Wednesday 31 May 2017

Mixed media journal cover


I dabbled with some sprays today and couldn't wait to share the outcome with you.
I have been holding onto these sprays for a couple of days and itching to play along.
 I recently bought a couple of Gold alcohol sprays from Itsy Bitsy and was excited to try it out.

I decided to alter my journal book cover. I created this book by stitching up my childhood story book, about 5 of them! Yes these books are about 40yrs old! I like the fact that the pages inside are thick and turned old and there are some amazing water colored images.

I have also used corrugated cardboard to make the book cover with a 2 inch spine. It has been in my "to do " list to alter this cover and now is the time for it!
So lets's see how I did it...

I first covered the cover with black gesso and then layered it with some found objects, old paint brushes, metal embellishments, modge melts, resin embellishments, fish net, buttons, old nails, old plastic pill bottle and also used die cut "CREATE" at the bottom!I used silicon glue to stick the leyers and waited overnight for it to dry!

For the spine, I have used a scrap foam sheet to cut out pieces and layered the spine with it. This has been stuck with hot glue and have also created faux nails with hot glue.

Next, I covered the entire arrangement with black gesso.

Once this tried, I took out my sprays...time to play!

The first layer was the alcohol spray in green, Citron Breeze. I heat set it and moved on to next layer with some yellow and blue stashes from my stash.

The real impact was on spraying the Golden mocha spray! The entire look of the layout suddenly started to rust!
You get what I am saying...look at this!

This was just perfect ...I went about creating the metallic rust look on the spots that I wanted and also on the spine where I had the foam bits. Look at the outcome! Just like metallic foil!

Once I was happy with the layering of color sprays, I heat set the whole thing to ensure it was dry. Then I took the metallic paste in white frost and went about rubbing with my fingers.

This highlighted the raised portions and brought the textures out.
It also toned down the darkness of the sprays and gave it a silvery, brushed metal kind of look.

 I thought I would stop with this but one look at the garden and the bright orange bloom behind, inspired me to add some hand made flowers!

I tucked a couple of them which have also been colored using sprays and I have applied white frost paste in the edges.

The flowers brightened the cover instantly!
A perfect match to the outdoors now!

I couldn't stop clicking pictures in different angles to capture the shimmer of the sprays..but I guess it looks a lot better in real!

I am in love with my new, rusty, metallic journal book! I hope this inspire me to open the book and work on the pages too, lol!

I would love to carry this book to the following challenges...

Frilly and Funkie- Something old (old story books, old brushes)
Itsy Bitsy - use Alcohol sprays (cintron breeze, golden mocha)
Studio 75- hint of gold
Eclectic ellapu - anything goes
Mixed Media World- Ag

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Thursday 18 May 2017

Mothers day with PLAID..part2

It's THURSDAY and back with my PLAID play!
I am still not done with Mothers Day and have another project share for the same!
What did you all gift your mom? I know each day we remember our mother and these gifts are just an expression of our love...and today I have another experiment with MODPODGE...IMAGE TRANSFER!

You may know modpodge as a sealer and glue but did you know you can also do image transfer using it in just a few simple steps...its no rocket science.

I have full length video tutorial here.

Do watch and give this a try..

Here are some pics of my experiment...

Image transfer on 3 materials..Glass, plastic and metal!

So, go ahead play with your modpodge now and personalize your home decor!

See you next week with another Plaid play!

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Friday 12 May 2017

Mothers Day...Journal page

Hello crafty folks...
Its been a while that I worked on my journal. I have told myself I will start off with atleat once a month now! This is a real stress buster for me  I don't have to worry about the 360 degrees of the project unlike my other ones,lol!
We celebrate mothers day hare on May 14th and I have quite a few projects lined up for that.
My first one is here with a video tutorial, if you would like to see.
For today, I have journal page. This journal was actually a set of my childhood story books that I have sewn together .

Sorry, I have no pics of the work in progress, got too carried away while working!

First I created textures on the page using crumpled tissue, some Sizzix dies, stencil and crackle texture paste from Deco art. I have used the heart stencil from TimHoltz.

I also adhered "MOM" which is also a Sizzix alphabets die.

Once the texture on the page was ready, I gave a coat of white gesso and took my pigment powders and water mister to add colors to the background.
I have used bright pink, bottle green, Teal and burnt umber pigment powders from Niro Craft (an India Brand).

The colors were a choice keeping mothers day, femininity, lively, colorful in mind! I hope you get what I am saying. I wanted the page to reflect life though I had to bring in the brown as I am a big time Vintage lover!

The focal image is a printout and I have distressed the edges. The same has been mounted on top of white gauze and I have created a layer so that a tag can be inserted on the right top corner.

The tag too is a joy craft die cur and I have stamped this lovely quote from stamplorations.

I have given some white splats on the page and inked the edges of the page with vintage photo.
The embellishment for this page the stamped flower using the Tim Holtz stamp and I have colored using DI.

Below the image I have the metal pin that says "thoughts" and I have little heart dangling there!

I just went with the flow of the project. I loved how it turned out in terms of the colors! The image too is such a soft vintage one gives life to this page.

Wishing all moms across the globe a very "HAPPY MOTHERS DAY ".

Thanks for stopping by.

I would love to share this page in the following challenges...

A Vintage Journey- use a quote
Scrapping4Fun - Ladies
4CraftyChicks- Celebrating women
Die cuttin Divas- Mothers day

Country view challenges- flower power
Creative Artiste MM challenge- Ag MM
Lets Craft and Create- make your own background.

Thursday 11 May 2017

Mothers day with PLAID.

I an sharing my DT post with Crafters Corner.
This time its altering a blank wallet using PLAID products.
I have done decoupage technique along with creating a background with stencils, paints and stamps.

Here is what I made...

Don't they make amazing gifts for mothers day???

Here is the you tube link to the full tutorial.

Do subscribe if you would like to see more tutorials.

Your feedback is much appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Guest design for Stamps and Stencils

I so happy and honored to be guest designing this month at Stamps and Stencils and their theme for this month is Fabric and fibers. Now that's an unusual combination for a challenge but I was blown away by the teams inspiring projects !

For my project, I have up cycled a glass bottle and played with some lace and decoupage technique.
Here are some of the pics..

Decoupage and lace!

The crackle on the bottle neck!

Some handmade blooms and coconut coir!

Do visit Stamps and Stencils blog for a full tutorial of the making and await your feedback too.
Thanks for stopping by.

I once again thank the team of Stamps and Stencils for this opportunity.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Monday 1 May 2017

Mixed media box

Welcome to my page today! Its the beginning of another month and  I would like to share my DT project for Rhedd's Creative Spirit where the challenge is easy peasy...Anything Goes, altered art or mixed media!
I have recycled a champagne glass packaging box! I have so many of these, lol!

I have used chalk paints from deco ert for this project

Once painted, I have stuck book pages on the top and have decoupaged some floral tissue using modge podge.

I the took some stencils and have used gelatos to give some texture.

I also have blended some colors in the back ground.
All this has been sealed with a matte medium.

The front closure of the box, I have stenciled with texture paste and then rubbed in metallic lustre.

This is how the inside looks. Now this is a multi purpose keepsake box!

I hope you do take the time to play along and also see what the team has in store for you.

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.