Friday, 3 April 2020

It's Gelli Time ! ~ A Vintage Journey ~ New Challenge

Hi everybody! It's been a wonderful distraction to spend time in my crafty attic room, escaping, if only for a short while, from the awful world events. So, many thanks to our Creative Guide Julia, for presenting us with a great new challenge over on the A Vintage Journey Blog. The title is 'It's Gelli Time' and this is what Julia has to say about it.......

'Yes, get those gel plates out and have a play.  Printing and mark making are unique and somewhat addictive when you start so let us see what you create and how you use it in your project.  Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk'

Well! a play date with my Gelli plate, is just what my creative mojo needed! There are so many different techniques and media that can be used, making the creative possibilities seemingly endless!. If you hop over to The AVJ blog, you'll understand exactly what I mean, when you see Julia's fabulous project, as well as the lovely variety of projects from the other Creative Guides. I chose to explore an image transfer technique, using an inkjet print, and produced this canvas. This is how it came together.........
I started off with a bit of playtime. I used some glossy magazine pictures and tried a few transfer prints. Birgit Koopsen, the veritable queen of Gelli Printing, has produced several videos about image resist printing, these can be found on You tube. Basically, acrylic paint is rolled onto a Gelli plate, then, a glossy magazine picture is placed on the surface and smoothed over. When the picture is carefully lifted off, an imprint will be left on the surface of the gelli plate. Not all magazines will work, so there is an element of trial and error in this process.
 In this photo, the image from the magazine, remains on the Gelli plate, on the left hand side. Once the paint is completely dry, another colour is applied on top of the gelli plate,and a print is pulled as normal. this is the result.....
I tried another picture, and this time, used a stencil to add interest to the sides of the picture......
It's quite amazing how much detail can be picked up. The paper I've used for these prints, is some old fashioned printer paper. It has perforated strips down the sides which can be easily torn away. The next technique I tried was slightly different.I found this on You Tube a while ago and had wanted to give it a try. This time I used a fresh inkjet print and laid it on the surface of my clean Gelli plate. I burnished the back of the print with a smooth, metal spoon to ensure good contact. You can lift the corner of the ink jet print to see if the image has been transferred strongly enough. If not continue burnishing pressing a little harder
This is the first experiment, The Gelli plate can be seen below the inkjet print. Once the inkjet image is  clearly on the Gelli Plate, you  apply paint on top, using a brayer. Here are the resulting prints. I was able to use the same inkjet print three times.....
I really liked the way this technique worked and decided to use it for my final piece. This time I used a picture of one of my favourite artists, Frida Khalo.
This was the first print I made on printer paper. I really like the softness of the image. The inkjet print is on the left. As I wanted to apply the print to a canvas, I made another print on Deli Paper.......
The Deli Paper print is on the right. I also used a fresh inkjet print, as I wanted to make sure there would be enough ink  to provide a good contrast. I also made sure I burnished the back of the picture really well.  I then applied the print to a canvas, using matte gel medium....
Once dry, I trimmed away the excess Deli Paper. To finish off the canvas, I did some light stamping along the sides using a crackle patterned stamp....
 I added gold embossing powder around the edges, and then blended in a little black Archival ink. The final touch was to add a thought provoking quote from the amazing Frida Khalo.......

"Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves,everything revolves, everything flies and goes away"


If you would like to lose yourself in a little Gelli playtime, we would love to see the results, you have a whole month to join in. Just hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog with this link and you'll find the challenge guidelines, as well as plenty of inspiration from The Creative Guides. Stay happy and healthy! x

