Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kickstart Your Art Day 3

There is an art journal challenge going on over at Smeared and Smudged.  It is a Daily challenge for 7 days which gives participants 24 hours to complete each day's challenge.  I'm new to art journaling so I thought I'd give these challenges a go...time permitting of course.

The challenge for day 3 was "Easy Found Objects Background Technique".

Pictured below is my take on the challenge:
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I used objects I "found" at work.  I'm a nurse so I included some syringes, an IV tubing set and I also used some used grommets I cut off an old shower curtain the other day. 

 I placed these objects upon my blank page and misted red and black Dylusions inks which left a negative impression of the items used.  I also dabbed some black and red Staz-on ink onto the paper to darken it up a bit. 

 I colored, scanned and reprinted Rick St. Dennis MFA's "SH Monster Nurse" and fussy cut her twice.  I wanted to add more nurses to the page, but I was too tired to fussy cut the whole lot that I printed and I didn't want to cover up the background I created.  

For my final steps I added some journaling on white paper and I roughed up the edges of my paper with scissors and dripped brick red distress ink down the edges of my paper.  Even after blasting the thing with a heat gun, it is still a bit wet so I had to stick my final page between two transparency sheets to scan it without staining my scanner.

Thanks for Looking at my Work!
~ Lady B ~

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

KICKSTART YOUR ART with Smeared and Smudged Day 2

There is an art journal challenge going on over at Smeared and Smudged.  It is a Daily challenge for 7 days which gives participants 24 hours to complete each day's challenge.  I'm new to art journaling so I thought I'd give these challenges a go...time permitting of course.

The challenge for day 2 was to use an image of a heart(s) and/or journaling about a heart(s).

Pictured below is my take on the challenge:

I used stamps from Smeared Ink's "Heart Wings" rubber set which can be purchased as a "past offering" from Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.
I started with the words, inked them with embossing ink/glue and heat set clear embossing powder.  Next came layers of Dylusions Spray Inks.  I wiped the ink off the clear embossed words.  When dry, I stamped the various hearts with embossing ink/glue and heat set colored embossing powder.

Bring on Day 3 
~ Lady B ~

KICKSTART YOUR ART with Smeared and Smudged Day1

There is an art journal challenge going on over at Smeared and Smudged.  It is a Daily challenge for 7 days which gives participants 24 hours to complete each day's challenge.  I'm new to art journaling so I thought I'd give these challenges a go...time permitting of course.

The challenge for day one was to use Primary Color Drips.

Pictured below is my take on the challenge:

I used the primary paint drips, outlined the drips, doodled, added some stamped images along with my sentiment "Remember to Play".  This is significant to me because I tend to take life and art too seriously.  Remembering to Play reminds me to have fun with what I'm doing and permits me to "make mistakes".  The best learning comes from play.  Children learn through play so I figured adults can do the same.

I don't remember the maker of the stamps, but they were purchased many years ago through Gorey Details.

~ Lady B ~

Monday, January 20, 2014

How to Make a Wooden Block Perpetual Calendar

Lady Brayton here.  Today I'm going to show you how to make a Perpetual Calendar from blocks of wood.   This tutorial will also appear on the Tuts and Comments Blog.  If you don't want to cut wood or don't have the tools to do so, you can buy pre-made kits or finished pieces on Ebay and Etsy.  I gave links for examples and resources only.  I do not endorse the sellers I highlighted as I have not done business with either of them. 

Although this tutorial is long, the project itself is easy enough for someone new to crafting.  Click on images to enlarge.

