Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Steampunk creations for Truth Coffee

I know I have been a bad blogger... real life just keeps getting in the way...

I have just done some samples for Truth Coffee Roasting to see if they want to go with a Decor theme in their "pods" as I call them.
I made a fake cake, a mechanical hand, an airship and a hat of course!
There are quite a few of these pods (11) grouped together and currently house the products they sell.
I had fun over the week end making the creations to trial run in them.
I was restricted by the size of the pods which was interesting to say the least as I usually create quite freely and with gay abandon... this restriction caused some brain scratching...

First I went shopping and bought some blanks

Then I started working on my ideas

And finishing them off

Then it was onto the cake...
I got some thick cardboard and cut and glued the sides onto the cupcake stand to make it into a cake.

Then I spray painted it copper and punched some paper strips. Made some paper roses and polyurethane stuff which I also sprayed copper.

The finished fake cake!

The mechanical hand has a 3D printed winding mechanism and eyelets with cogs and chain as well as a 3D printed submarine for good measure...

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Distress Oxide Journal page

Hi there

I have recently purchased all 12 of the new Distress Oxide inks... Cos I needed to want them all...

I received them on Friday and have had a few hours to play and test and experiment...

My latest discovery is that you can use them direct to paper, spray them with water and transfer the ink onto the opposite page...  Just like I do with the Distress stain sprays...

I got so excited, I made a video on Facebook Live this morning at 10am!

How to use the Distress Oxide inks as a background in a journal
Posted by Belinda Basson on Saturday, 18 February 2017

This is what the page looked like when it was dry.  the camera changes the colours a bit and the pages look a bit more even in colour in real life...

I have then spent the rest of the morning playing with the inks through stencils, printing with them and using embossing powder on the stamped images...

What a blast!  This stuff is addictive... It should come with a warning!

 This is where I have inked through the stencil then sprayed the "inked" stencil with water and instead of cleaning it off, I have printed it back on my page...

The splats were made by mixing the inks on my craft sheet with water and splatting them on my page with a paint brush.

 This stamp comes with its own mask.  after stamping in the fired brick and vintage photo, I then covered it with the mask and darkened the area around the stamped image using an applicator tool with the fired brick Distress Oxide.

These splats were made using only water in the photo above.  The ones below are with the diluted ink.

I stamped onto the fired brick area with fossilized amber and covered it with clear embossing powder.  Then when it had cooled, I rubbed fired brick and a little vintage photo over the stamped image using applicator tools.  The Distress Oxide inks take the embossing powder beautifully and work so well on dark paper.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

2016 in review

Last year was a busy one, all be it a quiet one on my blog...

I have made some structural changes to my schedule for 2017 and will hopefully be around here a whole lot more as I will no longer be guest teaching at local stores on weekends.

If you are a fellow blogger then you will know that it takes time to take the right photos and to type up the text, there just wasn't that time available last year as I installed my art in Truth Coffee in January, Steam restaurant in July and created a few HUGE things for an office in Westlake followed by a commission for 7 huge modern artworks for a private house which I installed late in December!  In between that, I did guest teaching for local scrapbook stores and taught 6 classes a week at my own studio!

Here are the projects I did take photos of...

Truth Coffee

Steam Restaurant 
Houwhoek convention

Art journal classes


Westlake office

Private home