Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Native American Turquoise and Silver-A Peek-a-Boo Project

I've always been drawn to different cultures and the history of a given area or region. On a recent trip to Pennsylvania we went antiquing searching for treasures. I  found a miniature totem pole and a vintage children's book. I'm also drawn to gemstones that are blue in color, labradorite being my favorite followed by turquoise that is heavily veined. These are the inspirations for this project.
 Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Star Medallions, Wooden Cigar Box, Pliers, Screwdriver, Finnabair Rust Paste, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Matte Varnish, Paintbrush, Metallic Paints in Coppers and Silver Tones, Ice Resin German Silver Enamel, Heating Tool, Lindy Sunburst Sprays, Black Acrylic Paint, Thread, Needle, Various Embellishments (Small Wooden Totem Pole, Plastic Log Fence Piece, Turquoise Bead Necklace), Gray and Yellow Iron Oxide Acrylic Paints,  Upholstery Tacks, Hammer
1.  Take top portion of wooden cigar box off using pliers and screwdriver.
2.  Cover entire surface with Finnabair Rust Pastes.
3.  While still wet sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg to further the rusty effect.
4.  Once dry seal with matte varnish.
5.  Take apart GSLC Star Medallions.
6.   Paint with Copper Tone Acrylic Paints.
7.  Paint With Silver Tone Acrylic Paints.
8.  Add more metallic touches with Ice Resin German Silver enamels and a heating tool and Lindy Starburst Sprays.
9.  To give GSLC Star Medallions a tarnished look dry brush quickly with black acrylic paint.
10.                Once dry  use thread and needle to weave in and out of holes in GSLC Star Medallions.
11.                Antique Embellishment with gray and yellow iron oxide acrylic paint.
12.                Assemble Project using hammer and upholstery tacks to secure into place.
Some final thoughts.
Turquoise is often associated with connections to the spiritual world and is to protect us from harm and negative energy. It is said to bring peace to one's home and good fortune to its owner. Turquoise is from the earth as is silver, when combined together they have a futurist nostalgia. I prefer copper with my heavily veined turquoise and find they comfort me when worn together.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Misunderstood Monsters and Mysterious Creatures Alphabet-Installment A, T and Z-A Peek-a-Boo Project

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 Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste and Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste and Alcohol Inks to transform the GSLC Alphabet Stencils. This installment includes the letters "A" is for Anubis, an Egyptian God, "T" is for Trolls, and "Z" is for Zombies. Remember this technique can be used to alter any of the GSLC chipboards. 
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Alphabet Stencil Blanks, 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, Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste and Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste, mall thin plastic spatula, Alcohol Inks of your choosing, Piece of Corse Sandpaper, Piece of Corrugated Cardboard, A pieces of Player Piano Paper Scroll 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.
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 only be using Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing Paste and Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture Paste and Alcohol Inks.
10.                Using a small plastic spatula place a thin layer of WV Black Embossing Paste on each of the GSLC Alphabet Stencils of A, T, and Z. Allow to air dry fully.

11.                Next using a small plastic spatula place a thin layer of WV Crackle Texture Paste on each of the GSLC Alphabet Stencils of A, T, and Z. Allow to air dry fully
12.                Once fully dry use alcohol inks to stain the crackle paste for the GSLC Alphabet Stencil "A "  I used purple and yellow inks, For the GSLC Alphabet Stencil "T" I used Blues, Greens, and Browns, and for the "Z" I used Rust, Yellow, and Red Inks.
13.                Find complimentary materials for the backgrounds of you GSLC Alphabet Framed Designs. I used a piece of player piano scroll paper for the "A",  a Piece of Course Sandpaper for the "T", and a piece of Corrugated Cardboard for the "Z".
14.                Cut and glue the appropriate images for each of Framed letters, securing with Weldbond.
15.                Our GSLC Alphabet Stencils are complete for Letters "A","T" and "Z" 
Some final thoughts.
"A" is for Anubis, an Egyptian Jackal God, the protector of ancient graves and your final rest.
"T" is for Trolls who made the crossing of a bridge into a Three Bill Goat Gruff test.
"Z" is for Zombies, the Walking Dead, wondering in herds looking for brains seems to be their forever quest.
Stay tuned for the next instillation of  GSLC Alphabet Stencil Blanks. I cannot wait to see what new images I discover.