Tuesday, April 16, 2019

~ Michelle ~
April 2019 - 13arts Design Team Project

Hello to all my 13arts Friends....

Hope to find you all well. Here in South Africa Autumn is arriving bringing cooler weather and beautiful Autumn colors.
Today I share a photo of my youngest Daughter Michelle with you taken on her Matric Farewell Dance.

I used two sheets of the Blue Magnolia Paper collection: Bonjour. I tore the top one and flipped it, then glued them together. I applied Clear Gesso over them. I stamped with the Together Stamp and used the 16 pan Watercolor Set to paint  the flowers with Yellow, Amber, Olive Green and Turquoise colours. 
I used several pieces of papers left over from previous projects as layers behind my photo. Also fussy cut some elements from the Flowery Day sheet to add as interest. For texture I used Dried Roots and Black Natural Mica Flakes and Silver Microspheres. 
I hope you enjoy these close ups...

From the 13arts on-line store you can find all the products I used and much more.

Thank you and hope you enjoyed my project...

Movement never lies.
 It is a barometer
 telling the state of the soul's weather 
to all who can read it. 
~Martha Graham~

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

~~~One of a Kind~~~
April 2019 - Dusty Attic Design Team Post

Hello Blogger Friends...
With Autumn fast approaching here in South Africa feeling a little crispness in the air and some Autumn colors in the garden,  I am sharing this months Dusty Attic Design Team page with you. You might wonder why I have gone with this heavy industrial look for Michelle's Matric farewell photo this time...Well, first off, she is the Mechanical one in the family (Daddy's Girl) and secondly I was using my new 13arts products and just could not stop!!!! Lol...The products worked so perfectly with Dusty Attic Chipboard and it was fun experimenting seeing how far I could go using them...For me of course it's a match made in heaven....
The papers I used this time were two sheets of Dripping with Words from the On the Wall collection.

After tearing one sheet, I placed it face down on the other.  I applied clear Gesso and played with the following products to give the Background look. I used Black and Brown Rainbow Color Duo's, and mixed Texture Paste with Vivid Vintage Paints, Americano, Brown Sugar and Espresso and applied it very randomly with a Spatula. Also made splatters with watered down Matt Green Paint.

All my Chipboards were coated with a watered down Gesso mix. Lately I find a light coating to be efficient enough to prepare the chipboard for future medias as proposed to a thicker very heavy Gesso coating. I then embossed the Industrial Scroll and the Industrial Heart with Aged Black and Aged Green Embossing Enamel from Stampendeous.  You can see the absolutely amazing effects the multicolored grains have on the chipboard! I never tire of seeing the closeups with the different specks of colours. 

The circles that I have used are actually the cut-offs from the Chain Circles...never throw anything away for it can be used again for sure! I glued some half pearls onto them... Gesso'd and painted with the Vivid Vintage Paints and also with Ayeeda Pearl Turquoise Mist resulting in this awesome Patina effect. I battled to get the correct shade for the Metal Plates and Diamond Panel. I wanted them to look like Michelle's dress so had a good play to get the shade correct! I started of by painting them with the Matt Green Paint, then misted with the Turquoise Mist and finally used Pistachio Green Rainbow Duo which with the other colours gave me the perfect look...Some splatters and edging with Black Splash Ink and I am quite happy with the result.

Distressed Black Tulle, Green Roots from 13arts, Petaloo Flowers and Random free embossed Aged Green Embossing add the final touches to this page.

I hope you have enjoyed the details on this page... 
Please remember that we have an amazing Design Team at Dusty Attic who will woe and encourage you every day on the Dusty Attic Blog ... And in the Online Shop you will find the products that I have used and much, much more....

The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. 
A father turns a stony face to his sons,
 berates them,
shakes his antlers, 
paws the ground,
 snorts, runs them off into the underbrush,
 but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, 
“Daddy, I need to ask you something,” 
he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan. 
~Garrison Keillor~

Thursday, April 4, 2019

~~~ The young Woman was silent ~~~
March 2019 - Dusty Attic Design Team post

Today I am sharing a strong coloured page for Dusty Attic with you. Using a photo of Chantelle deep in Artsy Mode from a few years back. I used papers from DCWV the Timeless Type Stack. Flowers are mostly from Petaloo. I used a plastic bag to stamp some Ink onto my background and also a Stencil with Yellow Archival Ink. I added leave motifs with the Dusty Attic Leaves #2 Stencil and Black Texture Paste.

I coloured the bottom part of the Layered Garland with black acrylic paint. The top part and the Mini Hearts were primed with White Versa Magic Ink and then painted with Yellow Metallic Paint from 13arts.

The Heraldry Motif and Diamond Panel was embossed with Aged Black embossing powder from Stampendous.

These and many more are available in the Dusty Attic store...

Please come over and visit the Dusty Attic Blog,  and also the Dusty FANattics facebook page for fun and inspiration!

In my soul,
 I am still that small child 
who did not care 
about anything else
 but the beautiful colors
 of a rainbow.
 ~Papiha Ghosh~ 

Friday, March 1, 2019

~~~Celebrating You~~~
March 2019 - 13arts Challenge 76

And with this I post my first challenge as a 13arts Design Team member...
Knowing the amazing work done by Designers on the Team has challenged me to dig deep and produce work that is worthy being on the Team...Nothing like a healthy dose of 'competition' right...

I was inspired by the cute little Baby feet in the photo, thus I used a 30 odd year old photo of my eldest daughter's Christening. Also loved the idea of the book and used my Vintage Summer paper and some Script Tissue Paper to create the idea of paper-sheets. The quality of the paper is such that it holds the curls perfectly. I did use strips of foam-tape between the layers to help  keep the space between the layers. The brown colours come from the top left photo on the board. 

I used several white flowers from Petaloo that I sprayed with Ayeeda Mist; Pastel Antique Cream.

I prepared the background paper by giving it a light wash of watered down Gesso. Also sprayed it with the Antique Cream Mist. Used Gel Medium to adhere the two sizes of Glass Beads. Another layer of Gesso and then a healthy layer of Crackle Medium. Once that was dried I sprayed with Dark Brown Chalk Mist. A squirt of water helped the ink settle between the beads and cracks...

The Dusty Attic title was embossed with Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel from Stampendous and the raw leaves painted with Ayeeda Shiny Powder, Antique Gold.

To find the products I used and much more, please visit the 13arts Shop...

Thank you for your visit...till next time!
We tend to forget 
 that happiness 
doesn’t come as a result 
of getting something we don’t have, 
but rather 
of recognizing 
and appreciating what we do have. 
~Frederick Keonig~
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