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A canvas background

TheI have been a tad obsessed with Canva’s of late. In fact I am in the process of Making 4″x4″ ones for my 365 days of love for July.

This Background was created because I wanted to experiment with an Idea I had that I was not 100% sure would work.

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I used 2 crafters choice stencils – one cogs and gears, the other clock faces.

Firstly I prepped the Canvas using Monte Marte Modeling Paste ( a budget crafters best friend as it can also be used like gesso,) Tip: Open the lid of the jar before you buy it and make sure your Modeling paste is smooth if it is chunky looking DO NOT BUY IT!

Then using a palette knife and the first stencil spread the Modeling paste over the stencil kind of like buttering toast (ie on a slight angle), you can also use an old credit or gift card to do this.

As this canvas is 12×12″ I used the stencil 4 times.

Allow the Modeling Paste to dry between layers.

I then played a bit with the clock face sencil. Adding it in different places and turning it around as I went. (using the same method as I did for the first stencil)

After it was all dry I then used my palette knife to add some smoothed out bits that I added texture to by bouncing the palette knife over them. I also flicked bits of modeling paste over the canvas as well.

Yep more drying.

Then something really fun. Misting in various colours (do not stress if some seem to bright as you can see by the background once you rub over the metallic distress stains the colour is toned right down)

I did use my heat gun to dry the mists when needed. I used a combo of Home Made, Tsukinedo Walnut ink spritz and smooch.

Then I put some of the Copper? Metallic stain on my craft sheet and using my fingers gently rubbed it over the canvas, then I followed that with the Pewter and that is where it is at Now.

Thinking this may end up being the background for a Dr Who themed Christmas Present.

Take Flight

This is my other entry for the art competition ‘Take Flight’

Utalising mostly Tim Holtz and ranger products

The background was done using layered distress stains and Tim’s famous spritz and flick technique. Sealed with Claudine Hellmouths Multi Medium and the butterflies are cut from Tim’s movers and shapers butterflies.

Along with some drops of triple thick to replicate rain and an American Crafts Metallic marker for the center of the butterflies.

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Letting out my Inner Artist

This year I did something I honestly never thought I would do.

I entered an Art Competition. You see whilst I create a lot, and do lots of crafty things. I do not consider myself as an Artist as such more of a crafter.

So this was way way way out of my comfort zone. Did I also mention I only decided to enter 2 months before the drop off day?

I know completely crazy right?

I feel very lucky to have entered my first Art Competition and to have had not one but both of my pieces hung in the gallery show and on display for the last month.

The theme of the Competition was “Pathways to fullfillment” through mental illness.

It all started with a smashed tablet (no joke something fell on my cheap crappy tablet and smashed the screen rendering it completely useless)

Here is the finished piece: (I had such a hard time getting a remotely decent pic of this and sadly did not get back to the gallery in time to get a pic of it on the gallery wall)

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if you look closely you can see a tardis materialising in the center of the piece.

and here are some work in progress pics

I had fun creating a far more shattered screen than the original shatter (a remote control and some hard banging were required)

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sometimes I wish I had not tried so hard and left it more like it was originally

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it was an interesting process I had moments of omg I have completely ruined this, to moments of what do I do next.

I am not sure how successful it is as a mixed media piece. Nothing abstract or mixed media won any prizes sadly and there were some truly stunning pieces in the competition. However it made it into the gallery show, and quite possibly a few pics because it was right behind the podium where the presentations were.

the Piece is titled ‘Through the chaos’

A little bit of Experimenting

I signed up to do Creative Jumpstart 2013 and was really inspired by one of the mixed media journal tutorials (I sadly can not find the tutorial) but her is a link to Jumpstart

The gist of the technique (there were 3 in the tutorial as with most of the cjs ones) was that you wet your watercolour paper and just sort of splodged on colours, let them blend and sort of create a bit of what you want ie maybe sky and grass but ultimately just splodge bits on,

then walk away and let it dry.

Come back and look at it grab a sharpie and outline your bits to create things such as flowers

then you went around the outside of these with gesso or white paint. I could not find my gesso or white paint so I used picket fence crackle on the bottom of mine and some snow cap pain dabber around the top,
then added some more water colours over the top.

It was quite fun to play and I love how when you outline things in sharpies or fine felt tip markers it actually can turn something a bit meh into art.

Here is what I created:

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I went a bit splatter happy and not everything I tried worked but I really enjoyed the process and hope to use it in my art journaling at some point. I love stepping out of my crafting comfort zone into more arty persuits especially as I was very lucky to receive a gift last year of some Winsdsor Newton Water Colours which I use quite a lot.

One Very Hot Day in January

When the weather was over 40 degrees celcius and I was invited to my Sisters to enjoy her portable air conditioner. I decided instead of just taking my laptop and a book to read,  I would take something creative to do.

Usually I would take a bear or some other sewing type project with me. However I decided to pack my How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids book and my watercolours. Along with a giant watercolour pad (seriously if you do this stick to A4 it took me hours and hours to get this done)

My youngest Niece had a go at creating her own fairies as well though she got bored as kids do.

The picture I created is for a friend who is very much into fairies. its not perfect in fact I forgot how I wanted some of the fairies to be swimming and there was an arguement over my creation of Jellyfish in my Pond however I did point out to Miss 10 it is my imagination and I am allowed to have Jellyfish if I want to.

Anyway here is the pic I cant remember the actual size but its at least 2 and half A4 sheets worth or more maybe 3…..
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An arty accident

This originally was going to be my background for my Coasters however it doesnt quite suit that purpose. To be honest whilst I am not a fan of this kind of art something about this Canvas appeals to me it reminds me of the Heavens and Celestial stars and such things.

It is funny how simple this was to do just some of the Metallic Distress stains in all 3 colours and a paint brush. You can see where I got a little over enthusiastic and hit the canvas a few times with the brush.

Not sure this is Art just something I created that I vibe with and will use as a piece of wall art around my House

Would love to know what you think 🙂
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An Art Workshop

I have to be honest and say I had no idea where we were headed or what the day would entail.

It was such an amazing surprise to learn we were at one of Arthur Boyd’s properties that he left in Trust to be used as artist retreats and so forth.

here is the beautiful view from Riversdale (it was a really glarey day so hard to get a really wonderful pic) It is so majestic and breathtaking it is easy to see why These properties have become such a beacon to artists of all ages.
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The first part of the workshop we chose some native bits to inspire us and to draw (the scary part about this is that we were not given pencils and erasers but black felt tip pens)

Here is what I used to inspire me

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and my drawing (I was still drawing when it was taken away and photo copied in 2 smaller sizes)
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with the etching acetate over the middle sized photocopy

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Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the etching plastic scratched and uninked or the printed images (I will have to add a photo of the printed images later)

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and because we had extra time we played a bit with watercolours I just coloured one of my photo copies as I did not want to ruin any of my prints I have an idea in mind for at least one of them.

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and that is it there isn’t any more (well there is more projects to share but I have to wait for them to arrive/until after the event before I can show them off)