Sunday, June 19, 2016

Time waits for no man

Hi all,  back again from my vacation in USA and I had a great time, meeting friends and seeing so many beautiful things. I did miss my craftroom a bit tho,  life has been a bit busy last week an a half since I've been back, plus a nice jet lag to deal with the first few days. I did want to enter Andy Skinners Time challenge so started yesterday evening on a last minute project. It was kind of a struggle cuz things never work the way you imagined them, but made it on time :-)

Ok here the products used, all Deco Art ofcourse, I love there paints and mediums :-)

Americana Matte Varnish, Americana Acrylic paint in Lamp Black and True Red. Americana Decou-page matte, Deco Art Media Carckle paste, Deco Art Media Texture Sand and Gesso, Deco Art Media fluid acrylics in Quinacridone Gold (love the paint, hate the name, breaks my tongue lol), Cobalt Teal Hue, Carbon Blac, Burnt Umber.  Deco Art Media antiguing cream in carbon black.  Americana Weathered Wood.

I found the hourglass last Friday in a shop called Hema  (Dutch shop that sometimes has real cool stuff) it was on sale for 1 euro :-)   but ofcourse brand new and shiny. Fixed that..., using a mix of Decoupage and burnt umber acrrylic fluid and a bit water, used soe quin gold for accents, I think it turned out great, was an experiment LOL, any way it started out like this
and now I altered it into this ;-)

The skulls are palstic beads and I put them on the sticks (the ones you use for plants in the garden if they need support no idea what they are called) and gessoed them and rusted them.

The circle parts they are attached too are made of a cardboard box, just cut out a circle shape and some cardstock circles to do the painting and stamping on the cover the cardboard

They are duble sided ofcourse because both sides are visable and because you have to turn the hourglass, the bottom part needs to be the same as the top :-)

I used weathered wood and crarckle paste to get the aged effect . the All Seeing Eye (my fave stamp of the Curiosity set) was stamped using Archival jet black ink , the other side is a clear stamp of a clock, no idea what brand it is.

The glueing everything togehter was a bit hard but it worked :-)  I like the result anyway.

I will enter this in the following challenges: I went LOC

Monday, May 23, 2016

Haunted Design House Evil Returns

Evil Returns, it;s been a while since we minions posted on the HDH blog, but seems we are back, well for this post anyway........

just a quickie, a book box

Deco Art products used, Metallic Lustres in black shimmer , silver spark and Iced Espresso, Gold Rush. Deco Art Media Gesso. Deco Art Paper effrects in metallic copper. Deco Art Americana acrylics in Hauser dark green, Celery green, Navy Blue, Lamp Black, Saffron Yellow, Grey Sky

this is was a chocolate box turned into a shadow  box, the cover is an embossing folder and the back it metal foil tape, on the inside some stenceling and stampng

I used it as a birthday card for a teen boy, he liked it a lot

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Plague Triptych

My DT project for Rick St.dennis combined with the Andy Skinner class in Wanderlust, Stamping in modeling paste (is much harder than you think) .

Products used:  Deco Art Media fluid Acrylics in :Pyrole Red, Cobalt Teal Hue, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Prussian Blue, Quinacridone gold, Paynes Grey, Primary Yellow.  Deco Art Media Antiquing cream in Carbon Black. Deco Art Media Matte MediumDeco Art Media Tinting base and Crakle paint, Deco Art Media  Modeling Paste, Deco Art Media Gesso, Deco Art Media  Crackle Glaze, and  Matte Varnish Deco Art Americana Weathered wood, Deco Art Americana acrylics in Traditional Burnt Umber, Antique White and Deco Art Dazzling Metallics in Venetian Gold. Deco Art Metallic Lustres in Black Shimmer and Copper Kettle.
 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.

Monday, May 9, 2016

travel journal

I had bought a new sketch book to use as travel journal for our vacation in USA , the book had blank canvas covers so I used Deco Art prosucts to decorate them

Products used:
 Deco Art Traditionsartist acrylics in : Phthalo Blue, Carbon Black, Opaque White, Naphtol Red.
Deco Art Traditons Satin Vasnish, Deco Art Media Crackle Glaze, Gesso, Antiquiging cream in Raw Umber. Deco Art Glas paint marker in Red, Deco Art stencils Andy Skinner, have yuor say and Industrial Elements. Deco Art American Tribute amd Urban Ink : pride

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

Flutterby Wishes

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

Monday, April 25, 2016

steampunk board book part 4 and 5

I was working on a childrens board book a while ago and I didn't get to finish the last 2 pages till now :-)  so here they both are, links to the video how I made them  below

DECO ART products used: Media shimmer mister in turquoise, Media Gesso, Media Crackle paste, Media Matte Medium. Dazzling Metallics in Copper and Emperors gold, Americana Stencil pixilated. Digital image Atlantide by Rick St. dennis and Rubberstamps Haunted Places set 1 by Rick St.dennis and Dylusions stamps

DECO ART products used: Media misters in : Primary Yellow, Purple, Primary Magenta, Primary Cyan, Yellow Green, Shimmer mister White. Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics in Raw Sienna  Deco Art glass paintmarkers in Black and Green. Media Crackle Paste, Antiquing Cream in Patina Green, Americana acrylic in Lampblack. Deco Art Matte Medium,  Media Gesso, Matte varnish. Digital Image Steampunk Turtle by Rick St.dennis, Gears stamp by Noor design. Alterations die Branche Tree

 Watch the how to video here

Check the how to video here

here the other pages of the book

the cover  (and video how to make the book and the cover here)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Altered chocolate box

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

 front of the book 

Inside of the book

Deco Art Media fluid acrylics in : Cobalt Turquoise hue, Quinacridome gold, Transparent yellow Iron Oxide, English Red Oxide, Paynes Grey, Pyrrole Red.
Antiquing cream in Carbon Black, Gesso, Matte Varnish.Deco Art Media Texture Sand paste,  Deco art Media Crackle paint and  Modeling Paste in black, Americana Weathered wood crackle medium, Americana acrylics in : Sand, Sable Brown, Mocha, Lamp Black, Traditional Burnt Umber, Sweet Mint, Snow White, Driftwood, Glazing Meium. Triple Thick Gloss Glaze, Elegant Finish Metallic Paint in Emperors Gold, Texture Fierro in Iron Black, Deco Art Metallic Lusttres in Iced Espresso, Gold Rush, Radiant Red, Copper Kettle, and Black Shimmer .
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 

I will enter this in the Dare to Create Skinzapfel challenge on facebook here: