Sunday, 10 December 2017

2017 #19 My Favourite Things

Topic 19: My Favourite Things...

Well hello everyone, Darcy here, it looks like you had a great time with the last challenge. you all got very creative with ripping and burning. Tonight we are changing things up a little so there will be no new challenge, more of that in a minute. 

Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 18: Torn,Ripped and Burnt Challenge...

The winner is: Asia from Lemon Creation with her fantastic journal spread inspired by Lynne Moncrieff. 


Email Darcy to claim your prize. Darcydotneedles@gmail.com

So, with no new challenge what is happening next? well we would love you to continue to join us on our regular blog nights as we will have lots of inspiration for you. Our guests will all be exploring their own favourite things, whether that be colour, products or techniques. These posts will be packed with creativity and inspiring photos, and we hope that they will encourage you to make something just for you, with your favourites. 

As we all start to slow down a little in time for Christmas it is the ideal time to create without the pressure of a challenge deadline, you can take your time and just enjoy the process. So keep tuning in as we have lots of great posts by our fantastic guest bloggers coming up. 

Darcy

Saturday, 9 December 2017

2017 #18 Torn, Ripped, Burnt: Art Journal Page with EEV {by Wanda Hentges}

2017 Topic 18: Torn, Ripped, Burnt



This is a masterclass in stratgic tearing of paper!! Lots of products, lots of tearing, and awesome tips too!

Hi everyone, it's Wanda Hentges (ArtByWanda) with you today, and I'd like to share with you a fun art journal page.

When I saw this topic the first thought, besides tearing paper which I love to do, that popped into my brain was an old technique done by Suze Weinberg using fusible webbing and embossing powder.  It's not really burning but it does involve melting (which is like one step away from burning, lol) and since I hadn't thought about this technique in years I decided it must be revisited.



I've used stamps from Ellen Vargo's sets EEV05, EEV06, and EEV10.  The quote is from the Sara Naumann set, ESN14.  The leaves use Kay Carley's stencil, PS061.





I love Ellen's flowers set and knew I wanted to use a flower along with a window torn into the journal page, but first, the background.






I stamped across the page first and then added layers of brayering with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints adding one color at a time (Haystack, Sage, Limelight, Nougat, Hyde Park, and finishing with Zesty Zing).  I love the depth this gives with the stamping peeking through all those colors.  


I cut a piece of fusible webbing (specifically I used Wonder Under but I don't think the brand would matter) a little bigger than my page.  Take the fusible webbing from the liner, if it has one, lay it on the page, add heat with a heat tool.  At this point you just want it to heat enough to start sticking to the page. You don't want to actually melt it.



Once it's sticking to the page you add embossing powder in whatever color or colors you want (I used Ranger's Liquid Platinum here), dump off the extra tapping the page to remove whatever isn't sticking.  Now you heat to melt the embossing powder and as it heats up, the fusible webbing will also melt more creating a random assortment of holes.  Is that not way cool!!!!


An oval cutting die and marker worked perfectly to give me a pattern to follow for my window.


I cut some slits in the center and then tore the page in lines out to the oval line, tearing off the center part of each section.


I chose Toffee to paint on the back in the hopes that it might look a bit heated or singed when the paper was rolled.  I did think about actually burning the edges of the oval and if the page wasn't attached in the book I might of done it but chickened out in fear that I'd catch the whole book on fire.  LOL  


My fancy rolling tool, a toothpick.  I keep a box of toothpicks in my creating area and use them for lots of things, rolling paper, poking out bits from cutting dies, moving itty bits around on a project, etc.


A stamp platform was perfect for the flower.  I could stamp it, be very messy about painting it (Zesty Zing, Toffee, Banana, Candy Floss, Bougainvillea)... (took the picture before painting the stem and used Hyde Park for that).....


put the paper back into the platform....


stamp it again, take it out, dry it.... 


and cut it out for a gorgeous flower!!!


But that flower needed a better background!!!  (Zesty ZingEEV06,  Archival Inks - Dandelion, Sunflower)




Much better but more wow was needed....


So I also sprayed it with Mica Spray.


I used sprays and a scrap of copy paper to make a matching piece to stamp the quote on.


More tearing, then inking to match the oval, layering, tearing, inking.   


