Wednesday, 16 January 2013

I want to be an Artist...

Hello girls and boys, it's my turn for another post over at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog today!

I'm still finding my feet with these wonderful products which means lots of inkiness still to come once I can find an afternoon to really let my hair down and play but I absolutely love this range, it's so versatile!

Today I decided to alter this heart in readiness for Valentine's Day...something my hubby refuses to celebrate because he says it's a Capitalist's Dream haha! Really he's just a misery and doesnt want to spend any dosh!

Anyway, let's get on with it shall we...

I coloured the chipboard heart (about 99p from somewhere or other, bargain as it's about 5" tall) using the Stampers Big Brush Pen - the coverage on this is awesome, chipboard can be a pain to colour like this but the rich pigments meant it all covered in one quick and easy coat without a problem.
Next I took a silver Gelato and using it dry I splodged it into rough circle shapes using it like a wax crayon. Gelatos warm my heart, I ADORE them! They ARE like a wax crayon but somehow or other... and this bit freaks me out a bit... you can add water and they dissolve! It's just bizarre!

 I then rubbed some more Gelato around the edges and then rubbed over with my fingers to smooth it out and give a nice metallic sheen.

I then took a scrap piece of red spotty paper which is from my Picknix Christmas collection and wrote a sentiment on it with a black alcohol pen...
"I want to be an artist to paint pictures just for you, so then when it's 
your birthday I can send you quite a few"
I love this! I came across this a few years back and I've been waiting to use it, I know it's a Valentine's project but who cares haha! I distressed the paper and rubbed more gold and silver Gelato around all the edges. I then took some crackle paste and edged the whole heart, just being rough and ready and blobbing it around and set it to dry. When I came back the crackle hadn't worked at all but I was left with some great texture anyway so I just rubbed even more silver and gold Gelato over it and round all the edges, mixing it together to give it a nice grungey feel (I find fingers are best for this!) . 

I was determined to have some crackle so I turned to my Crackle Accents and added that over the sentiment instead. Next I took a stamp (it came in one of my Faber Castell Mixed Media packs) and inked it with a gold Metallic Pitt pen and stamped onto the heart randomly just to add some pattern in there.  Finally I cut some hessian and decorated the corner, again rubbing Gelato onto the hessian (yes, it works on fabric too but obviously not colourfast!)(edited: I've just been informed that when dry after about 30mins the Gelatos are actually colourfast!! How amazing is that, perfect for canvases and materials then!), then I just added some embellies. Finally I made a little ticket and again edged it with the Scarlet Stampers Big Brush Pen and the silver Gelato to tie it all in together.
I think I like it and I think his nibs might do too!

See you next time! x

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Something new for 2013!

Happy New Year everyone!
I was very lucky to be asked to Guest over at the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog and today is my very first post and make for this very talented team!

I've always used Faber Castell products since I was a kid, so I was very excited to start creating with all the latest goodies they have to offer. If you've never tried their products you really should give them a whirl because they have a fantastic selection which are great for crafters, including waterproof inks and Aquarelle's, Gelato's and so much more!

 The thing I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE is that they have some special Mixed Media packs ...these mean that you get a selection of different types of pens which are all colour matched for you already. This means they're perfect for trying out the range if you just want to dip in and see what they can do for your crafting - awesome idea! And you know that if you love a certain colour in say, Aquarelle, that you can pick the same colour in a Stamper's Big Brush Pen or Gelato and it will all colour match - something so simple but so many other brands miss out on this little trick!

I hadn't used Gelato's before so I really wanted to get a feel for what this product does and how it works with all the other mixed media in the range so I decided to just have a mess around and see what I could do as a quick make. The Gelato's didn't let me down!..
To make this I cut out a simple tag shape and covered it with paper from my Picknix Christmas collection.

I used the Stampers Big Brush Pen to ink up a small clear stamp from the Mixed Media pack and then also pushed a Metallic Pitt marker through the ink too and repeat stamped the image. I love how it came out and that you can mix the inks together, it's so cool to get a mix of metallic and non-metallic together on the same stamp, quite difficult to achieve with other pens. I also loved how much coverage there was on the actual stamp, sometimes when you try to ink direct to stamp you get a resist to the polymer so it goes all patchy but the coverage was great! 

Next, I made a dotty pattern with the Pitt Pastels, added a corner of a doily and then used the pastel to slightly colour tint it. I added a gold edge to a heart which I cut freehand using the Metallic Pitt marker just to finish it off and hide the white edges. Finally, I ran around all the edges of the tag with a gold, blue and silver Gelato to distress it. The Gelato's are amazing! For some reason I thought they'd be a wet ink but they are a waxy texture which means you can use them like wax rubons which I absolutely adore. I'm really not a glittery bling person but I love the metallic sheen you get with these and they could be used on an array of different surfaces! (plus it's a perfect excuse to get your fingers into the inks and get messy rubbing away!) 

Hope you like this tag, I'm giving this to my husband for Valentine's Day as a bookmark, why not make one too for the man in your life!

We also have some exciting news - our fantastic Studio 12 blog will now be combined with the Polkadoodles challenge blog and publish 3 times per week! We know most of you love both our brands so it makes sense to have it all under one bloggy roof where we can feed the inspiration through regularly to everyone! So make sure you go check it out here today and take part in the Polkadoodles blog hop where you can win some great candy!