Wednesday, 22 April 2015

What's on my Workdesk Wednesday 307? Steampunk stuff

Servus gentle Wednesday Desker!

Welcome to my steampunk desk.  Here you see a pair of welding goggles which has been dis assembled and sprayed and is now ready for steampunking.  The large hat on the right is a mens hat and will get suitably painted and decorated to go with the goggles and the pile of 3 ladies hats on the left are waiting their turn.

So that is me on my mission this week.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Start each day with a Grateful Heart Journal page

This is a journal page which I made recently.  I also tried my hand at shooting a video for the first time and editing one hours worth of time into half an hour.  I have since found another app to be able to speed things up a bit and shorten the time more...but for now, here is my adventure into the world of filming...

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Whats on My Workdesk Wednesday? Cogs, cogs and more Cogs...oh and a cat! 306

Hello there fellow Desker from Julia's Place.  Here you see my desk from far to show off the contraption myself and DH invented and built to hold my iPad so I can shoot video footage of my desk.  I have hung my Steampunk hat and goggles on its ends to stop me banging my head on them!  They are just at eyelevel and being silver...hard to see even with the day glow orange stickers on them!
Then an up close of the pile of cogs I came across at one of my suppliers...I pounced on them with such glee that another shopper came over to see what I was so excited about!  This will last me a while and I can use them in my classes.
There are 50 of the larger cogs per packet and 100 of the tiny ones per packet...that is an average of 1200 cogs on my desk right now!  Steampunk Heaven! I found a mini cookie jar to store them in as I got 2 bags of most of the cogs, now to go and get another 11 good thing always leads to another!
Then just as I was about to type this up, I looked back at my desk and there was Marmalade under his personal sun...My 100W day light bulb!

Thats me for today.  I hope that I can get to a few desks this morning before work if Mr Linky is there this week.  Just my luck that the week I last participaed in, he was AWOL, but it was 1 April!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Steampunk Goggles

So, I was at the hardware favourite place to be...other than an art shop of course!

I needed some gutter parts for another project and came across these cool things...who knows what they are supposed to do in the real world...I saw them and thought... STEAMPUNK GOGGLES!  Wouldn't you?
The extra bit that looks like it is supposed to go round a pipe, got unseramoniously cut off with a hack saw and the rubber ring popped out and the top prized off.
They then got a goodly dose of copper spray paint.
When they were back on my desk, it amused me that I had managed to find a right and a left by complete flook in the basket that I took them appropriate for goggles! 

I then measured how much leather I would need to cover up the moulded writing in the plastic.
Having cut my leather to shape, I then painted the edges black with black soot distress paint.

and drilled holes for the brads to go through later.
I made a nose piece by folding and gluing the leather over some florest wire and punched holes in each side for the brads.

Having assembled the goggles, I then added some chain to hide the edge of the leather.

Here are some shots of the final piece once I had added the strap and studs for good steampunk measure.

I used acetate packaging for the glass which I aged with alcohol inks.

The foam was cut and added to the back of the goggles so they sit properly on your face, otherwise you just get a partial sideways view and see a bit like what a Chamelion must do on a daily basis!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Tim's April Tag for 2015

Above is my tag and below is Tim's inspiration.  For how to create this tag go to his blog here.

 I almost had all the toys to create this tag...however...I don't have the word dies, but I do have the aphabet die so I created my own word LIFE and took Happy off another die which says Happy Birthday!
 For once I had purchased his new flower set of stamps...YAY!  I decided to have different flowers on my tag and I added his masking technique to this one as I wanted to stamp the stems over the lower flower without messing it up.  I don't have his mask material, so used some plastic and painters tape to hold it in place.  It worked just as well.
 I decided that I wanted to ink the cut line above and below the word LIFE, so I slipped the corner of my craft sheet into the cut and inked it.  You can see that I have already done the top cut.
 I have a sewing machine...but it is tempramental, so I don't trust it to sew through paper...I opted for my pattern maker tool and rolled hollows into my paper and drew my stitch lines in instead.
It is quite effective.
 Cos I had more than one flower colour on my tag, I used two markers to ink up my ribbon.
 Here is my finished tag with dragonfly embellies to make it feel more like spring...even though I have entered autumn where I live! 

