Saturday, 20 October 2018

October is the month of blue over at Imaginarium Designs

The year is flying past...It's October already it's hard to believe. I  have just had the opportunity to attend a fantastic retreat..full of friends and inspiration. Here are a few of the things I was inspired to create. 

The first creation was using some of my ephemera from a stop over to my favourite antique shop in Casterton. 

 I used a combination of blue toned paint and white gesso for the background of this map page of ephemera from an old book that was falling apart. When dry I used a sewing machine to stitch in straight and zig zag stitches around the black border to define and add texture to the page. I used distress oxide ink to colour the heart, background and # chippie, building layers of a range of papers and natural hessian further adding depth and more texture.

The chipboard I used in this page included:

IDW0094 #instagram etc.
Circles and diamonds IDS0091
Nats hearts 1 IDD0042

My second creation I would love to share was created in my art journal and as I didn't want too much bulk in my book I decided to challenge myself in how many ways I could use one stencil.

The background was blue acrylic and gesso blended together with my fingers as the tool. I used 'Kate Stencil' for my challenge stencil and began with using a scrapper tool to smear white gesso over the stencil. When dry I sprayed Lindy's Danny Zuko Denim over it several times which softened and defined pattern all at the same time. The second technique was stamping over the stencil with a blending tool and Distress Oxide ink 'Denim'. While the ink was still dry on the stencil I turned it over and printed with it like a stamp.  I dried each layer with at heat gun to ensure that it was dry before the next layer was added. The next technique I used was using an Faber Castell ink pencil and tracing the inside edges then I used a water paintbrush to gently add water to the edge of the marks to make them bleed and blend with the background. I painted the phrase in a white paint with only a slight touch of blue added. To finish off the page I stamped a single dandelion in a grassy spot being blown by the wind.

The Imaginarium products I used were:

Kate Stencil IDMM005

Rest Relax Recharge IDP0194

My last share was a quick tag I made when I realised I had only made 3 instead of 4 project pieces...oops. I was a great way to challenge myself in creating with no plan and going with what felt right in the moment.

I tore up a cardboard box to make the tag, ripping off some of the top layer to reveal the corrugations. After making a hole I tied some white twine through the hole then constructed layers using a variety of papers including an old dress pattern to add some extra dimension. The chippie was coated in Distress Oxide ink 'denim' and placed onto the tag with the layers to complete the look.

The chippie I used in this tag was:

Morrocan border IDB0012
Just for you 4 in a board IDP230
Hope to see you all again soon and happy creating. Pop over to Imaginarium Designs and checkout the amazing pieces of art the other design team members have created.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Kraft and Natural September over at Imaginarium Designs

Hi everyone, September is the month that I would like to inspire you to use Kraft/Natural elements in your creations. I love going to second hand shops and my bestie and I always make sure we pop into our favourite shop every time we head to Melbourne and we get very excited in obtaining new supplies of ephemera to add to our projects.

One of my other loves is geocaching... treasure hunting... and it takes me all over Australia. I love taking photos of old ruins and wagons which are perfect for using in my layouts and the old stamps I got from our favourite shop were perfect to add to my layout.

I used rust paints to layer over the chipboard cogs, matching the rust on the wagon wheels in the photo and mixed the paint with gesso to tie the background into the layers of the layout.  A huge thankyou to my special friend Deena for giving me some old negatives; this negative strip is of old quilts....perfect..I thought for my background layers. I added hessian for texture and to provide depth to the page. The chipboard title was coated in yellow oxide rust paint to give texture and an earthy colour with the chevron being grey white to connect with the torn sections of the paper layers and old weathered wood of the wagon.

9 Cogs on board small 6x5cm IDT0004
Loolabelles Chevrons 1 IDDL0020
IDW0069 My fav travel photos

My second share today is a hand cut Kraft tag; I have used new australian designed 13arts papers by Fiona Paltridge in my layers to add to the rustic historic feel I was aiming for.

