Shrine of Sisters

I finally made use of the angel shrine from Retro Art Café this week! It’s been sitting on my desk for at least a couple of months just waiting for me to decide what to do with it. Then I saw what my Facebook-friend Cat Kerr made with a couple of Relics & Artifacts figures, and I finally knew what to do…

I had already painted the angel with a coat of gesso, so I started with a layer of Finnabair’s transparent crackle paste on the wings and on the frame part. Then let it dry over night. I’m still sort of figuring out how this medium works, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. I think the key to the best crackles is to let it dry slowly. I’ve tried using a heat gun, but it just tend to bubble, and the cracks don’t get so defined.
Anyway… When they had dried I painted them with gold paint.

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After the gold paint had dried I used some sepia acrylic ink from Daler-Rowney to grunge it up a bit. I also took one of the faces from Relics & Artifacts I’ve got and gave it some sepia grunge love too. Doesn’t it look like it’s been laying in the dirt for hundreds of years, maybe thousand? I totally love this sepia!

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The frame I painted with Finnabair’s rust mica powder, and added some highlights to both frame and face with her teal mica powder. The little crown you can see in below pictures where also painted with gold, and had some touch-ups with the mica powders as well.

 

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Then I chose the embellishments I had in my trinket box, the flower I’ve bought from a shop on Etsy, Carman Treasures… they also have a lot of gorgeous beads and such for jewellery making. 😉
The photo is from one of Tim Holtz’s papers I cut out, can’t remember what paper pack though…

 

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And here it is,assembled and finished. I’ve glued everything down with matte media gel and 3D-gel, also from Finnabair. A shrine over sisterhood, in what shape it may come. I’ve got two amazing sisters, and this last year I’ve found a whole bunch of them via Facebook, my art sisters. <3

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Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my process, and hope this will inspire you to make your own shrine.

Til the next time! xox
Josefina

Creative Gym – Exercise #5

It’s been a while since I posted anything. Life and work somehow got in the way… I’ve gone up in time at work, and it’s a challenge to adjust to have less time to create.

I decided to join the Mixed Media Place’s Creative Gym this month and their exercise #5. The rules for this one is: combine black backround + all the colors of the rainbow.

My first try was a black background and layering loads of colours with different stencils… It didn’t work for me, so paint over with fresh black acrylic and start over. This gave me a more textured surface to work on, and that’s always a plus, right?

So, here’s my entry. I used a photo of my son from last year, he’s on his way to a party and having his smart outfit, and crooked smile, on. He loves orange, and pretty much all bright colours. I’ve used a couple of Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays, sequines, Finnabair’s beads, and different decorative elements as cutouts and paperclips. The golden stars I just cutout from gold foil paper.

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Really like how this exercise turned out. Hope you like it too. :)

Cheers,
Josefina

 

These boots

I finished a spread this weekend, and for some reason I’d choose the phrase ”These boots are made for walking”. I don’t even like that song that much! LOL
I’ve decided that this year, 2015, will be a year when I challenge myself, try new doors and to be open for possibilities… Maybe that’s why it popped into my head?

Anyway… I wanted to try out the Finnabair crackle/texture paste and the art sugar I bought before Christmas, and I wanted to try a style I’m not so comfortable with. Not sure about the result, but I love the art sugar and the texture paste. I was a bit inpatient so I used a heat tool to dry the paste with, so I’m not sure if it crackled enough… Have to try it on more projects!

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I’m going to try to discipline myself around the blogging. I want it after all to be some sort of diary/logbook over my creativity… So I figured a blog-planner that works for me might help me on the way. Some structure to the creative chaos. 😉

Keep on walking.
Jos

Halloween book

I’ve been working on this on and off, much using the same technique as in the grungy journal I made earlier this year. The paper I’ve used is mainly from Marion Smith Designs ”Something Wicked Halloween mini book printable”, but I’ve also used printables from Graphics Fairy, Memories Pictures over at Etsy (she’s got some awesome printable envelopes and background papers), and a place that’s called How to Haunt your House. They got fantastic bottle labels, for free, I used them a lot.

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This is quite a picture heavy post, and yet I haven’t posted every page in the book. I like how it turned out, a little chunky Halloween book. The size of it’s about 11 x 13,8 cm (roughly 4,5 x 5,5 inches).

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I’m not sure what the stitch I used when binding the book is called. I learned it via The Paper Addiction, but I’ve seen it in a couple of book binding videos over at YouTube too.

Next weekend we’ll be having a birthday party, and as usual he wanted a party with a Halloween theme. That will be a blast! Starting to collect good snacks and food at Pinterest.

Hope you all have a magical Halloween!
Jos

The rest is dust

Love this quote by Vladimir Nabokov.
I had, however, a hard time with this layout. First it turned out all orange, and it was laying there a couple of days and I was feeling unhappy with it. Then I covered it with white gesso and started from the beginning. Like it better now.

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Used some scraps, both home made and bought stamps and some different metal trinkets. The food stamps I found last summer in Gothenburgh, bought a whole stack. :)
The background paper is from an old drawing pad and an old notebook.

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The edges are inked with distress ink, Vintage Paper, and I’ve sprayed the blue element with some Tattered Angel mist.

Now I’ll go out in the sun, maybe take a cooling dip in the lake. I love being on holiday! … even if it’s soon over.

Let the sunshine in!
Jos

Shadow box

Today I decided to alter the little paper box I bought earlier. I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do with it. I sort of just went with the flow.

I added some paper from Graphic 45 and some pictures I found on Graphics Fairy. The background behind the lady and the crown is a playing card, with some texture paste I added through a stencil. I also sprayed the inside of the box with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise.
The embellishments are some stuff I had laying around, brads, paper clip, sequin and button. The stars I cut out from a paper-scrap I had, can’t remember where it came from.

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Hope you’re having a great summer!

Love,
Jos