Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Shrink plastic key fob with Karen

I acquired yet another set of keys recently and wanted a nice key fob for them so set about making one myself: I think many people have some shrink plastic lurking in their stash of crafting goodies and it is such a fun material. If you haven't already tried it, I urge you to get some: It can become quite addicitve when you start thinking of all the things you can make with it.

I chose a stamp that would otherwise be far too big for a key fob and stamped it on one side of some shrink plastic with permanent ink suitable for impermeable surfaces (StazOn).

On the reverse side to where I had stamped, I painted in the details with some of my finest golden brushes and my Colourcraft Acrylic paints. These are good on the plastic surface and air dry quite quickly.

This is from the stamped side before it was shrunk:

I then cut round the shape leaving a good margin and avoiding having any sharp edges. To enable a jump ring to be added afterwards, I punched a hole through before using a heat gun to heat the plastic and watch it twist and curl before magically straightening out in to its smaller size. Here is the size of the original stamp in comparison to the size after heating and shrinking!

It's important to remember that any colours will become darker and more intense as the plastic shrinks: Plan for this by keeping colours lighter than you want the finished look to be.

With the jump ring added to attach my new fob to my keyring, I am happy with the new addition. Shrink plastic can be used to make necklace pendants, charms and a whole host of other things. I hope you think to give it a try or dig it out of your stash and have some more shrink fun!

Thanks for stopping by.
Karen.


Materials:
ColourCraft Crystal clear shrink plastic

Monday, 20 May 2019

Alice in Wonderland inspired mixed media canvas with Ewelina

So here goes... confession time... (please, don't judge)
K was all inspired this weekend to make a little mixed media piece on canvas inspired by Alice in Wonderland... I even prepared all the elements ahead - I never do that!!! 



I sat down at my work table, set my phone on recording and started working on a project that I could so clearly see in my head... first stamps; then stencilled texture paste; splashes of Black and Red Brusho over that...



... layers or embellishment and Brusho splashes were building up and after an hour or so of work, my project was finally ready!


You can imagine my ... unimpressed exclamation when I checked the phone only to see that within minute of setting it to recording my tutorial, someone called and passed the process... 
Yes, I have on video exactly 53 seconds of my hands trying to decide which way to put the canvas on the table... 


So... yes, you've guessed it - no tutorial this week; just a project.

... story of my life ...

See you in two weeks (hopefully, with a tutorial!)


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Mixed Media Card with Suzi

Good Day All, Today I'd like to share with you my latest creation, A Mixed Media Card using Eco Acrylic Paints, my large Gelli Plate and Coloured Pencils.  You might want to grab a cuppa, as this is going to be a rather long post, as I show you how I created my background paper and then my card.

Here's my Card;

Now I'd like to show you how I created my background. Here are the supplies I used;

8 x 10 inch Gelli Plate
Eco Acrylic Paints in Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue, Prussian Blue, Titanium White and Magenta
Assorted Stencils
Sponges
Brayer

The First Step is to start adding paint to your Gelli Plate, through assorted stencils, letting the paint dry between layers;


You want to fill your Gelli Plate until you end up with something like this;

Next you want to add a thin layer of paint over the whole plate, so you can pull your print;
Now Add a sheet of paper, rub all over and gentle remove from your Gelli Plate.

Here's the pile of papers I created after repeating this process a few time, using assorted stencils, but the same paints.
As you can see I ended up with lots of wonderful papers, plenty to choose from for this project and more for later projects.

Here's the piece of paper I decided to use, trimmed down to fit a 5 x 7 inch card blank, layered onto a piece of contrasting card stock;

Then it was time to create my focal image, I chose Boho Anya; I stamped her in permanent ink, then coloured her face and arms with Koh-I-Noor  Polycolour Coloured Pencils.

I decided to Paper Piece her hair and outfit, so I stamped her a few more times onto the background papers I'd created, and cut out sections from each one to create her outfit and hair;

I then glued all the pieces together with pva glue, and add some shading with the coloured pencils, and redefined the lines with a black fineliner pen.

I then diecut some Sun shapes from one of the yellow papers, sponged the edges with Prussian Blue paint and added to the card.  I also stenciled the words 'With Love' using Prussian Blue paint.  I added a doodles border around the whole card and around some of the patterns with White Paint Pen.

Finally I added Boho Anya to complete my card.
I love how the finished card looks, the colours all tie together as I kept to the same limited colour palette throughout the whole project.  The Eco Acrylic Paints are great fun to use with the Gelli Plate, and have lots of pigment in them, so you get really strong colours.  The Koh-I-Noor PolyColour Pencils blend beautifully together, so you can create wonderful definition by layering them over themselves and the acrylic paints.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I created my card.  I certainly had lots of fun creating it for you.
That's all from me for today
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Monday, 13 May 2019

Mixed Media Card with Aztec Paints

Hello.  Gail here today with a simple but striking card using the beautiful Aztec paints



I started by painting a piece of dark blue card with Aztec Blue Lustre paint.


Then using an old credit card I added some lines and patterns using Aztec Copper Metallic paint


I die cut the panel and also a sentiment that I diecut from a piece of the blue card that I had painted with the copper paint.  I added some Brusho SprinkleIT Iridescent Violet for a bit of extra bling.  I used some of the base panel offcuts to die cut some stars and added them for a faux emboss look.  

Thanks for dropping by.  Hope you get a chance to get out your paints today and have a bit of crafty fun.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Mixed Media Mini Quilts

Hello!
Recently I started to participate in the #The100dayproject - I will be writing more about that at a later date, but the cool thing is that I got involved with a small group of textile artists and some of us have exchanged things and this project was inspired by a couple of them!



It all started with an exchange! I got a couple of lovely dyed fabrics by Sue from Sue Dreams in Colour and added one of my own to the mix. 
I then wove these together and stenciled it using a small mylar stencil (flower frenzy) and Pastel Pearl Fabric Paint.

While this dried, I decided to use a technique that Fran Harkes from McAnaraks had been playing with- that is melting Tyvek over rubber stamps to get interesting textures. 
First I painted my Tyvek with Aztec Eco Metallic paints.

I had recently ordered small grungy butterflies from Rubber Dance Stamps. So I inked up the plate, laid my tyvek painted side down over the stamp, laid a piece of parchment paper on top, and pressed with a warm iron. Tyvek shrinks with heat- but gets an impression of the stamp using this technique.
I carefully clipped out a couple of them and sewed them fast to my mini quilt.
There is so much interesting texture using these stamps and this technique!
I also had bought the Round in Circles stamp set- this time I pressed my tyvek on the stamp without ink. I also used the same stamp to add more texture to a new mini quilt.
Here is the result so far.

I hope you enjoyed this post! See you soon.
-Tamara



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