My little crafting world....

Hi all
I'm a complete craft addict! I have a small business called Surrey Crafts teaching craft workshops from my studio in Esher, Surrey and at venues around the country. I teach mixed media, decorative painting, card making and papercrafts, jewellery making and creative embroidery classes. If you'd like to find out more just leave a comment, or take a look at my Surrey.Crafts page on FB.
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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Airship project 2

While I was making my 3D box project (see other post) I decided to get ahead of myself for a change and make a card for my nephew who's birthday is in January using the same fab airship stamp from Chocolate Baroque. 

I stamped out the image onto Chocolate Baroque cartridge card and embossed with black WOW embossing powder to help resist the paint I'd be using to colour the card. You might notice it's the same pic as the box card post....cause I did exactly the same there too.
For the sky I dabbed a mixture of watered down blue DecoArt media fluid acrylic and white gesso which works better than normal white paint (which would just blend into a pale blue) all around the image with a large brush, then dabbed off with a tissue.
I used DecoArt metallic paints for the balloon and propellers and red media fluid acrylic for the basket. As this card was for my nephew, who is a helicopter engineer, I stamped more propellers to add to the top of the balloon onto scrap paper, cut out and stuck on - to make it a bit more helicopterish!
With a fine permanent Pitt Pen I drew over some of the black embossed lines I'd partially hidden with paint, then highlighted the whole image with a white Posca Paint pen to make it stand forward from the blue sky. Using a steel ruler I tore the paper to a square small enough to fit my card blank. I created a slightly bigger mat of blue card, 'roughed up' the edges with my distress tool. I stamped the happy birthday sentiment onto a scrap of the torn card and cut into a banner shape. 
I layered everything up and drew lines from the banner to the airship and that's it done!
Thanks for looking.
Suz x

Friday, 12 January 2018

3D Upcycled airship box for the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog

My first post as a DT member for the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog.
A colourful 3D Airship using
an upcycled box.

Just a fun little project to help celebrate the new year (although it feels a long time ago now!!!) and new beginnings.

I stamped this gorgeous image from the Steampunkery stamp set by Chocolate Baroque onto cartridge card twice (I used the other one for a  mans birthday card which will be in a post next see).
This little square gift box was begging not to be thrown away. So I gessoed it!
Two layers.... exciting ...! Zzzzzz
While the gesso was still wet I dabbed in some DecoArt media fluid acrylic in Cobalt Blue with a large brush, picking up more gesso to give a sky like effect.

Chopped up a loo roll.
Rolled up the pieces and wrapped
masking tape around them.
Painted them copper metallic paint by DecoArt. These would be the legs, I did eventually add a little silver paint too to tone down the copper!

I used some Papermania stamps, embossed with copper embossing powder.
Took a strip of scrap paper, snipped into it so that
I could have the numbers upright in the box.

Like this!

I used some cute clouds from Tando Creative (see next pic). I popped them
 into water and after a couple of minutes split them, this way I get even more
from the pack  and they are really light and won't make the box fall over.

I wound some soft jewellery wire around a pen to make a spring for my airship.

I painted the airship with Aquatints

Using washi tape, I stuck the spring I'd made onto the back of the airship.
I was initially going to use it to stick the ship
into the box too, but it was a bit fiddly
and not strong enough.
Instead I decided to use Pinflair 3D glue gel. 
I laid the box on it's back,
stuck it down and let it dry.

And here is the finished project.
It'll help me to remember which year we are now in!!! Thanks for looking. Suz x

Friday, 29 September 2017

Topsy Toadstool with DecoArt Media products

I was asked by a lovely friend of mine Angela Dearlove, if I would like to decorate this pretty fairy house storage box.  She hopes to be showing it as part of a new range she is launching TODAY on Hochanda at (4pm on the 29th September, look out for Polly Allsorts. Her range with it's beautiful assortment of styles and sizes is called 'Polly's Whimsical Houses!). I loved the look and clever concept so no hesitation on my part! I couldn't make up the storage section to show you here as I was posting it back to Angela to take to the show, so I can't wait to see how it looks all made up. Anyway, I had a play and really enjoyed it, so here's the pre construction project and a step by step....
The finished door, on "The Topsy Toadstool".
Here's the original piece. So cute, so much potential and this is actually the working door hinged onto a generous box with a shelf that you can't see in the picture.