 This was a quick project using gesso and a swipe of rust paint and blue distress ink over a stencil for the background. A stack of papers, black cotton and tickets cut from Fiona's papers make up the next layer with the addition of the painted number chipboard, brass cogs and hessian to build up the layers up. To finish the tag I added splats of white paint and a beautiful brass clock and key embellishment.

IDN0001 Numbers 38 per page

My last share with you all today is a page I've been waiting to do for a while, I love this photo and have been waiting for the right challenge to use it.

 This striking page was created by applying some sections of washi tape then using a roller to apply a section of red acrylic paint onto the page, the same paint was used over an alphabet stencil. Sections of white dots were added with a stencil and white acrylic and some writing with a mix of black paint and gel medium in a fine nosed applicator bottle was added for contrast. The photo was added over the top of natural coconut fibre with a wooden painted button embellishment. The chipboard title was painted in black acrylic paint to tie the whole page together.

Love this IDP0199
IDW0094 #instagram etc. (used the 's' from selfie)
You inspire me IDP0077
Hope I was able to inspire you to try this challenge and explore new ideas. Catchup with you soon and look forward to seeing all of your amazing creations.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Purple is the Imaginarium Design Challenge for August.

Hi everyone, hope everyone has been having a great time crafting since we talked last.
This month the challenge was using the purple colour which in it's self is a challenge for me as I don't own much purple scrapping supplies. But that's what's what it's about isn't it 'A Challenge'.

My first project I'd like to share is an old salad server that I thought I could up-cycle. 

Firstly I painted the spoon with 'Prima Metallique Dark Velvet ' and whilst it dried I prepared the layered addition. The Imaginarium Design pieces and flowers were painted with a selection of paints with a variety of shades of purple. The 'Tag' piece was covered with a contrasting coloured paper and then stamped and white gesso added. The metal flowers had purple tints added and with additions of hessian, black wire thread, brass embellishments, paper and splats of white gesso. To attach the sections together I packed the spoon section with layers of cardboard glued together. 

IDFL0017 Wrought iron embellishment B

Kerry flourish tiny IDT0026
Five tags in a board IDS0064

My second share is a layout using Alpha's and stencils.

Using my new 13@rts watercolour palette I sprayed water and made a wash of colour onto the page and then painted a selection of alpha's and attached the individual pieces as a background to my paper layers.  The words 'awesome' and 'adventure' were also painted using the same watercolour paint. When the background wash was dry I mixed some red and blue 13@arts acrylic paint to make purple then using a  makeup sponge I sponged over the 'cross stencil'. Using a variety of papers torn into pieces and some die cuts, I made two stacks of papers, a small and a large. The final pieces I added to my layout included the titles, painted brackets, brass clock face and purple painted twine.   

Crosses Stencil IDMM006


IDW0094 #instagram etc.

 I love making cards for my family and friends and so I though that I would make one for a close friend who's birthday is coming up. 

 On this card I wanted vibrant colour so I used Distress Oxides and a small applicator to rub on Wilted Violet and Abandoned Coral. When covered I used the same method of rubbing but instead over the 'Heart stencil'  and over the 'Love frame' with the Wilted Violet. Black Archival ink used with a script stamp added depth to the background and was also used to cover the 'Best wishes'. Adding a coat of Glossy Accents glue gave it shine and more depth. The flower chippie was covered with silver Versa Color ink as was butterfly which I used a variety of Metallic Melts from Tinby. 
Flowers, a feather, white correction ink to trace some of the hearts and a drawn border were added to the card to build layers to complete the card.

Best wishes 6 in a board IDP0085

Heart Stencil IDMM001
IDT0014 4 small butterflies

Loolabelles Cherries IDD0068

 Love Heart Frame (NEW)

Thanks for popping over to catchup again and see the great art that can be made with Imaginarium Designs. Happy creating.