Monday, 21 April 2014

HDH Macabre Monday # 187 Working In The Lab Late One Night

 
 
Today's new challenge theme is
"Working in the lab, late one night".
Basically, we'd like to see your interpretation of a
mad scientist's lab, his creations, experiments, rats, beakers, etc..
Or maybe even your own experimentation. Be creative!

 
 
For my project I decided to create a book from scratch with the theme being Frankenstein's monster which was created in the lab late one night by Baron Victor Frankenstein.  So here is what I came up with.
 
 
FRONT & BACK COVERS.
 Once the book was constructed the front and back covers were created by embossing some 300gsm black cardstock ( this weight needed for all the paint techniques that will be applied ) and then treated with lots of DecoArt paint using techniques learnt in Andy Skinners Timeworn Techniques online class.
                                              
                                                       INSIDE FRONT COVER.
                                                                
The same treatment as the front and back covers was also added to part of the inside front cover. Images were collected and manipulated in photoshop for the correct dimensions for the book. Printed and then hanbound to the front and back covers. with a few blank pages to make extra notes.

                                                          HAND BOUND PAGES.

For the back cover a nich was created to hold a mixed media board. Created using more DecoArt paints for the background base. Then an image transfer applied which was created in photoshop. The whole board was the sealed with DecoArt triple thick gloss glaze which is self levelling to protect the board.                                                     
   SPARE PAGES AND MIXED MEDIA BOARD.

                                            CLOSE UP OF MIXED MEDIA BOARD.

An enjoyable project as I love making books from scratch. Hope you will join us over at Haunted Design House for another great challenge theme. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Hugs Fiona.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Quoth the Raven Challenge #31 Poecabulary.

I have participated in this months challenge over @ Quoth The Raven Nevermore. I have missed a few these past months and have really missed taking part tremendously. Life sometimes just gets in the way of our little pleasures.
 
Ba gein thy new QUEST #31 shalt be POEcabulary  ... taketh thee any works bye Edgar Allan POE and createth for him a tribute in whatever form taketh thy fancie.Thy creation shalt be connected in some form akin to The Master.


 
So here is my tribute to thy Master, one that hope doth meets his approval.
I decided to make a Toilet Paper Mini Album ( yes you heard that right ) A great little tutorial my friend ( Creepy Glowbug ) found on you tube. You can find it here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8vndiRxuWk
 
 
 
Front View.
 
 
Side View


                                                                  Inside Tag Pockets.
                                                                      
                                                             Mini Album Fully Open.


                                                      Six Tags to go inside The Pockets.


A fun little project will be making a few more of these.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Hugs Fiona.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

HDH Macabre Monday #186 Steampunk Junk.

 
 
Welcome back to another exciting Macabre Monday challenge!!
The new challenge theme is
StEaMpUnK JuNk
That's right, it's time to gather up those bits and bobs, odd and ends, and
make something Steampunk-y with them!
That's why there are metallic paints, right?
The idea is to reuse, or up-cycle something(s) in your junk drawer,
or something destined for the trash bin.
Make it into a Steampunk inspired project.
Got it?

I decided to create a tealight holder for the current theme.and to steampunkify it to fit in with the current challenge using techniques learnt on Andy Skinners Timeworn Techniques Class. I gathered up my supplies of chipboard and lots of lovely DecoArt Acrylic paints and mediums.
 
SUPPLIES.
 
 
First I cut a large tag and circle from the chipboard. The circle was then cut in half and glued together to give a sturdy base to attach the tag. The tag was then given the grunged up treatment with DecoArt Acrylic Paints to give the impression of worn metal. Chipboard gears were then cut using a tim holtz die and aged to look like worn brass, then attached to the tag. A skull was then cut from chipboard on my new Brother Scan N cut machine as well as the Top Hat, which was then cut in half. After a treatment of paint on the skull a gear was added strategically over one of the eye sockets and then the skull attached to the tag along with the now decorated Top Hat. The tag was then attached to the base using strong glue ( E6000 ). A coat of DecoArt Matte spray sealer was then added to protect the paintwork. A wrought iron fence was then cut using the Bother Scan N Cut and attached around the perimeter to form an enclosure.  DecoArt Texture sand was then applied to a battery operated tea light bought from the pound shop a bargain at three for a quid. Once dry it was then grunged up with more DeoArt Acrylic Paint. To finish off two apothecary bottles were aged and an antique label applied ( created in photoshop ) and placed either side of the tea light. Quite pleased how this project turned out. Over the next two weeks we want to see your Steampunk Junk Inspired creations. So head on over to Haunted Design House and join in the fun. I'd sure like to see you over there.
 
