Thursday, 21 September 2017

Ahoy There Me Hearties : by Jennie

Hello! and welcome fellow pirates (and crafters!) ..... 

I have always been fascinated by ships in bottles and we have quite a few here at the house collected over the years. When I saw this little wine bottle I thought I would try to create a ship "on a bottle" instead as that is probably the nearest I am ever going to get to making one!

If like me you like altering bottles, it is worth looking at some of the "mini" bottles of wine in the supermarket. This was a small bottle of Mateus Rose - I can't say that the wine was very great but I did like the shape of the bottle!

The fact that it has a nice flat rounded shape meant I could add embellishments without them standing too proud.

After being coated with the brown acrylic paint I then used a palette knife to add DecoArt Crackle Paste over the body of the bottle. I wanted a thicker finish than usual and using the palette knife achieves this.

I stamped some nautical images on tissue paper and added these over the crackle to add a few highlights - the crackle was nice but a bit bland!

And then the glorious pirate galleon! I did my usual dabbing of white paint over the sails - I always love how the burnt brown seeps through. The hull and masts got daubed with brown acrylic paint and I added a little gold here and there to highlight parts of the boat.

I absolutely love the wonderful new word elements and although it doesn't look as though I have done anything to it it has been coloured with a little brown ink and a light dash of gold paint over the top.

I finished off with some shells collected from beaches here and on the west coast of Scotland and some jute twine around the neck.

I really enjoyed creating this little bottle - it was a lovely size to work with and didn't feel too daunting in terms of decoration. Now I am off to the supermarket to see what others I can find! see you in the wine aisle!

As always thank you for joining me today.

Jennie x

Calico Craft parts used:

Monday, 18 September 2017

Summer Farewell - by Claudia

Servus and welcome to "my Monday" over here at Calico Craft Parts! In Austria summer is in its last throes and autumn is already in the I decided to create a little summer farewell mixed media project that still captures summer's glory but also already has a bit of an autumnal feel to it.

This time I only used one single wood shape from the wide wide range of beautiful Calico Craft Parts as I think this one deserves to have the stage on its own:

the Wildflowers, Grass and Bird MDF Wood Shape from the absolutely fantastic collection of Wild Flower Wood Shapes.

I used the largest size as it gives enough surface to use some of my favourite DecoArt media on it like white Crackle Paint and Texture Sand Paste. ;)

I found a piece of white cardboard that fit the size of the wood shape perfectly! I used a palette knife to cover the whole surface of the card with DecoArt media white Modeling Paste.

While the paste was still wet I simply pressed the wildflower wood shape into it and put a heavy pot of acrylic paint on top so the card would not warp while it dried. I left my piece to dry naturally over night. 

The next day I sealed the wood shape with a thin coat of matte Decou-Page. 

While that was drying I applied some DecoArt media Texture Sand Paste around it randomly with a palette knife.

That was followed by some white DecoArt media Crackle Paint here and there on the sealed wood shape. I left everything to dry naturally. 

Then the messy fun began: I diluted some DecoArt Raw Umber Antiquing Cream with water and created drip lines that I sprayed with water to make them run and spread. This time I went in with my heat tool to dry the piece. 

I repeated this step with some Brilliant Turquoise Shimmer Mister. 

To make the wildflower wood shape more visible I sprayed the whole piece with water and added a mix of Carbon Black and Raw Umber Antiquing Creams around the craft part and also in the inner sections. I used a wet brush to spread the mix to make it fade out and blend with the background. 

Once the Antiquing Cream had dried I very carefully used a baby wipe to lift off some of it here and there. (don't rub too hard or you will end up taking off some of the Modeling Paste and Texture Sand Paste as well...which actually adds to the worn and textural look but I know this isn't to everyone's taste ;).

Using my fingertip I added some Gold Rush DecoArt Metallic Lustre to the textured areas  (from the scraped on Modeling Paste and Texture Sand Paste) and also partially to the wood shape and all around the edges of the cardboard. 

See how the Metallic Lustre makes all the yummy texture pop and shine? I looove that!

I finished off my piece with two little words that I cut from an old dictionary. 


some close ups:

and once more the whole finished project:

I hope you like my little Summer Farewell greeting! There are so many beautiful wildflower woodshapes to find at Calico Craft Parts - maybe you will find your favourite and try a similar project too sometime.

Thanks so much for stopping by and as always...

hugs and happy crafting!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Nautical Frame - GD by Kerstin


Kerstin from Scrapbook Dreams here and I'm so excited and happy to be invited to the Calico Craft Parts blog as a guest designer this month. I was very impressed when I finally saw the amazing pieces from Calico Craft Parts in original. They immediately reminded me of my time as a "woodworm" ;-)  yes, I loved working with wood -  mainly scroll saw projects. Calico's wooden shapes are so filigree and I could never have done this with a jigsaw! And their natural shades are wonderful too. 

As you may already know I have a soft spot for the sea with all its wonderful and mysterious creatures, and when I saw the wonderful aquatic and marine wood shapes at the Calico Craft Parts shop I was immediately inspired to create a new mixed media home decoration piece.

