Sunday, April 30, 2017

Assemblage art, altered frame

I made this shadow box, today and made a video about the process,  see link at the end of this post.

It's so hard to take a good picture because of the reflections in the glass, but I hope you get the idea.

Supply list

Deco Art Products
Media Fluid acrylics in: Prussian Blue, Titan Buff, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey, Tranparent Iron Oxide, Cobalt Teal Hue. Texture sand, Gesso, 
Metallic lustre in Copper kettle
Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Sooth, Peacock, Walnut Stain, Vintage pjoto

The wings are made using air dry clay and a silicone mold, see how to video here 
ou also need a (plastic) photoframe, some patterned paper, a plastic skelleton and somekind of embellishment that can be used as head

Here some more pictures

Sorry I really tried to get better pictures but there kept being a reflection no matter what angle I used....sigh.

as promised here the video

I will enter the following challenges

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Day of the Dead Tryptich

My turn at the Sin City blog go here for a step by step tutorial and more pics


Sin City stamps Sugar Skull Floral Flourish and Praying kneeling skeleton
flower flourish from the Day of the dead sugar Skull sheet

Die Artfull Dwellings, but these shapes are also easy to handcut
Black ribbon
Deco Art Media fluid acrylics in  blue, quinacridone gold , red, dark grey, yellow iron oxide.
Deco Art Media Antiquing cream in white
Deco Art Matte Varnish
Chipboard (I used the back of a paperpad)
Black waterproof stamp ink
Arylic block
Unmounted rubber stamp  about the same size as the kneeling skeleton stamp

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Deco Art Products used: Americana acrylics in: Moon Yellow, Jack O lantern orange, Butterscotch, Sable Brown, Asphaltum, Traditional burnt Sienna, Blue Chiffon, Snow White, Lamp Black.
Americana Metallic Gold , Dazzling Metallics in Medieval Gold, Venetian Gold, Champagne Gold
Deco Art Media: white gesso and matte varnish
Stencils for background by Nellie Snellen (Dots) and Dutch Doobadoo (fabric)
Letters: Cricut Expression with Base Camp Cartridge

I love Dodos, they are not the most beautiful birds (they are rather ugly to be honest), so that is not the reason, it's the bit of mystery that come with the Dodo.

There are paintings and skeletons but the painting were rarely painted with a life bird as a model and that is why there are so many different shapes when you look at Dodos in paintings. Because I am just starting at acrylic painting, the bird seemed a good subject to practise on, afteral no one really knows what it looked like so that helps if you are just starting out lol.

First I collected all kind of Dodo images on pinterest to see how they were drawn and painted and looked at some skeletons. Next I picked a painting of a Dodo that I liked the most.

So here my reference image, a painting by Jan Savery (1651), I made a screenshot on my phone and used that as an example, I had no intention of copying the painting but I do need a reference so...

Ok if you compare them you will see a big difference but as I said I don't have much experience in acrylic painting and I am very happy how it turned out.  I have taken pictures while I was painting so will show those here for you to see how I did it.

I did not paint on a canvas, maybe I should have but I had no idea how it would turn out and that is why I used my Art Journal, the big Dylusions creative journal. It's less scary as using a canvas and seems less of a waste to practice on paper. Other reason to work in a journal is I like the size and I love having a collection of paintings you can flip through in a book.

First step was painting the page Moon Yellow , I did not gesso the page , just added a layer of yellow.
Next I sketched the bird using a charcoal pencil, just the shape is enough.
Step 2 Gesso the bird to create a white surface and cover the lines of th charcoal as it will smudge in the paint. The lines will still show throw the Gesso but they won't smudge anymore.

Step 3: the challenge begun.....started with the beak and the head and did not think about how I had to paint the rest yet. I used lamp black paint and a small paint brush to kinda map in the details and shade of the beak and face.
Step 4: giving myself some directions where the shades and highlights would be using black and chiffon blue. And trying to find a color to use for the head and body. I tried Drift wood first which is the greyish color and did not like it so swithed to saddle brown.

step 5  practising how to get a feathered look and dabbing with a very little paint seemed to work best to get the small feathers on the head and body

Step 6: working in the small feathers using different shades of brown and finish the face/beak. 
The shades are a mix of  Asphaltum with a little black. the highlights are chiffon blue .

Step 7: the wings have bigger feathers a bit like a chicken yellow ish with brown and black. 

When I thought the Dodo was ready I started the background and sponged Jack O lantern orange over the yellow.

Step 8: I wanted to do a bit of a Klimt like background so used different golds and white and stencils to create patterns. the circles a stamped using different sizes of round items, a glass, lids  anything that wold fit inside the bigger circle to work to the small center .
I used masks made out of copier paper to cover the circles and the bird .
I added some layers of matte varnish for protection

I thought the left corner below needed something more so used my Cricut to cut out the word Extinct out of polka dot paper.

Here it is, my take on a Dodo, I am happy with the result :-)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

It''s my turn to show you a project and how to on the Sin City Inspiration team blog you can find all details and more pictures  here

Supplies used:

Sin City Skeleton  head on vintage key stamp
A small canvas about 3.5 x 2.5 inch
Deco Art  Dazzling Metallics paint in Copper, Moss Green and Purple
Deco Art Americana Black acrylic paint
Americana Stencil short Circuit
Deco Art Media Gesso
Deco Art Metallic lustre in Silver Spark
Gear and wings dies
Die cutting machine
Black cardstock for the gears
White cardstock to stamp on
Chipboard for the wings
Colored pencils or markers