Monday, 30 June 2008
The one one the left was the simplest of the three. This one was made with a coffee background, (I made some extremely strong coffee and spritzed it onto the card with a squirty spray then painted a coffee border on it), plant fibres, undyed linen, jute mesh, shells, a strip of bark (at the bottom), a skeleton leaf and a wooden disc with the letter N painted on it using coffee.
For the second one I again used a coffee background as before but this time I also painted swirls on it using coffee. I've also used a square of leather, a shell, tiny pebbles, a strip of hessian, a bay leaf and another wooden disc with the N painted in coffee. This one has a bit of a strange smell - coffee and bay leaves anyone?
For the third one I wanted a bit of colour so had to have a think about what I could use that was natural. I had some cherries in the fridge, so I decided on cherry juice (and yes, I ate the cherries after I squeezed them and I've now got pink fingernails that won't come clean). I started off by doing the background. I just dipped the card in the cherry juice to start with and dried it with the heat gun, but I wasn't happy with the way the cherry juice had distributed so I gave it a spritz of water and dried it again with the heat gun. I kept on doing this until I had a nice distressed background that I was happy with and then painted on a cherry juice border. I think it looks quite effective as there are lots of different shades of pink and purple and also some brown where the cherry juice has cooked with the heat from the heat gun. I then dyed all the bits I was going to put on, also using the cherry juice. I think it's quite interesting that the different bits have all turned out different colours even though I used the same juice. On this one I've used plant fibres, jute mesh, shells, bark, a skeleton leaf and a wooden disk, all coloured with the cherry juice. I couldn't get a strong enough concentration of cherry juice to paint the N in it so I've used coffee again for that. Unfortunately instead of smelling of cherries it smells of the silicone glue that I've filled the shells with to protect them from breaking in the post - bleh!
Sunday, 29 June 2008
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
These are for a swap being hosted by Clare on the DoCrafts forum.
The backgrounds are stamped and inked. The brooches are Stampbord with a stamped image and the background coloured with inks, and UTEE over the top. They are pinned to the ATCs and are detachable and wearable.
Monday, 23 June 2008
I started with an acrylic painted background, which I painted round in a spiral using three colours of paint, then added some Brilliance Ink over the top which I dabbed on with a sponge through some sequin waste and also some direct from the pad around the edges. I then added some sequin waste on two of the corners and a circle of shiny mesh in the centre. I layered on a circle from the bottom of an alminium pie tin which I coloured using alcohol inks and then the image of the woman over the top. I coloured the eyes and headband using a Sharpie pen and then added some Anita's Gloss Finish to the eyes to make them look watery. Next I added the mosaic tiles at the bottom right, (they haven't photographed very well, but are actually a pale lilac and a silvery grey), and the "think bubble" which I drew and wrote on white card using a Sharpie pen. After that I added the arrow and the flourish, which are both Grungeboard. I painted them with gesso and then coloured them using Brilliance Inks, so they have a pearlescent finish (which again doesn't show up well due to my poor photography skills), and the word "dreamer" which I printed out on white paper. Finally I added the butterflies, which I stamped on acetate using black Stazon and glittered on the back using Stickles.
It's on its way to Paula today so I hope she likes it!
For the gothic lady, I inked the background with Distress Inks, gave it a spritz of water and heat dried it. I stamped the lace down the side in distress ink, masked it off and stamped the writing. I stamped the image over the top in Stazon then stamped it again on a separate piece of card, cut out the lady, coloured her with Distress Inks and stuck her on.
For the geisha, I started with a distress inked background and stamped the full image in brown Stazon onto it. I then stamped it separately in black Stazon and Brown Stazon on a separate piece of card, cut out the various elements, coloured them with Distress Inks and layered them.
Sunday, 22 June 2008
I made 10 encaustic ATCs, and these are the four I like best. These and the others are in my trading album (link on the top right) if anyone's interested.
(I've also made a couple of other things over the last couple of days but can't post piccies yet as it would ruin the surprise, so watch this space!)
Friday, 20 June 2008
I'm always in awe of people who can create fantastic textile art, the reason being that I can't do it. I haven't got the foggiest idea where to start. Anyway, I had some bits and pieces hanging around so I decided to create something with them in my own way. The background is lace stuck on mountboard and covered with acrylic paint. The face is made from Makin's clay with gems stuck into it. I then added some fibres behind for the hair. The tile behind the face is also made from Makin's clay, and I've pressed a piece of lace into it and lifted it off for the texture, then layered mesh and fabric behind it and added a strip of the same mesh and fabric at the bottom with some fibres and a paper flower with a gemstone centre.
Thursday, 19 June 2008
I made a few clay faces yesterday for using on ATCs and have been trying to think of ways to make them more interesting. I've been off work sick today as I seem to have acquired a really nasty head cold, the worst syptom of which is a terrible headache, so I decided to make an ATC out of one of the faces to take my mind off it. I made the flowers on the head by pressing flower beads into the clay to leave an imprint, and embedded a dragonfly charm into the top of the head. The wings are also made from moulded clay. I made the textured background by sticking mesh on and painting over it with silver acrylic paint then heating it with a heat gun. I also painted the head and wings silver and then stuck them on, then painted over the whole lot with a black acrylic and PVA wash to give a tarnished effect. To finish it I added tiny gems in the centres of the flowers and silver brads at the opposite corners to the mesh.
