Friday, May 27, 2016

Beware:Cute Alert!

Here is some cute inspiration from me today.  For those who know I like dark stuff, yes, I am actually ill and feverish.  Apparently I make happy and pretty things when ill and dark, creepy stuff when well.  Perhaps I should speak to my shrink about this phenomenon?  LOL!  Click image to enlarge.  You can purchase the image, "Betsy and Bunny" here.  Click here to find the Rick St. Dennis Fans and friends group.

Click the image to enlarge:

~ Lady Brayton ~

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Dark World of Carnivals

Hi!  Lady Brayton here!  I made some creepy fun inspiration for everyone today using Rick St. Dennis images, but the images are no longer offered as digital singles. Instead, pages upon pages of these awesome images as well as scenes can be found in Rick's "The Dark World of Carnivals" adult colouring book which is listed in the comments below.  This is brilliant because you don't have to think about what to create with the images.  You can just colour and enjoy!  Anyway, if you're looking for digital singles or sets, many other cool images can be found in Rick St Dennis Mfa​'s Etsy and Zibbet shops.  Also, both shops have instant downloads so you can have instant gratification. The zibbet shop has the more mainstream images and the Etsy shop has the darker images.

My piece is a mix of copic coloured images as well as digitally coloured images and the scene was created in Photoshop.  I added some elements and light effects from Mischief Circus, Gothic Inspirations, and Lotta Designs. Click the image to enlarge.  Cheers!

To purchase "The Dark World of Carnivals", check the links below.

the dark world of carnivals

Authored by Rick St. dennis
Drawings by Rick St. dennis
Cover design or artwork by Monique Van Dijk
Guest editor Bonnie Irvine
Assisted by Monique Van Dijk
Edition: 1
a combination colouring book/informational nook about one artists reflections on the American Carnival. Many full page detailed illustrations interspersed with short one page essays, quotes and quips about Carnivals-the publication does not attempt to be definitive it's aimed at a market that would enjoy a scary carnival film or story combined with whimsical drawings teen to adult softcover suitable for colouring with dry media (pencils, Crayons).

Publication Date:
jan 21 2016
1523641274 / 9781523641277
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Non-Classifiable / Non-Classifiable

Available at


Amazon USA

Amazon UK

Amazon DE

Friday, April 22, 2016

Clockwork Dragon

Pictured below is a faux book which started its life as a box of candy.  I used a Steampunk digital stamp named "Clockwork Dragon" drawn by Rick St. Dennis MFA.  The image was colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut with scissors and a craft knife.  

The pages of the book were made from aluminum tape which was scored with a metal brush several times to give the look of pages.  Washes of DecoArt Media fluid acrylics in Carbon Black and Quinacridone Gold were applied to the metal pages for an aged appearance.  The "pages" were sealed with DecoArt Media Soft-Touch Varnish.

  The facing of the book is embossed metal which was attached to the candy box with DecoArt liquid glass.  The metal was then covered with DecoArt Media Antiquing cream in Carbon Black and when dry, the excess cream was wiped away with a slightly damp cloth to give an aged look.  After the aged metal facing of the book was dry, DecoArt Media Soft-Touch Varnish was used to seal the antiquing cream.  Tim Holtz cogs were embossed with a Darice embossing folder (Steampunk Gears) and a border was created.  DecoArt Americana Premium Matte Acrylics in Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber and True Ochre were used to paint the border of cogs.  When dry, DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Silver Spark, Gold Rush and Copper Kettle were applied with my fingers and later were buffed with a soft cloth to increase the metallic sheen.  The gear and cog border, as well as the Clockwork Dragon, were applied to the faux book using pop dots.

Click image to enlarge:

Thanks for Looking!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Dare to Create - A Skinzapfel Challenge

From Andy Skinner and Tracy Weinzapfel:
Tracy Weinzapfel and I are at it again! But this time we are daring YOU to create.
In honour of our Dare to Create experiments we want to see how you can incorporate BOTH our styles into your own piece(s). Gather up your DecoArt supplies, get making, and let us know how you turned your piece into a Skinzapfel masterpiece!
Here is how to enter:
This challenge is exclusive to this group and to Tracy’s Mixed Media Monday’s group
Create your piece using any DecoArt products and upload to the We Dare You to Create Photo Album.

My first Skinzapfel piece will be placed in Andy's category as it is a bit grungier than my second piece.  Click on images to enlarge.

The Andy Skinner portions of my first piece pictured above are the aged and crackled cogs, the overall grunginess, the crackled background as well as the use of Andy's "Industrial" stamp set. The Tracy portion includes the blue tones as well as the hearts.

