Tuesday, 1 August 2017

wooden log or not????

Helllooo crafty peeps...
 It's the beginning of a new month and I am here to share with you my DT project for Rhedd's Creative Spirit for August'17. The theme as always is "anything goes", Mixed media or altered art.

As for me, I have up cycled a packaging carton this time and altered it using the faux palette wood technique. I have a video here for the technique..

Here is the packaging before the makeover!

Here is how it looks after the treatment...

I have made it into a table decor and candle holder.
It also has some hand made foamiran flowers which I am beginning to enjoy making!

The candles when lit , looks surreal...I love the warmth of the entire project...how about you???

A closer look at the textures and am sure you will think this is a wood log!!!

 I hope you play along this month and showcase your works too and take the time to visit the blog to see what my team mates have in store.

Thanks for stopping by.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fusion play with PLAID

Hello and welcome to my page today.

This week for the Plaid play at Crafters CornerI have played around with chalk paints in a different way. The weather here is beautiful and things around are bright and beautiful and drawing inspiration from my beautiful garden over looking my studio, I decided to upcycle an empty coconut oil jar this time!
Yes...here it is..

I wanted to try mixed media with chalk paints and have layered the lid with found objects at home, gauze, corrugated card board buttons, bobbins, nails, flowers, broken pendants and ofcourse some coconut coir!

After  the layering, went about with giving a coat of black gesso and then started the fun.

 I have used the dry bruising technique and have layered some lovely chalk paints from Plaid to add colors.

The lid now reminded me a little dense forest, what say ??? With a shiny coat varnish, it was ready to attract the winged creatures!

And so the base a treatment with chalk paints in 2 colors and some crackle medium from Plaid (Homedecor) too and I have used the antique matte mod podge to decoupage this lovely tissue on to the base.

It's beautiful so see the print thru the cracks and the intentional distressing on the glass jar adds to the vintage look.

Another coat of the mod podge and I sealed the entire jar with satin varnish from Plaid. Here is how it all looks put together.

I wanted more to this home decor piece and lit a candle inside to see the magic unravel!!

Here is how it looks with lid on, I have drilled some holes on the lid and look is just surreal!

With the final look, I can feel this is not just a summery, beautiful, nature inspired, home decor piece...but can it be called Christmas in July too???

I leave that to you....Thank you so much for stopping by.

I would like to link up to the following challenges...

 Try It On Tuesday- let it shine
 Blog Studio 75.pl- Home decoration
Country View Challenges- Things with wings
Creative Moments- Christmas in July
MIXED MEDIA WORLD- use natural materials
Scrapki-wyzwaniowo- anything beautiful

Until my next creative journey,

Happy crafting and recycling.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Antique play with PLAID.

 Good morning and welcome to this Thursday's PLAID PLAY!

I have up cycled some old pill bottles for this project.

Today's product highlight is Antique Matt Mod Podge.

You have use this know the difference and I have a video tutorial to tell you how different this si from the regular modpodge.

The antique matte modpodge gives an instant antique/heirloom effect to your decoupage projects.

Here is what I made of the ole pill bottles!

To know more, click on the video link here.

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you next Thursday with another tutorial.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Altered CD's

Hellooo crafty folks..

We start another month and so does another challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit. Its always anything goes, altered art or mixed media.

My take on this month is play with a few unwanted cd's and a scrap wood strip!

I made a wall hanging out of them using crackle and decoupage effect.

Here it is...
I created crackle with modpodge this time and then decouaged the tissue on top.

The 3 cd's have lovely patterns perfect for home decor.

Once that was done, I have stuck some cotton rope around it and then used Archival brown to distress it.

I then colored the wood strip with PLAID Homedecor wood tint and then adhered the the cd's on it using a strong glue.

I tried making flowers with foamiran and was quite happy with them, so they too found a place on this project.

Here is the final look at all the cd's on the wall.

I hope you do take the time to visit the blog and play along this month.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Faux palette wood play with plaid

It's the last THURSDAY of this month and I have seen you 5 times this month! I thought I will end this month with a video tutorial on how to paint FAUX PALETTE WOOD with chalk paints on any smooth surface.

