Face is a digital image made from my tiny snow leopard doll. made 12 of these. Was trying a technique for the bachground using watercolor paper, dry embossing and gesso which I didn't put on thick enough. But they came out ok.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
When I teach a class, I make a book or doll along with the students so I have one for demo purposes. This is the Sketchbook Journal I made when I taught the class. I usually leave the cover plain or with low embellishments because it is 5" x 7", small enough to fit in a purse. I got carried away with this one. The shrine is made from layers of chipboard, die cut, some dry embossed then colored with lots of products including Gilders Paste, Inca Gold, Acryllic metallic Paints. The center of the shrine is paperclay as is the figure and the architectural elements. The chain around the shrine is set in a niche I cut. the cable around the center is actually twisted twine that was stained, painted, gilded then pressed in place - I left a small groove around the center. The book cover itself if made from paper on canvas panels that form the base for the covers. The spine is chipboard and linen. I placed a piece of distressed leather over the spine, dry embossed and colored with all these wonderful products. The part I love the most is the buckle clasp. I formed a piece of 16g double hard stainless steel wire into a loop and covered it and 4 head pins with bronze apoxy sculpt. I impressed with stamps, then enhanced with all those wonderful products. The strap is from a heavy suede skirt, colored again with all sorts of things so it blended in. It is now listed on Etsy in my shop, link on the left.
I was looking at the gelli plate blog http://gelliarts.blogspot.com/ and came a cross two videos I had to try. One involved making your own texture plate with canvas board and molding paste. I really liked doing this but was a little disappointed with some of the results and found I needed to apply the paint very thin and not press the plate too hard for the impressions to be best. I also wash my plates after and think I will seal them so they clean easier in the future. Here are the plates and the results.
next was applying paint to the gelli plate, letting it dry, then pulling it up with packing tape. I used clear glitter. Perfect pearls, glitter paste on the back side. Now to figure out what to do with them.
Posted by Stephanie at 10:13 AM
Friday, November 22, 2013
I used printed scrapbook paper for the backgrounds. Bought these dies for $10 each at AC Moore. They have their Own Embossing folders. I am currently in a mono chromatic mood. I did 16 of these, 4 each style as that's how manybackgrounds I an get from each sheet of paper. Just waiting on new stamps from Red Lead paper works to add the sentiment and maybe a tint tag or sprig of leaves to put in the doves mouth. Next batch will be in colors. The flower and bird are card stock wiyh perfect pearls/ pearlex powder or inca gold or paint highlights. 16 down, 50 to go! I'm thinking not everyone will get a handmade card this year!
Posted by Stephanie at 7:03 AM
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I have finished her hat, lorgnettes and fan. She also now fas hair. As I was getting ready to set har in the base, I realizes I had to redrillthe holes since she is not going to be holding a walking stick or parasol. Grrrrr! I already finished the base so had to fill holes with putty and repaint. Don't you love waiting for paint to dry? And this finish requires 5 separate layers- base coat, crackle medium,top color coat, clear crackle finish for more texture, and a finishing clear varnish. So, here are some pics of her accoutrements. First pic is all three. Her fan is brass filigree discs cut spare and reassembled with a gear handle, her lorgnettes are gears wired together though I think I will make the handle shorter and add a chain for her wrist. The hat started as a black felt bowler. First I made it to match the lace but decided it needed to be dark like fer corset. Another lesson in watching paint dry! Then I had the feathers and clock attached but forget the wire springs! But she will be done TODAY!
Posted by Stephanie at 11:15 AM