Egyptian Canvas Duo created for Powertex UK

I so enjoyed helping out with samples for the Egyptian themed shows recently on Hochanda – and WOW the set looked amazing with so many wonderful creations from the team. I think that we all had a huge amount of fun. It really did look like an archaeological set.

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I created this duo of canvases featuring Nefertiti and Tutankhamun to tell a little of their story. Although their likeness was well known to me I really had little idea of their history, so I did a little research. I really enjoyed finding out more about these characters and I had so much fun immersing myself into their mystical world when creating these canvases.

I hope that my creative journey gives you some inspiration for your own ideas. There is a full materials list at the end if you need links to any of the specific products used xxx.

The creative journey:

The canvases were first coated with a layer of Ivory Powertex, and the plaster busts with Bronze Powertex.

 

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The textured embellishments were made with air dry clay and small clay cutters from my stash. The Hiero Heaven and Scarabella stamps were pressed into the rolled out clay to add texture. Additional texture added to some pieces using a texture mat, and I made the little snakes using a mould (both from my stash). Strips from corrugated card were used to create pillars. I laid out all my elements to get a rough idea of placement and to assess space left for adding text.

 

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Note: I used an air dry modelling clay that I had in my stash. It is fairly strong when making chunky items but I did find it very brittle when rolled thin. I left it to fully dry overnight and coated it with Ivory Powertex. The Powertex did sink in well (as it remained porous) and considerably strengthened my embellishments. So I was happy to use them on my canvases. However, I would fully recommend using Stone Art Clay if you want hard wearing items, and certainly if you need them to be weather proof (it is designed for this).

Following my bit of historical research I decided on some text to add to my canvases. Nefertiti was the chief wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten who was the father of Tutankhaten (later named Tutankhamun). Originally Akhenaten was named Amenhotep IV but he changed his name when he banned the worship of the old Egyptian gods and instated Aten (Sun Disc – an aspect of the sun god Ra) as the one true god. I therefore depicted the Aten symbol (Sun Disk with rays in gold) on Nefertiti’s canvas.

I used gilding wax around the edges of my canvas and on the Sun Disc (Atan) and gold relief paste to create the Atan rays.

Nefertiti was also known as ‘the beautiful one has come’ (translation of her name) and ‘the lady of the two lands’ – I included this in the gilded text.

Nerfertiti may have ruled for a time as Neferneferuaten, and for a short while alongside Tutankhaten (later named Tutankhamun) but there is some debate on this. She disappeared not long after her husband’s death and it is unsure where her body lays. Although interestingly there is some evidence that she may be in a secret chamber behind the tomb of Tutankhamun. Still a mystery.

Tutankhamun became king when only a boy (‘boy king Tut’) and as mentioned above he was originally named Tutankhaten (‘the living image of Aten’). After the death of his father there was an uprising and the old gods were eventually reinstated. He reinstated Amun-Ra (fusion of the gods Amun ‘the hidden/invisible one’ and Ra the ‘sun god’) and changed his name to Tutankhamun (‘the living image of Amun’). There is a lot of debate around the identity of his mother but it is fairly certain that she would have been a close relation to Akhenaten (sister or cousin, maybe even Nefertiti?).

I hope that I am not boring everyone with history but I found it all fascinating (but also very confusing with all the name changes and the various gods worshipped at the time).

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The sentiments were printed on a laser printer (copy paper) and foiled with gold sublimation foil using my laminator. I stamped over the background using Memories Ink and the Hiero Heaven stamp. I then scrunched up the paper and further aged with distress inks.

The background textured paper and sentiments were glued to the canvas using Easy Coat.

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The card pillars were coated (back and front) with Black Powertex. Bister was used to add depth to my textured embellishments. I also mixed various Powercolor pigments into Ivory Powertex and rubbed over the top of the embellishments to give the effect of faded chalk paints.

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Elements were glued in place using Powertex and a little Easy Structure for some of the more uneven textured pieces. A little Easy Structure paste was also applied with a palette knife for filling and more texture.

A little Ultramarine Powercolor was mixed with Ivory Powertex and painted into the crevices of the pillars. Gold Colortricx pigment mixed with Easy Varnish was dry brushed onto the surface ridges.

The busts were also coloured with gold varnish, applied fairly liberally for an opulent effect. Where I wanted areas of strong colour (blue, red, green) I applied a base of Ivory Powertex first and then painted over with coloured varnish. Black Powertex was painted into the eye area.

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Macramé samples created for Gina B Silkworks

Gina Barrett is launching her new book on Create and Craft TV tomorrow (11am Channel 23 or watch live online from their website).

The new Textile Trimmings book is fabulous. It includes a variety of decorative knotting technique including ball buttons, frogging, filet and needle lace plus macramé.

I am a macramé novice. My favourite is the swan macramé hanger – I really didn’t think that I would be able to do it but following Gina’s fabulous instruction I am delighted with the results.

