Wednesday, July 3, 2019

At The Shore

It is time for a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and this time I am the hostess.  I decided to call it Water, Water, Everywhere!  Here is how I describe it:

Often when people go on vacation there is water involved – fishing, cruising, checking out the aquarium, enjoying water sports or playing in the sand at the beach. For this challenge I want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project that reminds you of one or more of these past times.

My husband and I are not going on a vacation this summer and if we go somewhere in September it may or may not be near water so I just decided to pretend for this challenge and make a tag portraying a visit to the ocean.

I started by giving a jumbo manila tag a coat of White Gesso (Dina Wakley) and then a coat of Melted Chocolate Acrylic Paint (Dylusions).  I followed that with a coat of Crackle Medium (Folk Art).

I had a bright idea that I would use White Gesso as the top coat but it really didn't crackle the way it should have if I had used acrylic paint for the top coat like I usually do.  Not a problem though because it probably should have been blue anyway so I just covered what I had done with some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint(Tim Holtz) and later I rubbed some Faded Jeans Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz) over random areas.

To make the lighthouse I printed an image a number of times on heavy card stock and then fussy cut it (not perfectly, I see) - once for the base and 3 times for the roof, stripes and border.  After I glued it together with some Collage Medium (Tim Holtz), I covered it with Grit Paste (Tim Holtz).

I painted the lighthouse with White Gesso and added colour with a Water Brush (Tim Holtz) and Walnut Stain, Fired Brick and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz).  I think this ended up looking like a weather worn, salt covered lighthouse.

Next it was time to make the embellishments that washed up on the shore.  I made some molded shells using clay and a mold that I have had for eons but I will link to clay and a perfect mold from Prima that Linda carries in the shop.  Once the shells were dry I used my water brush to colour them with Vintage Photo, Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

I tried my hand at making faux sea glass by cutting little pieces of plastic packaging, coating it with Versamark (Tsukineko) and then melting some Aegean Sea Baked Velvet Embossing Powder from the Mediterranean set (Seth Apter) on it.

A few pearl beads were altered with a mixture of Aqua, Sailboat Blue, Denim and Mushroom Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz) by mixing a few drops of each colour in a little container, adding some Blending Solution and rolling the beads around in the mixture.

Next I made some greenery with the Garden Greens die (Tim Holtz) and some card stock scraps.  I embossed them with Patina Oxide Baked Texture Embossing Powder (Seth Apter).

I also made a warning sign from an image I found online and a little strip of card stock covered with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide.  I cut a Quote Chip (Tim Holtz) apart and inked the word Adventure with Hickory Smoke DI.  All my embellishments were added in a cluster at the bottom of the sign and lighthouse using Collage Medium.

The seagull image was also found online and I printed three in various sizes and direction (use the flip horizontal command) and then fussy cut them.  Finally I topped off the tag with a loopy bow of strings pulled from some burlap and a little anchor charm.

I hope you will join us for the challenge, which runs through 11:55 pm EST on Tuesday, July 16th.  One random winner will be chosen from all the entries and will receive a gift certificate to shop at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The Design Team will choose their top picks with the overall winner receiving an invitation to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Supplies Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique (includes suggested alternatives for items I used from my stash):

Prima Marketing Finnabair Mould - Seashore Treasures - 638849
Ranger QuickCure Clay - 4 oz. (also available in 8 oz. and 16 oz. packages)
Seth Apter Baked Velvet - Mediterranean Kit

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Inspired by Seth Apter

I love the work of Seth Apter, a fabulous artist from New York and when he offered an online workshop through Stencil Girl I was quick to sign up.  I have been collecting the supplies for the project he demonstrates in the workshop but until I have everything on hand, I decided to tackle a background using things from my stash but following his instructions.  This is my first attempt and I thought I would turn it into a butterfly canvas.

Since I was doing this just for fun, I didn't take any process photos but will try to describe what I did - hope I remember since I did this a couple months ago.

I started by covering a 6" square canvas board with black gesso and then added a variety of marks with acrylic paints through stencils.  Splashes of colour were added with Gelatos but the board was so rough, I found it didn't blend out as it would have on a smooth card or paper surface.  Seth's Patina Oxide Baked Texture embossing powder was added in random spots by using an embossing pen to make something for the powder to adhere to.  Some Aquamarine gilding wax was also rubbed here and there.

Next I created a couple frames for my butterfly by die cutting two elements from Seth's Drip Dry die set.  They were thickly coated with black gesso and then rubbed with some purple gilding wax.  The butterfly is a Tim Holtz die cut and I painted it with some metallic paints and then used a fine Micron pen to draw in the lines before I added it to the canvas.

