Wednesday, 14 March 2018

How to Make a Steampunk Balloon

So last week I showed you how i painted the background canvas for this piece
Now for how i created the balloon.

I started with a 8" styrofoam ball cut in half.   Now here is a random fact about me- i took one year of fashion design and learned how to make clothing patterns.  So to make the pattern I used a scrap piece of paper and pinned onto ball.  Start at the center and pin toward top,  pin so paper lays flat.  You will get a triangle shape, I wish i had taken a picture.

Distress and ink edges, pin along edges.  I used flat head pins, looks like nails.

Pin on the top piece.
Cover entire ball.  The distress edges are great for hiding imperfections in cutting and construction.

I made the airship with chipboard, first i drew out a pattern on scrap paper.  I used pictures of airships I found online for inspiration.

I didn't want the airship to be flat so i made chipboard pieces for the bottom and deck in a curved shape.

Here is how the airship looks once glued together, I got carried away the hot glue.  The curve can be too sharp or the chipboard will crack and break.

How it looks flat.  Cover with pattern paper.

Glue on airship and balloon, now decorate.  I actually prefer the construction part- figure out the how to.
Hope this answers your lingering questions.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Lines are Everywhere

This month at scrapki-wyzwaniowo is all about lines
Lines! They are everywhere. Either created by your embellishments or the ones you draw they are an essential part of every composition. This Match we want to bring them into the spotlight in your projects. So the theme of this Challenge is LINES. Be inspired by them and create any kind of project that you come up with and share it with us in this months Challenge.

I started with a 18"x24" canvas, I use a palette knife to smear on some modeling paste to create some texture.  Next start by blocking in my colors using acrylic paints, this is my base coat.  Acrylic paint dries quick so the next coats i work in blending and defining graphic.

Here is where i start blending and defining clouds.  I tend to use the same paint brushes for entire background and don't wash in between.  Instead of washing I wipe on paper towel, and baby wipes I find this helps with blending colors.

Here is the final sky.

The final steps are splatter with white and gold paint for stars.  Next dry brush with brown paint, this technique will highlight the texture created by modeling paste.  Around the outer edges rub on white gold metallic wax- these last two steps give the canvas a grunge/ antique look.

And here we are ta-da!  I love airships and I love how this one turned out.  Lots of lines here, lines on the balloon from the pattern paper, and lines from twine connecting balloon to airship.  

So it is a 3-D airship, I cut a 8" styrofoam in half covered in 7 dots studio northern lights paper.  To make swags, wet paper with a spray bottle, then shape and allow to dry completely.  Once dry the paper will hold the shape.  I made the airship with chipboard, then covered with pattern paper.

Chipboard cogs, flourishes, and collage pieces were embossed with gold and marine stampendous embossing enamel then used to decorate balloon.
I like how the strings aren't attached to the canvas at all.

Another accent is hanging chain from paper swags.  The top is stacked cogs cut in half, one half on top and one on bottom of balloon.  This has a double purpose- hides construction, and really finishes balloon.

The following chipboard pieces were used on balloon, and available on my etsy store Boozybear.

Cogs $5.95

Alexander Flourish $3.95

Daylight Savings Time $4.50

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Urban Skyline

So a couple things were my inspiration for this projects
1. Moodboard from Mixed Media Place, love those teals/greens and the sunlight.

2. This art journal page created by Aga  she also has a video tutorial

And my take, I have been trying to figure what was bothering me about this page but looking at Aga's i have it figured out my skyline is too big.  I will need to try again.

I really wanted to incorporate telephone poles- more of an urban skyline.

I used thin wire to string pole to pole, love how this turned out.  I really love the poles definitely trying this again with a smaller skyline I think it will look way better.  (great english eh?)

The background was created with dictionary paper on water color paper and covered with clear gesso.  I used Lindy's sprays, water and a paintbrush for create the background sky.

Used light modeling paste and skyline stencil to create the city buildings.  Painted with Lindy's and Dylusions sprays, I used a paint brush.
Around the star i painted a little gesso to give them a halo affect like they were glowing.

I painted the poles with black water color paints then highlighted with white water color.

I have created some skyline stencils available for purchase on my etsy store  Boozybear

Toronto Skyline 10" x12" stencil $10.50

Vancouver skyline 10" x 12" stencil $10.50

Skyline 10" x 12" stencil $10.50

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Three Mediums and a Stencil walked into a bar...

This month at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog the challenge is Three Mediums and a Stencil

This month is sponsored by Marabu Mixed Media Products.  The have sprays, crayons, stencils, paint etc...

Here is my take- so abstract, colorful, and big shapes not my usual but sometimes it is good to work outside the lines.  I didn't even use distress ink- hell has offically frozen over.

I started with a blank journal page painted with gesso, then colored with yellow Marabu art spray along with some Lindy's and plenty of water.

Lay stencil on dry page and sponge with Marabu Mousse.  The mousse is quite funky it leaves a stucco texture finish.

I added a black outline inside bird, then sponged white acrylic paint around bird to dilute the intensity of the background.

Next cut out leaves with old encyclopedia pages glued along left side.  Color inside of bird on flowers with yellow art crayons.

Finished by coloring leaves and adding doodles.

Have Fun!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Mixed Media & Art- Time

This month at Mixed Media & Art the challenge is Time, the statement is "At this time, we suggest that you touch the natural and slightly unusual elements.  And here is the mood board...

Here is my inspiration a project created by Hilda Skerka.  I really loved the port hole and the crackle so I took that and ran.

I made a shadow box with a port hole, then an underwater scene in the port hole.  Lots of crackle paste, rust paste and alchemy paints.

I made the octopus legs with polymer clay, shape them around the outside of the port hole and make them look like they are coming from inside the port hole.  This was a little challenging to shape them, then try to keep the shape when i cook in the oven to set.

I painted them with Emerald Green and blue gold alchemy paint.  I love of alchemy paints are shinny not sparkly.

The port hole is a chipboard circle frame with bolts on top.  Cover the entire cover with white crackle paste, color with magicals guten tag teal and bratwurst brown.  I painted the frame with brown and red rust paste then a little green patina paste.  My mom actually thought this was metal, so i would say the effect was successful.

I painted chipboard seahorse with plum preserves and soft sation alchemy paint.  I do sell the seahorse on my etsy store Boozybear but i sized it smaller, if you are interested in recreating this shadow box message me for the smaller seahorse.

Behind the seahorse you can see seashells, these we created with polymer clay and a silicone mold.  I pushed them into a pile of green patina paste, to look like they were buried on the bottom of the ocean floor.  Painted with soft satin, and blue-gold alchemy paint.

Behind seashells is chipboard compass, painted with rust paste and gold paint.  In front is message in the bottle, mix gel medium and art stones then paint onto amber bottles. Paint bottles with alcohol ink then wrap with twine.

The finishinf touch is off white sisal in behind port hole.

Chipboard used includes the following all available on my etsy store BoozyBear.

Bolts- Layer the pieces together to create a 3-D nuts and bolts.

Compass 2