Tuesday, January 22, 2019

~~~ My Art, My Therapy ~~~
January 2019 - Dusty Attic Moodboard Project

Hello Dear Blog Friends....

I often get asked how does one use and interpret a Moodboard....
A Moodboard should inspire you with its colours, Images and overall feeling ...You can take either all or some of the colours that inspire you, maybe an image speaks to you or some moodboards have phrases or titles that you can use.

As you will see with this month beautiful Dusty Attic board, we have soft Aqua looking colours and the beautiful waves and shoreline image. Now I have to admit that my canvas started out quite differently. I had tissue tape and lovely tissue paper on it all going for a beach theme...and then I changed direction and rather used the colours but went for a more industrial looking canvas!!! Just showing that you can really go where your Mojo leads you. 

I also want you to see that there is all that extra chipboard that we should keep and utilise...Yes, I'm talking of the of-cuts / negatives that one tends to throw away! Not only are they perfect to use behind photos or embellishments to lift them, but some have the most amazing designs that can be used as well. Here I have used the of-cuts from the Industrial Corners and also the insides from the ATC frames. I embossed them with an embossing folder to add texture to them.

After adding the different tapes and changing my mind, I added a thick, rough layer of Plaster paste on the canvas. I stamped with a texture stamp to add texture and interest. I also added layers of embossed cutoffs and other chipboard elements. After a layer of Gesso and drying, I added my firsts layer of colour, A Bit o' Bubbly from Lindy's Stampgang.

The Industrial Corner was Gesso'd and sprayed with the same Spray. The wings of the Winged Keys got a rub of Mystic Turquoise Antique Wax. As for the rest I painted and sprayed with the following products. Matte Turquoise Paint and Pearl Turquoise Light Mist from 13Arts, Sassy Sapphire from Lindy's and Blue Green and Cool Grey Rust Effect Pastes. I also used Blue Light Fine Grained Grit from 13Arts in places.I used White Gold Metallique Wax to highlight certain areas.

The next 3 photos are just to show a little before all the mist and paints and elements were added.

I hope I have inspired you to also give the Moodboards a try.

Also remember that we have TWO x $50 Vouchers to the Dusty Attic website, so there are more chances to win. Remember the only criteria is that is has to have Dusty Attic chipboard on your creation. Just add your link, name and county to the right hand link and have fun with the board, and happy Creating everyone.

These are the products from the Dusty Shop that I have used....


Thank you for the visit and I leave you with this little piece of wisdom....

The purpose of art
 is washing the dust
 of daily life 
off our souls. 
~Pablo Picasso~

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

~~~ Live by Your own Rules ~~~
2019 Dusty Attic Design Team Project

And so another year is off at full gallop! Wishing everyone the very best for this Year...

For my first Dusty Attic DT project I used a photo of my youngest Daughter from many years ago....
I used two sheets of paper from the Prima Love Clippings Collection.

I primed the Decorative Frame, one Twisted Iron portion and Wings with Cloud White Versa Magic Chalk Ink. Once dry I painted them with watered down  Lucky Emerald Icing Paste from Prima. I gave the wings a spray with Landlubber Green Moon Shadow Mist from Lindy's. Just love the touches of the brown earthy ink on the wings. I also added a few half pearls to them.

I cut a few pieces from the Marrakesh Trellis and embossed them with Perissa Embossing Powder from WOW...Also added a few laces and coloured cheesecloth to the page.

To add a touch of Mixed Media, I used the Dusty Attic Lace Stencil with Red Amber Icing Paste. I randomly smeared a little texture paste over it to dull the shine a little. Splatters were made with watered down Gesso and thinned glossy accent with Charcoal Art Sugar.

On the Dusty Attic Website you will find the products I have used and many more...
Please visit the Dusty Attic Blog daily for inspiration from our brand new and Awesome Design Team members...A real amazing and talented group ready to Wow you this year.

I still find each day  
too short for all the thoughts I want to think, 
all the walks 
I want to take, 
all the books
 I want to read 
and all the friends I want to see. 
~John Burroughs~

Friday, November 9, 2018

~~ To Travel is to Live ~~
November 2018 Dusty Attic DT Project

Hello fellow Blog Friends.
For today's post I have created a grungy, rustic page using lovely colours and textures. Wanting to use the new Dusty Attic chippies, the Wood Slices and Drift Wood, I thought this charismatic old Timer would make the ideal subject for my page!
I used papers from 49 And Market, Captivating and Falling Leaves from the Rusty Autumn Collection and Harmony from Heirloom Botanicals.

To create my background I thinned some Mountain Meadow Paint from Dusty and using a silicon brush , I roughly scrapped it onto the paper. I used multi purpose powder from 13Arts to thicken my paint and used that through the new Metal Plates stencil. I also sprayed with Lindy's Stampgang Mists, Shabby Turbine Teal and Time Travel Teal.

I aged the Corrugated card-stock with the following Rust Effect pastes from Finnabair, Patina effect Blue and Mint-Green, Blue -Green and Rusty Rust Pastes. 
All my chipboard pieces were coated with watered down Gesso. On the Industrial Chains I used Lindy's Embossing Powders Byzantine Bronze and Terracotta Plum. On the hook I used Silver Night EP from WoW. 
The two Chain Circles I painted with Time Travel Teal Magicals. Just absolutely love the Industrial Grey Silver look the paint has mixed with the Teal!!! 
The paper Doily was inked with Lindy's Starbursts, Grab a Guy Gold and Red Hot Poker Orange.

A photo just doesn't do justice to the textured detail of the Wood Chips! I did not want to take away from it, therefor I just lightly added some Dusty and Green-Grey Rust Effect Paste and chalked the edges with a brown ink-pad. The same was done with the Driftwood pieces. The creative Script pieces were painted with the Teal Magicals and embossed with the EP from the Chains.

I stripped the flowers from a 49 & Market Garden Vine and coloured the green leaves with Lindy's Mists, Grab a Guy Gold, Steampunk Sepia and Wild Honeysuckle Coral. Steampunk Sepia was also used to colour the Title Chippie. Some coloured Gauss and Gold Leave Mica Flakes and Plum Glass Beads from Finnabair are added interest.

I hope you liked this project as much as I do...
To find these and many more items visit the Dusty Attic online Shop.

I see my path, 
but I don't know where it leads. 
Not knowing 
where I'm going
 is what inspires me to travel it.
~~~ Rosalia de Castro~~~
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