18/06/2021

Follow Your Dreams, day 3 - Seth Apter Creative Team


Heippa, it's third and final day of this month's series for Seth Apter Creative Team. Sadly, this is the last trio for Seth Apter Creative Team as our term is about to end. These past nine months have been a blast! You can find Seth Apter's site here (link) and more about the Creative team here (link). I've included a list of products to the end of the post with links to Seth's own store. While this is the last series for this team, I have enjoyed making these posts so much, that I'm thinking of continuing making some kind of triplets in the future, too. Let me see, what I can come up with! 

In the course of the previous posts I have concentrated on different mediums and tools in Seth Apter's repertoire - stamps (link)Izink ICE acrylic glaze (link) and Izink Texture mediums (link). The links take you to the previous series. But what tool was still unexplored were stencils! So, for this last series I concentrated on those. I thought nine ideas to include stencils to a project. Naturally there's so many more, but these nine I could easily tie to a project. Or a series of projects, in a way, as I made a set of ATCs using stencils in a multitude of ways. I've broken the process into three separate videos, which I'll share in the course of the following days. In each, I show a couple of techniques and also make some progress in the ATC set.

In this third video, much of the process is getting the set done. But there's two new ideas to use stencils among it! The other is using stencils to embroidery and other to cut. 


The elements I'm doing using embroidery in these cards are more or less such that I could have done them without a stencil. But while they are quite easy, the segment is there to illustrate another possibility to use a stencil in your project. You don't have to do mixed media in order to use stencils. If the stencils are food safe, you could use them to decorate cakes and pastries. If you work with clay, you could either paint the pattern or use the stencil to make a dimensional pattern to your pottery. Or if you like embroidery, you could use them as a guide for your stitched design. Like I have said in the previous two posts, the only limit is your imagination! Although I've studied costume design, embroidery hasn't ever been my thing ever. But just think what you could do with these elements with long stitches, filling the pattern with different colors! Or tracing the elements using back stitch and then filling each element with French knots, chain stitch or cross stitches. 

The final idea I'm sharing with stencils is using them as cutting guides. Like I say in the video, if you are really confident, you could cut through the stencil. BUT there's always a risk in there. I wouldn't dare to put a blade near my stencils as I'm such a speedy Gonzales, I probably ended up ruining them. But sketching through them and then cutting is always an option! It also gives you more room to think about the design. For example, if I had cut straight through the stencil, I wouldn't have gotten such elements but quite the opposite. Sketching and then cutting also allowed me to make each of the elements unique. You could also use the flip from the first video as a way to sketch the design! Spray some ink through the stencil, flip it to the cardstock and then cut the colorful elements loose!

I think I've said it before but when working on a set or a series of projects, doing a "master sheet" is handy. Like I did two collage sheets in these ATCs. Both of the sheets have similar color schemes and similar layers, but when I cut them into smaller segments, each of the cards is unique. They go nicely together, but make up a definite series because of the colors, elements and layers. Also, working with a bigger sheet might be faster and more fun than fiddling with small, individual segments right from the start. But that's just my way of doing things! 

This post is the last one I made for the Seth Apter Creative Team. Like I say in the first paragraph, I'm thinking of continuing of doing some kind of triplet each month even after the term is done. I want to thank Seth so much for this opportunity and all the tips he has shared. I also want to thank every team mate for the journey, for the encouragement and love. I hope we stay in touch! And last but not least I want to thank you, dear blog readers, of checking the posts, commenting on the videos and IG posts. Thank you so much for all the love and encouragement and wishes you've sent to me! As a small thank you to all you Seth peeps, please keep an eye on the Seth Apter Creative Community in Facebook. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful, inspiring weekend! I hope you won't be a stranger <3 



Materials: StencilGirl, Aladine, PaperArtsy, Tim Holtz, Prima Marketing, Posca, Sakura























17/06/2021

Follow Your Dreams, day 2 - Seth Apter Creative Team

Hello, it's day two of this month's series for Seth Apter Creative Team. Sadly, this is the last trio for Seth Apter Creative Team as our term is about to end. These past nine months have been a blast! You can find Seth Apter's site here (link) and more about the Creative team here (link). I've included a list of products to the end of the post with links to Seth's own store. While this is the last series for this team, I have enjoyed making these posts so much, that I'm thinking of continuing making some kind of triplets in the future, too. Let me see, what I can come up with! 

