Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Circles on a Blue Background by Alan Scott


I thought I might do something a little different for this weeks 'How 2 Make', so I thought about making some wall art.

This project was made on a 12 inch canvas but please don't let that scare you or put you off having a go at something like this. There are hundreds of old picture frames out there that are screaming out for a new lease of life. So just replace the canvas with some paper insert and then place on a wall. 

Once again this has been a journey, as the original concept was as we say 100 miles away from what it ended up. I also have to apologize for some of the photos they are blurred and I also missed out one section which isn't of great importance, so a few extra words will be okay. 

The main products of this project are acrylic paints. After playing with some, I found that Eco Green Crafts Acrylic Paints gave the best coverage, as the paint is thick and has a strong colour hue which covers what is under it very well.


12 x 12 inch canvas (cheapest one you can find)
A 12 x 12 sheet of USED Bubble Wrap
Template of your choice (here I have used circles but you can use one with squaresovalshearts etc)
Paper from old books to give strength to the canvas
Tub of 50/50 PVA glue and water to secure the paper onto your canvas
Moulding Paste (to make the surface level and cover the lines made by layers of paper)





The canvas was covered by using an old AA Driving Atlas using the watered down PVA glue.
As I was not sure as to what I was going to do next, I placed a layer of white Gesso over the canvas, getting it ready to help with the layers of colours the project was going to involve.

I opted to give the canvas a layer of bronze thinking that it would make for an interesting background.


On second thoughts, the bronze was not a good move!
Once I had opted to change the direction, I took the moulding paste to make the surface of the canvas level and cover up the surface that had some warping in the paper. 

Once the moulding paste dried, I took a sanding block and sanded the paste so that the final surface was flat and had no ridges.
This is where I jumped in got excited and forgot to take a photo. The blue was just so vibrant, I couldn't wait to do the next step.... BUBBLE WRAP! 
I carefully removed the bubble wrap and the result was just great, the impressions made by the used film left a very unique layer of design and colours.

To protect the background, I used some Mod Podge to protect the base.

This is where the fun starts! After selecting the template I wanted to use and a soft leaded pencil, I started to build up the design.

The pencil mark impressions and the design that was finally decided upon.


SORRY ABOUT THE PHOTO! The selection of paints that were going to be used.

To help with the saturation, I first decided to lay a layer of white Gesso and then mix in the paints with the Gesso so that it left differing shades of that colour. 

The right photo shows the next point where I decided that I had to make a change. The mixing of the Gesso and the paints was just not working for me, so I decided that I wanted a flat colour.



Once the paints had dried the next step was to take a strong white marker pen and place dots around the circles. 

The photo on the right shows the finished circles and dots.
There was something missing - the background just didn't feel right. So I took a dotted flourish mask and started to build up flourishes in the background. These flourishes didn't go over the circles but were to look as if they were behind them. A coloured gel glitter pen was used first. 
Then to look as if the dots were shadowed, I took the clear gel glitter pen and put the mask just a little of sync. This would make it look as if it was shadowed.

The final part was to take a flower template and using a clear gel glitter pen in the centre of the larger circles.

There you are, a simple art project that by just using some paints and a template or two, you can build up some modern art. 

As I stated at the start, you don't have to use a canvas, you're able to transfer the skills in this 'How to Make' onto a paper surface and then securing into a frame that you have found and treated from a car boot or charity shop.

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

Happy Crafting


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Presenting ….. The Perrella Arch by Mandy C


Gold gel pen


v     Take a piece of white card, spray with Dylusions, dry with a heat tool.

v      Cut out an arch shape (I find doing an A4 size allows you to choose which piece of  background you would like to use for a particular project).

v      Stamp the large girl head onto some card, along with the ribbon with black        Archival. Blast with a heat tool to set. Colour with watercolours. Set to one side.

v    Firstly stamp the beaded curtain along the top of the arch.

v    Then randomly stamp (using black Archival) the numbers from the Basic Backgrounds set across the background. If you use the stamp without an acrylic block, you can get just random bits of the stamp rather than a solid stamped image. Adds to the grungy effect.

v     Heat set, especially if it’s a new Archival as they are very wet.

v      Using the Picket Fence Distress paint add some of the harlequin background stamp (adds texture).

v    Dry with your heat tool.

v     Position your girl image onto the arch, glue and then glue the ‘ribbon’ onto the bottom of her as a decorative effect.

v    Edge the numbers and the girl with white gel pen. As it’s a fairly dark background it makes the girl stand out a bit more.

v    Add gold gel pen to the beaded curtain (you could also use Stickles if you like some glitter. ;-)

v    Edge the arch with the black Archival.

v    Lastly add some Glossy Accents to the numbers on the girls hat and face.


