Saturday, 25 March 2017

Up the Wall

Up the Wall

Morning!  How's it going?
I know, some of you won't see
this until evening!  I just feel
if I say Good Evening it will
seem as though I've only just
remembered to do the blog

Craftyfield is here today with
a super card reminiscent of
travels to sunnier climes.....
..........and times.....

"Despite the many options available to create a wall texture,
 I chose to represent the rendered walls so popular in Europe.
 Shame really as The Craft Barn has many stencils and stamps
 to fake the look of bricks, stones, wood and more...
 It could have been so easy... 
But no I persevered!

To complete the look I needed to create a window 
for my wall and some sort of gate, maybe with a bicyle...

To create my window I cut 4 rectangles from
 a piece of white cardstock. 

I then used an embossing tool and a foam mat 
to emboss lines around the frame

For colour I settled on a blue base, 
which I distress in the next step.

I mixed the colour from Frescos in 
South Pacific and Lavender.

I applied a thin layer of diluted crackle and
 overpainted with white paint

 I used double sided tape to affix a piece of 
acetate for my window panes

The wall texture was built in layers.
 I started with a layer of gesso and painted mixes of colours
 over the top to establish a background colour. 

Then with a sponge and tinted Grunge paste I "stamped" the stucco texture. 

I must say I wasn't sure if this would work, but it does, brilliantly in fact!

 I considered giving my window some curtains
but decided a dark colour would leave more to the imagination. 

I roughly drew in my panes with Inktense pencils 
mixing the colours on the paper. 

I then applied (a little) water with a wet brush.

To distress my wall I added some crackle, 
mixing grey and black ink directly on the stamp 
on top of Antique linen Distress ink.

 The Distress allows the inks to mix more 
readily with each other.

Finally the garden was stamped, fussy cut 
and coloured with Inktense pencils.

I tried to take some picture in natural lighting 
and this one does show the wall texture, 
very true to life I think

And another close up showing the subtle crackle 
and my impulse addition of a flowering branch 
coming down the wall, 
which I also painted with pencils."


That stucco effect is amazing Craftyfield
Thank you for showing us how to do that

Think I'll go and see if I can
achieve at least a reasonable 
resemblance to stucco

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Friday, 24 March 2017

Up The Wall

Up The Wall

Hallo everyone!

Hope your week continues well
Expect you're looking forward 
to the weekend - well, here's a
fun project for you from
Louise Thomson

"I started with a watercolour card tag and 
blended distress inks over it in scattered straw 
and fossilized amber.

Next I taped down my brick stencil and 
blended over fired brick and pumice stone inks.

With the stencil removed I added in a selection 
of plants from Card-io’s backyard blooms stamp set, 
all stamped in mowed lawn distress ink.

I added the spiders web in amongst the plants 
using black versa colour ink, 
then used a black fineliner to join up the
 loose ends of the web.

I die cut a strip of grass and then trimmed 
the off cut so I could use that too, 
to make two different grassy outlines. 

One piece I coated in mowed lawn ink, 
the other I left the original green. 

These were then added to the bottom of the tag. 

I also added in a few creepy crawlies… 
(see how many you can spot…!)

Finally I edged the tag by running the f
ired brick ink pad directly around the edge 
of it and finished off with a few 
coordinating ribbons from my stash."

Materials used;
Distress inks  (scattered straw, fossilized amber, fired brick, pumice stone, mowed lawn)
Green paper and ribbons (from stash)

Great tag Louise, thank you

Such fun with all the little critters

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Up The Wall

Up The Wall

Hallo Everyone!

Claire Jackson is with us
today to share with us a
beautiful canvas of her
holiday in Rome

You might need to get 
yourself a cuppa and
a comfy chair ............

"I primed a 30x25cm canvas with white snowflake paint 
and added strips of decorative tape to create some 
texture in the background

 Next I built up the background with layers of Fresco Finish paint, 
starting with more opaque colours and then translucent colours on top.
 I wiped back the paint over the tape where it was too opaque.

To continue to build up the background I used a 
dark translucent paint sponged on a small script stamp, 
gold paint sponged on a large pattern stamp 
and sprayed golden walnut through a stencil.

 I added embossing paste through the brick wall stencil
 to some areas of the canvas

The edges were shaded with pine needles Distress Ink 
and Alchemy Wax was used to highlight the edges 
and some of the brick.

 I stamped and embossed the wording 
in white detail embossing powder on wax paper.

I used a dark brown watercolour pencil between the bricks 
to help them stand out.

Next I tore strips of the wax paper and scrunched them up tightly, 
before lightly rubbing them over with the gold wax.

A mini cardboard key was painted and edged with gold wax.

The photo was die cut and attached to the canvas 
and to create more texture I added a mixture 
of gems, microbeads and embossing enamel 
to the corners and around the photo

 I also sprinkled embossing enamel in places over the background

The photo was taken in the ancient Roman town
 of Ostia Antica, just outside Rome.

 If you ever get the chance to visit 
I would thoroughly recommend it."

Beautiful canvas Claire, thank you for
sharing it with us.  A wonderful moment
of what must have been a wonderful holiday

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx