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Sunday, October 21, 2018

October spookiness from Sue Smyth

Nightmare before Christmas Dome and
Picket fence journal
By Sue Smyth




I love decorating, be it for Easter, Christmas or Halloween. I do like Halloween decorating
because of the strong graphic images and colours, they are so robust and unique.
Halloween is actually a Celtic celebration from before the times of Christianity, it survived over the years and was bought to the US with Irish immigrants. As my husband is of Irish
decent, we do note it, but not as much as Christmas and Easter. I am
not a fan of Gorey yucky Halloween stuff, but I do love the more 
iconic images.



This year I had a project for a friend to do, they had figures from 
the Nightmare before Christmas on their wedding cake, which by the way I did 
for them too lol. After the cake was demolished they wanted to keep the figurines for the future, so I thought of a dome for them, keeps them tidy neat and dust free lol


The Cake 


I decorated the base with creepy items, plastic bugs, skulls spiders etc.
See how below.


The figures came with long poles to hold them steady
So I glued them together so they will not fall over.


I added some large wooden beads to the base for 
feet.


Without the dome you can clearly see the base
now, lots of Art stones and texture.


Now they can go on a mantelpiece or cupboard and be
safe and dust free forever, happily ever after lol


But I think it looks great in my Halloween display, the Skulduggery dining room. 
They may not make it to the owners yet lol.


Some close ups for you.


I use my spooky books every year to do a display in my
dining room.

Picket Fence Journal 



Next I have a project that I have taught a couple of times this year.
It uses one of my favorite techniques, the Vaseline process.
You layer smudges of Vaseline in between the layers of paint
to give that weathered picket fence look, as the Vaseline acts as a 
resist medium. 
(not a process I invented, just have adapted a bit )



To decorate the top I have used a selection of
resin and metal and of course chipboard to 
create a cluster of elements. Which 
I painted with chalk turquoise paint.then rubbed
over with Art Alchemy Vintage gold wax and 
also copper inka gold.

Did you know a little copper added 
over the gold, makes the gold seem ..well ..more gold lol


Then I have opalized a chipboard butterfly
by flicking gold and turquoise paint over it.
Then, when dry cover with dimensional magic 
for a glossy shine.


I have sprayed glimmer mist over the cluster
to group it together more.


Next the essential thing in design, CONTRAST, I have added
some shiny red bling,large beads and micro beads.
You dont need much to create contrast, but you must 
have it to create a balanced project. (unless you are going monochromatic) 


Nice close up of Opalized butterfly.


Mini how to for Base of Dome 



I have added wooden beads to the bottom of a purchased Dome 
base. Then adhered ID fence chipboard all around the edge.
I have made this rustic to suit the theme.
Use rubber bands to hold the chip in place.


To add a base to work from, I have scrunched up butchers paper
and adhered it with gel medium.


Spray paint with matt black spray paint.


Then I have added a layer of After midnight Dylusions paint.



Then I have added layers of colour via inka gold metallic paints.
When I have finished, I added a few more things, snake, skulls etc and I had a 
great base for Jack and Sally. 

Some of the chipboard I have used



and others 


Happy Crafting 



Friday, September 21, 2018

Imaginarium post by Sue Smyth



Steampunk goggles and Rusty Relic Journal 
By Sue Smyth 

This month I have some quirky projects, a set of goggles and a rusty journal, for you all.




I love a steampunk look and saw some goggles in Tasmania 
on one of my trips there.
But I wanted to make my own, so visited the local Bunnings for 
a pair of welding goggles, (a cheap pair).


So to begin, I adhered plastic gems and brads to the outside
The brads worked well as the plastic of the goggles 
was not easy to adhere things too.


Then I have added cogs and microbeads, even a chess piece and a bottle cap. To create the the surface, I have painted it all black with gesso first, then with teal dylusions paint. Then I have added
metallic shine with turquoise inka gold, with a last 
layer of copper and Vintage gold Art Alchemy wax.


I had some cute dragon eye cabochons to include as 
an eye, and mixed in some gold rhinestones. 

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To finish I have flicked a slurry of turquoise chalk paint over the surface for a patina look. Instead of the elastic band around the head I cut it off and added bronze chain. 
It make not be practical anymore but I like it as a decoration lol.


Next is my project is featuring Viva Decor rust 
products.
I had an old journal that I had started and then
abandoned as I was not happy with it.


Later I came back to it, added the cool resin face and clustered around lots of relic style trinkets, which once painted 
with black gesso gave me a fresh surface to start again with.


I love the alphabet title, it has had the rust medium painted
on it too. But I have rubbed turquoise inka gold to the top and 
Vintage gold wax to the bottom for an ombre look
with a difference.


I have tucked copper seed beads in and around
the trinkets, adhering down with 
dimensional magic.


Here I have used the turquoise inka gold, mixed
with lots of water to flick over the surface, for a 
more corroded look. Use a fan brush
to get the best results.


In the end I was happy that I salvaged a project
destined for the bin, and it did not take too long
once I got started. 
I hope it has inspired you to get rusting.


Happy Crafting 




Here is a few of the chipboard shapes I used 








Tuesday, August 21, 2018

imaginarium designs


Paint brush and folder of love
By Sue Smyth 



Earlier in the year I taught a class on an altered paint brush. Paint brushes
have been "done" before but this is my take on it.


A nice close up of the cluster of metal trinkets 


And  I wanted to include a photo in my version
Here are a few more close ups





My Next project is a folder 

I wanted to make a folder that I could store either flat items in (in plastic folders)
or mixed media A4 panels, see below. 



Here are a few close ups 





I used one of my favourite techniques, adhering the negatives of chipboard to the folder, then painting with black gesso.
Then layer over the colours you like ending with inka gold.



A panel is great for backing a fragile phrase, it then looks like a sturdy plaque.


Paint all of your elements with black gesso too.



For my layers of colour this time I have used
a wash of inka gold turquoise 


Then rubbed in some copper inka gold. and added a few
spots of colour



And a few more spots of matt colour over top.


Rub Vintage gold alchemy wax over the black items to pick 
up glorious details. And adhere onto cover with gel medium
I use gel medium as it has a lot of "flex" when it dries
so items do not "pop" off as much. And it holds things well
while working. Start the drying process with a heat gun
and let the rest happen naturally.


I have added a resin face in my frame, but you could easily do a photo
or a cluster of metal elements.

I have not listed the chipboard I used this time 
as there are so many.

Happy Crafting all