Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Believe, Celebrate, Dream, Inspire, Together by Alan Scott

This was inspired by a set of drawings that I bought called 'Whimsical Animals'. In some strange way the background was led by a single stamp from the collection Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Classic Favorites - Classic 3 (SCF003) 


Flat 12 inch Canvas Board
Main Image Printed Out x 2 (any image of a Fairy/Dancer etc. can be used for this)
Selection of Alcohol pens ProMarkers and Spectrum Noir
Clear Tissue Paper
Adirondack Pitch Black Dye Ink Pad
Text Stamps Kaisercraft Clear Stamps. You can type/write or stamp out your text and then inscribe a box around the letters using a Black Nibbed Fine Pen
Collection of Dylusion Ink Sprays
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink Pad
Blending Tool
Selection of Brushes - (Claudine Hellmuth 7pc Brush Set will give you almost every brush you will need!
Heat Gun (to use if you're in a hurry and can't wait! lol)
Baby Wipes (an Altered Artist's best friend or a pretend one like me who is learning) 


Cricut Die Cutting Machine - Ornate Ironwork 1 (for the gate, however any simple cut design will work)

Flower Metal Die/ eBosser Embossing Machine (if you don't have a flower die then by cutting into a circle so that you have one long length then coil it up, will give you the same look) - Black/White Laser Printer (I paid £45 for a simple laser printer plus a toner cartridge. If you can afford to buy one then I can highly recommend that you do as it's just the business for your digital crafting as ProMarkers/water based pens work a treat while using a good quality paper) 


Okay you all know what we do first.... YEP GESSO our canvas to help us in our build up of layers of detail and colour. 

Once again as with all our projects of this nature we can break it down into sections so that we can carry the flow of creativity.

We have the Canvas or whatever base you have chosen to use ~ The Dancer ~ The Text, so we have three parts.

While the Gesso was drying , I selected the image that I wanted to use and then printed it out using a laser black/white printer - I printed out 2 copies. I selected two as I wanted the wings to have 2 layers so that it looked like there was depth and movement. Taking the Ttal paint and a lot of water, I laid down a very very thin layer of colour, using a baby wipe to wipe areas so that its not 'flat'. At this point, you can use a heat gun, however I like to let the paint dry naturally as to me it gives you a better depth of hue. 

Taking the stamps selected from our set, ink up and then stamp on to the tissue paper. If you're not feeling comfortable, then just cut out giving a border and then tape to your working surface. Once again put to one side to allow to dry.

While we have a few moments we can start to select our colours and build up colours on our main image. Take your time and always test out colours and combinations on a scrap bit of paper that's the same as the one you're working on. I always save larger cut outs into a box just for this reason. 

After you have selected the templates or masks you're using along with the ink sprays, start to lay down colour, patterns. Don't worry if you're over-lapping, its all about giving your project depth and interest.


If it's not working for you (trust me when I say I have gesso'ed over a few canvases when it's gone all pear shaped and it's looking like something my cats have brought in from the garden!). We can Gesso and start again learning from why it went wrong and then learning that we don't do this or that.

After the templates/masks have been used, now it's time to lay down the tissue paper stamped imagery, using the Matte Medium and a dabbing motion - this will help with the ink nor smudging. Take your time, it will work and the stamped images will soon be fixed to your canvas. Let it dry naturally, as using a heat gun will make the glue bubble up.

When I was happy with the way the layers were looking, using the Vintage ink, distress the edges, - don't go mad you're after just about half an inch max. or roughly about that area. 

The stamped image has now to be finished, cutting out one set of the wings, we want to now emboss them. As they are small, tweezers are the best way to make sure we do not get burnt fingers. I gave the wings 3 coats of embossing powder to give depth. 

Now then this is the part of the project that for some will cause the 'OH I CAN'T DO THIS AS I DON'T HAVE........'

There is always a way round things. To make the gate, look on the internet and see if you can find a simple iron styled gate. It can be a photo or a drawing. All we are looking for is something we can copy and then cut out. Always remember the scale - it's got to be almost as big as the coloured image. 

Three simple flowers that had been rolled up were secured at the top of the gate, the leaves were cut out in green card and then coloured at the edges to give dimension and a feeling of age. I didn't want to overlay the gate with flowers or leaves. By placing them in one corner gives you the feeling of flowers all around. Secure the gate and flowers onto the canvas using a good strong clear glue. 

The next to final job is to secure the coloured image that you have carefully cut out onto your canvas. Slightly bend your image and then with the glue give a large 'blob' down the centre so that it stands out from the sides.

The final part is to address the problem of the Ttxt. You can take your stamps and stamp out a word or a sentence  Print it out from your computer/laptop or you may have a stamp that has the wording you want to use. I always when using text ,draw a box around it. To me it anchors the word/text onto the page, so that it does not look like it's floating and shouldn't be there. It's just a personal thing, so if you're not liking the box, then don't do it.  

I hope my projects give you an idea a spark so that you can join me in this wonderful journey of discovery in Altered Art. 

Any questions please send me a message and i will get back to you a.s.a.p.


  1. Great project Alan. Love the strong colour palette and all the detail. Fab quirky image too.
    Fliss x


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