Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Game of Thrones Inspired Dragon Eggs.

A very good friend is Fanatical about the TV Series Game of Thrones as am I . She was particularly ooing and ahhing over the dragon eggs in the show, so thought I would make her some of her very own using DecoArt products of course.
Supplies used.
Wooden box to alter.
Styrofoam eggs.
Drawing pins.
300gsm cardstock.
Embossing Folder ( your choice )
Antique bronze latch clasp.
Foam and crushed velvet fabric ( to line inside box )
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paints:-
Carbon Black
Paynes Grey
Prussian Blue Hue
Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
Quinacrodone Gold
Metallic Silver
Metallic Gold.
For the eggs
Titan Buff
Pyrrole Red
Blue Green Light
Raw Umber.
Burnt Umber
Interference Gold
DecoArt Liquid Glass.
DecoArt Satin Varnish.
I started by Painting the box inside and out with Carbon Black and set aside to dry.
I then embossed some 300gsm cardstock and cut to size to make panels for all four sides of the box.  A piece was also cut for the box lid with a circle cut out in the centre to make space for the Insignia.

I then gave all the embossed panels a coat of metallic silver fluid acrylic and left to dry. Once dry a wash of paynes grey was applied and whilst still wet sprinkled with salt, A technique learnt from Andy Skinner on Hochanda ) some areas heavier than others. Once dry the salt was rubbed off to reveal a cool grungy effect. A wash of Prussian Blue Hue was then applied and left to dry. Once dry a wash of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide was then applied ( wonderful greenish hues ) and left to dry. Finally a wash of quinacrodone gold was applied to all panels and left to dry. Once dry all panels were edged with Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic and attached to the box with DecoArt Multi Matte Gel Medium.

Now onto the insignia for House Targaryan. A free stencil from the internet was downloaded, resized and cut on my brother Scan N Cut. This was then given a coat of Metallic Gold Fluid acrylic and once dry was attached to the box lid with Gel Medium and given a coat of DecoArt Liquid Glass to seal.

The box was then given two coats of DecoArt Satin Varnish to protect. Once dry the Antique bronze clasp/latch was attached as it looked far nicer than the brass clasp that came with the box.
Now onto the inside of the box. A map of Westeros was printed and attached to the inside lid. Foam was cut to size and covered in Black Crushed Velvet fabric and inserted into the box for the eggs to sit nicely protected.
Onto the Dragon Eggs themselves. These were made following a tutorial I found on You Tube
Once the eggs were completed it was time to give them a coat of paint. One Titan Buff Fluid Acrylic, one Blue Green Light Fluid Acrylic and one Pyrrole Red Fluid Acrylic. Each egg was then dry brushed in areas with Burnt Umber Fluid Acrylic and once dry given a wash of  Raw Umber Fluid Acrylic and finally a coat of interference Gold Fluid Acrylic.


Quite pleased how this turned out and my friend is absolutely ecstatic.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read
Hugs Fiona.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Nice Chap

I am currently enjoying playing around with Box Frames and am enjoying the creative process. Here I have created another incorporating my passion for all things Xenamorph from the Alien Movies using DecoArt Media Line.
Products used:-
DecoArt Media Line White Gesso.
DecoArt Media Line Modelling Paste.
DecoArt Media Line Black Antiquing Cream.
DecoArt Media Line Ultra Matte Varnish.
DecoArt Media Line Fluid Acrylics:- Carbon Black Quinaccrodone Gold, Metalic Silver, Phthalo Green Blue.
Andy Skinner Stencil:_ Evolution.
Hot Glue Gun.
Glass Beads.
Box Frame.
I started by creating the main focal Image ii Photoshop and printed out . I then cut from heavy chipboard my outer and inner frames. The outer frame was given a heavy coat of DecoArt White gesso and while still wet stippled and added glass beads to give an organic texture and left to dry. The inner frame was  stencilled using Andy Skinners Evolution Stencil and DecoArt Modelling Paste. Once dry out came the hot glue gun to add the details. When this was dry the whole inner frame was given a coat of the Metalic silver paint and once dry the whole piece was coated with DecoArt Black Antiquing Cream and wiped back.
The main outer frame was then given a coat of Phthalo blue green  and when dry a couple of washes of Quin Gold and carbon black was applied all over and left to dry highlighting all the lovely organic texture. The frames were then applied to the main box frame and mini cast xenamorph heads were applied to all four corners. A coat of DecoArt Ultra Matte Varnish was then applied to finish. Love how this turned out, think I might do more maybe a box next time.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Hugs Fiona.

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Evil Returns with Haunted Design House.