Supplies needed:
  • Wood or wood scraps.  You will see the dimensions needed in the directions.  Feel free to improvise on size.
  • Safety goggles and a mask to use when cutting and sanding wood.
  • A saw, manual or power.  If you don't have one, borrow the neighbor's :)
  • Sandpaper, both medium grit (80 grit) and fine grit (120 grit).
  • A tack cloth or a damp rag to wipe off the dust after sanding.
  • Brad nails that are 1" or 2.54 cm.  You will need approximately 13.  Use more or less at your discretion.
  • A hammer or a nail gun.  I like power tools for their fast results :)
  • Wood Glue
  • Felt or fun foam to attach to the bottom of the calendar
  • Glue of choice or Velcro strips, squares, or circles to adhere the felt to project. You may also use glue to adhere the felt to the bottom of the project.
  • Paint brush.  I used a 3/4" flat brush.  
  • A glass, cup, or can of water to clean paint brush.
  • DecoArt Americana Premium Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic paint in the color or colors of your choosing.  I used  Black Tie DA539-30.  There are 40 colors to choose from and the benefit of this paint is that you do not need to prime nor seal your project.
  • DecoArt Americana Decou-Page Glue in Matte DS106-64 or you can use Gloss (DS101-64) if you prefer.  I love DecoArt Decou-Page because it is not sticky or tacky when dry unlike some of the popular brands out in craft land.
  • Decorative papers.  I used 7 Gypsies Avignon 6" x 6" pad of papers.
  •  A paper trimmer or a ruler and a razor cutter. 
  • Any embellishments of your choosing.  I used a swirled coil glued to the back of my calendar to hold pictures.  Mini clothes pins would work for this as well.
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks, E-6000, silicone household glue, or any other strong glue of your choosing.

Cutting the Wood Pieces for the Calendar:
  • Wood thickness of 1/2" (1.27 cm) is recommended.  I used 3/4" (1.9 cm) wood because that is what I had on hand. I suggest using pine or another soft wood as it is easier to cut and sand than hardwood and it costs less as well. 
  • For the back of the calendar, cut wood 4 1/8" x 3 3/8" or 10.47 cm x 8.57 cm.  I made my backing bigger and cut my wood 4 1/8" x 4" or 10.47 cm x 10.16 cm.
  • For the bottom of the calendar, cut wood 4 1/8" x 2 1/8" or 10.47 cm x  5.39 cm.
  • For the sides of the calendar, cut two wood pieces measuring 2 3/4" x 3 3/8" or 6.98 cm x 8.57 cm.
  • For the numbered day blocks, cut two wood blocks measuring 2" square or 5.08 cm square.  I skipped this step as I was able to buy 2" wooden blocks at Michael's and Joann Fabrics.
  • For the month blocks, cut three pieces of wood measuring 4" long x 3/4" square or 10.16 cm long  x 1.9 cm square.
  • Sand wood pieces with a medium grit sandpaper first (80 grit) and then a fine grit (120 grit) sand paper until smooth.  Wipe dust off with a tack cloth or a damp rag.

Assembling the calendar:
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  • Glue the bottom piece of wood to the back piece of wood with wood glue.   Hammer in 3 brad nails that are 1" long or 2.54 cm long for extra security. Hammer the middle and the two ends.  You should have an L shape now or a shape that resembles a couch or bench without the sides or legs.  If any glue oozes out, wipe with a damp rag or your finger.
  • Now apply the sides.  Apply a thin line of glue to the outer edge of both the bottom piece of wood and the long edge of the back piece of wood.  Align the side piece against the glued edges of both the bottom and back pieces of wood, press together, and hammer in brad nails for extra security.  Use 3 brad nails to the area where the side connects to the bottom (middle and each end) and 2 additional brad nails to the area where the side connects with the back piece of wood (middle and top end as the bottom end already has a nail in it).  If any glue oozes out, wipe with a damp rag or your finger. Allow the glue to dry and repeat this step to attach the other side piece of wood.  You now have a piece of wood that resembles a bench that sits flat to the ground.  
     Pictured above is my version with the taller back piece of wood.  If you follow the measurements in the tutorial, your top will be the same height as your sides.  Below is my version assembled prior to decorating.

Pictured above is what the calendar should look like if you followed the measurements in the tutorial.  

  • Sand any additional rough edges or areas with raised glue using your fine grit (120 grit) sandpaper. Wipe dust with a tack cloth or a damp rag.

I cut my decorative paper with my paper trimmer and made the squares a bit smaller than the blocks so the edges painted with DecoArt Multi-Surface Satin in Black Tie would show.  Since my blocks were 2", I made my squares 1.75".  You will need 12 squares of paper for the two blocks as each block has 4 sides plus a top and bottom which gives you 6 sides to cover on each block.