Friday, 7 February 2020

Against The Grain ~ A Vintage Journey ~ New Challenge

Hi everybody! There's a lovely new challenge over on the A Vintage Journey blog. Sara Emily is our fabulous host and she has called her challenge, 'Against The Grain'. This is what she has to say about it.......
"Most of us love the look of wood and there are a lot of art/craft products out there that help us achieve beautiful wood grain, including stamps, stencils, embossing folders, paper and mixed media products. We would love to see how you add a touch of wood texture or appearance to your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk projects."
You can see Sara Emily's fabulous project as well as many other inspiring pieces by the AVJ Creative Guides, using this link.
I've used Eileen Hull's wonderful Passport Die to create this journal with a real wooden cover! This is how I did it......
Some years ago, I bought a bag of mixed pieces of wood veneer. I knew that somewhere along the line, I'd be able to use it! Miraculously, I was able to find it in my somewhat, overloaded, craft room. I chose a couple of pieces that had some visible grain and were not too dark, as I wanted the stamping to show up well. I then ran them through my Big Shot, using the Passport Die.....
I also cut two covers from mount board and adhered them together. I used Book Binding Glue, which worked very well. I put a a mat, with some heavy weights on top of the covers while they dried. I was very pleased with the results! I had a piece of leather in my bits bag, and used this to cut the journal spine. As the leather was quite soft, I decided to adhere it to a piece of soft grey board.......
Once the covers were dry, I used Staz On Ink with, with some of my trusty Tim Holtz stamps, to make a design on the front and back cover....
I also used a pyrography tool to add a few 'distress' marks here and there. The tool is something else I've had for years!! I covered the inside covers with a couple of strips of Tim Holtz's collage paper....
At this point, I was pretty pleased with the way my book was coming together and even more so, once I attached the spine. I used contact adhesive, to ensure a good bond between the leather and the board covers.......
 Before attaching the signatures, I gave the covers a polish with beeswax polish. This really showed the grain up beautifully.......
I used tea dyed paper for the signatures and attached them with some fine linen thread...
 I toyed with the idea of adding other embellishments, but I decided against it, as this project, for me, is all about the wood. and it rather went 'Against The Grain' to add anything else! 
 We would love you to join us for our February challenge. Just hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog with this link and you'll find plenty of inspiration from the Creative Guides, as well as all of the details of how to share your projects with us. I look forward to seeing you there ! x




Friday, 6 December 2019

Holly Jolly Christmas ~ A Vintage journey ~ New Challenge

Hi everybody! Well there's no getting away from it, Christmas has well and truly arrived! What better way to celebrate the season, than to have a little Christmas challenge. Over on the A Vintage Journey blog, Sandy is hosting our December challenge and this is what she has to say...

 This month Anything Goes as long as it says Christmas and is in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I think you'll agree, that Sandy's fabulous challenge, offers a great opportunity for you to share your Christmas crafty makes. I've put together a wintery, Christmas greeting, scene, using an MDF freestanding plaque as my base. This is how I got started....
The MDF plaque, comes in two parts , that slot together....
This is helpful, as it means you can keep each piece flat an the table and work on them separately. I applied some 'xpandit' medium to the base and heated it with a heat gun to activate it.....
Here, the heat activated medium is on the right. I think it's perfect for creating a snowy landscape. The medium is a pale cream colour so once it was fully activated, I painted it white and added some crystal glitter to give it that extra sparkle. I used a brick patterned stencil and Grunge Paste, to create the background......
Once dry, I sprayed the surface with,  firstly, Iced Spruce Distress Spray and dried with a heat tool. I then replaced the stencil, and sprayed it with Expresso Distress Spray......
I dried it thoroughly, before dry brushing the surface with white acrylic paint. I then turned my attention to the Christmas tree. In order to allow the tree to stand against the background, I trimmed one half of it so that it was relatively flat. I then sprayed it with Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive Distress Sprays. The little baubles are silver beads that have been coloured with Alcohol inks. I adhered them to the tree using Cosmic Shimmer glue....
I also swiped a little glue over the tips of the tree and sprinkled on some of the crystal glitter. I then assembled the base and the background, and glued the tree on. I secured it with an elastic band until the glue dried.......
I used Distress Markers to add a little colour to the Paper Dolls......
In order to make them stand away from the background, I added several layers of foam tape to their backs. The finishing touches were to add the diecut Merry Christmas and of course, a little star to top the Christmas tree.
I hope you have enjoyed this walk through my Holly Jolly Christmas project. If you have a bit of spare time to make a project, or maybe you already have made something  Christmassy, in the styles we love at  A Vintage Journey, we would love to see it. Just hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog, and you'll find Sandy's lovely work as well as some inspiring projects from the other Creative Guides. In case I don't get back here before the big day, I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and joyous New Year xx

Friday, 4 October 2019

Inky Wings..... A Vintage Journey.....New Challenge

Hi everybody! It's time for another challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Our talented Creative Guide Annie, is our host for this month and the title she has chosen is 'Inky Wings'. I think you'll agree that there is fabulous scope here and I can't wait to see what you come up with. After all, I don't know many crafters that don't like a wing or two! As usual, there is some wonderful inspiration from the Creative Guides, over on the A Vintage Journey Blog. This is what Annie has to say about the challenge......