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
First flowers, now pink! I'm not sure what's going on here. Anyway, to make this one, I made an alcohol inked background and stuck it onto mountboard. I then stamped the image onto a microscope slide, alcohol inked the back of it and wrapped it in aluminium mesh. I added three layers of UTEE over the alcohol inked background, dropped the mesh-wrapped slide into it and then stamped the writing at the side into the UTEE. The writing has a slightly faded appearance because I used Stazon ink and had to ink up the stamp before I heated the UTEE due to the time constraints of having to drop the slide into the UTEE AND stamp into it before it cooled. I was originally planning to drop the accent beads into the UTEE as well, but didn't have time to do this before it cooled (and my stamp was in the way), and I didn't want to risk reheating before I stamped in case I cracked the slide (although in retrospect that might have given a nice effect in itself). I added the accent beads when it had cooled using PVA glue and then added the paper flowers (yes, I'm still at it), and attached them with brads. This is another possible contender for the mesh swap.
This one's another possible contender for my mesh swap, but I haven't decided yet. It's Friendly Plastic oozed through sinamay mesh and layered onto more FP and some sparkly mesh. I made the background a while ago using shaving foam marbling.
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
This one's for my mesh swap. I started with a piece of ATC sized aluminium mesh which I edged with aluminium duct tape. I then coloured a piece of acetate using alcohol inks and stamped the image on the opposite side. I was going to leave it with with just the mesh and acetate but the colour didn't show up very well, so I layered the acetate and mesh onto a piece of white card and fastened the layers together with silver brads.
Monday, 16 June 2008
Sunday, 15 June 2008
Anyway, I'm guessing that's why these two ATCs ended up being a bit silly. I just seem to rebel against anything that may be considered too girly! (Maybe it's time I grew up, but that's so boring).
Saturday, 14 June 2008
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
to make an ATC for a swap I'm hosting on the theme of holes, where the idea is that there must be at least one hole all the way through the ATC which is incorporated into the design. I've named him Junkyard Jim and have made all of him apart from his head from bits of scrap metal that I've found in the street. (Yes, I'm that strange woman you see that walks down the street picking up bits of other people's rubbish!) His body is made from what I think might be an old pipe joint and I've cut a hole behind it so you can see right through him. I've photographed him on my keyboard so you can see the effect but I had to use the flash and there was a lot of glare so I've also taken a separate photo on white paper with better light.
The two top ones are simply stamped and collaged, with stamped baclgrounds and images.
The bottom ATC was originally intended to be stamped into UTEE but didn't turn out very well. I was looking for a stamp that I thought would work well with half black on white and half white on black. It does as you can see,
but what I failed to take into account was how well it would work (or not work) with the UTEE, and the stamp was far too detailed to work well with the UTEE. I'm not one to throw anything away if I can help it, so I ended up with a stamped image on a UTEE background, embellished with some more of my new flowers.
Monday, 9 June 2008
With the seahorse the mesh is actually inside the UTEE. I started with a black mountboard background which I coloured using Radiant Rain Sprays, (again, the colours are a bit brighter than they appear in the picture as the light was fading a bit when I took it. I haven't yet mastered the art of photographing UTEE with the flash, and am not sure I ever will, LOL). I also coloured the mesh with the Radiant Rain sprays and then stuck it onto the background, quick-dried it with the heat gun because I'm impatient, and added three layers of UTEE over the top, then stamped the image into it with black Stazon.
This is a stamped image on Stampbord with an inked background. I've scratched bits away to create highlights but unfortunately the photo was taken in bad light so it doesn't show up too well, and also the colours are brighter than they look. I've added a couple of layers of UTEE over the top to portect the image.
Saturday, 7 June 2008
This is another ATC I've made using mesh. As I'm so obsessed with putting various types of mesh all over everything at the moment I'm hosting a swap on the theme of mesh in the hope of getting it out of my system! I wonder if it will work?
Anyway, this ATC is probably going to be one of my ATCs for the swap. I've used sinamay mesh (thank you Mandy!) and sequin waste on the background, and some copper mesh around the face. The tape at the top and bottom is actually copper, although it looks more of a gold colour in the picture.
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
I blame Paula for this, er... I mean thank you you Paula for inspiring me to do some pencil drawing for the first time in years! (Seriously, I did enjoy doing it very much). This is pretty much the first pencil drawing I've done since leaving school lots of years ago, so I'm a bit rusty, but I don't think it's too bad. It's ATC size as I'm hoping to swap it with Paula (LOL).
I've drawn it from a photo of a Roman statue of Apollo, but my picture looks much less angelic and more manly than the statue. I think it looks more like David Hasselhoff in his Baywatch days, yeek! Ah well, never mind. At least it looks like a man.