Thursday, 5 July 2018

Dusty Attic July Project - Good Time with Great Friends

Time for a little grungeyness for this mood board. I selected a wonderful photo of my husband and his good friend Paul when we were recently in England and sharing a lovely weekend in Bath. 

I used Whale Watch Blue and Steampunk Sepia Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals to create a multi coloured background. Once it was dry, I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks to add extra colour dimension. Tip: spray lightly with water to help spread the oxide inks. You may find the page gets very wet but dry slowly and if needed use the corner of a paper towel to soak up any puddles of colour that have formed. 

When the colours were dry, I used the Dusty Attic chicken wire stencil to add some textures as well as absorb some of the colour of the Magicals and help blend in.

Once dry, I added strips of coordinating patterned paper so that the main chip board features had a platform. Dusty Attic Frame was coated in a grainy texture paste  that was mixed with Whale Watch Blue and Tweedle Dee Denim Lindy Stamp Gang Magical powder and dabbed on with a small square brush. Tip: make sure you put the brush to soak in water as soon as you can so that it doesn't clog up with the grainy texture. 

All the other Dusty Attic chip board were painted in a variety of colours from the Finnabair metallique paint range. Once dry I used Tim Holtz distress oxide inks to add to take some of the glossiness of the paint to fit in with the grunge look. Word titles and tiles were added with a final brush of white gesso on the edges to help them stand out over the main features. 

Stamping: I used Stampers Anonymous 'Dapper' collection to stamp under and around the layout to add an extra masculine look. Tip: you may need to lift your layout up slight to fit the stamps underneath so that stamped image is as close as you can get to the embellishments. 

I hope you enjoy and remember to leave a comment on my blog and explore the Dusty Attic blog for more inspiration.

Most importantly, have ago at the this months mood board.

Monday, 2 July 2018

More Than Words July Challenge

Our Main Challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Word Inspiration - BEACH
Creative Challenge - SEASHELLS

What does the word BEACH inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the actual word somewhere on your project 
or simply be inspired by it.  Since words are an integral part of our challenges, we want to know how this month's word stimulated your creative process, so please do explain in your blog post how
it inspired you if it isn't obvious in your work.

It's time to get some sand between your toes and get inspired by the beach! To help make your creativity sea-worthy, we want you to add SEASHELLS on your project. Those who look for seashells will find seashells; those who open them will find pearls... of inspiration! If you can use real seashells that you collected from a walk on the beach, awesome! If you find a seashell in your stash, whether it be chipboard, resin or depicted on a badge or a sticker, fabulous! Every seashell tells a story.

I thought I would go with soft beach colours. The photos are of my friends and myself enjoying a beautiful day in Goa, India at the beach. Warm sand, warm Arabian Sea water and wonderful company. 

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Dusty Attic July Moodboard - Summer

A beautiful bright mood board that celebrates the glorious bright red tones. I had a wonderful picture of my granddaughter skipping down a cobbled lane with a bright red balloon. This picture was made for this mood board. 

To add a hint of summer, I stamped randomly different summer insects around the page and added key words. The background was created by using Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals and sprays in Whale Watch Blue. Over the top I stencilled a random diamond pattern that absorbed the colours. I painted chipboard with Finnabair Deep Water metallique paint and added a grunge look by using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and dried. I selected a variety of flowers which were coloured with blues and reds at adhered to the photo. Once all of the flowers have been added, use small Dusty Attic paisley chipboard and add to the flowers. Use white gesso and blues to flick over the page to add a grungey look. Also dabbed on the flowers to blend in with overall look.

I hope you enjoy and remember to leave a comment for me.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Dusty Attic June Project

I have gone totally grungy with this colour theme of the June mood board. I am currently being inspired by the recent holiday pictures that I took overseas of the ancient and historical sights. For this layout I started with a dark patterned paper and stencilled a grungy pattern with Finnabair Graphite texture. To add more colour, I sprayed Lindy Stamp Gang Silver range (including ones that had a brown tinge). I laid a gesso painted net on the patterned paper as a base. Tip: the netting was a dark green colour so I spread heavy white gesso on the work top and wearing a set of gloves rolled the net through it to get an even cover. 
Layering a range of Dusty Attic chipboard which have been painted with golds (with a pink tinge), browns, blacks and coppers and beige's. I added different metallics in the paints so that they weren't flat but had depth to the colours. I chose colours that had a general colour theme reflective of the mood board but added a slight pink overtone to some of the pieces. Tip: when gluing down the chipboard, use small pieces of chip board off cuts to build up the pieces so that they sit evenly across the different levels. 

To add depth to the page, I used Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals (Bodalicious Blush) and painted the wings. Finally I used a variety of paints and flicked over the page ending with micro art stones to added texture. 

I hope you enjoy.