Thursday, 24 July 2014

CC3 Challenge 7 page 46 Painted Industrial

Seeing as this has been Steampunk inspired by Truth coffee shop, grab yourself a cup of joe and get ready for a photo heavy post.

This has been the most fabulous piece to play with!  I started with the life size blank traditional dress form which I bought from my local fabric shop.  I scribbled on her with white board marker to give me an idea of where I was going, not that I stuck to the design much, but it helped as a jumping point, and the fact that I could just rub it out and start again was so stress free!  I needed this as she was quite dear.
I then set about steampunking her using the Painted Industrial method shown in Tim's book called Compendium of Curiosities 3 on page 46.  Linda is hosting a challenge based on his book and chooses a different technique for each challenge.  You can read all the rules and join in here.  Every challenge has a Curiosity Crew's Choice winner where the  prize is sponsored by Tim Himself and then every odd numbered challenge like this one is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.
This was how I started making her "skin"
I used a total of 5 different embossing folders.

Below you can see how I have distressed her skin with Black Soot Distress Paint after following the instructions.
To make the corset different from her skin, I decided to use the Walnut Stain Distress Paint and you can see how I constructed her corset below.
This is her in all her final glory!
I cannot tell you how many metres of sticky backed foil I have used on her, all I can say is a LOT!  My dear Vagabond ran overtime making all the embossed bits for me to stick in place.  

A bit of "skin" visible through the corset.

A close up of her chest where you can see I have added a game spinner from Tim's idea-ology line and some die cut cogs from his Gadget Gears die by Sizzix.
I wanted the back to look a little different from the front so I have made the clock embossed folder rather more aged looking by layering some of the antiqued bronze and walnut stain under the Black soot for extra colour and then took most of the black off the large cog folder so it shines out more on top of her blackened "skin" where I left more of the paint to dry before I stuck this cog on
I put her on a lazy susan and spun her around for this video I shot on my phone so you can see the whole effect in 3D.
I can't wait to take this in to the little habby shop where I buy all the trims, zips, thong and buckles as they do ask what I need all these things for if I don't sew and it was kind of hard to explain...I said I would have to show them when I was done!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 268? A Dressform

Hello fellow Desker from Julia's place over at Stamping Ground.

Today I am showing you the partially finished life size Dressform that I am busy with for this ongoing project.

I am also entering her into Linda's CC3 challenge as it is page 46 called Painted Industrial.  Hopefully I will have her finished in time.  I still have to do her clothes on her left hand side and her back.  Her "skin" is done.

So this is me for this week, now I am off to see what you have put up for perusal in your creative space.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 267? Lots of Cogs

Hello fellow Desker from Stamping Ground.  Today I have a pile of cogs on my desk.  Still busy with a huge installation project that I am doing samples for.  These are to go on a mannequin.  You might get to see her next week all decked out, but for the moment she is in her all-together...My friend suggested I should run a competition to see how many cogs go into this mammoth project...that means I have to keep count too! oops!

For those who have always been interested in my phone on my desk.  It is a clock and a light!  It runs on batteries and is such fun.  I got it at Typo in November last year.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

CC3 challenge 6 on Page 37

Let me start by saying thank you to the Curiosity Crew for choosing my Truth canvas as the winner in challenge 4.  I am looking forward to receiving my stash of Tim products, kindly sponsored by him and Mario.  This week they are sponsoring the prize again and The Funkie Junkie Boutique is back to sponsor Challenge 6, and lovely owner Linda Coughlin is offering a fabulous $25 shopping spree to one very lucky CC3Cer!
I missed out on the last challenge because 2 weeks flew by before I had the chance to even get going.  I was not letting this challenge get away from me!  Challenge 6 is Page 37 from Tim's third book of Compendium of Curiosities on Linda's blog.

Sadly, the burlap canvasses are not available at any of my local craft stores so I had to make do with a Typo (Australian home decor shop which we have in South Africa too)  find of a finer burlap type canvas with a pre-printed letter on it.  In this case it was a Y.

