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Today I’d like to share another picture of an ATC background that I made using Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint.

Mottle Gold

Mottle Gold

This piece is likely to be stamped over in the end with text or images, this is just a starting point. It has various colours of System 3 Original acrylic paint and a gentle wash of Imitation Gold Pale Cryla to add a subtle brightness.

I’m enjoying experimenting with colour and texture for this month’s Virtual Crafting Challenge. How about you, have you got the paints out yet this month? Give it a go, its all about having fun and trying new stuff. Use what you have in the back of the cupboard, neglected, forgotten and just waiting for a challenge like this to be given permission to come out and play.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of a piece of art I made using Daler Rowney System 3 paint.

Dark Rust painting

Dark Rust painting

This is just a small scrap of mat board, and I was playing with different colours to create an aged and vintage look. I’ve always gone bright with my base colours for this kind of thing. Recently I saw Andy Skinners work and he starts with a much darker base colour.

I like the result but it needs a lot more experimentation with more colours to see what will work like this. You know me, It’s All About the Journey and all that :) it should be fun playing. Really enjoying this months Virtual Crafting Challenge. One thing I recommend if you are having a play and suddenly ‘discover’ something you like, make a note of the colours/paints you used on the back of the piece. Then when you look back on it, some time later you will be able to find out your own, special recipe for that technique.

What do you think of the piece? It was tricky to photograph, in real life it looks much like tortoise-shell, lots of layers and tones but its difficult to get that to show up on camera. I’m going to explore other paints and see what happens.

Thanks for the inspiration for trying new colours Andy, I’m looking forward to experimenting further.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for July 2011 is:

Paint

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the theme.

Colours

  • Try new colours or paint effects

Products

How about trying a different type of paint than you usually use, or adding a different paint into your projects?

  • Water colour
  • Acrylic
  • Oil
  • Iridescent paint
  • Metallic paint
  • Florescent or neon colours
  • Glass Paint
  • Ceramic Paint
  • Watercolour Pencils (its only the ‘holder’ that’s different, it’s still watercolour paint).
  • Water soluble wax crayons (its only the ‘holder’ that’s different, its still watercolour paint).

Surfaces

How about using your paint in a new way or on a different surface?

  • Paper
  • Card
  • Ceramic
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Fabric

Techniques

How about trying different techniques with your paints

  • Glass painting
  • Decorating a ceramic object, a mug or plate, perhaps a tile
  • There are lots of metal objects available to decorate.
  • How about painting on wood? There are lots of blanks available to ‘alter’
  • Mix your stamping and other types of craft with the paint
  • There are lots of fabric things to decorate and alter too. How about a t-shirt or shopping bag. Old jeans or jackets.
  • How about getting napkins and table mats and decorating those for the patio?
  • Decorating terracotta could really brighten up a dark area of the patio.

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Since this month’s theme in The Virtual Crafting Challenge is Paper & Card, here is a quick tip for storing you card & paper, for short-term storage.

A4 Cardboard Storage Drawers

A4 Cardboard Storage Drawers

As I  mentioned in the previous article, light and moisture/humidity are the worst enemies of card and paper. Light will quickly fade your precious papers and moisture will make them curl and distort, or mould if left for prolonged periods in such conditions.

If you are looking for a space-saving storage to have next to you on the desk, the A4 set of drawers I showed above, from WH Smiths are ideal. You get a lot of storage for only an A4 size of desk space. One thing to be aware of is that because this item is made of cardboard, it may well contain both acid and lignin. So best not store precious papers for any length of time as it could damage your card for archival projects.

These are really useful and I also have several sets to store my unmounted stamps in too. Just avoid direct contact between the board and stamps or precious papers to avoid possible damage to them. (rare, and would take YEARS, but worth mentioning).

Personally I would avoid the corrugated card boxes to store decent card in, they are often very low-grade card and high in acid and lignin. It would be a shame to have your expensive papers ruined by your storage system!!!

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for June 2011 is:

Paper & Card

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas too.

Surfaces

  • Pearl Card
  • Grunge board
  • Grunge Paper
  • Embossed Paper
  • Metallic card stock
  • Holographic card
  • Mat board
  • Grey board

Techniques

  • Die cutting
  • Embossing
  • Painting
  • Sanding
  • Drawing
  • Colouring
  • Marbling
  • Folding
  • Dimensional Projects
  • Bookbinding

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share some techniques for adding more punch to your die cuts, this time using dimension.

You Will Need

  • Die Cuts
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folder

Method

Choose a design of die cut that will layer or has areas you can cut into. Start with bolder designs while you practice and work up to the more detailed designs. The flower in the video was cut using a Making Memories Slice Elite machine and the Vintage Findings Design Card

  • If you wish to colour and stamp onto your die cut, do that before moving on. Alternatively if you want an overall pattern you could use decorative pre printed papers or create your own inked papers, before cutting out your die cut.
  • If the underside of your finished design will be visible, colour the back of your die cut to co-ordinate with the front.

When you have your die cut as you would like it, to create dimension;

  • Cut into areas of the design.
  • Roll the edges of your die cut over your finger, or curve it using a bone folder.
  • You can curve your design in more than one dimension, for variety.

For extra depth cut a series of images either in the same size or getting progressivly smaller. Shape them as mentioned above and layer them up.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and it has given you some ideas for how you can get more from your die cuts. There are so many beautiful designs out there, why use them flat, when they could be  much more exciting with some depth.

Have fun, and I’d love to see your finished projects.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for May 2011 is:

Die Cuts & Embossing

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the Challenge too.

Products

  • Brass Stencils
  • Embossing Folders
  • Die cutting machines; Cuttlebug/ Wizard etc
  • Electronic Die cutting machines; Slice/ Cricut/Vagabond etc

Surfaces

  • Card
  • Paper
  • Metal
  • Fabric
  • Acetate

Techniques

  • Embossing different surfaces
  • Colouring your embossing (Video tutorial coming soon)
  • Using dimension with your die-cuts (Video Tutorial coming soon)
  • Use your die cuts on Cards/ATCs/ Art Journals/Books etc

 

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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