In the course of the previous posts I have concentrated on different mediums and tools in Seth Apter's repertoire - stamps (link)Izink ICE acrylic glaze (link) and Izink Texture mediums (link). The links take you to the previous series. But what tool was still unexplored were stencils! So, for this last series I concentrated on those. I thought nine ideas to include stencils to a project. Naturally there's so many more, but these nine I could easily tie to a project. Or a series of projects, in a way, as I made a set of ATCs using stencils in a multitude of ways. I've broken the process into three separate videos, which I'll share in the course of the following days. In each, I show a couple of techniques and also make some progress in the ATC set.

In this second video I share three new ideas how to include stencils into your project. First I collage the two sheets I made in the first video together and then add frottage on top. I also use the stencils to draw and to add texture paste to my cards. 

Frottage means rubbing. While you might not have known this term before, I'm pretty sure you have done frottage in some point of your life. Perhaps as a child to make play money using real coins? The impression of the frottage greatly depends on the medium you use to do it. As the rubbing, mechanical abrasion brings the image to life, you need a medium that can do that - try a pencil, a crayon or a pastel for example. Each medium gives a different look and if you add a color to the mix... well, let's say you have a lot of options! If you want to know more about frottage, here's the link to the Wikipedia page (link) and to Tate Art Terms (link). Also, did you notice that I didn't cover the whole sheet with the frottage? I used it just to add a little interest to the sheet, just here and there, to add another layer. 

Like with frottage, choosing a medium or a tool to do the drawing effects the end result. The stencil design also comes to play - like I say in the video, if you have a really intricate design and want to draw all of it, you need a sharper tool than if you have big openings. I used just a black gel pen in my drawing, imitating stamping as I often use black stamping ink, but there's so many options! You could even trace the same stencil multiple times with different colors and changing the position of the stencil just a little. That would be highly effective, too! As I use the drawing as a mean to add another layer to my background, I add several markings here and there. But you could use a drawn detail as a focal point, too! 

In the first segment (link), I used several mediums through the stencil. In this second one I use yet another medium, texture paste. I use the same applying tool as with acrylic glaze as I want the layer to be thick and dimensional. What differs from the first video, on top of the medium, is the extent I use the stencil. Where with the acrylic glaze I was creating a bigger pattern, for the texture paste I only apply the paste through one element of the stencil. I hope this inspires you also to "break" the stencil design. Use just a small part of the design for a maximum effect! 

When I was starting crafting, I think the hardest thing was to cover something. In the beginning, when I wasn't using mediums that heavily, it might have been a patterned paper I really liked or a bigger embellishment that I was fond of. When I then started to play with mediums, it might have been a segment in the background that I really liked, but then needed to cover in order for the whole composition to work. I think Seth says that you can't be too attached to your work. Because the odds are, if you are not working on the focal point, you are covering it up with another layer. So, embrace the process and just have fun! As with these cards, you can see how much of the original background is showing and also how much of the texture layer is still visible after everything is layered. But being visible or not doesn't take the fun of creating and layering away! Think of them as hidden treasures, something only you might have seen. 

Thank you for stopping by today! I wish I have inspired you with this second part. Please be back tomorrow for the third and final part of the series! 




Materials: StencilGirl, Aladine, PaperArtsy, Tim Holtz, Prima Marketing, Posca, Sakura

16/06/2021

Follow Your Dreams, day 1 - Seth Apter Creative Team


Moikka, it's again third week of the month, which means a new series for Seth Apter Creative Team. Sadly, this is the last trio for Seth Apter Creative Team as our term is about to end. These past nine months have been a blast! You can find Seth Apter's site here (link) and more about the Creative team here (link). I've included a list of products to the end of the post with links to Seth's own store. While this is the last series for this team, I have enjoyed making these posts so much, that I'm thinking of continuing making some kind of triplets in the future, too. Let me see, what I can come up with! 

