Wednesday 25 July 2012
I haven't used my distress inks in ages, so I put several colours with CND foam onto an A4 piece of card. Then I spied a stencil nearby. I have no idea why I haven't tried this idea before...I'm sure you all have done this loads of times!!!! I put the stencil over the distress ink background, dabbed some cut n dry foam into a spritz of water, and tapped the water gently through the stencil. Of course, as you well know, distress ink kind of gets bleached off by water...so the water, through the stencil, looks like ink has been removed!!! LOVE THAT!! Why have I not done this before?
HP1216 (above) in a deep green permanent ink...it's a lovely ink...I bought it in Paris, never seen it here, but it's manufactured by Tsukineko for a French-based, Japanese owned stamp company...and heat set. The ink I think is probably a similar formula to versafine, an oil-based permanent.
Anyway, it's a work in progress, I still have to layer it up, embellish it and so forth, but that is what is deffo on my desk ATM!
Freso Finish crackle glaze, however, apparently it has a 4 hour window of opportunity to apply your top coat. So that got me wondering if ours had a use-by time for the top coat. So I base-coated a small paper mâché board gold. Dried it. Put on the layer of crackle glaze, and set it to one side. That was probably 2-3 weeks ago. So today I applied black on top and voila. It cracked instantly, just like it usually does! Yay. I couldn't see any reason why it wouldn't, so I was pretty glad and relieved to prove my theory correct.
If you get a chance to show us your desk, pop along to Julia's blog here, and make sure you link your post on her post...it's pretty easy, just follow the instructions
Hope you have a lovely week/weekend, and don't forget to watch the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics on Friday night!!
Monday 16 July 2012
They are online now. 3 new spooky stamps, and 3 new hot picks.
First is another sewing related stamp: Hot pick 1216
The writing on the invoice on the top half of this plate is stunning. it is actually for feathers ordered from a London haberdashery/milliner by the well known botanist, Joseph Banks, who accompanied Captain James Cook on his voyages to the unknown southern Hempishere new worlds! This document of 1792 is from preparations for their 3rd voyage. It seems the local pub was used by the 'store owner' to conduct his business from. And how stunning is the large collage at the bottom of the plate!! Gorgeous.
Next up, Hot pick 1217
The scallop flower die, and the Tall Heart die, you probably already have acquired. We like to make new stamps for existing dies, and whether you have the dies or not, these are still stunning stamps. Mr PaperArtsy has a beautiful way of creating these collaged images. The detail is stunning and the quality of the stamps outstanding. The heart can be used repeatedly to make a huge flower, and the scallop flower makes a great centrepiece for that giant embellishment! Try this with our new crackly tissue or how about painting some crunchy waxed craft paper and using that!
The invoice at the top is another for Joseph Banks, for the same voyage with Captain Cook...this time he was collecting beads and jewellery times from a 'necklacemaker' based near London Bridge. I recently was wandering around Borough Market (huge food market) at London Bridge recently, and the old cobbled streets and small alleyways are still so Victorian even today!
On the invoice it quotes the location of the trader as 'Monument Yard, Fish Street Hill' Of course, it was near this part of London, where the great London fire started in a bakers at Pudding Hill, and then swepth down Fish Hill towards the Thames river where it consumed the then wooden London Bridge. The monument of course is a monument erected in remembrance of the Great Fire of London.
So when you use that stamp as a background, the history will have much significance to you, than just another script or background!
Hot pick 1218
Having studied at an American university in his youth, Mr PaperArtsy is partial to a bit of Americana. This one is for the boys! I love the pick up truck, and the elements in here like the route 66 highway crest will be fabulous embellishments for all sorts of projects.
Now to the spooky stuff. The longer I craft, the more I am drawn to the quirky, dark, spooky stuff..and not just for Halloween! I know in the USA Halloween has always been a huge thing, but not so much in other parts of the world, however, it does seem a strengthening trend for retailers all over the world to promote Halloween as another date to boost sales, and so I think we are all accepting it now as normal to see aisles of dedicated spooky goods when October approaches. Last year we did this plate very late in October.....
And now we have Some buddies to join it..
Have a great week
Saturday 14 July 2012
It's really easy. Grab all the ingredients, mix together, put in the oven for 20-30 mins, and eat with bread.
I combined a bunch of recipes together (no idea why)...but I don't think it's going to matter much so don't stress
- 1 tub cream cheese
- Crushed garlic clove or 2
- Few tablespoons mayonnaise
- Bag of spinach (steamed, drained, squeezed, chopped)... Or frozen
- 1 cup artichoke hearts chopped up
- Splash of tobasco ( I used kaitai fire...the stuff they have on the side shelf in GBK burgers...it's a new Zealand hot sauce with more depth of flavour than tobasco ) but you could use sambal olek, chilli flakes, chilli power...just a pinch/splash
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Handful grated mozzarella
- Salt/pepper to taste...go easy on the salt cos it may not need any at all.
Enjoy...and I'm sure my American followers have got much better versions, so blog yours and share !!
Thursday 12 July 2012
Also, another very useful background stamp, with 2 stamps that match existing, very popular dies, the tall heart, and the scallop flower die.
Have a great weekend!
Monday 9 July 2012
Sunday was a hard choice between tennis, formula 1, cricket...so much going on this weekend! We opted for the tennis, what a great match between Federer and Murray. The crowd there was amazing, and we enjoyed every minute watching on the TV. Federer seemed out of sorts the first half, and Andy was super, but after the rain break the tables turned, and Federer's genius shone through. A well deserved win, Andy seemed to flag a little, or lose his mental emotional battle...i think he still has some fine tuning to do before he can win a Wimbledon final, but he's got some years ahead of him to keep trying! I'm sure he will win it one day!
