Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Discover with Made With Love

Hello friends!

I'm up on the Made With Love blog today with a funky mixed media project using some really cool new releases! This canvas is really out of my usual but it was a lot of creative fun. Who knows, I might turn this into a class....

This is a really dark and pensive piece but there's a good reason for using black gesso all over - I had the new Prima acrylic paint - Opal Magic Violet-Gold to play with and it was so much fun! Over a dark surface, it is a lovely gold but over a lighter surface, the luminescent violet peeks through.

Details in the close-ups:

Lots of textures here! Metals with chipboard (from Blue Fern Studios), stenciled graphite paste and beads and microspheres and distress glitter make everything a lot more interesting. Did you also spot the new Art Stones? Perfect for a funky look!

Here you can see the violet-gold more prominently and it's just sweet.

My title piece from Blue Fern Studios which I first embossed with black EP and painted the acrylic paint over. The violet is a lot more obvious here over the white gesso-primed chipboard.

More Mechanicals and textures.

Supplies list (available from Made With Love):

10x10 canvas board
Prima Mechanicals
Art Stones
Archival Cast
Opal Magic Violet-Gold acrylic paint
black and white gessos
Distress glitter
Graphite texture paste

That's all I have for today, have a great week ahead!


Thursday, March 3, 2016

March Inspiration with Blue Fern Studios

Hello everyone, March is here!

I cannot believe how quickly time passes seeing that we have only just celebrated our Lunar New Year here with lots of festivities, feasting and family gatherings. Today I'm up on the blog again to share two creations using two fabulous collections - Serendipity and Courtship Lane.

My first share is created with Serendipity. This is a truly amazing collection with all the lovely subtle details nested amongst darker shades. I find myself reluctant to do my usual kind of background work because I couldn't bear to cover up the details.

Because there is so much details on the pages, I can only imagine the number of photoshop layers that went into creating each piece of patterned paper. With that in mind, I did had several overlapping layers of patterned paper as my background to bring out the depth of this collection.

Details in the close-ups:

Heat embossing with Oatmeal EP. I wanted something dual-tone and subtle enough to blend into the background, so I used half-toned stamps to create the motifs.

Love these peekaboo chippies! They are just perfect for these sort of little nook and cranny. I used Garnet EP as my base, and while the melted powder is still hot, I sprinkled Ginger EP on top. The gold is really quite amazing!

My title piece which I had colored with gelato and sealed with a layer of Pearl EP.

Layering Stems which I first covered with Lime Ep, then with Ginger EP because I think I'm addicted to the lovely gold it gives. 

My next share is a video tutorial done with the gorgeous Courtship Lane collection. I'm really loving the color palettes that Michelle has used and pastels always speaks to me. 

I'm a sucker for wood grain motif so it was no surprise that I had to use Bourbon Avenue as my background. This is a photo of my second boy and my youngest girl - she looks exactly like him when he was just a baby. This moment was one in a million - my boys love to make a pouting funny face and I was only trying to capture the two of them looking at me. Never did I expect this cheeky girl to do the same without prompting - we all know how hard it is to get them to even look at the camera, let alone pose! - and I instinctively just froze this memory in time.

More details in the close-ups:

Berry stems layering over Shabby Brick bits with lots of textural detail in the background.

Clusters of embellishments

Painting directly over chipboard and paper for a nicely blended effect.

Fussy cut details everywhere.

And here is the start-to-finish video:

Courtship Lane collection is also the latest to join the Blue Fern patterned paper family. You can see more close-ups here!

Lastly, don't forget our sketch challenge for March designed by Michelle! If you have time, do give it a shot for a chance to win a lovely prize pack from Blue Fern Studios.

That's all I have for today, thank you for dropping by!