That's right, the Minions (well most of us anyway) have returned for
a little play in the dungeon. We really missed each other's company,
and the daring souls who liked to drop by every now and again.
While we have all gone in opposite directions since the dungeon door 
slammed shut a while back, we have regrouped for a bit 
to share in our fondness for the dark and weirdness of our beloved
Haunted Design House. 
For my project I decided to create an ATC Holder store all my Dark and Creepy ATC's in.
I started off by die cutting three block cubes from greyboard using a scoreboard die from Eileen Hull. I assembled the cubes but cut off the lid to create my open boxes. Glued all three together and the painted inside and out using Decoart Media Fluid Acrylics in Carbon Black, Pyrolle Red and Titan Buff. Stamped using Andy Skinners Industrial Stamp set and a Skull stamp of my own. I then Die cut the arches for the back using a Tim Holtz Die. Painted and stamped as before. Added a die cut Arch frame which had been given a rusty treatment using an Andy Skinner technique. And attached to the back. I then gave the whole piece a coat of DecoArt Media Matte Varnish to protect. Stamped a sentiment and added to a metal label holder and attached to the centre back Arch. Finished by adding some ornate metal feet. Quite pleased how this turned out.
Till the next time
Hugs Fiona.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Dare You to Create ?............ Think I just did.

Tracy Weinzapfel and Andy Skinner are at it again. But this time they are daring you to create.
Andy and Tracy want to see how you can incorporate BOTH of their styles into your own piece(s).
So I gathered up my DecoArt supplies and set about creating not one but two Skinzapfel pieces of art incorporating both styles.
 First up an Andy Skinner Inspired piece with a touch of Tracey Weinzapfel thrown in.

I started with a canvas board. I then created a sunray stencil design in illustrator and cut my design on my brother Scan n Cut. I then sponged through the stencil with a mix of DecoArt Media tinting base and DecoArt Media fluid acrylic in paynes grey. Next step was to spritz  over the canvas board with DecoArt Media Misters in carbon black, shimmering Turquoise and shimmering white. The flowers were painted using the Tinting base and paynes grey mix. When dry they were outlined with a black fine liner pen. The skull was cut from  black 300gsm cardstock on the Brother Scan n Cut. It was rhen given a coat of DecoArt Media Crackle paint . Whils drying I set about Rusting the cogs for the eyes using DecoArt Media Texture Sand paste and Media Fluid acrylics in Prussian blue hue and interference turquoise. The cogs were then added to the skull and then attached to canvas board base. To finish I stamped in Black archival Ink around the sides of the canvas board and onto the base using stamps from Andy Skinners Toxic Set.
Next up a Tracy Weinzapfel Inspired piece with a touch of Andy Skinner thrown in.
I started with a canvas board and primed with DecoAt Media white Gesso. When dry I applied DecoArt Media Crackle paste with a palette knife and set aside to dry. I die cut two hearts from chipboard on one I used a technique learnt in Andy Skinners Timeworn Techniques class . On the other heart I die cut  the heart again from an old book page and attached to the heart. This was then given a wash of some watered down Media Mister in Turquoise Shimmer taken from the bottle. Once dry The heart was stamped with black archival ink using a stamp from Andy Skinners Toxic set and edged with carbon black Media fluid acrylic. A die cut cog was then given the rusty treatment using an Andy Skinner technique. I then sprayed the canvas board with DecoArt Media Misters in Carbon Black, Shimmering Turquoise and Shimmering white. This highlighted all the yummy texture of the crackle paste. Stamping was then added using a stamp from Andy Skinners Toxic set and black archival ink. The edges of the canvas board was then sponged with DecoArt Media fluid acrylic in carbon black. The hearts and cog were then applied to the canvas board and stamped word strips added to finish.
I think I surpassed all my expectations with these two pieces of art which has taken me in a direction I never thought I would whilst thoroughly enjoying the process.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Hugs Fiona.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Bold and Bright Challenge with Andy Skinner.

It's been a while since I posted but wanted to share with you a recent piece of artwork I have created for  Andy Skinners Bold and Bright Challenge over on his blog HERE. This has so taken me out of my comfort zone of the dark and Macabre artwork I normally create but I have embraced the challenge and quite enjoyed the process. I created my piece on a 12x10 canvas board.
DecoArt products used: Media Fluid Acrylics in:- Carbon Black, Primary Magenta, Green Gold, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Prussian Blue and Titanium White. Tinting Base, Modelling Paste. White Gesso.
Andy Skinner Stampendous Stamps: Industrial and Steampunk.
Andy Skinner Stencils for DecoArt :  Industrial Elements.
I started by gessoing the canvas board and once dry got my colours on the canvas board. I then stencilled the whole board in co-ordinating colours until I was happy. Once dry I pencilled in my design and painted over the whole board covering up the entire background apart from the pencilled design. A layering technique learnt from Andy Skinner HERE. Once dry I created a stencil from a tim holtz heart die from thick acetate and applied tinted modelling paste through it. Once dry the hearts were stamped with Andy's Industrial set. Doodles  and stencilled designs were added to the overall design and the focal points outlined with a black permanent marker. Quite happy how this turned out for a first attempt.
You can participate in Andy's challenge over on his blog and you have until March 9th to get your entries in. Some fabulous prizes on offer too, so I hope I have inspired you to take part.
Thanks for stopping by
Hugs Fiona.