Friday, May 30, 2014

Monster Madness

Lady B here.  Pictured below is a project I made for the Monster Madness Blog Hop. Several members of the Rick St. Dennis Elite Design Team are playing along and all of our projects can be seen on Rick's dark blog, Airless Chambers

I used the image "Zombie, Let's Have Brains...".  The zombie was colored with Copic markers then scanned to my pc.  I printed the zombie out six times and fussy cut several layers for dimension.  I glued the various layers with silicone household glue and attached the zombie to my 6" x 6" decorated board.  The textured background is an Andy Skinner technique from his Book of Ruination Workshop.  I used paints and mediums from DecoArt.  Click images to enlarge.

If you like monsters, you can find several in Rick's Zibbet and Etsy Shoppes.  For more inspiration, go to Rick's other sites:
  • The Gallerie: An inspirational gallery that displays Rick's images in various projects without boring you with babble.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
~ Lady B

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another Steampunk Project

Lady B here.  I have been trying to use up my paper scraps and broken electronic pieces before my husband throws my stuff in the bin.  What he sees as junk or garbage, I see artistic opportunity.  I'm doing my best not to bring in new items until I use my old items so that I don't end up on the television show about hoarders.  

With my leftover bits and bobs, I made the Steampunk project below.  I'm not sure if I love it as it's a bit busy for my taste, but it did allow me to purge some of my creative energy.  I learn by playing and experimenting. That is how I discover what I like.  Just because this piece may not be perfect for me, someone else may love it or be inspired by it.  That is the beauty of art.  There is no right or wrong and no good or bad.  Everything is up to interpretation and the fun is in the journey.

Click image to enlarge.

I used the image "Steampunk Peg" which was drawn by Rick St. Dennis and is available for purchase exclusively at "I Brake for Stamps".  Peg was printed on Copic X-Press-It card and colored with Copic markers.  I used a base of 6" x 6" MDF board, part of my broken cell phone and Tim Holtz gear dies (Thanks, Mo!).  The gears were dry embossed with Darice "Steampunk Gears" embossing folder and painted with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Worn Penny then aged with a wash of DecoArt Traditions Carbon Black acrylic paint. The textured areas on the gears is DecoArt Snow-Tex.  My tip of the day: when painting heavily textured areas, a sponge dabber works great!

I hope I've inspired you to try something new.  Now go to your crafty area and play!  If you are in need of...or just want Steampunk images, Rick has plenty in both his Zibbet and Etsy Shoppes.  Speaking of Steampunk, there are still a couple of days to join Rick's Progressive Challenge :)

Find more inspiration at Rick's other sites:

  • The Gallerie: An inspirational gallery that displays Rick's images in various projects without boring you with babble.

Monday, May 12, 2014

In the Mood for Steampunk?

Recently, the RSD EDT received special Steampunk images drawn by Rick and we made projects with them to submit to "Just Steampunk" magazine for their volume 5 edition which comes out in August.  Many of the EDT will be featured in the upcoming edition.  I'm hoping everyone's piece/pieces have been accepted.  In honor of this, we are having our first progressive challenge on the Sparkle and Glitter Blog with the theme of Steampunk.  Click here and here to read more about the challenge.

I am still stuck in Steampunk mode so I thought I would share a new make of mine as a reminder for the Progressive Challenge which runs through May.

I used the image "Steampunk Peg" which was drawn by Rick St. Dennis and is available exclusively at I Brake for Stamps as a digital stamp.  Peg is colored with Copic markers and mounted upon a portion of a broken cell phone.  The combo was then mounted upon a 6" x 6" piece of wood which was given a special treatment for texture then painted with DecoArt Gesso in white, DecoArt Traditions Artistic Acrylics paints in Titanium White, Prussian Blue Hue, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and Quinacridone Gold.  

I added some Tim Holtz gears which were dry embossed with Darice "Steampunk Gears" embossing folder and further textured with DecoArt Snow-Tex.  The paint on the gears is DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Worn Penny.  I sealed the painted surfaces with DecoArt Decou-Page in Matte.

For my final touch I added a copper colored wire wrapped gem to the center of one of the gears.  I used silicone household glue to attach the gem.  Here is the brand of glue I used, but I didn't buy a case...just a single tube.  A little of this stuff goes a long way!

Be sure to play along with the Progressive Challenge on the Sparkle and Glitter blog.  If you need steampunk images, you can find them in Rick's Zibbet Shoppe as well as his Etsy Shoppe.  There is a challenge on Rick's Facebook page as well.

~ Lady B ~

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The first Rick St. Dennis Progressive challenge

Well Hello again everyone. It's been a while since we held our last challenge here in Blogland but we're back again. We missed seeing you all showing off your gorgeous projects. This time round we're going to have monthly challenges but using any RSD image not just the one that came out in the newsletter of that month. We realize that not everyone "does" Facebook where we have had the odd challenge as well, hence 

we're back!

 The rules have changed slightly, so make sure you have read them properly, pretty please. We'd hate to disqualify your beautiful artwork over a technicality. 

The EDT have not been idle over the last few months and although there have been some changes in the line-up for various reasons, we're still going strong. Rick has been sponsoring challenges on other challenge blogs and some of the EDT were asked to be GDT for those. There have been many projects showcased on facebook that many of you will have seen and on our own blogs of course. One of the tasks we undertook as a team was to create some projects for the Just Steampunk magazine. Rick produced some amazing images for us to work with and it is with pride that I can say that each of them will be featured in issue 5 available in August from Scott Publications.  
To celebrate our success we decided that our first challenge under the new format will be themed. What else could it be other than STEAMPUNK? Check out the shops both at Zibbet and Etsy for not just the images the EDT have used but many more.

Below are the creations I made with three of Rick's newest Steampunk images:

Here I used "An Aerocruiser for Lady B" which can be found both on Zibbet and Etsy.

Below is "Dr. Doom for Lady B

Be sure to head over to the Sparkle and Glitter blog to see the creations from the first half of the EDT.  The other half will post their makes in two weeks.  On the Sparkle and Glitter blog, there will be a special page set up with the rules and the Inlinkz.

~ Lady B ~