I used Distress Ink in Antique Linen on the edges of my day blocks.  I also added the same ink to the month blocks.
  • Apply the names of the months on the 4 inch long by 3/4 inch squared pieces of wood. I printed my months on regular copy paper and added some Distress ink in Antique Linen.  After my DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin paint dried, I decoupaged the months to the  blocks with DecoArt Decou-Page in Matte. The first block has January, February, March and April.  The second block has May, June, July, and August.  The third has September, October, November and December
  • Number your two 2" day blocks.  Your first block should have the number 0 on the bottom and the number 5 on the top of the block.  The sides should have the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4.  Your second block should have the number 0 on the bottom and the number 8 on top of the block.  The sides should have the numbers 1,2,6,7.  (If you didn't notice, there is no number 9.  The number 6 flips and doubles as the number 9).  I used my Cricut to cut numbers out of black thin cardstock.  You can paint your numbers, use markers or even use stickers to create your numbers.
  • Apply felt or fun foam to the bottom of the calendar holder so it will not scratch your desk or furniture.  I attached felt by adhering Velcro strips to the bottom of my calendar.
  • Now that your calendar is made and decorated and all of your blocks are numbered and have the days of the months on them, place the month blocks on the bottom of your calendar holder with the current month facing outwards.
  • Set the square number blocks on top of the month blocks with the correct date facing outwards.
  • Rotate the blocks as needed to change the days and months.

I used silicone household glue to attach the decorative coil the the back of the calendar. This coil is acts like a paper clip to hold and display different pictures depicting the season or month.  A mini clothespin would work as well.  I kept the calendar in neutral colors so it could be used all year.  The Poe image in my ATC displayed below was drawn by Rick St. Dennis and can be found HERE in his Zibbet shoppe.  The backing paper features a blurb from Poe's short story "The Black Cat".

There are so many different kinds of Perpetual Calendars you can make.  I'm sure you will see more tutorials of different calendar types in the months to come.  I know I plan on making many more in many different styles.  These calendars make great gifts!  If you haven't seen it before, Helen did a tutorial on another version of a perpetual calendar. Click HERE to find her tutorial.

Thanks for looking at my work!  
~ Lady Brayton ~  

Saturday, January 4, 2014

January 2014 Saturday Freebie Challenge

Good morning everyone! We at the RSD EDT would like to wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Crafty New Year!

Did "Santa" bring you loads of crafty goodies? Have you had a chance to play with them yet?  You, like so many, have probably been too busy gathering with friends and family over the Holiday season to do much crafting. Hopefully, now that the excitement has dwindled, you will get that chance. What better way can you think of than to join us with this first challenge of the year?!  As usual, it's an "Anything Goes" challenge with only one rule - the Freebie that came with the January Newsletter from Rick St Dennis MUST be used.

If you don't yet subscribe to the Newsletter - why not?  It's free and there's always the freebie image for these little challenges of ours. All is not lost though, Baby Bacchus is available in Rick's Zibbet shop so that you can join in and be in with the chance of winning more of Rick's wonderful images. 

If you did get some new crafty goodies, why not use them here?  No extra brownie points, but we do like to share in others' good fortune (and we're nosy!).  While I have your attention, did you get a chance to have a look at all the Christmas projects The EDT lovingly made during December?  The Tuts and Comments blog featured some amazing gift ideas, some of which can be adapted for a birthday gift and for those lovers of the alternative - there was the Airless Chamberscontribution to Creepmas 2013.

Below are my contributions using the "Baby Bacchus" Freebie image.  He is just too cute!  Be sure to head over to the SNG blog to see what the rest of the DT gals have made for your viewing pleasure.  The Inlinkz for the freebie challenge will be on the SNG blog this month as well.  Click images to enlarge.

My first project is a clean and simple card.  My image was colored with Copic Markers and fussy cut.  I inked around the stark white cut edges and then mounted him to this ultra cool DP by DCWV.  I love the the appearance of texture within the paper design.  This was then mounted to  5" x 7" black card.  If you include the image, there are only 3 layers to this card.  Forgive the multitude of watermarks, but after playing on Pinterest yesterday I saw way too many stolen images.

Above is my second project using this darling image.  "Baby Bacchus", drawn by Rick St. Dennis MFA, was colored with Copic markers and scanned into my pc.  I tweaked his color a bit as my scanner tends to wash out the color in my images.  I made "Baby Bacchus" into a png element by removing the background so only the delightful sweetie would show.  I found a gorgeous picture of Blue Mountain Winery in Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada.  I used just a portion of the photo, added "Baby Bacchus", and then added the sentiment "Drink and be Merry" in PSE8.

Can't you just see this little guy on invitations to a wine tasting party or a wine and cheese party?

~ Lady Brayton ~