Saturday, April 2, 2011

Strike Up The Band

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Yet more gorgeous black and white images.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Sew On, And Sew On, And Sew On...

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Here are some more lovely black and white illustrations of all things sewing related.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Artist Within

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Here are some lovely black and white vintage images of artists supplies.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Get Your Grunge On!

I have decided to try and do a weekly challenge and who better to do it with then Tim Holtz and Studio L3. Well... Tim Holtz isn't really "doing" the challenge but it is all based on his previous designs for inspiration. This is a weekly challenge that is being hosted by Linda Ledbetter on her blog every Monday.

The first challenge is based on his Christmas tag #10 from 2008. (Click here to see the tag.) The idea is take his design and make it your own while using some or all of the techniques he shows. If you want to know more particulars then head on over to Linda's blog and check it all out.

So without further ado here is my version of the tag.

It is a lot simpler then I usually do and if given the chance I would add more to it. (Which I may still do later.) Anyways I used a mix of Frayed Burlap and Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls for the faux Glimmer Mist background. I then rubbed Rusty Hinge over the background with a foam blending pad.

I don't have very many stamps from Tim which is something I need to rectify so I used one of my favorite ones that I do own. I stamped it on Grunge paper since I don't have any Grunge board. (I need to get some because the paper curls way too much when it is heated.) I also didn't like how muted the Perfect Pearls showed up on the Grunge Paper so I used my favorite mica pigments from Luminarte called Twinkling H2O's in Lemongrass. (I also don't have any of the Distress Embossing powders either.)

I have one set of alphabet stamps which I used for the title and then I rubbed Shabby Shutter Distress Ink around the edges. The torn piece of music along the bottom is edged with Scattered Straw Distress Ink.

I don't have any trinket pins or charms from Tim in the antique bronze finish so I used a safety "beading" pin to hold a heart charm. (Don't know who makes either one of them.)

AS you can see I changed the placement of all the elements of the design because the stamped image worked better in the "portrait" position and it just made sense to place the title going down next to it and the music along the bottom.

Lovely But Loud Art Deco

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Catching Butterflies

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Send Me An Angel

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Over The Edge Journal - Steampunk Style

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I think I have finally finished the "Over The Edge" journal that Ingrid Dijkers taught to us in Key Largo on my recent art retreat. I have no idea what I will put it in it, whether it be photos of the retreat or just journaling like Ingrid usually does in hers. Anyways here are the front and back covers. I used the Steampunk Debutante paper from Graphic 45 for most of it but there is some other stuff mixed in as well. (Be prepared to do a lot of scrolling. There is a lot of photos for this journal.)


 Ingrid provided us with many templates to cut pages from or to decorate areas like the gears shown above. 


The hand holding the guy is "fussy" cut as the page edge. I also traced a loose border around the image on the previous page and painted it black.  

Close-up of the wired button edge. 


The edge of this page was done with a buttonhole or blanket stitch using embroidery floss. This was to let us practice for doing a later page with wire and beads. I decided to dress mine up further by whip stitching a piece of "fun fur" around the edge. 


The hands both flip independently and are another template that Ingrid gave us to trace. 


I punched holes along the bottom of the page and was going to originally dangle bullet casings hoping that they would create a kind of wind chime effect and jingle. But the small ones didn't jingle and the larger casings were too heavy and got caught when the page was flipped so I changed it to fibers instead. 



Ingrid made these little mermaids herself by making a mold of a frozen Charlotte doll and then forming it in clay and redoing the feet into a tail. She then fired it and made another mold of the final mermaid so that she could reproduce them for classes. She showed us how to color them by rubbing "clear" shoe polish over them to make them look old. I chose to paint mine with the Sophisticated Finishes paint that you can add a patina solution to. 


Here's a close-up of the edge fringe. I took some batik fabric I had and just ripped it into 1/2" strips. I then punched holes and inserted eyelets before I tied the fabric strips onto the page. 


Here is same stitched edge as I had shown earlier but it is done with 24 gauge wire and has a bead added to every stitch. 


Here's one of the many templates that Ingrid had for pages that folded out. This page was painted with Modern Masters Faux Finish paint. It is similar to the Sophisticated Finishes Paint in that they all have patina solutions that you add after the metallic paint to change the look. This one is the iron particle paint that becomes rusty with the patina solution. (I think I might like the Modern Masters paint better.) 



Here's a close-up of the window cut-outs. They are ATC sized windows that are laser cut from thin masonite board. I got them from Kristin over at Retro Cafe Art. (The back is just a piece of chipboard that I cut to fit.) 


Here is a close-up of the gear edge. I took thinner chipboard and cut 3 of each gear I wanted to use. The first set of gears were glued to the front of the page. The second set of gears were cut off at the edge of the page and glued down. The third set of gears was glued over the back of the page and sandwiches the second layer in between. I then painted the page with more of the Sophisticated Finishes paint in a gold and then put a blue patina over it. To make the gears stay gold on the back of the page I simply used some more gear cut-outs as stencils and sprayed the patina solution over them.