I covered the letter with gesso, but it has shone through...this only happened when the whole lot had dried after I had added my tissue paper which I did while the gesso was damp as I was I carried on (after 2 days of pondering what to do, I might add) as there was no going back at this stage cos I didn't have another canvas or any more tissue paper!

Here you can see the Y shining through the paint and the tissue paper, the 3D heart and butterfly sticker that I used on the canvas.
I found this dinky jar of glitter at a toy store.  I think it was being sold as "fairy dust".  I liked the scale of it and added it to my stash months ago which was perfect for the words I had chosen to use on this project.  I glued a heart on its lid to go with the theme.
I love using the drop shadow technique Tim taught us at the convention in March, I even add it to stuff that will throw its own shadow.  The butterfly below looks like it is really thick, but is in fact a sticker.
 Below you can see how flat the sticker is in comparison to the heart, glitter jar and metal embellies.
I was given these lovely circular metal word embellies by a friend and I use them sparingly cos they are precious.  You can see its fake shadow as well as the hearts.  I think they look really real in real life!
In the end, you can't see the Y any more and I learned my lesson...SLOW DOWN!  Over all I am happy at the end, but it was touch and go at one stage and nearly went in the bin!  That was my other lesson from this project.  Persevere, you can't tell what it will look like till you are finished!  I am not usually one to give up easily, but the Y really threw me for a day or two!

What's on My Workdesk Wednesday 266? NOTHING!


Well, if you discount the castors for under my teared tray on the floor, two large of acrylic paint and the other of Gel medium, the two Tim scissors and the left over lace that is...

You can nearly see all of the A1 green mat!

Sorry, should have told you to sit down first before making a statement like that!

Ok, off to see if you have something more interesting going on on your desk via our Birthday Girls place over at Stamping Ground!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

July Tag for Tim's 12 tags of 2014

Every month I get excited for the 1st of the month because Tim presents us with another tag full of wonderful techniques for us to try.  It is kind of a mini Christmas anticipation feeling, like being a kid all over again!  I love it!

This month was no different and you can see his step by step instructions here.

Just over a year ago, I was gifted a whole lot of Sizzix dies and paper storage cubes etc by a wonderful lady who has since become a dear friend.  Some of the dies she gave me were perfect for this tag!  How AWESOME is that?
I really built up my "sand" to give the shells something to stick into and to add depth to the bottom of the tag.
 I did not have distress embossing powder in the right colour for the starfish, so I used distress glitter instead.
It is winter here, so this little guy took a long time to crack!  But crack he did and oh so nicely!  In the photo below you can see his depth too as I cut him from foam board. 
Roll on 1st of August...I am ready for the next mini Christmas feeling! 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Whats on My Workdesk Wednesday 264? Trial runs

Hello fellow Desker from Julia's place over at Stamping Ground.  Welcome to my desk in Cape Town, South Africa.

I have been very Steam punk inspired lately and am busy with some trial run stuff on a grand scale...hence the cog and ceiling tile balancing (precariously I see) on a polystyrene cornice...I need to work out costs and time taken to make these things as I have to do a quote.  Where are the admin fairies for this?  Art is fun.  Quoting is not. Its scary stuff!

Here are the 3 ATCs I have received in the last 2 weeks from our WOYWW 5 birthday swap.  I am still waiting for 1 that I am aware of.  Receiving these in the post has been like mini Christmases in my post box.  So nice to have a happy surprise when I open it!
Thank you Debbie, Kim Young and Robyn for my treasures.

Now I am off to see what you have on your desk for investigation and admiration.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Finnabair inspired Steam Punk

Well I am still on my Steam punk streak.  Finnabair has long been an inspiration to me with all her texture, layers, trinkets and house hold items that she uses on her mixed media projects.  Doing one of her classes with her is on my bucket list...

Due to my addiction to Truth Coffee at the moment, I seem to be rather into the Steampunk style, so I have been playing around with some textures and ideas as seen in the canvas I did where Truth meets Tim Holtz.  but I could not leave it there...

