Thursday, 14 February 2019

Upcycled Frame By Lesley

Hi everyone. Lesley here with an upcycled project for you.

This originally started out as an old picture frame! I took the glass out, and gave it a good couple of coats of gesso to prime it.

Oodles of paint was added, until I was happy with the colours.

And I added some touches of crackle glaze.

The dolls head was made out of clay and placed into an old pastry tin and then filled with glaze and glitter.

I mounted it onto three different sizes of the trefoil border shape media boards. Love these!

Between the boards and the dolls head, I sneaked in a art deco and nouveau floral ornament.

Thanks for reading.


Ingredients used
Art Deco & Nouveau floral shape, style 46
Trefoil Border shape mixed media boards

Monday, 11 February 2019

Venetian Romance - Heart Plaque by Julie Ann

It's great to be back at Calico Craft Parts blog again.This Monday I thought I'd share a Valentine themed project with you, as February 14th is not so far off . I've never been a fan of conventional Valentine cards and gifts, although I do admire vintage style hearts. For me the city that conjures up the best picture of romance is Venice with its history of carnival; its quiet squares and quaint bridges and trysts in gondolas.

Whenever I see a heart, for some reason I want to draw a face on it, so I decided to create a Venetian lady - the spirit of the City also known as Serenissima - from one of the Calico birch ply hearts. The wonderfully detailed new Calico Art Deco embellishments also reminded me of Venetian decoration and one in particular seemed to me to resemble an intricate mask. The idea for a new character, Venetia was born.

I painted one side of my heart plaque with white gesso, while giving my little Art Deco shape a coat of black Gesso. These cupids from an MDF sheet just had to feature somewhere on my project so I gave them the Gesso treatment too, before putting them aside, planning to decide exactly what to do with them later.

Once the Gesso was dry on the first side, I flipped over the heart and gave the reverse side a coat of black Gesso.

Now out came the Crackle Glaze. I wanted my project to evoke the wonderful textures of Venice: the old gold; the cracked paint and the rich colours. I used a turquoise acrylic paint over black and Crackle Glaze on my mask shape.

Here you can see Venetia as her features started to form. I painted with a very light, almost white acrylic craft paint over the Gesso. When this was dry, I pencilled in the features, erasing until I was satisfied with the look. I added water-colour to the lips and eyes. Without hair, I think poor Venetia looks a little like an alien!

With the addition of hair, she began to look a lot more human. I also added touches of water-colour paint to her cheeks and forehead and chin eventually - to reduce some of the pallor. Once the paint had dried, I played with different arrangements of craft parts until I was satisfied.

 I painted with a pale mauve over the crackle on the back of the piece, as this was a colour that reminded me of twilight and Venetian mists. You could either leave this plain, or write a Valentine greeting over the crackle with a fine liner. I punched holes in the plaque myself so that I could thread through Sari ribbon; but you can request for the plaques to come with ready-made holes, if you wish.

Here you can see the tiny cupids are Venetia's hair adornments. I finally painted them gold, crackled over this and then painted them turquoise. For some Venetian 'bling', I added a piece of broken jewellery and tiny, pearl stickers. With the addition of wings to her mask, Venetia's feet can fly across the dance floor at the carnival ball.

I don't know what secrets Venetia holds in her heart; but I'm hoping that this Valentine's Day she will carry a message for me to somebody I love. Have a Valentine's full of fun and love and a creative time until we meet here again at Calico in 2 weeks' time.
Calico Crafts Part used in this Project
Standard Heart Birch Plywood Plague 150 mm x 150 mm
Art Deco & Nouveau Wood Shape Style 40
Art Deco & Nouveau Wood Shape Style 39
Primitive Heart Mini Plaques
MDF Mini Valentine wood shapes Style 2
Sheet of Mini Crown Wood Shapes Style 3
Mini Angel Wings Wood Shapes Style 1

Saturday, 9 February 2019

A special gift box with Tips & Trick's by Kerstin


The ATB Cube Kit was still on my crafting table and I wanted to make a cube, 
but didn't quite know what I should be presenting inside.  
Then I had a sparkling idea - why not combine both?!

