Friday, 18 August 2017

Easy Mixed Media Backgrounds

Hello to all!!!

Today I have a super informative post on MIXED MEDIA.
This is one area where many are scared to tread . The reason being, this art is so vast and filled with varied techniques that one cannot pinpoint that this exactly the perfect mixed media technique. In fact--it is more like to each his own.
During the Crafty Feast held in Delhi, I learnt varied mixed media techniques from none other than world class Mixed Media expert Anna Dabrowska aka. Finnabair. it was indeed a pleasure to see her mix paints , waxes, pastes and what not.

So what exactly is mixed media!!!!!  A very simple way to explain is this----An art that involves the bringing together various mediums of many materials be it fabric, paper, leather, metal, glass , plastic etc. and combining them together in an aesthetic and artistic way with gels and pastes and highlighting them with various types of paints.
Does this sound complicated!!!

So let me simplify it further with my projects.
I have three easy mixed media backgrounds that can be made in just 30 minutes YES!!!!! its that easy and then using them to suit your creativity.

There is a video showing you the whole process so all you have to do us sit back and relax and watch the magic of mixed media being unfolded.

Here are my projects

The first project is very simple wood  grain textured background. It just requires one stencil, modelling paste and chalk paints. This background gives a vast scope to create many projects .
I have a keventer's bottle here that has been attached to the background panel with burlap and used as a holder for floral display.

The second project has a background in soft hues and has lot of embellishment combined together. This makes a beautiful decor piece and quite fun one to do it. I have used tissue napkins to create this background.

The third project is made with fabric, pattern paper and stamping. Do have look. I have attached to pudding glasses to the base to hold my flowers. I love this one and like its blue and black texture.

 So how did you like my backgrounds that look elaborate but are so easy to make. You can create such backgrounds for scarpbook covers, cards, wall decor and even art journal.

Let us watch the video now to show you the procedure.


Supplies used

Folk art paint -brown

So that is all for today!!! I hope you liked my post today. Please do subscribe to the video and give a thumbsup. Visit the Crafters Corner store for all the craft supplies.
Have a good day!!!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Romantic play with PLAID!

It's THURSDAY and am here with my plaid play for this week! When it's a mile stone birthday or a wedding anniversary you do want to make something special and if its worth a display at home you want to be doubly sure that it catches every body's attention!
Today I have upcycled 2 bottles with some romantic chalk paints, Imperial and River walk (they do sound romantic, don't they???) teamed it with a collage frame.

Here is a look at the complete family on display...

If you like scroll further to see the entire work in progress! I had a great time making this and I hope you do too !

The process

I started by coating the bottles with gesso and then doing some texture work on it. I have stuck some adhesive pearls and also hand drawn some texture using texture paste through a cone.

Once dry, I gave the bottles a coat of River walk, chalk paint. I love the beige color. it is so vintage already!

As the base color dried, I took some multi surface paint, Bark brown and applied it around the textured area. Immediately spritzed some water and wiped it using a rag cloth. This gave some depth to the textures area and ofcourse made it more vintage!

It was time to take out the red! Look at the vibrancy the IMPERIAL. I coated this in the central patch, allowed it to dry and distressed the inner edges with brown again.

I followed the same technique but reversed the colors in the other bottle.

Here is how both the bottles look after a coat of satin varnish. Not done yet, they wanted company! So decided to make a picture frame to compliment these bottles..

I took out paper scraps in tones of red, black and beige and cut them to small patches to fit the frame. Once I liked the collage, I went about adhering it with mod podge,. The base of the frame was given a coat of black and I gave some spacing between the paper tiles, which gave it the mosaic look.

That's the frame done! I have a chipboard sentiment that I tinted with the wood tint and gave a metallic brass highlight.
The frame and the bottles were given a coat of Home decor satin varnish and now they were ready to pose as a family.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial today and experiment with the wide range of chalk paints available with Crafters Corner. Whatever be the occasion, there are colors to match.

I will see you next week with another plaid play, meanwhile do let me know your views on this project.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Products from PLAID

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

How to : Make Mini Album

Good Day Everyone

Welcome to brand to new Post on Crafters Corner,

Today I have yet another cute little mini album to share, as part of my DT kit I have got set of Graphic 45 pattern papers - Typography Collection and I decided in seconds will make a Mini album.

                                                                           Take a look

I have a quick video tutorial and links for all the supplies at the end of the post,
Please avoid my mistakes I was really nervous while making the video.

Apologies ,, Please note the name of the Graphic 45 paper collection is TYPOGRAPHY .

I hope you really like the mini album 
For any query please feel free to ask

Supplies used:-
resin embellishments


Thursday, 10 August 2017

DMC play with Plaid!

It's THURSDAY and am here with another Plaid play for today. This time its a pictorial, so sit back, relax and enjoy the tutorial.

I have up cycled a shoe box this time and played with the new HYDRANGEA LAWNS paper pack from DMC to alter this box along with Chalk paints from Home decor, Plaid.
Are you ready???
This is the shoe box before the makeover...

and here it is after a few hours!

Lets move on to the process....

I started by giving a coat of black gesso wherever necessary.

Next I applied candle wax on areas I wanted the distressed look, especially the edges.

I then applied the crackle medium from Home Decor on the rim and allowed it to dry. I have given a generous coat of the medium!

As the crackle was drying, I took Sheep skin chalk paint and did dry brushing where I had applied the black gesso.

Next came Yellow crochet...I did dry brushing of the same.

It was time to use up the lovely papers from DMC paper pack. It was a difficult choice which one to choose...but then I was quick enough to select this horizontal pattern which was perfect for the sides of the box. I used Mod Podge gloss to adhere the same.

Once the paper was stuck, there was a lovely distressed border around the edges. I used the scrapping tool to distress further where i had applied the candle ax. This reveled the black layer beneath. I love this distressed look and would like to emphasize that this tool can be used for distressing on card board too!

It was time to apply the top coat  where the crackle medium was applied. Its amazing how the cracks appear magically when the top coat is applied. here I have used Sage. It just compliments the paper so well!

A closer look at the cracks and the distressed edges!

It's stencil time! I had this Paris stencil in my stash and with sheep skin and the stencil brush, i managed this task in minutes!

An aerial view of the stencil work. The distressed edges gives a beautiful shabby chic finish to the lid. Agree????

I then added a metal handle to the lid and also a rope handle to the sides. This makes it easy to carry the box now! The black corners for the lids are foam pieces given a distressed look. This helps to cover the ugly openings on the sides of the shoe box. 

Finally, gave a coat of satin varnish to the box, inside out and it was ready to be flaunted! This is the finished box and all set sit on the coffee table now. This can be an accent piece on the table and maybe even a conversation never know!!!

 A few pics of the box all done up! The box when opened has more DMC papers to flaunt! I have one on the inside lid and another scripted one on the base of the box.

 It's a perfect setting for the coffee table to keep those little knick-knacks...what say???

With that, we come to the end of this tutorial and I thank you for your time to sit through this. I hope to get you scrapping tool soon and this awesome paper pack and may be even a new show for your spouse, lol...and alter that box, NOW!!!

I will see you next week with another Plaid play.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.

Mod Podge Gloss
Plaid Home decor chalk paints
Plaid scrapping tool
Home decor Satin Varnish
Stencil brush
Plaid Home decor Crackle medium
DMC Hydrangea Lawns paper pack