Friday, 9 August 2013

Gillian Simson {Special 10th Birthday Post}

Hi everyone, tonight we have a treat from our own blog administrator, Gillian. She loves the Sara Naumann Journalling stamps, and so she has whipped up a great project combining all sorts of ideas to make this fantastic wall hanging thingy. What do you call it?? I don;t know, but it would look great on MY wall anytime!! Here she is...

A change of role for me tonight on the PaperArtsy blog. I was delighted (obviously) to be included in the 10th Birthday celebrations happening every night throughout the month of August. Anyone who knows me that my most fave substrate to create with is the Paper Mache Hanging Boards. Time to dig out the supplies and go make art!

I started out by covering the hanging board with Chocolate Pudding which I applied with a piece of Cut N Dry foam, I applied two layers to give a deeper coverage, as its a semi-opaque, 2 coats will give better coverage.
I then applied Crackle Glaze, again using Cut N Dry as I wanted the crackle to be finer, if applied with a brush you would achieve a bigger crackle effect.
For my top layer (the one which will crack instantly as the paint dries) I applied Stone Fresco Paint, again dabbing with a piece of Cut N Dry foam. {I forgot to take a pic at this stage ... can you tell I've been out of the crafting loop?}. 
You can see from this picture of the edge of the hanging board the crackle effect once the Stone paint has dried. Remember, when you apply the top coat with foam (vs a brush) you tend to get fine, round even cracks. It pays to have plenty of paint to hand, as you do need to be generous with the coat of paint you apply over the crackle glaze. The thicker the paint, the bigger the cracks. If you need a reminder of how to do this, watch Leandra's video.



Next I inked up a piece of white, card-coated chipboard with Distress Ink (Vintage Photo).
Before adding the stamping I spritzed some water to give a bleached effect to the background, then dried with a heat gun. {Distress ink is a non-stable ink, which means when you add water drops to it like this , the water instantly dilutes the ink, lifting it off the paper} You achieve a similar effect with any other ink by flicking bleach onto the ink.
I then stamped images from ESN02 and ESN06 using Archival Ink Jet Black, I also used Distress Ink (Walnut Stain) to stamp Mini 56 onto the background, the edges were then inked with the same colour.
ESN02
ESN06
MN56
Using a manilla tag which was coloured using Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), I then stamped the script image from ESN02 ....
.... which was then torn and the edges inked with Walnut Stain. Next I stamped the saying from ESN07  and cut into seperate words.
I also stamped the saying from ESN02 "The Story Of Me"  using the above inks. And in honour of the PA birthday boy of course I had to use "the" dapper gentleman from the Vintage Collection ID01


Now it's time to start piecing it altogether .... 
{The edges of the hanging boards have been inked with Walnut Stain.}
{I then added some Ideaology Screw Eyes and Jump Rings to attach the two hanging boards.}
{Happy 10th Birthday Mr Pa!}
{One of my favourite sayings from the Eclectica Collection By Sara Naumann}

I hope you have enjoyed tonight's project, it's been a pleasure being on this side of the blog. Happy 10th birthday Mr and Mrs PA x

Leandra Says: Awww fanks Gillian! So lovely to have you do a piece of art for us for a change! And you've done a fantastic job too! The top hatted dudes are pretty cool fellas! Thank you for the birthday wishes! You are the bomb! X

24 comments:

Sue C said...

Fabulous project Gillian ! Love the pale,crackled background against the distressed top layer. Sue C x

Helen said...

This is just gorgeous Gillian!! I agree, it is lovely to see you create something for us this time!

isisimaginings.com said...

Gillian, this is spectacular! the background is gorgeous & I love how you built up the images & journaling.

Craftyfield said...

Lovely piece, grungy and vintagey! You should blog your own creations more often on PA blog!

Kathi said...

It's a wonderful piece. I love all the great details!

finnella03 said...

Great piece. Thank you

Darcy said...

Fabulous Gillian, totally love the water droplets on there. Genius.

Carol Q said...

fab Gillian - how nice to see you make something for the blog for a change. i do like the effect of the flicked water. never fails.

sam21ski said...

Oooh how great to have you make something and join in with the party

Lovely make, great colours and images - love it

Sam xxx

Glennis said...

Stunning pieces of art - I love the crackle effect and the water drops too

Alison said...

It's fantastic Gillian! xxx

Sarah Dunkley said...

That's Fab! Love the bleaching effect. Those stamps are great! xxx

Christi Conley said...

Gorgeous!!

joanne wardle said...

Great hanging piece. Thanks for sharing.

Minxy said...

Gorgeous project sweetie, love that you used the PM in landscape xo

Rebecca said...

'Cracking' job Gillian! Sorry it's late! Lovely project though on a slightly more serious note LOL
Happy craftin
Rebecca

Linda Cain said...

Great job, girl!!!!!

~Linda

ionabunny said...

I want Chocolate Pudding just for the name! Although the colour is pretty cool. Ooh, so much good here. Great idea to cut up the sentiment. Love your hanging boards. Might have to get some of these.....

Karin said...

Fab project, Gillian.

craftimamma said...

Fab hangy piece Gillian. Love the crackles and the water 'bleaching'! I really neeeeed some of those Sara Naumann stamps, sigh!!!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Terrific Gillian! We need to see you take centre stage more often!

Lucy x

butterfly said...

Gorgeous, Gillian... love the inky backgrounds to those wonderful texts, and the crackle is fab with the golden tones under the Stone.
Alison x

Kezzy said...

Wow absolutely gorgeous stunning hanging. I love chocolate pudding, used it for the first time today and it's my new favourite lol. I love the distress background, I'm still quite new with all the techniques of distress and I just love how the water reacts I don't think I could ever tire from it I love it lol. Think I may have to get the Sara neumann stamps, each time I see them being used I fall in love with them :-) Kezzy xxx

Sandy said...

What a lovely project..
Sandy :)

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