Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Hi there! Rick St. Dennis' Airless Chambers is participating in Smeared Ink's 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop again this year. Members of Rick's EDT are taking turns posting Halloween or Day of the Dead projects each day for all of October on the AC blog. Today is the first of my two posts. I chose to feature Bratty Lil Witch found in Rick's Zibbet shop.
Bratty and her wee friend were coloured with Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. They were fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and then matted with black cardstock which provides a wonderful contrast with the background. They were then popped up on foam tape to create a shadow and add dimension.
The background, a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of mixed media paper, was inked with Straw, Dried Marigold, and Worn Lipstick Distress inks to create a blended background. One of the Mish Mesh stamps from Stampendous was used with Orange Blossom Archival ink to stamp texture on the background. Black Archival ink was sponged through Dina Wakley's Plastic Canvas stencil and white embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Netting stencil. Dylusions Black Marble paint was added to the background with bottle lids to make rings and a plastic gift card to make the lines.
Before Bratty was placed on the background, torn patterned paper with text and crossed bones was added in three places. The first place gave her a place to stand, grounding her so she wasn't floating. The computer generated sentiment was printed on white cardstock and Sharpie orange and purple pens were used to colour in the open parts. The words were then matted in black and popped up on foam tape. Black and black and white washi tape semi-circles were punched and added to the top and bottom of the background. Black Big Brush pen was used to edge the background and a black cardstock mat was adhered to the back of the page.
Thanks for stopping by today. I'm always happy to visit with you and Bratty...well, Bratty is Bratty. Be sure and stop by the Airless Chambers blog each day of October to see the other awesome projects by the EDT, all using images from Rick's creative brain! Follow the hop at Smeared Ink, too, and you'll be eligible for cool prizes.
Life is good; so is art.
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Hi there!Part 2 of the Sweet Pea Stamps Progressive Challenge has begun on Sweet Pea Stamps Friends & Fans Facebook group. If you played along with Part 1, you will already have received the adorable image we are using called A Clown For You by Katerina Koukiotis. If you didn't play along before, you can still purchase this sweetie at Sweet Pea Stamps. I think it would be so fun on a birthday invitation.
I coloured him with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils and fussy cut him leaving a narrow white border. He was then matted with black cardstock before being trimmed out and popped up on foam tape. I love him in bright colours but think he would be sweet in pastels or vintage tones as well.
The 6 x 8 inch mixed media paper background had Cut Grass and Fresh Lime Dylusions paint scraped onto it with a palette knife. It was allowed to dry before Jet Black Archival ink was sponged through Dylusions Letter Jumble stencil. White paint pen was used to transfer the circular patterns from Americana's Kaleidoscope Border stencil and black pen was doodled around the design. Black and white rings were created with Dylusions paint and bottle lids. White embossing paste was scraped through Dina Wakley's Plastic Canvas stencil. To create a platform for the wee guy, lengths of blue starry washi tape were adhered to white cardstock and stacked overlapping slightly. A black mat was added to the stand.
Yellow fishtail flags were hand cut from stencilled and sprayed scraps. These were outlined and faux stitched before being glued down. Small punched photo corners were added to opposite corners. The computer generated sentiment was printed on white cardstock, timmed out, and matted with black. Foam tape was added to the back of these words to create dimension and shadow. To finish off the page, black Big Brush pen was used to edge the background before it was matted with black cardstock.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope this wee guy gave you a smile. Pop by the Sweet Pea Friends & Fans Facebook page to see what others on the DT and many of our friends do with this adorable image. We can't wait to see what you do!
Life is good; so is art.
Monday, October 05, 2015
Hi everyone! It's the first Monday of the month and that means that a brand new challenge is beginning for One Sweet Challenge. Our October theme is Fall Colours or All Souls Day. Autumn is my favourite season so that's what I went with for my mixed media page. I love the fabulous colours of the trees and bushes, especially the maples and sumacs.
I chose to feature Molly Harrison's Star and Moon Fairy from Sweet Pea Stamps colouring her with my Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. I used gel pens to colour the tiny dots on her skirt, hair, and on the moon. Star Fairy was cut out leaving a narrow white border and was then matted with brown cardstock. It was then trimmed out again and popped up on foam tape.
The background started as a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of mixed media paper. Yellow Rose of Texas and Marigold Yellow Orange Lindy's Starburst sprays were spritzed on the background. Hag's Wart orange was sprayed through Dylusions Blocks stencil and then it was flipped and cleaned off on another area. Drips were encouraged by tilting the background. Using my mop-up atcs and a maple leaf punch, I cut fall coloured leaves which shimmer because of the mica in the sprays. These were adhered to the background and popped up on foam to overlap the base of Star Fairy's skirt.
