Saturday, 6 April 2019

Steampunk Traveller's Journal - a Calico Craft Parts Project

A bit late this week I am sharing a make that already went live on the Calico Craft Parts Blog on Monday. But as I had to spend the last week in hospital (with a critical crises of sudden high blood pressure) I am behind with everything and am now trying to catch up with everything.

But the post is still there and the tutorial is I would like to invite you to hop over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog to check out a cool steampunk journal I did using mainly steampunk themed Calico Craft Parts (...and, believe me, there is a wide, wide range of fantastic steampunk craft parts to choose from in their store!) and Eileen Hull's "Passport" book die.

The full tutorial that takes you through the process is over at the Calico blog, alongside with many more pictures and close ups of details. I hope to see you over there!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Monday, 1 April 2019

Mini Tag Album for SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges

Servus and welcome to the start of our April challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

As always the theme is "Anything Goes - Steampunk/Industrial", so our players, the design team and I were (and always are) free to create what they enjoy most (as long as the steampunk/industrial theme is still part of the creation of course).

I unearthed an old dies set recently (I guess it was a Spellbinders dies set), when tidying my studio and immediately knew what I wanted to create with it! A mini tag notebook in steampunk style of course! You know me - I love mini!

 now that you have seen the mini notebook from any possible angle, it's time to also show HOW tiny it is...

Isn't it amazing that you can always put so much mixed media on such a small format? I love it! 

Of course I have taken steps images, so I can share the process with you. 

I first die cut all the pieces for the album's cover and signature cover. I cut each piece twice from left over painted paper scraps (from this project over HERE). I had used these to clean the brushes from any excess paint and to create paper-on-paper mono prints to work on (a technique I learned from wonderful Seth Apter!). Now they were the perfect size for my mini tag album and I just love the texture of the brush strokes and all the beautiful layers of paint!

I cut all the needed covers, the closure and signature covers twice as the painted papers were white at the back - so I had to glue two pieces together to get covers that were painted on both sides. I used matte DecoArt Decou-Page for this step.

Then I used DecoArt media fluid acrylic paint "Raw Umber" and a fine detail brush to paint a brown soft edge around all the covers' edges. I first applied clean water around the edges and then applied the paint - this way the water dragged the paint and created a softly blended dark edge.

On the cover's outside I had applied some white DecoArt media Crackle Paint with a palette knife here and there and let that dry naturally. Afterwards I added a mix of DecoArt media Antiquing Creams Raw Umber and Carbon Black on top and only wiped that back a little bit to age it and town down the colours.

A wash of DecoArt media Yellow Oxide was used to tone down the white of the Crackle Paint.

Then I painted the fabulous "Mechanical Hardware" chipboard pieces from our challenge prize sponsor "boozybear". I used DecoArt Matte Metallics "Aged Bronze", DecoArt Dazzling Metallics "Teal" and DecoArt Extreme Sheen "Bronze" on the pieces and toned these down with the Antiquing Cream mix as well.

The left overs from the Extreme Sheen paint on my palette were sprinkled on the cover using a soft fully loaded brush and tapping it with my finger.

 I also used the Dazzling Metallics and Matte Metallics to paint a label holder, some washers and screw heads from a Calico Craft Parts Mini Hardware Wood Shapes Sheet.

Using matte Decou-Page I assembled my mini tag album cover. I also added some DecoArt media Liquid Glass to the small label holder (also a Calico Craft Parts wood shape). Then I set the cover aside to let everything dry naturally.

Once all had dried, I poked the holes for the binding and threaded brown waxed cotton thread through the holes from the outside and simply tied the ends into a knot on the inside. I had also die cut some notebook pages for the signature from beige marbled paper.


I hope you like my tiny tag album! And I also hope to see you play along with us over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges too this month! ;)

Hugs and happy crafting!

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Carry It! - a Stencil Girl Project

Hi, servus and thanks for stopping by!

It is my turn today over at the Stencil Girl Talk blog, where I am sharing an altered leather bag from a thrift store. Each design team member had to do a project for a "What's Old is New Again" feature and combine it with the actual month's theme.

So when I saw the "Carry it" theme for March, I was looking out for either an old suitcase or a handbag (because you can never have too many hand bags, can you?). If you hop over to the Stencil Girl Talk blog, you will find a short video of me, hunting down "my" bag in the Carla thrift store and you will also find the tutorial over there. ;)

I hope to see you over there! 

Hugs and happy crafting!

Monday, 18 March 2019

This Monday it is "Ahoi!" instead of "Servus!" at Calico Craft Parts

Ahoi! Welcome to my usual biweekly invite over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog, where I am sharing a new project that is a nautical theme this time.

My husband, our good friends and I not only love pen-and-paper role-playing but some of us also do (or we are slowly getting too old to run around, fight and camp in old castle ruins and other locations like that ;) live role-playing which involves designing and making costumes and equipment by hand (which is an essential part of the fun)!

Lately we had a very fun Murder Mistery Dinner in a Vampire setting and dear friends of us decided to do another one - this time as pirates in the Caribbean, having to solve another murder case. They have invested a lot of time, effort and thought into writing up their own story and preparing all the characters and info sheets for us and next weekend we will all meet - dressed as pirates of all kinds - and have a lot of fun again ;)

For this occasion I decided to create a book box in which to store any info sheets and other notes for my role (I have already started a list of impressive pirates curses for example) - and luckily the Calico Craft Parts  Book Box Kit is just perfect for this!

And not only the Book Box Kit as you can see....

There are lots of fabulous nautical and ocean themed wood shapes in the Calico Craft Parts store, so I could easily do ten more without having to repeat myself (and I can tell you picking parts for just one possible design was really hard....I loved them all, but had to decide on parts for just one book box for starters).

With just a few DecoArt paints and products and some lovely map wrapping paper the book box was quite quickly and easily done. The more detailed description of the how-to can be found over at the Calico Craft Parts Blog as always. Hope to see you over there!

Hugs and happy crafting! 

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Hand Painted Folklore Style Jewelry - a DecoArt Mixed Media Project

Hi, servus and welcome to a short invite over to the DecoArt Mixed Media Blog, where I am sharing my latest project.

DecoArt have recently released a new product - "Stylin" Multi Surface Fashion Acrylic.
Being a hoarder of all sorts of alterable stuff I luckily (hahah!) had some leather scraps hidden in the backs of my shelves that now called to be used for trying these out and creating some gorgeous wearable fashion mixed media art.

I have recently started to explore folklore art because I love that it is close to doodling but also combines this with a playful way of designing and an exuberant painting style that is related to the tradition of former painters' "horror vacui", which is a Latin term used in art history for "fear of the empty space" and describes painting styles that aim for complete coverage of a surface with loads of detail, shapes and patterns instead of have filled and painted in space contrast some empty or negative space (as is more usual with contemporary art). 

As you can see folklore style even makes me, the grunge girl,  go for bright and joyful colours. ;) 

More info about the Stylin paints, the full tutorial and many detailed steps images are waiting for you over at the Mixed Media Blog
I have also taken steps images of the painting process so you can follow and recreate the cuffs if you don't want to go for an own design. 

Hope to see you over there soon!

Hugs and happy crafting!

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