Friday, November 27, 2015

A Horse of Course

Begin with a silhouette of anything you like the look of.
Sketch it or trace it on the 'back' of a good sturdy paper
 Dig into the stash box and pull out a selection of papers, pattern and color are interesting to work with. Tear them into strips about 1/2 an inch wide. NOTE: I tore them with a deliberate white edge.{tear towards you to achieve this}
 I used a white glue to outline the areas I was working on.
Notice the shape is just barely visible from this side. You could darken your edges to see where to place the strips
 It is okay to lap over your outline.
 Once you have the entire piece outlined and dry, flip it over and re cut the shape along your original outline.
 Now on to a background. Select a background paper or sub straight that is bigger than your silhouette.
I used a combination of clear Gesso with just a touch of white paint mixed in.
Sketch the outline placement for your silhouette. This enables you to plan the placement of background items.
 I did a few simple layers along the bottom, then used the 'teabag' paper that I have been wanting to use on a project. For a long time actually....DH thinks I'm kinda nuts. I loved the teabag background. But.....
being in the mood for some texture, I added some molding paste and stencil to the background. After it was dry, I sprayed two different colors sprays with a water wash onto the stenciled patterns. Dried it with a heat gun. You can see in the top photo how, it was a bit much. In ended up muting the background with white paint. I still wasn't happy. The horse just disappeared. So, I decided to pop it with a line of red. It isn't what I thought it would be. But it was fun to play with all the different layers.
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This is what I thought it might turn out like...ah well, back to the drawing board. 'real artwork by Bev Doolittle'

Friday, November 20, 2015

Believe- Shadow Box

 TH printers block letters for the tittle.
This shadow box started with a Kaiser craft naked shadow box. I added paints and gesso and painted the surfaces that were not to be covered with paper in a coordinating mash of color.

 measure and cut background papers secure to back of chipboard
 Secure the 'BELIEVE' letters on with a hot glue gun
 Then I just layered in fussy cut papers as well as bits from the stash. I love broken jewelry and baubles
This is a Fairy Shoe I made found in the woods last year.
 It fits perfectly on this tiny shelf.
I used this Kaiser 'Fairy Dust' paper pack
This Paint and This Stain

Friday, November 13, 2015

Meet me at the BEACH

Fun Photo looks a lot easier to take those shadow pictures than it actually is. I have more than one where we look like strange aliens. As well as several of what I like to refer to as 'Big Bird on the Beach' LOL.
I am going to do this with some of the 'bad shadow' shots.
 Thank You Pinterest sharers.
 As soon as I set my eyes on this
I knew I had to have it.
Check out the selection at the Scrapendipity online store
to see what you NEED to add to your stash.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Simple Christmas card
~Emboss metallic cardstock
~Mount to your card
~Use a small paper doily as a backdrop
~Arrange die-cut tissue paper feathers
~Then place silver fussy cut stamped angel image over the tops
~Use one larger feather for the sentiment
~Add a bit of fancy ribbon just under the angel- done

Friday, October 30, 2015

Ship of Fools

Even though all the ghosts and goblins that use to live here have moved on. I still enjoy a touch of fright to delight.
I thought it would be fun to take a photo against this abstract picture backdrop. But, as you can see the details kind of disappear. So here are some close ups and photos against a white background.
 Ahoy !!
NOTE:The ships wheel was constructed with black foam core and black pearl pins to form the handles.
Overhead view
Deck detail the skulls and bones are just $$ store bracelet disassembled and  hot glued to secure. I started with a 'ship shape bird house' made of balsa wood. Added a coat of Black Gesso and let it dry thoroughly overnight.  {okay, confession time, its been years, I have had this on the shelf for years just waiting for me to decorate it} For the skeletons, I used a heat gun and a pair of pliers to gently manipulate the joints and such, so they could be posed. Everything is then cemented with a hot glue gun.
 Have a Happily Haunted Halloween
Thanks pinterest for this one: 
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Bad Santa....

The Ugly Truth about Santa pictures......
As a scrapbooker, I have the most difficult time with the Christmas photos. This one of my sweet grandchildren is no different....I mean look at that overloaded background. Santa photos are expensive....looks like this 'bad' Santa saved a lot on the backdrop.... I hid all the journaling so on the surface it looks just fine LOL. I could have cropped the dead reindeer and that really awful lump of white stuff off, but where is the fun in that?

That's right, I said it the elves were dipping a little too deep in the eggnog! And mom let him wear his Halloween shirt....I tell you the stuff I have to deal with some days.
 Just pop the ornaments up to read what
I am really thinking when I look at this photo
I decided to add tags to the balls, because the note on the top to open just sounded awkward.....
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Fun Pinterest stuff....Bad Santa...

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Our Beautiful Bright Wing

We call her Gabby. She is our Unicorns and Butterfly girl. She has a unique ability to light up the room when she comes in. When she turns that smile on you, you know she sees you and you are loved.
This is the over sprayed background. Cut dozens of wings and hand cut feathers as well. Then manipulate the color with spray

The frame is the box part that formerly held a mirror. It allows for a sturdy background to build on. {about 18" x 20", a large piece. I reinforced the back with whiteboard. This is not a tutorial, it took days and days of prep and planning. Not to forget to mention many over night drying periods.
Wings layered in with some complementary bling, ribbon and doily piece
Before texture, baubles and spray
As it is with white, so it is with black, very hard to get an accurate photo of the piece. Here is an adjusted one just to show some of the texture highlights and detail. I will have to get a photo with the 'good' camera.
This Dear Daughter as well as the mixed media work is the Sister
 to this one "Dark Wing" more details.
PS - note for Gabby "Who loves You Best?"