Friday, 15 April 2016

Dare You to Create ?............ Think I just did.

Tracy Weinzapfel and Andy Skinner are at it again. But this time they are daring you to create.
Andy and Tracy want to see how you can incorporate BOTH of their styles into your own piece(s).
So I gathered up my DecoArt supplies and set about creating not one but two Skinzapfel pieces of art incorporating both styles.
 First up an Andy Skinner Inspired piece with a touch of Tracey Weinzapfel thrown in.

I started with a canvas board. I then created a sunray stencil design in illustrator and cut my design on my brother Scan n Cut. I then sponged through the stencil with a mix of DecoArt Media tinting base and DecoArt Media fluid acrylic in paynes grey. Next step was to spritz  over the canvas board with DecoArt Media Misters in carbon black, shimmering Turquoise and shimmering white. The flowers were painted using the Tinting base and paynes grey mix. When dry they were outlined with a black fine liner pen. The skull was cut from  black 300gsm cardstock on the Brother Scan n Cut. It was rhen given a coat of DecoArt Media Crackle paint . Whils drying I set about Rusting the cogs for the eyes using DecoArt Media Texture Sand paste and Media Fluid acrylics in Prussian blue hue and interference turquoise. The cogs were then added to the skull and then attached to canvas board base. To finish I stamped in Black archival Ink around the sides of the canvas board and onto the base using stamps from Andy Skinners Toxic Set.
 
 
Next up a Tracy Weinzapfel Inspired piece with a touch of Andy Skinner thrown in.
 
 
I started with a canvas board and primed with DecoAt Media white Gesso. When dry I applied DecoArt Media Crackle paste with a palette knife and set aside to dry. I die cut two hearts from chipboard on one I used a technique learnt in Andy Skinners Timeworn Techniques class . On the other heart I die cut  the heart again from an old book page and attached to the heart. This was then given a wash of some watered down Media Mister in Turquoise Shimmer taken from the bottle. Once dry The heart was stamped with black archival ink using a stamp from Andy Skinners Toxic set and edged with carbon black Media fluid acrylic. A die cut cog was then given the rusty treatment using an Andy Skinner technique. I then sprayed the canvas board with DecoArt Media Misters in Carbon Black, Shimmering Turquoise and Shimmering white. This highlighted all the yummy texture of the crackle paste. Stamping was then added using a stamp from Andy Skinners Toxic set and black archival ink. The edges of the canvas board was then sponged with DecoArt Media fluid acrylic in carbon black. The hearts and cog were then applied to the canvas board and stamped word strips added to finish.
 
I think I surpassed all my expectations with these two pieces of art which has taken me in a direction I never thought I would whilst thoroughly enjoying the process.
 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Hugs Fiona.


Friday, 4 March 2016

Bold and Bright Challenge with Andy Skinner.

It's been a while since I posted but wanted to share with you a recent piece of artwork I have created for  Andy Skinners Bold and Bright Challenge over on his blog HERE. This has so taken me out of my comfort zone of the dark and Macabre artwork I normally create but I have embraced the challenge and quite enjoyed the process. I created my piece on a 12x10 canvas board.
 
DecoArt products used: Media Fluid Acrylics in:- Carbon Black, Primary Magenta, Green Gold, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Prussian Blue and Titanium White. Tinting Base, Modelling Paste. White Gesso.
 
Andy Skinner Stampendous Stamps: Industrial and Steampunk.
 
Andy Skinner Stencils for DecoArt :  Industrial Elements.
 
 
 
I started by gessoing the canvas board and once dry got my colours on the canvas board. I then stencilled the whole board in co-ordinating colours until I was happy. Once dry I pencilled in my design and painted over the whole board covering up the entire background apart from the pencilled design. A layering technique learnt from Andy Skinner HERE. Once dry I created a stencil from a tim holtz heart die from thick acetate and applied tinted modelling paste through it. Once dry the hearts were stamped with Andy's Industrial set. Doodles  and stencilled designs were added to the overall design and the focal points outlined with a black permanent marker. Quite happy how this turned out for a first attempt.
 
You can participate in Andy's challenge over on his blog and you have until March 9th to get your entries in. Some fabulous prizes on offer too, so I hope I have inspired you to take part.
 
Thanks for stopping by
Hugs Fiona.


Wednesday, 23 December 2015

12 Days of Creepmas Day 12


Welcome to 12th and final day of the 12 Days of Creepmas.
The link to hop on over to all the other participants blogs is on my sidebar to your right. You are in for a real treat.
 
