Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Behind the Flowered Wall by Alan Scott

After taking a weeks holiday, I have come back into the That's Crafty crafting fold with this project.

While I took my week off, I chatted with friends (Laura included as she has become a friend) over what direction I wanted to go and what I was giving to the Design Team, as I was feeling that I was letting the team down with the projects I was offering.

So with Laura's help and my close friends, I came up with a new plan as to what I was going to do. I have always wanted to do a project book exploring different techniques bringing together all the things I have at my disposal. I mean the Cricut and Cameo machines just sit there becoming paper weights, so why not look at ways of using them to become an integral part of my new found direction. I'm sure there are lots of other crafter's that feel guilty over the fact they have spent all this money on things and they just don't use as much as they should.

So this is the first project from my first project book. I hope to be able to see a progression of what I'm doing and as a multi media artist, how my skills set improve. It may sound strange in calling myself a multi media artist, its a goal and something that in aiming for long term.

So hop on board and I hope that you will enjoy this journey just as much as I am hoping to do.



My 12 x 12 inch black card stock Project Book
Some old 12 inch embossed papers
Selection of acrylic paints Eco-Green Crafts Paints as well as some basic colour tubes
Old debit store card
Collection of water colouring markers: AquaMarkers - Tim Holtz Distress Markers
Clear Gloss Varnish Spray
Baby Wipe
Sunflower Spellbinder Die
White Tissue Paper
JustRite Stamping Set
Spellbinders Distressed Frame Metal Die
Pastel Spray Fix


I know that not everyone has access to a 12 x 12 inch project book with card inlays. This can be transferred over to a canvas or a single sheet of card stock. As usual, I have included lots of photos, however I did kind of delete 1 photo so this will teach me to delete photographs on the computer and not the camera! So that's my FIRST TIP of the day lol.

For this project I decided to look into my paper stash, notably that section where we put papers and think mmm if I'm desperate (like we all do... well I hope we do lol). I wanted to use those papers that were heavily embossed, so that when used it would give texture.

As you can see its not just simple coloured papers.

After ripping up the papers to different sizes, I was ready for the next stage of this project.
Using a PVA medium such as Mod Podge, I secured the ripped papers onto the blank canvas.
Using a spray container filled with water, I just dampened the surface a little. This would help with the next step when layering the canvas with paint.

A few dabs of paint were placed on the canvas and with the help of an old store debit card, I started to move the first paint layer over the canvas.
The photo on the left shows how the first layer of colour looked. Then with the help of a heat gun, I didn't dry the paint but 'helped it', if you know what I mean. 

The photo on the right shows the 2nd layer of colour, once again the store debit card was used.
The left photo shows the 3rd layer of colour, again the card was used - wonderful tool's and tit stops you from using them in shops lol. Finally I wanted to use a bright yellow, so I had to dip into my paint box!

The foundation layer complete. From this, I will build up using stencils, stamps etc.

Using the StencilGirl Stencil and white Gesso, I started to lay down some white patterned area's. Don't think that Gesso can only be used for preping a surface, it is also a wonderful medium to use with stencils etc. Only warning I can give you is, wash or place them in a bowl of water as soon as you have finished using the stencil or brush, as it can set on most surfaces and you could damage your stencil trying to get it cleaned up after use.

Then using the Letters Stencil from Dylusions and some red paint, I started to dab into the stencil using a small piece of foam cut out from the sheet. These are washable, so can be used over and over again. You don't just have to use spray's or dabber's when using stencils, paint can also do a wonderful job. Just remember to clean up as soon as possible.
Lets now start to use our stamps and lay another layer onto the surface.
The base layer is for now almost finished and can be put away to rest and cure.

Let's now work on the decoration layers of the project. By now, after I had made my base layer I kind of knew where it was now going to go. This is something that normally happens, I let the paint or materials take me on this journey. Sometimes I do have an overall project in mind and work with that single vision. However, I find that by letting the materials 'speak' to me and for me the project is more interesting and it evolves into the final piece. I have in my stamp collection some wonderful Oriental imagery and I knew that I wanted to use one or two of the stamps in this project. However, I picked just the one and this was it. The positioning of the face was the focal point to everything I was trying to do. 

The photo on the right is the part where I say sorry. The photo of the colours and how I placed colour into my stamped image was deleted by my eagerness to make space on the disc. After selecting a colour range that worked with the background, I kept it simple, then by using the glitter pens, I just gave some highlights to the flowers and the wheels making it look as if the light was coming from a single direction.



