Afternoon all, I hope its nice and sunny where you are, coz its wet and miserable here today. But at least that means I can spend time in my craft room. 👍
For todays make I would like to share a couple of altered notebooks, in a bit of a vintage / steampunk style.
I started out by removing the back and front covers of the notebooks and used a stencil and texture paste to create a raise design, before painting with starlight paints to add colour and a shimmer.
After die cutting some cogs, clocks, locks and hinges, I painted them black and lightly rubbed over some of them with gold gilding wax to give the effect of metal. On the others I used red and gold acrylic paint, stippling it on to produce a rusty look.
These were then arranged on the notebooks with some chipboard nuts and bolts which I had painted in the same way.
Finally I stamped and embossed some words, teared around them, inked the edges and glued them in place.
The back covers were also stenciled and painted in the same way, although I have not taken any pictures to show you.
I reassembled the notebooks and Voila there you have them, finished.
I'm going to enter them into a couple of challenges:
As I can't go on holiday this summer, I decided to cheer myself up by making this ocean themed canvas.
To start I used some sea life stencils on an 8x8 canvas, glued some cheesecloth strips and then mixed up some luscious powders by IndigoBlu with water in spray bottles and spritzed blue and green down the left and sandy gold across the right.
Whilst the canvas was drying I gessoed some chipboard shapes, shells and various other embellishments, then sprayed them with the same colours as the canvas.
Extra texture was created by adding some sand and balls, along with beads, gems and some string.
A nice sentiment was stamped and embossed, then spritzed with the colour sprays and finally I used gold gilding wax and some sparkly gems.
Good evening, I would like to share one of my mixed media wall hangings with you.
I started by covering a canvas board with a couple of layers of patterned papers from the Blissful Cotton pad by Anna marie designs. I distressed and inked the edges before layering them up.
I found some lovely hessian and lace ribbon in my crafty stash, so added a piece across the middle.
I painted some chipboard pieces, a frame and a couple of swirly corners and used them to build up a little arrangement along with some silk and paper flowers.
I made a small heart out of UTEE and added that to the frame.
Finally I stamped a beautiful sentiment from Inkylicious, tore it out and inked the edges to match the backing papers. After adding a few pearl embellishments, I splattered the whole canvas with white paint, a quick mist of gold glint spray and then lightly rubbed over the edges with gold gilding wax.
So that it could easily be hung up, I used my Cropadile to punch 2 holes and threaded some jute string through them.
Et voila ! Finished !
I hope you like it and perhaps I've inspired you to have a go yourself. If so Please leave me a link to your blog or facebook, in the comments, so I can come and take a look.
The time finally came when my daughter decided she was too old for her fairytale bedroom. Oh no!! I couldn't bear to paint over all my lovely art, so we compromised and I just wallpapered over it instead. No one can see it anymore, but I know its still under there.
From this ... fairytale
Parisian chic in silver and grey.
It's finished now with new bedding, furniture and curtains, but I haven't got a picture.
It looked lovely and definately more suitable for a young teenager, unfortunately it doesn't look very chic now she's lived in it for a week or two. Anyone with teenagers will know, there's clothes and make up all over the place.
I'm going to go and do a bit more painting, but not decorating. I've got a few smaller projects on the go, like these fairy doors and toadstool houses.