Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Book Study - Weathered Wood Grunge

On NGS group, we're doing a study of Tim Holtz's book "A Compendium of Curiosities". This week's study is the section Weathered Wood Grunge. Emboss a texture into grunge (I used grunge paper).
Paint the entire surface with acrylic paint, making sure to get into all the grooves. Let dry.
Sand the raised texture. Brush off the dust. (Tim says using the Sanding Grip with it's flat surface allows you to sand just the high points).
Ink over the entire surface with a brown Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Mist a cloth or paper towel with water and lightly swipe the damp cloth over the surface to remove the Distress Ink from the raised areas.Looks good!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Book Study - Shabby Chic

We're doing a book study of Tim Holtz's book "A Compendium of Curiosities" on NGS group. This week we're looking at the section ' Shabby Chic". Start by painting a piece of Grunge (I used Grungepaper) with a dark color of acrylic paint, let dry.
Stamp image(s) with embossing ink on grunge and cover with clear embossing powder.
Heat set until the embossing powder is clear and shiny. Let cool.
Paint over the entire piece of Grunge with acrylic paint color of your choice.
When the paint is still tacky, not yet completely dry, mist a cloth/paper towel with water and wipe over the embossed design to remove excess paint from the design.
I didn't have a light blue acrylic paint, and thought this looked a little dark.
So I lightly painted some areas over with white acrylic paint and when tacky, wiped off the excess paint with a damp paper towel.
I like the look of this technique.

Quilted Pillows

I made these quilted pillows to go with the Rainbow Batik Quilt I made last year.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Secret Garden ATC

This month's 9ATC theme is "Secret Garden". Made background by applying yellow alcohol inks, gold mixative and blending solution on glossy card stock.
Made a homemade glimmer mist with Wild Honey Distress ink and yellow Perfect Pearls in a mini mister with water and sprayed overt the sheet.
Cut the background into ATC size pieces. Stamped on greenery image with green dye ink and flowers with Kaleidacolor dye ink. Heat set, so the colors don't blend into the background.
Choose a vintage image from the internet, erased the background under the umbrella in photoshop and printed on to a transparency sheet. Layered this over the background. Added decorative floral border to the bottom and added a copper dragonfly brad (thanks Rena for these fun brads!).
"Under the Umbrella"

Friday, June 10, 2011

"C" Technique ATC

We are doing the "C" technique ATC swaps this month on Art-Ventures. I made more of the Crackled Collage backgrounds. For the corners, I used a decorative punch on red paper and adhered the corners, then covered the surface with 'liquid glass', love how it transforms ordinary paper!
Added a vintage image of a couple of clowns, some red thingies that were part of a silk flower bouquet. They could be flower buds, or balloons or.......


This is for a divider in my ABC's of Technique ATC notebook. The background is a piece of Cosmos paper.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Book Study - Rusted Grunge

This week on NGS group we are looking at the section on "Rusted Grunge" from Tim Holtz's "A Compendium of Curiosities" for our book study.
Cover the surface of a cut piece of grunge board with embossing ink and then cover with Distress Embossing Powder (Tim recommends using Vintage Photo, but I don't have that, so substituted walnut stain).
Using a heat tool, heat the embossing until the powders melt and change color tone. Tim says not to worry when the grunge curls during heating.I'm not sure if I over heated (hard for me to tell with the dark colored embossing powder), part of the cage broke off, but that will make it look even more old and rusted. After the piece cools down, gently rub off the "release crystals" in the embossing powder to reveal some of the grunge board underneath.
Using an Ink blending tool and vintage photo Distress ink, color the grunge.
Using a darker color of distress embossing powder gives this a very different look (you really should check out Tim's book).
Decided to rub some aged mahogany Distress ink & blending tool to add a reddish tint to my piece.
Mine is still much darker than the one Tim did, but I like it anyway. Very dark & grungey!