Thursday, 23 March 2017

MDF Driftwood Circle

So here we are again, it's been a little while due to on going house alterations. Don't ask!
Anyone seen a film called Money Pit with Tom Hanks. LOL
 Anyhow, I've managed to squeeze this little number out for a class I'm running at Sunrise Crafts at their new home in Wordsley, Stourbridge, on Saturday April 8th 2017.
Using an MDF Driftwood Circle the large one out of a pack of two.

To begin I didn't want the project to be too big and bulky, so instead of using the backing strips I created a backing from thick A4 card.

The MDF Circle was placed on the card and drawn around, this was cut out a few millimetres inside the draw line (it wasn't a full circle as  A4 card wasn't the same width, which was fine as it went down the centre to give support). Also added a little later were a couple of coffee stirrers to add a little more support, still slimline though.
Next came the initial layer of  brown paint on the right side, this was applied with a brayer and gave a nice even layer which dried quickly. Vaseline was streaked onto the brown paint from the edges inwards to act as a resist for the paint. A mixture of cream and white was brayered over the brown and left to dry, the excess paint and vaseline was removed using a baby wipe.

  The Vaseline was reapplied covering some of the brown and some some of the White/cream combination, the next layer was white and blue. Again this was left to dry and removed with a wipe, this produced a distress driftwood effect. 

Random stamping was added using chicken wire stamp, text and wall effect then set aside to dry.
Two holes were put in the MDF to make a hanger later.

Now to the decoration, the fence was created first by stamping on tissue paper, this was then flipped over onto the wrong side and coloured with paint then dried gently with a heat tool.


 Once dry the tissue was torn closely to the fence and arranged onto the MDF, painted side down to show the stamped image on right side. A layer of decoupage glue was spread onto the MDF, followed by the tissue paper stamped image. This was gently smoothed into the glue, a good dollop of the glue was gently rubbed over the top to help dissolve the tissue paper and leave the stamped/painted image.

They house was next, 4 pieces of card were cut to the same size. Each piece was a different colour.  First, cream/white. Second, white/blue. Third, blue and finally Yellow Ocre.
Once dry they were each stamped with the same house image, using the lighter tone as a base, Windows and doors etc were cut from the coloured images to create a decopatch house.
Ooops moment forgot to take pictures.

The elements were distressed around the edges before being glued into position onto the house, the house was also edged with distress ink then sealed with distress wax.
Next up, the tree. Five pieces of card, two painted brown and three green all stamped with the tree image.

The brown tree trunks were cut out, ignoring where the green leaves should be.
The green card had additional stamping in green to add interest then the leaves were cut out and glued to the tree trunks. Brown distress ink was applied to the edges to take away the harsh white of cut edges.

Home sweet home was stamped on white card and cut out, a pencil was used to add a touch of colour and distress ink used to darken the edges.  This was layered onto a further piece of white card and lightly coloured in brown to blend in with the project.
All the elements were glued into position and a further addition of green paint around the bottom edges of the house and trees.
Finishing touch was a twisted piece of wire and ribbon threaded through holes to create a hanger.

Hope you like this latest project.

Sue X

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Wanderlust week 4 - 6

Week 4 - activities, not allowed to share part of it as it is a year long challenge.
What I can share is a Journal page using 3 colours with as much black white and grey as you want, written prompt was, "I am ready.......". 
Week 5 - There is no final. basically this was an exercise in putting down a single or double layer as a base on several pages to return to at a later date, Ummm not much to show there I'm afraid.
Week 6 - Amanda Grace, The Love letter. This for me is a work in progress as its not my cup a tea. I get the layers and texture, but opening up your inner most thoughts is well, not me.
If you would like to check out her blog you can find it here.
Sue X

Wanderlust Week 7

Week 7 on wanderlust is the turn of Clair Bremner, check out her blog here.  Also, its not to late to join in Wanderlust check it out here if you fancy experiencing a range artistic experiences.
If you visit Clair's blog check out the workshops section, there is a free video showing her process.
This was my first effort and was/is very addictive,  if  you use the right brushes for the different techniques life is a lot easier too.
This was done on a canvas board.
This was  my second done in my journal.

Hope you like them.
Sue X

Wanderlust Week 3 - Parts 2 +3

The aim of part 2+3 was to use printed  copies of the ink draw and coloured in versions to create a further couple of pages.
I had to wait for a delivery of printer ink before I could complete this so in the meantime had a another go at drawing, this time completely free hand definitely no pencil guide lines.
This is my second inked version.
(Yet to colour this one.)
This one was a colour copy of the original, cut out twice and glued to journal page then enhanced with a variety of gelatos'  and other media.
This version was a photo copy of the inked uncoloured picture to which different colours were used.

Sue X

Extention Part 2

Well here we are a few weeks on and left over winds from storm Doris about to hit. Wouldn't you know it we have half a roof attached and well I guess by tomorrow we may not have a roof at all.
Here are some photos so far.

I Came home one day to see Tom checking up on the build quality.
This is how we look today, the builders arrived at 9.00am checked for leaks (which there were in our bedroom). They promptly covered them over, I guess with more plastic sheeting then were gone by 9.10am  Ummmm, me thinks they have another job on too. Now you see them and now you don't.


Lets see what happens in the storm tomorrow.

