Saturday, 15 February 2014

ACEO with Vintage Elements

I spent the best part of this morning digging around in my paper scraps box for an idea I had to make some ACEO's using scraps from my book and card making stash.

Being a crafty hoarder I just cannot let anything go even the tiniest scrap of pretty backing paper gets kept in a box, coz you just never know! This year I am determined to use up all those scraps on projects. I started with some collage books earlier this year and those have been a real hit so I thought about what else I could do with them and came up with ACEO's.

To start with I cut some scraps from my old battered falling to bits, copy of Sense and Sensibility that I rescued from being thrown away. I then thought about what I wanted to achieve, and decided that sketching my ideas would work best so here are the initial sketches. I sketched a range of things including bugs and flowers.
Then I sat down with my favourite Tim Holtz ink pads and some sponges to add colour to the sketches, I tore around the image and then 'distressed' the edges for a real vintage feel.

 The next happy hour was spent cutting card to ACEO size (2.5 x 3.5 inches) finding backing papers to coordinate with the sketches and designing the ACEO's. I used ribbon, guilding flakes, brads and liquid pearls from my stash and voila here's the finished ACEO's!

Just got to wait for them to dry now I used lots of glue! and then I'll be listing them in my Folksy Shop next week.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Trying out artists gouache

A few weeks ago I treated myself to some artists gouache which are like really thick watercolours, I also bought some canvas paper and some palette knives, all completely new to me. I had an idea the works would look a little like oils but without the wait for curing. Here's the base colour which was just watered down gouache 

After I applied the base coat I used the palette knife to add some interesting marks and texture to the background

Then I used the palette knife to outline the sunflowers

Added more texture and layers

Then finished off with some more interesting marks using the very edge of the palette knife, mounted in a triple frame and finished