Make any project you like as long as ink and wings are included in some way. This includes backgrounds, stamped images, art journals, and portions of your project coloured with ink. Any kind of ink is welcome, so let's get creative within our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I said there was plenty of scope! This is how I put my project together.........
I used a template for a pop up box card, and cut it out from white card. I sprayed the card on both sides, with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Antique Linen. I then used the script stamp from the 'Entomology' stamp set on the box flaps.......
I stamped out several winged insects in black Versa Mark ink and heat embossed them, before colouring, with water colour brush pens.....
After cutting out my insects, using the corresponding dies, I heat embossed each one with clear embossing powder.....
I also die cut a couple of leaf sprigs leaves, using card that had been coloured with Distress Oxides. The next step, was to attach the insects to some thin strips of clear acetate, which I had salvaged from discarded packaging. I used Cosmic Shimmer glue, which seems to have held them on very well.....
It was now time to assemble my pop up box. I'm afraid there are no pictures of the assembly, as you just have to keep going once you start. I've put four card divisions inside the box and attached the acetate 'stems' with double sided sticky tape. If you have never made one of these before, there are templates and videos available on line. Just search for 'pop up box card'. They are good fun to make and I think the possibilities for decoration are endless. Here's a close up of the insects. The clear acetate 'stems are barely visible and make the insects look as though they are flying out of the box. Yay result!......

and here's  the finished pop up (again).........


If you would like to join in with our Inky Wings challenge, please hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog with this link. Once there, you'll see Annie's beautiful project as well as some fabulous work by the the other Creative Guides. I hope you will join us, as I know we are all looking forward to seeing what Inky Wings you come up with.x 






Friday, 6 September 2019

Box it Up ! ~ A Vintage Journey ~ New Challenge

Hi everybody! It's time for a new challenge on the A Vintage Journey blog. Julia is our fabulous host this month and she has chosen a fun topic which she has called 'Box it Up' This is what Julia has to say.....
This month our theme is boxes! Perhaps you will make a trunk or suitcase, some kind of package to hold a gift, or maybe make a card or journal page showing presents. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
Well ! this was a timely topic for me, as I am always finding little piles of loose change around the house when I'm tidying up. Coins can found down the side of the sofa, in the bathroom , by the phone in fact just about anywhere .....Does anyone else experience this? I think the men in my life must have too much of the stuff . So, I decided to make this little money box and I shall put any loose change I find into it, after all 'finder's keepers' ! Unfortunately I had forgotten to charge my camera battery so I do not have many process pictures but this is how I got started......

I firstly embossed some lengths of sticky backed aluminium foil tape and applied some colours of Alcohol Ink to the surface.
I then die cut the box out of grey board, using Eileen Hull's Canister Die. I constructed the canister and left it a while to make sure that the glue was completely dry. I used Cosmic shimmer glue and held the seams together with clips.
Once dry I covered the canister with the Aluminium foil.....
I distressed the surface, by lightly sanding back the alchohol ink with wire wool. It was then time to add the embellishments. I gathered together some die cut cogs, some skeleton hand pendants, and a Tim Holtz label frame......
I gave them all a rusted finish by heat embossing them with Seth Apter's Baked Texture embossing powder in  'Chunky Rust'. This technique is a great way of quickly and easily creating a 'rusty' finish on all kinds of substrates. Here's a closeup....
I used Cosmic Shimmer glue to attach most of the embellishments. The skeleton hands were a little more difficult to hold down, so I used a little blob of silicone. Now all I have to do is keep on collecting all that loose change that nobody seems to want!I let you know how much is in there once it's full !
 If you would like to enter our challenge, then hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog with this link . Once there, you'll find some fantastic inspiration by Julia and the other Creative Guides as well as the challenge rules. I look forward to seeing your creations. x

 

Friday, 30 August 2019

A Vintage Journey ~ Tag Friday ~ Holiday Memories.

