Saturday, July 27, 2013

The World of Reality

Good evening on this Saturday evening...I hope you are all comfortable for this is going to be a bit of a lengthy post today...! Yes, I am...applying for the Lindy's Stampgang DT this call and challenge has had me on a roller-coaster of emotions these past few weeks.

As most of you must know by now, I nowadays love working with Lindy's Stampgang mists, after being introduced to it by a fellow scrapper, I must have ordered three times already...and always thought, the day the Gang has a DT call...I would love to apply...Imagine my excitement then when I saw the call on Face book, Yeah!!! But after reading the requirements and seeing that you have to be doing video tutorials, excitement turned into disappointment for I do not do videos...Then, after voicing my disappointment, excitement flared again when it was said that if one could Wow the Gang with ones writing and photography skills you are welcome to apply. Yeah again!!!

 Now this DT call is different than any other I have done so far, it is an 'open' call. Well I call it that, for you have to enter the colour challenge and post it on your blog, meaning that all can see you are applying and likewise you can see the entries that are posted, also applying. This is were I nearly called it a day, for seeing the work that is offered made me think, no ways do I stand any chance of ever making the Team. It took me a few days and a lot of soul searching to come to the conclusion that I have to present the kind of work that I do, and yes, it is so different from the fantastic Mixed Media work that is so popular these days, but this is who I am and how I work...I do love to use different media and techniques but I still love my work to be neat and a little organized. I also get overwhelmed with the talent on the blogs and Pinterest and wish I could work like that, but also know that it would no be the true me. I love to use the LSG products to enchant my papers and embellishments and that is so easy with the subtle shimmer and glitz of their products. I am always willing to learn and experiment and should I be so fortunate to make the Team, that is what I would do. And if I don't make it, well, then there is always a next time, and I will be a great follower of all the new talent!

Are you still with me...hope so, for after all this rambling I would love to show you what I created for the challenge and also explain a few techniques that I used...These photos are of Michelle not even one year old way back in 1990!!!

(Please remember you can double click on my photos for a much closer look if you'd wish too...) 

I used Prima Papers, Lyric Collection: Prelude
                     Fairy Rhymes Collection: Papillon
                   Flowers from Prima and Petaloo
Bling from Prima
Chipboard is Imaginarium Designs: Double Oval Frame
I sprayed some Starburst Cape Cod Coral onto the background paper and also did some stamping with the mist using Moonshadow Mist Landlubber Green.

One of the things I love to do is make my paper move, here I cut strips and curled them before gluing them down, lets imagine it representing the water Michelle is playing with shall we?

Here I got carried away with my mists!!! I wanted a more softer look and should have stopped at two coatings of spray...But I had the background masked off and could not judge the density of the colour, not to bad, but it could have been a little lighter...I achieved this look by applying a coarse Texture Paste to the papers, when air dried, I misted with LSG Starburst Baby Blue eyes. I heat set each layer before applying the next one. I also did a little stencilling using Texture Paste coloured with Indian SummerTurquoise Mica powder from the Harvest Moon Collection.

In this photo you can also see the two toned effect from the Moon Shadow mist...I just love the vintage feel of the brown undertone together with a coloured shimmer that comes to light when the page is moved...

I wish I could truly capture the beauty of the embossing on this Dragonfly! After a coating of Gesso, I applied Coarse Texture Paste to the body and wing outline of the Dragonfly...When dry, I stamped clear embossing ink onto it and heat embossed with Angel Wings Peacock embossing powder. If you click on the link, you will be taken to a product description with a beautiful image of what the product looks like.

For good measure I made a Tag using the same techniques but with a lighter spray of misting... just for fun!

This was more of the look I would have wanted on the LO as well.

The following are some 'behind the scene' photos...

The Dragonfly with the layer of coarse Texture paste, before the embossing powder.

The frames were firstly gesso'd, then painted with an off white coloured acrylic paint and once dried I painted them with a coat of Starburst Clam Bake Beige, as can be seen on the smaller frame in the photo. On small surfaces, I prefer to paint the sprays with a paintbrush so as to not have to much going to waste, easier to control as well were I want the colour to be. The inside flourish was painted with the Starburst Baby Blue Eyes as well. 

Have you ever used spray mists to stamp with? Why not give it a try...I simply spray some mist onto my craft sheet and drag my stamp through it. The result is a water paint effect. It works best on bolder images...I usually mop the spray left over with a Tag or piece of card board for future use, as I did with the Tag I made.

