The plague doctor is called Dr. Noir and is a digi specially drawn for this project by Rick St.dennis (thanks Boss, you are the best !!). The skulls are stamped in the modeling past (nightmares.....the paste has to be dry enough to not be too sticky but not too dry so it won't get the impression of the stamp. This is take 2, take 1 desperately failed, which is my fault cuz I have been warned to practise on a test piece first, but I am just too impatient so I just jumped in with the real thing lol). The skull stamp is from the Morte set designed by Rick St.dennis and sold by Smeared Ink but no longer available since they went out of business. The Tryptich is MDF and bought at a dutch store called Action (sorta like a dollar store kind of store), it came with all kinds of cute decoupage images that I threw away immediately, cuz who wants a cute cats and roses and a home sweet home tryptich .....This just screamed to be turned into somethng scary.
I gessoed the triptych on all sides and followed the instructions of the Andy Skinner class ( sorry I can't share those but if you check out the Deco Art Mixed Media program here you will find videos how to use Deco Art Media products to get a simular effect.
For the frame and hinges that are on the back of the Triptych I used Tim Holtz alterations dies and cardboard/ cardstock. If you look closely you will see the same skull stamp that has been pressed in the modeling paste, stamped on the crackled background behind the mask.
The digi is a plague doctor in steampunk style, so I adjusted the background to steampunk style using gear stamps, stamped in venetian gold paint (it jut had to be venetian gold lol). the side pannels were painted in Antiqu white first and got a crackle glaze layer over them when stamping as done. The digi was coloured and scanned then resized to fit the pannels and mirrored, printed on a laser jet color printer. Cut them out and used matte media to glue them on.
The mask was bought on my trip to Venice last year, I am facinated by the Plague masks you find there on evere street ( or canal ) corner, but I could not take a big one on the plane with me. So I bought 2 fridge magnet plague masks with the idea to use them in my craft projects someday :-)
And because I was inspred by the shrines you find in Venice I thought this was the perfect match, I just had to age it a bit and get rid of the gold and glitter. So I sanded it and gessoed it. next painted it Antique white and added crackle glaze and antiquing cream.
the back of the triptych I painted to make it look like wood boards, I use Tradiditional Burnt Uber and a sponge, used a paint brush to make lines and stamped crackles using the Andy Skinner Crackle stamp by Stampendous.
first Gesso the covers, next use the stencils and the paints to decorate, late dry, add a layer varnish and use the crackle Glaze, when crackling is done use antiquing cream to brin our the crackle and wipe back till you like result. Next protect covers using 2 layers of varnish
Some art journalling, this was a very quick page, I think the gesso took the most time lol .
This is my small Dylussions journal and I really love the paper, the only downside is that because of the binding the paint and ink leak through to other pages, and if you get the paper soaked in paints or mists the pages will tear a bit in the ends of the binding in the middle of the page. I guess putting masking take over the middle of the page will solve these problems. Anyway, here is how I made this page.
I think the media misters work better on paper if you use gesso first, that way it won;t soak into the paper immediately and you can spary some water to get some dripping and to make the colours a bit lighter.
So first gesso the pages and let dry, next play with the media misters and watermister and sequin waste, let dry and stamp the butterflies.
I painted the inside of the butteflies with gesso the get a white background, let dry and stamp the butterlfies again on the gesso, let the ink dry and use Derwent inktense pencils and waterbrush to colour the butterflies.
Next I took some background stamps and stamped around the butterflies, that's it really, so because I used a thick layer of gesso that was the part that took the most time because it needed to dry first :-)
Making background with the misters is so easy and fun to do, I guess I am addicted lol
I have altered a chocolate box, these boxes used to have chocolate letters in them and they are sorta book shaped, unfortunately they are only availabel in shops in november and december for Sinterklaas. I saved the boxes of all the leters my famely has gotten in theirs shoes (yep Sinterklaas puts prezzies in your shoe)
There are before and after pictures, so you can see what the box looked like, cuz it is a typical Dutch thing i guess lol
Andy Skinner Industrial stampset, Sizzix Thinlets mixed Media #2, Alterations embossing folder, Alterations: Elegant Flourishes, Heart Wings, Layered Wings, Tattered Florals, Vintage Cabinet Card, Mini Cabinet card, Sizzix Love Gears, Noor design gear dies.
Gesso all parts of the box inside and out , next die cut all all chipboard parts, the wings, heart flowers etc. and gesso them too.
Treat the winkgs and the top part of the heart and the tray inside the box with the Andy Skinner rust technique. The flowers and Flourishes, small hearts and gears need layers of metallic lusttres to create the metal look, some need a base layer of black paint, the small gears were made of black cardstock so just the lustres work on them.
Make a mask out of the thinlet dies and use modeling paste to make the flourishes on the left top and right bottom of the cover
Paint the outside of the box in emperors gold, let dry and add weathered wood. When dry use a puff made out of papertowel and dabb Americana acrylic in Sand, Mocha and Sadle brown in circular motion to create a marble effect.Work fast and don't put on too much paint because you want the gold to show through in the crackle.
this is the back, you can see what the effect needs to look like when finished
Next make a glaze of Tradtional burnt umber and glazing medium, add to cover and remove before completly dry using a paper towel, play with it till you like the result. next add black to the glaze and use a tooth brush (an old one ofcourse lol) to splatter some paint on the cover. Varnish when paint is dry.
use metallic lustre and a sponge to add some gold to the modeling paste flourishes
the tag can be opened and I handwrote this sentiment on the inside
the inside on the left is made using patterned papers and the right side is cardboard painted in Drift wood and sweet mint, used the Andy skinner stamps to get the aged effect and added soem text stamp
The letter are wood, also rusted with the Andy Technique. The frame is the cabinet card die the small and the big one , used several layers to create depth, and covered it in Texture Fierro.
The inside of the frame is painted in Sand and has XO's stamped on it, also used the crackle stamp by Andy Skinner to give it a crackle effect.
the hearts ar rusted wire, they where send to me by a friend, so no idea where they can be bought.
Next assemble the book and decorate the front.
Rust the wings and used red media fluid and crackle paint to paint and crackle the heart, use antiquing cream to get the crackles out and protect with triple thick gloss glaze.
Glue all die cuts to the book
try to make the side look a bit like pages using gold and traditional burnt umber paint