Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Hip to be Square

I finally managed to not only have a wonderful messy time at my workdesk but also help myself to one of Seth Apter's wonderful workshops - an online one of course because I am one of approximately ten mixed media lovers in the whole of Austria - so the really good live workshops are all too far away. lol

But there are several pros to doing workshops online (as long as you don't feel the urge to be part of the hype and among those who are the first to try and show the actual styles and techniques) - one I especially appreciate is that you can do them at your own pace and also use different materials or simply adapt techniques you learn to your own work (which isn't something you manage to do in a live class).

[edit - you can buy and download his workshop by clicking HERE.   ]

I learned some really awesome techniques watching Seth Apter do "his thing". Seth - being a recognized artist - definitely knows what he is doing and it is such a joy to listen to him and his ways of explaining art and how to approach it.
And as I recently managed to get me some of his (also older) dies and stamps I decided to finally jump right in and play around.

And this is the result after several days of playing with paint, mono printing technques and arranging pieces:

There isn't much to explain - as that would mean giving away workshop content - but I can tell you what I used to create my mixed media board:

I used DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paints, Viva Decor Rusty Paper and Patina, DecoArt Dazzling Metallics paint, DecoArt media black Gesso, dark brown and black archival stamping inks, a Kaisercraft stamp, Seth Apter stamps and Spellbinders dies and matte Decou-page.

The squares I used were blanks to make your own "pairs" game (or "Memory" as it is called in German).

Some close ups:

and once more the finished project:

and my desk as it has been looking during the last days....

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are all doing fine! 
Hugs and happy crafting,

Monday, 19 September 2016

Meet Don Consuelo!

...over at the Calico Craft Parts blog where I am sharing my latest project with you today!

If you want to know how to make your own tattooed jumpin' jack or art doll the style of the early 1900s ...

Don Manuelo, the tattooed man, German photo dated 1908:

...there's a how-to on the Calico Craft Parts Blog. I hope you like it!

Hugs and happy crafting,

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Happy Anniversary, Emerald Creek!

Servus, dear crafting friends!

This is the second post I am sharing with you today - so if you haven't already seen my project and invitation for our September challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges, I would like to ask you to scroll to the previous post after reading this one and check out my little steampunk make too.

But this post is all about the anniversary of Emerald Creek Dares! Yay! One year has passed so quickly and our lovely boss, Kim, has been so busy working and I wish her another amazing year equally filled with joy and success on all her endeavours as has been this one!!!

Emerald Creek Dares are celebrating this wonderful event by hosting a month long "Anything Goes" challenge with more inspiration to come throughout the month. So stay tuned!

There's a $50 voucher to spend at the Emerald Creek online store waiting for the winner and the Top3 will get a 20% discount off their next shopping too! So don't miss the chance and play along! Anything Goes challenges are so much fun!!!!

I decided to create a tag and use the "Happy Frog" stamp from the Emerald Creek range alongside some other goodies that are available at the Emerald Creek store - like the exclusive Emerald Creek embossing powders Kim creates! These are absolutely fantastic to play with!

Here's a list of products used on my tag. They are all available at the Emerald Creek online store!

EC Supplies used:

other supplies used available at Emerald Creek:
Distress paint - barn door, mustard seed, wild honey, spiced pumpkin, twisted citron, picked raspberry
Distress stain - antique linen
Distress ink -  shabby shutters
Distress crayon - walnut stain

I created the tag's background by using Tim Holtz' marbling technique using Distress paints. 

Then I added some splatters of black soot Distress paint using a splatter brush. 

For an even more aged look I inked my tag using a blending tool and shabby shutters Distress ink and then flicked some drops of water on the tag (well known as Tim Holtz' wrinkle free distress or flick'n spritz technique). 

The frog was stamped in black archival ink and "water-coloured" using various tones of Distress stains and a soft brush. 

The little crown was die cut and covered with gold Distress Glitter. 

The banner was die cut and then inked with antique linen Distress stain. Once that was dry I added the handwriting using a very fine tip black china ink marker. 

The silver heart brad was customized using Distress paint to make it match the colour scheme of my tag. 

The edges of the tag were darkened with walnut stain Distress Crayon (as the Distress inks don't stick too well with the Distress paints..so the Distress Crayons give a much darker effect).

The die cut laurel wreath was heat embossed using Emerald Creek's lovely St. Paddy's Day embossing enamel. Then all the parts were fixed to the tag using matte medium and sticky foam pads. 

Thanks for stopping by (again) today - I hope to see you join in both challenges (the one over at Emerald Creek Dares AND the other at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges) soon!

Hugs and happy crafting,

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