Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July 123

Right at the last minute again! 
This was a great 123 challenge.  The colour purple, the word 'My' and using 'chevron'.  I made my own chevron stamp and painted the lettering purple.  I used hand stitching in the background, which was a challenge in itself, but I wasn't game enough to do the freeform machine stitching yet.  (I have been practicing).

Hope you enjoy :0)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Another piece finished

A while back I did a jewelery course with Stephanie Lee through 'Art Queen' BevLea Ross.  I think I have only missed one of these Art Retreats.  They are so good, and I have never had a bad class.
I have made a little piece based on what I learnt.  I never thought I would be the kind of person to solder anything.  Prior to taking this class I didn't even own any tools!  Now I have a dremel and all sorts of things - like a grinder :0).

The base plate is soldered brass, which I have hand cut to size and then filed.  I have soldered a copper ring on to form the bezel (this is the technique that Stephanie so patiently showed us) which was then filled with an image and resin.

Monday, July 16, 2012

A bit remiss

Just want to start the post with the admission that I have been a bit remiss in doing the 'linky' thing.  Not intentionally though.  In my previous post I forgot to put in a link.  Mainly because I couldn't remember where I had gleaned that wonderful inspiration that I use for prompting me out of my slump!  I did remember that Dina Wakley had demonstrated it.  But I have been reminded that it came from here originally - Nathalie Kalbach's creative jump start.  So if I am ever remiss in the future (which I will try not to be) I will endeavour to find out the 'linky' thing before I post :0).

It did prompt me into playing around with a bit of Collage again.


And finishing one of my pendants


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Creative Prompt

Sometimes I get into a bit of an 'Arty' slump.  I find that just doing little things help.  The next 123 Challenge calls for 'Purple' the word 'My' and the use of 'Chevron'.
I have been doing a bit of stamp carving (not very well I might add), but learning!  So I thought to help break that slump I would carve myself a 'Chevron' stamp to use.
Well, as you can see, there are a few little missing bits, but overall it hasn't come up too badly.  Might have to do a bit of creative covering up on the layout I think :0).

The other thing that helps me to start feeling a bit more creative is doing something really, really quickly, but with instant results.

I decorate shipping tags to put in my stash for future use.  It is fun and very quick.  All I do is spray paints and mists onto a perspex sheet and then lay the shipping tag face down to soak up the paint.  This is from a tip I learnt from Dina Wakley.  It comes up with a different pattern every time.  In the first one, I have already started layering using a bit of my hand painted papers. I also might stamp some.  I can then pull them out and continue when I have my next creative slump!