Friday, 4 September 2015

Creative Guide - A Vintage Journey - Home Sweet Home

I am absolutely thrilled to have been invited by Brenda to join the team at A Vintage Journey; I am so pleased to have been invited along and to be joining such a talented team. This journey is inspired by Tim Holtz techniques, products, designs, ideas etc., and as a great follower of Tim's work this makes this journey even more rewarding for me.

This month our host is Jenny and her challenge is:

"For most of us the summer holidays are over, schools are back and it is nice to be home and back in the usual routines. So for this challenge let's create a project which sums up "home" for each of us (either past or present), using Tim's fabulous array of products and techniques. Just make sure Tim's style is evident in what you make".

This is how I was inspired by Jenny's challenge theme:
I took some time out to think about this piece, especially with it being my first post for A Vintage Journey. My inspiration came from one of Tim's sentiments "Enjoy The Journey". I feel creating a piece of art should be all about enjoying the process, the journey and having fun along the way. I also wanted to incorporate new products with some older pieces to, highlighting how easily the range all works together.

I began by cutting a piece of canvas to fit my embroidery hoop and then colouring the canvas with Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Paints, blending the colours with a baby wipe. I then added a touch of Salty Ocean Distress Paint to Texture Paste and mixing together and then applied over the Hearts Layering Stencil and I then set this piece aside to dry..
Whilst the canvas was drying I then set to work on decorating the hoop. I applied a coat of Gesso, allowed to dry and then applied a coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint and dried with a heat tool. I then used my finger to apply touches of Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to the hoop and then dried with a heat tool. I then set the hoop aside and began work again adding layers to the canvas piece. The next layer was adding Fired Brick Distress Ink over the Dot Fade Layering Stencil, adding random stencilling around the canvas. I also added pieces of Tissue Tape to the background for added texture.
I tore a heart from scrap paper and then drew around the shape onto 300gsm card; applied water to the heart shape with a paintbrush and then added Fired Brick, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks to an acrylic block and picked up each of the colours with a wet paintbrush and painted the heart and then dried with a heat tool. I then flicked the coloured heart with more water, allowed the water to sit so that the inks could react and then dabbed up the excess water with a piece of kitchen towel and then dried with a heat tool. To add a further layer of interest I added random stamping to the heart using the background stamp from Tim's Ledger Script stamp set; inking the stamp with Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. I also added touches of Tissue Tape to the heart, Chitchat Stickers, Industrial Stickers and Mini Paper Clips. From this picture you can also see that I added Remnant Rubs to the backdrop using part of Tim's Remnant Rub Resist technique
I used one of Tim's older dies the Artful Dwellings to die cut houses from mountboard, decorating each Dwelling with Tim Holtz Correspondence Paper Pad. I then die cut a heart from the centre of one of the Dwellings using the Mini Hearts Die Set, adding shading around the die cut area with Ground Espresso Distress Ink. I also added Chitchat stickers to one of the Dwellings and mini hearts to the second cut using the Heartfelt die. I also included a Salvaged Doll which I coloured with Distress Paints.
To complete I added delicate splatters of Fired Brick and Mowed Lawn Distress Paints and added a touch of Brushed Pewter Distress Paint to the stencilled hearts.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you enjoyed my first piece. Tracy x x 


Thursday, 3 September 2015


Welcome to my weekly post for Artistic Outpost and today I am using the fabulous Springtime stamp set once again.
I cut a piece of card 5" x 5", spritzed with water and then brayered over the surface lightly with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint. I then ran my brayer through a small amount of Fired Brick Distress Paint and brayered lightly over the card, making sure both layers are still visible.
I then added a further layer, applying Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink through a stencil and a few touches of the same stencilling but with Black Soot Distress Ink. I stamped the two children onto the card with Black Archival Ink and then stamped them a second time onto a separate piece of card, cut them out and then added to the card, this gives a shadow to the image by stamping the image in the background first.
I thought the 'Friendship' sentiment from the Skating Emporium stamp set was perfect for this card. I also added a few delicate splatters of Fired Brick Distress Paint for added interest.
I coloured their faces with a Distress Marker and added a few more splatters.
I also included some stamping and stencilling to the inside of the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Eileen Hull Art With Heart Challenge - Favourite Fall Things