And this one was just for fun, the cat went out this morning in the dry a few minutes later she returned and sat on the step. It obviously began to rain and well she didn't move until I let her back in. This is what remained.
Sue X
ps. will try and post some more crafty stuff soon.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Tuesday Fun January 2017

The builders weren't on site yesterday and so I decided to have a bit of crafting time with the sister-in-law. 
Last week Nola and I popped to a local craft shop and collect a few supplies, we came back with an MDF window shape to decorate.

In my true style I didn't take many photos, ooops!
At this point we had sandwiched cheesecloth between the 2 pieces of shaped MDF, Structure medium was used to glue the fabric into folds to give the impression of curtains and the 2 MDF shapes were glued together.
Using a brayer, we added colour to all the MDF, covering the bottom lip if MDF which fit into the gap.

A layer of crackle glaze was followed by a coat of lighter chalk paint to give the window a distressed look. Distress ink was added to age even further. Water was misted onto the frame and lifted off to reveal a mottled effect, this was sealed with distress glaze/wax.

Close up!

To complete the project the window was slotted into the base and glued into position.
The fabric was painted in a light blue and white left to dry then dry brushed over the top with a darker blue.
The fairy was created from black texture paste on acetate which had been put through a stencil left to dry and cut out. The whole project was then assembled with moss and shop bought flowers and beads. However I think it needs something else!
Here is the finished piece!
That's it for today.
Sue X

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Extention Part 1

Why Oh Why didn't we just move house!
Half of our lovely conservatory has been demolished.
Along with the garage.

Just waiting for the building inspector to check out the foundation holes before the next step.
Sue X

Wanderlust 2017-Week 3

Wanderlust Week 3 with Wilna Furstenberg was an experience in drawing directly to paper with acrylic  ink.
Yeah I can do that, not done it before but I'll give it a go. 
Normally I lightly draw with a pencil and then go over it with the chosen medium.
I have to admit I did pencil in a few flowers to go over, as I wasn't relaxed enough to go full hog straight off, however once I got into the flow there was no stopping me.
Acrylic paint was used to colour the pages, magenta, primary yellow, white followed by sap green and brown, all were mixed to achieve different combinations of shades and tones.

 The swirl was added to use up the excess magenta and white, I decided to keep it as a feature and incorporate an arty quote, love the idea of journaling on a page but its not really me. Black was added to make the colours pop, although at one point I thought is resembled a pattern found on a barge.
I chose the least soppy arty type words I could find on the internet to go in my swirl, then as I sat posting this I  thought OMG I have sunflowers on my page and totally obliviously added a quote by Vincent Van Gogh.
This is how the first part of my project turned out, white/black ink/paint was used to add detail to highlight and draw the eye into the page.
I'm unable to complete the 2nd and 3rd part this weeks lesson as the printer is out of ink, mainly due to number one daughter printing off several photos for observation support  for an art project.
Say no more!
Hope you like it.
Sue X

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Wanderlust Week 2 - Making Magic

Making Magic!
The aim of this weeks Wanderlust class was to let go, paint without inhibitions, not over think the process and continue building layers/texture until the picture reveals itself to you. The reveal being the magic, scary thought as I normally go with, "Stop before you over do it".
 I  watched the video and thought to myself, ok, I can do this.
 It was an extremely long recording showing many layers until the artist was happy/satisfied with the result. Having experienced the process of getting lost in the layers I now understand why the video is so long,  I began on the evening of Friday 13th and have only just finished it today, Thursday 19th.
 I began with paint/texture followed by papers and drips, followed by more paint/texture and layers. After a many hours spread over many days I finally finished.
Mary Anne Wangerin has a unique way of getting to her finished piece, click here to see her blog.
The aim Wanderlust is to experience new techniques, let go/embrace and create a project that maybe you wouldn't normally.
Hopefully I've achieved this weeks task.
Here are a few of the layers prior to the finished piece, not all of them as I got lost in the moment.

As  you can see nothing really stayed the same, I did have a dream catcher in mind when I began, but as I was taking so long I gave up on that idea. Maybe I will do another without the pressure of trying to get it done in a time limit.
Hope you like it.
Sue X

Saturday, 7 January 2017

A little fun!

Belated post, I'm afraid I found this in my drafts folder on blogger from a week before Christmas so I'm blogging it now because I thought it deserved to be  posted.

So Tuesday was a relax, have fun, get messy and go back to cards later today day, (I still have hand delivery cards to go).

So 10.30am arrived and I jumped in Nizzy (my car) and went to pick up Nola.
Now I knew she had bought some mini sledges and thought we would be spending the morning decorating them to hang on the tree, little did I know she had bought a couple of larger ones too

Oh joy!

 We began with a layer of blueberry paperartsy paint followed by a layer of crackle glaze then a top layer of white. We sat back had a cuppa and watched the magic happen.
I found some Xmas napkins with vintage pictures on buried deep in the depths of my craft box and so decided to decoupage them onto the sledge. They were 3ply tissues, after a few minutes spent separating the layers we tore around the image and manipulated it to fit on the project. Using soft mat gel applied thinly to the project with a finger then we gently lowered the image in place. This was smoothed over and left to dry, a layer of mat gel was  added over the top to protect and seal the image. Distress ink was added to the sled too.

I'd bought a packet of Tim Holtz skates, soooo cute, but only 6 of them or 3 pairs in a pack. This was the ideal charm to add to the project with a touch of ribbon to help secure them to and a touch more ribbon to form the rope  to steer with.

Out came the ready made flowers box and project complete.

This is my version.

This one is Nola's

Hope you like them.

Sue X