Friday 29 January 2016

Tag Friday - Tim Holtz Punches

 Addicted to Art - Tim Holtz Punches
It's time for a Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey where the Creative Guides each share a tag they have created. 
I was in a bit of a rush (and short of ideas!) so I had a peek in my scraps box and found some tags leftover from playing or mop ups of craft sheet. I took two of these and used the mixed media framelits to layer them and provide depth. 

With some other scraps I used Tim Holtz punches to punch some flowers, leaves and twigs. Of course once I got going I needed to add a little colour here and there to ensure some harmony and balance, but overall quite a quick tag. 
Addicted to Art - Tim Holtz Punches

Thanks for visiting today.
Have a lovely weekend

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Tuesday 19 January 2016

New Year Goals - Do 12 Tags - Tick!

Tim Holtz 12 Tags - Jan 2016 - Addicted to Art

I made four goals for 2016.... not really a fan of resolutions, they last for a few weeks and then fade for me, so mine were more intentions! 
1. Learn to say no sometimes ---- errrr not acheived yet
2. Eat less sugar------ errrr not going well
3. Exercise more ------ doing well so far
4. Do my Tim tags ------ YAY January done and here we are.

Tim used the chalkboard technique but I had my new Twisted Citron distress ink pad sitting in front of me crying out to be used, so I went a little off piste. I also didn't have the stamp Tim used so I brought out a Crazy Bird as I fear they may end up at the back of the stamp drawer when I get my inky hands on those Crazy Cats. I did use the industrial technique and followed a similar composition to the original (here).

Tim Holtz 12 Tags - Jan 2016 - Addicted to Art

Tim Holtz 12 Tags - Jan 2016 - Addicted to Art

I would also like to enter:
I would like to enter:
Stamplorations - Mixed Media Anything Goes
Love to Create - Anything Goes Mixed Media
Take it Make It - Craft Stamper - take a stamp
Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - Tag It

Happy crafting
Nikki x

Sunday 17 January 2016

Mini Burlap Panels - without the burlap

Hi there!
Today is my turn to share a project for Country View Crafts on the current challenge theme - Be Inspired by Bottles. If you missed my first project you can see it here.
For this one I used a little burlap panel that I had used and didn't like. I removed all the burlap to reveal the wooden structure underneath... this is small just 9cm x 7cm.
As I had removed all the staples the surface was a bit rough so I smoothly added some texture paste..
Once dry I painted it all with gesso and added tissue tape..
At this point I also added a little string on the back to hang it...
I felt my tissue tape was a bit bold so I dry brushed gesso to knock it back a little.. 
I cut a little piece of patterned paper to fit in the centre and added vintage photo ink around the edges of this and the frame itself..
I took one of Tim Holtz glass vials (the tiny one) and added some flowers - they are tiny too, about 8mm diameter. Both were secured with glossy accents.
Thanks for stopping by..
See you next time

Sunday 10 January 2016

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Bird Silhouette

I love the Bird Silhouette Bigz die but have hardly used it! I had a little play time over the Christmas break and came up with this - not what I first intended... my background started far less grungy but I just can't help myself adding layers until I have gone too far! 
I randomly collaged some scraps of paper onto card and die cut the bird before adding some ink and paint. I also cut the two little birds.

I would like to enter:

See you soon

Friday 1 January 2016

Crackled bottles

Hello for the second time today. If you missed my Distressed Pop Art earlier today you can find it here. It's a new year and a new month and the start of a new challenge at Country View Crafts. The theme is chosen by Brenda and she is asking us to be inspired by bottles.

I love adding crackles to bottles and have made a few of these wall hangings featuring bottles and flowers. Any little glass bottle -  add some matt medium, let it dry, add crackle paint. Sometimes I also colour them with alcohol inks or archival inks - but these I just left plain.

My background is MDF with a base coat of gesso and then various colours added using a brayer to get the shabby look. I use Paper Artsy or Cosmic shimmer paints usually. Less is more when brayering and, depending how you have added your base coat of gesso, the brayering technique will pick up the texture of the brush strokes. For this pink one the brush strokes were vertical.

On this one I had stippled the base coat to give a more random texture.
Once I am happy with the background and the bottles are dry I add 
chit chat stickers and glue it all together.

Do hop over to the CVC Challenge blog where there is lots more 'bottle' inspiration today.

Distressed Pop Art

Vintage Travel Addicted to Art
 2016! Happy New Year
Two posts in one day for me must mean the first of the month and some new challenges. First up we have a new theme at A Vintage Journey - Vintage Travel and Luggage.
I have been meaning to do something like this for a while - using an Andy Warhol style but with a slightly more vintage feel.
I took a shadow box - this one is 20cm x 20cm inside and cut 9 squares. I stamped my selected images (archival ink) and then coloured each one with a different distress ink. A little flicking of water, distressing of edges and some vintage photo ink was added.
The frame was white originally. I added some neutral coloured household paint and when dry began dry brushing various darker tones. Once dry I added a watery wash of a couple of Deco Art translucent paints.
I added some lightly coloured (vintage photo) chit chat stickers to the little ornate frame and filled it with glossy accents.
I took some time arranging my images and colours in the box and gave some extra dimension with foam pads. I have taken my photos before adding the glass to the frame to avoid reflections!
Do stop by a A Vintage Journey if you haven't already where there is some wonderful inspiration this month. 
I'll be back later with the launch of this month's challenge at Country View Crafts.