More digital work. This time I am trying out Sketchbook, which I am quite impressed with!
For me autumn is the time of year to look forward. With our German team at stahldust campus we were looking at our visions last month and this month we are going to make plans to make part of these visions reality. My work demands are hopefully going to change next year and I am proactively redistributing my available time. I have learned over the years that early planning helps me to get to where ‘I’ want to go rather than responding to what happens around me.
There are so many possible doors, who knows which one will open!
I have a vision for my art, I want to make it part of my other training, coaching and consulting work. I have made small steps already but it is time to go forth and make this vision come true. How? I have no idea just yet. But that is the nice thing about visions, they do not have to be realistic. I have no doubt, that I will work something out this month to get this plan rolling.
Oh and whilst I am at crazy dreams….. I would like to exhibit one of my pieces at the RSA Summer Exhibition. There I said it :)
Have you seen the prices of those embroidered cushions? Astronomical!!
So we made some of them as presents ourselves. My niece and I played with Accucut dies and had to be inventive because we knew we wanted moustaches!!
We used the Accucut paisley die cut and doubled it up to make the moustaches and were very pleased with our result :)
The next one was lots of fun too. More Accucut brackets, birds, butterflies, wings and a border – all die cut with different materials. I have never worked with fabric and as a lesson, felt works best for die cutting and the stick on ‘no sewing’ method we used.
As an avid paper crafter, I am quite pleased to find a different use for my dies. It gives a lot of the shapes a new lease of live.
An now we are going to enter the Accucut competition. Thank you for opening it up internationally Accucut xx
I wanted to create a little album to give someone special some ‘Thank you’ vouchers.
I was in need of pockets and this little album is perfect! This particular pocket album design is by Lori Whitlock for my Silhouette cutter. But you do not need anything fancy, the colour and embossing combination would work great on a normal greetings card too.
This month we do not have a design brief!! So I indulged by starting with one of my favourite colours ever: Golden turquoise acrylic paint. Just use paper that does not warp when painted. Water colour paper is good, but I am working a lot with lining wallpaper. When the paint has dried it is smooth and becomes quite stiff and works beautifully for 3D projects. And it works great with heat embossing. Did I mention that it is very cheap too?
I gave all my pockets two coats with the acrylic paint for a rich deep turquoise and the cards which slide into the pockets got one coat for a lighter colour. Both versions are very nice! I think it also helps to not paint too neatly. This way you will get some instant and interesting texture more like fabric than paint.
Voila……. instant designer look. It feels very rich and expensive! I will come back to this colour combination often, I am sure!
Now I just have to think about what I am going to write on those vouchers and slide them into the pockets of my album.
When anything goes in the design team, I am drawn to embossing furniture (just because I have not worked out how to emboss my walls without making an almighty mess!)
I chose this little solid wood table. I use it as a bedside table and it came from my husband childhood bedroom. Considering how much time people spend these days distressing furniture, this came already distressed and I do not want to change that.
A couple of tips when embossing furniture:
- Clean the item thoroughly removing grime and dust
- Go outside and wear a mask (when heating old paint there could be some nasty fumes)
- Distressed is the way to go! Any paint underneath the embossing powder might bubble under the heat
- Try not to pick a windy day like I managed to do!
- Chose a piece of furniture you can lift because you will have to tip it and tap off the embossing powder
Here is the finished item ‘in situ’. I used Primary Indigo to emboss.
Next I am going the do the piece on the other side of my bed which is a proper old bedside cabinet. I am thinking a repetitive pattern in silver could look stunning. Watch this space!