Category Archives: Experimentation

Crafting Cheaply – More Bargains

Stay tuned for the post on craft websites. I’m still working on that.

After my first post I was thinking about what other things I’ve got that were a good price.

I’ve recently bought some craft sheets. I didn’t go for the branded ones, but picked up some a pack of 4 PFTE sheets for £8.99 from Amazon. Some of them have minor blemishes on them, but so far I have glued and painted on them and it’s easy to wipe off (I did it fairly soon after painting so I don’t know what it would be like after days). I’ll let you know how I get on if I use it with my heat tool or any other materials.

Blulu 4 Pieces PTFE Sheet Non Stick Craft Mat Heat Press Transfer Sheet, 16 by 20 Inch

I tend to use white emulsion (a small pot for painting the house) rather than gesso as I find it’s less gritty in texture. You can get that from any DIY store. I like Wilkos for that and for the little tester pots, great for upcycling one small item such as here.

I used baby talc mixed with mod podge rather than buying texture paste to go through stencils for the background here. I don’t know what quantities I used, maybe try 50/50 of a small amount and see what it’s like.

I have more cheap crafting ideas too so keep your eyes pealed for future posts!

 

Back to Crafting

girl with butterflies copy

Well I’ve been doing loads of stuff behind the scenes while I’ve been offline.

I’ve been working on some different sketches of some girls I’d like to develop more. This is one of them. I haven’t thought of a name for her yet. This is a page from my art journal with washi tape.

Let me know what you think!

Disappearance

You may (or may not) have noticed that I’d disappeared off the face of my blog for a while. I have had a very busy few months planning quite a big job and house move. I will be going part-time so I have more time for crafting! It has been really stressful organising everything, finding somewhere to live etc so blogging has taken a back seat. BUT….I am keen to get started again (as soon as I’ve moved).

 

I’m currently packing up all my craft stuff and it’s made me realise just how much stuff I have that I’ve not really experimented with. I have rolls and rolls of wallpaper samples and wrapping paper and I haven’t really played enough yet with my Inktense sticks or my Gelatos. I also have LOADS of fabric samples. I also have some new fabric paints I want to try gelli printing with.

 

I’ve decided when I have moved and started unpacking I am going to attempt to use some of my papers and some of my new art materials and create something new. Are you also guilty of forgetting what you’ve got?

Documented Life Project Weeks 8-9

DLP weeks 8-9

So this is the finished page. It has the ‘repeating elements’ of week 8 and the 5+ layers of week 9.

DLP week 8 layers 1-3 copy

 

This is what it looked like after the first 3 layers. I initially carved the feather stamp and stamped the background, then painted it with Inktense. Then I gelli plate printed over the top, and here I have added more feathers and stamped with an unmounted script stamp. I then messed it up a bit by printing with quite opaque pink over the top. So I printed with more white gesso and other colours, added yet more feathers and paint splodges and writing. I think it’s finished….not 100% sure yet. I like that I used my own handwriting loosened up. First time I have risked doing that and I will definitely do it more 🙂 I need to get a new dip pen which holds a bit more ink.

Documented Life Projects Weeks 5-7

DLP weeks 5-7

Okay so I cheated a bit. This is DLP weeks 5-7. That covers the February theme: Layers You Will Love! and the weekly prompts:

week 5:  Art Challenge:  Under Paper (paper on your work table that gets all inky while you work)  Journal Prompt:  What Lies Beneath?

week 6: Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop  Journal Prompt:  “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough!” (Ooh)

week 7: Art Challenge:  Cover Up Good Stuff  Journal Prompt:  Going Undercover

So I might need to explain a bit! I used some gelli plate prints which were lovely (the good stuff, week 7) but were also only useful as a background really (under paper, week 5, I know stretching it a bit, but I ripped up the 2 prints into strips, so it really was from scraps). I layered and layered including the following materials: 2 gelli prints, Inktense blocks, gesso (multiple layers), patterned tissue paper, brayered on layers of acrylic, Possibly some distress stain (can’t remember), layers of embossing powder and obviously alphabet stamps. There were a few occasions when I wasn’t happy with it. So I just added more gesso and then more layers (week 6, when not to stop).

What I might do with the next one is to take photos/scans and show in stages how I did it. Let me know if you’d like to see that 🙂

 

The Documented Life Project Week 3 – The Colour Wheel

colour wheel

This is my attempt at DLP week three, using book pages (or in my case patterned tissue paper and gesso. I used handmade stamps to put coloured shapes in the background and covered over with gesso (actually it was white emulsion). Apologies that the centre is unclear, it didn’t scan too well where all the strings are! I stamped in black archival on all the individually painted mini tags. I’m quite pleased with it. Not every thing is perfect, but it has a neatness to it that I don’t normally have in my art.

Documented Life Project Week Two – The Beginning is Always Today

DLP week 2

 

So here is my attempt at week 2. I created a background with the insides of envelopes (very interesting visual textures). I wanted to try meditation/mindfulness as once of my goals. I also wanted to include handwritten text. This layout isn’t quite finished, but I like parts of it. I need to add an alternative quote at the top somewhere. I am practising my handwritten text a bit more before I do!

First Attempt at Upcycling a Table

First upcycled table

So I bought a cheap plain wood table from Dunelm, painted it, sanded it and varnished it. I like the way it turned out 🙂

first upcycled table - close-up

Gel Plate Prints 3

I’ve been playing around even more with my plate formula and I think I have finally tackled the stickiness issue!

squares print 1

squares print detailThis print was done using a piece of cardboard I had used modelling paste onto with squares stamped into it. The second image is just a close up to show the texture.

gelli print

This one is just a straight-forward print. Not sure whether I like the roller marks or not!

 

gelli print background

This one is a paper stencil I’d used in various other prints used over a straight-forward printed background. I think it would make a good art journal background.

 

gelli print stenciled

 

This one is a ghost print of a stenciled print.

I have had a lot of fun playing around. I have so many prints now, I should work out what to do with them really!

 

Gel Plate Attempt 2

Gelli Plate Attempt 2

music notes print 1

cogs print 1Okay so the prints work, that’s good, but some of them are still a little sticky and I’m trying to work out why. I added a bit more water, but I think it still might be the glycerin. I’ve re-melted it and added a bit more water so we’ll see if it actually sets okay now! And if so, is it still sticky? Anyway these are some of the (many) prints from this print run!

If anyone has any ideas about the gel mixture, let me know!

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