Saturday, 25 June 2022

Shadow Box - Artist Studio

 

Welcome creative friends!

 

 As I saw our latest MDF Mini Furniture Kits I was inspired to create

a shadow box in vintage grunge style.

Love this grandfather clock, really awesome and very sweet,

could also imagine in a bigger size for a lot ideas. 

New Kit's are very easy to assemble, with a little glue they are very sturdy.

I have primed them only with a little brown acrylic paint and then highlighted 

with metal wax.  

 

And another great novelty at Calico Craft Parts

you can find here
 new Add On sheets, 

bricks, stones and roof tiles in three different sizes. 

They can be used for a lot of projects,

awesome 3d effects, as you can see

in this project too.

 

 

 some close up's


 






 

used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts

 

Grandfather Clock - Mini Furniture Kit

Writing Desk with Stool - Mini Furniture Kit

 Plain ATC Wood Blank with Hot Air Balloon Frame

Clock Hands - MDF Add On Sheet

Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Cogs - Style 1

 Mini Bricks - MDF Add On Sheet

 

I hope you find inspiration!

 

Thanks for stopping by...until next time

 Kerstin

 



 

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Beach Idyll - Homedecor with Kerstin

 

Welcome creative friends!

 

It's summer time, best time for sea, sun and beach.

 

I was inspired to create a new home decor piece in mixed media style and

 combined a beer mat and a big seashell as base

for a small standing deco object.

I  added also a suitable saying and a little photo

for a more personal character. 

 

 

 


 

some details





used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts

 

Square MDF Beer Mat 9.6cm

 

Scallop Seashell - MDF Wood Shape Style 1

 

Lighthouse MDF Wood Shape Style 7

 

Wild Grass MDF Wood Shape - Style 4

 

Leaning Palm Tree

 

Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Birds - Seagulls


 

I hope you find inspiration!

 

Thanks for stopping by...until next time

with another Sea inspired project

 

Kerstin

 


Saturday, 4 June 2022

The Haunt of Fairies: junk journal by Louise, Zuzu, Crosbie.

 

Hi there. 

Today I’m sharing with you a very simple junk journal that I put together and decorated using mostly “Calico craft parts”. 

I’m very ‘into junk’ journals at the moment and very ‘into’ toadstools. So I made a large toadstool the start of my focal point. I simply built up a little woodland floral composition on a piece of board I’d already added texture to through a stencil. And once I’d gessoed and painted it, I added my ‘fairy’ and also a little phrase cut from an old book. 



Craft parts used:

Toadstool silhouette 

Dogwood sprig

Oak leaves 

Oak leaves with acorns

Caterpillar from mini sheet insects style 3




Thursday, 2 June 2022

Wizard Spell Book by Kat Hazelton plus alternative Fairy Spell Book

 

⭐🌛🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕🌖🌗🌘🌙🌜⭐

Spell books are an essential requirement for both Witches and Wizards. Contained within these sacred books you would find magical symbols and enchanting words to create magical amulets, charms, magic spellwork and the practice of divination. In the case of a Grimoire, a book of black magic, it would also give the owner the power to summon up supernatural beings and evil demons! These sort of spellbooks are often extremely old and imbued with their own magical powers. 

However these spellbooks are quite rare, most spell books are quite safe and are mainly used by magical folk to keep notes. In the case of Wizards they tend to use spell books to chart moon phases, document astrological information, and studies into Alchemy. Where as Witches, as a guiding rule, tend to use their spellbooks to list uses of herbs and wild plants for making healing spells, lotions and potions. 


To create your own magical spellbook you will need.

https://www.calicocraftparts.co.uk/square-greyboard-beer-mat-96cm.html with two added holes. You would need two for front and back cover plus extra squares for book pages. 

https://www.calicocraftparts.co.uk/witches-hat-mdf-wood-shape-style-1.html 

Paints, I used acrylic paints in blues, greens and coppers. Plus Assortment of paint brushes. 

