Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Gorgeous...." a page for Colour Blast.

Hi everyone and a happy belated New year!
Apologies for not being around but I was having a wonderful fun filled summer!
So I now have to face up to all the catching up I have to do.....and the washing!!!
So over the next week or so I am going to catch up on my projects that have not reached this little old blog. First up here is a layout and tutorial I did for Colour Blast late last year...I think...LOL!

The LO features one of my gorgeous nieces that live a long way away in the States.
I love getting their photos, it is a chance for me to get a girlie fix, not that this page is very girlie really you could do the same for a masculine page too.
So here is the page:


And now a few step by step pics to show how I created it:


I drew roughly where I wanted to place the ball flower thingies...lets call them blooms form now on.
I tore up old book paper and glued the pieces down with Gel Medium as a start to my Blooms.




 Once dry I added some Glass bead Gel to create some texture.
I then chose my colour scheme and gathered supplies....time to get splashy with colour!
I splattered a few drops of Colour Shimmer Spray in Bling first all over the page.





     I sprinkled Colour Mica Powder: Lemon Zing and Colour Shimmer Dust: SunflowerAmber & Lollipop on to the Blooms then added water with a brush moving the colour around into a ball shape.





       I was not happy with the shapes they turned out a bit "Blobby" so I decided to use the sprayer out of the Colour Sprays:  Bubblegum as a "brush" and do some defining scratches to make the blobs look a little more organic and loose.





        They ended up looking a little more like flowers, loved the scratchy bits.
        Then I used the sprayer to splash more colour around the page. 



           

          I did a total of 3 Blooms (have to work with odd numbers for balance).






            I felt they still needed some texture so I reached for the Colour Embossing Powder in Bling adding a few layers heating as I sprinkled. 





              I added some doodly lines to define the blooms with a Posca paint pen in Black.
              I think I can call them done now!





                Lastly I layered patterned paper around my photo, added the chipboard title that I painted black and lastly a few embossed chippy hearts done with the Bling Colour Embossing Powder to tie the composition together. 




                  So the page is done, what do you think?


                  The blooms were once again an experiment but I do love a play and I think they turned out ok!



                  The close ups don't really show the blissful shimmer of all the powders and the shine of the embossing powder sorry you shall just have to believe me when I say it looks fab!!














                  Still a few more bits and pieces to show you all so I will be back in the next few days to do just that! 
                  Thanks for visiting see you again soon!!



                  Wednesday, November 30, 2016

                  "Presence of Wonder........", art journal play for Colour Blast.

                  Hey everyone, 
                  I am back with my latest Art Journal Page playing with loads of Colour Blast goodies!
                  So with out further Hoo Ha here is the page:

                  So here is a step by step how I created it:

                  Glue down tissue with Gel Medium. I have used an old sewing pattern. Once dry I added a wash of white Gesso making the  black lines recede into the background.

                   

                  Once dry I splashed around some colour using the vibrant  Colour Sprays. I started with the lighter colours then moving progressively darker. I added water between colours to move the splashes around creating a water colour effect. The colours I used are SaffronSunsetBubblegum and Grape.

                   
                  Move the page around creating "drippage" and merging colours to get some interesting merging puddles of colour.


                   Once dry I wanted to add a little shine to the page so I sprayed with Colour Shimmer Spray in Bling. It adds a wonderful subtle shine!

                  Next it is time for my favourite Colour Paste, Bling, used through a stencil along the edges of the page.

                   

                  You can see all that wonderful shimmer that the Bling Shimmer Spray gives!

                  Once dry, I added some stamped images using archival ink across the page. 


                  I added strips of old book paper to add a little dimension.

                    Adding the finishing touches, torn washi tape,  a small quote strip, stamped small butterflies to flutter across the double page and a large Butterfly Silhouette.



                         And that my friends is it, Art Journal Page done and dusted!
                         A very simple quick and easy process, why not give it a go? 
                        Here are a few detailed shots for you all. 

