Saturday, January 21

A Sea Dragon goes to Creativation 2017!


Today, I want to share my Sea Dragon I made for Creativation 2017 for Buttons Galore and More! I can't tell you how exciting it is for me to be asked to create for Creativation!! WOW!!

I am going to run through how I did this mainly through photos, so there will be a lot of photos - maybe grab a cuppa to look through these :)

I started with a 12x14 canvas, and this will give you an idea of how I created my ocean background. 







And here we are underwater looking upward towards the surface....


Next, I sketched out my sea dragon and cut it out of patterned paper and a solid purple. 




Details are sketched and doodled in...


Time for adding the buttons from this wonderful mix, aren't those colors gorgeous?



Details of the buttons, beads and sequins used to add dimension to the dragon.






Painting details....




Sea Dragon


Thanks for stopping by, and please, if you have any questions, ask! 
I had so much fun imagining and creating my canvas. Thank you Buttons Galore for asking me to do a project for Creativation 2017!





Monday, January 16

Simon Says Chill Out!




Hello Monday! We have a fun theme for you this week - Chill Out! With more snow on the horizon, the obvious idea for chilling out is winter and snow, but I headed out into the chilly reaches of space instead. 
When I saw the Carta Bella Space Academy line, I knew where I wanted to head with our theme. I had some different ideas, but when I thought about altering notebooks, I knew that was it.


I purchased a lined and graph notebook on sale, then covered them front, back and inside with the patterned papers. There are so many fun designs in this set, and some remind me of the old TV shows like The Jetsons and Lost in Space. Anyone remember those?


Time to stencil and since I wanted my grey a bit darker, I mixed it with black, then stenciled around the edges. 
TIP: when stenciling with paint, put a bit of paint on a craft sheet or palette, then using your dabber or sponge, touch it to the paint, then dab it off several times. This way you only have a tiny bit of paint on the sponge when you go to stencil and it will stay in the design. This is one of those times when less is more!


 I used a mix of circle and square shapes to stencil the notebooks and used several colors to layer the stenciled designs. 


A bit of stenciling detail, and as you can see, I later went in and doodled around some of the shapes.



I like to chill out with a bit of journaling and designing...


I decided to make matching bookmarks too. 





Are you ready to head out into the chilly regions of space and start exploring yet?


I'll see you out there!


I hope you have enjoyed my space themed take on "Chill Out." I hope you will join us in the challenge, and now I am wondering how you will interpret our theme this week!

Each week, Simon Says Stamp offers a generous $50 voucher to one lucky participant! 

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Head on over to the Monday challenge and check out how all the DT members are chilling out this week! I know you will get inspired!





Sunday, January 15

Blast to the Past: Revisiting My Favorite Steampunk Challenges


This month at Sandee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges, DT members are choosing three of our favorite projects over the years, and we ask you to share your one favorite steampunk/industrial project of 2016 with us too! It doesn't have to have been previously entered into SASPC, but it can be - whatever your favorite one is! 

I LOVE steampunk! (just in case you hadn't noticed ;) When it comes to steampunk, my imagination can run wild and start to tell stories. Most of my favorites have a story attached to them which you can read about in the posts. So, I found it was really, really difficult to choose my three favorite projects, but choose I did! Links are included back to the original posts.

May 1, 2015

I think I was amazed at the transformation from plain old black rubber googles, to these "metallic" beauties, and can imagine putting these on as I head to my airship!


May 15, 2016

This piece probably emerged out of a conglomeration of Science Fiction books I've read. I was imagining these time waves in space, that could be ridden on giant fish! Talk about, right!


June 15, 2016

I don't know why, but I am fascinated with Kraken! I had been reading a lot of steampunk fiction with kraken creatures playing a role in them, and for some reason, I was also inspired for several months by the undersea realm.


I hope you've enjoyed this bit of time travel into the past! 
I hope you link up with us at SASPC with your favorite steampunk/industrial project of 2016!


Thank you to our awesome sponsors who help us keep the gears turning!! 

        








Friday, January 13

DecoArt DT Celebrating the Love!


I am celebrating being part of the DecoArt Mixed Media DT with these Valentine ATC's to "show the love!" 

I started by painting my pieces of cardboard with  DecoArt White Gesso.


Next step was to add in some texture with the Baroque stencil and Modeling Paste.


Now, pink is not a color I reach for very often, so I am working outside of my color comfort zone with my ATC's. Since I did not have pink on hand in the fluid acrylics, I mixed Quinacridone Magenta with the Tinting Base to make my own. 


Then, I mixed it a bit darker, and dry brushed it over the embossed areas and a bit on the flat area too. 


Next, I took the Made to Measure stencil and Prussian Blue Hue and dabbed in the "14" with a sponge.


Since I felt like I needed more on the background, I also used the stencil for the X's and dabbed in the Quinacridone Gold.


A bit of doodling with a black and white pen...


Now, time to seal that bottom layer with the Ultra Matte Varnish.


DecoArt Clear Crackle Glaze goes on next, and time to set them aside to dry. (of course they were laid out separately to dry! :)


While the bases were drying, I made a template and cut the hearts out of felt and added some fun detail with embroidery thread, buttons, fiber and some coffee dyed lace.



Crackle is now dry - look at that wonderful texture!


Time to experiment, so I went in with three different mediums to work into the cracks - Patina Green Antiquing Cream, Pyrrole Red, and Black Shimmer Metallic Lustre.


I wanted the embossed area to be more visible, so I went back in with the Black Shimmer.


And here they are after adding in some music paper, metal, words and hearts made out of my paper I work on.  




Closeup of the embossing and crackle...


I had a lot of fun making my Valentine ATC's experimenting with a number of different DecoArt mediums.


And here is a quick glimpse of the other supplies I used to create my project.


Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have enjoyed the process I shared making my Valentine ATC's using DecoArt!

2017 is going to be a very creative year!!




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