Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Creative Blog Hop

I was nominated to take part in the Creative Blog Hop by Helen Cullem, aka Croms, Helen is a talented lady who loves Dark Art, just as much as I do, check out her blog she makes awesome stuff. We first met on the Smeared Ink DT and we became very good friends. Helen is a very nice person, , she is always there to help or give advice :-), In the alsmost 4 years we know eachother she became a very dear friend.

The questions I have to answer.

1) What am I working on?

I am a member of two design teams, Haunded Design House and the Rick St.dennis Elite Design Team, and I am also in the Deco Art Helping Artist Program.
At Rick's team I do some  DT coordinating, so somethimes it get's a bit busy doing behind the scenes stuff. But it is great to work with Rick, who became one of my best friends, and the all EDT ladies. I am so lucky to get to work with so many nice and talented people on both the RSD EDT and HDH.
When you look at my blog header  it will be no big surprise that I love the dark side of crafting.  I can do cute, vintage and steampunk ,but I just love to throw in a skellie every now and than.
Welcome to the Darkside (we've got cookies LOL)

2) How does  my work differ from others of my genre?

I don't think I really have a genre, I just like a lot of styles. As I said I love dark, gothic and I even like zombie,s and a little blood, but I never do real gorey stuff. To the horror of some of my crafty friends I also like cute or pretty. I also love Steampunk and Vintage, sooooo......  a genre..... no, not really :-)

3) Why do your write / create what you do?

When my kids were little I used to draw/paint decorations for their rooms, and I started scrapbooking. From there I got into stamping and ATC and cardmaking. My favourite theme has always been Halloween and because it is not a big thing in the Netherlands, it is very hard to get Halloween, and spooky crafting supplies.
One day in 2011 when I was looking for new supplies on the web, I stumbled on the Haunted Design House blog ,and to my big surprise, there were more people like me. People who made real scary projects , and even better, there was a challenge too.

 From the links on the HDH blog I found Smeared and Smudged forum and I started to feel a bit less weird,  when I saw there were lots of people who liked scary overthere. I learned lots from Lady Brayton, Helen and Black Dragon and got in some design teams (Smeared Ink and Dragons Dream Tag it on) also did some guest design work for de Stempelwinkel.
Being in my comfort zone I started experimenting in mixed media, and altered crafting and even got published in Craft Stamper magazine.

I first saw one of Rick's images when he sponsored the 31 days of Halloween, it was the first time I joined the giant blog hop, and I won a digi sheet with coolest Halloween images I ever saw as a prize. From that moment on I was a fan of his awesome drawings, so when I heard Rick was looking for DT members I applied and once in the EDT, colouring  became much more important, and I tried to come close to the colouring skills of Aletha, LB and Helen. Rick was a big help in getting my colouring skills better by giving me some advice, and before I knew it I had a new addiction, colouring RSD digi's using coloured pencils.

Why I do what I do, I can't help it, I have too, if I don't colour or craft for some days I get restless :-)
I just have to get the ideas that are in my head out, to keep me sane (yah I know there are people doubting my sanity anyway.....). And as a bonus of getting involved in the cyber crafty world , I met some of my best friends :-)

4) How does my creation process work??

It just happens..... I go to my craft room (box sized) and just start on whatever is in my head,  and for some reason things never come out the way I had thought of, but's about the fun :-)
I do try to get DT stuff done on time, so always start way ahead of deadlines, allthough sometimes last minute stress helps the creative process a lot.

No it's my turn to nominate 3 people

first Karen "Mrs Claus" Christensen, one of my teamies at the EDT, a very funny multi talented lady, she sings, is Mrs. Claus and she can also marry you, check out the link to get to her blog to learn more about her and see her wonderful cards

second Sue Peck , also a teamie, the most productive crafter I know :-)  I think she makes at least one card or digital project every day. She is a super sweet lady, has a great sense of humor and is always prepared to help out in the EDT. the linky gets you to her blog to see her wonderful creations

third  Aletha Jane Williams also a teamie and friend, and the best colorist I know (is colorist a proper English word???), she does miracles with markers. Am still trying to out colour her LOL, she is one of the people who inpsire me to keep working on my colouring skills, klik the link to see Aletha's wonderful art

All of these Rick St. dennis images can be found in his zibbet shop

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rick St.dennis Progressive challenge starts again

Picking up were we left after the summer break, today the Rick St.dennis Progressive starts again, you can enter your "anything goes "project using a Rick St. dennis Image in the page on Sparkle and Glitter blog

I made another art journal page in my new journal (still love the leather smell LOL). The image used is Standing Bee by Rick St. Dennis, the background is distress ink and stencils.

Can't wait to see your entries

I wil enter the following challenges

week 2 of the I Scream Challenge at HDH

Did you all enjoy the little scary Ice Cream cartoon, well I did.... will never look at Ice Cream the same.

You can still enter the challenge at Haunted Design House here.  For some extra inspiration I made an Art Journal page.

