Friday, April 25, 2014

just some coloring

hi all

haven't been doing much projects lately, I do have some ideas, now I just need more time LOL

anyway I did do a lot of colouring so thought to just show you just the coloured images that haven't made it into a project yet.  All images are Rick St. Dennis Digi stamps

some fantasy stuff, the Crazy Queen of Hearts and Malificent, and the Insane Hatter

I did some mermaids which I really loved colouring and it's nice to colour some non creepy stuff every now and then you can find all these mermaids and some more here

then there were some cute monsters,you can find these and a lot other cute monsters here

 an easter bunny (yeah I know a bit late) but in case you need one he is here
 the good old scary stuff LOL , meet Chaos
 and zombie trojan (for some reason he is not in the store, but maybe one day)

 Glinda the good I love the ways she looks, I coloured her using my Derwent pencils, less bright but seems to fit the image perfectly
 a Pierrot  called Etoile (love his suit, colouring all the folds in his suit was so fun)

Most of these images are also available in Rick's etsy here. And for the rubber lovers, Malificent, and fwiver will be in rubber soon, at I Brake for Stamps, (there will be a lot more RSD images available in rubber there soon)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Macabre Monday # 187 Working in the lab, late one night....

Time for another challenge at Haunted Design House, this fortnight the theme is:

 WORKING IN THE LAB, LATE ONE NIGHT - mad scientist, rats, beekers, experiments gone wrong

:-) experiments gone wrong is my specialty LOL, you guys will never know how many of my experiments go wrong :-) (sssshhhh don't tell anyone)

To play safe this time I thought to keep it simple, hope you like

I guess the senti is true, LOL  I found it on the internet. I don't kow what the scientist was aiming for, but I think it's not what he expected it to be. On the other side two heads are handy I guess, always someone to talk to and twice the amount of voices in the the teeth though

 Background is a gelli print using DecoArts Americana acrylics  (Bright yellow, Spiced pumpkin, Dragon fruit)

The Gemini digi is from Declicious Doodles (it's part of the horrorscoop series, my son is Gemini and this is finally a Zodiac sign he likes ).

The Mad Scientist is a Smeared Ink digi, he is sooooo funny. both digis are coloured using Derwent coloursoft pencils.

Also check out my fellow Minions project on their blogs and on the hdh blog, hope to see you in the challenge

I will enter the following challenges

Monday, April 7, 2014

Macabre Monday # 186 Steampunk Junk

The new challenge at Haunted Design House is all about Steampunk Junk, so another steampunk project for me. The junk part is a water gun, cuz Steampunkify a gun was on my "To Try List"for ages. I really wanted to use a Nerf gun, but my son wouldn't let me.......after seeing what I made of the water gun, he chamged his mind LOL. So maybe someday .....

here the finished water gun

DecoArt products used:
 Acrylic Gesso and Primer Sealer
Dazzling Metalics: Copper, Shimmering Silver, Venetian Gold
Americana Acrylic Lamp Black
Duraclear matte varnish

you also need a silver metallic spray paint, sanding paper and of course a toy gun

first sand the gun and clean it, add the Primer Sealer, let dry and Gesso the gun,

use the metallic silver spray paint (outside, I put the gun in a box first so there wouldn't be any paint on places you don't want the paint to be LOL). Spray several layers but let dry in between.

when dry, use the Dazzling in copper and venetion gold to paint some of the parts of the gun, see pic above

When dry use the Americana Acrylic lamp black to paint the rest of the gun, leaving the watertanks silver.

Let dry again. Next step is to age the gun I used lamp black on the silver parts and shimmering silver on the black parts. Add paint and let dry a bit and wipe away using a baby towel and kitchen towel. You just have to experiment a bit to see what works best. Dabbing with the kitchentowel after using a baby whipe worked best for me

Hope it looks like a Steampunk Gun now,  anyway, my follow Minions have some awesome steampunk stuff for you, go check out their bloggies.  Can't wait to see what you all make to enter the challenge

I will enter this in the following challenges:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

altered steampunk bottles

Hi all,

First some exciting news, the Rick St. Dennis Challenges will be back again starting May first, see all details, bout rules, freebies and prizes here. First theme is Steampunk so here some inspiration for you :-)

next exciting thing is,
 I have been working on some altered bottles, Rick suggested I'd do some bottles, and drew me some labels to go with, and allthough bottles are fun to play with it is pretty hard to paint a them. I had some special texture DecoArt products in my stash some of them were specially made for use on glass. Problem was I had never used it before so I wasn't sure how tings would turn out.

Therefor I thought to work on 3 different bottles at the same time and see which one turned out best to submit to Just Steampunk Magazine vol. 5.

