Monday, 30 May 2016

Finished Angel

On the grass in front of the bleeding heart.

Close up of the fab gothic type wings, or as Ali calls them, crazy wings.

And the wings from the back.

Moved her in front of the yellow bush (no idea what it is!)

Close up of wings and wrap on her waist.

Then I moved her in front of the purple bush (again no idea of name).

Full view from the back with the lovely gothic wings. 

And finally full view from the front with the purple bush.

I showed all the photos as the colours look totally different when set against various backgrounds.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Powertex Angel Workshop

So today was finally here, we've been waiting for ages for this workshop to get here!! Today we are making Powertex Angels with Allison of Allison Turner Designs. You may remember earlier in the year we did a fabulous Stone Art workshop with her.

Ali had secured the wooden base to a slate tile for us to create a stable base. We needed to extend the wooden pole to give more height. We used an empty loo roll, slit it, pulled it as tight as possible, taped it on and stuffed it with tinfoil to give it strength.

Next to Emma you will see an empty seat, unfortunately Lin wasn't very well enough and didn't make it, but Allison kindly gave me all the materials so she can make one at home.

We secured everything with masking tape including the boobs!!

Everyone getting their heads on their poles!! Ali doing a reckie making sure we were all okay.

The next step was to make the wings, which once you know how, was pretty easy.

Wings made, secured and masked off.

We then covered the wings with stockinette fabric.

Once the wings were done we dressed the pole and gave it a blast with the heat gun. Emma being ambidextrous!!

Lin can't quite believe that she's doing this, but enjoying herself and admiring her wings.

And relieving Emma of a heat tool and giving mine a blast!

Lesley just checking she's got everything covered.

Helen titivating her wings.

Chris wiping her hands (again!!), well wiping the gloves clean anyway!

Emma decided to blow her glove up (please don't ask me why!) and ended up with a Powertex tash!!

More drying time.

Chris contemplating and concentrating!

So round the table we go then, this one is mine.

This one is Lin's, not bad for a first play with Powertex is it.

This one is Allison's.

This one is Chris's, again fantastic for her first play with the Powertex.

And Helen's, great ruffles around the base.

This one is Lesley's which I pinched from her blog as the one I took was in shadow, and this is a much better photo.

And finally, this one is Emma's.

They were still pretty wet but the wings seemed to have dried enough for us to add some colours. Ali was showing us how to mix the pigment and varnish and dry brush the colour on.

Helen and Lesley intently watching the colour mixing.

We added a layer of green patina, bronze gold and a lighter gold, but unfortunately I didn't take any more photos. Once mine has dried properly in the next couple of days I'm going to add more colour as I personally find it easier to do when it's completely dry, so I will be back in a day or two to show you what it looks like.

Thanks ladies and Allison for an absolutely fantastic day and it was really, really great to catch up with you all again, it's been too long xxxx

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Time Capsule

I'm mixing Andy Skinner with Mark Montano, both of DecoArt, not sure if that's a good mix or not!! Anyhow, moving on, I covered a bottle in text paper just the same as the last post.

Painted the bottle in media translucent yellow iron oxide, added a few images here and there, parts from die cuts and some more netty lacy stuff around the bottom. The white stuff you can see is media textured sand paste mixed with media matte vanish as I wanted to create some texture.

Next I added a gazillion colours of DecoArt paint from the media range until I was totally happy with the look I wanted to achieve to create the rusty / patina look.

Close up of the neck of the bottle over the media textured sand paste.

I added in random words and numbers from an Andy Skinner stencil with media white gesso.

Stenciling on the neck of the bottle.

To blend the media white gesso in I created an Andy dirty wash. 

I was in two minds at this stage as I really loved the colours and the texture and didn't want to cover them up, but I did initially set out with Mark Montano's technique in mind, so I carried on with the embellishing.

I added fibres and charms.

Clocks and a windy up key.

Some chain and more charms.

String, ribbon and more keys.

And I found a great stopper in my stash for the top, it's a perfect fit.  

Finished bottle from the front.

Finished bottle from the back.

All products are from the DecoArt media range.

Andy Skinner is also hosting a 'Time' challenge, where you have to use at least one of his products, think I've covered that!!

Oriental Bottle

Having watched a mini clip from DecoArt by Mark Montano showcasing the new Alice Through the Looking Glass release which you can see here, I decided to take his idea but go my own way with it. I covered my bottle with oriental text paper.

Once dry, I gave it a coat of quinacridone red as I wanted to still be able to see the text through the paint. Next I added an oriental image, a couple of strips of washi tape and I cut three flowers from some netting material, a strip from a piece of squared lacy stuff for the back and a piece of red and gold material to go up the right hand side of the image.

I painted the flowers with various colours of metallic lustres, rose gold, turquoise and red. The ladder style lace at the back was painted with the black shimmer lustre.

I outlined the flowers with a black sharpie pen and added black square gem stones in the centers.

I also outlined the red/gold fabric in black too, you can just see a bit of it on the right.

Love how you can still see the text through the paint.

I added a few strands of fibres and a Chinese coin to the bottle neck.

I wasn't too sure what to do with the top as I didn't have anything suitable to put inside to make a top, so I simply covered it with ribbon and stuffed the end in the top of the bottle.

You can see the red / gold outlined fabric better on this photo.

And here is the finished bottle.

All products are from the DecoArt range and don't forget to check out Marks short video.

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