The technique that I show can be done on mdf or art journals or even card stock. All you need is some gesso and a few chalk paints(colors of your choice).

Do watch the video, give the technique a try and get back to me if you have any queries.

The faux palette is one of my fav techniques and I have done a lot of projects using it. I have some pictures at the end of the video which should give you a lot of project ideas too.

Here is what I made today with a piece of mdf board, chalk paints and some old keys!

I will see you next week with another Plaid play.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Decoupage Caddy

Its the beginning of the month and am here with my DT post for Rhedd's Creative Spirit. It's altered art or mixed media always and today I have given a plain wooden caddy a makeover.

I have used a tissue to decoupage and also used chalk paints from PLAID.

The squeeze tool/comb from Plaid is an amazing tool to give instant texture and dimension to an otherwise painted surface.

Here is a closer look with the pattern using the tool. Its gives a slight raised effect to the paint and at the same time a slightly distressed look.

 The lovely orchids pattern tissue had be adhered using Modpodge and the excess has been sanded off.

I have used Home decor chalk paints Lilac and Castle. The edged have been distressed with castle and the inside of the caddy too painted with the same color.

 I also soaked some cotton rope in watery chalk paint and then let it dry. The colored rope was then used around the handle.

I love how this turned out, lovely pastel shades and looks so different from the original now!

I hope you take the time to visit the blog to see the team's inspiration and play along too.
Thanks for stopping by.

Playing along at scrapki-wyzwaniowo - play with pink

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Mixed media journal cover


I dabbled with some sprays today and couldn't wait to share the outcome with you.
I have been holding onto these sprays for a couple of days and itching to play along.
 I recently bought a couple of Gold alcohol sprays from Itsy Bitsy and was excited to try it out.

I decided to alter my journal book cover. I created this book by stitching up my childhood story book, about 5 of them! Yes these books are about 40yrs old! I like the fact that the pages inside are thick and turned old and there are some amazing water colored images.

I have also used corrugated cardboard to make the book cover with a 2 inch spine. It has been in my "to do " list to alter this cover and now is the time for it!
So lets's see how I did it...

I first covered the cover with black gesso and then layered it with some found objects, old paint brushes, metal embellishments, modge melts, resin embellishments, fish net, buttons, old nails, old plastic pill bottle and also used die cut "CREATE" at the bottom!I used silicon glue to stick the leyers and waited overnight for it to dry!

For the spine, I have used a scrap foam sheet to cut out pieces and layered the spine with it. This has been stuck with hot glue and have also created faux nails with hot glue.

Next, I covered the entire arrangement with black gesso.

Once this tried, I took out my sprays...time to play!

The first layer was the alcohol spray in green, Citron Breeze. I heat set it and moved on to next layer with some yellow and blue stashes from my stash.

The real impact was on spraying the Golden mocha spray! The entire look of the layout changed...it suddenly started to rust!
You get what I am saying...look at this!

This was just perfect ...I went about creating the metallic rust look on the spots that I wanted and also on the spine where I had the foam bits. Look at the outcome! Just like metallic foil!

Once I was happy with the layering of color sprays, I heat set the whole thing to ensure it was dry. Then I took the metallic paste in white frost and went about rubbing with my fingers.

This highlighted the raised portions and brought the textures out.
It also toned down the darkness of the sprays and gave it a silvery, brushed metal kind of look.

 I thought I would stop with this but one look at the garden and the bright orange bloom behind, inspired me to add some hand made flowers!

I tucked a couple of them which have also been colored using sprays and I have applied white frost paste in the edges.

The flowers brightened the cover instantly!
A perfect match to the outdoors now!

I couldn't stop clicking pictures in different angles to capture the shimmer of the sprays..but I guess it looks a lot better in real!

I am in love with my new, rusty, metallic journal book! I hope this inspire me to open the book and work on the pages too, lol!

I would love to carry this book to the following challenges...

Frilly and Funkie- Something old (old story books, old brushes)
Itsy Bitsy - use Alcohol sprays (cintron breeze, golden mocha)
Studio 75- hint of gold
Eclectic ellapu - anything goes
Mixed Media World- Ag

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.