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Thursday, June 21, 2018

mermaids and bugs rule

Mermaid Canvas
and Nature layout 


Recently I taught this mermaid layout at a retreat that was themed around the sea.
What better element to use than a mermaid, sitting in her own grotto and calling to the 
ocean around her with her shells and hand made anemones. 




The anemones are hand made from paper clay, painted and then mico beads 
added.
I have then added lots of resin elements too.



The mermaids tail comes up nicely with all of the inka gold paints and shimmer paints


I love to texturize the swirly frame with black gesso,
simply add lots of layers of gesso and heat in between to blister
and bubble, then when cool rub over with a gold wax or inka.
I have stuck black cardstock on the back for a neat base for the 
mermaid. 

Natures Girl


Next is a layout, using my ephemera sheet. Layouts are not something I do 
a lot of lately as my kids are grown and I dont take a lot of photos anymore
But it is nice to revisit special photos of the kids when they were young and use
them in new ways.



I love using ID small chipboard letters, they are small enough to 
fit anywhere and you can make up your own titles easily.
Simply paint them black with ink, gesso or mat spray paint.

  
I have fussy cut some flowers and clustered them together
with paper flowers and YES a few bugs and butterflies.



For the chipboard, one of my favourite tricks is to 
apply liquid pearls over the top of the chipboard
then paint black, dry off and rub over with a gold wax. 
It looks so old world then.




Lots of pretty fussy cutting and clustering to complete the 
layout along with an altered bug.


I finished with a little trinket and tag.

Happy Crafting 



Monday, May 21, 2018

Snips and Snails by Sue Smyth





Snips and Snails 
and Chrysalis Canvas
By Sue Smyth 


This month I have a layout for you all, I have gone off layouts lately, as my children are 
older and do not offer the photo opportunities they used to, I dont have 
the never ending stream of photos I used to.
But recently I launched a range of Ephemera sheets, which can be fussy 
cut to use on layouts, Art journaling, cards and any mixed media projects.
Basically never ending uses, so I am re inspired. 


One of the sheets features Boys, from the old poem we learnt as 
kids, "snips and snails and puppy dog tails, that is what little boys are made of
This was the inspiration for the collage sheet and my layout.


They work perfectly layered over chipboard, and elements.
The chipboard I have painted with flat black spray paint
and then rubbed over with Art Alchemy Vintage gold wax, this gives a 
great detailed shine and colour.


I have snipped up the large honeycomb chipboard (painted black again)
this way you can add structure to your page with small elements of the larger
design.


Then I have fussy cut lots of elements and clustered them around 
the chipboard and photo.
Dont be afraid to tuck things under other elements, you dont have to 
see all of the item to have an impact...see the half butterfly..
it is still a powerful shape and element.


I like to fussy cut things with a little white edge, no matter what
I am cutting, this gives you room to make a mistake lol.



Again dont be afraid to tuck chipboard under other elements, this feather is 
painted matt black and then I have flicked runny white gesso over top.
This makes it look like a magpie or guinea fowl feather, much more 
organic than just a plain feather...and the black and white has a great 
wow factor.

Pages like this only work when you have good clustering skills, if you think
you are not great at it, practice,you can learn this skill with practice I promise lol



My next project is a fairy canvas, but I thought it ended up looking 
like a fairy emerging from a pupa like a chrysalis, so that is 
what I called it.


The wings are rather special, a little technique I developed, you can 
see a mini tutorial below.



And it is a great project to use up all your old rhinestones 


Even leaves can be painted, here I have used emerald Inka Gold with water
 and a soft bristle brush. Then I have rubbed over Vintage Gold Art Alchemy wax.


Love making butterflies, and I have used this technique before, paint 
the chipboard with white gesso, then apply white liquid pearls over top.
I have used Couture Creations Cotton ball here, while still wet, apply a 
purple liquid pearls and a toothpick to swirl it around the white,,then let it dry.
It will take a while but the end result is stunning ,,dont you think.



You can also see another technique here the gossamer fairy 
wings , made from muslin.




The toy doll has been wrapped up before painting and altering, let your
imagination go here.


To a large generic chipboard butterfly apply white texture paste.


The take your time and add random rhinestones, pushing
into the texture paste.



When dry, paint with black gesso, allow to dry for  a few
minutes the wipe off most of it.


Wipe until you are happy with the effect.



The the magic happens, rub over 
selected colours of inka gold.
I have used turquoise, violet, magenta, and lastly gold.

Then to finish I have added a few drops of alcohol ink
they dry instantly, but you can rub in with a soft small paint brush
they taint the colour of the rhinestone.
This way you can alter the colours of rhinestones you 
have used to suit the project.




Happy Crafting All 





Saturday, April 21, 2018

little treasures



Little Treasures 
By Sue Smyth

After many years of creating and crafting, you can imagine that I have a lot of projects to display and keep. This can be a challenge, sometimes I give work away and it also goes around the country on display for classes, but mostly because I fall in love with what I have created, I keep it.
So from time to time I go small, do little things that satisfy my creative bug and dont take a lot of space when displaying. This time I had some old paint brushes that were begging to be used, and I have seen people or fairies made with them by others, so decided to have a go at it myself...my version if you will.


First up is my blue fairy, she has a gorgeous ID butterfly as her wings, I have covered patches
with dimensional magic then sprinkled with fine glitter, then when dry
I have filled in the remaining areas with dimensional magic and a contrasting colour
of glitter.



Then I have used a contrasting colour, Red ,this time using a solid ID chipboard
butterfly as the wings. I have used a medium with glass beads in it all over
the chipboard, while wet I drew in the medium to create ridges.
When dry I have painted with turquoise paint, then rubbed in
violet and gold inka and waxes.


They both are smallish brushes, so little charms fit them well, I 
found some little crowns and a heart with wings just in scale.


You can then add natural items like feathers, moss and muslin to 
create a skirt.


I have added a bit of sugar wire around the wings to 
create a fine line of detail.




Trophy Pringle box

Next I have altered a Pringle box, I just love these, and have done them many times before
something about the solid cylinder maybe that I love. You can used the to store things
after you alter them too, which makes the uber practical.


To follow my theme of this year, dragons, I have put a molded dragon on the 
front of this one.
It is a resin dragon I made myself, if you heat the resin after it is set and 
cast it will become pliable again (not liquid).
So I have bent it around the tin and allowed it to reset in that shape.


I have used ID chipboard to decorate the bottom and top of the tin and added a frame under the dragon.


The dragon though he is small has heaps of detail that comes up
so well with inka gold and waxes. But first I painted him with black gesso 


Then I have used Art Alchemy waxes and Inka Gold to colour him 
as desired.




I have added a cool plastic trophy, to the top, of course  I have altered it first.
then piled a lot of shiny beads over the base.
I have recoloured the beads with 
alcohol inks if needed.


And added some red micro beads around the dragons tail 
with a large purple rhinestone.


To finish I have also added seed beads over the larger beads
and allowed them to fall naturally over the sides.

Some of the chipboard used



Happy Crafting