Mixed Media Canvas Dreaming Fossils

Good afternoon. These are my first play with Powertex – 12 X 12 inch fossil themed canvases.

AW Powertex Fossil 1

AW Powertex Fossil 2

 

 

Powertex is a fabric hardening medium which can be used in mixed media and for creating 3D sculpture. I have got so many ideas and things to try. I had a lot of fun creating these and have many more experiments ‘on the go’ including some fossil jewellery and 3D vessels – will share soon.

AW Powertex Fossil 2k

AW Powertex Fossil 2l

 

Materials:

Powertex Fabric Hardener (Ivory, Terracotta and Lead)

12 X 12 inch stretched canvas and 12 X 12 inch canvas board

Texture Media (3D Sand & Balls)

Pebeo Gilding Wax (gold)

Easy Varnish

Powercolor (white, ochre) and Colortricx (copper)

Bister (Black)

Fossil themed stencils (Powertex and DecoArt Andy Skinner)

Fossil themed silicone moulds

Glass seed beads (gold)

Potato sacking (hessian, burlap)

Paper kitchen towel

Katya Pendant created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Katya Pendant 1

AW Katya Pendant 2

 

Good morning. Here is another of my TV show samples using the Katya stamp recently featured on Hochanda. I have used it in a different way to make a jewellery pendant. I hope that you like it.

Materials:

Katya stamp

Air dry clay*

Pebeo Gilding Wax (various ‘golds’)

Bronze Powertex

Recycled gold plated necklace chain

*I am currently evaluating various air dry clays and their suitability for jewellery making. Some are too brittle when rolled out to make thinner items, others too light to make pendants that hang nicely. I added a coat of Powertex to this to give it a base colour (dark brown) and with the hope of hardening the slightly porous clay. When I have finished my experiments I will blog more details of my finds.

Sneak Peek Pick of the Day on Hochanda with Chocolate Baroque

Woohoo – Lesley Wharton is on Hochanda this eve with a ‘Pick of the Day’ from Chocolate Baroque. Something old, something very new and all a bit different. Cannot wait.

 

First show is tonight at 8pm with more shows tomorrow – Sky 663, Freeview 85 and Freesat 817 (or watch online – live or on catch up)

 

Here is a sneak peek of some of my samples.

 

AW Babushka Card SP

AW Babushka Fountain SP

AW Babushka Scene SP

AW Easter Bunting 1 SP

AW Birthday Card SP

AW Easter Egg Card SP

AW Easter Treat Box 2 SP

AW Make a Wish SP

AW Missing You 2 SP

AW Necklace 2 SP

Kingfisher Scene Cards created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Kingfisher 1

AW Kingfisher Scene 10

Good afternoon. Today I am sharing another couple of my TV show samples for Lesley Wharton and Chocolate Baroque using the Kingfisher Song and scene building stamp sets recently featured on Hochanda. The aperture ‘waste’ from one card was used to create the background scene on the other.

Materials:

  • Kingfisher Song, Sticks & Stones, Baroque Meadow, Silhouette Grasses, Words to Dazzle and Sparkle stamp sets
  • 15 X 18cm card blank (Kraft card), 18 X 20cm card blank (white), card for background mat & layers (white), white stamping card (Sheena Douglass), waste copy paper (for masks), scrap card (brown and green for foliage die cuts)
  • Inkpads: Versafine (Black Onyx), Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet)
  • Ink sprays: Lindy’s Stamp Gang (Cocklebells Coral, Opal Sea Oats, Azure Sea Asters)
  • Spectrum Aqua watercolour pens (pinks, greens, browns)
  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens (clear, gold, pink, green, and turquoise)
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA pearls (Olympic Gold)
  • Fine tipped pen (brown) and Spectrum Noir alcohol pen (brown)
  • Soft Form Relief Paste (Gold and Silver)
  • Starlight Metallic Paints (turquoise, pink, gold)
  • Rectangle dies approx. 9.5 X 12cm and 6.5 X 3.5 cm (Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create set), dies to cut rectangular frame (Tattered Lace Rectangle Accordion), dies to cut twigs (Sheena Douglass) and ferns (Tattered Lace Floral Layers Leaves 1)

Creating the Kingfisher embellishments:

AW Kingfisher 1 SP

The twigs and ferns were cut from coloured card and further coloured with watercolour pens (to give them more dimensional colour).

The cut out card kingfisher was stamped with Versafine and coloured with watercolour and sparkle pens. The kingfisher scene stamp was used for this, the rest of the scene being cut away and discarded.

AW Kingfisher Scene 8

The larger dimensional kingfisher was created by spreading gold and silver Soft Form Relief Paste over the stamp. This was left to dry overnight before peeling off the stamp. Rough edges were trimmed away and further colour added using the Starlight Paints (leaving some areas of gold and silver paste showing through).

Creating the Kraft card blank:

AW Kingfisher 1

The frame and central background mat were cut from white card using the Accordion die (largest die). This creates an attached mat which was snipped away from the outer frame. Faux stitching was added with a fine pen using the pin holes as a guide. These were then glued to the Kraft card blank (finished size approx. 15 X 18cm). If you don’t have this die you could easily use other rectangle dies to produce similar.

Creating the background scene and scenic frame:

AW Kingfisher Scene 6

AW Kingfisher Scene 7

An A4 sheet of stamping card was spritzed with inks, spraying blues nearer the top and golds at the base. The sheet was trimmed to slightly under 18 X 20cm and a sentiment mat cut from the excess (6.5 X 3.5cm).

