Friday, August 22, 2014

Fantasy Theme For Miriam's Crafting Supplies

Hello!

I'm here to share with you a few quick projects for the month of August using my DT package from Miriam's Crafting Supplies.  This month, our projects are in the theme of fantasy/whismsical.  I love to make ATCs and had a blast making these canvas back ATCs, canvas provided by Miriam's shop.  I used Dylusions spray inks for my background, fussy cut images of children(found via Pinterest), glitter glue and some of Miriam's goodies.  I did adhere my canvas to some cardboard upcycled from my little one's fruit snack box to give the ATCs a backing.

 I used the blue flat back pearls from the shop to add some interest to the little fairy girl ATCs, gives the eye somewhere else to look I think.  For the Fairy King ATC, I used one of Miriam's lovely corner pieces and positioned above the little boy's head to represent a crown, he's so handsome!  Can you tell I love angels? The beautiful metal piece used on the angels kissing ATC gives the effect of a halo over those two cuties.  I simply printed up various words to use for my ATCs on my home printer, then cut them out and adhered with Glossy Accents.  As you can see, I also used Tim Holtz Stickles glitter glue around the borders of the words and ATCs for further interest.  All of my fantasies involve glitter!






I also created this awesome wood panel for Miriam's Crafting Supplies this month.  This project is inspired by the altered canvases I've seen on Pinterest and  YouTube.  I had a package of precut wood panels I'd purchased eons ago from AC Moore.  Basically here's what you do:

Take a wood panel or canvas board(any size you prefer), layer various metal pieces found in Miriam's shop all over the panel.  I used E6000 to glue mine down, use it in a room with good ventilation.  Let your collaged pieces dry for about an hour or so.  Since my wood was raw,  I used two or three coats of gesso randomly all over the panel.  Once the gesso was dry, I started painting with liquid acrylics using no particular pattern.  I chose five colors to work with, any more than that is overkill.  My colors were teal, pink, cream, lilac and white. 

I did originally plan to let my Priam Fairy Belle torn papers show but then decided to use them more as a texture.  I glued them down to the gessoed canvas, then painted over the papers and the metal accents using all the colors of paint except white.  When paintingover the metal pieces and beads be sure to not mix your paint colors.  I used a combination of fingers and brush to paint in the panel.  Once the colors were down, I let them dry then went in with white acrylic paint.  Paint all over the panel with the white or whichever focus color you choose.  When painting over, you want your other acrylic colors to show through but not be out there in your face.   In order to achieve this paint randomly and lightly, if you do it to heavy or too many coats, you don't get the white washed effect.   Add flowers or any other accent pieces items, such as the metal embellishment from Miriam's shop and the Tim Holtz doll.  Did you see the little crown I got from Miriam? It looks awesome glued to my doll's head!   Lightly dry brush more white paint onto your final embellishments, let dry and display.   I hope you've enjoyed this quick tutorial, if you have any questions please do ask me or check with Miriam and we'll get you an answer!  Thanks for stopping by, here are a few more little pics for you to enjoy.








Products used:
canvas ATCs from http://www.miriamscraftingblog.com/
acrylic paints
brush
wood panel or canvas board
paper flowers
beads
spray inks
computer images, words
glitter glue
strong glue such as E6000
Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz doll figure
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  Items below are courtesy of Miriam's Crafting Supplies:
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Funky Fairy For Miriam's Crafting Supplies

Hello!

I'm back again with a little project for the August Challenge over at www.miriamscraftingblog.com or better known as Miriam's Crafting Supplies.  This month our challenge is to use our DT package goodies with the theme of fairy/fantasy.

You know I love dressforms, did I tell you I love dressforms?  I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to them along with crowns and corsets.  This month's DT pkg has this tiny crown in it, eek!

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Cute, huh? Yes, it is, I'm kinda hording it.  Anyways, so on to my August Challenge entry, you really need to try out the challenges, you can win a prize and besides, you use up stuff you may have been hoarding. 

I made this Funky Fairy using a Michael's dollar bin lady form as my main character.  The round wood base can easily be found at most craft stores for a dollar or less.  First I painted her in antique gold craft paint, then I spackled or speckled white, black and robin's egg blue acrylic paint all over her.  I started that process using a brush.  It was'nt bad but it was'nt ME, so I just used my fingers and finger painted all over her.  For the wood base, I used both a brush and my fingers.  Obviously, I let her dry before adding my elements and texture.  For texture I tore some cheesecloth and adhered that with light gel medium.  Then I went in with Miriam's Craft Supplies metal embellishments.  I gave a corner piece a faux patina with gold and robin's egg paints, then slightly bent it to fit her lower hip area, adhered with E6000.  Do be careful when using adhesives, make sure you have lots of ventilation.






I painted two of  Miriam's leaves with the same paint combos, leaving out the gold this time.   Originially, I was going to just adhere the leaves to use as her wings but then had an epiphany and added a corner piece first.  This gives her wings/leaves a base that is a bit sturdier.  I added a flower of my choice.  I'd love to tell you which brand flower, but I'm a flower nut and get them from all over the place.  If you notice her head/neck area has a fashioned "crown" piece which again one of the metal corner embellishments from Miriam's store.  I continued my own thing decorating her to my liking, adding this or that.  The little beady type things are DewDrops, got them from a lady on FaceBook.  I also used Miriam's little acrylic crystal drops on the wood base, gives her a little something blingy but not quite.









Did I mention I was going for a funky distressed aged statue kind of look for my Funky Fairy?  How did I do?

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Supplies:

paper mache dressform
wood base
acrylic paints
brush
cheesecloth
assorted flowers



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