To add more to the background I stenciled using grungepaste mixed with paint.  I did add too much paint.  I used one color, then decided to add some of another color and it got too thin so the paste did spread some.  Once dry I still wasn't happy with the color, it should have been darker but I just put the stencil back on and added ink.  It worked well!!!


 A row of stamping along the bottom using just one row of circles from the image in set EEV06.  Finally I adhered the two pages I'd worked on together to make one page. 


I really love how this turned out!!!!  If I was to do it again, I might add some stamping or stenciling on top of the brayered paint before putting the webbing and powder on but at the same time I kind of like the peacefulness of it the way it is.  It makes me think of walking through a forest or heavily wooded area with all it's green, the sunlight peeking through and bright spots of color where a flower shows up.

I do hope you've enjoyed today's project!!!  There is still time to get an entry into this topic.  I'd love to see what you are creating and maybe you'll even win the random draw.  Who doesn't love shopping!!!

Hugs, Wanda

I love how you just keep working at it until you get everything just right! The toothpick seems to be one handy tool!! And the torn frame worked a treat!! Thanks Wanda


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Friday, 8 December 2017

2017 #18 Torn, Ripped, Burnt: Invisible Ink Insects with ESN {by Alison Bomber}

2017 Topic 18: Torn, Ripped, Burnt


If being a bit of a secret squirrel is you thing, then you need to read this - lemon juice, smoke and mirrors.....


Hi everyone, Alison here from Words and Pictures.  Like some seventeenth century conspirator, I've been playing with invisible ink.  From the moment of hearing about the Torn, Ripped Burnt theme, I thought of flickering candle flames and old parchment and lemon juice... so - with a couple of detours along the way - that's what I experimented with for my two not-quite-ATCs.


I don't know any longer where my knowledge of lemon juice invisible writing comes from.  I've certainly known about it for a loooong time.  Maybe some Enid Blyton mystery?  Or an article from Look and Learn, the children's magazine?  Or perhaps from Blue Peter?   In any case, it was lemon juice I was most curious to try out with some stamps.  My Invisible Insects are from Eclectica³ {Sara Naumann} 21.


I did try out a couple of other stamping methods first to see what sort of "burnt" look I could get with Distress Oxides.  I thought they might give a nice sooty outline... here's Black Soot Oxide, spritzed with water to let the dye ink spread while the pigment stays put, then overstamped with Jet Black Archival for extra clarity.



Then I applied Vintage Photo Oxide with touches of Spiced Marmalade and Walnut Stain, spritzed with water, then overstamped with Jet Black again.  (I was using the stamp platform so that I could overstamp nice and easily.)  I quite like the look of this one, but it's rusty rather than burned, I'd say... and that's a few weeks too late for the Rust theme!



So I went for the thing I'd really been wanting to do all along - I stamped with lemon juice, let it dry, and then went for it with a candle flame.  Very exciting!  



I applied the lemon juice direct to the stamp, removing any bits of pulp which tried to join in.  I don't have any data on the long-term effect of citric acid on rubber - so be sure to clean your stamps well after stamping.



You can just about see the juice while it's still wet... 



... but it's completely invisible once dry.  I promise these aren't just blank bits of paper!



I also tried out a couple of different paper surfaces - obviously that gives you very different effects... Here's a couple on Smoothy paper.  The coating gives it a really cool smoky look.



But I ended up working with the versions I'd stamped onto watercolour paper.


I had great fun setting light to my torn edges.  The first time it happened accidentally, but then I decided I wanted more (that tiny touch of pyromaniac which maybe lives inside all of us!).



Some torn scraps of tissue tape add extra script detail, and I scruffed up the edges with my fingernail to get even more ripped texture from it before lightly inking with Vintage Photo.
 


And I added some speckled stamping using the texture stamp from the same ESN21 set, as well as a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Ink splatter.


Some simple twine, a couple of pen nibs and metal button brads finish the pair off.


I had great fun creating these ancient parchment scrap ATCs - the lemon juice stamping pleases me with its randomness and weathered look.  I found it simpler to work with a candle flame than to keep lighting endless matches, though the charring is slightly different with each.  And when you apply the flame to the apparently blank paper, it's definitely like a sort of magic watching the image appear.  Well worth a couple of over-heated fingertips!