                         


                         



                        Thanks so much for dropping by!
                        Michelle





                        Wednesday, November 23, 2016

                        "Whimsical Wings"

                        Hey there everyone, I am back with a project I created just for the fun of it! 
                        Have no idea what to call it so it is just a winged thing!
                        So here is the project, so so much fun to do!


                        The base is a timber board that I coated with a layer of white Gesso, then added a layer of cheap joint medium to create a background with dimension replicating an old wall.


                        I also added a layer of crackle paste, trying to add a peeling paint look to that wall!



                         I collected loads of stuff from my stash including an antique door plate that was a good fit as a "body" and a doll, that I ripped the head off......(strangely satisfying!).


                        I used shells, Scrap FX chipboard coral and wings, watch parts, art stones, micro beads and beads to make up my whimsical creature.


                        The doll only had a little bit of hair so I added shredded paper to the background to give her more flowing locks!




                        I glued everything down with heavy gel medium and the joint medium was a great filler behind the  door plate and makes a great glue to the base!


                         Once all was dry, the real fun began....adding tons of colour!


                         This is when all those wonderful cracks and texture come to the fore!


                        Gold paint embossing powders & pigment powders all add to the effect.



                        Well, that was a whole heap of messy fun, I hope you like her and a name would be great! So, if anyone can think of one feel free!
                        Till next time!

                        Michelle


                        Monday, November 14, 2016

                        "She Be Fearless" Art journal Fun for colour Blast



                        Hi everyone time for a catch up
                         with a project using lots of Colour Blast goodness!
                        So here she is, my girl with a bit of drama.


                        This piece started as a bit of an experiment but I loved how she ended up!
                        Here is how I did it:

                        First up I spread Light Texture paste over a sheet of water colour paper with a palette knife.



                          The paste has a grainy absorbant texture that I wanted to try the Shimmer Dusts and Mica Powders on to see what they would do on this very different surface. I did not want a totally smooth surface so I left the lines created by the palette knife. 


                             OOPS ..... I was a little excited by what I wanted to do I forgot to take a pic of the next step!
                            Anyway here is what I did: after drying the paste I used Colour Paste in 
                            through a stencil.


                              Once the paste was dry I then created some loose flowers with the light paste.


                                 Now the fun part.....after selecting my colours out of the Colour Shimmer Dust. I have used SunflowerAmber and Lollipop


                                   I sprinkled the dust on the wet paste flowers.


                                    then I sprayed with water and let the dusts do what they do best....colour magic!


                                      Then I wanted a little more shimmer so added some Colour Mica Powder in Lemon Zing and Peach Nectar to the "watered" flowers to see what effect they would have.


                                        I needed more water to activate the Colour Mica Powders and create some Drippage! 
                                        I had colour going everywhere but working with water activated products is not an exact science, so just have to go with it! Then I had to leave it alone to dry before adding any more details to her.


                                        I added my details using more of the Colour Shimmer Dusts with a water brush and a Stabillo all pencil (it is water soluble). Because the paste surface is porous, once the water hits the colour it fans out so her face will not have perfect details, but it gives her an ethereal other worldly look (if you know what I mean) look. 


                                          The surface took a bit of getting used to, but was easy to take colour off with a baby wipe then add again till I was happy.  


                                            I wanted to create a bit more drama to the background and make her pop, but I did not think plain black would cut it, so I used Midnight Colour Shimmer Dust combined with Wisteria Colour Mica Powder to colour the edges of the page. 


                                               Because of the uneven surface the added colour created its own pattern, I loved the look.


                                                So here she is with lots of added dramatic darkness. I decided to highlight the blooms with some gold paint applied with my finger just picking up the ridges and edges.
                                                Then I added flicks of white Gesso over the background and flowers. 


                                                 Still wanted a little extra on the edges of the page by stamping with a grungy background stamp.

                                                  I only added the stamping around the edges of the piece.

                                                  Finally I used the same Dusty Charcoal Colour Paste to stencil my title and my Fierce Girl was done! 

                                                  Here are some detailed shots for you all:








                                                  Well that is all from me! 
                                                  Hope you have been a little inspired to give this a go.....lots of fun to be had!
                                                  Will be back with more catch ups very soon!