25 Feb 2015

DT Layout - Let's Scrap Sketch 2-25-15

Hey there,
Today I am sharing my take on the latest sketch over at Let's Scrap.
It's such fun working with these sketches because you get to use SO many photographs.  We did a family photo shoot on Isabella's first birthday in 2011 and there were so many pictures to choose from - so I took full advantage of using this sketch for this LO!
Here is what I worked on.  It's already in a frame, so I didn't make place on the front for journaling.  I have, however, put journaling on the back, which reads:
We decided to do family photo shoot on your first birthday.  We included grandparents because, like us, they had been waiting very long for your arrival and to see daddy, you and I as a family unit.
It was a slightly chilly day and the shoot was done in an open field, just below Kirstenbosch Gardens. It was gorgeous - everything was so green and there were tiny flowers everywhere you looked.  There was some ancient trees too, which added to the whole earthy, natural feel of this shoot.
My favourite was the chair prop that the photographer brought along.  You weren't sitting very strongly by yourself at that stage yet, so although you look alone in those images, your "helicopter mommy" was standing close by in case you toppled!
The more photographs were taken, the more relaxed we all started to feel.
It was such a happy hour we all spent together.  I was STILL in awe of the fact that you had finally arrived in our lives; we were finally parents.  I think that the photographer did a GREAT job of capturing that look in both mine and your daddy's faces.
Really - this is a day that I will cherish forever.
And here are some close up shots. 

I loved the ombre feel of this arb piece of paper I found, and also that it had the tree on it, which echoed the feel of the photographs.  I distressed the edges quite a bit and then did some gesso through a mask and also a bit of misting.  I decided to add some bling and although I um'ed and ah'ed about it, I'm glad I did because it has definitely lifted the piece.
The title is a wooden word and I gesso'ed it before adding some glitter glue to give extra sparkle.  I added a doily to make the piece even more feminine (without wanting to go too OTT) and the little butterflies are made of metal, so I was able to fold their wings up to give the whole piece a little bit more of a 3D factor.

This sub-title has been adhered with foam squares - again, for 3D factor.  You can see here too, that I lifted the edges of the ombre piece, for more "life" in this piece.

Stitching.  I CANNOT resist!  I added more flowers and another butterfly here to bring what is essentially the central piece (the ombre page) over on to the other side for a bit of balance.

I also added more bling to this side of the LO.

The little butterflies are divine and I'm definitely going back to the craft store to get more!!!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peak!

19 Feb 2015

So Lucky

Today I am sharing my take on Case 155 over at CSI.  It includes a divine sketch by the gorgeous Em!
And here is what I did with it.
Scheme - all there
Evidence - circles, grid design, paint, pen work, metal and rub ons
Evidence - I grabbed a prompt from 600 seconds : "No Regrets" and used IW
The seafoam part of this LO is created as a flap so that I could put my journaling underneath.
Life is too short to have regrets.  We all know that, we all say that often.  But we never know the true meaning until something happens to make us truly realise it.
Many years ago, when both my paternal grandparents died, at the time of each of their individual deaths (years apart), my uncle had just had a huge bust up with each of them.  I cannot begin to imagine with how he lived with that; having not spoken to them for a few days and then having to hear of their passing.
At times of trouble, when you are drowning in your torrential sea of sorrow, it is very hard to believe that every cloud has a silver lining or that there is a pot of gold waiting for you.  It is hard to find some small bit of positivity, hope, solace to cling to, when all you feel is pain.
Even though you are gone - I am lucky in the fact that when you left, everything in our lives, at that time, had been just as it always was - perfect, ideal, wonderful and loving.
The night before you left us (and day upon day before that), our home was filled with love and laughter.  There was no fighting whatsoever.  There were no harsh words.  Just love.  And oddly, when I think back to that day, there was peace and serenity too.
On the morning that you left, you kissed Isabella and I goodbye before leaving for work.  A few hours before you left this World, you sent me a Whatsapp message saying "I love you guys!!!!!!"
Travers, I am happy that I have absolutely none of the regrets that I know so many people carry with them when they have lost a loved one. 
Should I have said I loved you more often - no, because I told you every single day and you knew that, always.  Should I have held you tighter - no, because we always showed affection towards each other.  Should I have been a better wife - no, because I was the best I could be; I just never could believe how much you loved me.
I miss you so much.
And now for some closies.

I felt that the taupe was darker than what was required, so I watered down some white acrylic paint and dry brushed it from the bottom up.  I also added some paint splats with the same watered down paint.

I tied a bow around an infinity sign and I brushed the flowers with some gesso.  I also added spots here and there of microbeads.

These are some of my favourite 'couple' photographs.  Sadly, I don't have enough of them, but what I have, I will cherish.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love 'n light

16 Feb 2015

2 Canvases - Just because

Most, if not all, of my artwork I've put on this blog have been for challenges that I have taken part in.  Today, however, I am sharing a pair of canvases I have worked on since Friday (I was very patient in ensuring that everything that needed to be dried and set, dried and set!).
Let me start of by crediting my inspiration behind these two pieces.  In July, I was going through my Bloglovin feed and this beautiful piece was shared by Riikka. I was in awe of it at the time and pored over every single detail.
Then, at some stage it reappeared in my FB feed and it was a time after I'd lost Travers and the piece just spoke to me.  It was what my heart felt like.  And so I wanted to find a way of recreating this piece - but with my own personal touch.
Here is what I did.
I don't have any step by step photographs, but I will add more detail as to what I did with the multitude of close-ups I've added!

