Saturday, November 16, 2019

~~ Cherish ~~
November 2019 Dusty Attic Blogpost

Hello Dusty Attic friends....

Today's page is once again one of those dreaded memorial pages! 
Yes...I lost this little Beauty two weeks ago, very sudden and unexpected. 
At least her memories can live on on this page using some of the newest Dusty Attic released Chipboards.

I used papers and flowers from 49 & Market. 'Day Dream' from the Ethereal Collection and 'School Days ' from  Old School. Also used a piece of Dusty Attic Corrugated Card between the paper layers. Flowers used are Mushroom Country Blooms and Stargazers.

After priming the smaller Floral Frame with Gesso, I painted it with a Light Avocado acrylic paint. Also did some highlighting with an Olive Pearl paint. I then applied some random crackle paste, which did not crackle but at least gave me some lovely texture! I painted a darker green paint on and once dry,  I dabbed on some Red Amber Alchemy Wax. 

The Jigsaw pieces were embossed with 'Fire' Mixed Media Powder from Ranger. Whilst still warm I used a texture stamp on it for some interest.  I also applied 'Cowabunga Copper' Spray from Lindy's.  
The little Dog Paw Prints were inked in black with a touch of the Red Amber wax.

Seeing as Coco has earned her Wings,  I used one of the Dogs Chippies together with two Wings...I used the Red Amber wax, Black Ink and Old Silver wax to recreate the colors of her coat. I loved this specific chipboard with the leash, for she could really sing the song and talk the talk whenever Dad made any move to take them for their 'Walkies' . 

I used one of the Polaroid #1 Frame sets which was Gesso'd and painted with some Black Rainbow Color from 13Arts. Just love the effect I got from making some splatters with it as well!

Some sisal, lace and a few 49 & Market Wishing Bubbles and cut-out leaves and blooms finishes the page. 

I used the following pieces from the Dusty Attic online-shop

"It's been more than a week that I haven't been in my Scraproom, at all! I know not all will understand and think...Why??? It's only a Dog???? But this week was a little hard on me, I kept thinking about your last moments, those deep, shallow labored breaths you took, the two spasms as life seeped out of your body. Although I felt at peace during your passing, even being able to laugh a little with you as I said Farewell, IT was still much too soon and unexpected!!! 
Totally miss all your little quirks, the way you would press your head against my legs in the morning for your morning body rub, running onto the stairs watching through the balustrades as we dry our hair, making sure the hairdryer doesn't swallow us...The way you and Pablo always had the same ritual of standing for your breakfast cereal treat. Thank goodness at least for fond memories, May they at least live for ever more...."

Dogs' lives are too short.
 Their only fault, 
~Agnes Sligh Turnbull~

You think dogs will not be in heaven?  
I tell you, 
they will be there
 long before any of us.
 ~Robert Louis Stevenson~