It took some drying time and sometimes I had to change plan a bit, but I really like them all, they are all different but I think they all look good so I submited them all to the magazine and they will all be published :-) in Volume 5 of Just Steampunk magazine, it will be in shops at Scott Publications in August.
 I will try to explain what I did in this post. First some pics

supply list:

DecoArt products used:
Americana Decoupage , Elegant Finish Metallics in : Reinassance Brown, Emperors Gold. Texture Fierro in Iron Black and Green Gold. Metallic Lustres in: Iced Espresso, Black Shimmer, Silver Spark. Dura Clear Matte Varnish, Americana Acrylics in Hauser Light Green, Traditiona burnt umber, Decoart Gloss Enamels in Indian Turquoise. Texture glass, Glazing medium.

Tim Holtz embossing folders : Diamond plate and Riveted metal, black cardstock, Silver Metallic spray paint,white glue, kinder toververf, brown cardstock, versamark embossing ink, clear embossing powder, plastic frame, decoration material from hardware store (wire, bolts, nuts etc), a piece of net. Peacock feather. Some broken jewelry and charms, plastic skull, beads, hat pin, glue, Distress ink: Walnt Stain, Broken china, Mustard seed. And the most important thing BOTTLES (any bottle you like will do, just clean them very well before you start)
 how to
I worked on all bottles at the same time because there is some drying time involved here and when one bottle is drying you can start with the next. I will explain bottle for bottle, otherwise things will be very confusing. So here is bottle 1

pic above is a before and after pic, just so you can see what I started with and how it turned out.

First remove any original lables on this bottle,  and clean it
Apply the Glas texture (use a palette knife andto create some texture), this will dry clear and can be painted using acrylic paint. I use gloss enamel Indian Turqoise because I don't have the colour in acrylic, but that would have worked too. when painted let dry and put a layer matte varnish on and let dry. Next add glazes using emprerors gold and the tratiotonal burnt umber (I colour at a time and let dry in between, you will have to wipe away some of the glaze to rubb it into the texture) When the glazs are dry add another layer of Matte Varnish on to protect the painting.

The stopper is the orignal cork decorated with some clock pieces and bolts, beads and a hat pin to keep them all together. 

The label, a Rick St.Dennis Digi is coloured using distress ink, (broken china and mustard seed) to age it use versamark embossing ink and clear embossing powder. Use at least 3 layers of embossing powder (melt in between each layer) and put it in the freeze for 10 minutes, get it out and break the embossing powder, use dome distress ink to rubb into the cracks.

Use foam tape to add it to the bottle, decorate using wire, clock parts and bolts ( age all decorations with metallic lusters)

Bottle 2   (see pic below for before and after)

Remove the cork complete with the iron piece that closes it, remove labels and cover the bottle with a layer of decoupage and let dry.
add the Texture Fierro (black first) using a palette knife (make sure the holes where the iron piece goes stay open) let dry.

Use an old paint brush to dabb some of the green gold Texture Fierro on, let dry and use Reinassance Brown  Elegant finishes to age the bottle, just dabb some on random spots very carefully. When dry use the net to wrap the bottle (attache it to the bottle neck and tie it on the back of the bottle) Decorate using the charms. Put the cork back on the bottle  with the iron part, Age the cork using Metallic lustress and add some bolts ad the skull (also lustre those )

The label is a Rick St. Dennis digi, coloured using pencils,  cut a label using the brown cardstock, add the coloured digi and use some walnut stain to age the label, attache it to the iron part of the cork.
Cut out another coloured RSD digi label and make sure it fits the frame, use some distress to age that image aswell befor you put it in the frame. Attache the frame to the bottle using a chain.

Bottle 3

ok this isn't a real bottle it's an oil lamp LOL see pic below
but now it is an Absinthe bottle 
Remove the cap and the fuse, the iron ring can't be removed but the part that held the fuse can be screwed off (to till with lampoil, but I used paint LOL)

This is the hardest one to paint cause it's painted from the inside and that is har to control.

Start with a mix of white glue and water (50/50) and add Hauser Light Green for colour, poor this in the bottle and twirl till the paint is all over the inside of the bottle (the paint will drop to the bottom of the bottle after a while when you put it aside, just repeat the twirling part till you like the result, poor the rest of the mix out of the bottle and let dry.
Next layer is the silver metallic spray paint (spray  the paint in a plastic cup and poor it in the bottle and twirl again, this will stick much easier than the first layer) Last layer is the green paint it's a waterbased paint for kids, called magic paint, it takes a while to dry and it has some gold shimmer in it, poor in the botte and cover the whole inside till you bottle look like mine. Let dry.

color  the Rick St. Dennis label and mat it to black cardstock, cut a black cardstock strip to go around the bottle (emboss first, and use metallic lustres to give it a metal look) add it to the bottle and then add the label

see the back of the bottle

add an embossed piece of cardstock to the cap aswell (metallic lustre for metal look) and decorate the bottle using a chain and some charms (I use fairies cuz Absinth is also known as the Green Fairy)

that's it if you have questions please let me know

I will enter the bottles in the following challenges; my fav technique is painting bottles