                                                                  Finished Project.


                                                                 Close Up.

                                                                Angled Shot.
 
 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Hugs Fiona.

Monday, 24 March 2014

HDH Challenge #185 Skullduggery.

 
I have some exciting news to share, well for me that is. I have been participating in the Haunted Design House Challenges for quite awhile now as this is my kind of art I love to create be it on the Dark/Gothic side and just rocks my boat . I have been asked to join the creative team and become one of the Dark Minions residing in the Dungeons over there. Of course I was just happy to oblige and commit myself to long periods of my time in the Dark. So here we go..................
 
 
Our new Macabre Monday theme for the next two weeks:

SKULLDUGGERY

The word 'skulduggery' is a noun,
meaning underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; trickery.
Notice how we purposely misspelled it with two "l"s?
We're looking for SKULLS, but if you can manage to work
both the definition, and the skulls in,
then you have a win, win project on your hands! 

So, just to be clear, we want to see skulls. Lots, and lots of skulls

 
 
So here is my first offering created within the depths of the deep dark dungeon which I now call home. I decided to create a shrine  which was cast in plaster using techniques learnt on Andy Skinners Outcast online workshop.
 
BARE PLASTER CAST READY FOR PAINT.

After casting, the Skull Shrine was ready for paint  and after a bit of work the finished result is shown below.
 
 
 
COMPLETED SHRINE AFTER PAINTING.
 
Over the next two weeks we want to see your skull inspired creations so be sure to head on over to Haunted Design House and join in the fun. I'd sure like to see you over there.
 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Fiona.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

HDH Challenge # 184 Lets Play a Game.

 
I have participated again in the two weekly challenge over at Haunted Design House.
Hello, I want to play a game.
Up until now, the dungeon has been a safe place to play.
If you want to make it out of this challenge alive,
 you must search within yourself to find the answers. 
You have just 14 days to plumb the depths of your creativity,
and pay homage to me, Jigsaw.
Only those entering can move on to chapter two of our little game.
 
So here is my contribution to pay homage to JIGSAW.........
 
 
I constructed a little box and decorated with a main image from the Saw franchise as my main focus.
 
 

Next step was to create  a card using Jigsaw as the main focus in photoshop. Print, attach to mountboard and then cut using a jigsaw die I have using my Big Shot. Voila JIGSAW as a Jigsaw. Which fits nicely into the little box.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Put the pieces together and...................This is what you have.
 

A fun challenge as always.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Fiona.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Smeared and Smudged January Members Blog Hop

This months theme over at Smeared and Smudged Members Blog Hop is Anything Goes. The only rule in participating is it has to be stamped somewhere using either rubber or digi. I chose to make a little booklet using the Toxic Ballerina's  digi  as my main image. I constructed a booklet from mountboard and bound together with some grungy paper from my stash. Once completed, for the front cover I used a spellbinders die to frame my image of the Toxic Ballerina which was compiled and coloured in photoshop.


Once the front cover was completed I then constructed a pocket for the inside left cover to hold little reminder notes. Black cross grain ribbon was then added to two strategic places to hold my pen in place, before attaching the handmade little notepad which was bound with the toxic Ballerina artwork on top to secure the ribbon holding the pen in place.


 
I had fun with this little project. I hope you will give it a try too and I'd love to see if you do. Go check out the other members blogs to see what they have created. The blog roll is on my sidebar.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read. Your next stop is SHELL.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Tag A Long Challenge #10

 
My Entry this week for the Tag A Long Challenge- Day of the Dead. Enjoyed this weeks challenge as it is just so me. Thanks Mandy for another great theme.
 
 
Dia de los Muertos.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Hugs Fiona.