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

~~~ Cosplay ~~~
Dusty Attic October 2019 Project

 Hello Dear Dusty Attic Blog Friends...

This month I am showing you a very interesting project! Both my daughters took part in the second Comic-con festival here in South Africa. Chantelle sold her Art in the Artist Valley and Michelle took part in the Cosplay ... She actually constructed her complete costume by hand ( she is by no way a needle worker at all!!!! Lol) The Bow was made from polystyrene parts, so when she was home for a weekend and did the cutting with Dad's was inevitable that Moi would jump in and offer to do the decorating of the Bow and Arrow, seeing as time was running out you know....

Bellow is a Photo of her at the event and also the original Character sketch designed by Chantelle... In Michelle's description are links to both their Instagram profiles would you wish to visit them....

Taken from Michelle's Instagram ...

"Making of Emimaf Cosplay 2019

This year I took a chance and decided to try my hand at cosplaying for the first time ever. I also thought; well this is the first time why not make it extra special by doing an original character - Emimaf.
Emimaf is my persona imagined and designed by my sister @noomeci
It was a busy couple of months, trying new things and playing around with materials and ideas. It was fun, sometimes frustrating but fruitful.
Overall I am pretty pleased with what I achieved as a first timer. Although I totally bummed out at the judges table, I am really happy with the judges remarks. I received great feedback and also plenty of tips for what to do next time.
The bow and arrow were made from polystyrene and dowel sticks. I had a friend emboss the pattern using a CNC cutter onto 4 pieces of 20mm thick sheets. I then cut the shapes out using a dremel jigsaw (such a handy little tool!) I glued 2 pieces together to make one half of the bow, this was repeated to give me 2 halves. I also glued the two pieces of the arrow tip and end to a dowel stick, After all the glue was dried, I sanded the edges to make them look a little smoother. The bow was then painted with acrylic paint. Then came the fun part; to decorate the bow, yay! This was done with a lot of different paints and techniques. The embellishments were made using chipboard cutouts and more paint. After all this was done and dry I glued the two halves together to get the complete bow. This is when I realized just how BIG it is!"

As you can see the Bow is quiet big. I decorated the part shown here 4 times! That will then be for the front and back and top and bottom.

For the base I used the following Paints, Lilac and Turquoise Acrylic paints. Gold Gesso from The Crafters Workshop. Metallic Steampunk Copper Paint, Opal Magic Pink/Blue and Iris Potion and Magical Pond Sparks from Finnabair. I also aged and defined it all with Old Silver Metallique wax.

All of the Dusty Attic pieces were Gesso'd. I then embossed the Swirls, Mystic Frame #2 and Gears with 'Sea' Mixed Media Powder from Ranger. It is also a multi colored/grained powder giving a lovely aged and weathered effect. The metal clock hands were also embossed. The small Clockwork and Nuts were embossed with 'Burgundy Red' Embossing Powder from WOW. A few of the Cogs and Mini Clock-faces were treated with the Old Silver and a little Fire Red Waxes. 

I am very happy that I could reach out to my Trusted Dusty Attic products to decorate this project! 
All of the items are of course available in the Dusty Attic On-line shop....

You learn you can do your best
 even when it's hard,
 even when you're tired
 and maybe hurting a little bit. 
It feels good to show some courage. 
~Joe Namath~

Thursday, September 19, 2019

~~ Happiness Cards ~~~
September 2019 13Arts Blog-post

Hi Friends....

For this month I made two cards at 13Arts using the "In Bloom" 6x6" Paper Pads. These pads make it easy to use smaller pieces of the gorgeous designs, getting all the detail without having to cut one of your larger paper sheets. Ideal for cards and Tags!

For this card I used the Greener toned paper. I layered two designs with Black paper from my stash onto a Cream Cardstock. I used the Rhapsody Stamp with Black ink to add some stamped detail. I love, love the design I get from using Black Splash! ink with a paintbrush to create the lines and splatters! Also used Silver Glitter Paint to splatter and on the die-cut leaves. The very delicate natural Exotic Flower was carefully inked with water-mist and Dark Brown Chalk mist. The title for this card is from the "Rose Field" sticker sheet. A Gray Pearl Twig and some black Tulle finishes the card.

 This is a more feminine looking Card. I used Orange and Yellow paper. I die-cut some Doily Shapes and added one to the background. Stamped in black with the Sky Flower stamp. I mixed some Modeling Paste with Magic Powder and colored it with the Amber and Ruby Color Glow. It now has a lovely velvety look. I used it through the "Night Flowers" stencil. Also layered the papers with Black paper onto a Cream Card-stock. On this Card I left the Exotic Flower in the natural color. Added a piece of Coral Twig and also Black Tulle and black Splash! splatters. This cards title is from the "Vintage Summer" sticker sheet.

All the products used are available in the 13Arts On-line Shop...

I hope you enjoyed the visit to the Blog...Happy crafting till next time!
Patricia Basson

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