I BEGIN WITH AN IDEA, AND THEN IT BECOMES SOMETHING ELSE. (PABLO PICASSO)

Monday, 9 November 2015

A daring warrior

Hello,
I found out about LESSology Challenge Blog just recently. Their current challenge 'Dress Form' got me interested. In the blog we read that we can create anything as long as it incorporates at least one up-cycled item. My husband's empty perfume bottle popped in to my mind instantly what I didn't throw away and left it ''just in case''. So that was a good choice, wasn't it! 
Also from the up-cycled items I used a leather remnant for the cape and a metal ballchain from a tag as a belt. 
I covered the bottle with tissue paper, painted it light grey with acrylic paint and then brushed on some Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste Midnight. My aim was to make it look a bit like a coat of mail. 
Glued on the arrows, attached the belt and made for my warrior a fancy cape with a brooch. I think he looks quite smart! What do you think?







Thanks a lot for a visit,
Kris

Thursday, 5 November 2015

The pears

Good morning, how are you!
I am continuing with my watercolouring journey. I keep practicing and hoping that one time will be the day when I will wholly master painting with watercolours and I will whisper to myself with a great emotion - ''Kris, today is the Day, you have done it!!!''

In the meantime there are some things I came to a conclusion when working with the watercolours - I most certainly don't like the clean lines as much and I relish the combination of ink & watercolours.

For the following drawing/painting I was using an image from The Graphics Fairy as a reference. At first I did a quick sketch on a Arches Hot Pressed 300 g Watercolour Block (23 cm x 31 cm) with the waterproof ink pen and then started to use the amazing Schmincke Watercolours.






I am entering this to the Mixed Media Place Creative Gym - Exercise #13- ''Today is the Day''.

(The quote was inspiring to me!)


I am entering ''The Pears'' also to scrapki-wyzwaniowo November Challenge -Leaves. 



Thanks a million for a visit,
Kris

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Layers of leaves

Good evening, how are you,

A couple of hours ago I finished up one nature themed card. Very simple! Basically just cutting and sticking plus a bit of heat embossing and stamping. I made it for the Berry 71 Bleu October Challenge where we have to use orange, brown and gold, and incorporate layers of leaves. 

Under the Kaisercraft Botanica Collectables are some Acetate Golden Leaf Stickers which I think suit lovely for this card. The papers are by DCVW and 7 Dots Studio. I believe the chipboard I got from 7 Dots Studio Online Shop, what I just heat embossed in gold. And wired metallic ribbon to add some glamour for the card!!! I love that ribbon because you can just bend it how you wish!







Thanks a lot for your visit,
Kris

Thursday, 22 October 2015

A quirky postcard

Good afternoon, I got a feeling of creating something summery and sweet, so I made one quirky looking postcard for fun  - for my darling sister! I hope she will have a giggle or two and gobbles up all that yummy chocolate what goes with it.
I have those cool stamps Summer Love by Cosmo Cricket which I never even used, so these were perfect for that postcard.






Entering this to - 

Craft Stamper Take It Make it October Challenge -  (I used Ink, Paint, Collage, Paper)

October Challenge:

'Take A Technique' 

Use one or more of the following processes in your art: 

Ink Stitch Paint Collage Print Paper

(and include stamping somewhere!)

All the best,
Kris

Monday, 19 October 2015

Miss You

Good afternoon,
A mixed media card to share with you. For the background I used Dylusions Acrylic Paints (great because they are waterproof!), Daler Rowney Acrylic Artists Inks (another plus because they are waterproof too and leave a honey like shine), Silks (for a little shimmer) and Schmincke Watercolours (and you just have no other option than to love them with the bottom of your heart!). Did a tiny collaging too and stamping of course! The chipboard letters are inked too. That Stampers Anonymous Stamp is so unique, don't you think. What a great design!








Entering my card to -

Take It Make It October Challenge: Take A Technique 

October Challenge:
'Take A Technique' 

Use one or more of the following processes in your art: 
Ink Stitch Paint Collage Print Paper
(and include stamping somewhere!)



All the best!

Friday, 16 October 2015

''Climb over the obstacles.''

Hello,
some crispy cold mornings already over here, an extra cup of tea and it's all good!
I tend to stock up those 8 x 8 round canvases, very handy and I just like them very much. And here I have an abstract painting to show you. It has two of my favourite colours - dark grey and orange.
I used four different paints - Sennelier Abstract Neutral Grey and Mars Black; Distress Paint Hickory Smoke, Decoart Chalky Finish Paint New Life and Daler Rowney Acrylic Artists Ink Flame Orange.
With the help of a painting knife I scraped some of the paint off to get a tiny bit of extra texture. More paint on top and a quick spray of gloss varnish. Then poured on the grey paint, sprayed some water, tilted it here and there and let that to dry overnight. Did the orange ink circle and glued on (using Heavy Gloss Gel Medium) the vintage flat buttons and I like it how it is, a bit bizarre and ... beauty is in the eye of the beholder, isn't it. Cheers.





