Last Days of Summer

Probably not the most suitable time of the year to display beach related art but I look at it this way, somewhere in the world it has to be summer lol
You may  recognise that this image is from ARTchix Seaside Cuties (received as part of August DT package from The Altered Element) . Although I used some of the images in previous posts, Life’s A Beach and A Day At The Seaside I still had several remaining.
 Once the blush pink acrylic paint had dried I added Picket Fence Crackle paint then sponged Tea Dye ink into the cracks. Stamped 2 tickets and the Hotel advertisement and ripped a piece of striped fabric, layering all onto the canvas. The Basic Grey die cut, although supposed to be a branch with leaves, to my eyes, also had a look of seaweed. Cut out the Seaside Cutie, matting to card for stability and tucked it into the “seaweed”, finally adding shells, some of which I broke and layered onto the “shingle” on the image.

Hidden Jewels

A few months ago I received ARTchix “Exotic Jewels” as part of my DT package from The Altered Element. Previously I made a Gothic Arches book, “Free Spirits” but as I had so many images leftover I wanted to make something else. This idea came about through trying to recycle packaging and making use of scraps.  When I received ribbons from The Altered Element, packaged inside a wax paper envelope, I carefully laid it aside as I knew it would serve a purpose at a later date. So the idea that popped into my head was to make some mini cards and tuck them inside the envelope as a little gift idea.
The size of the cards are  approx a standard card cut into half  but I used scrap card.
Packaging – Slightly scrunched the bag before applying copper acrylic paint. Layered an image to black glitter card. To seal, add a dab of glue and then add any form of embellishment as a form of decoration.
 Stamped directly onto the mini cards (cardstock I used has a lovely texture to it), layered all images onto black glitter card, added scraps of flocked papers, gold organza ribbon and black lace (lace and ribbon available from The Altered Element).

It’s probably fair to say that not everyone would appreciate mini cards with Exotic women but any image could be used.

Note – although I did not make individual envelopes for the cards, it would be easy enough to do so, or they  would be handy to use as an alternative to a gift tag or to pop inside a favourite book that you are passing onto a friend.

A Day at the Seaside

Dawn (Crafty Dawn) and I set the theme for our second swap as Vintage Seaside and to add a bit of a challenge to incorporate – green, material and shells. As I had so many images left from the ARTchix Seaside Cuties sheet I used 2 on this altered matchbox.

As this is not DT artwork I will keep the details as simple as possible!
Painted with Gesso, cream and copper paints and stamped shells and seahorses (Oxford Impressions) with Pearl Adirondack dabber. Sponge Pistachio acrylic and Old White Patina onto drawer.  Edged the images and top and bottom of matchbox with Deko Ice. Used dyed gauze to wrap around the box and tie into a bow, adding Mother of Peal Mica Flakes.
Above photo shows the rear of the box. Added pieces of hessian type material and jute ribbon (available from The Altered Element) and word tiles.
With our swaps we also include little bits and pieces.
Found it difficult to find small items with a beach theme but some of the items are shells, Bingo marker, mini canvas, seed beads and sequins in a little bottle, handmade paper beads, jute ribbon, etc.  It reminded me of my days at Primary School when the teacher would set us the challenge of finding as many items around the home which fit into a matchbox. Anyone else do this?

Notes from a Traveller

In the post “Back To School” I altered a notebook/journal using an image from ARTchix’s Trip To France sheet (included in July’s DT package from The Altered Element). For this altered sketchbook I selected the Eiffel Tower image.  For me, the whole idea of the Grand Tour where the travellers’ kept a diary and sketchbook of their journey, is so appealing. This type of journal could be made as a gift for a friend who is lucky enough to take time out to travel or even a record of your own travel memories.
Supplies – ARTchix Trip To France, sketchbook/notebook, Gesso, acrylic paints:- cream, grey and copper, Decoupaint Patina Old White, Archival Ink in Sepia, transparency,  Tim Holtz tags, button, lace, ribbon and “Paris” stamp.

You could make your own book from scratch using a B.I.A. The sketchbook had a black cover so Gesso is essential. Then sponged (mixing the colours on the same bit of sponge), grey, cream and copper acrylic. To lighten add more cream, then the Old White Patina. Stamp “Paris” and heat set. Adhere cut out image of the Eiffel Tower, layer transparency and lace. Finally adding button and Tim Holtz tag.
and finally
A card to hand over with the gift of the sketchbook.

