Saturday, 18 April 2020

Renaissance Stencil Wall Art

 It's my weekend to share a little more Visible Image inspiration and today I am focusing on the absolutely stunning Renaissance stencil. This stencil is so incredibly detailed that I wanted to create a piece of wall art where it is the main feature, rather than being relegated to a background image. 

To create this piece I used a thick piece of quality black card stock, cut slightly larger than the stencil itself. I taped the stencil down over it, and applied gold texture paste through it. A little tip for this is to load a good quantity of texture paste along the top of the tape, and use a large scraper that covers the entire width of the stencil , allowing you to carefully swipe the paste down in one go to cover, rather than applying with a smaller palette knife , which wont give as even coverage. 

Then I lifted the stencil carefully, and lightly tapped some copper mica powders over the top while the paste was still wet. 

I wanted this piece to have lots of texture to it, and so to achieve this I used a heat tool to warm the paste until it bubbled, before moving on the the next area. When the whole surface had been heated, I put aside to cool thoroughly and harden. 

I created a tile for the centre by thinly rolling out air drying clay, and lightly pressing the stencil into it. One hard I painted with acrylic paint and enhanced the raised areas with a little gilding wax.

When both pieces were dry, I added some words from the Beauty Is Art set, and balanced out with a Tim Holtz word tile and adhered the centre tile with gel medium to finish. 

I must admit that I am thrilled with the way this piece turned out. I think it's definitely one for the craft room wall!

Visible Image have a great challenge running over on the Facebook group at the moment. If you love rainbow colours this is one you will love so do pop along and check it out. 

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Friday, 3 April 2020

It's Okay to not be Okay- A Visible Image DT Post

It's my day to share some Visible Image inspiration, and I think that in these challenging times that we are facing global wide right now, that the sentiment on this card is a good reminder to us all to take care of ourselves. I don't think that there is a person out there who isn't having the odd emotional wobble, I know I certainly have had a few. Fortunately for me I have a hobby and a room full of craft supplies that  I can totally immerse myself in, which helps me leave my troubles behind for a while. It's a huge help and sanity saver as I am sure all of you reading this will also understand. 
This was actually made for the Create and Craft tv shows that sadly had to be cancelled, so I have decided to share it via the blog instead. It was super simple to create as you will see. Here is how I did it:

I placed the Scribble stencil on some black card and sprayed distress oxide inks through it. This stencil is very cool, and it instantly reminded me of how my brain can feel totally scrambled at times so was the perfect background to this card. 

Once dry I sprayed over it again with a glitter enamel to add some sparkle. 

I repeated these steps on a second piece of card, and using a circle die cut the centre from one to overlay on the base. 

I finished by stamping and embossing the sentiment from the Look Forward With Hope set  , and the hand from Tree of Life set ( both currently reduced on the website so go grab a bargain!) , and mat and layered them onto the base. 

I hope that you are all managing to find some creative time at the moment. There is an uplifting challenge running over on the Visible Image Facebook group, so why not pop over and check it out and join in if you can . 

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I'll be back soon with more inspiration, but in the mean time stay safe and well  and please take good care of yourselves.