Archive for the ‘General Art’ Category

Julie Prichard and Colour – Beyond the Basics

The most talented Julie at Land of the Lost Luggage is now offering the most amazing online class, along with Chris Cozen, one of the working artists with Golden.

Project DeConstruction: Colour – Beyond the Basics. It includes choosing color for your art, mixing color, lightening up your art, creating beautiful aged papers, building your color library and they will even show you painting techniques to help you pull everything together. But don’t just take my word for it! Head over here and check out the video.

This is an amazing way to take a class while practicing right in your own home. And there is no rush – you can “pause” and “rewind” the video, making sure you catch every detail. The class also includes a beautiful PDF document to accompany the video.

Christmas Cards finally posted!

Each year I endeavour to make a selection of Christmas cards to send to those friends and family that I won’t see over the Festive Season. I hope the Postie strike won’t hold them up too much from reaching their destination!

This year my design included a background made using the Credit Card Technique, with some Inque Boutique Stamp swirls and sentiments cut from my Pazzles Cutter. I was very pleased with the results.

Christmas cards with credit card painting technique background

For a few years, I had become very discouraged making my handmade cards; they take a lot of work and noone seemed to appreciate them. A few years ago, at Beachhouse Boulevard Stamp Camp, one of the ladies commented how she had noticed that if someone sees a handmade Christmas card, on your shelf, amongst all the store bought ones, the handmade one will be the only one that is picked up and examined and admired. That got me thinking. Prehaps my cards had been appreciated, by those receiving them and others as well. So I’m back into making my Christmas cards each year.

I usually begin making my Christmas cards about September and try not to fuss too much over the design. The credit card technique was the perfect method for creating these backgrounds as I got them finished fairly quickly and I got quite a few done. I used old papers from a conference journal, which wasn’t going to be used for anything else. It had interesting text and diagrams that can still just be seen, if you are looking closely. The text underneath also creates that first layer to provide the layers of paint and stamping a little more depth. The swirl stamps are my absolute favourite at the moment, and with a little metallic ink, they help to convey the Christmas-y feel. These layers were all stuck together with double-sided tape, onto ivory, semi gloss card.

Wishing all of you a wonderful end to 2009, regardless of what you celebrate at this time of year. Hope you have a very crafty 2010.

Lots of smiles and laughter,

Michelle

Birthday Hanger

It’s my Auntie’s birhtday next week, so while I had a lull between crafting projects, I decided to make her present. I’m pleased with the end result, using several of my cheap beads from Spotlight (my bargin of the year – an A4 size bag of bits and pieces for $2. Should have bought more than one, although I have 9 packets of “Spacers” that I don’t know what I’m going to do with! Any thoughts, appreciated!). I also used a paint chip from the hardware store and my new stamp set from SeeD’s – Boutique Grunge.

Purple Hanger

Purple Hanger

Smiles,

Michelle

Card Folder as Gift

For my Grandma’s birthday, I wanted to give her something practical. As she loves my cards so much (she has kept everyone I have ever given her or Grandpa – she puts them into a folder) I thought that giving her a set of mixed cards, that she could give to her friends, was a great gift. I needed to re-stock my general greeting card stash, as I had used most of them and given the rest away to Mary Fenton, for her Farm Drought Relief hampers, so I was “making up a storm” anyways; a few more didn’t make a difference. I then made a folder to put them in. To get the folder to fit an A4 sheet, I couldn’t fit in the envelopes, so I left them separate.

The cover

The cover
The inside, with cards neatly in place

The inside, with cards neatly in place

All the cards out

All the cards out

The cards include “Birthday”, “Get well”, “Thank-you” and “Thinking of You” – a good general, all-purpose sentiment. I have insisted that Grandma use them, promising a refill for Mothers’ Day.

Michelle

Shopping Lists

This year I made some (last minute) shopping list for my Grandma’s, using my Zutter binder. I had a lot of fun with the covers.

Shopping Lists as Gifts

Shopping Lists as Gifts

To make the covers, I took some chip board and painted with Gesso. Added some stamping with Staz-on (and heat set, just in case!). Then I collaged with some paper scraps and dress pattern tissue. When the glue was dry, I gave each one a coat of paint, then added Gesso over the top, to reduce the intensity of the colour. In some places, I wiped back the paint, to the first coat of Gesso. Added the label, which I attached with glue (the chipboard was too thick for the brads I had). Here is a close up:

Shopping List close-up

Shopping List close-up

To bind it altogether, I had to split the sheets into several lots so they would fit into the Zutter. I also added some printed sheets for interest adn th break up the plain paper.

Printed sheet

Printed sheet

They turned out great. I did think about adding magnets to the back, so they could be put onto the fridge, but they are quite thick, so I didn’t think the magnets would hold them up.

Happy crafting,

Michelle

VicStampers Grungeboard

I got to attend the VicStampers meeting this month. We had a great demonstration of Grungeboard by Monica, of Beachhouse Boulevard. I had read a bit about the stuff and seen what Tim Holtz could do with it but it was fun to touch and play (and buy) it. Here is the 4×4 I made from the bit I selected.

Celebrate Creativity

The harlequin grungeboard is inked with Red brick Distressed Inks. Image from Collections. Swirls from Autumn Leaves.

Happy Creating,

Michelle