Hi everybody! This is the fifth Friday in August and, of course, this means that it's a 'Tag Friday' over at the A Vintage Journey blog. Ever since being introduced to the joys of tag art, through Tim Holtz's Twelve Tags challenges, I jump at the chance to create one, as it is always so much fun! I've chosen a sea theme for this tag, so that I can capture a memory of my holiday in beautiful  Northumberland. This is how I did it.......
I began by stenciling the surface with white gesso. Once dry, I sprayed the surface with Distress Inks in shades of blue and green. The gesso acts as a resist to the ink and leaves a very clear image. I dried the surface with a heat gun. I then tried out a 'new to me' product called Xpandaprint, available from Art Van Go. I applied a layer of the paste around the edges of the tag, using a palette knife and gently tapping it on the surface. I then used my heat gun to activate the paste.....
On the left side, the Xpandaprint has bubbled up after being heated. On the right side, you can see the paste as I applied it. Once all of the paste had been activated, I sprayed the areas with more Distress Inks. After drying the ink, I did a little dry brushing with white acrylic paint
I love the texture the Xpandaprint creates, it's also very lightweight. Once my background was finished I set to work on the different elements. I already had the casts of the shells and seahorse, so I only had to apply a little paint and dry brushing to them. I also had a piece of  distressed scrim lying around which I sprayed with the same blue Distress Ink. In addition to these elements, I die cut and heat embossed a few leaf stems from one of Tim's Wildflower Stems. I then started to try out a few arrangements leaving a space in the middle for my photograph of the sea at Budle Bay.....
Once I was satisfied with the arrangement, I secured the elements with glue and dimensional pads. I mounted the photo in a die cut frame.This is also a Tim Holtz die called, Pocket Frame....
I added a few glass bubbles and my tag was finished. I'm hoping the memory of the glorious Budle Bay with its miles of white sandy beaches, will keep me going through the winter ! If you'd like to see a fabulous collection of tags, please hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog and feast your eyes upon the tags the Creative Guides have put together. Until next time,'happy creating!' x

Friday, 5 July 2019

Precious Metal ~ A Vintage Journey ~ New Challenge


Hi everybody! It's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Amanda is our super talented Creative Guide this month, and she has chosen the title 'Precious Metal'. This is what Amanda has to say....

'For this challenge we would like to see some kind of precious metal feature in your project. Think gold, silver, brass, copper, aluminium, steel..... It could be in the form of embellishments, cardstock,  paint, gilding wax, foil, gold leaf or rub ons. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.'

 Now, Amanda is obviously a woman after my own heart as I love using metal. You can see Amanda's fabulous project by hopping over to the A Vintage Journey blog with this link. You will also see some wonderfully inspiring work by The other Creative Guides.

Those of you that have  visited my blog over the years, may know that I have a minor obsession for creating with spent tomato paste tubes. I never, ever throw these tubes away as they are a fantastic source of bright, shiny, precious metal. Let me show you how I used them to transform this paper mache book box.......
I bought the book box from Hobby Craft. It's a really nice size not too big, not too small, with a height of approximately 15cm and cover width 10.5cm....
The cover proved to be the perfect size for a tomato paste tube. To prepare the tubes, I cut off the top and bottom and then cut down one side. I rinse off any remaining tomato paste and flatten out the tubes. I use a wooden spoon to get out any creases. You have to be a little careful as the sides can have some jagged bits, these can be easily cut away with scissors. For this project, I used one tube for the front cover and one for the back. I embossed them with Tim Holtz's 3d Cogs embossing folder, which gave a wonderfully deep impression. I then painted them with Deco Art, black, Antiquing Fluid. once dry, I wiped the surfaces, gently, removing some of the colour. This is a super, easy, technique which gives an instant 'antique' finish to embossed metal. I then dabbed over the surface using Archival Ink in Potting Soil. Here's a picture of the various stages.......
Before applying the metal to the book box, I adhered a piece of black fabric along the spine I also painted around the edges, inside and out, with black acrylic paint. 
I then trimmed the metal so that it fitted the box book cover. It was fortuitous that the covers are around the same size as the embossing folder I used. I also rounded the corners with my  corner 'chompers'.
 I adhered some text washi tape around the sides of the box. It  was then ready to add the embossed metal to the covers. I used heavy matte gel medium and left it to dry for several hours. When I came back to it, I used a poky tool to make  holes, so that I could add an elastic loop to the back and a jeans button to the front as a fastening for the 'book'. I used Glossy Accents to fix a little metal cog on top of the button, which I think has worked really well......
 I used some paper from and old street map to cover the interior......
 To decorate the front of the book, I added one of the new Idea-ology Stencil chips. It's almost is the same colour as the metal cover. I think I might need a bulk order of these beauties ! I glued a piece of black card behind the letter to make it stand out....
This is what the back looks like.....
The streak of silver down the middle is where the tube was folded, I think it rather adds to the distressed look!  The finishing touches were to add some faux studs down the side front panel and  a little Dymo label echoing the challenge title, saying 'Precious' . It was a little stark in black and white so I toned it down with some Butterscotch alcohol ink.
I thoroughly enjoyed creating this for our 'Precious Metal' challenge. If you'd like to join in with the challenge, all you have to do is hop over to the AVJ blog with this link  Once you're there, you'll find the challenge guidelines as well as plenty of inspiration to kick start your creativity. I'm looking forward to seeing all your Precious Metal projects. x