Monday, 2 May 2016

Mr. Hyde Goes Out

...is the title of my first project as a regular member of the fabulous Calico Craft Parts design team!

You may remember the two projects I did for them as a Guest Designer recently (over HERE and HERE) and how much I enjoyed working with the wonderful designs - so when I saw they were doing a DT Call I jumped right in. And here I am (still pinching myself)!
I am not sure if I am able to express my excitement accordingly in English - so I spare you any attempts. But believe me - I AM! (Eeeeek! Yesssss, yessss, yessss!)

So let me invite you over to the Calico Craft Parts BLOG where I am sharing a nocturnal scene - inspired mainly by these three fabulous products from the awesome Calico Craft Parts range: an awseome hinge, a lovely lamp post set and an arch shaped mixed media board.

Here's a little sneak peek too:



So I hope to see you over at the Calico Craft Parts Blog


Hugs and happy crafting, 
Claudia xxx


Friday, 29 April 2016

Art Journaling with Yupo, Alcohol Ink, Washi Tape and Distress Crayons


Tim Holtz' new "Sideshow" stamp set was one of those I just knew I had to have when I first saw it! And often I find it quite hard to work with stamps that already have a kind of "finished collage" or -drawing" look - but I found that they are perfect for using them with alcohol ink backgrounds created on Yupo! So I created this journal spread today:




I have recently started experimenting with alcohol ink on Yupo (over HERE) and came up with this background that I gave a finish by rubbing over it with a soft cloth (applying pressure) - which kind of smudges the ink stains and creates this softer effect:


I originally thought of painting over this one and doing a flower themed Yupo painting (as some of the shapes look like blossoms) - but as you can see: I changed my mind.


So I stamped on the images using black archival stamping ink, cut them out and glued them to my journal pages. Then I smudged some black soot Distress Crayon around the edges and added some rubber stamping.

To make the chit chat stickers more visible I used a soft brush that I loaded with water to lighten the outer edges and to soften any edges from alcohol ink stains.


I added bits of washi tape here and there.


Then I did some stencilling using Distess Crayons (using my fingertips to "rub" them through the stencil onto the page) and added some spritzes of Distress Spray Paint.


For a finish I drew a thin border around my pages using a permanent marker.


Some details:






Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs and happy crafting,
Claudia 
xxx


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Experimenting with Yupo and Alcohol Inks

Hi and servus again!

This is my second post today - and if you have missed my short early morning invitation to my new tutorial, please, scroll down to the previous post where you will find the link to the tutorial over at Our Creative Corner.  ;)

In this post I would like to share a new passion of mine: Yupo paper!

I have only just started experimenting with Yupo paper. It is a synthetic paper that makes a lot of media "behave" differently than on normal paper. So you can create great effects on it with inks, alcohol inks, acrylic paints and many other media.

I started with alcohol inks as I love how they spread and create these beautiful patterns on the Yupo.
Here are some experiments with different ways of application, using Isopropanol, diluted inks, stamps, mark making tools...



#1
 I simply let the alcohol inks drip from the bottle onto the Yupo. 
The lighter tones were done using diluted alcohol inks and a pipette. 
To dilute the alcohol inks I used Isopropanol.

I only used three different colours by the way. They mix this beautifully on the paper - simply by adding more layers of inks and/or isopropanol. 






#2
I sprayed a mix of Isopropanol and water onto the dripped on alcohol inks and created some running lines.



#2 detail






#3
I used diluted alcohol inks and tried to create smaller splatters using the almost empty pipette. 






#4
I used mixes of heavily diluted alcohol inks and pure Isopropanol to create layers of drops of all sizes.






#5

I used Isopropanol and rubber stamps, bottle caps,  ribbon (dipped into Isopropanol) and other tools to create marks. The black script was stamped on using black archival ink. 


detail:








#6
I used pure alcohol inks. isopropanol and soft scraping tools to spread the inks. 

detail:

 








#7
the same procedure with heavily diluted alcohol inks


Working on Yupo is such great fun! 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Claudia
xxx

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