I gave each of the panels a coat of DecoArt Chalky Finish paint in 'Lace' on both sides. Once dry I rubbed down lightly with sandpaper. To add faux brickwork to various areas on the door and walls, I used DecoArt Modeling paste through a stencil and once it was dry, another coat of the chalky finish paint.

A very diluted wash of DecoArt Media fluid acrylics next. Firstly in paynes grey, this  gives a lovely depth to the bricks.

Then a wash of Burnt Umber. Repeat washes until you like the colour, dabbing off with kitchen towel to remove any drips and create variation of colour and texture.

How the washes of colour look once all done.
I painted the cute little door red, and the roof too, again using chalky finish paint in in Rouge. But then added a little shading using an angled brush to apply Burnt Umber...I love how that brings out the detail on the door and roof and adds an 'aged' feel to them (look at the main pic below).

To add a shimmer and highlights to the brickwork, I added some DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Champagne by using it as a watercolour paint.

I also wanted to bring out the curves of the roof, so added a generous amount of the lustre along the lines.

And once all the shimmer was on, I wiped it back to be a little more subtle. I also added it to the door knob which made it really stand out.

To give this pretty, rustic house a little country cottage feel I then used some of the techniqes I've learned through 'You Can Folk It' who are also regulars on Hochanda to add flowers around the door frame and wall. Colours used were Pyrol Red, Dioxazine purple, and green, all mixed in various ways with titanium white.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Rescued Fossil Table

A year ago we had to take some bits to our local dump and recycle centre. While we were there I notice a sturdy little table had been thrown into the huge metal general rubbish container. It looked like there was nothing wrong with it! Because the container was almost full, I could just reach it. So pulled it out, had a look and knew I could do something with it.

Finally, after a year of sitting around (along with so many other potential projects!), I got it out and started to play. Here's how it ended up!

And this is where it started.
Two of the edges had some damage so I used texture past to even them up (not shown here). Once dry I painted the whole table top with Chalky Finish Vintage.

I added a thick layer of Crackle Medium and let that dry overnight.

I painted over with Eternal Chalky Finish (white). The cracks were fantastic!

Using Andy Skinner's lush Fossil Stencil with DecoArt Modeling Paste, I added fossils over the top of the crackle, turning the stencil over to get the spiral going in different directions (beware some stencils are best only used one way up).  Again leaving to dry well.

Next, lots of layering with Media Fluid Acrylics. I love the translucency of these and watered all of them down to make washes of colour. Yellow Iron Oxide to start.

Prussian Blue Hue. And you can still hardly see the fossils!

Quinacridone Violet, and a teensy bit of Dioxazine Purple. The shapes are finally appearing.

I repeated layer after layer of colour washes, concentrating the darker colours (less diluted washes) around the fossils to make them stand out.
I added a mixture of the Yellow Iron Oxide, some Raw Umber and a tiny bit of the Quin Violet to give a rusty edge and dabs in a few areas.

At this point, once I was happy with the base colours, I added a layer of Decoart Soft Touch Varnish. That way I sealed the paints before going onto the next step - and it would make it easier to wipe off the next layer if I didn't like it!

And guess what? Yup, I didn't like the next step, hahaaa. Apologies for the pic, it was getting dark! I'd added White Antiquing Cream to make the fossils pop even more but I wasn't happy so wiped it off again but some still remained as just soooo many little crevices!

So then it got really interesting! I Popped the stencil back over each of the shapes, took a sponge dauber and lightly added a little bit of Extreme Sheen in Tin to the inside edges and Extreme Sheen Antique Bronze to the outside edges of the spiral fossil shape, blending after both colours were applied.

I Loved the effect when the light catches it! But still not finished!

To add a little more depth I went back to the Antiquing Cream, adding Carbon Black and Raw Umber (to soften the black) around the fossils. Left these to dry and wiped back, blending a little of the cream across the table,  getting rid of most of the white.
Getting there! 
The final steps to finish of this fab little table were to go back over the fossils through the stencil again, dabbing another three colours of metallic paints, in Splendid Gold, Oyster Pearl and my fav of all, the lush Copper. I added just the smallest amounts so that each section of the fossil would have a different blend of metallic colours and I didn't obliterate the metallic colours underneath.  Each bit looked different as the 'bones' caught the light.

A little more metallic around all the edges of the table and she's finished at last!
I really hope you like my little rescued tabletable! Here is a (not very good) pic of the products used. 
Drop me a comment if you have any 
Thanks for looking.