Here are some close up photos to show you some of the layers and techniques I used on this canvas.
I glued tissue paper to the canvas, painted it with brown acrylic paint, added some black for where the bird cage was going and then some bronze Heritage Magic Touch to catch the creases. 
 In this photo you can see the depth of the plastic cogs which were taken from a dead printer and painted with some brown Maya Gold paint and clipped with bronze Heritage Magic Touch. 

The edge of the canvas was done using some cogs and the tissue paper under sticky foil strips and black paint.
 The clock inside the cog is done using the packaging from Tim Holt's metal clocks which I cut and glued behind the cog and the two cogs to the left are covered in distress ink and then clear crackle paint.
 This is some part from the printer I think (as I have a huge bag of bits from printers and computers that have died) which I sprayed with bronze perfect pearl mists and the lock was brass which I painted to match the cogs.
 The electronic bit here is from the inside of the CD rom of my old computer.
Here you can see some of the studs I got from my local habby store to use for added dimension and the raindrops made with glossy accents under the paint.

Thanks for the visit.


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Father's Day Box card

It would seem that I cannot make a "normal" card any more...all I do are these 3D box cards.  They are so much fun to create and use the same amount of stash, but look far more impressive!

Here is what I made for my dad.
 This is it "flat" above and the top view below...

 View from the right and view from the left

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Truth Coffee meets Tim Holtz

I have had an idea wandering through my head for a while and thought I had to put it on canvas before life happened and it got away from me!

This is a photo heavy post so get yourself a cup of your favourite something to sip on.  No prize for guessing what mine usually is! (I have been known to drive round the mountain to get my fix from Truth - 15 min there and 15 back!)

I am mad about Truth's Coffee.  I told Tim about the place and kept on at him till he went while here in Cape Town teaching at a Convention...He wrote a whole blog post about the place!

So now you see I had to find a way to combine my two favourite things...Tim and Truth!

First I die cut some cogs from various thickness pieces of chipboard and glued them to the canvas.  Then I added some texture paste through a stencil and gessoed the die cuts and left it to dry overnight while I finalised the concept in my head.

I added Distress paint to the canvas, sprayed it with water and let it dry.
I cut the logo from black card stock using my eCraft cutter.  
 Pity the cup is empty...I keep the take away cups and re-use them for water on my desk or to store stuff in.  I like to recycle!
Below is a better view of the paint once it had dried. 
 I stamped some cogs by Deep Red randomly round the canvas and added this well known lady with her binos.  I also used Tim's Steampunk set by Stampers Anonymous for the men, the hand and the diagram which I randomly used on the cogs and between the U and the T of TRUTH.
 Having worked out where the wings of the logo were going, I set about lightening the paint behind them so the word COFFEE would show.
 Then I added some of Tim's idea-ology line and some more stamped images as well as some sticky backed foil which I had run through the 2"x12" Cuttlebug cogs folder and adhered it to the side of the canvas.
 I did Tim's "industrial" technique on the foil so that the shapes have more depth.
 Below you can see the effect created by the texture paste.
This was before I added a shadow to the wings with a Distress marker as Tim taught us at the convention.
Below you can see that I have added more colour round the wings with distress ink and the drop shadow with the distress marker.
 Here is the finished canvas showing off its industrial edge.
 I used crackle accents on the clock inside the 7 Gypsies metal piece and glossy accents on the binos to make them shine.
I know I have already entered a project into the CC3 Challenge No4 over at Linda's place, but I thought I would add this one too as I used texture paste through a stencil...go to page 49 in Tim's book Compendium of Curiosities 3 for the instructions!

The  are the prize sponsors again this month...

EDIT: I am excited to say that  Marjie Kemper has featured this project on her Texture on Tuesdays schedule here and want to thank her for this honour.

Thanks also to you if you came from there and took the time to wade through all these photos and got to the end of this post!