Tuesday, 5 June 2018

"The Voice of the Sea" Tag Duo

Servus, hi and welcome to my little creative spot!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Today I would like to share with you a tag duo I have made using some of the wonderful new stencils and rubber stamp sets by lovely Samantha Braund from Samantha Braund Arts.

Samantha recently messaged me on facebook and we had a lovely and inspiring chat. We talked about her doing all her demo projects for the selling shows on craft TV herself and she said she would love to see what someone else - for example I - would come up with using some of her new stencils and stamp sets. This was so very lovely of her and I feel very honoured by this and when she suggested that I could have some of them to play with, my answer was of course a loud and happy "Yes, please! I would LOVE to!"

Actually I remember using a lot more words than just these few, because I was so excited... ;)

I have been admiring Samantha's beautiful jewellery designs and drawings for quite a long time now. So being asked by her really is such an honour and I feel truly blessed. Thank you so much, Samantha! Mwah! XXX

I hope you like my "The Voice of the Sea" tag duo!

You know me - I love the sea and the magic of underwater worlds. So I had a lot of fun using Sam's stencils and stamps to bring some of my ideas to life.

I have used stamps from the Voice of the Sea, Starfish and Barnacles and Coral Reef Fish Medley stamp sets alongside the beautiful Fan Coral stencil (and mask) and the Curly Seaweed stencil.

I die cut two tags from heavy mixed media paper and used DecoArt Americana paints and DecoArt stencil brushes to create the backgrounds.

Then I stamped on the images from the stamp sets to create my scenes using black archival stamping ink. Once that was dry I painted them with watered down DecoArt media fluid acrylics using a detail brush. 

Final details (mainly highlights) in white were added with a white gel pen....

...before I finished off the tags by adding quotes and bits of text from the stamp sets.

The hints of blue in the backgrounds were done by first spreading water with a wet brush in the spots on the tags and then bringing only a little paint to these areas with the tip of the brush. This way the paint pigments spread beautifully and created lovely subtle shades.

I hope you like my two underwater tags as much as I do!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Holiday Memories - a StencilGirl® Creative Team Project

Hi, servus and welcome to my second project and post for StencilGirl®!

This month it's all about "Favourite Craft/Art Books" for the Creative Team and if you hop over to the StencilGirl® Talk Blog, you will find out about my current fave among my huge collection of inspiring and informative art and craft books (shhh! There's also an amazing give-away you should check out!!!)...and about the project it inspired me to do.

Those who own the book too, may recognise it here on my studio desk alongside one of the fab StencilGirl® stencils and a holiday picture I took some years ago when doing a round trip through Turkey...

....and here's a detail shot of the finished project.

To see the whole project and a detailed how-to (including my second video!), click HERE to get taken to the blog post over at the StencilGirl® Talk blog. Hope to see you over there! 

Hugs and happy crafting!

Friday, 1 June 2018

Teabag, Wired - Mixed Media Canvas for SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges

Hi, servus and welcome to a very special post for SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges this time! Special to me as this is the first time lovely Maura is hosting our challenge over at the steampunk challenge blog and I cannot tell you how happy I am to have her by my side as a co-host from now on! Please, give her an especially warm welcome when you hop over to the challenge blog to find out about the teamies' makes and the current steampunk challenge!

I have been on a wonderful cultural trip to Bregenz and its impressive "Kunsthaus" with a dear friend this weekend and have enjoyed some amazing art by Mika Rottenberg there and we also visited another gallery with stunning video art from German artist Susann Maria Hempel.
Both exhibitions have made me want to get more playful and intuitive with my creative process and I guess this already shows a bit with today's make for our June challenge.... (I have embedded a video with an interview and parts of Mika Rottenberg's art for those interested at the bottom of this post).

My little 4''x4'' canvas started out with a teabag that I stuck to it by simply placing it into wet DecoArt media white Modeling Paste. From there I just ran wild and combined assemblage, rubber stamping and collage techniques and hat a lot of fun.

The rubber stamped teabag, pressed into the wet Modeling Paste. 

DecoArt media Mister paints Orange and Turquoise (Shimmer) spritzed onto the still wet paste and watered down with water from a spray bottle. 

Electronic parts and watch parts were glued to the canvas with Heavy Gel Medium. 

Black archival ink was used to partially stamp the images onto different spots on the canvas. 
(the originally stamped on image on the teabag had been painted over while being carried away with creating texture on top of texture..)

DecoArt media white Crackle Paint was scraped on here and there with the tip of my palette knife. 

Fixing the watch parts to my canvas with the Heavy Gel Medium.

White mark making and doodling with a gel pen around the glued on die cut (a Seth Apter design) metal parts. 


I love how "big" my mini canvas looks. It's always amazing to find how much you can do on small formats like mini canvases or ATCs...

Maura is awaiting you over at our steampunk challenge blog, where you will find more inspiration from my amazing teamies! The challenge is - as always - open until the end of the month. From this month on we will present all the teamies' makes on the 1st of the month and only announce the Top5 and prize winners from the previous challenge on the 15th. So stay tuned and I hope to see you play along this month! 

Hugs and happy crafting!

Here's the promised video about Mika Rottenberg and her art. I have also included a picture I took in Kunsthaus Bregenz, so you can see how the videos and installations were presented. 

I have also found this video showing the trailer to Susann Maria Hempel's "Seven Times a Day We Bemoan Our Lot and at Night We Get Up to Avoid Dreaming" (which won several renowned art prizes and got me deeply impressed as well).

Monday, 28 May 2018

Happiness Comes in Waves, Doesn't it?

Sometimes nature can be overwhelming in its beauty. We all know moments like these, when happiness washes over us like a warm wave - simply because we are touched by nature's wonders. Right now the fields surrounding my home are covered over and over with red poppies - a sight that fills me with awe for these tender yet strong flowers.

The time frame for this special sight is quite narrow - which only makes me treasure this special time of year even more. A sea of red - suddenly there and gone in only a few days!

I needed to capture my feel of amazement (or at least try to do so). If you want to find out how I did it and how the finished project looks, simply hop over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog. I would love to see you over there!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Skeleton Key - a Mixed Media Assemblage with DecoArt media

Hi, servus and welcome to a short post today, in which I would like to invite you over to the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog, where my latest DT make has just gone live.

I love collecting ephemera and found objects of all kinds. Beautiful pages from old dictionaries make fantastic backgrounds, but also offer beautiful vintage words to use in your art. Assemblage art is the perfect way to use some of your treasures and turn them into a piece of art that will beautifully display them and give them new meaning. And with the aid of one or the other DecoArt media product you can fuse all your treasures into one piece of assemblage art that tells stories of beauty and decay.

Some of you may remember that I have shared this detail shot on facebook (and maybe instagram too) a while ago...

...now I can finally show you the finished project:

To find out how I did it and which media I used simply click HERE to get taken to the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog post. Hope to see you over there!

Hugs and happy crafting!

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