 Before and After

My base was an old simple plastic frame, but I fell in love with it
because it looks like a store window or a TV, right?!

How I did it:

Calico Craft Parts wood shapes used:


 I chose old book pages and black tissue paper in combination with white crackle paint and some brown shades from a Glimmer Mist spray. A very easy technique but I wanted a wonderfully neutral and more subtle background for the beautiful wooden shapes. I only used very few colours -  a patina green, black, white and a little bit neon green for a magical effect, because the Galleon boat reminded me of the 'Black Pearl'
(you know what I mean?)  Yes, I admit it : I'm a big fan of the Pirates of Carribean stories.
some close up's

I highlighted the crab and kelp with just some little pearls and used  transparent gel as glue

I used the untreated Ships Wheel as a base and added the Galleon Boat  for a 3D effect.

I love to combine the various sizes of the wood shapes to create layers!


At the end of the process I decided to make one of my favourite sayings the focal element, but that
may well be exchanged with a photo sometime.


I am not a person of many words, so I would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU
for your invitation in the form of a small extra project on which I used
my absolute favourite among the Calico Craft Parts wood shapes:

in combination with the gorgeous

Thanks for your visit! 
I hope this was a bit of inspiration for you!
I will return at the end of the month with a 
new, spooktacular project and I hope you will then stop by again  :-)

Happy crafting!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Spring Wall Hanging by Lesley

Hey people. Hope you're all well!

This week, i have rustled up a little wall hanging, completely made from scraps off my desk before i tidied up!

The base of it is strips of driftwood, which i gave a coat of grey paint diluted with water.

I then took 4 long strips of wire, two for each side of the driftwood, and wove the wire inbetween the slats, until the driftwood was secure.

I used an ATC, which i primed with gesso, and then used a green and a grey water reactive paint on it.

The little cluster of birds is soooo sweet! Seemed a shame to cover it in paint and loose its detail, so i just added a light wash of white paint, and a little green metallic wax.

I layered it up onto a piece of muslin and a couple of pieces of netting.
I then added some green bendy twine in a circle around the birds, and glued it all down onto the driftwood.

To finish, i added some beads to the lengths of the wire.

Ingredients used.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Autumn Flight - Printers Tray by Julie Ann

Hello Everyone. I can hardly believe we are entering the 'Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness' already! It only seems a moment ago we were welcoming Spring! I do love the colours, sights, smells and sounds of Autumn so I decided that I wanted to capture a sense of this highly atmospheric season within one of the new, deeper Calico Printers Trays - and here it is.

The depth of these trays gives lots of scope for experimentation. I chose the 2 cm depth, but I'm looking forward to creating with the 3 cm and 4 cm sizes soon too. For this project I chose not to use the shelves that come with the tray.

I aimed to create the hazy light at the close of an Autumn day. I began by first painting the background of the Printers Tray a neutral colour and then adhering torn scraps of tissue, napkins and stamped tea bag papers.

For a misty, twilight effect, I tied everything together with washes of blended acrylics diluted with an acrylic glaze.

A scrap of cheesecloth, some stamping and a beautiful Calico owl in flight along with some Fungi wood shapes helped give a definite autumnal mood.

For the reverse side of my tray, I chose a warm shade of terracotta acrylic with white embossed script. To create interest I decided to add a miniature Autumn house, which I created using one of the Block Style Wide House Kits and my own art work.

I like to block off the edges of the kits with masking tape so that the paint doesn't get into crevices and make the edges difficult to glue in place. When the kit is completed you can use a decorative tape to give a neat finish to the project.

Calico have so many beautiful Autumn embellishments, I had a great time painting them and adding them to the project to create seasonal detail.

I kept the roof open to display these painted twigs and to give the impression of the owl flying into the night sky, possibly having roosted in the roof of the little tumble-down house in the woods, where wild creatures find shelter as the days grow colder.

Perhaps in the white embossed script, there is a suggestion of snowy days to come...

...when the moon will make frosty leaves glitter and the owl will be grateful for the shelter the abandoned fairy cottage provides.

Autumn leaves are one of the loveliest aspects of the season and Calico have some beautifully detailed leafy embellishments just waiting to be given touches of flame. Golden sunsets setting the skies ablaze suggest Autumn to me as well, so I added splashes of melted gold UTEE to the sides of the Printers Tray.

I particularly love these acorns and oak leaves. I wanted to create the impression of leaves taking flight along with the owl!

Thank You so much for stopping by today. I hope as the days shorten you will enjoy a few more sunny days and some beautiful walks through carpets of crisp, autumn leaves. Have a creative time until we meet again.
Calico Craft Parts Used
MDF Printers Tray Kit Style 7
Block Style Wide House
Sprig of Oak Leaves and Acorn
Apple Tree Branch Motif
Flying Barn Owl Style 4
Wood Maple Leaf and Twig
Sugar Maple Leaf and Twig
Wood Beech Leaf and Twig
Wood Sweetgum Leaf
Sheet of Mini MDF Acorns and Oak Leaves
Wood Mushroom Fungi shape