Thursday, 29 September 2016

I sold a Canvas!

Hello there

I am super excited to say that I sold my first canvas at Truth Coffee shop!  I have a permanent exhibition space for my work as part of my art installation there.

Yesterday a gentleman from Florida purchased my canvas titled "Vintage World"  which is all about travel and time...

this is how I made it.

 Start with a blank 12"x12" canvas
 I took out the lasered chipboard
 die cut and embossed some leather
 I drew on the canvas where the laser cut were going to be. Spread texture paste on the canvas and imprinted a stamp into it, then pushed the laser cut into it to and removed it.
 turned the blue laser cut black with my jet black archival ink pad
here is a close up so you can see that the case has been done, but not the globe yet.
 Here you can see the dry texture paste.
 I rubbed the canvas with distress ink and archival inks in oranges, and yellows and gave it a generous coat of Distress crackle paint.
 This is a close up of the cracks

 I then rubbed the Coffee archival ink pad directly onto the canvas just on the world area.
 two close ups for you above and below
 I then started colouring the globe
 I used Ground espresso distress ink, above is before and below is after
 I then dragged it through some tarnished brass distress stain, for good measure.
 Here I am working out what to do with the fob chain.
 I then rusted the canvas using Finn's rust paste

 What follows is lots of close ups...


 I also die cut the hinge and cogs from leather as seen below.




Wednesday, 28 September 2016

What's on my Workdesk Wednesday No382? Giant clock

Hello there

I have been AWOL again... Oh the good intentions of mice and men... but I am joining in for today over at Stamping Ground.

Here is my current desk... The carport floor and garden.  I am building a giant clock.  2.27m big to be exact.  It is for a boardroom, there are a few other things going in there too, but they are still to be started...still in my head...

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Tim Holtz September tag



I had the pleasure of going shopping on Friday and got myself some new stamps and a packet of yupo.  I am in love with this stuff!  It is so forgiving.  If you don't like what you did, just alcohol ink over it again and re-stamp! It is kind of like a delete button....

Here is my version of the tag made by Tim.  You can find the instructions of how to do the various techniques here.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Tim Holtz August Tag

I really enjoyed raiding my stash to create my version of this months tag.

 As usual, I don't have the dies he used, but the idea behind these tags is to use the techniques.  I used the lattice framework die and a Kaiserkraft clock die which I chopped in half and split sideways across the tag, otherwise I followed all the instructions on Tim's blog.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

What's on my Workdesk Wednesday 376?

Well, after a long break, I am back, all be it late to the desking party...last seen lurking at party No327...

I have been building airships and doing pipework and all sorts of fantastical things for the past 4 months.... That took up so much of my brain space and the hours in my day, that I could not commit to desking as I feel it is a reciprocal thing.  I did  16 daily posts about the installation at the restaurant which started here if you are interested...

So this is my desk in the midst of kitting up for the journal page class I am giving on Friday and Saturday this week.  

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Steam Restaurant Part 17 "The final over View"

Steam is opening its doors this coming Friday...

Here is a sneak peek at the decor that will greet you...

 The Library room above and below.

 My diving bell above and the mini of mini airships below.
The lazer work that I added my stamp designs to.

 The radio Room with Mr Wildebeest.
 The Clock Room.

 The upstairs bar below.
 The entrance hall alcoves with my light fittings.
The bar off the Travel room/Map room. They will be serving TRUTH coffee...
 Bokkie in the Travel room.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Steam Restaurant Part 16 " Cog light fitting orbs"

It would seem that some things come to try us.  These light fittings were one of "those" things...
 The alcove is mosaic-ed with mirror, so the reflection is really great.
I took the plastic fitting out off the metal container which was used to make the "satellite dishes" on the the 7m wall.

I die cut a whole lot of cogs from sticky backed foil and stuck them onto the fitting.  They started peeling off after a while, so I covered the whole thing in a layer of clear glue for plastic, which acted like a varnish and held all the cogs on.

This looked great to begin with and then the lights were installed.

Horror of horrors.... the glue started to peel off and lift!  Q freak out!

So I brought them home again and scraped the whole lot off, sanded the plastic and started again!  Oh my Hat!  Theses silly light fittings cost me hours and hours and hours of work for not much remuneration cos I cant charge twice as it was my problem to fix!  They take about 6 hours to complete if you include the die cutting and sticking time, so multiply that by 2 and then again by 2 and add 4 hours to that for taking it all off... that is a lot of man hours...

In the end they look stunning again and I am happy to have my name attached to them.  Here is one of them on my desk as I finished it.