Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fun Times, Friendship and Laughter.

Hi everyone told you I would be back! This time another catch up page created for Colour Blast complete with another tutorial....enjoy!


So lets begin a step by step how I created it:


I began by using Alpha stickers to create a textured background.

Coat the entire page with Gesso, covering the letters so that you are left with a blank canvas to work with.
Choose your colour palette, I have used: Colour Mica Powder in Polar & Colour Shimmer Dust in DukeCobalt and Navy.





    Spray the background lightly with water then add the powders starting with the lightest through to the darker colours.
    Move the page to move the colour and add more water for further movement.
    Soak up puddles with a baby wipe, and take off some colour where needed. I have taken some colour off the letters to make them pop a little! 


      Add a darker colour and a little shimmer with Dusty Charcoal Colour Shimmer Spray.

      I used a brush and the sprayer to move the colour around and add splashes.





        I wanted to make the letters stand out more so I used Colour Embossing Powders randomly in various colours, and layered them to create depth.

        The colours I used are: Singing the BluesSteel and Stormy Weather.





          After making a few more splashes I used grey acrylic paint and an old card to create thin stripes going down the page and over the textures.

          I added some Torn pieces of printed tissue with Gel Medium.





            Now time to add the photo that I mounted on layers of patterned paper from my stash.

            Now for the Title, simply treated with the same Colour Embossing Powders used for the lettered background.



              And the job is done!
              Here are a few more detailed shots for you: 


              Using alpha stickers as texture is so easy and turns out very effective. You can use up all the left over letters that you know you have in that stash!!! They do not all have to be that same font either.







              Until next time Happy Crafting!!!
              Hugs to all! 

              Sunday, February 19, 2017

              "Gorgeous...." a page for Colour Blast.

              Hi everyone and a happy belated New year!
              Apologies for not being around but I was having a wonderful fun filled summer!
              So I now have to face up to all the catching up I have to do.....and the washing!!!
              So over the next week or so I am going to catch up on my projects that have not reached this little old blog. First up here is a layout and tutorial I did for Colour Blast late last year...I think...LOL!

              The LO features one of my gorgeous nieces that live a long way away in the States.
              I love getting their photos, it is a chance for me to get a girlie fix, not that this page is very girlie really you could do the same for a masculine page too.
              So here is the page:


              And now a few step by step pics to show how I created it:


              I drew roughly where I wanted to place the ball flower thingies...lets call them blooms form now on.
              I tore up old book paper and glued the pieces down with Gel Medium as a start to my Blooms.




               Once dry I added some Glass bead Gel to create some texture.
              I then chose my colour scheme and gathered supplies....time to get splashy with colour!
              I splattered a few drops of Colour Shimmer Spray in Bling first all over the page.





                 I sprinkled Colour Mica Powder: Lemon Zing and Colour Shimmer Dust: SunflowerAmber & Lollipop on to the Blooms then added water with a brush moving the colour around into a ball shape.





                   I was not happy with the shapes they turned out a bit "Blobby" so I decided to use the sprayer out of the Colour Sprays:  Bubblegum as a "brush" and do some defining scratches to make the blobs look a little more organic and loose.





                    They ended up looking a little more like flowers, loved the scratchy bits.
                    Then I used the sprayer to splash more colour around the page. 



                       

                      I did a total of 3 Blooms (have to work with odd numbers for balance).






                        I felt they still needed some texture so I reached for the Colour Embossing Powder in Bling adding a few layers heating as I sprinkled. 





                          I added some doodly lines to define the blooms with a Posca paint pen in Black.
                          I think I can call them done now!





                            Lastly I layered patterned paper around my photo, added the chipboard title that I painted black and lastly a few embossed chippy hearts done with the Bling Colour Embossing Powder to tie the composition together. 




                              So the page is done, what do you think?


                              The blooms were once again an experiment but I do love a play and I think they turned out ok!



                              The close ups don't really show the blissful shimmer of all the powders and the shine of the embossing powder sorry you shall just have to believe me when I say it looks fab!!














                              Still a few more bits and pieces to show you all so I will be back in the next few days to do just that! 
                              Thanks for visiting see you again soon!!



                              Wednesday, November 30, 2016

                              "Presence of Wonder........", art journal play for Colour Blast.

                              Hey everyone, 
                              I am back with my latest Art Journal Page playing with loads of Colour Blast goodies!
                              So with out further Hoo Ha here is the page:

                              So here is a step by step how I created it:

                              Glue down tissue with Gel Medium. I have used an old sewing pattern. Once dry I added a wash of white Gesso making the  black lines recede into the background.

                               

                              Once dry I splashed around some colour using the vibrant  Colour Sprays. I started with the lighter colours then moving progressively darker. I added water between colours to move the splashes around creating a water colour effect. The colours I used are SaffronSunsetBubblegum and Grape.

                               
                              Move the page around creating "drippage" and merging colours to get some interesting merging puddles of colour.


                               Once dry I wanted to add a little shine to the page so I sprayed with Colour Shimmer Spray in Bling. It adds a wonderful subtle shine!

                              Next it is time for my favourite Colour Paste, Bling, used through a stencil along the edges of the page.

                               

                              You can see all that wonderful shimmer that the Bling Shimmer Spray gives!

                              Once dry, I added some stamped images using archival ink across the page. 


                              I added strips of old book paper to add a little dimension.

                                Adding the finishing touches, torn washi tape,  a small quote strip, stamped small butterflies to flutter across the double page and a large Butterfly Silhouette.



                                     And that my friends is it, Art Journal Page done and dusted!
                                     A very simple quick and easy process, why not give it a go? 
                                    Here are a few detailed shots for you all. 

                                     


                                     



                                    Thanks so much for dropping by!
                                    Michelle





                                    Wednesday, November 23, 2016

                                    "Whimsical Wings"

                                    Hey there everyone, I am back with a project I created just for the fun of it! 
                                    Have no idea what to call it so it is just a winged thing!
                                    So here is the project, so so much fun to do!


                                    The base is a timber board that I coated with a layer of white Gesso, then added a layer of cheap joint medium to create a background with dimension replicating an old wall.


                                    I also added a layer of crackle paste, trying to add a peeling paint look to that wall!



                                     I collected loads of stuff from my stash including an antique door plate that was a good fit as a "body" and a doll, that I ripped the head off......(strangely satisfying!).


                                    I used shells, Scrap FX chipboard coral and wings, watch parts, art stones, micro beads and beads to make up my whimsical creature.


                                    The doll only had a little bit of hair so I added shredded paper to the background to give her more flowing locks!




                                    I glued everything down with heavy gel medium and the joint medium was a great filler behind the  door plate and makes a great glue to the base!


                                     Once all was dry, the real fun began....adding tons of colour!


                                     This is when all those wonderful cracks and texture come to the fore!


                                    Gold paint embossing powders & pigment powders all add to the effect.



                                    Well, that was a whole heap of messy fun, I hope you like her and a name would be great! So, if anyone can think of one feel free!
                                    Till next time!

                                    Michelle