It's time for our monthly challenge over at the Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge and this month our theme is "Favourite Fall Things". I also have some exciting news to share at the end of the post!
I love the Autumn season, particularly the colours of the changing leaves and this was my inspiration for this piece.
I began by die cutting my pieces for the Passport Book, three sets of pages, a front and back cover and the spine.
I then began by building up layers of brayered colour, beginning with DecoArt Cadmium Red Hue.
I continued this process adding one layer of colour at a time, DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Pyrrole Orange was next and then Yellow Oxide.
When brayering use only a light touch so that all the layered colours are visible. I then added DecoArt Media Green Gold and very light touches of Burn Umber. To add definition I then applied Distress Ink Ground Espresso around the edges of each piece and the folds of the spine.
Once I was happy with the layered colours I then began to decorate. I die cut Tim Holtz Layered Leaf from the front cover to give a leaf aperture and also the die cut leaf shape. I applied Ground Espresso Distress Paint to the edges of the leaf and also added a couple of Remnant Rubs for added interest.  I used the lid from one of my DecoArt Media Pastes, applied Carbon Black DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic to the edges of the lid and then stamped the edge of the lid to the top of the front cover. I repeated this process to add smaller circles using a smaller lid. The paint was then dried with a heat tool. Each circle was painted with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Titanium White, allowed to dry and then coloured with Gelatos, blending the colours of the Gelatos with my finger. I added Black Gelato around the edges of the circles and then smudged with my finger; I love how the colours really pop and the Gelatos add more depth of colour to the design.
This picture shows the book fully bound; I love all the layers of colour and the black really pops against the backdrop.
I added a touch of background stamping to the leaf using Tim Holtz Ledger Script stamp and Black Archival Ink. I also stamped 'Leaf' to the top circle using a small alphabet set.
To complete the front cover I added an 'autumn' ChitChat Sticker.
I continued adding circles to the inside pages; colouring with Gelatos.
I die cut a second Layered Leaf from scrap card and then placed the leaf onto the background of the pages and then applied Magenta PanPastel around the leaf, repeating the process to add a second leaf to the page. I then drew around each leaf with a Pitt Pen and added a touch of shading around the edges with a Distress Marker. To add a further layer of interest I also applied DecoArt Modelling Paste over Tim Holtz Dot Fade stancil, which adds further texture to my design. I also added more circles but this time coloured them with PanPastels Permanent Red and Orange.
I continued with more circles on the other pages adding a sentiment which I thought was perfect for someone who adores the garden like me!
I added more texture to these pages adding more Modelling Paste over the Tim Holtz Dot Fade Stencil.
Another fabulous sentiment, perfect for a garden lover.
I will definitely be using my Gelatos again, they really do add wonderful depth of colour to a design. Eileen Hull's Passport Book really is a wonderful die and makes a perfect gift idea!

Now onto my fabulous news.....I am so thrilled that DecoArt have accepted me to be a part of their DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program and I am absolutely thrilled. I have been using the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and Media range for a long time now and I adore their ranges so this is such a thrill for me. Thank you DecoArt.

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you can join in our fabulous challenge this month. Tracy x x 

