Sunday, May 30, 2010
Such a beautiful time of year to gather and press some of your lovely flowers and ferns to use at a later date for cards, ATC's. collages. It is fairly simple with this little flower press that you can make in a short time with few supplies. It is about 6 x 6 and easier tucked into your tote or handbag. Every 2 weeks you can take out the ones you have done and add some new ones if you like, thick flowers do not do well, so stick to pansies, violas, violets, allysum, thinner flowers and leaves and ferns.I have not finished the pictures of the process but will put up what I have so far.
Supplies-2 pieces of luan 8 x 7 sanded and 1/4 inch hole drilled in corners of both, measure so they line up, 4 carriage bolts # 10 3.5-4 washers and 4 wing nuts, 4 pieces of corrugated cardboard 6 1/2 x 6 1/2- 8 pieces of 140 # watercolor paper same size.
Depending on the amount of the flowers you intend on drying tells you how many sheets of paper and the cardboard you will need, the blots are 3.5 so it allows for quite a few layers. I did 4 just to show you.
The design and the writing are tissue paper transfers. Hope you like this tutorial, if you have any questions feel free.
You can also close this with velcro straps and not drill the holes. I have one of each and they both work equally well.
Posted by bloubell at 7:50 AM
Friday, May 28, 2010
This is an 8 x 10 tissue transfer, the center was a black and white drawing on the cover of J. Peterman catalogue which I watercolored and the flowers another picture that I put on tissue, the board is crackled and the edges are painted with black and distressed with sepia toned ink, the poem is "I wandered lonely as a cloud" by William Wordsworth.
Posted by bloubell at 4:32 AM
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
This is a crackled 3.5 x 10 inch plywood substate- crackled , and added a tissue paper transfer of the woman's face and other ehpemera, the napkin flowers are decoupaged on to the surface, remove layers(2) and just lay down with decoupage under and over.Napkins can be used to cover cigar boxes or other wooden items. A really nice look and dries to a nice hard finish.
Posted by bloubell at 7:28 AM
Saturday, May 22, 2010
This is a 3.5 x 8 piece of plywood that I crackled and added a tree and a poem printed on tissue paper. I then laid a coat of decoupage on the surface where the tree and poem would go, gently laid the images on the decoupage and stippled with a small brush dipped in decoupage. My decoupage solution is half and half elmers glue and water. Added distressing with inks and a picture of french children. Glue the tissue to a piece of cardstock with a good glue stick , leave a 1 inch margin around the tissue. Make sure the tissue is stuck otherwise the printer will grab it instead of the cardstock. Let me know if you try it. Very nice see thru image.
You can also press it on freezer paper with an iron and run it thru, but you have to be very careful when you remove it from the FP, easy to rip. Just another option.
Posted by bloubell at 7:21 AM
Friday, May 21, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
This is such a wonderful medium to express yourself in so many different ways. Mixed media ,altered art, altered books, Wow! the range is so wide and varied it really gives you so many choices to make your art. I started making fabric postcards in a group about 6 years ago , for about a year I made postcards of every imaginable kind,painted, printed , stamped,sewn. When I decided to try ATC cards, Loved it and did that for quite some time.
The next step for me was altered books, I loved the idea that you could tranform a child's board book or a tiny journal into something beautiful and a treasure that someone may cherish. The blank pages of any kind of book with or without text is an amazing canvas to do stunning backgrounds and add all sorts of beautiful images, distressed and antiqued to your liking.I did dozens of books and sold them on ebay, now, upon reflection , I wonder if I should have sold them or kept them to pass on to the women in my family. But so it goes.....
I love it all, altered bottles, altered dolls, cigar boxes trensformed into tiny worlds, substrates of every description, cardboard, plywood, canvas, photo paper, tiles, coasters,cereal boxes. Flowers made of coffee filters, rusted hardware, beads and wire. Fabric stained with coffee hanging on the line, waiting for me to make something that says This is Me!! I often think how lucky I am to have this way of expressing myself, because I can do something different every day if I choose.Once in a while I take a class for something, for a challenge, new ideas and the comradery of people of like interests. I enjoy that and learn a few things along the way.
So it goes.... I see everything in terms of altering it,throwaways are not to be thrown away, they are to be used and looked at with new eyes. I think my next venture is dolls. If you have anything to add to this ,feel free to comment. After all is said and done,we all love feedback.
The pictures are of an altered cigar box with a school theme, the figures in the right front are my father and my aunt Jane.
The top picture is of a theatre inside a theatre with a Marie theme, the second is a shrine for a paper whimsy door challenge(never turned it in) the third a fairy theatre, the fairies are on strings like marionettes.the bottom is the school shrine.
Posted by bloubell at 3:56 AM
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Flat board shrine- 6 x 9 plywood base. lots of fun to make.If you have any you have done, send me a picture and I will post it here.The quote says"Dance till the stars come down from the rafters.....Dance, Dance,Dance till you drop."W.H. Auden
Posted by bloubell at 10:18 AM
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
This is done on a 6 x 10 piece of plywood, it has a rusted wire hanger, a piece of a vintage quilt. The picture is a favorite of my collection. I have used it printed on fabic to make pillows and other wall pieces.The saying is from KC Willis. I am going to do more of these, a series of western themed women and men, all the same size for the sunroom.Hope you like it.This is also, like my other recent work from a class at "Roses on my Table" This is the 2nd in the series"Tom Sawyer" same size.
Posted by bloubell at 4:16 AM