 Tips & Tricks

 I was looking for a sturdy mount for the steampunk heart and after drilling a hole in the middle, I used the snowflake as a stand.
 Firstly I used a fine silver embossing powder for the heart (only in some spots) 
then I coloured it with three classical rust paints
 ( Raw umber, Quinacridone Gold, Raw Sienna) from DecoArt.
I dried the acrylic paints with the hot air gun until it began to form bubbles.
I love this effect, because its end result looks like true rust.

The background of the cube was created using a mixture of old book pages and decoupage paper (Silver basics) from DecoArt.  

I have built a simple cardboard door on the front, so the gift inside doesn't fall out of the box and is also protected from prying eyes. The door was painted with silver acrylic paint and then embossed with a folder. I added some small die-cut lettering to it and the special gift box was finished. 

 some close up's

 left side

 right side

front side

Calico Craft Parts used:
 Snowflake ornament
(please inquire personally in the Calico Craft Parts shop)

 front side
Steampunk heart

Top view

I hope, I could inspire you to think out of the box as well.

The heart comes from a whole collection of new awesome 

Thanks for your visit !
Kerstin xo

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Spring Has Returned by Jennie

Whilst designing and making some new flowers recently I realised that my craft table looked as though spring had returned!

It was the primroses that did it and so I decided to make a small hanging using some of them to brighten up the kitchen and turning to some lovely spring stamps for my sentiments.

I started with an MDF Flag Bunting and experimented with tissue tape, stamping, gesso, paints and inks. The MDF certainly allows a lot of product to be applied with no buckling.

I didn't want to hide the background too much but the Fleur de Lis Wood Fence is just perfect for adding a bit of interest.

I love the wonderful selection of Word Elements made by Calico Craft Parts but sometimes I do use the other side and stamp my own sentiment. I have just dabbed a bit of white paint on it before stamping in Archival Ink.

I managed to isolate part of a stamp to fill the small space in one of the Mini Label Holders.  Again this has just been daubed with white paint - I love how the MDF shows through and makes it look quite vintage without any work at all !

A lovely splash of colour in these darker days of Winter.

If you would like to know how I created the flowers you access the tutorial on my blog HERE.

As always thank you for joining me and happy crafting!

Jennie x

Calico Craft Parts Used:

Monday, 4 February 2019

Art Deco Box - by Claudia

Hi, servus and welcome to a rather quick but effective project today!
Sometimes I find that a single wood shape from the beautifully wide range of Calico Craft Parts needs to stand alone - in this case the absolutely gorgeous Art Deco & Nouveau Daffodil Ornament.

The really cool thing with Calico Craft Parts is that they all come in different sizes to choose from - so I found the perfect size to go with one of the round splint boxes from my stash!

I had the idea of filling the gaps inside the ornament with something resin-looking and stumbled across the DecoArt Clear Pouring Topcoat!

It was a bit of an experiment but it worked out just perfectly! I only needed to be very patient because drying time took about a night (due to the thick coat I had poured inside the ornament's gaps and crevices). But the result was definitely worth the wait! Yay!

I had prepared the splint box by adding a coat of matte DecoArt Decou-Page to the box's outside and lid and the ornament was glued to the lid during this step as well of course.

Then I had added washes of DecoArt media fluid acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue, Quinacridone Burnt Orange and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.

Using DecoArt premium Titanium White I dry brushed the glued on ornament for a base layer.

On top of that I dabbed on DecoArt premium acrylic paints Cobalt Teal Hue and Quinacridone Gold Hue and also added a wash of these to the lid's edge.

Then I had to be daring and fill the ornament with the pouring topcoat! Final touches with DecoArt Metallic Lustre Gold Rush were added the next day after the pouring topcoat had fully cured. 

Et voilá!

I hope you like my little experiment! I love that you can create a quick faux resin- or enamel-like effect by just pouring the topcoat on top and spreading it by moving and tipping the surface until all the gaps are filled properly. 

Hugs and happy crafting!

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Book box reimagined...

Last time I was here, I shared the start of a BOOK BOX... I had done the cover and was going to tackle the inside for this week.
Change of plan. I wasn’t overly excited by the look of the cover so I gave it a complete new look. I Went a bit more “mixed media” on it.

What really impressed me was, that despite the fact it now has a couple of layers of gesso, several layers of paint and gilding wax, the Steampunk Clockwork Gear embellishments, still have a lot of definition in them.

The book box stood up to a lot of punishment from me and my paints, sprays and water misters.

So here’s the new look and a wee look at what I put inside.
Thanks for visiting.
Z x