This is the result of my stamping with the Moon Shadow Mist Landlubber Green.

A look at the coarse Texture Paste effect before I sprayed the mists onto it.

Still with me? Thank you for sticking with me through this very long blog post... I do hope you enjoyed it though. If you don't know Lindy's products, why not visit their Shop and also the blog for some inspiration. 
Good night, till next time....

Courage doesn't always roar. 
 Sometimes courage is the little voice
 at the end of the day that says
 I'll try again tomorrow. 

 ~Mary Anne Radmacher~

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

...Grow... July 2013 OUAS Challenge.

 This month the journalling challenge at Once Upon a Sketch is the word GROW...

And this is the sketch to follow...

Now some may think that my subject for this challenge is rather grimm and sombre, but I wanted to move away from the obvious choices and focus on those not fortunate enough to have had the chance in life to grow up and have a normal childhood and life expectancy...

I have a fascination with graveyards and when on vacation I love to wander around in them, taking in the beauty of age old gravestones, wondering about the life's of those finding their final resting place under the Cyprus trees! What does tend to catch me though, are the graves of children...those who have been taken away far too soon...That then was even more so the case at this specific graveyard...

Here is a little history of this Concentration Camp graveyard situated outside the Free state town of Bethulie.

 "Concentration Camp.  This site is a sad commemoration of what was the largest of the camps used by the British in the Anglo-Boer War. (1899 to 1902). As there was a possibility that the area where the Original Concentration Camp Area was located would be flooded as a result of the construction of Lake Gariep,a decision was taken to exhume, move and rebury 1 737 people to the present graveyard location, 3km from town - the original cairn and two monuments can still be seen..  Ex-State President CR Swart  unveiled the new Concentration Camp Graveyard in October 1996"

My journalling at the back of my page reads as follows...

" Having three children of my own, who have never really wanted for anything in life, save for some luxuries now and then, it was so heartbreaking standing at the walls with all the headstones that parents must have carved from sandstone dating babies sometimes only a few days old...These poor souls have had to endure hardships like hunger, weather elements and sickness and all that was left for them here on earth, was a beautiful decorated headstone."

I have once again used Maja Design Papers...Vintage Summer Basics 1904
                                                                                Vintage Spring Basics 9th of March
                                                       Fika Karleksmums

The chipboard elements are from Imaginerium Designs and the mists are Lindys Stampgang Starbursts.

I have treated the chipboard as follows, I dry brushed some Gesso randomly onto the pieces, inked with Distress Ink Pumice Stone and painted a good layer of LSG Moonshadow Mist Buccaneer Bay Blue on the dry chippy. I also applied some random Crackling Accents. The tiny floral piece was Gesso'd and inked with Mix'd Media Chox Sage and BlueJay.

The blue droplets are an example of the vintage brown undertone and blue shimmer that characterise the Moonshadow Mists...

I also used the mist to tone down the Prima flowers somewhat...they were a little to bright for the rest of the palette.

The Gate and Pillar stamp is from La Blanche.

Title chipboard's are also randomly Gesso'd, inked with BlueJay and given a more than liberal painting of Buccaneer Bay Blue mist and edged with some black ink.

This is what my background paper looked like after misting and before I covered it all up with my layers...I used the following LSG Mists, 

        Whale Watch Blue

Another look at the Moonshadow Mist effect. Please remember that you can double click on my photos to zoom in for an even better view.

The process of colouring my chippies. On the left is just the added Gesso, middle is inked with Pumice Stone and the right is painted with the mists...

These are the walls that the children's headstone were build into...

I leave you once again with some wise words...Thank you for sharing some memories with me.

There is always one moment in childhood
 when the door opens and lets the future in.
 ~Graham Greene~

Monday, July 15, 2013

Be so Happy ~ Scrap Africa Challenge nr. 19

How time flies! Today we are at the 19th challenge for Scrap Africa already and they just get better and more popular with time ! Marelize is our challenge host and this is what she asks of us...

"My challenge for you is to create a background with a patchwork effect, 
whether it's achieved by using paper piecing or any other medium you like."

This is my take on the challenge. I chose to do my patchwork effect by masking and misting and some needle work...