 

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I used a multicoloured satin cord and some of my handmade paper beads to make these bright and cheery bracelets. The sliding knot enables the bracelets to be taken on and off easily.

 

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I had a bit more play with the colourful cord and more paper beads working from one of Gina’s new mini textile hangers. I had a try at the loopy braid (instructions in the book for creating the loops).

 

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I was really pleased with this one. Again I used one of the new textile hangers and decorated it with stamping (Russian Floral Egg stamp from Chocolate Baroque).

Paperlathe CD from Gina Barrett

Gina Barret is on Create & Craft TV tomorrow at 11am (Freeview Channel 23 or watch live online from their website). Gina will be launching her fabulous new book – Total Trimmings 2 featuring decorative knotting. In addition she will be bringing back some old favourites including her Tassel Making DVD’s and tools –  including the fabulous Paperlathe for creating beads and tassel moulds.

Traditional wooden tassel moulds are extremely difficult to obtain. This CD is brilliant and contains 100’s of patterns to make your own tassel moulds and beads.

I have been having a play and made various beads using wrapping papers. I have also made a set of tassel moulds.

I will share some of my finished projects soon xxx.

 

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These will be fabulous once I have coated them with varnish of shiny embossing powder.

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Tassel moulds ready for thread wrapping and decorating.

 

The Paperlathe CD also comes with a variety of wrapping rods to create a range of shapes (round, square and triangular). Just brilliant and so easy to make.

Mini Textile Macramé Hangers from Gina B Silkworks

Gina Barret is on Create & Craft TV tomorrow at 11am (Freeview Channel 23 or watch live online from their website). Gina will be launching her fabulous new book – Total Trimmings 2 featuring decorative knotting. She is also going to be bringing lots of other goodies and tools including a Monkey Fist Jig, small frames for making Filet Lace, a fine Macramé Board and fabulous little textile hangers (approx 10cm wide) which are perfect for micro macramé or hanging other small textile art works. In addition she will be bringing back some old favourites including her Tassel Making DVD’s and tools.

I cannot wait to see the show.

I have been decorating my little textile hangers ready to work. I coated them with gesso to provide a surface for colouring and stamping. After decorating and colouring I added a final layer of clear heat embossing powder to add protection and shine. I will share some of my finished projects soon xxx.

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Steampunk Travels Pop Up Box created for Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. I had so much fun creating a fantasy world with the Steampunk themed stamps recently featured on Hochanda. Today I am sharing one of my show samples. I just love this sentiment verse and the fun sentiments that come with these stamp sets.

 

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Materials:

  • Steampunk Travel and Steampunkery stamp sets (also available as a multibuy)
  • Ready made white pop up card blank (approx. 7cm wide box with back panel approx. 16cm high), white stamping card, Kraft card
  • Inkpads: Dye based ink (brown) and Versamark
  • Ink sprays with mica (blue and gold)
  • Alcohol ink pens and coloured pencils (blue, orange, yellow)
  • Fine tipped pen (brown)
  • WOW heat embossing powders (mix of Verdigris and Gold)
  • Dies to cut steampunk cogs and shaped mat for verse

How it was made:

  1. The box was spritzed with inks to add colour and edged with brown ink.
  2. The images were stamped with brown ink and coloured with alcohol pens and some pencil shading.
  3. The verse was cut out with a die and edged with brown ink and faux stitching. The remaining sentiments were hand cut and edged with brown ink. The Steampunk images were cut out by hand.
  4. The cogs were cut from Kraft card, coated in Versamark and heat embossed with metallic powders.
  5. The images, cogs and sentiments were glued to the card layers to give depth. Thin card strips were glued behind some of the elements to add extra support where needed.

Steampunk Travel Turbine Created for Chocolate Baroque

Another project made a while ago using the Steampunk travels stamp set featured in the One Day Special on Hochanda yesterday. I will be sharing my new Steampunk projects soon.

Heatherwell Designs by Anne Waller

Today I am sharing my first book fold project. I have used the Steampunk Travel stamp set (recently featured on the Craft Channel TV show) to decorate and embellish. This one was quite a challenge, nobody saw me for days (tee hee), but I had enormous fun making it. I just love Fantasy themes.

I hope that my project inspires you to play.

Happy Crafting, Anne xxx.

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Materials:

  • Steampunk Travel stamp set
  • Recycled paperback book (440 pages, 220 page folds) – 17.5 X 11cm size
  • White stamping card, Kraft card and black card
  • Inkpads: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Ranger Archival (Coffee)
  • Gilding wax and metallic pen (gold)
  • Spectrum Noir Alcohol ink pens (purples, lilac, dark reds and blues)
  • Dies and embossing folders to suit the Steampunk theme
  • Air dry paper clay and silicone moulds
  • Adhesive and 3D glue gel

Summary of how it was made:

· I created the book fold…

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