Friday, 18 November 2016

Tim's November Tag

Hi there

I know I have been a bad blogger this year, but I am busy making changes to my life in the real world so that I can be more creative for me... which hopefully will mean blogging more!!!!

I have been guest teaching mixed media and the like at stores since 2011 and it has taken its toll on me and my family.

I have my own studio where I teach acrylics on canvas to adults Monday to Thursday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings... ie: 6 classes a week.  This is my "bread and butter money."  I have been doing this for 19 years!

Then I have been doing the external guest teaching so I could fund my crafting hobby.  Unfortunately the time it takes to design projects, kit them and teach them on Fridays as well as week-ends, has taken its toll on both me and my family.


I have decided to only teach acrylics on canvas at my studio next year.   I will not be doing any external guest teaching.

I will however be teaching the owners of the various stores and any other teachers who would like to learn from me.  This way what I have started will not end...

I am keen to pass on what I know so the industry grows and the store owners grow.

The last class I will be guest teaching for this year will be Tim's technique tags on 3 December at Art and Ink!  Then I am taking a year off.

So here you see my versions of the November and October tags.  If you would like to see how Tim created them you can click these links:  October tag and November tag

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Giant Clock

I seem to have this wonderful sideline thing going on in my creative world... Making crazy steampunk stuff...

If you are visiting from WOYWW, this is what was on my "desk" last week...
A gentleman who saw my installation at the restaurant Steam asked me to make him a giant clock 2.26m big and steampunk a taxidermy Warthog head which he had dropped off.

The boardroom that these items were going in is up a narrow flight of stairs.

I had to make the clock out of wood instead of my usual foamcore and therefore had to make it in 1/4s so it could be manhandled up the stairs and put together insitue.
I got the board company to cut the sheets of 18mm MDF into 4 times 1.13m squares and then drew the curve on them for my dear hubby to cut with a jigsaw.

Then I set about priming the wood.
In the mean time I designed the roman numerals in Corel Draw and send them off to be lazer cut in 3mm MDF along with the hands.

I purchased the nuts,bolts and metal plates from a local hardware store and got my dear hubby to drill the holes for me.  Then it was a case of all hands on deck and under the deck to put it together.
Once it was all in one piece I could paint technique it and add the final details

Here she is in her final abode.

I will document the warthog another day!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

I sold a Canvas!

Hello there

I am super excited to say that I sold my first canvas at Truth Coffee shop!  I have a permanent exhibition space for my work as part of my art installation there.

Yesterday a gentleman from Florida purchased my canvas titled "Vintage World"  which is all about travel and time...

this is how I made it.

 Start with a blank 12"x12" canvas
 I took out the lasered chipboard
 die cut and embossed some leather
 I drew on the canvas where the laser cut were going to be. Spread texture paste on the canvas and imprinted a stamp into it, then pushed the laser cut into it to and removed it.
 turned the blue laser cut black with my jet black archival ink pad
here is a close up so you can see that the case has been done, but not the globe yet.
 Here you can see the dry texture paste.
 I rubbed the canvas with distress ink and archival inks in oranges, and yellows and gave it a generous coat of Distress crackle paint.
 This is a close up of the cracks

 I then rubbed the Coffee archival ink pad directly onto the canvas just on the world area.
 two close ups for you above and below
 I then started colouring the globe
 I used Ground espresso distress ink, above is before and below is after
 I then dragged it through some tarnished brass distress stain, for good measure.
 Here I am working out what to do with the fob chain.
 I then rusted the canvas using Finn's rust paste

 What follows is lots of close ups...

 I also die cut the hinge and cogs from leather as seen below.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

What's on my Workdesk Wednesday No382? Giant clock

Hello there

I have been AWOL again... Oh the good intentions of mice and men... but I am joining in for today over at Stamping Ground.

Here is my current desk... The carport floor and garden.  I am building a giant clock.  2.27m big to be exact.  It is for a boardroom, there are a few other things going in there too, but they are still to be started...still in my head...

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Tim Holtz September tag

I had the pleasure of going shopping on Friday and got myself some new stamps and a packet of yupo.  I am in love with this stuff!  It is so forgiving.  If you don't like what you did, just alcohol ink over it again and re-stamp! It is kind of like a delete button....

Here is my version of the tag made by Tim.  You can find the instructions of how to do the various techniques here.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Tim Holtz August Tag

I really enjoyed raiding my stash to create my version of this months tag.

 As usual, I don't have the dies he used, but the idea behind these tags is to use the techniques.  I used the lattice framework die and a Kaiserkraft clock die which I chopped in half and split sideways across the tag, otherwise I followed all the instructions on Tim's blog.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

What's on my Workdesk Wednesday 376?

Well, after a long break, I am back, all be it late to the desking party...last seen lurking at party No327...

I have been building airships and doing pipework and all sorts of fantastical things for the past 4 months.... That took up so much of my brain space and the hours in my day, that I could not commit to desking as I feel it is a reciprocal thing.  I did  16 daily posts about the installation at the restaurant which started here if you are interested...

So this is my desk in the midst of kitting up for the journal page class I am giving on Friday and Saturday this week.  

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Steam Restaurant Part 17 "The final over View"

Steam is opening its doors this coming Friday...

Here is a sneak peek at the decor that will greet you...

 The Library room above and below.

 My diving bell above and the mini of mini airships below.
The lazer work that I added my stamp designs to.

 The radio Room with Mr Wildebeest.
 The Clock Room.

 The upstairs bar below.
 The entrance hall alcoves with my light fittings.
The bar off the Travel room/Map room. They will be serving TRUTH coffee...
 Bokkie in the Travel room.