Monday, 23 February 2015

Surviving a Weather Event!

I always marvel at how easy it is for Mother Nature to turn our plans and our lives upside down so quickly.
At this time of the year on the Far North Coast of New South Wales we do get more than our fair share of storms. Sometimes these storms turn into what the media has become fond of calling them ....a Weather Event!
Thankfully after days of shrieking wind, pelting rain, falling trees, sick dogs, power outages and an unwell spy from our windows ...patches of blue, that grow wider as I watch...I hear...the joyful carolling of magpies....Aahh!



The plus side of a Weather Event is unexpected time...crafting time that is!
I have been experimenting with Postcard bases - the kind you get in hotels, cafes and at events.
They provide an interesting random colour base and are strong. They are the perfect size too for a card set.

A purple rose? Why not! The stamps I used are from two sets of Chocolate Baroque recent releases.


I explored multiple embossing too! I've used the Wendy Vecchi Embossing powders which are substantial and enamel like. Still be careful when multi embossing not to apply heat for too long!

With this type of stamping there are unexpected results such as the extra box around the heart.
Unique makes every time!

To finish I pulled out the Washi Tapes, ribbons and braids and kept on playing.

Of course my very last tiny restrained ( for me) touches was the odd application of Viva Decor Pearl Pens, which also come in glitter now too!
This week I have a feeling that I'll be ongoing game of Catch Up!

Challenges Entered
Amusing Challenges - Anything Goes
Come and Get It Challenge - Layer it on ...I certainly have!
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything With Wings
Sunday Stamper -Use something new....every Wendy Vecchi embossing powder is now mine!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Viva...Inka Gold!

One of the products that I use in many ways is Viva Decor Inka Gold!
Just when I think I have done as much as I can with it I find another use for it!

The three central flowers that you can see on this mixed media piece were part of a demonstration of coloured pencil work from a recent class.

My WhatIf moment was a simple one - could I create a glaze finish with Inka Gold and a Matt Medium?
I simply took a squirt of the medium and a splat of Inka Gold - in this case Champagne! I mixed it into a paste.

With a brush I applied this to the flowers. The effect is subtle. The coloured pencil is toned down. I let this dry and cut out the Chocolate Baroque Flowers

I then got out the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die - a perennial favourite and cut some flowers out of a scrap of Graphic 45 Couture paper.

To dress these up I used a couple of Chocolate Baroque Fragment Stamps ( I never tire of using stamps in this way) A tiny smooch around edges with a finger dauber and a light Inka Gold and these flowers are ready to be put together.

What to do with them?
Out came a fabric sample...too bright and new!

So out came the new Rusty Paper - which also works well on fabric and grunge started to happen.

To this mix I added a green 3D stamping paint. I like how it now became about wrinkled texture rather than pattern.

A little creative time then happily disappeared as I rehearsed and played with placement and embellishment.
Do you take your time with this aspect of your art making? Sometimes I need to walk away and leave time to mull over what I am doing!

Finally when I was happy everything was firmly glued down on this happy mixed media piece.
Yes indeed ...Viva Inka Gold Rocks!

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