The background isTH  distressink in Weathered Wood and Tumbled Glass, the skulls in the background are stamped, just as the ice creams. The checks are a stencil by Dutch Doobadoo, I drew the kiddies, yep the ones from the movie. I drew the monster claw too. The senti came from the internet.

Hope to see your entries soon

I will enter the following entries

Monday, August 18, 2014

HDH challenge Ferocious Furballs

Hi all, back in the Dungeon again, have to get used to the dark, cold and damp again after my time in sunny California.  Time for some more inspiration for the Ferocious Furballs challenge.

I bought an awesome leatherbound journal and started working in it, :-)

Not a very scary page, promise it will get better when I am my old dark self again, hope you  enjoy it anyway.

It's a bit hard to take a picture, cuz the journal doesn't want to stay open, this was the best I could do. The raven is a Lost Coast design rubber stamp, the others are clear stamps, sorry don't know which brand.  The background is Distress ink and Dylussions spray inks..

The quote is by Alan Watt.  Hoping to see your entries at Haunted Design House and check the rest of  the Minion inspiration there

I will enter this  page in the following challenges

here a pic of my journal, love it,

and the first page, Yah sorry another bad pic

I will enter this  page in the following challenges

colouring some new images

Lucky me got the most awesome box of 150 Prismacolor pencils in the USA, so when I got home I just had to try them imediately, here some pics

This is the first try out, using one of Rick St.dennis Shady lady "Oh no she don't digital stamps, you can find her here"at Zibbet

Next one was Miss Midnight 's Flirty feathers, als a Rick St.dennis shady lady.  I loved coloring her hair :-)

Rick has added a lot of new images to Etsy and Zibbet and I coloured two of them, they are Creepmas images, but I thought they were so much fun, I just had to have a go

meet Iceplug Pottersnatch 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mermaid canvas

Hi all, I am back again.

I started this canvas early May, but some tings got in the way so I could only finish it just before I let for the USA. I had planned to do a tutorial about this and I did make pics along the way.......but .....somehow I lost a part of the pics.

so I will try to talk you throught the part where pics are missing, sorry

Deco Art products used:  Elegant Finish Metallic Glaze (in Medieval Gold and Old World Patina)
Weatehered Wood Crackle Medium, Texture Fierro in Green Gold, Decoupage Matte, Americana Acrylic paints in colours: Driftwood , Antique Mauve and Colonial Green. Metallic Lustres in colours: Gold Rush and Iced Espresso. I also used Acrylic Gesso to prepare the canvas for painting. And a Matte Varnish.

The digital image used is Aquarella, by Rick St.dennis. for embellishments I used shells, drift wood some pearl beads and a net. You will also need paper towels.

First Gesso the canvas, while drying start colouring the image, I usually use the drying time in between paint layers to do some colouring.

When gesso has dried paint the canvas gold using the Elegant Finish Metallic Glaze, you may need multiple layers .Let dry in between. When  dry apply a layer of Weathered Wood Crackle medium, let dry.

take the 3 colours Americana acrylics and put some paint on a craftsheet. Take some papertowel and make a puff.
Now it's gonna get messy lol,  dabb the papertowel puff in the paint, while doing this turn the puff a bit so paint will be a bit mixed, but careful not to make mudd. Then immediately dabb to the canvas and keep turning the puff while dabbing. You might want to practise this on a scrap piece of paper. You want to create a marble like look. Change papertowel puffs if the paint will get to much to be one colour. See pic below, that is the result you want. Work fast because if you over do the paint the weathered wood won't work.

Let dry and let the crackle start, when the canvas has dried you have a marble look finish, with cracks, throught the cracks you will see some gold. Protect it with a layer of matte varnish

From here the pics are missing, but next step is easy. Paint you embellishments to match the canvas, using the Elegant Finish Metallic Glazes and the paint. Let dry .

cut the digi out and glue it to the canvas

Take the Texture Fierro and a palette knife to apply it round the edges of the canvas to create a frame, don't forget the edges of the canvas. Let it dry and crack. Add some Metallic Lustres to some of the raised areas.

glue the embellishments in place (try to put the net in between, under and over some of the embellishments), for the loose ends of the net, use Decoupage Matte on the net to make sure it stays where you want it. Let dry.

when theDecoupage Matte and glue  is dry turn the canvas around so the backside ist up, Attache the remaining loose ends of the net on the back of the canvas using Decoupage Matte or glue. Let it dry and you are done.

I will enter this in the folowing challenges  mermaids are a fish aren't they, well partly anyway

Monday, July 7, 2014

just a quick post

things are a bit hectic here, so only a quick post with some coloured Rick St.dennis digital images to show you

Goddess of moonlight and evening fog , coloured using Spectrum Noir Blendable pencils

the Duchess  also SN pencils

Mystique again SN pencils

Death and the maiden coloured using Caran d'ache Luminance 6901 pencils

this will be my last blog post for a while, will be doing some traveling coming 5 weeks, see you all later

thanks for visiting my bloggie , have a great summer.

O and a little experiment, a drawing by me :-) using my caran d'aches

I had fun drawing this rooster, not perfect but I liked doing it