DecoArt Products used:
  • Media Gesso in black and white
  • Media Misters in Primary Yellow, Red, Orange and Primary Magenta
  • Media Shimmer Mister in Yellow
  • Weathered Wood
  • Paintable Texture Crackle
  • Americana Stencil Brush Set
  • Media Crackle Paint
  • Americana Stencil "Gears & Cogs" 
  • White Tinting Base
  • Media Fluid Acrylics in Carbon Black, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Teal Hue, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Quinacridone gold, Cadmium Red Hue, Pyrrole Red, Dioxazine Purple, Dark Grey Value 3, and Quinacridone Red.
  • Metallic Lustres in Copper Kettle, Gold Rush, Iced Espresso, Black Shimmer and Champagne Ice.
  • Media Ultra-Matte Varnish 
  • Brush and Stencil Cleaner

Other Products used:
  • Drywall Tape
  • Paint Brushes
  • Andy Skinner "Industrial" Stamp set
  • StazOn ink in Jet Black
  • Canvas Board

My second piece will go into Tracy's category as it is a bit more whimsical.

I've used techniques from Andy's Book of Ruination workshop on the background and I used techniques from his Rock this Book workshop on the altered frame. To add a Tracy touch...I HAD to add flowers.  I made plaster Roses from a silicone mold I have as well as leaves to go with the flowers.  The roses were painted with Multi-Surface Satin paints and the leaves were painted with Media fluid acrylics.  The flower parts were sealed and Crackle glaze was applied.  When dry, Antiquing Cream in Carbon black was applied, allowed to dry, excess wiped away, and the pieces were sealed again.  I made a flower pot with cardboard and various colours of Media Misters.  The paper was a scrap piece used to sop up any splatters or puddles.  I glued and stapled the paper to the cardboard.  My faux flower pot was adhered to the background with a hot glue gun.  Next I coiled some copper wire around a paint brush to use as stems.  The bottom of the wire was glued into the flower pot with the glue gun and the tips of the stems were glued under the roses with the hot glue.  The leaves were applied randomly with the hot glue gun as well.  For the final touch, I coiled more wire around a paint brush and poked it through a hole in a baby Alligator's foot and hung it like a charm from the flower pot. 
Poor gator :( 

DecoArt Products used:
  • Media Modeling Paste in White
  • Media Misters in Primary Yellow, Red, Orange and Primary Magenta
  • Media Shimmer Mister in Yellow
  • Americana Premium Multi-Surface Satin in Red Barn and Dark Scarlet
  • Traditions Artist Acrylics in Titanium White, Carbon Black, Prussian Blue Hue, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, and Quinacridone Gold
  • Media Fluid Acrylics in Yellow Green Light, Blue Green Light, and Viridian Green Hue
  • Media Ultra-Matte Varnish
  • Media Soft-Touch Varnish
  • Media Crackle Glaze
  • Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black
  • Brush and Stencil Cleaner

Other Products used:
  • StazOn ink in Jet Black
  • Andy Skinner's "Industrial" Stamp set
  • Copper Wire
  • Needle nose pliers and wire cutter
  • Alligator's Foot
  • Cardboard
  • Canvas Board (mine was 8" 10")
  • Frame to alter (mine was 8" 10")
  • Hydrocal Plaster
  • Baroque Fondant and Gum Paste Silicone Mold by Wilton
  • Stapler and Staples
  • Glue and Hot Glue Gun
  • Paint Brushes and Palette Knives

~Lady B~

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter and RSD Inspiration Post

I'm Lady B, for those who don't already know, and it is my turn to give some creative mojo to those in the RSD Facebook Fans and Friends Group.  I would also like to take a moment to remind everyone about the March RSD Facebook Challenge.  Click HERE to find out details about the challenge.

Pictured below is the ever so cute "Larry Lapin".  He was drawn by Rick St. Dennis MFA and is available exclusively at "I Brake for Stamps".  Larry can be found in digital form here and in rubber form here.  I coloured Larry with Copic Markers, scanned him to my pc, and then I added him to the digital card I made.  This is an older piece of mine, but I wanted to post something to reflect the holiday.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate!
Also, Happy Early Easter for those who celebrate next week! 

Pictured below is my current make for inspiration.  Click images to enlarge.