I managed to fit in some baking on Sunday. And thought I'd share the recipe with you, as you don't see these biscuits over here in the UK often. In NZ we call them peanut brownies. They are a basic biscuit batter with sme cocoa and peanuts. Easy, tasty, and kids love them in the lunchbox!
you need( for a big batch)
I find the raw peanuts hard to find here in the UK, they are generally only seen as bird food!! But in health food shops they are usually available, they have the shells on more often, but of you can get them shell off it's faster. Top remove the shells, roast the nuts lightly, when cool, roll between your hands, and the shells will fall off - or do this outside and you can blow the shells off! - great job for the kids!
Hope you enjoy these as much as we do here!
have a great week!
Thursday 5 July 2012
Outhouses.....well they are technically birdhouses to be decorated...but it looks like an outhouse to me!!
paper mâché bird form is a perfect little buddie for the birdhouse..... He's sitting on a spool and has acquired a few steampunk-style embellishments. He also was painted in patina blue, then a coat of crackle glaze, and topped with a buttery shade of Nougat (Nougat with a drop of Irish Cream and Haystack).
stencil/mask pattern that I thought would work well on the roof. Recently I was given a pumice paste and a heavy modelling paste to test, so I used the modelling in the central areas, the pumice at the top, sides and lower edges.... I must say..scraping the pumice paste through the stencil was a bit like nails on the blackboard.
French Roast Fresco Acrylic Paint. It's a very cool toned, brown-black shade, but also great mixed into other dark browns? The Nougat wasn't completely dry, so in some areas it blended through, but that adds interest to the next layer, so I wasn't too worried about getting uniform coverage.
Brown Shed and Chocolate Pudding wash, with a bit of Nougat. It makes a kind of pinky brown for step one of the wash. (sorry no picture). Next I wanted a warm wash...Pumpkin Soup is the perfect shade, but I needed it to be a bit more opaque to be visible on my dark roof, so I added a dash of Nougat, and a dash of Chocolate Pudding to the mix. Plenty of water is the trick here. I actually like to spray water on to get the paint to dribble down.
Guacamole, Nougat, Sky, with a drop of Inky Pool and Toad Hall).... And got to work applying that in all the nooks and crannies. One coat is all you need with this paint.
The paint dries almost instantly, so I was quickly able to dry brush with the same warm buttery-nougat I put on top of the bird. If you start with a light colour, then the other colours you put on top will show on top of the pale shade more clearly.
French Roast, Pumpkin Soup, more buttery-nougat mix and so on. On the front door, I decided it looked nice lighter, but I did use Claret as the first layer, then a touch of Beach Hut, and back through all the darker colours. I also tended to put it on, and if it got too dark, I dabbed it back off with a baby wipe to knock it back to creamy tones. If you do this, make sure the wood is dry before you resume dry-brushing. And I often returned back to cream tones.
I hope you get a chance to have a go this weekend!
Wednesday 4 July 2012
We even have some new collages stamps to match these dies on Hot Pick plate 1209. This plate also has some awesome union jack bunting.
28 demonstrators each doing something different at the Craft Barn is an amazing opportunity to see new products and plenty of ideas how to use them all! Every year there are people discovering this weekend, and loving every minute meeting other like minded crafters, meeting crafty friends, old and new.
This lovely label (Hot pick 1212) was stamped onto painted fabric with coffee archival ink, heat set and painted. The paint smoothes out the texture of the fabric, allowing the detail of the stamp to be seen clearly.So those are some of my samples, but the day before, lucky for Lynne (aka Blingy Lynne, Essex Lynne, Cheryl or Bodgerbird - how does one person have so many names!) and I, we pleaded our case for a day off last week, and off we zoomed down to Lingfield early Friday morning to actually take a class for a change rather than teach one!!
Andy Skinner was weaving his magic with paint to create all kinds of aged effects, and showed us in a perfectly chilled out manner how to turn a paper mâché box into this rather special little number.
online classes, they look marvellous! He also teaches at the Craft Barn every month, so maybe you could catch him there.
Somehow I have lost steph's photo ( unless I forgot to take one, but I'm sure I did!!!) , but I do have pics of Alison's
Here is Beccy's
This one is Mickey's
And this was Paula'sHelen Chilton, who is partial to a Lynne Perrella stamp or 3! She was showing her amazing pull-tab cards! I think they are fantastic, and so well suited to this technique.
Here you can see them in greater detail.
So I'll finish up with a few more samples I made over the weekendchunky hanging boards that are so cheap and easy to work on, a paper mâché surface, about 1cm deep, they make a great dimensional addition to your project. I painted it with French roast and hey pesto, then sponged old gold through the diamond stencil. Over this a small Artemio bird (these come 3 per pack) was painted in hey pesto and pumpkin soup, then lightly stamped with script. The whole piece was layered onto another painted tag, and torn sections of old book pages, crunchy, calico were used to create a textured contrast.
Crackly is a robust coated tissue paper, and if you colour in the image with paint, and once dry, paint over the entire back with snowflake white opaque paint. When you stick the finished piece of tissue onto the background, the background will not show through the tissue, so that the colours of the image stay true. It's a really nice way to attach an image to an uneven surface.
So there you have it, another fantastic weekend, make sure you don't miss the 2013 event!