|ALTERED BEER MAT|
Some years ago I began making cards and how pleased I was with the peel off borders and stamped images or decoupaged characters!!. I still have these in a little treasure box that I look at every so often. It seems I have progressed a lot since those early days and have now begun travelling down the altered art pathway.(being beckoned in the dim mists by an overseas hand, attached it would seem to one Tim Holtz!!! surely the God of all thing altered, vintage, quirky, aged,embellished, stamped, masked, distressed and ..............) I must publicly thank the Linda's here for encouraging me to a) join in with a workshop and b) feel free to step outside my comfort zone and try new thing.
THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH!!!!!!
Well in this section I want to showcase some of the great things they have helped me to produce and then I promise I will put in some creations that are purely my own. By the way you really should go to LBCrafts website and then follow Linda Browns blog and also Linda Elbourne's called A crafting journey.
Above is the Altered beer mat. Such fun to make and to collect!
Each of the sections comprises of a section of metal, hand embossed using T.S.S. tools and plates, or others that have been put through a Cuttlebug, using their folders. Coloured with alcohol inks and/or black acrylic paint to age and distress. I'm intending to do a few of these as Christmas gifts for friends, in differing colourways.
This gives a slightly enlarged view of one of the sections embossed. The combination of the acrylic paint and the alcohol inks gives a super aged look, which I just love.
Below is a picture of the top right hand corner section where the butterfly gives a real dimensional finish I think.
p.s. The mirrors use to only be available in a pine finish but thank you Ikea, for making them in various colours, including the black/brown variety. it saves having to do a great deal with the reverse of the frame as it already is in keeping with the rest!!!!!!!!!
TICK TOCK CLOCK
Sorry about the light shining on the wording of this!!! I'm still getting use to my camera. I know ....poor excuse. Anyway it should read, "Time can never take away our most precious memories" This little item used a small shadow type box, in which was placed the old and aged book page, upon which was stamped some of the cogs and wheels. (I have a terrible memory for the stamps used, but in this case I think they were all Paperartsy, apologies if I'm wrong and do feel free to correct me!! )
The stamped clock faces on the metal were further textured using T>S>S> tools and then secured in the box. The frame itself was covered with various colours of ferro and Terra and then heated to create bubbles. I LOVE, LOVE LOVE this simple technique it.s sooooo cool and the effects are always so different.
Various precious metal colours were added and the whole thing shimmers. Little embellishments, by Tim, I think, completed the frame.
This is probably my all time favourite workshop make!!!!! I learnt so much during this session and learnt that it worked really well to mix all types of different mediums together. Previously, I wouldn't have dreamt of using such textured background work with cut out stamped coloured images!!! It just wouldn't have dawned on me to combine in such a way.
The Prisma colouring pencils were lovely to use and blended so easily. Lin showed us her techniques for colouring and shading and it made all the difference. I hope the pictures show this?
DREAM UP A SCREEN