The word Autumn was created with Idea-ology AlphaTiles and "the sweetest thing" with an Idea-ology rub-on. A brown Micron pen was used to create a scribbly border and the entire piece was matted with brown cardstock to frame it and add strength to the background.
Thanks for joining Star Fairy and me today. We appreciate your fine company. To see the other amazing projects created by my talented DT teamies, please pop over to the One Sweet Challenge blog. We would love to have you join us for our Fall Colours or All Souls' Day Challenge during the month of October.
Life is good; so is art.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Hi again. Since it's the first of the month, it also means that we are starting Part 2 of the Progressive Challenge on the Sparkle and Glitter blog. Those who played along with Part 1 last month will have received this fabulous image by Rick St. Dennis called Alice. I love how he has drawn her and the background with the little hidden treasures like the White Rabbit or the caterpillar is fun to colour.
I coloured this image with my usual mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. I did add in spots of black Micron pen to give areas like the swirls more contrast and definition. The image was trimmed out along straight lines except where Alice's curls come out of that straight line. That side was fussy cut. The image was matted with black cardstock to frame it and give the eye a place to rest from all that is going on.
The background was kept fairly simple because the image is not. Pale pink and coral sprays were used to create a background with a lot of white space. A little pattern was added using Archival Rocket Red Gold and script and mesh stamps. jet Black Archival ink was sponged through TCW's Halftone borders stencil and white embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Harlequin stencil. Once dry, the harlequins were shaded with Inktense pencil activated with a water brush and then they were outlined on one side. Jet black Archival ink was also used to apply one of the circles from Stampotique's circles cube stamp.
The sentiment from Lewis Carroll's book was computer-generated and stamped onto white cardstock. This was torn around and a black torn piece of cardstock was used to mat it. A black punched photo corner with a tiny triangle of washi tape was adhered to the top right corner and white paint dots were added. A small black die cut and dotted arrow was also added to point to one of three rub-ons. A sketchy border was doodled with black Big brush pen before the black mat was added to the background.
Thanks so much for joining Alice and me today. We love that you did that. To see other inspiration projects from Team A of the EDT, pop over to Rick's Sparkle and Glitter blog. It's so fun to see how many hair colours Alice has...LOL. We can't wait to see what you do with her!
Life is good; so is art.
Hi everyone. Happy October! Today marks the start of a new challenge at The East Wind. This time the theme is Add Texture which can be done in so many ways...wet or dry embossing, adding fibres, lace, fabric, layers of stencilling, inks, paint, torn edges, just to name a few. On the first challenge of the month, all of the DT use the same image, the one from that month's newsletter. This time, the image is called Dragon's Tear and I LOVE it! I am a huge fan of dragons and was delighted to colour up this little baby.
I coloured him with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils, adding Clear Wink of Stella to the liquid, shimmery gel pen to outline the bottle, and Glossy Accents to Baby's eye. I wanted all the shimmer because this is magic! I fussy cut the image leaving a narrow white border and then matted it in black cardstock, trimming it out again. Foam tape was added to the back of the image to add dimension and create a shadow around it when popped up.
The background began with my usual 6 x 8 inch rectangle of mixed media paper to which I added sprinkles of Purple and Turquoise Brusho crystals. Water was spritzed over this and the background was tiled to blend and create runs. Once dry, more crystals were added in a few places and then moved around with the TH Spritzer tool to create the tiny drips. Love that effect. Stamping was added with Forget-Me-Not Archival ink and Joggles Sparkles background stamp. Jet Black Archival ink was applied to a TH script stamp and rolled on here and there.
The computer-generated sentiment was printed onto white cardstock and matted with black. Foam tape was added to the back of each section and three flat pearls became the dots. A length of black punched border was added under the first section for emphasis. Whenever I spray ink, I often use ATC size pieces of white cardstock to mop up the final bits of overspray. I keep this stack handy so that when I want to add a coloured detail I can punch or stamp from these. It gives a different look from using coloured cardstock and seems to fit better with the backgrounds I create. I stamped Ryn's raindrop (or teardrop) stamp onto a green spritzed paper using Black Archival ink and then fussy cut them. Glossy Accents was added to each and foam tape was added to the back. The green ink has mica in it so they shimmer as well as shine. That makes me happy :)
To complete the page, even more texture, besides all of the layers of stencilling and stamping, was added when I adhered some ink sprayed cheesecloth under the bottle. To balance the weight of the image, a checked photo corner matted with black was added to the top left corner and the same washi tape wasd into semi circles and added to the right side to create flow. A black border was doodled around the edge. Black Big brush Pen was used to darken the edges and the background was matted with black cardstock to frame it and provide contrast.