I used  sketch nr 63 from  Keeping-the-Best, they have amazing sketches and page designs and I would love to use them more often! My papers are from Maja Design's Vintage Summer Basic collection, 1905, 1911, 1933, 1943. To achieve the patchwork effect I cut a stencil with my Cameo and used that together with various Lindy's Stampgang Mist's. I also did some stamping with a Prima and a Tim Holtz stamp using Archival inks Sepia and Jet black. I used Archival inks to prevent the ink from running when I use my mists.

I love adding different textures to my pages lately and colouring my Texture Paste is super easy using Lindy's Mica's ...Here I mixed a knife point of the following colours, Oak Leaf Olive and Autumn Plum from the Harvest Moon collection into two small blups of paste and applied it through a script stencil.

I prepared my background with a thin layer of Gesso before applying the mists, the result is even more depth and texture from the mists. I used the following Starburst colours...

I love the amount of shimmer one gets from the mists...such fun to move the page and catch all the shimmer and shine!

Enough nooks and crannies on this fairy from Prima to catch all the misty goodness as well.

I know, not the best of photos with the shadow, but I want to show the glimmer of the mist.

I cut this from Donna Salazar's Crafty Chronicle...

My handmade flower...nestled between some Prima flowers and an added Sipper-pull.

A last view of the Texture Paste masking. Please remember that you can double click on my photos for a closer zoomed view.

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I leave you today with this thought, thank you for taking the time to visit my ramblings!!!

 Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,
 and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
 Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Precious Boy, July Imaginarium Design Projects

Hello again Imaginarium friends!

Patricia once again with two projects for the month of July...For my LO I went for a Mixed Media look...I think individual parts of it work and look quite good, but as for composition, I will need to rethink my design much more carefully next! This is a photo of my son quite a few years ago...he was still in school at the time, will be hitting the big 30 in a few month time.

I loved the Loolabelle's Chevrons, they come in different sizes on the sheet and were the inspiration to try this mixed media...I used Papers from Prima's Craftsman Collection. I tore some strips that I glued to my background paper...Then started laying down my Chevrons, pieces of trims and different size buttons. It all got a light coating of Gesso and once dried I misted it all with mists from Lindy's Stampgang. I used South Shore Sand, Afternoon Delight Denim and Cathedral Pines Green.

The Chevrons provided ideal places for the mists to puddle. I also stamped on the page and chip boards and went over them with some black paint to make them stand out from the background some more...On the buttons I placed some glass dew drops.

I only used a piece of  the Cross Hatch. I covered it with Dried Marigold Distress embossing powder and lightly inked with Frayed Burlap Disress Ink.

I cut the "Baby" part from my title...will save that for a later work. On the rest of the title I used Frayed Burlap Distress embossing power and some black ink.

The flowers are Prima Parchement Petals Vintage and a Graphic 45 Metal flower. I shaped the metal flower with my pliers, added some Gesso to it and sprayed both flowers with my LSG mists...

The metal corner piece was also primed with Gesso and  then misted with LSG Afternoon Delight Denim and Cathedral Pines Green Starburst Mists...

Some grunge'd up Hinges and Pen Nibs...

For this LO I used these pieces...

Cross Hatch; IDDL 0001

Loolabelle's Chevrons # 2: IDDL 0022

Phrases: IDP 0083


A Card...

I played with some Distress crackle paints on some Tags and decided to transform them into a card...

I layered an Oval Frame and tiny Edward Relief , I love the 'new' look one achieves by layering chipboard's this way...All the pieces were primed with Gesso and then inked with Butternut Mixed Media Chox, and a tiny black half Pearl was added. On the Tag I used Mustered Seed and Broken China Distress Crackle Paints. The tag was sprayed with Lindy's Stampgang, Icy Primrose Gold, and Baby Blue Eyes. On the edges and the yellow paint I sprayed Toto's Tornado Black, wiping it of the paint with a Baby wipe, the ink will define the cracks even more.

On this photo one can see how well defined the cracks have become from the misting...Love the effect of the Toto's Tornado Black on the edge!

In the corners I added some black coloured Texture Paint, and after it dried I stencilled some yellow Texture Paint through a mask onto it.

These are the pieces I used...

Brackets on Oval: IDT 0012

Small Edward Relief: IDT 0032

Wrough Iron: IDFL 0017

Thank you, I hope you enjoyed my works and please leave me a will place you in a change to win some Imaginarium Design and create your own magic...
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