Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top 5 Designer's Pick

Just a quick note and thank you to the designer Eila Sandberg from Once upon a...Sketch for choosing my LO as one of the 5 Designer Picks! For me it is an honour and I appreciate it tremendously...

Thank you as well to the sponsor of my prize Sa Crafters...can not wait to see what lovely goods I will be receiving...!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Remembering... April 2013 PPP

The Prima Product Pick and colour challenge for April really took me out of my comfort zone...I am Greens and Browns and earthy colours and now I had to work with these Spring colours!!! But I did enjoy playing with something out of the ordinary for once...Although this page in the end had a mind of its own! I had my photos, design and papers all set out, even had al the paper mats cut and positioned, and then I started with the texture and misting...lol...and everything changed!  By the time I was done misting, nothing worked any more and I had to do a roundabout on all of it!!! 

 In the end I used this photo of  my three kiddies taken in 1991..at least their clothes matched the colours of the palette as well...

I started by white washing the background paper, a sheet of Prima's Script Pad with Gesso and a wet wipe. Thereafter I added a border with some Gesso. I applied Seedless Preserve Distress Stain with a sponge, misted with water and dried with my heat gun. Then I spritzed some of the same colour on with a mini mister. I made the blobs with Peacock Feathers Distress Stain.

I also used Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink and a Prima mask to add the yellow dots. The punched elements were part of a mat that I cut and ended up being used as elements tucked between my flower clusters.

My flowers are a variation of different Prima flowers and snippets from a Cherry Bloom Branch.

On top of all the inking, I also sprayed some Goosebumps Texture Spray on the page.

This is a Amore Cherry heart and a Beads Petal Pin, both from Prima...

I also tucked some Resits Canvas pieces that I inked with the Squeezed Lemonade Ink in between the clusters...

I used the following papers...although it's only snippets of them...

 Divine Collection: Canzone
  Lifetime Collection:  Quilter
Lyric Collection: Overture

Thank you for visiting my "Spring Garden"...hope you enjoyed your brief visit!!!

There is a garden in every childhood,
 an enchanted place where colors are brighter,
 the air softer,
 and the morning more fragrant than ever again. 

 ~Elizabeth Lawrence~

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sound Foundations for Prima's April BAP

This month  Prima BAP sketch by Lene just asks for some grungy, mixed media work...I did a whole bunch of texture work on this one, and wish you could see and feel it in real life, for the photos don't really do it justice!

The photos are of my son Francois taken back in 1988 when he was about 5 years old and we were building our house. I did not crop the photos too much, for I still want to see the unfinished walls in the picture...My title is meant to play on the foundations on which our house and home is build on and also the foundations we as parents lay down for our children to grow up with...

I am slowly finding my feet with the mixed media and texture work...baby steps, but I am getting the hang of it slowly...I found that I love adding different kinds of media, but still need my page to look neat and a little organized...This page has layers of misting, stamping, coarse Texture Gel, Modelling Paste and embossing on it. Let me take you though it all via some close-up photos. By clicking on my photos twice, you will get a real good zoomed in look, would you wish too.

It's hard to see, but I actually fuzzy-cut the bricks in the photo, blends them in nicely with my brick stamping. I embossed the stamped image with Ranger Antiquities Rust embossing powder. Also did a little shadow painting with Distress Markers on the bricks.

I inked the clock faces and stamped some texture with different colours of inks and did some embossing with clear UTEE. I did not like the first inking and whilst rubbing the ink off, also took some of the numbers off...I am now thinking of my clock face as heavily distressed!!!

After some stencilling I first misted with 3 different colours of mists and then added Coarse Texture gel to my page, The white is the texture gel. There after I used the mini splats template and some coloured modelling paste to add more drop effects as per the sketch.

Mixing a drop of Vintage Photo re-inker with the modelling paste and not mixing it thoroughly,gave me the two toned effect on the splats.

The typo Bulb was embossed with Ranger Blue Glass embossing powder...

The button from the chipboard sheet got two brads as decoration.

These last two photos are to try and show the depth of dimension I achieved by rolling and lifting the papers..!

I used the following Prima products...
Prima Paper, Engraver Collection: Cesello, Bank Note, Roulette, Cartouche.
Engraver Chipboard Pieces.
Engraver Brads.
Junkyard Findings,Typo Bulb, Clock Faces, Clock Hands.
Prima Alphabet Stickers.
The Crafters Workshop 6x6 Templates: Mini Splats, Mini Tile Texture.

Thank you for your visit...and if you're wondering...yes, we are still living in this same house...

It takes hands to build a house,
 but only hearts can build a home.  ~Author Unknown

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April Challenge ~ Once Upon A....Sketch

BOOKS are the keys to knowledge....

Seems as if winter has finally decided to visit the Southern hemisphere...it is cold, windy and wet!!! I have created my first LO using Maja Design papers and what a joy it was to use!!! It's quality and design are amazing...it stood up to my heavy distressing with ease...I used the sketch and theme from April's challenge at Once Upon A...Sketch.

The theme was to display the best day of your life...now for that there are a legion of possibilities and after some pondering and going through my photos I decided to use the day I learned to read as my theme. Being able to read has opened up a new world to me, a world were one can escape when times are tough, a world were you can visit uncountable destinations around the world, learn about different cultures and meet the man of your dreams, if only in the book, but still....

