Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Frame It!

Hello and welcome!
Quite a few months ago I created a class where we de-constructed an old pair of denim jeans and made all sorts of projects.

One of them that I loved was to use the Mega Sized Tattered Floral to create a focal piece for fabric panels.

With the mixture of fabric die cuts, stamping with Chocolate Baroque Stamps and embellishing I went on to create three panels. After the class I put them away.

I knew they would be perfect for the bedroom particularly as there are indigo curtains ( I'm a light phobe) as well as other inky accents in the room.

How to frame them was a little problematic until I got out some old frames that just needed a bit of sprucing up. Viva Decor Stamping Paint and a little of the Viva Decor Inka Gold worked some magic.

When I painted the denim I added a little PVA to the paint. This made it stiff enough to be able to shape the fabric pieces. Some of the ribbons and braids needed touches of colour too so that they blended. I know the burlap might fray but hey that's what burlap does!

Of course when I asked Super Star if he could hang these pieces for me he had the drill revving faster than I could take a photo. These are on the wall!

Fabric takes stamping really well and now with the newer ink pads heat setting means the fabrics can be washed.

There are a couple of tiny pieces that are joining the denim trio when I find them that is. Slowly we are sorting out all the packed boxes from our renovations. One box at a time!

I've got some ladies about to descend on Time To Create and we are going to get MESSY!
How easily pleased we crafters are!

Challenges Entered
 Sunday Stamper Faux Finishes  - There are such wonderful products available now for dressing up surfaces.
The Mixed Media  Monthly Challenges - I've just found you!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Oops = experimenting!

Hello and thanks for dropping in.
Over at Unruly Paper Arts this month we are exploring the many ways there are to paint.
I'm not sure that my piece is painted perfection!
You'll see if you pop over and have a look at my post on Unruly that I had a great big Oops!

The experimental pieces that I created sat on the bench for a few weeks as I wasn't sure what to do with them. As they were painted on plastic sleeves they were a bit flaky. That is until I gave them a good coat of Liquitex Varnish and left them to dry for a couple of days. The varnish does not have the stickiness that gel medium tends to have in our climate.

My layout is very mixed media as I was exploring some of the  new Viva Decor products we have gotten in.
Our garden is a continual work in progress as the cottage garden style we had in this photo has gone. Now it is all subtropical and rainforest plants which survive our tricky conditions better.

I was a little perplexed about the messiness of the background on the Webster's Pages Nest Paper that is the background....Until I grabbed a Pearl Pen and detailed the map coastline.

As there were three pieces of Oops I used another piece here for a simple Webster's Pages Ocean Melody layout. I am enjoying how many of the new collections have journalling spots so cleverly designed to work for many crafting purposes.

The Paper Artsy Grunge Paste that I stencilled onto the plastic did not shift at all but I still gave it the varnish treatment to be sure! I like how the soft pink works on this design. We spent so much time at the beach we were indeed kissed by the sun.

So next time you have a Crafting Oops instead of binning it immediately put it aside..let it dry...let your ideas percolate for a while and then have a play.
It really is nothing ventured, nothing gained isn't it?
BTW look out for the 3rd Oops in a couple of was perfect for another project too!
Created For
Unruly Paper Arts Design Team

Challenges Entered
Lasting Memories Scrapbook Challenges - Anything Goes - You'll find great challenges here and there's a month to do them too!

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