Monday, August 26, 2013

Retro Art Cafe Swap

Still motivated to join in swaps I signed up for the Retro Art Cafe Swap making Tombstone ATCs... we could use any images we liked, but must use the Masonite Tombstones as a base and in a  Halloween or Dia De Los Muertos theme

I used images from Hidden Vintage and Holliewood at Deviant Scrap and some I found online... these were fun to make and will be in the post back to Retro Art on Tuesday





Another swap on the way to the Canada is for Denise Phillips of Bird Nuts Mixed Media Halloween swap ... 



Saturday, August 10, 2013

ATCs and Tip Ins

I had put my name down for a few swaps lately.. and got stuck into them this weekend...

First cab off the rank was this tip in page for Art Queens... its going to Kasha.... little houses are Dylusions stamps... background stamps by Kaisercraft... texture to right is texture paste trowelled on through a grip mat with a lacy pattern.. smoke coming out of chimneys is the skin that had formed around the lid an side of my gloss varnish tub... I peeled it off and was about to throw it in the bin when inspriration struck... glued it to the page and coloured with paint....


On PaperTraders I am running a Good Witch/Bad Witch swap... players have to send three of each and will receive the same back... these are mine for the swap



And while Lucy and I were away last weekend we made these little houses... cut from MDF by Lucy's long suffering hubby (to our requests, not lucy.. then again....vbg).  This is the bigger house.. front view....inside is 6.5 inches x 4.5 inches... the idea is it will hold postcard sized technique cards.. for the moment it just has tools in it.  Images are from Finecrafted Design at Deviant Scrap.. wheels/feet from Ideology.


.  This is the back view of the big house


 This is the small house...it measures 4" x 3" on the inside and will hold completed  ATCs ready to post.

Houses were lined with a single layer paper napkin and varnished for durability, then put together and painted and embellished.  The feet on this one is little cotton reels stacked two high.

As always... comments and feedback most welcome :)


Sunday, August 4, 2013

A weekend of Arting and Photos

I am still  unusually productive.. the mojo has moved in well and truly ... hopefully she decides to be a permanent resident here as I am loving going into my studio and getting messy with paint...and yes I get very messy.. I should start buying baby wipes in bulk I think as between using them for art wiping back paint from areas.. and cleaning my hands all the time I go through heaps in each session... (I know there is nothing wrong with painty hands.. but I hate pages sticking to me or transferring paint to where I dont it LOL)
Kilcunda and Inverloch

   I am still working on my journal that I started last trip... have added photos to it from past trips....which is were the "weekend of arting and photo's" come it .. .we went away last weekend for a road trip down an iconic aussie road .. our goal was to 'do' the road, take pics and art at night and on wet days ...full post can be see HERE on our travel blog.
Hopetoun Falls, Otway Ranges

Journal pages were accomplished, ATCs made for upcoming swap, little boxes made to hold ATCs and photos for the journals.. and we made up a big batch of sprays using watercolour paints, mica pigments and ink... they arent as rich as dylusions but they serve their own purpose.. when I want a slightly more subtle colour with mica shimmer these will be perfect

Background complete - now to add photo and words

My returns from Marion's swap

I also recently went in Marion Bockelmans annual swap.... and received my returns back this week... very nice they are too... so glad I took part
Tech #38: Texture Paste
I am along with Lucy and friends, working my way through Kelsey's book of ATC techniques.. we are starting at the back as we are short on some of the requirements in the front.. by the time we get to them we will have the supplies we need

Tech #39: Texture Paste

Tech #40: Tissue Paper Backgrounds
And I also signed up for a PaperTraders swap... have to send them to the US so got them done quickly... will post them this week
Winged Creatures - for a PaperTraders Swap