Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Atlantis Tray

 I altered a tray

 the image used is a digi called Atlantide by Rick St. dennis,

Deco Art products used: Americana Acrylics in: Navy Blue, Blue Chiffon, Purple Pizzaz, Crimson tide, Safron Yellow, Sea Breeze. Metallic Lustres in:  Champange Ice, Orange Flicker, Cosmic Blue, Fab Fuchsia. Antiquing Cream  Carbon Black, Acrlic Gesso, Weathered Wood Crackle Medium, Texture Crackle. Elegant Finish Metallic paint in Emperor's Gold. Dura Clear Matte Varnish.
Americana DecouPage.

The tray was gessoed, and painted emperors Gold, the edges got a layer of texture crackle the middle has a layer of Weathered Wood, the edges were painted in sea breeze, purple pizzazz anf blue chiffon,
The middle got a top coat of navy blue, when dry the squares were made using a sponge cut into squares and sorta stamped the different colours American Acrylics. The gears are black cardstock and they all have a layer of metallic lustre in different colours. The painting was ages using Antiquing Cream.

The digi was coloured and cut out, and glued to the tray using DecouPage the gears are also decopaged.  To protect the tray it has a layer of Matte varnish

I will enter the following challenges

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Í thought to make a shadowbox using all kinds of packages I saved from trash, so have been recycling big time, here the result

What you need:
 DECO ART Products used:
Americana Acrylics in Red Iron Oxide, Blue Chiffon, Lamp black, Sea Breeze, Nuetral grey
American acrylic Gesso, Texture Crackle, Weathered Wood crackle medium, Triple thick Gloss Glaze. Elegant Finish metallic paint in Medieval Gold.
Deco Art Media : Texture Sand,  Media Fluid Acrylics in Viridian, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt turquoise hue. Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black.
Dazzling Metallics in Moss Pearl, Amethyst, Shimmering Silver.
Paper effects in Metallic copper and Metallic Lustre in  Iced Espresso

you also need a box like this, this is a typical Dutch Chocolate treat only available in shops When Sinterklaas is in the country (well a few weeks before he gets here you can find them in shops). It;s called a chocolate letter and thi one is by Droste cuz they have the cool package that looks a bit like a book allready. Anyway it was a good excuse to eat the chocolate.

You also need stamps, this is the rubber set designed by Rick St.dennis called Morte, it's available at Smeared Ink.

and you need some Alteration dies from Sizzix /Tim Holtz. I used frozen pizza boxes and the backs of notepads to die cut all things in the book and on the cover. For the bell jar I used acetate from a clear stamp package. I also used a piece of leatherlook carstock for the back and the spine of the book and a piece of burlap. And a sheet of cork paper.

First Gesso the book box , and have som chocolate while you are gessoing, wait till gesso dries (eat more chocolate when waiting, makes it less hard )

Die cut all shapes needed and also Gesso and let Dry.

The front and inside of the bookbox I wanted a crackle look on those, the best ways to show the cracks is to have a dark base that shines through the cracks, so paint the whole box black and every die cut you want to give a crackled look has to be painted black too (there is a song bout painting black, you are allowed to sing it while painting)

While the black is drying, start painting all the parts you want to have a rusty look grey.

when black paint is dry add the texture crackle to the front cover of the box, and the vintage cabinet card. The inside of the book needs a layer of weathered wood, but let the front cover dry and crackle first. set box aside to let the weathered wood dry.

for the rusty parts, add a little texture sand, let dry and create the rust colour by using   Media fluid acrylics in Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt turquoise hue. Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black.

Or Americana Acrylic Iron Oxide and lamp black, I did both versions of rust on the different parts just to see if it would get the same result, it does more or less :-)

The crackle texture should be dry by now so start painting it it the colour you want

The front of the book is Media fluid acrylics in Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt turquoise hue. Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black.

The vintage cabinet card is painted using  Media Fluid Acrylics in Viridianm, Ultramarine Blue and finished with some Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black.

