Friday, 7 October 2016

Make it Spooky - A Vintage Journey October challenge

Hello Everyone and Welcome
Hope you are all ok and a good week has been had by all. Today we are all set to start a new Challenge over at A Vintage Journey  and this time we have a theme that is ideal for the month of October.
Its the lovely Anne who is hosting this months challenge and Anne's chosen theme is 'Make it Spooky'! I'm sure most of you will know just how much Anne LOVES Halloween so she really is the perfect host and here's what Anne has to say:
'As we approach All Hallows Eve we want you to create a vintage, shabby, industrial, steampunk or mixed media project to celebrate the 'spookiness of Halloween. Don't limit yourself to black, orange and purple just 'Make it Spooky!'
 I confess to initially opting out of Anne's challenge theme thinking I wouldn't be able to do it any justice then I came across some styrofoam skulls and thought why not give it a go ... So for Anne's 'Make it spooky' challenge I have had a spooktacular time altering 'skellie' heads !! Each one has had a complete makeover using a range of products to give them their own unique image and personality!

So may I introduce you to the 'Skellieheads' ( left to right - Freddie, Johnny, Boris, Mozza and Spike ! (Please note:  I felt I had to tame the level of spookiness as I didn't want to scare you all away but believe me once I got started my mind was tripping over itself with some really gruesome ideas! Mwahhhh!!)
As each one wants their 'famous for five' spotlight be prepared - this is a long post!
Here's the before shot - white styrofoam skulls purchased from a commercial craft store for just 50p each. At that price it was most definitely worth the play and the fun to be had .
Now for all the makeover shots taking one 'skelliehead' at a time starting with Freddie.
He was given a coat of black gesso then covered with strips of metal tape , working the tape with fingers into all the contours and crevices of the skull. The tape was then coloured with Alcohol inks using a blending tool .
The creases that happen when applying the tape create some texture and detail

A ball tool worked around the eye sockets and teeth removes some of the alcohol ink and enhances these features.
By adding two rusty bead for eyeballs topped with silver gem dot pupils
I reckon Freddie looks kinda menacing!
Johnnys up next
He was given a coat of black gesso and then covered with gears diecut form greyboard using Tim holtz gearhead thinlit dies. Tim Holtz distress collage medium was used to adhere and seal the die cut gears.

He was spritz with Decoart Media shimmer mister, Perfect pearls and Tim Holtz distress mica spray. Silver gilding wax helps enhance the gears and his teeth
and Silver beads were used for his eyes.
So after his makeover here's Johnny
Are you ready for the next one? 
This time its Mozza. He was given a coat of white gesso and then mosaiced using Tim Holtz mosaic kit and paper from Tim holtz 'Regions Beyond 'paper pad.
Mozza was no quick makeover as each mosaic tile has to be cut and adhered before being glazed .
The glaze needs to be kept flat when drying and given that the skull is anything but flat it had to be applied to a few tiles at a time and left to dry before applying to a few more tiles ...... but as the saying goes patience is a virtue....... !

Distress ink is blended into the grout to give it a more worn appearance .
Mozza has gold bead eyeballs with rusty brown gem dot pupils and his teeth are painted with gold alcohol ink! Those empty hollow eyes are kinda freaky don't ya think ?
Hope you 're still with me .... Time for Spikes makeover .
He was given a coat of black gesso and then a generous coat of Tim Holtz grit paste.
Once dry a dry brushing of distress paint ( Black Soot and Walnut Stain) gives Spike some colour . Gold and Bronze gilding wax enhances all his texture

His eyes are bronze beads with gold gem dot pupils and his teeth are painted using bronze alcohol ink.

And last but by no means least meet the 'head' of the Skellieheads Boris
Just like the rest he was given a coat of black gesso before being covered with a very generous application of Silver Viva Decor Croco crackling medium . ( note: apply a coat of Tim Holtz distress collage medium before and after the Croco to help with adhesion .

Croco crackling is best left to air dry and the time it takes depends on the thickness pf application. Boris decided he was worth the wait and took about 36 hours. Here's a few photos of him 'cracking up' !

