Saturday, 24 June 2017

A Couple of Oxide Tags

Created the background with the distress oxides. Seth border stamps and my new steampunk man stamped in timber brown stazon and then an Andy Skinner stamp lightly stamped in the background.

And more or less the same with this one. Seth border stamp, Andy skinner main images and background stamp all stamped in timber brown stazon.

And the pair side by side.


Had a little play to make this little character. The background was already there. I'm guessing it was excess paint from another project.

Hearts and Cherubs

Yesterday I made some moulds from clay from my new Prima set. Poured ivory Powertex over the mdf heart, set the clay piece in, added some sand balls and cotton scrim and then sprayed with yellow bister to create the crackle with a hairdryer.

I used gold and green pigments to bring out some of the textures.

And in complete contrast, I applied modelling paste through a stencil and when dry, painted the heart with rouge chalky finish paint and hi-lighted the stencilling with black metalic lustre.

I painted the cherub with black chalky paint, added a layer of grey antiquing cream and wiped back.

The same, but completely different!!!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Quick Tag Play

Black gesso and then lots of different DecoArt media paints until I was happy with the colour. Texture sand paste around the edges.

Stamped my new steampunk man and hi-lighted in white posca pen.

White tinting base, followed by a couple of coats of chalky paint and some hair clay to act as a resist, then a layer of purple media paint and wiped back.

Stamped the skull, whited it out and over stamped. Stamped the words and used a white posca pen to hi-light and I also whitened the teeth too!!!

All products are from the DecoArt range.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

6 x 6 & Tag

I muted down some of the background page that I created yesterday by brayering over with a wash of titan buff media paint.  Then using a toothbrush, I spritzed and flicked the rest of the paint. I used a couple of T!m Holtz stamps in timber brown stazon, a dog from the paper dolls Idea-ology pack and whizzed around the outside with the sewing machine. It measures 6" x 6".

And another tag with a Stampotique figure, an Idea-ology dog and again more machine stitching around the edges.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Explore Everything Tag

Ooooh it's been, and still is, so hot today. I was urging to do something but I really was so hot and bothered, however I did manage this tag using Seth's stamps and dies and distress oxides. I finally cracked open the fossilized amber! The good thing is, it's great weather to get a decent photo!

Fathers Day Cards

A couple of quick fathers day cards, one for Martin's dad and one for mine.  This is actually red, but looks pink and is from a gelli print page with a stamped Stampotique figure.

This one is for my dad and has bits of TH idea-ology and other findings on it.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Cherub Canvas

So I watched this video posted on FB and just had to have a go. Quite pleased with how it turned out for a first go, but next time I need to be more generous with the powertex.

Close up of the fab crackle with the ivory powertex and the bisters.

I used kitchen roll to frame the picture and added in a little powertex cherub and some small wooden hearts.

Powertex Statue

I felt the need to make another Powertex statue this weekend after seeing a few adverts for classes pop up on my FB timeline. 

I just took a few photos of the finished piece and placed them in different places around the garden.

This is probably my favourite place and it also appears to show up the dry brushing the best.

Love how the material twisted at the back.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Shrine using T!m's house die

I decided to try and make some moulds from the wooden wings I'd order recently and then I put some clay in them and they turned out okay. As they are only very thin they didn't take very long to dry and I also put them out in the sun. The shrine shape is actually the bigger of T!m's houses with a panel cut out the front. I used DecoArt products to decorate it and all the embellishments.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Stone Art - Layers and Layers

Roughed up a circular piece of polystyrene.

Started to build up the layers. After the initial layer of Stoneart I added yellow powertex and using used Stoneart added another layer.

Once I was happy with the Stoneart layers, I added sprays of bisters in yellow, brown and green.

From the front after the bisters had been sprayed.

Next I coloured the pieces of clay. The flowers were made with the new daisies Powertex mould and the cherub is also from the Powertex range. I picked them both up last weekend at Pramoda Gifts who are stockists of Powertex products.

And this is sort of where they are going to go.

From the above photo I thought the piece needed more yellow for a more rustic stone effect, so went back in and added some more before I fixed the clay pieces on also with Powertex.

Really love how it's turned out using a mix of the Powertex and bisters to build up the layers in-between the Stoneart.

So funny how it completely changes when in a different light.

Would love to take a photo outside but we've been spoilt the last couple of days and today it's raining and grey and Stoneart isn't waterproof!


Finally got to take a photo outside.


I entered a Powertex competition with this piece and won this below, which was made by Tracey Evans, from Powertex UK.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Fiorella - Little Flower

Last weekend when I went to my mosiac workshop at Pramoda Gifts, Marina very kindly let me look through her Powertex books.

One of the books had a lovely figure in it and all I could really remember is that it was green. Phill very kindly described it to me so I thought I'd give it a go.

So first of all I made some air dry clay heads from moulds. On the bottom two heads I actually added clay to the back and rounded them off so they were 3d and not flat.

I set to making a couple of figures. The one on the left is made from a wire armature and then padded out with tin foil and covered in masking tape. The one on the left is primarily made from a piece of polystyrene and then some tinfoil at the bottom to create the lower body shape. I fixed the one on the left onto a wooden meat hammer, but I sawed the handle in half and stuck the other half onto a piece of wood to create the right hand base.

To create some texture, I mixed up some Powertex and Stone Art to make some clay. Then randomly spread it over the two figures and put it outside in the sunshine to dry.

Once dry I gave them both a coat of bronze Powertex, I applied it with a paintbrush as I didn't want to absolutely soak it. I set it aside for a few minutes and then sprinkled the Stone Art on the top and just kept turning it and sprinkling and let the excess drop off. Once I'd gone around the whole figure I lightly rubbed in the Stone Art, rubbed off the excess and left them to dry overnight.

This morning I took them outside and brushed off the excess with a paintbrush and you can see the lovely texture it has left.

They are now ready for the heads to be put on and the next stage.

Heads attached and Powercotton added for yet more textures.

Another layer of bronze Powertex and back in the airing cupboard to dry as it was way too windy today to put them outside.

Totally dried this morning, but I feared I'd made a grave mistake giving them a coat of Powertex, I wasn't really that happy with them at all.

Anyhow I persevered, I coloured the left hand one with the red power colour pigment. I didn't dry brush as I wanted to cover most of the figure. And the right one has a mix of power pigment green and moss green and from the primary elements pigment range, moss agate.

Next I dry brushed them with the rich gold and the bronze gold pigments.

Rich gold against the greens, however unfortunately you can't really see it.

And I used the bronze gold with the red, but again, you can't really see it.

So I brought them back inside in the hope that you can see the colours better.

And now I really love how they have both turned out, just wish I could get a better photo to reflect the colours.

And finally the reason for the post title, this is what the figure is titled in the book. The book is written in another language and apparetly 'Fiorella' is Italian and it's a girls name. When translated it means 'little flower', so I wanted to share with you my two little flowers.

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