Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Pottering in my journals.....

Good morning friends.
I trust that this finds you well. Over the course of the last few weeks I have been travelling up to Liverpool, Preston and back a few times. Accompanied by my journals of course. All the backgrounds were already done so All was needed was some pens, markers etc......

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Altered drawers

Good morning folks. I hope you are well.
This morning I have a small set of drawers that I've managed to finish. My wife picked them up at a bootfair for me. I forgot to take a before picture but they were white to start off with with the metal heart decoration and handle. As you can see, they did not stay white for long!
 I just began to play around and scrub a selection of DecoArt Fluid Acrylics over the unit, including the metal.

Once that had dried I took out some Artistic Stamper stamps. I loved these when I saw them and just had to have them! I stamped with Jet Black Archival ink.

Wrapping the stamping around corners etc for continuity.

I worked over this with more stamps in Orange Blossom and Fern Green Archival ink.

The whole unit was covered with a layer of DecoArt Crackle Glaze to finish. I am pleased with the finished piece. It is no longer a tired and grubby looking unit but a fun arty piece.....

The Stamps I used are Decay Swirl Background and Decay Journaling from The Artistic Stamper

Friday, 19 June 2015

Playing genie with the lamp

Good afternoon friends.
I hope you are well. Last night, after a really busy week at work, I was desperate to get into my craft space. So at around 9pm, having been at work since 5 30am I found myself tackling this lamp which I bought for a couple of quid at a bootfair, I loved the style but that tacky brass effect, eugh! The first thing I did was attach some flat back pearls to the lamp as you can see

 The next step was to give the whole thing a coat of DecoArt Chalk Paint for glass, I chose this because it is designed to cope with heat. (And because I asked Andy Skinner what he would suggest LOL)

Once that was dry I took Media Fluid Acrylic in Prussian Blue Hue, Transparent Red Iron Oxide and Transparent Yellow Iron oxide and applied the colours to the lamp stippling it and blending it on as I went. As you can see, the result of this stage is a pretty shiny mottled mess to say the least. This was left to dry overnight.

This morning is when the magic began to happen...... DecoArt Americana Raw Umber.

This was stippled on sparingly which when dry gives a matte finish yet you can see a great tonal variation underneath. You can see how different the finish is in these photos.

For the next stage I wanted to add more depth to the finish as the Raw Umber, though giving the matte finish I was after, is rather flat. So I used the Raw Umber Americana and the Fluid Acrylic Transparent Red Iron Oxide mixed loosely together to go over everything again.
 It makes a big difference to the lamp.

For the last stage I made a strong wash of Quinacridone Gold

And gave everything a careful covering (I did want to use the lamp after all!)

 When this was dry I used some Iced Expresso Metallic Lustre to bring out the "rivets"

There you have it. I'm really pleased with how it came out. It's a vast improvement in my humble opinion and I look forward to using it. I will leave if for a couple of weeks to really cure and then I'll seal it with the DecoArt Matte Finish Aerosol sealer to protect it.

It was a great project to do and it also shows you how the DecoArt products all work so well together.
Right, I hope you all have a creative weekend ahead.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Proud Dad moment...

Good morning friends I trust you are all well.

This last week saw me travel up to my daughter's degree show opening in Preston on Friday. As you can imagine, I am as proud as punch lol so thought I would share a couple of the photos with you. (Well, more than a couple to be frank, but hey, I'm sure you understand)
I made a quick detour to Trafalgar Square to see the statue on the 4th plinth.

And a lunch stop on Friday morning too.....

Then it was time to head off

 The 6 books.

 These pictures on the side show how many layers have gone in to creating each page in the books. Made up of layers of photography, collage, drawings etc in a myriad of different techniques.

I am very proud of all the work and creativity. I hope you enjoyed this peek at her show.

There was some awesome work by some of the other students too so here are a couple of my highlights:

Take care.