I made a 3 page art journal spread.  The theme/inspiration was the quote "What I really want is".
To make my journal I used the following:  "Art Will Set Us Free" digital stamp drawn by Rick St. Dennis MFA.  It can be purchased here
  •  I coloured the digital stamp with Copic Markers, fussy cut it, and I set it aside for later.
DecoArt Products Used:
Other Materials:
  • Drywall Tape from the hardware store
  • Scissors
  • Heat Gun (optional)
  • Mini plastic cups or tissue tubes to make the circle shapes
  • An old plastic credit card for spreading paints and making lines
  • Various stencils, both handmade and store bought
  • Brushes and foam stencil pouncers
  • A large container of water to rinse brushes
  • Kitchen Towel for my multitude of messes
  • Focal image of choice, I used the Rick St. Dennis Digital Stamp "Art Will Set Us Free".
The Process: (For all paint steps, let one layer dry before moving on to the next layer).
  • Prepare journal pages with DA Gesso in White.
  • Colour or paint your focal image, fussy cut it from the paper, and set it aside to use later.  If you are wanting to paint an image directly onto your journal page, save this step until you are near the end of your journal page making.
  • Using a brush, palette knife, wedge tool or a credit or gift card, apply Tinting White Base and several coordinating colours onto journal pages and smoosh around until the base is covered. You want to use colours from the same colour family so you don't end up making mud.
  • Apply stencils and paint colours of choice to create designs for extra visual texture.  I used a sponge pouncer for this.  Continue this process until you like your pages.
  • Apply drywall tape in several areas.  In some areas, I left the tape on the page.  In other areas, I used the tape as a stencil with white and black gesso as well as various paint colours.
  • Use credit card to make lines.  I used my credit card and gesso for this step.
  • Use anything with a circle shape to make more marks on the journal page.  Once again, gesso was used in this step, but a thicker paint could work as well.  I used plastic cups, but tissue tubes and kitchen towel rolls work well too.
  • Attach focal image with DA Media Matte Medium.
  • Write anything you wish with the DA glass markers or pen of your choice (optional).
  • Seal page with Media Matte Varnish.  You can use a satin or glossy finish if you prefer. DecoArt sells those as well.
  • Basically, just play, experiment and have fun!
~ Lady B ~

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Heart and Skull...Inspiration for the RSD February Challenge

Hi!  Lady B here sharing some inspiration for the RSD February Challenge.  For this challenge, participants must use a Rick St. Dennis image from his Etsy or Zibbet shops and the creation must contain one or more hearts either in the image itself or in the final project.  Read more details here.

I made a MM Canvas Board using a Skull from RSD's "Boneyard Skulls" digi set and DecoArt paints and Mediums.  Click on image to enlarge.

My real camera is MIA so I had to use my cell for photos.  I will try to post a better picture later.
~ Lady B ~

DecoArt Products: 
Other Products:
  • Canvas Board 8" x 10" from Jerry's Artarama
  • An old credit card
  • Drywall Tape from the Hardware store
  • Chatterbox Journaling Genie Stencil #3 Funky.  This stencil is so old, I don't even know if it exists anymore.  I used it to make the Swirled and Zig-Zag lines.
  • Any printable image of choice.  I used one of the Skulls from Rick St. Dennis MFA's "Boneyard Skulls" digital stamp set.
  • Access to a laser printer
  • Fountain Pen
  • Black and Opaque White India Ink
My Process:
  • Although my Canvas Board came pre-primed, I added another coat of gesso in white and dried with a heat gun being careful not to let the gesso bubble.
  • White tinting base and the fluid media acrylics were added in random spots on the canvas and the paint was spread with an old credit card.  American matte acrylics were applied as well.  I kept applying more paint and kept smushing it about until I achieved the look I wanted.  My paint mixture was thick so I allowed the canvas to dry overnight.
  • A heart shaped stencil was cut from paper, placed on the previously painted canvas, and white gesso was applied followed by Americana Premium Matte Acrylic in Purple Cow.
  • Media Matte Medium was applied to the heart as well as to the skull image (which was printed in reverse with a laser printer).
  • When dry, another coat of matte medium was applied to the heart and printed image.  The printed image was applied face down onto the heart and any bubbles or wrinkles were smoothed away.  The image was allowed to dry over night.
  • The paper was removed from the canvas with a wet sponge.   
  • After the paper was removed and the canvas was dry, I applied soft touch varnish to the heart. Two coats were applied and allowed to dry.  
  • Crackle glaze was applied to the heart and skull image and allowed to dry.
  • When dry, Carbon Black Antiquing cream was applied to the cracks in the heart and allowed to dry.  When dry, excess antiquing cream was wiped away with a slightly damp napkin.
  • The crackled heart and skull were sealed with soft touch varnish.
  • Using a credit card and gesso in black and white, several lines were made over the canvas.
  • Gesso in black was scraped through drywall tape in several areas.  I also did this with white gesso and prussian blue hue acrylic paint.  In some areas, the stencil paint/gesso was still a bit damp so new colours emerged.  A happy accident.
  • When the paint was dry, Modeling Paste in white was scraped through my journaling stencil.  
  • Titanium white fluid acrylic was painted over the dried white gesso for a brighter look.
  • White gesso was applied with a credit card and DA's "Mod" stencil in two areas.
  • Using black India Ink with a fountain pen, the white swirl and zig zag marks were outlined. The heart was also outlined with both black and white India Ink and the same inks were used on the skull image to add highlights and deepen the shadows of the image transfer.
  • The canvas was sealed with soft touch varnish.
  • Brush and stencil cleaner was used to clean off my stencils and fountain pens.
Thanks for looking!
~ Lady B

