Wednesday 30 November 2016

2016 #23 Pocket of Positivity {by Hazel Agnew}

 2016 Topic 23: Bleach Techniques

Hi everyone, Hazel Agnew from Mellifluous Meanderings here. I'd like to share with you this evening a post about using bleach to create interesting effects.

What a challenge to use bleach in my work. Especially for someone as messy as me. To be honest, when I accepted the challenge, I didn't have any experience of using bleach and played around for a while before I found the technique for me. 
I am so pleased that I did as I love what I have discovered.

Step One: First of all I sprayed a few tags with water and sprinkled on a variety of Paperartsy Infusions. I sprayed and dabbed to get the desired effect. I applied a dob of thick bleach to my Tear Off Palette, spread it around and dipped my stamp into it and straight onto the tag. Nervous at first and flying off to the sink to rinse the stamp but soon found that the stamp was very resilient. as you can see, the image bleaches out the infusions. In the photo is my pocket. A piece of packaging. 
The stamp that I chose is HP1604.


Step Two: Next, for the pocket. I chose a selection of "fragile papers",which I glued to the outside  , front and back. I sprayed the surface with water and added Burnt Umber acrylic ink, dabbing with a baby wipe to control the amount of staining.

Step Three: Back to the tags. Distressed the edges with Black Soot, Threaded some fibrous wool, and backed them with paper stash that is suitable for writing on. I also added some positive thoughts from TH Small Talk.

Step Four: Back to the pocket. To the front I added one of the tags; a photo; some corrugated card for added texture; a large pin to which I added tassels; hessian; delicious rusty wire, and a little butterfly which, to me, signifies hope. 

On the back, there is a poignant poem by Rupert Brooke and a word band.

So, that is my pocket of positivity, where I intend to collect positive thoughts, events, phrases, poems etc. throughout the coming year. Something uplifting and encouraging. Hopefully, by this time next year, it will be stuffed full of encouragement and have new tags added.

This bleaching technique can be used as an interesting background for many styles of work. Experimenting with different colour mixes of infusions opened up lots of possibilities for future playing too!

I hope that this has inspired you in some way to get out the bleach for more creative activities than cleaning!

Don't forget that there will be lots more inspiration on bleaching techniques to come on this blog. Hazel Agnew, from Mellifluous Meanderings, aka Craftroomgran, signing out and thanking you for staying with me till the end.

Thanks Hazel for a wonderfully inspiring project, I look forward to seeing more photos of it once you have it stuffed full. We see so many inspiring quotes everyday it is hard to keep track, this is the perfect place to store them for those moments when you need lifting up. 

All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post; so please spare a moment to comment or make your own creative item. They all love to see your feedback and what you can do more than you realise!

We would love to see how you interpret this Bleach Techniques topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #23: Bleach Techniques on this page HERE. The Bleach Techniques link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Dec 11th 2016. The winner will be announced 2  hours later at 19:00.

All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store.   


Helen said...

great effects, Hazel! love your tags. Perhaps I should give this a go this week, whilst my cold is at its worst and I can't smell much.

Lauren Hatwell said...

Hazel, these are wonderful. I really enjoyed your process and the results are amazing. Lx

Kirsten said...

This is gorgeous, I love the bleached effects & the pocket looks great.

Miriam said...

beautiful project Hazel.... love your techniques

Julie Lee said...

Wow! Loved the effects you achieved, Hazel! These look amazing, really eye-catching and special. I've always been nervous about using bleach myself, imagining spilling it everywhere! You've really tempted me with this post, though! Very inspiring. xx

Artmadnana said...

I love the whole idea of this. Great Upcycled pocket beautifully decorated. Love the ghosting effect on the tags. Brilliant. So colourful too. These will always make you smile.

craftimamma said...

Fabulous project Hazel! Love the decorated pocket and the tags are wonderful. Didn't the bleach work well on the Infusions and I love the idea behind the whole thing. Smashing stuff!

Lesley Xx

Craftyfield said...

Gorgeous Hazel!

Lucy Edmondson said...

These are amazing hazel, I love the Amazon pockets!

Lucy x

SewPaperPaint said...

This is AMAZING Hazel! I would be nervous to stamp with bleach too, but thanks for the assurance. I sure hope to bleach up some of my Infusions paper now! How cool! Hugs, Autumn

Etsuko said...

Wonderful project Hazel!! Fabulous idea and the bleaching effect. I want this one for me. xx

Ruth said...

Positively gorgeous! Great techniques, beautiful put together! Ruth xxx