In the course of the previous posts I have concentrated on different mediums and tools in Seth Apter's repertoire - stamps (link), Izink ICE acrylic glaze (link) and Izink Texture mediums (link). The links take you to the previous series. But what tool was still unexplored were stencils! So, for this last series I concentrated on those. I thought nine ideas to include stencils to a project. Naturally there's so many more, but these nine I could easily tie to a project. Or a series of projects, in a way, as I made a set of ATCs using stencils in a multitude of ways. I've broken the process into three separate videos, which I'll share in the course of the following days. In each, I show a couple of techniques and also make some progress in the ATC set.

In this first video I share four ideas how to use stencils - spray inks, acrylic paints, embossing and acrylic glazes. Three of these are different mediums, while embossing is a technique of other nature. While spray inks and acrylics are basics, I've added a twist to them as well. Or at least I'd like to think that they have a twist, which you may or may not use already. I hope the video will inspire you in any case!

As you could see, the first two techniques are quite basic - adding spray ink and acrylic paint through the stencil. But if you weren't using the flip already, I hope that gave you some ideas! That's also handy if you like the stencil pattern itself. Then you could spray some ink through the stencil to a collage paper and use the flip to the actual project! 

The third one is similar to the two before mentioned in many ways - only applying tool differs from acrylic paint. I hope that you get inspiration from the use of different tools and how they affect the thickness of the medium layer - for example. But more over, I'd love to inspire you with different surfaces! Tissue paper for collaging, canvas for base, fabric for layers and embellishments, book paper for layers, cork for a cool effect, felt for softness, transparency for embellishments, wood veneer for base... The only limit to the materials is your imagination! 

Where as the previous three are done with mediums through the stencil, the fourth one is using the stencil in another way, without any mediums. I'm using a die cutting machine to emboss the design, but you could also do it by hand, rubbing with a ball point embossing tool. I've also gotten some fun impressions using wet soft paper like paper towel, layering several sheets and then pushing the paper gently into the grooves and letting it dry on top of the stencil. If you try that, please note that the embossed paper can't hold much moisture without the impression disappearing. 


I often choose blues together with browns if I'm doing something new or if I have any hesitation about the project I'm creating. While I had some idea what the series will look like in the end and also all the techniques or steps to get me there, there's always a risk of getting something wrong in these long videos or processes. So, I chose to go with my "go to" palette this time, too. I just love the combination of tea tones and blues. I have often said when keeping a workshop, that if you're trying something new, choose a color you like because if nothing else, at least you like the color of the project you've done in the end of the day. In a workshop or in a new situation, you have to be ready for a failure so keeping to some familiar things is a good decision in my mind. Something old, while something new. 

What I've also said previously is the use of more than one color when doing layers. If you use just red, you'll get red. But if you add a hint of purple in the mix and let the two colors mix on top of the project rather than mixing them before hand, you'll get an infinite number of different colors. To me, that's magic! You just need to keep the color theory in mind, at least to a certain point, so your whole project won't turn into mud. Unless you want it to! 

Please be back tomorrow for another segment of the series! Thank you for stopping by today! 


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Materials: StencilGirl, Aladine, PaperArtsy, Tim Holtz, Prima Marketing, Posca, Sakura

15/06/2021

Poetic Rose door sign


Hiya! Today it's throwback Tuesday as I'm bringing again another "oldie but goodie" from the drafts. This time it's a door sign from back when I was a member of the Prima Marketing design team. I think this was made as a show sample for then the new collection, Poetic Rose.

The base is a wooden door sign and I collaged some Poetic Rose elements on top. I mixed some Memory Hardware and Finnabair goodies in there as well as well as Finnabair mediums.