Friday, February 5, 2016

Forced Affection Day is on the Way

It's February.  Everything is pink and red and full of hearts.  The Hallmark Company in the states will make millions of dollars selling sappy Valentine's Day Cards.  I won't be a part of the nonsense.
In my opinion, love and affection should be shown every day, not just on February 14th which is Valentine's Day (Forced Affection Day).  It's the day people feel obligated to declare their love and devotion for if they don't they will surely be shunned.

In honour of VD, the holiday (not the disease), the RSD EDT is challenging Rick's fans and friends to make a creation using Cupid's Toys.  For the challenge, you must include a heart or an arrow or both in your design/image.  My make is below.  Click on the image to enlarge.

I used the image "I Want Your Heart 2015" drawn by Rick St. Dennis MFA.  
The image and background was coloured with Copic markers then the image was scanned to my PC.  I re-sized the image and added a calendar to it as well as a coordinating border.
Rick has a whole set of calendar toppers in his Etsy shop as well as many of his creepy images.
If you prefer cute, elegant, pretty, or mainstream images, check out Rick's Zibbet shop.

Here is a bit more about Rick's February Challenge:

It's time for our February RSD Facebook Challenge!
Theme ~ Hearts and/or Arrows
For this challenge, which must feature a Rick St. Dennis image, we want to see a heart(s) or an arrow(s) or both somewhere on your project, either in the image or in the background...or maybe it's the shape. Have fun with it!

Time Frame ~ February 1 – February 29 at 11:59 pm EST

Facebook Challenge Rules
must use an RSD digi or rubber stamp
full project, not just colouring of image (full project can be anything from a tag, card, atc, to an altered piece, mixed media or art journal page...anything where the project is the showcase for the image which is the focal)
hand coloured and hand crafted (no digital colouring)
no limit to the number of submissions per person
one clear, well-lit photo per entry entered into the February Facebook Challenge album. You can link to blog in album comments under your photo. That way it will pop up on the Timeline so everyone can be inspired.

Winners & Prizes:
We are using a sliding scale for prizes based upon the number of entries
1 to 3 entries: 
Winner chosen by Prize: one digi
4 to 10 entries: 
One winner chosen by EDT Prize: one image & badge
One winner chosen by Prize: one image 
11 to 20 entries:
Two winners chosen by EDT Prize:one image & badge
One winner chosen by Prize: one image
21 + entries:
One winner chosen by EDT : one image & badge
One winner chosen by Rick: one image & badge
One winner chosen by one image

~ Lady Brayton ~

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Wanderlust Journal Spread

DecoArt was sponsoring a challenge in January for Wanderlust based on a composition tutorial and the quote "Sometimes What You're Most Afraid of Doing is the Very Thing that will Set You Free.
My attempt is pictured below.  Art journaling and mixed-media are fairly new to me so needless to say the challenge was a bit out of my comfort zone.  I did enjoy the process.  Click the image to enlarge if you wish.

Sorry.  I used way too many supplies to list, not to mention I forgot to keep track the supplies used as I went along.  I will keep track in the future.  I can say I definitely used DecoArt Gesso in white, DecoArt DecouPage and DecoArt Media Gel Medium.  The colours are now a blur to me.
~ Lady Brayton ~

Friday, January 29, 2016

DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge

I decided to enter the DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge.  Today is the last day for submissions.  Looking at my piece, there a few more things I want to add, but time is not on my side.  FYI, I made a similar canvas previously, decided to experiment a bit, and had to start from scratch.  Ouch!  Anyway, click on the image to enlarge and I will do my best to describe my process.

