Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Dragon Dioramas Suncatcher-Peek-A-Boo Project

In my "Dreaming of Dragons" tutorial I introduced you to an  illustration by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale titled "Knight Carrying Child" that plays a prominent place in my medieval inspired bathroom décor. There is another illustration that is part of this medieval décor from Free Fall, by David Wiesner. I've included an image below, it is the inspiration for this project.
Supplies: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Ornament Double Side-Coming Soon!!, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Miniature Dragons Silhouettes, assortment of metallic acrylic paints in shades of green, blue, and purple, Ferro Texture Paint Irongold, Small Stencil for texturing, small plastic palette knife, stamp of your choosing, permanent black ink, Versa Mark, Ice Resin Iced Enamels Chartreuse,  Heating Tool, DecoArt Americana Chocolate and FolkArt Copper acrylic paints, Weldbond, Susan Lenart Kazmer Jewelry Grade Crystal Clear Ice Resin, Plastic Measuring Cup, Wooden Stirring Stick, Protective Rubber Gloves, Trash Bag, Something to Cover Resin While it is Drying,
1.   Separate Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Ornaments, careful not to lose tiny plastic trays that are crucial for this project. 
2.  Choose the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Miniature Dragons you will be using  for these dragon Dioramas.
3.  Use plastic pallet knife and a small stencil to add dainty details of Ferro Textured Paint to the dragons.
4.  Be sure to texture both sides as both will be seen when project is finished.
5.  Once Textured Paint is dry paint dragons using a variety of metallic acrylic paints-I used shades of blue, green, and purple.
6. Use a stamp of your choosing an permanent ink to add further details to your dragons.
8.  Add distressing and interest using DecoArt Americana Chocolate  and FolkArt Copper acrylic paints.
9.  Glue together inserting the tiny plastic tray from GSLC ornament kit using Weldbond.
10.                Allow to dry completely and weighted. 
11.                Once dry, cover the area you will be placing your dioramas with a piece of a trash bag for additional protection in case any ice resin seeps through the plastic tray.
12.                Now carefully mix Ice Resin following directions on bottles. Be sure to wear protective rubber gloves as the resin is very caustic.
13.                Place GSLC Miniature Dragons where you'd like them. It is ok if they do not fit entirely inside of the ornament.
14.                Gently Pour Ice Resin into dioramas slowly assuring it gets to all edges and no bubbles appear. If part of your dragon is outside of the small plastic tray use a paintbrush to carefully cover it now with the ice resin.
15.                Cover your dioramas with an item of your choosing so that dust and other debris does not contaminate your project.
16.                If possible pull a light close to the covered diorama as this will help the Ice Resin Cure more evenly.

17.  Follow directions and wait for you dioramas to cure.
18.  Here I go again not willing to stop with the ordinary design but wanting to make it extraordinary.
19.  Patina Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Small Gate from the set using Use Versa Mark and Ice Resin Iced Chartreuse, Tarnished Bronze and Torched Copper Enamels
20.  Cure with a heating tool.
21.  Add distressing and interest using DecoArt Americana Chocolate  and FolkArt Copper acrylic paints.
22.  Use Ice Resin as instructed above to paint onto GSLC gate to give it added structure.
23.  Once dried fully after 3 days begin to assemble you dragon diorama suncatcher.
24.  Cut vintage rusted barbed wire into two sections one 12 inches, the other 8 inches-Could use twigs or other items.
25.  Cut two 2 foot lengths of the bare copper wires, fold them in half.
26.                Use pencil to wrap wire around three times to create a loop with both wires twisting about three times.
27. Place onto top piece of barbed wire you marked with a white pencil. 
28.                Tighten to barbed wire use flat nose pliers gently as not to break delicate wire.29.                Keep twisting wires on both sides around each other until you are below the GSLC gate
30.                Attach second section of rusted barbed wire or cool twig. Tighten it carefully using flat nose pliers on both sides.
31.                Cut leaving twisted part of wire hanging below barbed wire.
32.                Use chain nose pliers to carefully push twisted ends of wire toward the back of your project.
33.                Use 6 inches of vintage brass wire to attach GSLC gate to the top center piece of barbed wire using techniques we used above.
34.                Do the same for the three GSLC dragon dioramas you created earlier, two on either side of gate attached to top piece of barbed wire and the third centered below the GSLC Gate on the bottom portion of barbed wire.
35.                Cut 9 inches of brass chain to attach to the top loops using two jump rings and flat nose and chain nose pliers.
36.                Hang them some place where they can be observed from both sides like a window allowing sunlight to flow through for an ever changing suncatcher.
This is another great gift for any Game of Thrones fandom. Things are not always what they seem I thought the dragon in the picture was just resting but once you see the entire picture your realize it is a slain dragon. The book itself that the image comes from has no words and you are encouraged to add your own. I like that artwork does the same thing, it surprises us and encourages us to add our own story to that which the artist has created.