Monday, 29 July 2013

Sing Your Song Loud - A Tag by Deborah


Hero Arts Poly Clear Stamp Set: Journal Letters
Crafty Individuals: Alice Palace Designs - British Bulldog (for the words)
Kaisercraft Numbers
Distress Ink: Barn Door, Black Soot
Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool
Jet Black Archival Ink
ProMarkers: Black, Bright Orange, Sunflower, Berry Red
Ranger Inkssentials Tag #8
Gelli Plate
Speedball Brayer
Distress Paints: Mustard Seed, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade
Distress Stains: Mustard Seed, Barn Door
Sheet of inkjet address labels
StencilGirl – Song Birds
Glue Stick
Button and bamboo thread from my stash
Gel Medium eg Maimeri, for attaching button

I’ve been experimenting with printing onto inkjet labels using my Gelli Plate then reassembling the labels on a substrate – in this case a tag – cutting the labels to fit where necessary.

Here I used a palette of red, orange and yellow paint. I cannot remember what stencil I printed with but for a similar effect to this background choose one that leaves some white space on your labels. Once I had adhered my labels, I splatted a couple of Distress Stains where there was too much white. Then I stamped the numbers and words, un-mounted, in black Archival ink and Barn Door Distress Ink.

Using a blending tool, I inked through one of the stencilled songbirds with Black Soot and edged both the bird and the tag with a black ProMarker, making the lines deliberately wonky.

The journal letters were stamped on lightweight white card in Archival Ink, coloured in with ProMarkers and cut out. I made sure my ink was dry before colouring, and even then I coloured carefully so as not to smudge. I glued them on with a glue stick, which you may also need to make sure the labels stay stuck down properly – the gelli printing process (or maybe the weight of the paint) makes the label sheet buckle and lifts some of the labels.

I threaded bamboo thread through a large button and glued the button to the tag with Golden Heavy Gel – I think the Maimeri gel would be a good substitute.


Sunday, 28 July 2013

Garden Visitor by Lynne Moncrieff



If you have been toying with the notion of purchasing a Gelli Arts Plate but unsure if you would make use of it, I say dive in!  As I don’t have an abundance of stencils or bright colours amongst my supplies, I was unsure if it would fit into my preferred style but I believe now that the Gelli Plate suits whatever it is your style might be.

For me, it has allowed me a speedy way of creating a background which has the appearance of texture and of course a perfect base for stamping (or stencils).

Once again I used lace for my prints, yet the card I made was with a male cousin’s birthday in mind. So whether you like grungy, funky or vintage, it appears it will morph to your style.


EcoGreen Crafts Acrylic Paints:- Birch, Aged Gold and Bronze
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint:- Honeydew and Sage
Distress Ink:- Vintage Photo and Crushed Oliver
5” x 5” card blank (or make own from A4 cardstock)
White cardstock (for Gelli prints)
Extras:- Lace, thread, mini eyelet and burlap scrap 



Gelli Prints

·       For the first Gelli print (for background) I used EcoGreen Acrylics and PaperArtsy Fresco Finish in Sage. To create the print, I used wide lace and loose weave burlap ribbon.


·       For the second print (used to stamp main elements onto), I combined Birch, Aged Gold and Honeydew, using lace to create the print. 

Stamped Background on Gelli Print


·       The feather from Oxford Impressions The Bird’s Nest and bee from Oxford Impressions Jane’s Garden, were stamped repeatedly with Distress Ink Vintage Photo on the first print, then adhered to card base.


·       Distress Ink Crushed Olive was swiped onto lace and adhered to cardbase.

·       Onto the second Gelli Print, with VersaFine Vintage Sepia, I stamped Garden (Jane’s Garden), two feathers and bird collage (The Bird’s Nest) with Vintage Photo applied to edges.


·       I layered the bird collage and feathers to cardbase. Embellishing with lace and scrap burlap. Garden was cut into a tag shape, mini eyelet inserted and attached to the lace with thread.
Until next week.

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