I hope that will inspire you to release your inner pyromaniac - there's still just time to join in!

Alison x
Blog - Words and Pictures
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Well I can honestly say I have never seen this before, and it reminds me of those teen mystery novels I used to read. The ones where kids solved mysterious goings-on in quiet English Villages over the summer months! But the smoke too! Wow!!!


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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

2017 #18 Torn, Ripped, Burnt: Autumn Leaves with ESC {by Lauren Hatwell}

2017 Topic 18: Torn, Ripped, Burnt

So it seems we have created a bit of a fad for people burning things!The challenge entries are growing as people realise how much fun scorching things can be! Lauren has gone into the torn-and-burnt-zone and shares here a bunch of fun ideas for you to explore! Torn Xmas gift tags? There you go! Sorted! Step away from your paper trimmer!

Hi everyone, Lauren here and today I'd like to share with you a couple of projects I made using torn paper which I burnt gently before using the charcoal created to colour the paper...... 

My inspiration was my daily walk through the woods with my dogs. I particularly love walking in the autumn when the leaves are changing and there's a nip in the air. As the days get colder I can often catch the gentle tang of wood smoke in the air beckoning me home to a warm fire and a cup of tea... 

I love torn paper layers and I wanted to see how burning them slightly would affect the paper. I was pleased to find I could spray the burnt edges and get some colour to spread onto the paper too. I did managed to set quite a lot of paper and fabric on fire before I got the result I wanted but it was worth it in the end. 


Raquel's (Scrapcosy) stamps are, of course, perfect for my woodland theme and I couldn't resist a stencilling with some lemon juice through one of her stencils. I love the calendar words (picture above). They are the perfect way to suggest the passage of time...

PaperArtsy Stencil 071 (PS071)



For the panel, I tore up strips of Regular Smoothy card and then burnt the edge of each strip before sticking them down onto another piece of card to form layers. I found the best way to get the gentle smoulder I was after was to use a candle and then damp down the flames on a heat resistant glass mat or craft sheet. (if you blow the flames you often blow the candle out - been there, done that, got the t-shirt!?)....


I was really pleased with the way the flames nibble away at the paper to soften the edges and create a nice definition. What I didn't expect was the amount of ash I saved on the glass mat and it got me thinking that maybe I could use it in some way. The embossing was an afterthought but I found I could rub the dry ash onto the paper with a damp piece of cut and dry foam and it acts like ink.

Now for the tag...



For the tag, I tore Smoothy card and stuck down the layers before burning the edges and then spraying with water. I was amazed at how much colour variation I got.  I really like the effect. The colours are much lighter and I can only think it might be because I was working from the edges so I had less ash. Once the water had soaked in a bit and the staining had spread, I dipped the tag in the bits of ash still left on the mat to get some black sooty patches.  I think this is my favourite of the two effects.



Such beautiful texture. It reminds me a bit of wood shavings or silver birch bark.

Eclectica³ Scrapcosy Set 05 (ESC05)



I love a bit of colouring and fussy cutting.... I used a little watered down Rusty Car, Olive Tree and Gold Sands to watercolour the leaves and and a bit of Terracotta for the acorn.  I think this image is gorgeous. I love the detail. 

Who knew you could have so much fun with a candle and some strips of scrap paper? I really enjoyed these two projects. Why not give it a try? You'll get a different result every time but I think there are lots of different effects you could get depending on what material you use. I struggled with fabric and managed to set every single piece alight. That's something I want to try again once I've thought about it a bit more. I think perhaps my fabric was too fine or the weave was too open. One thing I didn't try was burning holes in the paper. I think that would look really cool.

That's me for today. I hope I've got your creative juices working a bit and you've found it interesting.

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Facebook :Lauren Hatwell

I have a Demo Day at Birds in the Barn on 16 December. 

Well we always knew you were a clever chookie. Ink from ash!! Who knew!!!! Knowing what a natural klutz you (very occasionally) can be (LOL) it's a blooming miracle you didn't burn yourself OR your craft room!!! I would have felt somehow responsible had that happened! So hurrah for an awesome post and you survived! Whew! Thankyou! Leandra



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