Sunday, June 27, 2010

Resin Canvas

I've had a lot of fun this weekend experimenting with a technique that I have found on Linda Baldocks blog - 'Ecclectic Visions of an Altered Journey'. Linda came to Perth in May and I was too slow to book in to one of her workshops, held at Scraptivate in Joondanna. Linda paints on the reverse side of the canvas and then arranges different objects on the inner part of the canvas which becomes a reservoir for the resin.

'MoonFlower' was my first attempt at this technique. While this is a very stereopypical design, I was more interested in the process rather than the final product. I was lucky to find some very small iridescent stars which I have scattered over the background which really 'twinkle' in the changing light. I will also add something to the border later on. At this point in time, I've looked at this project long enough and need a break to come back at it with fresh ideas at a later date

More ATC's

I had a lot of fun with this ATC 'Peep'.
I have used a scrunched tissue background sprayed with Graphite Glimmer Mist, grunge paper through the Cuttlebug to create a 'wooden' look and coloured the stamp, (from Cherry Pie)so that the 'voyeur' seems to be looking back at the observer.

For Biblical, I have used Ranger Distress crackle paint in 'Dried Marigold'on black cardstock. Once this has dried, I have scraped off some of the paint to distress it further. The effect at the top is Tyvek film. This product comes in three weights; heavy, medium and light. A verstaile product, it can be stitched, painted, inked etc, before you rub over it with an iron to get it to shrink and bubble. I have used pearlescent liquid acrylic paints to colour the film first, before ironing it between two sheets of baking paper. Varying the pressure of the iron, determines the size of the bubbles in the end product.

Until next time .........................Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Masking Tape

Masking tape has the great quality of tearing in irregular shapes. For the background of both these ATC's I have used masking tape, torn into strips and placed onto background card, before using the 'Credit Card' technique to scrape the paint over the top. This has left darker patches in the background where I have stuck one layer of masking tape over another to develop crevices. The raised levels have then been highlighted by the credit card, with less paint being scraped over the top layers. The mesh under the picture to 'Icon', I have treated with the naked flame of a candle. You need to be careful during this process, as sometimes the mesh can ignite. (If your full of hot wind, like me, you should have no trouble in blowing it out.) This melts the outer layer into irregular shapes. Watch your fingers in this process!!
With 'All things Vin', I have used a toothbrush dipped in copper paint, to create the 'splattered' effect in the background and lightly sanded the picture of 'Vin' to create an aged patina.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ecclectic Taste

If there is one thing I love about the various art and craft styles and mediums, it is that they appeal to a vast range of audiences. This ecclection manefests in many aspect of my life, including music, Movies, clothing, as well as the art that I produce. Some of what I do can seem quite innocuous and other parts can seem dark and moody. This variation in emotion is what I love about art.

Gollum: I had a lot of fun with this picture. Creating the three dimensional quality to his fingers and trying to capture the luminescent quality of his eyes seemed to work in this background.

Reach: I have used this classic biblical image on Shrink Film and used one of my favourite Michelle Ward stamps on the background to emulate the era this image was painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Tomorrow is Monday. (Work is a four letter word in any vocabulary, but it pays the bills!!)
Sonia : -)