Friday, October 21, 2016
Hello! I have been so behind in posting my current projects to my Blog. This time of year starts getting crazy busy and doesn't seem to stop until after the New Year...SO, trying to get better about that and I am sharing my latest art journal spread with you today using lots of new The Crafter’s Workshop Mediums that are divine…as well as several stencils!
After the gesso had dried, I used several colors of blues and rose gold acrylics to lay the foundation.
I continued to add layers with darker blues, allowing drying time in between.
I used the piece of this 12×12 stencil that had a grid/receipt and some dark dye ink.
I added several layers of tissue paper and random cards with text on them over the base. Then I used the TCW White Gesso in a thin layer over most of the background. Letting some of the text read through.
After letting the Gesso dry again, I used this new Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste and I cannot say enough good things about it!!
From the super cute graphics on the label to the texture and finally the way it feels in on a palette knife. True to its’name, it is light and fluffy, and more than that, it holds it shape beautifully.
It is like a perfect meringue frosting holding its height and dimension on this stencil I thought of as a stem or vine for flowers.
I added some of the Gold Gesso to the thick Modeling Paste to use on a few of the flowers. Unfortunately, the gold didn’t transfer as well with the paste, it was more of a pale peach.
I did use the Gold in adding color around the other stenciled designs.
I continued to add layers of mist and markers, defining edges and adding shadowed lines to make the modeling paste areas pronounced.
Using the 6×6 Corncob Etching stencil and black archival ink, I stenciled small areas to add more interest around the spread.
Finally, I finished up with some white marker and a quote from Thomas Hardy that is one of my favorites. I love adding doodles around the stenciled areas, and continued to do so until I almost ran out of ink!
Here are a couple detail pictures:
Here is the final spread below. I am pleased with how it evolved after so many layers. The new TCW Mediums are amazing and all very good quality.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Hello friends! I am sharing a creation from Scrapbook Circle last month, giving a few ideas of how to get more out of your digital cut files. The September cut file is a lovely background of repeating hexagons.
I began by enlarging the scale of the cut file by about 1-1/2 times the size of the 12" file in the Silhouette software. I cut the file out of plain white cardstock and trimmed it down to about 9"x9."
I placed the misted piece where I planned to adhere it and used the piece that was cut off to trace the hexagon shapes onto the background cardstock.
I used the punch tool from an Amy Tangerine stitching kit to punch the outline of all the hexagons I traced.
I used 3 different colors of embroidery thread, from light to dark, to stitch the hexagons I traced.
I used the negative pieces punched out of the Cut File, to add dimension to the background. Using Distress Ink I added some color to a few of the hexagon pieces.
I used dimensional adhesive to adhere the photo to the misted cut file background. I also used dimensional adhesive to add the inked pieces to the background, corresponding to the pattern.
A few pieces of the Pinkfresh Studio 6x6 patterned paper were added behind a couple of the hexagonal openings.
I love the way this layout developed, using one piece as a tool and inspiring the pattern it became. I hope this inspires you to take a different look at your die cut backgrounds. They can be used in so many ways, only limited to your imagination!
Thanks or stopping by the Blog and I hope you have an amazing day!