Boris has silver bead eyes and his teeth are painted with Black Soot distress paint. He insisted too on having a pair of headphones- he wouldn't tell me why but  between you and me I've heard he's a real wimp and is scared of all the spooky sounds the other skellieheads make so wants to drown them out with some 'tunes'! So not to upset (I hate to see a skelliehead cry) a pair of headphones were made using bottle tops, hexnuts and wire.

And here he is all cracked up and wired for sound! (Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' on a loop - mwahhhhh!)
So thats all five happy with their makeovers and all ready for their big Spooky fright night!.
Freddie, Johnny, Boris,Mozza and Spike hope you like their makeovers as much as they do and they hope too they have given you some inspiration to go create your own 'Make it Spooky' project and join us in this challenge.
Be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey (if you haven't already) where you can see a gallery of super inspiring spooky projects created by my fellow Creative Guides. 

would  would like to enter these into the following challenges 
Country View Crafts October Challenge 'All Things Spooky!'  
Simon Says Stamp- Monday Challenge - Halloween
From myself and the Skellieheads we would like to thank you greatly for stopping by today and enduring such a long post.
As always your visits, comments and follows are very much appreciated. 
So until the next time  take care and 
 don't have nightmares!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016= September - Take Two

Hello and Welcome Everyone

Some of you maybe meeting me having just seeing the first tag I have blogged  for Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016- September and for others of you it maybe your first stop by my blog today and you won't yet have seen the first tag. So for those of you who haven't seen Tag 1 here's the link and you will see the post and tag I am referring to.
So this post is all bout my take 2 version of Tim's September 2016 tag . As mentioned previously Tim's September tag and tutorial can be found here , well worth the extra click to see the master himself creating this months fabulous tag .
Following the same format as the blog post for Tag 1 here is my Tag 2 version of Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016- September this time using the other of the two stamps from the stamp set 'Evolution' .

The distress paint patina tag using the same distress paints as for Tag 1: Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, Twisted Citron, Forest Moss, Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze.  I love how you never get the same results twice even when using the same combination of colours .
The alcohol ink resist panel again using the same alcohol inks as for Tag 1 - Pitch Black, Mushroom and Stream .
and just a few close ups of all the ideology embellishments- long fasteners (hammered) mini gears and an Alpha part word - 'Remember' ! (no shrivel this time hahaha)
some film strip, eyelets, a sprocket gear, a vial sticker, remnants rubs and some stitching.
and once again here is my Tag 2 version of Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 September
Just as I always do I have thoroughly enjoyed creating both tags (tag one can be seen here). I echo the words of thanks to Tim that I express on my previous post - thanks to you Tim for providing the continual creativity and inspiration that you do - it really is priceless!

Huge thanks goes out to all of you too who have spent time with me today and endured not one but two posts . I really do appreciate it .
Look forward to seeing you all again soon but in the meantime
take care
 keep on the happy side

Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 - September Take One

Hello Everyone and Welcome

Hope you have all had a lovely weekend and are all refreshed and fully charged for the week ahead. I got to spend some of my weekend with Tim ... well ok I'm hypothetically speaking of course but hey this girl can dream !!
Yep, I've been busy creating my take on Tim's September 2016 tag and am here today to share the results of my creativity. You can see Tim's September tag and how he created it here and as ever the master of his craft Tim explains everything so well in his tutorial there really is no need for me to go into any great detail.
So here is my FIRST take on Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016- September ( Take TWO can be found here ) .
The distress paint patina tag - Distress paints used : Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, Twisted Citron, Forest Moss, Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze .
The alcohol ink resist panel - inks used : Pitch Black, Mushroom and Stream .
and just a few close ups of the ideology embellishments: long fasteners, mini gears (hammered) , remnant rub and Alpha parts. I set out using 'Documented' as my chosen Alpha part and had what I shall call 'a moment' and used heat to dry the paint!!! Needless to say there was some serious 'shrivel ' going down so have used 'This is life' instead . I think it works well though with the evolution man .
 a game spinner.,some film strip, eyelets, a star charm, a vial sticker and remnants rubs and some stitching.
Once again here is my first take on Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 September
As always big thanks to you Tim for providing the monthly creative inspiration to get inky trying out both new and old techniques . Making my monthly tag/s is something I always look forward to and this one was no exception . Can't wait for the next one !!
Thanks to you all for stopping by today there. Your visits, followers and comments are always welcome and much appreciated .
I'm heading over to Tag two now - hope you will join me there
See you again soon
Take care
and keep on the happy side

