Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Tando Stencil Week

Hi All,

another journal page from me this week (sorry!! ish) as this is where I mostly use my large collection of stencils and masks when I'm playing.

I wanted to take some layer by layer process pics for you but I got a bit carried away so they start from layers 4 and 5...........

I started by laying down some collage fodder, using some birthday wrapping paper and some text printed tissue paper. The second layer applied was some random background stamping followed by a third layer consisting of blocks of different coloured acrylic paint. The fourth layer was a darker coat of acrylic over the whole page.

Hmmmm! I'm not sure if you would count stage 5 as a layer really as technically I have taken something away rather than added it? Anyhoo, using multiple Tando stencils (distressed diamond miniGiovanna Eightiesdistorted harlequindistorted hiveNeil Walker Random 3 and diamond circles)  I removed some of the 4th layer of darker acrylic by placing the stencils where I wanted them to go and rubbing through them with a baby wipe (a technique I first became aware of via Dina Wakely), how much or little you remove is entirely up to you.

Layer 6 consists of some gesso applied through the distressed sequin mini mask.

Layer 7 was my border and highlight layer, the border was simply a run round the edge with a large black india ink brush pen followed by a white gel pen to add the dashes. I added highlights/detail by replacing the masks/stencils on the page and used a black fine liner to add the bits I wanted.

The final 8th layer consists of a quote (my own as far as I know!) and a focal point. I felt that the page needed a large image and chose to leave this black and white for more contrast, it is a large mixed-media doll stamp from my stash (Prima) stamped onto white card.

Here is what I used................

Mini Mask - Distressed Sequins

Mini Mask - Distressed Diamond

Distorted Harlequin Mask

Distorted Hive Mask

Mask - Diamond Circles

Giovanna - Eighties

Neil Walker Mask - Random 3

Please pop on over to the Tando shop if you fancy a look at the fab goodies they have to play with.

For more inspiration you could visit the blog HERE.

Many thanks for popping by and leaving a comment if you feel you would like to.


Dawn x 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Tando Creative - Anything Goes

Hi all,

I had a play in my journal for this weeks theme, lots of painty, stenciled and doodled fun was had..........

I started the page by scraping acrylic paint on with an old membership card, more paint was added through dotted star and long flourish. I stamped some subtle text on both sides too. The main focal point was created by drawing through Giovanna - profile onto the back of some patterned paper, this was then fussy cut and added to the page before using the stencil again to stipple a black acrylic border onto the profile.

I finished the page with a stamped sentiment and some doodling in black and white.

Here is what I used......

Giovanna - Profile

Many thanks for popping by and leaving a comment if you feel you would like to.


Dawn x 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Crackle week over at Tando......

Hi everyone,

oooh I don't think you can beat a bit of crackle on anything, no matter how you get it on your project! There are so many ways to approach this technique/effect that there is a way to suit everyone out there I'm sure.

I chose to have a play with one of Tando's wonderful ATC's and some coloured crackle paste from my stash....................

It didn't crackle as well as I had hoped sadly but I still love the colour and subtle crackle that has developed. I used some water-colour crayons on some thick paper, this was spritzed to activate the colours and blend them too by letting it all run. This was then stamped and cut out to add to the ATC. Some gems were added to finish before the ATC was edged with black ink.

Here is what I used......

Many thanks for popping by and leaving a comment if you feel you would like to.


Dawn x 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Colour theme week over at Tando Creative.


so so good to see some fab sunshine lately and very appropriate for the lovely colour theme on the Tando blog for this month!

I have wanted to have a go at the coptic (open spine chain-stitch) book binding method for a long time so what a brilliant opportunity to 'have a go' using one of Tando's sturdy book cover kits.............

I primed and painted the covers of the Frame kit with a plain base coat (the spine board from the kit will be used for another project), then added extra layers of paint using bubble wrap. A stamped image and sentiment from my stash was added as a focal point too. Using a pokey tool I was easily able to put the required stitching holes into the covers and then bind in sheets of watercolour paper.

Here is what I used.......

A selection of book cover kits and much much more can be found on the Tando Creative retail site.

Many thanks for popping by and leaving a comment if you feel you would like to.


Dawn x