Grasses and butterflies were stamped along the bottom edge using a mix of watercolour pens. Tip: Brush the colours directly onto the stamp then ‘huff’ onto the stamp before stamping. Moisture in your breath reactivates any partially dried watercolour.

The aperture was cut with the rectangle die (approx. 9.5 X 12cm). Edges were inked with Distress Ink.

Finishing the simple kingfisher card:

AW Kingfisher 1

Additional ferns were stamped in dark green along the base. Finished by gluing the scenic mat, kingfisher, branch and fern embellishments to the card front with 3D glue for added dimension.

Creating the scene for the frame aperture:

AW Kingfisher Scene 1

Stamping card (larger than the aperture 9.5 X 12cm) was spritzed with inks in the same way as the other scene backgrounds.

The scene was built up working from the foreground base upward, stamping with Memento (waterproof when dry).

AW Kingfisher Scene 2

Scene components were stamped onto copy paper and cut out to create masks. These were simply laid in place, covering the appropriate stamped images, before stamping the next scene layer. Tip: To stop masks moving while stamping you could use a couple of dots of zig 2 way glue on the back of the masks. Leave it to completely dry clear before placing the masks (the glue goes on blue and dries clear). This then acts as a temporary adhesive to hold the masks in place.

AW Kingfisher Scene 3

I continued building up the scene using masks where needed.

AW Kingfisher Scene 5

The scene was trimmed down to fit behind the aperture and coloured with watercolour pens. Silhouette grasses were stamped in the foreground with Versafine. The sentiment was stamped onto the sentiment plate.

AW Kingfisher Scene 10

Our Fragile Earth Kingfisher Scene Card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Fragile Earth

 

Good morning. Today I am sharing another of my samples made for the recent TV shows on Hochanda using the lovely new Kingfisher and scene building sets. These are still exclusive to Hochanda for a few more days – then they will also be available from Chocolate Baroque.

This sample started out to be a bit of a disaster. I used Soft Form Relief Paste to make the textured embellishment but while preparing we had no electricity for 12 hours. It was only 5 degrees in the house and unfortunately it made my embellishment go hard and brittle (where it is normally flexible and soft) – so I accidently smashed and cracked it! Aaaargh! But then I thought about a theme …… ‘our fragile earth’ …… and this design resulted. Tee hee.

 

Materials:

How to make it:

  1. Cover the Baroque Meadow stamp with a layer of Soft Form Relief Paste and leave to fully dry (1-2 days). Gently peel away from the stamp and trim away rough edges with scissors. Rub over the surface with Stazon ink. Mine snapped across due to the cold conditions. Usually this stays flexible so you will need to cut across with scissors.
  2. Using a sponge and the circle mask apply yellow ink to create the earth shape. Remove the mask and lightly spritz with the blue ink. When dry apply a layer of clear sparkle over the earth.
  3. Edge the card with Distress Ink and glue down the meadow embellishment and sentiment strips. Glue to the card front with 3D foam.
  4. Stamp the Kingfisher scene with Versafine ink. You only need to partially ink the stamp – cut out the Kingfisher. Colour with sparkle pens. Dot a little highlight into the eye with the white pen and when dry add Glossy Accents. Shape lightly and apply to the card with 3D glue gel.

Artistic Love card created for Chocolate Baroque

AW Artistic Love 1

AW Artistic Love 2

Here is another romantic themed card using the Harlequin Rose stamp set and the Belle Flowers background from Chocolate Baroque. The flowers were cut using Tattered Lace dies.

In my last post I used friendly plastic to create a textured heart. Here I have used texture paste.

 

Materials:

 

How to make it:

  1. Trim Kraft card and glue to the card front. Add ribbons to lower section.
  2. Spray stamping card with ink sprays to create background. Stamp the Belle Flowers background with black ink and colour with aqua pen and a water brush.
  3. Stamp the sentiment with sepia ink.
  4. Trim out the background and sentiment panel. Add Distress Ink to the edges and roughen up (using the edge of your scissors). Glue to the card front.
  5. Spread the texture gel over the stamp and leave to fully dry (overnight). Peel paste from stamp and trim around the heart with scissors. Brush over with starlight paints and then quickly wipe over with a damp cloth to remove paint on the upper surface levels (reveal the gold paste and leave the paint in the crevices). Leave to dry.
  6. Glue a doily and the heart to the card front. Add sticky pearl borders.
  7. Die cut the butterfly and flowers from coloured and waste background (ink spritzed) card. Touch up with inks to add some shading and texture.
  8. Shape flowers using a ball tool and foam mat. Glue to the card with 3D glue gel. Use 3D glue gel to add flower centres and sprinkle with glitter.

Metallic Floral Notes card created for Chocolate Baroque

 

AW Floral Notes

Materials:

How to make it:

  1. Spread the paste thinly over the stamp with a palette knife and leave to dry for 24-48 hours. Carefully peel away and trim off rough edges. This doesn’t harm the stamp and leaves the stamp clean.
  2. Stamp the image with Versamark and heat emboss with the chunky powder. Note: using chunky powder gives a lovely distressed metallic effect but the image detail is lost. If you prefer a cleaner and more detailed stamped image then use a fine detail powder.
  3. Trim the card and blend Distress Ink in around the edges. Colour the image with Distress Ink and a damp brush. Note: The embossed areas will resist the ink making colouring easy. When dry dab off any ink remaining on the embossed areas. The ink won’t dry when sat on top of the embossing, so this will avoid accidental smudging of the ink onto the background (as I had!).
  4. Pierce the border and draw faux stitching and edging with metallic pen. Finish with a bow and PVA pearls.