Friday, 2 September 2016

'Man in the Moon' is featured.....

Hi Everyone 

I'm back again , this time to share with you some real 'happy' news ! 
Today my 'Man in the Moon' canvas that I blogged a few weeks ago now is featured on 
I am absolutely thrilled, honoured  and incredibly humbled.
All Thanks to Seth for the feature, for appreciating my art and for creating and designing such fabulous dies  and stamps  that provide so much inspiration, without them the  'Man' would never have happened ! 

This is one very proud moment in my creative journey . 
   Thanks to you guys too for all the  positive feedback and  amazing comments you left on the  for the 'Man' .. If truth be known  I doubted  whether to blog this piece, thinking it wasn't blog worthy , holding it back for over a month before  I did So glad I threw caution to the wind and took the risk ...... 
  Have a lovely weekend everyone 

Create inside a Frame - A Vintage Journey- September 2016

HI Everyone and Welcome
How you all doing? Hope you've all had a great week and are all set to hear about our September Challenge over at A Vintage Journey. 
This month, our lovely Julia is the host and her chosen challenge theme is:
'Create Inside a Frame.'
'For this months challenge we would like you to create something inside a frame. Whatever you use show us how you have incorporated a frame in your vintage , shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial or steampunk project. We can't wait to see all of your creative frame ideas'
I'm sure you'll agree its a fabulous challenge Julia has chosen and as always there will be a random winner who will receive our Deco Art sponsor prize and 3 pinworthy winners who will be chosen by our Creative guides.

I think I must have had the last three AVJ Challenges in mind when I created my project for Julia's challenge.  I have been creative inside the framed area of a mirror using texture paste and a selection of Tim Holtz layering stencils keeping it all very monochrome! 
The frame was measured and divided into 9 sections.  The sections were cut from mount board , primed with gesso and painted using Black Soot distress paint .
Each panel was then assigned a Tim Holtz layering stencil and worked on individually applying  Ranger Transparent gloss texture paste through the chosen stencil. A lengthy process but then if  a jobs worth doing ..... 
Heres a few of the panels in their glossy state .
Silver gilding wax enhanced the stencilling and gave it a more distressed metallic appearance , whilst still retaining a slight sheen, light dependant. 
After priming and painting the mirror frame with Black Soot Distress paint the panels were positioned and adhered in place.
 The corner trims and horizontal panel dividers are Tim Holtz industrial stickers (Frames and Trims) and the vertical dividers are lengths of the outer frame of Tim Holtz Alpha Parts with  eyelets and ideology fasteners used at the points of intersection. 
Now for some close ups of the Tim Holtz layering stencilled panels beginning with
the Gothic and Lattice layering stencil
the Numeric and Harlequin layering stencil 

the Flourish Layering stencil  
the Mesh layering stencil 
and finally the Cargo and Tracks Layering stencil and as a finishing touch -a simple small talk sticker
'Be your Beautiful Self'.
   I hope  I have offered some inspiration with my 'Create in a frame' project . If you haven't already be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to view some of my fellow Creative Guides  projects - there are some fabulous creations to be seen.
We hope you will be able to join in with the challenge and as Julia says ' We can't wait  to see all your creative frame ideas! '

I would like to enter this into the following challenge: 
That Crafty's- All Square Challenge
(The mirror is square and each of the 4 corner panel's are square)  

 Thank you all for stopping by today.
As always your follows, visits and comments are much appreciated and extremely valued.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend
Take care
keep on the happy side