Friday, August 26, 2011

Something different

I had a large wooden W letter in my stash and when I was looking for something else I got it out and put it on my desk.  I thought if I left it out I would do something with it.  It worked because it started to bug me on my desk so I finished it off to hang on the wall. I painted the letter first because I was going to paint a picture on it.

Then I saw my name tag and decided that I wanted to use the same technique on my initial.I grabbed a copper colored foil sheet and applied a sheet of jac paper to the back to make it adhesive. Then I cut out the pieces I needed to cover the W.

I used alcohol ink directly onto the copper and let the colors blend together. When that had dried I embossed the copper in my cuttlebug machine. I used two different patterns but you could use the same one. I peeled off the backing paper and stuck the copper onto the wooden letter.   Next I sprayed the copper with some Moon Glow Starburst sprays for extra color. I wanted it to collect in and around the embossing. Lastly I rubbed the sides of the letter with copper colored metallic wax.

I am happy with the way it turned out and it only took a couple of hours. I am determined to complete more of the projects I have in my stash.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


I have been away from my blog for a lot longer than I intended.  I had an unexpected visit from a family member that stopped me blogging for a little while. I did manage to get some art work done though, nothing would stop that, lol.

This is the first page in a small book of flowers that I am painting. It is copied from a photo I took in my garden of a favorite camellia. It is a little too realistic and I am working on developing a looser style of painting. It is going to take some time though.

I made some ATCs at a class recently. First you cut a magazine image out and glue it to some cardstock to make it sturdier.  Then lightly dry brush gesso across it, up and down first, then side to side. This gives the card a linen look. You should still be able to see the original image a little so you can use that as an outline. You then outline the image using a permanent marker or pen. You can change the image if you want to, giving a face different hair or changing the background.  Next use acrylic paints to fill in the picture and your card is done. You can add other embellishments like glitter or diamantes. Usually people choose pictures of people for this technique but I also wanted to do some other objects. The only other magazine photos I could find were of food. I still like the way they turned out.