Thanks for joining Baby and me today. We are glad that you did and hope that a little good magic comes your way. To see the rest of the amazing DT creations, pop over to The East Wind Challenge blog. They are yummy. We would love it if you played along with our Add Texture challenge.
Life is good; so is art.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Hi everyone. I had an opportunity to play with Unky's new image from The East Wind which is being released today. It's called Iguana and is so cool! New releases happen every Tuesday and Friday in The East Wind shop.
I coloured the image with a mix of Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils adding a little Glossy Accents to the iguana's eye and this beauty's watch face. The image was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border and was then matted with black cardstock and popped up on foam tape to create dimension and shadows.
The background began with a 6 x 8 inch rectangle of mixed media paper to which I added London Blue, Cut Grass and Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions paint. Once dry, stencilling was added with white gesso through TCW's Honeycomb stencil and with Jet Black Archival ink sponged through Sheena Douglass' Distress grid stencil. White embossing paste was scraped through TCW's Tiny Circles stencil. White gesso rings were made using a small Mini Mister lid.
The sentiment which I love was computer generated and printed onto white cardstock. It was then trimmed out and matted with black cardstock. Thin strips of the same black were adhered in three groups on the left side of the background. Black flat pearls were added to the strips. Drywall mesh was added to black cardstock and a heart shape was die cut. A bright "iguana green" button was threaded with white floss and adhered over the heart. Black Big Brush pen was used to edge the background before it was matted with black cardstock.
Thanks so much for visiting today. If you want to see other creations with this fabulous new image, please visit The East Wind Facebook group where others on our DT will be posting their makes throughout the day. We would love to see what you do with her!
Life is good; so is art.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Hi everyone! I haven't made an altered board book in what seems like ages and I had an idea that I really wanted to play out. The theme of this board book is Someone's in the Kitchen with Dinah and it's going to feature one of Rick St. Dennis' morning goddesses and some kitchen monsters/robots because that's who is in the kitchen with Dinah! How fun is that! I began with a child's board book which I sanded and coated with gesso. before applying the second coat of gesso, I glued some washi tape to the center seam of each page to prevent the gesso cracking as the book is bent. The tape stays flexible so no cracks appear.
For the first two page spread, I decided to invite Sugar Monster into the kitchen. I coloured him with a mix of Prismacolor and Polychromos pencils. Then Sugar was fussy cut leaving a narrow white border before he was matted with black cardstock and trimmed out again. Foam tape was added to the back of him for dimension when he was added to the background.
The background began with London Blue and Crushed Grape Dylusions paint brayered onto the gessoed background. Gesso was scraped across the dried paint with a palette knife. Once that was dry, Forget-Me-Not Archival ink was stamped onto the background using a cross-hatch stamp. A little while ago, a friend gave me these fabulous vintage Woman's Day magazines from the early 1950s. They are so cool, filled with wonderful old ads. I thought it was be so cool to use them as a background for these kitchen themes pages. I tore out three plus a recipe and adhered them to the journal pages with gel medium. Inktense pencil activated with water was used to shade them and black outlining was added. A little stamping was added on top in a few places to embed these ads.
Black stencilling was sponged on next using Jet Black Archival ink and TCW's Mini Texturized stencil. Using another pattern from the same stencil, white embossing paste was scraped through the circles with a palette knife. Music washi tape was adhered to cream cardstock and applied to give Sugar a place to stand. Another little section was added to the other page at the top to create repetition. Memory Box Sketchy Rings die was used to cut black cardstock twice. One was layered onto each page...love that die! Sugar was popped up onto the left side.
The sentiment which was computer generated and printed on white paper was matted with yellow spritzed paper and then black cardstock before being adhered to the background. To finish the spread, a border was doodled with black pen and the circles filled in with white paint pen. Doodling and rub-ons were added and three enamel hearts adhered to the top left corner to balance out the design. Black Big Brush pen was added to the edges of the book as a final touch.
Thanks for joining Sugar and me today in Dinah's kitchen. Stay tuned until next Thursday when another character (or two) from this altered board book will be visiting.
Life is good; so is art.