The body of the butterfly is a turn screw from an old computer that I wrapped with embroidery floss, wire and a torn strip of fabric.  This wrapping technique is something Seth demonstrated on a craft segment on YouTube.

I haven't entered any challenges for a while so I thought for a change I might enter these ones:

Creative Artiste Challenge #50 - Anything Mixed Media Goes
More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes + Optional Colour Purple

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Transparent Wings

It is my turn to present the Saturday Showcase at Frilly and Funkie and I have made a couple of projects with the Tim Holtz Transparent Wings to share with you. 

Here is a peek at one of the projects.  To get all the details and see what else I made, pop over to Frilly and Funkie.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Home = Kitchen

It is time for the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Sara Emily is our hostess this time and is calling it Home, Sweet, Home.  She describes it this way:

Whether your house is grand or modest, neat or messy, there's no place like home. Houses get bought and sold, but home stays with you forever. For this challenge, I would like to see how you interpret what home means to you on your vintage or shabby chic project.

When I think of home I always think of the kitchen and cooking.  I love to cook and when we have company they always hang out in the kitchen so it has become the centre of our home.  My late Mother was a fabulous cook so I learned to cook at a very young age and in turn taught my daughter to cook.  I thought I would make a scrapbook layout of my daughter cooking because I was sure I had some photos of her.

In these photos, she is three in the one on the right and is making bran muffins on one of her visits to my Mom.  She is five in the one on the left and is making perogies with my Mother-in-Law (I see playing cards on the table so I suppose Go Fish was played on breaks).  In the one in the middle she is seven and is kneading bread and I am amazed at how focused she was.  She is a wonderful cook and is a far better bread maker than I am.  She makes sourdough bread almost weekly and it is to die for.  Despite my ability to cook, I have never made good scalloped potatoes but she sure can.

One funny memory of her cooking was coming home from work to a lovely clean kitchen until I happened to look up and saw purple spots on the ceiling.  She had decided to make something with blueberries in the blender and forgot to put the lid on tight.  Another time she was so pleased with herself because she made some no bake cookies just before Christmas without any assistance and they were huge and really, really, really sweet -  almost like fondant icing wrapped around a maraschino cherry.  We suggested she might like to take them to school for her classmates and she was thrilled that we would let her do that - whew, dodged that one!

So here is how this layout came together.  Once I found the photos, I scanned them, converted them to grayscale and cleaned them up as best I could before I printed them.

I started with a 12"x12" piece of mat board to use as my substrate and used collage medium to carefully cover it with vintage images of recipes, which I then proceeded to cover up - go figure.   First I used some texture paste (Ranger) and a Harlequin stencil (Tim Holtz) to add a bit of texture in two corners. and then I dry brushed some White Gesso (Dina Wakley) over it.

A dry brushed coat of Lemon Zest Acrylic Paint (Dylusions) came next.  That was far brighter than I wanted so I added some spray inks - Abandoned Coral and Mustard Seed Distress Spray Stain (Tim Holtz), Blazing Sun Glitz Spritz and Burnished Brass Moon Shadow Mist (Lindys) and White Linen (Dylusions).

When the sprays were dry I added some Scattered Straw and Dried Marigold Distress Oxide along with Dried Marigold, Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

Next I added some stenciling with Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) and a Checkmate stencil (Wendy Vecchi) and Abandoned Coral DI and Mini Chicken Wire Reversed stencil (TCW).

Now that I had covered the recipes, it was time to add the layout.  I started with a strip of venise lace followed by three strips of papers from the Garden Goddess paper pad (Graphic 45) that I distressed and then a couple of strips of white corrugated cardboard.

The photos were distressed and mounted on some scraps of plain paper from the Garden Goddess pad before they were added on top of the corrugated cardboard.

I die cut a couple of flourishes from scraps of white card stock and adhered them before adding a variety of paper flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts and Recollections).  A filigree butterfly that my husband cut for me was inked with Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw DO (Tim Holtz) and then added some dollar store adhesive pearls to the body.  Finally I used the Alpha Numeric die set (Tim Holtz #660056) in my stash to cut the word SWEET from some scraps of card stock.

I hope you will join us for this great challenge.  One randomly chosen winner will receive a gift certificate to go shopping at The Funkie Junkie Boutique - always great prices and fabulous customer service.

The design team will choose their top picks with the overall winner receiving an opportunity to be a Guest Designer at a future date.

Following are links to products used from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Graphic 45 - Garden Goddess - 12x12" Patterns & Solids Pad