Thursday, 8 October 2015

Laugh

Hi, how are you, I have been quiet quite some time already. You know yourself if you have a family and home to take care of, sometimes you will not have that extra time to sit down and create! But yesterday I managed to finish one vintage style card. I took my inspiration from the current challenge over at ARTastic Challenge Blog. I got inspired from the pink flowers and that green chalky colour.
I started by printing the vintage roses on a gloss photo paper, then cut the sides, and inked the card here and there to get the old look. But instead of a dauber I used a natural sponge instead. That gave a totally different effect. Beautiful. Then I added a couple of layers (6 to be precise!) of Mod Podge Antique Matte to get a bit of that yellowish tint. Took a kraft paper, did some clear heat embossing for texture and painted the page with chalky paint, on it stencilling with Super Heavy Gloss Gel and coloured it green with chalk inks. Ripped the page in pieces and took some paint off from here and there by placing a tape on top and pulling it off quickly. And then I just put the layers together. From the other papers I used Tim Holtz idea-ology Crowded Attic and 7 Dots Studio Lost and Found.





Here's the print inked before I added the Mod Podge.




And here is the October inspiration, painting ,,The Green Parasol,, by E Philips Fox -




Thanks a million for popping by,
Kris

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Going vintage

Hello, how are you, I have another layout to share with you, this time I went all vintage. It looks rather romantic too I'd say!


For the background I used chalky paints, inks, water colours; did heat embossing, stamping, adhered some tissue paper and washi tape too. The base paper is from Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper Stack!


The Victorian Corner Chipboard by Blue Fern Studio is heat embossed and edges slightly inked.



I wanted to make an old postcard. I printed the postcard using printable canvas sheet! I distressed and inked the edges of the cut out canvas and added Ecolines and then crinkled it and added with the dauber some more StazOn. For the old letter underneath did everything like with the postcard, just did some stamping on it extra. And then thought it would be really nice to have a seal on it with some leather cord. So I made a ''wax seal'' out of a hot glue. It's easy if you don't have those wax sticks at home and want to achieve the similar result. I simply added some hot glue on the leather cord (I did it beforehand on a cutting mat), pressed it down with one metal piece, left it to cool down, removed the metal and then coloured it with Inka Gold Rub Oldgold!


A little fussy cutting and that piece of wooden rose I left it has it is, I think its natural colour looks just fine on this layout! This shiny golden decorative frame where I added the printed rose photo is by Maggie Holmes. Slightly inked the edges of it too!




Entering this to -

Scrap Around the World September Mood Board. I got inspired from the rose, old paper and calligraphy!








Thanks a million for popping by
Kris

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Untie the ribbons!

Hi,
I was a bit of card making mood today morning and wanted to make something uncomplicated with the simple look. I like countryside flowers a lot! The card is about 18 x 18,5 cm. Used five different stamps and four different hues of green plus the black for the sentiment. Then heat embossed two of the stamped images green too for some 3D look.





Entering my card to: Craft Stamper Take it Make It September Challenge - Take a Stamp

Thanks a lot for popping by,
Kris

Friday, 18 September 2015

Fungi

Good morning,
I have a forest themed mixed media wall art to share with you, featuring the extraordinary Tim Coffey Grand Adhesions & Layered Accents! Aren't these just amazing!!!





I used a thick patterned paper for the base, did some stencilling on top with Light Modelling Paste, added a bit of chalky paint with a painting brush, sprayed a good amount of Dylusions chopped pesto ink spray, adhered a few pieces of paper napkin, Liquid Pearls here and there with a painting knife and did some stamping too for the edges. Then sprayed a layer of W&N Multipurpose High Gloss Varnish.


I then heated up a small sheet of lutradur and inked it green to blend it in with the background. Also added a bit of Gloss Gel on it.
And then just added the heat embossed chipboard, adhered the mushrooms etc.


Entering this to Berry71Bleu Challenge - Forest




Thanks a lot for visiting,
Kris

Monday, 14 September 2015

My new clock

Hello, how are you,
I had a Tim Holtz idea-ology Assemblage Clock lying around for ages, waiting to get some ''life''. I used Finnabair's Art Recipes: Timeless Patina part 1 and Timeless Patina part 2 for the clock.
And it's about time I did something arty, weeks have just flown past quickly ... busy with everything else but not art!
I almost followed all the steps in the Recipes. As the clock is a bit different from the Finnabair one I couldn't put the embellishment inside of the frame like she did but it's all good! It all took some time - mostly the drying part but I really like the end result! Something different.



This is from the Timeless Patina part 2. I used the resin flowers and Inka Gold Rub Oldgold instead and didn't put so many layers of metal and didn't do the embossing part but other than that its all there!


This is what I did for the inside of the clock frame! 



Here's one 'before' picture too -


The ever so useful FROGTAPE to protect the glass! I used the same masking tape for the other side of the glass too.





Entering this to Mixed Media Place Creative Gym: Exercise #11


Thanks  a million for popping by,
Kris