Monday, 16 February 2015

Carnival with Paint and Feathers

Ok - onto my project - following on from the last post with DecoArt paints and other products.
A large project for me - a 30x40cm canvas.

Image from the shop of Rick St Dennis - Carnival 2015
Coloured with Graph-It pens

Primed with DecoArt White Gesso

Paints used
Americana Teal Green, Jade Green,Wild Orchid, Royal Purple
Dazzling Metallics Teal, Amythyst

Weathered Wood
Matte Medium

Stencil - Brocade Motif

Other products - Spellbinders Gold Elements one
peacock, and other feathers in pale green, lilac and purple/dark green
Purple gems 2mm
stardust stickles
glossy accents
Beads - peyote stitched lilac seed beads with added faceted AB crystal effect beads

First layer of paint was the Royal Purple, swirls of Wild Orchid followed. When dry, a coat of weathered wood, applied thinly for the fine crackle effect. A two colour combo of Teal and Jade greens slightly watered down (50:50)for the top coat.
Go to bed so I can't touch until dry!
The stencil and the Amythyst come next
 mmmmmmmm yummy 
together with the corner die cuts - painted with the Metallic Teal and dry brushed with diluted Wild Orchid , applied with glossy accents
oops the middle WAS there - oh well

Feathers added using the Matte Medium as a glue and the beaded element to conceal the ends and add an extra touch.
The image was fussy cut out and stickles applied - even on her body stocking. Glossy accents to her shoes.

the image was applied to the canvas with more Matte Medium.
Final touch was the tiny 2mm gems to the corner elements

The canvas - that's going to be hung in my living room - once the decorating has been finished,
Sorry about the glare from the shiny metallic paints

I am entering this into the challenge at
Design Team Showcase - This project is both for Rick St Dennis and DecoArt

A Splash Of Paint - Oh What Fun We Have

I have recently been teaching a few paint techniques to a fabulous group of ladies in my local area in my recently acquired status of a member of the DecoArt Helping Artist program. The ladies have all got different skills in crafting and have all got a thirst to learn more. Tastes differ as well, from the real girly, girly through to grungy/steampunk. One thing they all have in common is the love of crafting. The last few weeks have been a journey into the world of paint and different techniques that they can apply their own tastes to. No set project other than paint a picture frame and then venturing onto canvas. The frames were a great success with crackle techniques being a firm favorite and stenciling a close second.

The canvases - Guess who forgot to take her camera!!!
Sharon finished two canvases - she elected to use a pre-printed paper stuck to the canvases and just stencils and black paint. Carol - after a priming with white Gesso went onto use the DecoArt Brick Wall stencil with Americana Red Violet then the Timeless Treasures stencil and Americana Lamp (Ebony)Black.
A clock mechanism added and this is now hanging in her home. She's well chuffed with it and rightly so.

Me - what did I do? - Well see the other post for today for my massive (for me) 30x40cm canvas

Monday, 2 February 2015

It's a Love/Hate Thing - Feb challenge with HDH

February - that month when many will be concentrating on that day that falls in the middle. That day when more than a few of you will be declaring your love to those whom your affections have settled on. What's the flip side of that bundle of emotions that many call Love? Hate of course. This is the theme for the challenge over at Haunted Design House. Love and it's flip side - Hate. So's a

Love/Hate Thing

This is a Christmas ornament that I started painting but just couldn't finish. For a few different reasons. It seemed the apt project to complete for this month's piece. A heart shaped wooden piece that has two totally different finishes on it. 
Decoart products used throughout.
The first side features a technique that I first attempted with the help of a dear friend and fellow minion - Black Dragon. This project had me all on my own.
Stamping into clay. I used a few of the images from the Rick St Dennis rubber collection from Smeared Ink - Dark Holidaze

The piece was painted in Americana Antique Teal then dry brushed over with copper from the Dazzling Metallics range

The flip side
This was first painted with white Gesso to give a textured finish. When dry a coat of Americana Golden Straw was painted on and dry brushed with Americana White Wash. Then an old tooth brush used to spatter Americana Cherry Red. The swirls are from the "Paris" Stencil - again available from Decoart with the same Cherry Red paint.
The image is from De Stempenwinkel Gothic Halloween plate #47. Stamped onto tissue paper and applied with Decoart Decou-page.
To hang - a piece of coiled copper wire with a length of black organza ribbon.

Your turn - you can have upto three projects entered in each month. Are you in a lovey dovey mood or has this emotion turned sour? Come show us all at the HDH dungeon - we'd love to see where your heart lies.

I'd like to enter this heart into the challenge at
Smudgy Antics - Anything Goes