I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Gothic Garden-Peek-A-Boo Project

I hate seeing supplies going to waste and I enjoy a bit of a design challenge. That is the inspiration for my Gothic Garden Project. 

Supplies: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Winter Shape Set, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Snowflake Shape Set, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Dragonflies Fancy, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Creepy Corners 1, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Gothic Border 6 Inch, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Art Deco Border & Corners, 2 Sections Bamboo Desk Organizer,  Black Velvet Paper, Weldbond, Bonefolder, Acrylic Paint-Shades of Blue, Red, Green, and Purple, Small Paintbrush, bag of BBs or kitty litter, Versa Mark, Ice Resin Enamels Tarnished  Bronze and Torched Copper, Judi Kins Embossing Powders- Opaque White and Perfect Peacock, Rangers Black Sparkle Embossing Powder, Heating Tool, Green Leaf Sequins, Mini Hardware Finnabair Mechanicals Metal Embellishments, Glue Stick-I prefer UHU, Washi Tapes, Nails with Large Flatheads, Hammer, Dura Clear Matte Varnish, DecoArt Dark Gray Fluid Acrylics,
1.   Separate all snowflake shapes from both Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Winter Shape Set and Snowflake Shape Set.
2.  Stack them into sets of three these will become your flowers.
3.  Measure black velvet paper carefully to line bottom sections of Bamboo Desk Organizer. This will become our "frame"
4.  Spend some time going through your acrylic paints and using spare shapes from GSLC Winter Shape Set to make your color scheme.
5.  After about an hour I settled on shades of blue, green, red, purple, and iridescent. They needed to look complimentary and pop once placed onto the black velvet background.
6.  Map out your garden using a piece of paper to assure best composition.
7.   Paint your snowflake flowers and place them  aside to dry completely.
8.  Paint two of the Fancy Dragonflies from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts collection.
9.  Assemble your flower once they have dried and allowed to dry again completely and weighted down.
10.                Attach the two GSLC Fancy Dragonflies together only in the center body portion. Wing should remain free as we will use it as a design feature when assembling our garden.
11.                Distress the Mini  Hardware using Finnabair Mechanical Metal Embellishments and Rust Paste Set.
12.                Glue one to each center of the flowers using Weldbond.
13.                Add Green Sequin Leaves to each to further the flower illusion.
14.                Allow to dry completely and weighted down.
15.                Use Versa Mark and Ice Resin Enamels of Torched Copper and Tarnished Bronze to distress the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Art Deco Corners and Gothic Border-Cure with heating tool.
16.                Use Versa Mark and Judi Kin Opaque White and Perfect Peacock to emboss the spider web and Rangers Black Sparkle Embossing Power for the spider of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Creepy Corner Set-Cure with heating tool.
17.                Spider web looked too crisp so I toned it down with DecoArt Dark Gray Fluid Acrylics.
18.                Add a Washi Tape Border around the outside of Desk Organizer Frame using glue stick and bone folder to assure a perfect fit.
19.                Add a bit of the Washi Tape to the Center Border that separates the two sections.
20.                Reassemble your garden making not of where you will need to hammer your nails to giving variety of depth to your flowers.
21.                Carefully remove items from garden and use a hammer to place nails in correct locations.
22.                Use Weldbond to carefully glue all items into garden.
23.                Carefully flue GSLC Art Deco Corners and Gothic Border into their correct places.
24.                Allow to dry completely and weighted down.
25.                Add GLSC Spider Web to the top gluing into place with Weldbond allowing to dry completely and weighted down.
27.                Because the desk organizer has a lip on the back you can use this to hang your gothic garden or you can add a small saw and tooth picture hanger if you prefer addition stability.
Over the Rhine's Wildflower Bouquet is the perfect song for this project:
If I die in the winter send roses
In the spring, magnolias
If I’m called in the summer or in the fall
Best of all – bring me a wildflower bouquet
In the dirt and clay don’t lay me down
And stare at a cold lonely hole in the ground
When I go to my Maker in smoke and ash
It won’t be your grief I crave
Your tears will not be necessary
Build a blazing fire, drink something merry
When the sparks fly off into the wind
That will be me blowing away
Bury my ashes with the dogs I’ve loved
My faithful companions from God above
And ‘neath a sycamore we’ll grow strong
And the roots will bear us away
If my one true Love should join me there
Mother nature soon will be aware
That sycamore will thrum and sing
And we’ll have left it that way
So I don’t want you to feel sorry
God knows how I despise your pity
And I’ll no longer bear the weight of worry
Those angry robes all fall away