Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Black and Turquoise Artist Trading Block

Hi everyone! Melissa here with my take on our artist trading block.  

I painted my block with white gesso, then black acrylic, then a coat of glossy accents.

  I felt that the chipboard and doilies I put on the block perfectly complemented the theme, and era of the images.

I painted all the chipboard with gesso, then turquoise Viva Color Precious Metal Effects. I didn't need gesso on the doilies,and I also painted them in turquoise. On some chipboard I added a little bronze paint,  stickles, green Lumieres, and/or diamond glaze coating.  I embellished my block with images, bling, metal, feathers, beads, moss, pearls, and lace.

Thanks for looking!

Chipboard used:

Other products used:
Folk Art black acrylic paint
Viva Color Precious Metal Effect Paint in turquoise, and bronze
Jaquard Lumieres in green
black ink
Graphic 45 paper
Tim Holtz metal
Judy Kins Diamond Glaze
Glossy Accents
Jolee's Bling
Ranger Liquid Pearls
Jaquard Mica powder
Feathers, seed beads, bling , flower, and chain from my stash

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Winter's Day In Sverige

Hi everyone! Melissa here with  a 12x12 layout using Gina's Lasercut Chipboard.

I took one of Gina's chipboard oval frames, and used part of it. I thought the swirls and curves suited the quiet mood of the photo.  This is a cousin of mine in Sweden, with his girlfriend.

 I painted  it with gesso, then  Viva Colour Precious Metal Effect Paint. I blended the edges of turquoise and mother of pearl colors together. When that dried,  I put a layer of green watercolor on top. I coated that with Diamond Glaze.  I went over the edges with black acrylic paint. 

Who doesn't like butterflies?  I painted this beautiful chipboard with gesso, then texture paste.  I then painted it with turquoise metal color, followed by a layer of green watercolor. I rubbed on some bronze lumiere paint to pick up the texture. I put a little perfect pearls on top. 

The little silver corset on the right is Marvy Decocolor silver ink over gesso.  I used a needle and black thread to lace it.

Gina's Designs chipboard used:

Other products used:
7 Dots paper
Fairy Belle paper and grey flower by Prima
Turquoise flower  by Petaloo
Viva Colour Precious Metal Effect Paint in turquoise, and mother of pearl
Winton and Lewis Watercolors
Vintaj patina paint
Tim Holtz metal, and rub-ons
Marvy Decocolor paint marker in silver
Stampendous silver glass glitter
Viva modeling cream, in pearl
Tsuineko chalk ink
Ranger Perfect Pearls 
Judy Kins Diamond Glaze
Vintage clear glass glitter
Distress Stickles

The brown splotches are watercolors, theyre all over the page. I also used them to paint the edges of the top paper. On top of the brown I put vintaj patina paint, and also  bronze lumieres. If you look closely you can see blue glitter sprinkled on, and some mica fragments by Stampendous. 

To explain more about the chipboard above the photo: some areas are painted with white, and some with blue. This paint dries pretty fast so I had to work fast, and put it on kind of thick. Thick because it dries slower if there's more of it.I blended the areas of  the different colors into each other.  I used a few coats in areas just experimenting til I got the look I wanted. I used a bit of crayola glitter glue, and also some bronze lumieres, after the Diamond Glaze by Judy Kins was dry. Glossy accents would work just as well, and so would Mod Podge Dimensional Glaze.

To make the glitter border on the edge of the blue ppr under the pic: silver stickles, let dry, diamond stickles, while wet,sprinkle on antique silver glass glitter, and clear glass seed beads. Let it all dry. Brush a little bronze lumiere on top. 

I made the green frame thing with a brass template and texture paste. I dry brushed silver ink on all over,, then green vintaj patina, and rubbed a little bronze lumieres on top. I also painted with brown watercolor, let it puddle between all the ridges, then dabbed it off with a ppr towel.  This left enough paint to give the raised paste more definition. I drew inside the ridges with a black ballpoint pen.
Under the photo you can see I puddled brown watercolor over the clear glass glitter.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Two Bird and Butterfly Cards

Hi everyone!  Melissa here with two cards using Gina's Lasercut Chipboard.

I love these very elegant flourishes.  I used them as tree branches in my design.
I first painted the flourishes with gesso. I mixed green and brown watercolors, and dabbed on a little green chalk ink to paint them.  I used a small paintbrush and water to  take off  a little paint from the centers.  I put a bit of white paint on and them and  blended it with the edges of the green.

I started by painting the birds with gesso, I used birds from Botanical Tea papers as inspiration for the colors. I penciled in some lines to separate top from bottom.   I put a little of pink and  brown on the the top. On the bottom  I used a little blue, and a little green.

On the heart I used gesso followed by pearl Viva Decor paste.

Gina's Designs chipboard used:

Other products used:
Prima Fairy Belle paper
Tiny pieces of Prima Nature Girl and Botanical Tea papers
Dried moss, and lichens from my yard
Vintaj butterfly and bead caps
Prima flowers

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

An Altered Box and Charm

Hi everyone!  Melissa here with an altered box using an interesting technique and Gina's Designs Lasercuts.  I first noticed this amazing technique using fusible film (iridescent packaging wrap) on Pinterest, and I thought it would be fun to try it. Here's the link for the tutorial  . Click on the word "tutorial".

 I began by coating the box with gesso.  I then hand painted three peacock feather shapes on the top of the box  using three Viva Decor Metallic Colors. On the sides and bottom I just painted randomly in the same color paints. 

I then followed a tutorial using fusible film.  After I did all the steps in the tutorial,  except for soaking the whole top in alcohol, I put small amounts of paint in different colors on top. I dry brushed a lot of the ridges with turquoise paint, and Marvy Uchida gold ink. I put the gold ink around the top edges.  The very deep blue purple color on top I made by mixing turquoise and purple together.

 The ridges were made by the layers of the crumpled film melting together.  I wanted the paint underneath the film to show more on the rest of the box.  To do this I put on a layer of film that was only wrinkled slightly on the sides and the bottom.  I didn't put any paint on those parts.
On the chipboard,  I first painted with gesso, then embossed in gold.  I put Mod Podge Dimensional Magic on top, then a little gold leaf, and then I covered it all with gold opaque paint marker. 

The wooden charm I first painted with gesso, then turquoise Viva Decor paint.  I put the key on, then covered the paint with Dimensional Magic. Thanks for looking!

Gina's Designs products used:


Wood Box from Hobby Lobby
Iridescent packaging wrap
Acrylic Medium
Viva Decor Precious Metal Paints in bronze, turquoise,and purple
Jaquard Lumieres acrylic paint
Ranger alcohol inks
Embossing Powder
Mica powder
Marvy Uchida Deco Color Liquid Opaque Marker in gold and silver
Tim Holtz metal feet, pen nib, and Chit Chat sticker
Small pewter bird and key from Vintaj
bicones and flat back crystals from Swarovski

This is how it looks from the back,and in the sun.

Another view in the sun.

It is blingy.

It looks so different in the shade, but you can see more detail.
The light blue and the pink are definitely from the wrapping paper. A lot of the green too.

No paint at all on this paper. You can see the turquoise paint underneath though.

This is on my glass table in my backyard.