First off, I primed my canvases with a thick coating of Gesso.  I see that alot of artists use a palette knife, but I decided to go with a brush, just for some background texture.
The heart is one of those styrofoam ones you in craft shops.  I had to cut it in half length ways, because it's 3D.  I did this by heating up my sharpest kitchen knife on a stove plate.  The squeaking noise was hideous - just a word of warning.  The cut was uneven, but it doesn't matter because you are going to be adding embellishments and "junk", in my case.
Then I covered the hearts in gesso, laid over torn tissue paper and modge podged over the top.  Once that was dry, I used Finnabair's silver crackle medium around the edges and over the top.  I did a VERY thick layer and it actually took practically 3 days to dry - probably because it was stored in a cooler room.
Next up, I prepared my canvas.  I layered on Rhino tape and then misted with light blue, aqua and gold - all from Mister Huey.  I also add black paint splats at this stage.  I adhered these with Gel Medium, and while it was wet, I sprinkled on those tiny beads.  I also laid on some thread randomly.

Then I laid my hearts down onto the canvas and just played around and randomly placed both stuff rom my scrapping stash, and also junk pieces that I'd found around the workshop where my dad works (refurbishing trains).
The "X" embellishments that you see are actually tile spacers I bought at the hardware store.  I love pottering around in these stores finding things I can use for scrapping!!!

Once everything was adhered, I covered all the embellishments and junk with a coat of gesso.

Once the crackle was dry, I sprayed around the edges of the heart (off the canvas, not on) with navy blue mist - I love how it seeped into the cracks.  The beauty of having used Modge Podge over the heart was that I was able to rub off any excess mist that covered the surface of the heart.

Once I'd glued everything down, I misted randomly again with the Mister Huey colours I'd used earlier; adding a shot of olive green here and there.
Then I painted black acrylic paint all around the heart and misted it to create a 'run'.  There were areas where I wasn't happy with the 'runs', so because my canvas was primed, I was at least able to blot it.  I used paper towel to blot instead of a wet wipe because I was scared the wet wipe would remove the underlying colours.
I did the black painting gradually to ensure that I was happy with the final result.


I used gold paint to highlight one or two bits and pieces and then I also watered down the gold paint to add more paint splats.

The sequins were added towards the end.

More gold paint highlights, as seen below.

Don't you just love the crackle and how the black mist seeped into the cracks????

Once I was done - I stepped out of the room.  This was a piece that I came back to look at every now and then and added more mist here and there.  The edges of each canvas has been done with black archival ink.

I love that little knot - it's actually a piece of wire that I had picked up - it really appealed to me.  You can see here too, that in some places I also added UTEE (I'm still so grateful to Patricia Basson for introducing me to this FABULOUS product!!).  This was a white UTEE with gold flecks.

The "titles" as it were, for each piece (placed on the heart) was also UTEE'ed with clear.

The piece is incredibly textured and 3D.

The strips that you see in both pieces are strips of leather.

Oofff.... that CRACKLE!!!

I'm nowhere near the talent that Riikka has, but having said that, I really am incredibly proud of (and in love with!!) these two pieces.
Thanks so much for coming to look at my work!!

11 Feb 2015

Let's Scrap DT | Sketch 2-11-15

Sharing my LO for the latest sketch over at Let's Scrap.
This was one of those pieces I worked on, put aside.  Worked on .. put aside ... worked on ... put aside.  It was frustrating me no end - but I managed to pull it together and this is what I created.
This LO is already in an album.  I created a flap with on the right behind the longer piece of buff coloured paper and my journaling is intended for Isabella:
Our Bluebird.  Daddy wanted to see one of his oldest and most long standing clients out in Coffee Bay and decided that we best make a family long weekend of it.
As I stood up at the top of the hotel, looking down at the beach drinking my tea, I watched you and daddy befriend two dogs and potter around, picking up shells and just generally playing silly buggers.
When you guys looked up and saw me with the camera, you waved.
I got such pleasure watching the two of you and I can only IMAGINE what conversation must've gone on between you two.
Luckily too, daddy had his cell phone with him and he took some videos of you guys down there - these I have safely stored away for you to watch one day.
You are very little now and I'm certain that you don't really understand this - but you must just know that your daddy will always, always be with you in spirit.  He will be your guide - and what a LUCKY little girl you are to have the most incredible, considerate and loving Guardian Angel watching over you.
One day, in time, I want you to be able to feel him with you and guiding you.
I'm so very sad that he was taken from you so soon because I was so cherishing that bond that the two of you had - and I was looking forward to seeing it develop more over the years.
I'm sorry that your daddy is gone.  Please just remember - he may be gone physically, but spiritually, he is ALWAYS PRESENT.

I loved how the edges of the LO turned out - Gesso through a mask and then inked with Tim Holtz Straw something-or-other.  (Sorry, I'm not one of those scrappers who remembers names of things - I just go with what I feel).

I felt it apt to use the shells and the anchor and the rope to tie in with the slightly nautical theme of this piece.

Above and below : following on with the nautical theme.  And how divine is this picture I found on Pinterest?

I cannot resist stitching on my work.  I just LOVE how it turns out.  I really do.

Thanks for stopping by.