Premade Textured paint. Or add dried sand to regular acrylic paint. 

Scissors and glue. I used superglue. 

Decorations such as stars, beads and charms 

Assorted ribbons and or string. 

Tissue paper and decoupage glue or you can use watered down PVA. 


Firstly I glued on my Witches/Wizard mdf hat onto one of my mdf boards. Making sure the two holes are positioned on the left hand side. This will be the cover of my spell book. I used superglue. I also glued on some metal stars. 

Once set in place I then painted on decoupage glue over the whole piece adding on pieces of shredded tissue paper. I left it to thoroughly dry then I added one more coat of decoupage glue. 



Once the tissue paper layer had thoroughly dried I started painting with acrylic paints. I wanted a verdigris look so I used a mixture of mat textured acrylic paint in blue, green and copper. The green paint had a gritty texture which gave the book cover a beautiful distressed aged look. To apply the paints I used an old paint brush and used a stippling technique. 
I then left it to dry over night. 



I then repeated the same process for the back cover. This time I didn't add any mdf shapes but you could if you wanted to.

 


With both the front cover and back cover of the spell book completed I finished them both off by painting the insides with matching copper paints. 



To put my spell book together I threaded each side with pretty ribbons. Tying a loose knot so that the book can be easily opened as shown in the photo. I used Silk Sari ribbons. 
I then finished it off with some pretty metal beads and assorted charms. 


My spellbook is now ready for me to fill with magical words, spells and potions! 


As an alternative to a Wizard or Witch spell book. Why not make yourself a Fairy Spellbook! This one was made using the same method but with different MDF shapes and pretty pink and purple metallic paints. 

MDF shapes I used. 

https://www.calicocraftparts.co.uk/square-greyboard-beer-mat-96cm.html with two added holes. You would need two for front and back cover plus extra squares for book pages. 




Instead of tissue paper I used kitchen paper to create texture. 

Well I hope you enjoyed another one of my makes. I hope they all inspired you to have a go at creating your own mixed media projects.
If you have any questions please get in touch I am always happy to help if I can. 
Happy making, 
Kat 😊



Saturday, 28 May 2022

Art Journal pages by Kerstin

 

Welcome creative friends!

 

Today some inspirations from my latest Art Journal,

 where I have presented recently the textile cover.

I played with stencils, stamps, paper cutouts

and used as 3d elements and eye candy 

MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts.

 

 









 

used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts

 

Thistle Flower

 Rustic Post & Rail Fence Panel

Cabbage Butterfly & Flowers - Flora & Fauna Flourish Style 8

 

I hope you find inspiration!

Kerstin 

 



Thursday, 19 May 2022

Festival Time! Festival Heart by Kat Hazelton.


In Britain throughout the summer you will find a wide variety of festivals from big music concerts, country shows to smaller local fetes and fairs.  Fields become temporary homes to hundreds of tents, caravans and beautifully painted fairground attractions lit up with strings of pretty lights.  Big canvas tents are filled with stalls selling a wide range of treasures from vintage clothes, bric a brac, handmade crafts, yummy cakes and local farm produce. Often these tents and the surrounding areas of the fair are highly decorated with colourful bunting, balloons, cut flowers and pretty ornaments hanging from ribbons. Often reflecting positivity and love and created by local school children and craft groups. 

For this 'Kat Make' I have created a double sided Festival Heart. Perfect for hanging up at home or in the garden. 

If you are wanting to hang in garden please don't leave it out in heavy rain or cold conditions. 

To make a Festival Heart you will need. 



Acrylic paint. If you are wanting to hang outside then use waterproof/resistant paint and/or a waterproof coating. 
Paint brushes.
Glitters. 
Super glue. (especially if wanting to place outside)
Tacky or PVA. If wanting to leave outside please use a weather resistant glue.
Gem stones or sequins. 
Plastic or paper flowers. Remember use plastic if leaving outside. 
Ribbon or string for hanging.


