Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Misunderstood Monsters and Mysterious Creatures Alphabet-Installment E, Q, and U

I will be reusing the Small 5" by 7" Wooden IKEA frames I added to patina to the last time and have included those steps here for reference. This time I will be using Ferro Metal Effect Colours it is described as a Texture Paint to alter the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Alphabet Stencils for "E" is for Elves, "Q" is for the Queen of the Fairies and "U" is for Unicorn. Remember this technique can be used to alter any of the GSLC chipboards. 
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Alphabet Stencil Blanks, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Dragons Shape Set, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Garden Fairies Medium, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Unicorns  3 small 5" by 7" inch IKEA wooden frames, Matte Medium Ice Resins in Torched Copper and German Silver, Aged Hunter and Aged Copper Embossing Enamel, Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain in Walnut, Heating Tool, Finnabair Rust Pastes in Greens, Browns, and Orange, Transparent Burnt Sienna Ink, Paint Brush, Ferro  Metal Effects Colour Texture Paints in  Copper, Gold, Steel and Greengold, a small plastic spatula, Pieces of fabric for the backgrounds, Various Printed Images of Monster and Mysterious Creatures using Inkjet Printer and paper, and Weldbond.
1.  Take GSLC Alphabet Stencil Blanks from Package.
2.  Print Images of your choosing to represent each letter, I have decided upon a Monsters and Mysterious Creatures one and not sure what I will find. I was inspired by Dave Bell Graphic Artist of Classic Monster Posters and will start with them.
3.  I am using 3 small 5" by 7" inch IKEA wooden frames to showcase each of the letters.
4.  I am a texture type of guy so I want to alter the frames and give them added interest. I want them to look similar but not the same like they are part of a collection.
5.  For the first frame I used various Ice Resin Enamels in German Silver and Torched Copper and Embossing Enamels in Aged Hunter and Aged Copper. I layered them and cured with a heating tool. This method can also be used on any of the GSLC chipboards as I will probably use later in my project.
6.  I added Tim Holts Distress Sprays in Walnut Stain to add additional patina.
7.  The second frame was aged using Finnabair rust pastes in greens, browns, and orange placed on randomly with a paintbrush. I then used transparent burnt sienna ink to fill in any empty spaces. Once again this technique can be used on any of the GSLC chipboard pieces. 
8.  The final frame was given a patina using Tim Holtz Distress Grit-Paste and Ferro-Copper Paste applied with a thin plastic spatula using a  Snake Skin Stencil and further distressing with alcohol inks in browns and greens. Once again this technique can be used on any of the GSLC chipboard pieces. 
9.  For altering the GSLC Alphabet Stencil Blanks this time I will be using Ferro Mettle Effect Colour Texture Paints.
10.                I used Copper on the GSLC Alphabet Stencil "Q", Greengold and Steel on the GSLC Alphabet Stencil "E", and Copper, Gold and Greengold on the "U"  .
11.                Choose a Dragon, a Fairy, and a Unicorn from each of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Sets .
12.                Find complimentary fabric pieces for the backgrounds of you GSLC Alphabet Framed Designs. I used a mesh fabric for the "E",  I used a floral print for the "Q", and a rich scarlet magenta for the "U".
13.                Cut and glue the appropriate images for each of Framed letters, securing with Weldbond.
14.                Add the chosen Dragon, Fairy, and Unicorn from each of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Sets to add further depth to your designs. I did not alter these chipboards in any way but used them in their original beauty.
15.                Our GSLC Alphabet Stencils are complete for Letters "E","Q" and "U"
Some final thoughts.
"E" is for elves, who come in many shapes and sizes, living in kingdoms, found in forest, meadows, and hollowed out trees.
"Q" is for the Queen of Fairies, rules over all and gently advises,  carefully keeping watch so none will get stung by bees.

"U"  is for Unicorn, who is sure to be one of my favorite surprises, a magical creature who sometime teases .
Stay tuned for the next instillation of  GSLC Alphabet Stencil Blanks. I cannot wait to see what new images I discover.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Alice Revisited

Here are the quotes I used in my Alice in Wonderland post from March 2018.
"When you can't look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark."
"It's no use going back to yesterday, I was a different person then."
"Have I gone mad? I am afraid so, you're entirely bonkers. But I will tell you a secret, all the best people are!"

They are the inspiration for this piece which I have titled “Alice Revisited”
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Altoids Insert Frames Alice Theme, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Wrought Iron Archway, White Gesso Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush, Assortment of Colored Pencils and Brush Watercolor Markers, Gray, Green Gold, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Iron Oxide Acrylic Paint, Matte Medium, Versa Mark, Red Embossing Powder, Weldbond, Seth Apter Baked Textures Dirty Sand Ancient Amber, Heating Tool, Tim Holtz Distress Stains-Pumice Stone, Fossilized Amber, Brushed Corduroy, Barn Door, Abandoned Coral Reef,  Two Square Glass Tiles, Tiny Card Embellishments, Red Linen Thread, Glue, UHU Gluestick, Scissors, Jump Rings, Needle Nose Pliers, Red Enameled Copper Chain,
1.  Take apart GSLC Altoids Alice Inserts, and GSLC Wrought Iron Archway.
2.  Quickly Paint GSLC Altoids Alice Inserts with White Gesso.
3.  Once Dry Color with Assortment of Colored Pencils and Brush Watercolor Markers.
4.  Antique GSLC Alice pieces with a Dry Brush Technique and, Gray, Green Gold, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Iron Oxide Acrylic Paint and Matte Medium.
5.   Use Versa Mark and Red Embossing Powder to Color “Hearts” Leftover Pieces from GSLC Wrought Iron Archway. Cure with a Heating Tool.
6.  Use Tim Holtz Distress Stains- Barn Door and Abandoned Coral Reef-to add Additional Details to UpCycled Hearts.
7.  Use Weldbond to Adhere Seth Apter Baked Textures of Dirty Sand and Ancient Amber on GSLC Wrought Iron Archway. Cure with a Heating Tool.
8.  Use Tim Holtz Distress Stains-Pumice Stone and Fossilized Amber to add Additional Details to GSLC Wrought Iron Archway.
9.  Assemble Artwork Piece Stacking GSLC Altoids Alice Frames, GSLC Wrought Iron Archway, and Tiny Heart Card Embellishments. May Need Glue to Adhere Some of the Pieces Inside the Square Glass Tiles.
10.                Hold Everything into Place with Clamps.
11.                Use Red Linen Tread to Make a Frame Around the Inside of Your Square Glass Tiles.
12.                Place Glue on Knotted Linen Thread and Allow to Dry Overnight.

13.                Cut off Loose Linen Thread.
14.                Add Additional Tiny Heart Card Embellishments Using a UHU Gluestick.

15.                Use Needle Nose Pliers to Attach Two Jump Rings to the Top Intersecting Linen Threads.

16.                Use Needle Nose Pliers to Attach a Length of Red Enameled Copper Chain.
17. Hang Your Creation Some Place So it Can Be Admired from Both Sides.

Here are a few more wonderful quotes from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland:
"If you don't care where you are going any road can take you there."
"Every adventure requires a first step."
"Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality."
"I'm not crazy, my reality is just different than yours."
...and finally.
"This is my dream, I will decide where it goes from here!"