Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Flowers are smiles

My latest addition is to my Gel Plate - there is an unlimited amount of fun to be had printing your own backgrounds and making a whole range of things! This month I have made two different backgrounds for my large Journal using the same equipment.
Before I start, a couple of things to note: I made this on a really hot day so I wasn't able to photograph everything as the paint was drying so quickly! The second is that my plate had some pits on the surface after I'd washed it. These have since disappeared - so ignore the 'bubble' effect on the first few photos! You won't have this one your plate and I haven't experienced this since.

My first step was to brayer a layer of Caribbean Sea paint to the surface - you don't need a lot of paint as you can repeat any of the steps to cover your paper.
Lay your page on the paint and rub the back of the paper to transfer the paint to the paper. Then peel your paper off the plate.
This is my first print.
I then made a second print using Teresa Green.
Then I added a white (Snowflake) layer. I tend to add a layer of colour and then a layer of white. I like the layers of colours - think lots of layers of wallpaper in an old house!
You don't have to add paint to the whole of the surface of your plate, here I added Bougainvillea to a small areas on the plate. You can, of course, put paint on the plate and only put part of your paper on the plate; rotate the paper so you don't always use the same part of the plate on the same part of the paper and print as many layers as you like.
So, that's my base. Now to add some stencilling! On the plate, lay your stencil and brayer paint through.
This is what that stencil looks like.
This is Tracks in Banana
And this is Gothic in Slate
This is the finished page, trimmed and with Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges.
To finish the page off I used lots of Zinski Art stamps
Thank you for popping by - my second page using these paints and stencils will be here next week!
Gabrielle x

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Antonis Tzanidakis Workshops

Today we are sharing some pics from the recent Workshops held at Country View Crafts on Friday 11th & Saturday 12th May with Antonis Tzanidakis
 Antonis Tzanidakis is a world-known artist!
You may already know him for his incredible mixed media art
that include fabulous handmade home decor and beautiful work on wood.
When he is not at home creating, he is travelling around the world
offering workshops to teach others new ways to create.  So we were thrilled that he wanted to teach workshops at Country View Crafts and we all loved his work & teaching techniques so much we have invited him back next year too
Using DecoArt and Stamperia products everyone was busy creating

We even used wallpaper for one project
Old hard backed books

and air dried clay
The stamped impression was so detailed on the clay
rusting effects
and some oil paint

Helen & Antonis
 and then some of us all
with our projects
Antonis we all had a fantastic time - Thank You So Much x
Our next workshop is with Brenda Brown on Saturday 9th June so if you feel like joining us book your place on our website

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Pimp It Up - Chopstick Wands

Over on our Challenge Blog the theme for April was Pimp It Up and I was just in the process of pimping up something myself so thought I would share

One of our customers told me about these and as we had just had another family trip to the Harry Potter Tour, could not wait to give it a try. They are really simple but very effective. They also cost next to nothing to make as I used all existing materials from my craft stash that I already had. The chopsticks were found in a kitchen drawer and the box was an old wine glass one (from the 1960s)
The main texture comes from your glue gun. Hold the chopstick and run glue down - you can roll it or make blobs or drips. I placed them in a chunky piece of polystyrene to hold them to dry after I painted them with DecoArt Acrylic paint
To give more texture, I put on a ring of glue around a couple of the chopsticks and pushed in some beads, I added different Tim Holtz ideology embellishments to make them all individual

I painted them all so they had 2 coats of paint and then started with some Treasure Gold

 The old box was already covered in an old cream paper with gold metallic flowers on. I used one coat of Wilted Violet Distress Paint and you can still see the flowers

 I downloaded a couple of Harry Potter Ollivander's labels and printed them off on some adhesive labels. I used antique linen ink pad to give an aged effect and cut them out to put on the box

 I used some purple tissue paper in the box
 Thank you for looking :0)