Firstly I painted my heart shape with an undercoat of while matt paint. This helps to really bring out bright colours. I painted this side with bright neon pink, purple and blue.


I then painted my mushrooms in a matt black paint. Once dry I positioned and glued into place using super glue. I then glued on lots of fabulous glitter in various sizes. I then left this to fully dry. 


I then turned over my heart and repeated the same process. This time using a bright neon green and purple. 
Instead of glitter on these mushrooms I opted for gemstones which where attached with super glue. I then added swirls of glue which I glittered with bright green glitter to represent the beautiful summer grass lawns. 


 

To finish off I added some really cute little paper daisies and ribbon. It's now ready to hang in my garden. 



Well I hope you enjoyed another 'Kat make'. I hope they inspire you to have a go at creating your own.
If you have any questions please get in touch I am always happy to help if I can. 
Another 'Kat make' coming soon.
Until then happy making, 
Kat 😊


Saturday, 14 May 2022

Art Journal Cover - Springtime Feelings by Kerstin

 

Welcome creative friends!

 

I created a textile collage with leftovers from various fabric and laces

as cover for an Art Journal.

I always love to use the MDF shapes as 3d elements 

in their original form. 

Love this special wood expression, often I also split them 

and create new impressions with it.

 

 

 sewed a small house with different fabrics together

 and decorated it with a mini door in grunge style

 

some close up's



 

 

used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts

 

Ancestry MDF Wood Font - Create A Word

Hello

Wildflowers, Grass & Bird

 Sheet of Mini MDF Door Wood Shapes

 

 

 

I hope you find inspiration!

 

Thanks for stopping by...until next time

with some pages from this Art Journal !

 

Kerstin






Thursday, 5 May 2022

The Wishing Well by Kat Hazelton.



There is something wonderfully magical about a wishing well. 
My great grandfather had a wishing well in his back garden which he said had a magical troll living in it! Now I cannot say whether this was true or not having never seen the Troll in person! But who knows he was quite insistant and he seemed a sensible old man! 
Many Wishing Wells in the UK raise money for charities so if you see one pop in a coin or two and make a wish as even if your dreams do not come true someone else's might through your kindness. 

To make a wish visit a well and tell it your desires,
A coin from your pocket the well it does requires. 
If the coin lands heads up then good luck for you. 
If head faces down, your wishes won't come true! 

To make your own magical Wishing Well scene you will need. 








Assortment of inks I used blues, greens and purples. 
Assortment of paintbrushes, splattering brushes. 
White highlighter pen. 
Gold ink or gold pen for adding dots. 
Brown crayon. 
Acrylic paint in matt white. 
Super glue. 





To start off I painted all my MDF and wood shapes with a matt white acrylic paint. This gives a really good undercoat to using inks. 

Once the paint was thoroughly dry I started painting the birchwood plaque with my inks. The joy of using ink on birch is they give very soft textural effects. I did a combination of spraying, splattering and gentle brush strokes with a dry paintbrush. I used a combination of greens, blues and purple inks. 

I then painted my ferns with the same mixture of greens, blues and purples. Being MDF these colours came out a little stronger in colour which gave a good contrast to the, softer etherial background. 




To add an extra magical sparkle I used gold ink which I watered down and splattered with an old paint brush. 


To give the Wishing Well a magical other worldly feel I decided not to paint over the ghostly acrylic white undercoat. I also did the same with the rabbits and toadstool. The little extra details were achieved using a white highlighter pen. I also added some definition and shading to the roof and the stonework with a brown crayon. 


I then assembled all my shapes and once I was happy with the layout I glued them into place with super glue. 
I then finished off the scene with little magical glowing gold orbs which I made using a gold pen. 

✨Now make a wish! ✨

                         

Well I hope you enjoyed another 'Kat make'. I hope they inspire you to have a go at creating your own.
If you have any questions please get in touch I am always happy to help if I can. 
Another 'Kat make' coming soon.
Until then happy making, 
Kat 😊