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Creativity Takes Courage

I spent some time yesterday just playing for fun. I wanted to challenge myself to do a piece that was completely out of my comfort zone. I have two friends, Sue Roddis and Lesley Walters who alter many dolls, so inspired by them I wanted to create my own assemblage piece. This piece is also inspired by an on-line workshop that I am participating in called Tinytopia and the Magic of Little Things run by the very talented Mary Jane Chadbourne.
This piece is all about just enjoying the process of doing something completely different for me, spending a day just playing and seeing where inspiration takes me when creating something that is completely out of my comfort zone. I began the process with two old embrodery hoops; the smaller of which I added the dolls head to and the larger hoop houses the complete piece.
The smaller hoop and the dolls head were decorated first; painting the dolls head with a coat of PVA glue to give the surface some tooth, once dry I then began to layer my paints, firstly applying a layer of Gesso and allowing to dry. I now had a good surface to add paints. I began with a coat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Cobalt Teal Hue and then dried lightly with my heat tool. I then repeated this process for two more coats and allowed to dry naturally. I then added scratches to the face with a pair of scissors and then added touches of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Burnt Umber and Quinacridone Gold, adding a layer at a time and drying with my heat tool before adding a further layer. I tend to pounce the paint on lightly with my brush rather than brush it on, and I also used a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam in some areas so that I did not have brush strokes on the face. Once I was happy with the face I then added layers of colour to the hoop.
I decorated my little house with Tim Holtz papers, added Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic around the sides and touches of Quinacridone Gold to the edges. I also added a couple of Remnant Rubs, Glass Beads, Hitch Fastener and a metal flower I found from a hair grip. To add a touch more interest I then housed my little house within a vintage tin and added coiled flowers to the inside. I added torn book pages from an Alice In Wonderland book but did not want to paint the pages as I like the plain pages against the painted backdrop.
I love adding layers to my design and again this little house was no different and I always love to see each layer in the design.
I also find it fun to recycle pieces like the old vintage tin and the metal flower from a hairgrip, makes these pieces even more fun to create.
I added touches of Titanium White Fluid Acrylic just around the eyes so that they did not look too dark and once again I added a second one of those metal flowers from a hairgrip to her neck. I added Chitchat Stickers to her head and then painted them with a dirty wash.
The larger hoop was also painted with DecoArt Fluid Acrylics and I added a piece of Canvas to the centre which I painted with Cobalt Teal Hue and Cobalt Turquoise Hue Fluid Acrylics, applying with a baby wipe to blend the colours. I then used a small alphabet set to add the text 'DOLLS HOUSE' to the canvas. I also included cheesecloth behind the dolls head which I dipped into a wash of Quinacridone Fluid Acrylic. Once dry I then applied further layers of paint using a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam.
I recycled an old pocket watch and added that to her head along with coils of rusty wire.

I really enjoyed the process of this piece and taking time out just to create for the fun of it.

I would also like to enter this into the That Craft Place Challenge which is Mixed Media Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x x

Glitter and Sparkle

Morning, hope you are all enjoying your weekend. We have another fabulous challenge for you over at the Love to Create Challenge Blog where the theme is Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes.
I began by brayering DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Green Gold across the background of the card, using only a light touch with the brayer so that some white areas were still visible.  I then brayered touches of Metallic Gold Fluid Acrylic over the first colour.  PanPastel Rich Gold has been applied around the edges of the card.
I die cut two baubles from scrap card and then placed the die cut pieces onto the background and then applied Permanent Red Shade around the die cut pieces.
I stamped the tree from Tim Holtz Halftone Christmas set into the centre of the bauble and added stencilled stars using PanPastel Permanent Red Shade.
I echoed the same stamping in the smaller bauble and to add definition, I applied Black Coarse Pearl Medium PanPastel around the edges of each bauble. I also added Remnant Rubs for added interest along with delicate splatters of Metallic Gold Fluid Acrylic.
I added scratch lines to the background using an old credit card and DecoArt Fluid Arylic Paint and added 25, applying Permanent Red Shade PanPastel over a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil. I also included coordinated twine and mirrored stars for added interest.

Thanks so much for stoppping by. Tracy x x

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Artistic Outpost Blog Hop

Time for our monthly blog hop with Artistic Outpost and this month the theme is "Designers Choice".
I am showcasing one of my all time favourite stamp sets, Birds of a Feather which I have set against an inky background. I applied Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, and Pine Needles to a heart stencil and then spritzed with water and pressed the stencil onto the white card and dabbed with a piece of kitchen towel which I then dried with a heat tool. I repeated the same process to one of the hearts.
I die cut two hearts from white card and stamped the bird image from the Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather stamp set onto the heart with Potting Soil Archival Ink to give a vintage feel to the piece. I also added a touch of background stamping using the background stamp from Ephemera Background stamp set, stamped with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to give a tone on tone effect. I also added some natural twine, token and a small rose for added interest and dimension.
I stamped the birds head only onto the second heart and once again added touches of background stamping but this time with Potting Soil Archival Ink. I also added 'feather' part of the sentiment from the same set.
I added a touch of shading with Distress Inks around each heart and added Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges for definition. I also included the sentiment from the Birds of a Feather stamp set.
My fellow team members have also created artwork to inspire you further along the blog hop.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x