DecoArt Supplies:
Americana Gloss Enamels Stick-On Stencil "Mod"
Fluid Media Acrylics in Prussian Blue Hue, Payne's Grey, Titanium White, Colbalt-Teal Hue, Quinacridone Violet, Dioxazine Purple, Cerulean Blue, Yellow Oxide, Raw Sienna and Titan Buff.
Americana Premium Matte Acrylics in Purple Cow, Wisteria, and Antique Mauve.
Dazzling Metallics in Ice Blue

Other Products:
A Snowflake Stencil I made with my eClips cutting machine
An old gift card, credit card or business card
A Brayer (optional)
Paint brushes of various shapes and sizes
Fan brush to add splatters of paint
A Black Micron Pen
A White Paint Marker, fine tipped
A Canvas Board sized 8" x 10" or A4 size.
"Singing Zombie" digital stamp by Rick St. Dennis, reversed and printed with a laser printer.

  1. Although my canvas board was pre-primed, I applied another coat of DA Gesso.
  2. I applied DA white tinting base as well as Prussian Blue Hue, Colbalt-Teal Hue and Dioxazine Purple to my canvas board and spread it around with a plastic gift card.  I kept repeating this process until I ended up with a look that I liked.
  3. I used White Gesso, Payne's Grey, and Quinacridone Violet along with a plastic gift card to make various hashes, marks and lines with the paint.
  4. I cut out a sample of my focal image, traced it onto the canvas, and coated the section with white gesso.  I used 2 coats.
  5. When dry, I applied Media Matte Medium to the white image block and to my reversed image on printer paper and allowed to dry. 
  6. Once dry, I applied a second coat of Media Matte Medium to both areas, applied my digitally stamped image (laser ink side down) and smoothed out the paper with a brayer, cleaning up any matte medium that may have oozed out.  I let this dry overnight.  No heat gun.
  7. The next morning I took a wet sponge and removed the paper off my canvas leaving a cool image transfer.  Andy has a tutorial on this process here.
  8. I then painted my focal image (colours will be listed in step 11). The "rays" coming from the image were painted with White Tinting Base, Dioxazine Purple and Cerulean Blue. When dry, I covered my Singing Zombie with a mask and used a fan brush with various colours of the fluid acrylics to add a splatter effect.  
  9. After various layers of paint, I went in with my Micron Pen to go over the lines of the image. This dried a bit shiny.  I've since put a layer of Media Matte Medium over the image, but haven't had a chance to take a new picture yet.
  10. I used the DA Stencil "Mod" as well as my handmade snowflake stencil with Glistening Snow-Tex to add dimension, some shimmer, and to add to the winter feel.
  11. The Zombie skin consisted mostly of Tinting White base, Colbalt-Teal Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, Purple Cow and Wisteria.  The wounds and mouth consisted of Titanium White, Antique Mauve and Quinacridone Violet.  The dark areas had Payne's grey added.  The teeth consisted of Titan Buff, Yellow Oxide and Raw Sienna as well as some highlights with my white marker. The hair consisted of various shades of grey using White mixing base with Payne's Grey. Dazzling Metallics in Ice Blue was used for the eyes.  
Things I'd like to add:
  1. I think it would look cool to add some DA Crackle Glaze to the zombie skin and once dry, add some antiquing cream to the image.  Cracked Zombie Skin would rock!  Perhaps I'll give that a go later.
  2. I had thought about adding the words "Winter Wonderland" along with some music notes to the rays coming from the Zombie to give the appearance of him singing.  I held off on this in fear of ruining my piece.
  3. I think I would have liked to grunge up the canvas a bit more, but sometimes less is more so I let it be.
Thanks for Looking!
~ Lady B ~

Friday, January 22, 2016

Creepy New Year with Lady B

Lady Brayton here to show you a creepy cute January Calendar I made using Rick's "January" digi stamp.  The stamp was coloured with Copic markers and scanned to my PC.  I then added a free calendar page I found on the net and added some cool background paper from the retired store of  Crafty Chaos Designs.  The paper came from the set "Technologie Fantastique".  
Click on image to enlarge.  I will be showing my Feb. calendar in a few days.

For those who did not see my December calendar during the Creepmas hop, here it is below:

The calendar above was made with Rick St. Dennis MFA's image "Fresh Decor 2015".
Once again the image was coloured with Copic markers, scanned to my pc, and a free printable calendar was added as well as a snowflake and sand timer.  The striped paper was in my stash and I scanned that as well.  Assembly was done in PhotoShop.

To find Rick's colouring books, click here.

~ Lady Brayton ~