Tag Archive | Layering

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.

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April Coaster (just a bit Late)

Had one of those moments today where I upended a whole load of stamps out of their plastic sleeves by accident (ugh gonna be fun to sort and put them all back where they belong).

There is an upside however I finally found the stamp I needed to finish Aprils Coaster. Yay

The technique was one of layering embossing powder. I did mine a bit differently to T!m. I heated one layer at a time and then used my versafine watermark ink on the stamp and placed it over the same place on the stamped image and re stamped then I sprinkled a little of a different colour over those spots then removed the excess and heated again. I really love how the branch turned out using this technique.

Here is the Coaster

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A day of Bearmaking and experimenting

A day of bear making and experimenting

Yesterday I received a new commission from a friend. So it was spent finding my pattern book, cutting out a new pattern from the last of my templastic (only to find my supplier of bear stuff does not have it anymore), cutting out, prepping (for me this involved fray stoppering the edges, sewing the neck and paw pads in and pinning all the pieces ready for sewing), and I even managed to get the bears tummy sewn.

Today I had planned on sewing a lot more than I did, don’t get me wrong I sewed two legs and an arm and this is not a small bear we are talking about here it will be around 15″+ when he is finished.

However the parcel man dropped off a parcel that I couldn’t help myself I had to have a play. Today my pentel oil pastels arrived.

Like the first time I used my regular more chalk like pastels I am not quite sure how I feel about these yet. On one hand I love the richness of colour of using them on watercolour paper on the other my first attempt on regular art drawing paper whilst looks good I was not happy with how hard it was to work in and blend the colours.

So here is the first attempt on art paper. I created a sunset over water type background.

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This pic is of the colours in the set on watercolour paper notice the richness and ease of how they blend as opposed to the art paper

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And lastly my attempt to draw a weeping willow. I am not too sure about the tree however I love the shimmery effect I managed to create in the water and the tones of the sky as well.

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Considering I only did these as quick probably less than an hour each drawings my intent was to play and see how the pastels layer and such. It is interesting how used to my more chalk like pastels I have become as the oil pastels feel weird to me. I am looking forward to combining them with my soft charcoal and pulling out my art journal perhaps on the weekend.