Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Southern Girls Texture Challenge

The new challenge over at Southern Girls Challenge is to create a project with "Texture".

For this challenge I played with doilies and Powertex to create a canvas.

I began this project with a chipboard heart from Imagine If NZ which I painted black.
I then layered a doily and lace over the heart and then I built up three flowers using more dollies and fibres.  The leaves are also made from doilies.  I used pearl buttons for the middle of the flowers.


I then decided to make a canvas to display the doily heart. I covered a 12x12 canvas with tissue paper, then I used crackle texture paste and texture paste through a harlequin stencil to make some texture on the canvas.  I then painted everything with black gesso.  Once the gesso was dry I drybrushed the canvas with red and copper Acrylic paint. 


Imagine If - Canvas

Here is my latest project for Imagine IfThis is a couple of canvases that I have put together with some of the gorgeous chipboard pieces from Imagine If.

I began with a rectangular canvas and glued on some tissue paper.

I then added some crackle paste, some string and pieces of chipboard.  I also glued a second smaller canvas to the first canvas.

I glued a Prima Artefacts heart to the bottom of the canvas and added some seed beads mixed with gel medium in places.  I also glued seed beads over the heart.


I then painted everything with white gesso.

Once the gesso had dried I covered the whole thing with a wash of black paint.  After this had dried I gave the piece a wash with Deco Art Quinacridone Gold.  Once this layer had dried I dry brushed the piece with more black paint then dry brushed with Inka Copper.

Now I just need to find a picture of my grandson to put on the small canvas and it is finished.  I hope you enjoyed seeing how this project was put together and please check out Imagine if for some of their gorgeous products to make your own version.
Imagine If Steampunk Lightbulb - ex Twiddleybitz
Imagine If Corner - ex Twiddleybitz
Imagine If - Prima Artefact Heart
 I am entering this in the challenge over at SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges

Imagine If DT Art Journal Cover

I have been playing around with colour today using an old book cover and some of the chipboard pieces from Imagine If.  Here is the finished project and below is the process.

I took an old book that I wanted to make into an Art Journal and covered it roughly with texture paste coloured with blue, yellow and red acrylic paint. I was not precise in applying the texture paste I just slapped it on randomly using a palette knife.

I added green coloured texture paste through a stencil to add more texture.

For more visual interest once the paste was dry I stamped randomly over the cover. Then because I find it hard to stop I added circles in dark blue and white and splattered watered down orange paint over the whole cover.
I then took the chipboard from Imagine If  and altered it using paint and paper.
Beginning with the tag which I first painted with white gesso I took a stencil from Imagine If and coloured the tag with two shades of blue paint.  I wanted to tie the tag into the cover but I also wanted it to stand out a bit from the background.

Again to tie it in I added some stamping and some orange paint splatters.

The female figure I covered in book paper and used spray, crackle paint and stamping to decorate her. The wings I painted with white gesso then I sprayed and stamped them.  The heart was painted with white gesso then red paint and I stamped into using bubble wrap.
I assembled the tag, the wings, the woman and the heart, then I glued them to the front of the cover. I wanted the petals of the flower cutout in the tag to frame her head and I wanted the star from the painted quote to sit just over her head, so I took all of this into consideration when I glued the pieces down.

I hope this has given you some ideas for different ways to use the amazing chipboard pieces and the stencil that Jo stocks at Imagine If. both on line and at her physical store in Morrinsville.  Jo also stocks the paints and mediums required for altered art, mixed media and art journaling.  Until next time Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Altered Paintbrush

This week I have been working on altered Paintbrush using Twiddleybitz chipboard from Imagine If.

Here is the finished project:

I began with a paintbrush which I covered with tissue paper and then painted with acrylic paint.  I used brown, blue and white paint to get a verdigris patina effect on the paintbrush and on the chipboard.

I used some small cogs, a gorgeous steampunk butterfly and a banner from the Twiddleybitz range as well as some metal cogs and clock hands, a prima clockface and a small metal handle.

Here are the assembled and painted chipboard pieces.

These were attached to the paintbrush and I added some more metal cogs on the butterfly and some cogs and clockhands as charms to hang from the bottom of the paintbrush. I threaded a ball chain through the top of th paintbrush added a metal gear and the piece was finished. This was such fun to make and the Twiddleybitz chipboard is just gorgeous with such fine and intricate cuts.   I hope you will check out the range that Jo has on offer over at Imagine If. And check out the blog to see what the other Design Team members have been up to and catch up on the news from Jo.