Thank you for stopping by today! Tomorrow is the third Wednesday of the month and you know what that means? It's time for Seth Trio!


Materials: Prima Marketing



14/06/2021

Moonlight barn owl

 

Good evening and good new week! I'm a bit late today with the post, sorry about that! Normally I time my posts before hand but I got wrapped up in creating on Sunday and forgot to check I had the week done. Turns out I hadn't! 

But today I'm sharing a little canvas with you. I actually call this "giraffe barn owl" as his neck is a bit on the long side. I wanted the head placed on top of the moon, but my reference photo was cropped... I actually did that not noticing, but when I took a critical look to the painting, I noticed the long neck. Or maybe he's just looking for prey? 

The owl is painted using acrylic paints as well as the background. The moon, stars and glimmer on his feathers are done using transfer foils. I mixed a hologram style version with silver one. This is actually done as a sample for work, to show another way to use the foils.

Thank you for stopping by today! Please be back tomorrow for something completely different! 





11/06/2021

Maverick - Nathalie's Creative Squad

 

Happy Friday everyone! Today I'm sharing my monthly project for Nathalie's Creative Squad. You can see the original post here (link) at Nathalie's blog. The theme this month was Primaries and we also got some lovely products to play with from Grafix. I used all three we were given and threw in one more from my own stash!


I feel like I must be honest with you. After seeing all the cool stuff you can do with Grafix products, especially by Tania Ahmed, I sourced some supplies through internet and ordered them. But then when they arrived, I had some deadlines closing in and I just put them aside with the thought “Need to play soon”. Then that pile moved to another place in my craft room and finally they went up on a shelf. So, while I have had some craft plastic in my craft room for months now, I’m so grateful for this theme and collaboration as it finally pushed me to take the stuff from the shelf and use it and fall in love all over again!

As before, I recorded a little process video while working with the Grafix products and primaries. As you can see from the pictures already, the project has blue and yellow and there’s red, too but not the same way as the other two. It’s because somehow I feel intimidated by red, especially in large surfaces. It’s such a vibrant, energetic color that I feel I can’t cope with it, I can’t harness it. So, instead of doing a red base and patterns, I started with a pink base and added red on top! More manageable!


I was amazed how well the craft plastic handled all the mediums I threw at it. Especially I loved using watercolor on top of the acrylic layer, it felt so soothing and rewarding. Another discovery was that I couldn’t rip the Double Tack Mounting Film. I was planning on ripping the vellum apart for the collage layer on the yellow tag, but it proved to be impossible. The Mounting Film was so sturdy that it wouldn’t rip! But still it’s so thin that it doesn’t add any bulk.


I kept the embellishments in the tags quite minimal. This shows the background better and also gives the whole thing a story book feel as all the texts connect. I guess this idea came to me while cutting the openings to reveal the layers underneath. The holes get smaller between the layers and that reminded me of a children’s book by Tove Jansson. It’s called “The book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My”. It’s the first picture book drawn and written by Tove Jansson, published in the 50s. The original title was “Hur gick det sen?” as Tove was a Swedish speaking Finn. Throughout the book there’s holes where you can have a sneak peek to the following spread. The holes get smaller and smaller in the course of the story and the last hole is so small that Moomins can’t fit through it and are thus captured in the book. The book has vibrant illustrations in Tove’s unique style. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend taking a look! Perfect inspiration for solid color surfaces and primaries! Here’s a link to Moomin site to get you going (link).

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I really enjoyed my first go with the Grafix products and can’t wait to play some more!


Materials from Grafix and designed by Nathalie Kalbach:

Grafix: Opaque White Craft Plastic
Grafix: Computer Grafix Film clear + translucent
Grafix: Double Tack Mounting Film
StencilGirl: Batik stencil
Art Foamies: Triple Play stamp set
Rubber Moon: Love Knots stamp


Materials: Grafix, Art Foamies, Rubber Moon, GelliArts, PaperArtsy, Talens, Pentart, Ranger, Tim Holtz, Sizzix, Fiskars, Prima Marketing, Posca






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