 
For my project today I have created another Bauble using one of the Raven images from the Quoth the Raven Rubber set from Smeared Ink. I started by attaching my background paper to an MDF bauble shape. I then sanded back the edges to give a vintage feel. The Raven was stamped onto Neenah cardstock and aged using Distress Ink. A frame was die cut and the stamped image inserted. This was then attached to the Bauble using 3d foam tape. To finish black satin ribbon was threaded to hang and a black satin ribbon bow.
 
 
 
I do hope you have enjoyed all the fabulous projects showcased from myself and all the other bloggers taking part. May I take this opportunity to wish each and everyone of you
 
 
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
 
Hugs Fiona
 

Monday, 21 December 2015

12 Days of Creepmas Day 11

 
Welcome to day 11 of the 12 Days of Creepmas.
The link to hop on over to all the other participants blogs is on my sidebar to your right. You are in for a real treat.
 
 
For my project today I have created a Bauble using Poe from the Quoth the Raven Rubber set from Smeared Ink. I started by attaching my background paper to an MDF bauble shape. I then sanded back the edges to give a vintage feel. Poe was stamped onto Neenah cardstock and aged using Distress Ink. A frame was die cut and the stamped image inserted. This was then attached to the Bauble using 3d foam tape. To finish black satin ribbon was threaded to hang and a black satin ribbon bow.
 
 
 
 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read. Your comments are always appreciated.
Hugs Fiona.


Saturday, 19 December 2015

12 Days of Creepmas Day 10

 
Welcome to day 10 of the 12 Days of Creepmas.
The link to hop on over to all the other participants blogs is on my sidebar to your right. You are in for a real treat.
 
 
For my project today I have created a card using the wonderful Edgar Allan Poe Image from the Octopode Factory. I imported the image into photoshop. Added my text sentiment and printed off onto Neenah Cardstock. I then coloured up the image with copics, matted and layered and added to a black card stock base. Done.
 
 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read. Your comments are always appreciated.
Hugs Fiona.


Thursday, 17 December 2015

12 Days of Creepmas Day 9

 
 
welcome to day 9 of the 12 Days of Creepmas.
The link to hop on over to all the other participants blogs is on my sidebar to your right. You are in for a real treat.
 
 
For todays offering I have used the digi stamp  Evil Snowman from Delicious Doodles.. I coloured up the image with copics, then scanned into photoshop. I created my ATC in photoshop added the main image then printed off and attached to a mount board base and inked the edges. I then die a cut a tag base from mountboard, attached my backing paper then attached the ATC off to one side using 3d foam. A black satin bow was then added to finish.
 
 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read. Your comments are always appreciated.
Hugs Fiona.


Tuesday, 15 December 2015

12 Days of Creepmas Day 8, Smudgy Antics and Rick St Dennis Progressive Challenge.

 I am on Triple Duty Today so bear with me folks as this is an image heavy post. First up will be 12 days of Creepmas, next up Smudgy Antics and Finally The progressive challenge part with Rick St Dennis.
 
welcome to day 8 of the 12 Days of Creepmas.
The link to hop on over to all the other participants blogs is on my sidebar to your right. You are in for a real treat.
 
 
For todays offering I have used the digi stamp  from The Gross Anatomy Set from Smeared Ink. I created my ATC in photoshop added the main image and printed off and attached to a mount board base and added colour with copics and inked the edges. I then die a cut a tag base from mountboard, attached my backing paper then attached the ATC using 3d foam. A black satin bow was then added to finish.
 
 
For my project over on the Smudgy Antics Blog I have created another ATC Tag using Poe from Smeared Inks Quoth the Raven Real Rubber set. I stamped poe onto a piece of white stamping cardstock and coloured with distress Inks and framed using a spellbinders Die. I then created my ATC and Tag backgrounds in photoshop , printed off and attached to mount board bases. Inked the edges and then attached the ATC to the Tag base. The framed poe was then added using 3d foam and black satin ribbon bows added.
 
 
 
Next up is my contribution to The progressive challenge part 2 over on the Sparkle and Glitter Blog.
The second month of our Progressive challenge always uses an image supplied by Rick and if you took part in the first part you'll get it free. It is available to buy if you were too busy   Take yer Pick is not sure whether it's still Hallowe'en or if he should go into Christmas mode - a bit like the stores out there - selling Christmas stuff before 31st of October. So, I think, he can be forgiven for being a bit confused.
 
I coloured up the image using copics onto Neenah classic cardstock. Cut out and attached to my sentiment base ( which had been created in photoshop ) with 3d foam to make the image pop. This was then matted and layered onto black cardstock and attached to an 8x8 card base. You can't tell from the photo but I added some sparkle to the pumpkin and the present with a spectrum noir glitter brush pen.
 
 

 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read. Your comments are always appreciated.
Hugs Fiona.