Using the Colour Catcher or mini spray booth, I used a high gloss varnish spray to seal in the colours and give it that high gloss Oriental look. As with all sprays of this type SPRAY WITH WINDOWS OPEN OR BETTER, OUTSIDE AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND ANIMALS. 
Then when that was dry, using the Mod Podge, I secured it into place.
It looked as if it was just floating and needed to be anchored onto the canvas, so by using a Gelato Stick (wonderful items to your stash this is my MUST BUY for the day if your budget can afford them. They will be a highly useful addition to your crafting arsenal).
As Gelato's are water soluble, by using your finger or as I have done here, a baby wipe, I just started to blend the colour into a shadow effect. I used red rather than a black on this occasion as I thought the black would be to powerful. 
The bottom photo shows how the finished gelato layer looked. As you can see, it has not 'blacked out' the impressions used under but just hidden them a little.
Now then, this is where I kind of got all excited. I was going to bring into the project items that I thought were only going to be used for my card projects. As you know by now, I think it's important that we use everything we have at our disposal. After all this is a missed media project, not just a paint and stencil project. So using the wonderful Sunflower die with leaf, I started to cut out 5 flowers. Always remember the rule of odds when using flowers etc. 
To colour them, I dived into my Pan Pastels. These were bought and placed into a box and put on a shelf. Then I saw the clear plastic trays. They hold 20 and this now means my Pan Pastels are on display and not hidden away. Again, if you don't have any ask people who use them a lot to point you in the direction of what colours to buy. When I asked I was told keep it simple, think about what colour ranges you normally move towards (mine is orange/red, blue/green). In each set there are 4 different shades.
After I had finished colouring them, once again I gave them a blast with the high gloss spray.
I now went back to my canvas, as there now needed to be other layers to build up the story. So using the Leaves Stencil and a set of 3 paints from Eco-Green and once again a piece of foam, I started to build up leaves up the right side. These were not going to be a main focal point, it was just to add a layer, a suggestion that leaves were here. That's why I didn't use a darker pen and go around the edges of the leaves as I have done in past projects.
From the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Autumn collection, I opted to use the oak leaf and the Aged Mahogany Distress ink pad. I was going to stamp out onto a clear tissue paper, so when it was glued onto the surface of the canvas, it would look transparent.
5 of the leaves were secured into place using the Mod Podge Matte glue.
When I looked at the sunflowers, I was not happy with the way they looked. They were flat, even with the high gloss shine. So armed with a sanding block, I started to remove some of the gloss as if I was going to re-paint a table but it had to have the old colour removed first. But due to my eagerness, one of the petals also decided to become removed from the main flower head. So armed with some strong clear tape, I was able to secure it on the reverse side. I also knew that as I was going to use a strong clear acrylic glue, I could make sure some was placed on this petal to double strengthen it. 
The bottom photo shows them after they had been sanded and a layer of the Ripe Persimmon stain had been used.

I don't know about you but I have in my collection of crafting goodies something that was all the rage a few years back. JustRite brought out this wonderful stamping block and letter forms like the good old days of Type Setting.  
I am able to make up any words that I want. The type faces is kind of a small selection but what is out there does cover most of your needs for this kind of project. My only sad bit is that I would have loved to have an old typewriter font in this collection. 
After I had stamped out the words, I dived back into my Spellbinders folder and found this oblong die that would fit just perfect. 
Once again, I used my Pan Pastels to colour the lettering. A darker reddish brown pen was used to go round the edges of the flowers and leaves.
Using the Colour Catcher and a Pastel Fixative (this one is a spray and is totally harmless so can be used in your normal craft space, but just be careful and make sure nothing is around that might not like a layer of fixer on it).

To give the lettering the final look, I used the Cosmic Shimmer clear varnish. The one added bonus to this is that it saturated the card and made it distort. This gave a really aged and interesting look to the paper when dry.

The final thing to do before I secured the flowers into place, was to draw a wall. This was done free hand using the Aquamarkers. This gave me time to blend colours into each other and not just be a flat layer of colour.
Below are close ups of the finished project. I hope that you find it interesting what I have opted to show you and that you might take something from this project.
I'm very excited like I have mentioned at the start of this project about what I'm going to be doing in the future. As my confidence grows, I hope to start to video record these projects, so that you can see what I'm doing and how I do it. It will also give me the opportunity to show you close up the products that I have used.
Any questions please send me a message and I will get back to you a.s.a.p.
Happy Crafting to all my crafting friends out there both new and old.

1 comment:

  1. An amazingly detailed tutorial Alan and would never have guessed without how many layers your beautiful creation has. Gorgeous!


Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on our blog, we really appreciate it.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...