 I added some alcohol ink to the dragonfly confetti as it was just too shiny.
 A close up of my colouring in. 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

What's On My Workdesk Wednesday No304? Finn Inspired stuff

Hello fellow desker from Julia's place.  I have been MIA for a while as our home schedule changed and I am now lifting my son to school in the mornings...but today is the last day of this school term and my DH has gone on the school run, leaving me free to post what is going on at my desk!

Right at the back of my desk you can see I am busy with alcohol inks and plastic eggs which Tim recently blogged on how to create...better get a wiggle on as Easter starts in 2 days time...

I am doing a class with Finnabair in October later this year and am getting so excited.  Therefore all the projects I am doing at the moment are seriously inspired by her style and products.  I am practicing up a storm!

The journal cover you see is one that I will be teaching at Scrapbook North on the 18 April and the heart is a project I created for fun after seeing Finn's recent book cover.
My stamp drawer is hanging open cos I have no where to keep the 4 new stamp sets I bought and showed you a few weeks ago, so they sit there cantileavered over my desk...till I can find a better solution.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Finnabair recipe heart canvas

I was really taken with a book cover that Finn posted recently and decided to have a go at making something similar on a 6"x6" canvas using products that I already have.
You can see her full recipe here and so I'm not going to give instructions, rather step out photos of how mine progressed.
I started with the crackle texture paste by Finn in white and that took half a day to dry properly.  Then I added the clear plastic heart (which is the one half of a Christmas tree ornament) and all the beads and cogs.  There are also dots in dimentional pearls and glossy accents for another texture dimention...
I cheated and spray painted the canvas black cos I wanted the heart to be smooth with no brush strokes!  Then I started adding silver Inka Gold.
Followed by blue Inka Gold on the left hand side of everything.
And green Silks acrylic on the right hand side of everything.
The metallics are much brighter in the real world...they just won't photograph nicely, but here is a close up showing some of the details.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Art Journal page: Sing

I started the page with Dylusions ink sprays in Bubblegum pink and Lemon zest, by spraying the one page with the inks and water and closing it.
I then set about creating my die cuts and machine cuts for the page while the ink dried.  Having inked the edges of the word sing with Black soot Distress ink, I then stamped the music on it using a Kaisercraft stamp with Jet Black Archival ink.  I used a Poska white pen to add the highlights to the word, the bird, dress form and the cage.
When the page was dry I added my latest collection of Tim Holtz background stamps and stencils using Jet Black Archival ink on the stamps round the edges, picked Raspberry Distress ink through the Lace and Scribbles stencils and Black soot through the Wildflower and Typo stencils.
 On top of this base and my die cut bird cage, I then stamped the floral background stamp in Mustard Seed Distress Paint.
 I love the fact that Distress paint is kind of translucent and you can see through to the layers below it in places.
 above is a second generation print and below is the first print made with the distress paint. (remember to wash your stamps immediately after using paint on them otherwise the paint will dry permanently onto your stamp)
Here is a pinnable version of all these images for you to add to your board!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Art Journal Page: Make Pretty Things

I started the page by spritzing it with water and  Dylusions sprays in Lemon zest and Vibrant turquoise which when they blend give a wonderful green hue.  I then closed the book, opened it and left it to dry.
 I used the Finnabair lace stencil with texture paste on both pages and covered it with Peacock feathers Distress ink.  I then used BoBunny's doily sticky masks with more Peacock feathers Distress ink randomly all over the page.  I found some left over die cuts of butterflies and doilies in my stash and glued them to the page using gel medium as well as a lovely real doily which was gifted to me by Shamela.  The black doilies were stamped on using Jet Black Archival ink.
I stamped over the word "make" with a Kaisercraft lace stamp and the word "things" with Tim's Mesh stamp using Jet black Archival ink.  I then set about creating shadows under the words and doilies etc with my pine needles distress marker and highlighted with the Posca white pen.