Friday, 29 May 2009

Tag Book Workshop

I have been away for a couple of days this week doing some workshops at Graphicus. The first one we did was a Tag book and wes more technique driven with the finished book being more a by-product of trying different techniques on tags. Anyone who is a fan of Tim Holtz will be familiar with the type of stuff we were doing - playing with Distress inks, blending them with Cut N Dry foam, adding water, etc. We also did some techniques with the Adirondack Acrylic Paint Daubers which included an image transfer - that was fun and I was pleased at how well my image came out.

When we had done we bound all our tags into a book so now we have that as useful referrence work to remind us of how to do all the techniques we tried.

I have not finished the other project we did on Thursday - that involved working with Stampbord - but I have all my stuff home with me now and plan to take the time to finish it properly over the next few days.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

More Zendoodles

I decided it would be fun to try the round Zendala type of zendoodling, so I cut some circles with round nestabilities and got doodling. Next I added colour by brayering over my doodled circle using a Kaleidacolor ink pad (Caribbean Sea) which has colour bands that go from blue through to green so I though this might be acceptable for the challenge over on Colour Create this week which is to make something in Blue and Green.

I mounted the circular doodles onto some coordinating scalloped nesties that I had cut from gold foil card and then mounted these onto some light blue card. The greeting is a stamp by Elusive Images and comes from the Words of Inspiration themeplate.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

All of a Flutter

This card was made for a swap on Craft Telly forum where the monthly swap theme was All of a Flutter. The background is made in 2 halfs using a brayer, a Kaleidacolor ink pad (Melon Melody) my cuttlebug to emboss the lower half and stamps by Elusive Images to heat emboss the sparkley Dragonflys and butterflys on the top half. All the stamps for that are on the Butterfly Blush themeplate and I used Stamp N Stuff Kaleidascope EP which changes colour when heated.

The main Butterfly is from another Elusive Images theme plate, this time Just Butterflies. The image was stamped using Adirondack ink in Butterscotch, heat embossed with more of the Kaleidascope EP and then painted using Twinkling H2O paints in colours to coordinate with those in the background. This was mounted onto card cut with Nestabilites dies. The ribbon is from Maya Road.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Zen Wotsit ?

Ok so did that post title grab your attention? Then please let me explain. I was blog hopping and landed on my SBS20 sister Carol's blog where found myself fascinated by the background on one of her cards. I was thinking OK I wonder who made that stamp then cuz it's so detailed, but as I read her post I discovered that the background was not infact stamped but drawn - it's a Zentangle.

So there was me thinking OK so what exactly is a Zen-wotsit? I did what any nosey person would do - I Googled! It seems Zentangle is actually a trade marked name - and this form of art is also known as Zendoodle, or when done in the circurlar style as on Carol's Blog it is sometimes referred to as Zendala. Anyhow I had to get my black Gel Pen and have a bash and here is what I came up with.

I couldn't resist adding a little colour and as the challenge this week on My Time To Craft is "Black & White plus One" I thought I could submit the card I have made for the challenge with my attempt at Zendoodling.