When the outside of the box is dry,paint the top layer over the weathered wood on the inside, I used a mixture of Blue Chiffon, Sea Breeze, Nuetral grey when dry I used a wash of Lamp black to tone it down a bit

the bottles are painted Dazzling Metallics in Moss Pearl, Amethyst, Shimmering Silver.

the crackle on the bottles is a stamp by Lost coast designs, when dry add a layer of tripple thick gloss glaze, to make them look like glass (I did 2 layers). Let dry and stamp the names on the bottles (clear stamps by House of Three, the halloween set)

 stamp the  skulls on the inside of the cover when paint is dry, stamp the vintage cabinet card and colour using pencils. Stamp the skull with candle on a piece of cardstock, colour and cut out.

Glue all parts together and  attache them inside the box
 the die cut on the inside cover is embossed first before painting using a Tim Holtz embossing folder

 cover the bakc of the book with the leather look cardstock and age it using distress ink (walnut stain and vintage photo) , make the sides of the book lool like pages using Elegant Finish metallic paint in Medieval Gold with an almost dry brush

 add some metallic lustre here and there to finish the book

   It neede a title and I got inspired by Project this is Project Death
title written with Paper effects in Metallic copper

 that's it :-)

I will enter the following challenges let's just say I took the theme a bit literally LOL

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rick's progressive challenge reminder

HI all, if you haven't entered allreday in the RSD progresive challenge,  no worries you still have time to do so. Check out the details here, it's easy theme is anything goes and everyone will be a winner in this one because entering the challenge will get you a free image specially drawn by Rick for the challenge of December.

here my make, an AJ page using Deco Art Media Misters and a Rick St. dennis dig called Owls

you can link your entry here  and go check the inspiration project my teamies made here

Friday, October 31, 2014

happy Halloween

I have a few projects to show you, starting with a lantern (everyone needs one this night)

I used a lantern I bought it had a text on it in white, I scraped it off using a knife and cleaned the glass using rubbing alcohol.

Then I spayed Deco Art Americana Acrylic Matte Sealer/finisher on the glass, let dry overnight.
Mask the parts you don't want paint on and use chalkboard paint to paint 2 bands leaving the middle part un painted. see pic.

Next use the rubber stamp from the Morte set ( designed by Rick St. dennis available at Smeared Ink) and archival jet black ink to sramp on the glass, careful not to smudge and let the ink dry before touching.  The Sealer makes the glass less slippery so it will be easier to stamp.

this is what it looks like in the dark

cool huh?

Next is an altered box

this started as a cardboard box .
The skull is a Rick St. dennis stamp from the Morte set by Smeared Ink, it was stamped in clay. when dry it was glues to the box cover. The rest of the lid was coverd using Deco Art Modeling paste.

when dry add American Acryloc gesso .

  next is a thin layer of Deco Art Texture Sand. The colour is a mix of Deco Art Media fluids Phtalo Turquoise, Phtalo Green Blue, Paynes grey and Quinacidone gold

last project is a tag using a rubber stamp designed by Rick St. Dennis, calld Skelly ton,  and available at I Brake for Stamps

the back ground is embossed and coloured using Deco Art Metallic lusttres.   Lavish Green for the branch die,The back ground :  Cosmic Blue , Elegant Emerald and Majestic purple

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


today I have an Art Journal page for you

The image used is a Rick St.dennis digi called Plague he can be found on Etsy too here

The background is a gelli print and I added some stenceling afterwards

The image is coloured using Prismacolour pencils.

Products used for the background :
Deco Art Americana Acrylics  in colours lamp black, spiced pumpkin, red alert, winter blue and  lilac
Stencils used Deco Art Aztec stencil.

The quote is from 'IT" and is handwritten using Deco Art glass paintmarkers in black and white, It says Ï'm everything you were ever afraid of" thought that fitted Mr, Scary Skull well :-)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Workshop Andy Skinner

Last Saturday I went to an Andy Skinner workshop in Ede, and learned some cool techniques using the new Deco Art Mixed Media LIne

here some pics of the wallhangers I made there

Products used: Deco Art Media fluid Acrylics , Black and White Deco Art Media Gesso,
Deco Art MediaTinting base, Texture sand paste and Crackle paste. Also used the white Deco Art Media mister and Antiquing creams

The wallhangers are made out of foam board, we used all kinds of dies and embellishments and gave them a crackle or a rusty look.
 the workshop organised by de Craforij took whole Saturday and there were 2 hangers to be made, I made the steampunk one first.

and the second one was the skull hanger, I had some foamboard , die cuts and things left so made another small project.

Thought it turned out pretty cool :-)