Layer image onto thin card to strengthen. Add gingham paper and then image, button (threaded with gingham ribbon) and scrap of text paper. “Petite” was cut from some ribbon (inside a garment!). The reason for “petite” …. it’s her nickname of course!!
I still have plenty of images left to play with from this ARTchix sheet and who knows, they may turn up at a later date but for now, that’s all folks!

(Links to The Altered Element for the products used and you will also find such a variety of ribbons there also.)

Back To School

ARTchix Trip To Paris was one of the sheets I received in The Altered Element’s July DT package, along with some buttons. This sheet is packed with collage style images of females, images of Paris, buttons, etc. What struck me is that the young women look as though they could be young schoolgirls or even secretaries. So the idea came to me to alter a journal. In my stash I had a journal, the type purchased for altering but The Altered Element sells a lovely journal with a lock. I also altered a pencil case (also in my stash), after all you need somewhere to house the pencils which you will use to write and draw in your journal.
Supplies – ARTchix Trip to Paris, papier mache pencil case and journal (ready to alter), Mod Podge, white tissue paper, Staz-on Timber BrownDecoupaint Old White, copper acrylic paint, French text stamp, buttons, lace.


Journal & Pencil Case


Note – for both the journal and pencil case, prepare tissue paper by stamping French text onto the tissue with Timber Brown Staz-on ink.

1. Sponge cream acrylic paint onto cover. 2. Tear pieces of prepared tissue paper and adhere to cover with Mod Podge. Dab down with a foam brush, taking care not to tear the tissue. Layer some pieces for added texture. Leave to dry overnight. 3. Cut out image from Trip To France. Layer onto card. Cut out again. Add charcoal to edge of image for definition. 4. Tear a piece of text scrapbook paper. Sponge Distress Ink in Tea Dye and some charcoal onto edges. 5. Layer girl, strip of text paper, lace, button to journal. 6. Sponge some Decoupaint Patina in Old White onto a vintage pen nib. Use silicone glue to adhere to journal
Pencil Case

1. Gesso and then cream acrylic paint  2. Adhere stamped tissue paper as for journal 3. Sponge copper acrylic paint randomly followed with Old White Patina (follow those steps for inside also) . It was my first time working with the Patina paint and I was impressed with the ease of use.

4. Add scrap of text paper, ink a found work and stitch 2 buttons – add to lid 5. Add 2 pieces of dyed lace (as per Tutorial Part II) to opposite corners

I have created direct links for products which can be purchased from The Altered Element. 

Life’s A Beach

ARTchix Seaside Cuties sheet of images along with some Mica Flakes were included in The Altered Element DT package this month. Now I could wax lyrical and tell you how I was inspired by the Scottish summer to work on this altered canvas but the day I made this the weather was more suited for ducks lol.
On this particular sheet the images come in two sizes. For this canvas I used one of the larger images, cutting around the female as I did not want the background.
Supplies – ARTchix Seaside Cuties, Mica Flakes in Mother of Pearl, square canvas, paints (cream and copper), Distress Ink in Bundled Sage, dyed gauze (see Tutorial Part II), 3 flat back glass pebbles (or similar @ The Altered Element), found word,  sequin waste and  charcoal. Stamps – shells

Instructions – Paint canvas with cream acrylic, dry sponge copper acrylic. Use sequin waste and sponge copper acrylic through the waste, sponge some Bundled Sage ink onto the canvas . Stamp shells with copper paint . Drape dyed gauze across the canvas . Cut out image, edge with charcoal and adhere with silicone glue (use plenty of the silicone for dimension)

 . Add generous amount of mica flakes adhering with a clear drying glue . Add 3 glass pebbles, underneath one  of the pebbles add the word “beach” which was inked with Bundled Sage.
The combination of the copper paint, mica flakes and the glass pebbles results in the light catching this canvas beautifully. So that’s my little piece of summer on a canvas!

Challenge @ Crazy Amigo “Summer Holiday” – the beach would not be my ideal summer holiday destination, would rather a trip to Paris, but the canvas fits the theme at Crazy Amigo so have decided to participate in their “Summer Holiday” theme.