck Finn image onto a circular piece and added some clouds to the background using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. I also coloured the image with Hickory Smoke Distress Marker to give a tone on tone effect.
I wanted to paint the pocket watch with grey paint but did not want it too dark so I mixed DecoArt Dark Grey Value 3 with a touch of Titanium White and painted the pocket watch with two coats of paint.
The paint highlights the cracks beautifully and is the perfect colour to combine with the Huck Finn imagery.
I used a natural sponge to apply/dab a light coat of Titanium White over the grey.
I added the Huck Finn stamped circle to the centre of the pocket watch and stamped the 'Discover' text from the same stamp set, stamped with Black Archival Ink and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink added to the edges. For further texture I also added natural jute twine around the edge of the pocket watch.
'Explore' is also from the Huck Finn stamp set and I also included some mini shells for added interest.
I added more twine tied into a bow to the top of the watch along with a small piece of drift wood, adding a discover Remnant Rub to the top.
I added pieces of torn book pages to the side and added a coat of Mod Podge to protect.
The back of the pocket watch showcases the crackle and layers of paint perfectly.
I love all the different textures added to this piece, makes it so tactile!
My fellow Design Team Members have created fabulous artwork to inspire you along the blog hop.

I would also like to enter this piece into the Anything But Cute Challenge which this month is Summer Romance and I think the Huck Finn imagery fits perfectly. We also have a mood board to inspire us this month which is shown below. I was inspired by the subtle colour palette and the shells, of which I have added a few from one of our trips to the beach.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x