Thursday, 18 January 2018

Wet Felted Pod


All ready and set up on the dining room table.


Laid the wool over the template.


Wrapped the wool over on the other side.


Layers of wool laid on the other side of the template.


I massaged soapy water onto the piece and got more aggressive as it started to felt. I kept turning it over and also made sure I worked the edges.


Once I was happy that it had felted I cut a hole in the middle of the front and pulled out the resist.


And this is what I ended up with after I'd gone in again with the soap around the cut edges to felt them.


Then I stuffed it with dusters to the shape that I wanted it to take once dry and left it over night in the airing cupboard.


It is now totally dry, but I wanted to show how much you have to allow for shrinkage.


Jo Prosser very kindly sent me some locks still attached to the wool so that I could attach them around the outside edges of the opening.


I put toy filling inside to make it a bit stronger and to help it hold its shape better. I also made like a shelf at the front too with the locks.


I also felted some of the same locks at the top of the hole as were on the top.


And this is how it looks from the back. 

I'm really pleased with how it turned out.


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Tags & Atcs


Had a play with some backgrounds today and made these tags. I coloured the images with my zig pens which I haven't used for a while.


A couple more with Lynn Perrella Paperartsy stamps and a compass stencil I bought ages ago but hadn't used until now.


And finally a couple of Atc's. I cut the Teesha Moore boy with the hair image in half and used one for each atc.

Handle with Care


And for my final make using the fabulous ARTZONE stencils designed by Deb Wainwright I created this piece using the music stencil. The background has been coloured with a wash of magenta and dioxazine Decoart premium acrylics. I used titanium white through the essentials 1. The main image from the music stencil was stencilled with prussian blue.

All the stencils (and more) can be found in Debs online shop here. If you get chance, please pay a visit. They retail at £5.75 and are excellent value. They are made from a very robust material and because of this they are very to use and also easy to clean. They are also very versatile as they can be used either way.


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Polar Bear


So today, being as it started to snow I decided to make a polar bear. In truth is was meant to be a tiger, but when I'd made the body I didn't think it was big enough, so the tiger went on hold for now!


I added a white dot to each of the eyes.


Then decided to add a darker eyebrow to define the eye a bit more, and also defined the paws a bit more.


I also added pads to the bottoms of the feet.


Here he is stood from the other side.
 

I think the nose is a little long but overall I'm quite happy with how he turned out as this is the first time I've used Merino as a top coat.


Button Eve


Using the fabulous ARTZONE stencils designed by Deb Wainwright I created this piece. The background has been coloured with red, orange and yellow Decoart premium acrylics, applied with a babywipe. I used blue twister crayola crayon through the essentials 1 and outlined the boxes with white crayon and smudged them. The main image, Eve, was stencilled with black Decoart modelling paste. I added two buttons for the other eye.

All the stencils (and more) can be found in Debs online shop here. If you get chance, please pay a visit. They retail at £5.75 and are excellent value. They are made from a very robust material and because of this they are very to use and also easy to clean. They are also very versatile as they can be used either way.


Monday, 15 January 2018

Skellen & Essentials



Using the fabulous ARTZONE stencils designed by Deb Wainwright I created this piece. The background has been coloured with cobalt blue, magenta and dioxazine Decoart premium acrylics, applied with a babywipe. I used titanium white through the essentials 1 and carbon black through the skellen stencil which is from the first release.

All the stencils (and more) can be found in Debs online shop here. If you get chance, please pay a visit. They retail at £5.75 and are excellent value. They are made from a very robust material and because of this they are very to use and also easy to clean. They are also very versatile as they can be used either way, which you will see in another post.


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Indian Runner Duck


The body and legs have been made by sculpting toy filling to form the core.


I used my slicker brushes for the first time as I had a bright orange and a bright yellow but neither were the right colour, so I blended them together to create the beak and cover the feet and legs. I used a NZ carded batt in apricot colour for the main body. (All from the Felt Box.)


Next I added an eye in black.


And then the other side and his nostrils.


And I thought I'd finished but it was missing something and then I realised I'd not put the white bit in his eye.


And the white bit in the other eye too.


And now he's finished. 

He is a gift for my mum who loves ducks. She did say she didn't want any more, but hopefully she will accept this one.

Face Your Fears


Using the fabulous ARTZONE stencils designed by Deb Wainwright I created this piece. The background has been coloured with red, orange and yellow Decoart premium acrylics applied with a babywipe. I used carbon black through the heiroglyphics stencils. I wanted to show that you don't have to use it with an egyptian theme for it to work. Hence the Teesha Moore image and the words.

All the stencils (and more) can be found in Debs online shop here. If you get chance, please pay a visit. They retail at £5.75 and are excellent value. They are made from a very robust material and because of this they are very to use and also easy to clean. They are also very versatile as they can be used either way, which you will see in my next post.


Saturday, 13 January 2018

Boho Jane


Using the fabulous ARTZONE stencils designed by Deb Wainwright I created this piece. The background has been coloured with magenta, orange and yellow Decoart premium acrylics which I applied with a babywipe. I used carbon black through the Boho Jane stencil, which is from the first release. I coloured in using twisted crayola crayons and added buttons and fibres to embellish.

All the stencils (and more) can be found in Debs online shop here. If you get chance, please pay a visit. They retail at £5.75 and are excellent value. They are made from a very robust material and because of this they are very to use and also easy to clean. They are also very versatile as they can be used either way.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Own Your Dreams


Again, using the fabulous ARTZONE stencils designed by Deb Wainwright I created this piece. The background has been coloured with yellow and green Decoart premium acrylics applied with a pallet knife. I used black through the music stencil, but I only used the main image. I used printed cellophane over the image to create the stars and the snake skin effect.

All the stencils (and more) can be found in Debs online shop here. If you get chance, please pay a visit. They retail at £5.75 and are excellent value. They are made from a very robust material and because of this they are very to use and also easy to clean. They are also very versatile as they can be used either way.




Thursday, 11 January 2018

Mystery 101 - Eve


Using the fabulous ARTZONE stencils designed by Deb Wainwright I created this piece. The background has been coloured with a wash of magenta and dioxazine Decoart premium acrylics. I used titanium white through the essentials 1 and patterns stencils. The main image, Eve, was stencilled with prussian blue.

All the stencils (and more) can be found in Debs online shop here. If you get chance, please pay a visit. They retail at £5.75 and are excellent value. They are made from a very robust material and because of this they are very to use and also easy to clean. They are also very versatile as they can be used either way, which you will see in another post.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Geode #2


Now I have my batts I decided to try another geode but using a different technique. I scrunched up a couple of little carrier bags.


I thinned the batt out and added some white nepps and angelina fibres.



I covered them up with another secton of the batt. I should have actually just covered them with whisps of wool.


Next I put the bags in the wool and wrapped the wool around.



I continued wrapping and needle felted a bit along the way.


Next I laid out some white merino and added gold angelina fibres to it.


And ended up with about eight layers.


Wrapped it around the first layer.


And needle felted it on.


The third layer was a grey batt and again it was spread out and needle felted. I dunked it in a bowl of soapy water, squeezed it gently and put it inside the foot of a knee high tight sock and put it in the washing machine with my washing!!


The stocking had more or less felted itself to the sock so I had to be extra careful taking it off.


I cut it open with a knife and this is what I got. It's also fairly dry too.


And to finish, I added some beads.

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