Friday, 17 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
coordinating silk stitched together with decorative stitches, and the middle piece stitched to make six spaces for the flowers. I added eyelets to the top, zig-zag stitched pieces of gold cord to make stems and added a selection of buttons for the flower heads. A piece of thread was attached , with a few small beads added here and there.
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Wednesday, 1 December 2010
My friend Esther gave me a couple of plain wooden frames to play with. This is one of them completed, although the picture really doesn’t do the colour of it justice.
Firstly the frame was covered in bits and pieces of fabric paper, stuck with bookbinders glue. When dried, several thin coats of Golden Liquid Acrylics were added, not sure how many but at least 4. The final coat was Iridescent Copper Light.
A piece of silk was stamped with a calligraphy background stamp, using Versafine Vintage Sepia.
A piece of stamp board, the same Versafine ink and a Paper Artsy stamp produced the centre piece.
This was assembled and then what to do to finish it off? I found the edging in my stash, coloured it with a quick wipe over with the iridescent copper and attached to the frame using thin double sided tape.
Something was needed for the top, and in my bits and pieces tray I found Remember, left over from a previous project. It was ‘dirted’ up a little and mounted on a small piece of wire mesh, which was then attached to the frame using double sided tape.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
After a couple of false starts, I decided to make a postcard/photograph album for my swap partner.
I used Golden Moulding Paste to create a stencil on some black lutradur. When this was still wet it was sprayed with some gold spray paint and when it was dry treasure gold was used to highlight .
A piece of pelmet Vilene to the size needed, and creased well were the spine was to be. This was covered with some silk from my stash ( purchased it on E-Bay).
Thestencilled lutradur was mounted onto a piece of light coloured felt covered with cream silk, and stitched on the flowers and stems with a coppery coloured maderia thread. I used a fancy stitch in the same thread around the edge. This was then attached this to the front of the book, using a small zigzag stich.
Somefancy machine stitching around the edges of the book and on the spine, finished it of. For the ties,I used ribbon, which was pinned at each edge to keep it in place.The back of the pelmet vilene was covered with a piece of cream silk, and zig-zag stitched around the edges, removing the pins as I got to them. The ribbons were threaded through wooden beads, which were tied close to the edges of the covers. To finish off the photo holders were stuck in, using book binders glue.
I made these for a swap I was in. We had to make 9 metal inchies and they got swapped out. There were 5 of us in the swap, meaning we got at least one of our own back.
I was running short of time, so mine were made using embossing folders for the backgrounds/ Some I coloured using treasure gold, alcohol inks and black gesso.A couple of them I coloured with a candle flame. I added various bits and pieces from my stash, and cut out a couple of embossed metal stars to attach to the darker backgrounds. One the middle top one, I used some glass paint in the ‘dips’ and added some glitter while it was still sticky. The one with the butterfly I used embossing powder. Good fun to relax doing these after a hectic few days.
Saturday, 6 November 2010
A swap making anything we liked as long as it incorporated dots and circles. I decided to make ATCs.
The background is painted pelmet Vilene which I already had.( I usually use left over paints to colour anything I have laying around !)
I stamped onto different papers and cut out the circles. I added a small black gem to some of them, and arranged on the backgrounds. I used dimensional paint to add the dots at the sides, and gold acrylic to add the dip dots around the circles. Hope my swap partner likes them.
I have been busy making fabric paper birds for a swap I am in. Great fun, and I am sure I will be making more.
I found a template for a bird, but you could draw your own. The first ones I made were about 6 inches across, but I thought they were too big, so I reduced the size to approximately 4 inches, and I like them I lot better.
I had a stack of fabric paper, so got this out and cut out 5 double sided bodies (making sure I turned the template around for the backs). I then stamped all the bodies randomly, with the first stamps that came out of my stash. I cut out 10 wings and 30 tail feathers (shaped like small wings). I machined stitch all the wings and tail feathers into place, using a variegated thread and a fancy stitch.
I decided that I was going to put some felt in the middle to give the birds a little body.
I choose a ribbon, and leaving enough at the top and bottom, I put the ribbon between the back and front of the bird bodies. To keep it all in place I stuck each bird with some glue.
I then machine stitched using the same variegated thread and a small zig- zag stitch on both sides.
To finish off I added black gems for eyes and used a glitter pen to highlight some of the pattern. I made a loop at the top, decorated with a few seed beads, and added a bell to the bottom of the ribbon.
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Last weekend I attended a Friendly Plastic Course with Liz Welch, which was run in the beautiful Chepstow Castle.
I don’t have very much experience with Friendly Plastic, but Liz is a wonderful teacher and the week-end was thoroughly enjoyable, meeting up with old friends Adrienne and Liz Gale and hopefully meeting new friends. We shared an evening meal on the Saturday, great fun and good food too!
The object of the course was to teach us how to work with Friendly Plastic in a 3 dimensional way. On the first day Liz took us through lots of techniques, oozing, attaching friendly plastic to itself by using a soldering iron, making right angled sides, moulding and cutting , using metal leaf and colouring Friendly Plastic pellets with alcohol inks.
Small pieces made using the various techniques.
The next day we were already to make our dimensional piece. Adrienne and I found a couple of Acorn squash, different shapes and we decided that this is what we would use for our moulds.
I used the Friendly Plastic pellets , and when these were melted sufficiently , I used lace to try to create a design. This worked very well on the inside, but I had a lot of trouble getting any design onto the outside. I , with Liz’s guidance, tried to rectify this with a heat-gun, and by holding the whole thing in the hot water, but nothing worked, due to my inexperience I must add here lol. Eventually I gave in and reheated the whole thing. I moulded it around the squash, and pressed the outside firmly, folding and smoothing to make some texture. I then coloured it with Alcohol Inks, lettuce, butterscotch and sail boat blue. It isn’t finished yet, but I am thinking about where to go next with it! Any suggestions gratefully received……
Sunday, 17 October 2010
I wasn’t particularly happy with my first effort, so thought I would have another go. I had a ready to go canvas, one which had been covered with various mediums to give texture. It was not quite the colour I wanted , but I changed it by using Starburst stains and Treasure Gold Copper to highlight some of the texture.
I cut out the hearts coloured and then embossed them, using a small Sizzix embossing folder.I stuck the hearts together and used a star sequin and a stick on heart shaped jewel to finish off. I used beaten copper wire and attached the hearts with super glue.
This is going to Adrienne , along with the bookmark when I see her next week. We are off to have a week-end of friendly plastic fun with the amazing Liz Welch.
I signed up for a swap where I was to use Grungepaper in any way I chose to do so. I’ve had some Grungepaper for ages, but have never got around to using it.
I first of all made a bookmark , using two pieces of Grungepaper stitched together , and coloured using Starburst Stains. I then embossed it, using a Sizzix embossing folder with my Wizard.
I decorated with punched flowers, sequin and a bead and added a brass eyelet to take the fibres. It didn’t look quite finished so I added a Grungeboard letter, coloured in the same way.
I hope Adrienne likes it.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Friday, 17 September 2010
The darker small tags,with the hearts, were made from scraps of the fabric paper. The lighter coloured tags were made using painted bondaweb, ironed on. The tags were attached using eyelets and ribbon.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
I have participated in 2 paper bag book swaps recently. The participants made pages which were sent to the hostess for distribution. All participants were responsible for putting their own book together. The first book was entitled Nature.
End pages, art by Rachel