Saturday, 20 April 2013

For Demonstration Purposes...

...aha, did you see what I dids there huh Demonstration purposes... 'cos... these offerings today are actually a couple of the several demo pieces I made whilst at Ally Pally last Sunday.  I was fortunate enough to be playing with my very favourite Studio 490 stamps, stencils and other goodies... along with the new Distress Paints and some delish That Special Touch stencils. 



I wish I could say I thunked up this technique but no, all credit must go to the wonder that is Wendy Vecchi - seriously, she is a wonder woman!  Creating art, coming up with new ideas and making new designs... I take me hat off to her!  HERE's her blog, take a trip over there and you can see tonnes of inspirations.  Anyways... this technique... genius!   Take an Art Part base, I used a large heart and the back of a Rectangle Frame.  Coat generously with Rock Candy Cracklepaint (the clear flavour).   




Let it completely set and crackle... and then go in with a couple of Distress Paint colours... and blend the two together... I use Cut & Dry foam to do this but you can use your finger too.   The Distress Paint will drop into the crackles and it gives the overall look a really chalky outsidey feeling.  You can see from the close up shots that patches of crackle are deeper, this is just where I added more to the base... it is a self levelling product so no need to worry about brush strokes being left either.  The word HAPPY was popped onto there using a 490 Stencil and Black Soot DP (applied gently with Cut & Dry foam)



The butterflies are book pages applied to Clearly For Art Blackout... stamped, cut out, coloured with DP and Distress Stains... and then heated and moulded to shape the wings... a few pearly bits for the bodies and there you go... simples!  The scribble around the edge of the heart was done using a Sakura Micron Pen... and the ickle heart is an Embellish Your Art piece, coloured with Distress Paint... I have yet to find a surface that the Paints won't go onto!



Anyways... I shall have to get a wiggldy-piggldy on, I am away to Sheffield this morning for a Dabble Day with Busy Bee Crafts... I love the Dabble Days indeedily - three groups of lasses (and lad) and three crafty teachers, all going around the room in rotation so they all get to do three 2 hour classes... brilliant idea!   Right, enoughs of my wafflings... don't forget to scroll down to the next post to leave a comment and be in with a chance of winning my giveaway.   Thanks for looking... have a grandly day!  TTFN

Hels x

22 comments:

nancyd said...

Morning Hels cor blimey you are up early
this morning or have you decided to
do like Sue and Julia and schedule
are you finaly catching on.
But love these tags I had recorded
your shows with the melt pot finally
got to watch the 2nd one yesterday
afternoon your inspiration is greatly
appreciated done a little picture
the other day with a lot of your
techniqes not speeled right but
too early in the morning to care.
Nancyd xx

TDQ Karen said...

Glad I discovered how to actually comment, I am a bit slow on the uptake. Love hearing about your workshops, must look into attending one, they sound fun. Thanks for the explanation about the crackle, the effect looks great

Ann said...

Lush gorgeousness as always Hels!! Love that pinky paint heart, must get some DI paints!!! TFS
Hugs, Ann xx

Joanne K said...

Morning Hels, two beautiful projects. Have a good weekend. Kind regards Joanne K x

inkypinkycraft said...

These are yummy, must try that with the crackle and stress paints ! Hugs trace x

inkypinkycraft said...

Doh! That's Distress paints...

Marleine said...


Morning Hels,

Both projects are really great. Am loving the crackle and using paints. Fab-u-lous. X

Alyce said...

stunning!! i just love the gorgeous colours....the crackle looks amazing too :)

Carole Z said...

Absolutely gorgeous demo projects Hels...have a fab day! Carole Z X

Debbie Ravenhill said...

Morning Hels, or was it the middle of the night when you blogged this! I was still playing with the fairies @ that time! Anyway, loving both these tags there fab. Them there paints look so vibrant, might have to get me some of them. Lucky ladies I wish I was @ that class, hopefully one day. Have a fab day playing crafty hugs Debbie R xx

nannapat said...

Two fab projects Hels. I always love the colours you use and the inspiration you give us. Have a good weekend. Pat x

Lynne M said...

Hi Hels, love the pinky heart and butterflies . Have a great day x lol Lynne M

Joanne said...

I love those colours Hels, right up my street. Wish you were with some demos though.
xx

lucretia said...

Crackle paint is on my long list of goodies to get. Gorgeous colours too and splendid butterflies.

Ria Gall said...

Hi Hels
Another lovely make from you I love how the crackle has allowed the distress paint in and given it that lovely finish. Great colours enjoy your day
Ria

rachel said...

beautiful Hels - the crackle and the distress paint really look fabulous together xx

Fuchsia said...

Its blooming gorgeous !

melanie said...

Project looks stunning as always .melanie

Craftychris said...

These projects are stunning! Love the way you have used the crackle! I hope you had a fab time today xx

carol e said...

Hi Hels love I have some rock candy crackle so think I will have a play. Thank you

Linda Simpson said...

This is fabulous and love the gorgeous colours and the crackle looks beautiful.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, I love both projects, the crackles are stunning and the paints are superb, GORGEOUS.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

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