Without books and the written word I would have been that much poorer and I think back with nostalgia to the days of  reading 'Boet en Sus' in Kindergarten!

We discovered these books in the attic of a Restaurant / Coffee Shop in Willomore whilst on vacation in 2011...All of them had this beautiful art work on them...and who will be able to take a guess what kind of books they are? No, no romantic Novel series, or Historic Art work collection...They were Tattersol Records from a race court in London!!!!

I used 1904, 1911, 1916 and 1934 from the Vintage Summer Basics collection. If my South African friends are interested in the papers...Merle from Scrap $ Card Boutique stocks Maja and Pion Papers....My journalling ( much as I wrote on top )  is written on the two small tags on the top of my LO.

To achieve the rolled effect of the blue paper, I used a thin wooden skewer and rolled the paper over it in the same manner one would create 'valleys and peaks', in other words roll over and roll under, instead of making a pleat...Double clicking on the photo might also give you a better look of the art work on the book pages.

I embossed the Bookplate from Tim Holtz and a little key with Stampendous Aged Rose embossing enamel. The background in the Bookplate is a piece of PP and Prima letters which was embossed with clear UTEE.

Close up showing my layers and rolled paper...And here one can see the different patterns on the books...just stunning don't you think? All the sides were decorated like this, apologies though, my original photos weren't to good to start with...

The flower clusters are made with Prima Flowers and Pearls.

I did some light stamping, and some stenceling with a Prima mask and modelling paste. Gave it a misting with Lindys Stampgang Mist, Gregarious Gray. 

From a different angle one can see the Rose shimmer of the mist.

These are the footnotes from the Maja Papers...They are all just to pretty to throw away and can be used to add some extra elements to your work. I also thought the phrase "Treasure your Memories" tied in well with my theme.

Used three different Spellbinder Dies cut-outs and an embossed 'wise' little Owl for decoration.

The sketch, which I just rotated once....

Leaving you with this little piece of wisdom....

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Scrap Africa ~ Challenge 16

Challenge 16 sees Rene challenging us to use Black and White photos, Triangles and Confetti! If you visit Scrap Africa you'll see the amazing ways our Design team tackled the challenge..

I used an image from the internet ( No, these are not long lost Aunties and Uncle from me!!! ) for my LO and lots of Prima products.

The papers I used are from the Tea-Thyme collection: Kersey and Charmuse
                              Almanac Collection: Composition
                          Rondelle Collection: Polonaise

I also used a Le Coque Mystere flower, a Typo Bulb and a Shabby Chic Treasures Window Shutter.

  I gave the window shutter some texture by embossing it with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing powder and some texture paste. Finished it of with some distress ink on the edges.

The background got a light coating of gesso and some Modeling paste masking using the Mini Damask Template from The Crafters Workshop.


My little bow was made with some canvas strings that I salvaged from a previous project...never throw anything away yes?

My new found love of altering my Typo Bulbs...this one was stamped and embossed with Distress embossing Powder. I punched some paper and formed three clusters of 'confetti' on my page. And no...the cat hair was not part of the design and has since been removed...lol!

Different layers were formed and added by my triangles, punched papers and some rolled back edges. I also did some stitching and beading on this LO.

  Another of my 'confetti' clusters.

And a last view of my layers... 

This is also a LO that I will not be keeping for myself...It will go to a good friend, Anita Lucia Hogan, who loves it on Facebook...hope she still likes it once she sees it in person...

Here is what is up for grabs to participants of the challenge...

A prize pack from 2 Crafty Chipboard.

 If instead of a gem, or even a flower,
 we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, 
 that would be giving as the angels give.
  ~George MacDonald~

 Hugs again

Practising Mixed Media...

I love following the videos of various mixed media fundis like Miranda Edney, Luvlee Scrapping , Limor Webber ect...but could never get the 'look'  with my sprays over the gesso...My sprays would just run off and leave me with a dull looking blop in the middle of a pool of spray. Watching some videos again over the weekend made me wonder if the one step that I have not really been following might be the problem, namely drying the inks with a heat gun...I left mine to dry naturally. So I grabbed a piece of inked up card stock and slapped some gesso onto it and started playing once it was completely dry, this time drying inks in between spraying with the heat gun and hey Presto...I got a much better result!!! Then I got daring and added some flowers and metal pieces and a little Prima wooden house to it and after gesso'ing it, sprayed some more. I then took my modelling Paste and coarse Texture gel and added some texture to it all...and sprayed even more! All the way drying with my heat gun...

It is only a small piece of card stock... 20 cm x 10 cm, but for the first time I managed to get more of a look of what I see in the videos...I am going to persevere ( my word for the year, remember? ) and keep on trying until I can also make a real canvas and LO with mixed media...Still wish and dream though of having one or more of these wonderful artists one day visiting our shores and being able to learn first hand from them!!!

The red ball can be seen as a beautiful sunset...or as Chantelle sees it...a raging fireball engulfing the row of houses in the background...lol...agh through the eyes of a fellow artist yes?

 Thank you for reading my post...I hope...and I hope you appreciate the many close ups as well! Hope to soon post another mixed media project...

Have a wonderful week
Hugs Patricia

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