Monday, 17 June 2019

The Magic of Moonlight - ATB by Julie Ann

Hello Everyone! Even though we humans have journeyed to the Moon and back, there's still a mysterious quality to the moon and moonlight. My daughter and her boyfriend love the Moon so much they even named her their pet lizard Luna and as my husband taught astronomy for many years our family spent happy summer evenings gazing at the moon through the telescope! For a long time I've wanted to bring the moon into some of my art work. I had been playing with portrait paintings based on photos of our daughter lately and I thought I'd create a fun project using these reference pictures and maybe explore moon imagery at the same time.

Because I wanted the project to be fun and relaxed, I chose an Artist's Trading Cube and decided to create a miniature portrait on four sides of it. Each one would be an experiment in moon symbolism and painting on MDF. I wasn't too worried about getting a likeness and I used the photos of Matilda as a reference only, allowing myself to not look back at them too much after I'd done my initial sketches.

Each of the 4 sides was to become a mini canvas so I created frames with masking tape. Because this project was something of a 'fun' experiment, I didn't worry too much about keeping the frames the same size on each!

Next step was a light coat of white Gesso...

To add texture, I mixed some white Gesso with a touch of black and applied it thickly to my surfaces with an old store-card. I sketched my mini portraits in charcoal, before beginning to add acrylic paint.

Now my mini moon girls were ready to be assembled into a cube and to have some symbolic embellishments added.

Here you can see how the texture in the Gesso stood out when it was painted. I wanted to give a more finished appearance to my project, so I placed my masking tape very carefully back around the edges of the paintings, leaving the borders exposed and painted with a gold metallic paint.

Four gold beads placed in the corners of the cube made tiny feet and mini MDF circles represented 3 phases of the Moon.

Do the white doves share the Moon's secrets, I wonder?

The Moon Goddess who flies on moonlit wings,,,

and the protector of all creatures that run in the light of the Hunter's Moon.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and sharing this patch of moonlight. May you enjoy creative moonlit times until we meet again in a fortnight's time.

Calico Craft Parts Used in this Project
Plain Artist Trading Block Cube Kit (Large)
Sheet of Mini MDF Angel Wings, Style 4
MDF Round Mini Plaques
Word Elements Blank
Sheet of Mini MDF Garden Birds

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Relaxzone by Kerstin

Welcome, everyone!

I was inspired to create a new home decoration project.
It's an up cycling project on a wooden plaque.

That's how I started.

 I've always been in love with the  Skeleton Tree Duo MDF Wood Shape - Style 1
- not just for Halloween or winter themed projects. 
Now,  when these fell into my hands again, I suddenly saw a beautiful root stock.

 So I just turned the wood shape over and removed part of the trunk.

some close up's

Wood Shapes used:

Autumn Multi Frame - Oak & Acorns

 Maidenhair Fern MDF Wood Shape - Style 1

 Ivy Leaf Garland - MDF Wood Shape

Mushrooms - Fungi MDF Wood Shape - Style 10

Skeleton Tree Duo MDF Wood Shape - Style 1

 Blackberry Bramble MDF Wood Shape

 Ancestry Fonte Create your own word - Relaxzone

Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Butterflies - Style 5



 Have you already discovered something new in something old established, too? 
Let your imagination run wild!

Happy crafting!

Thursday, 13 June 2019

But First Tea by Jennie

Hello to you all and lovely to be back here at Calico Craft Parts sharing another project.

I really loved these large tea pot and cups and thought they would be perfect for  little mixed media ornament for the kitchen dresser.

The boards were coated first in gesso and then texture paste added for a little dimension.

I then clustered some embellishments around the saucer of the cup and added the butterfly. Everything then got a coat of white gesso, including the flowers.

I love this technique as I can use some of the very small pieces of flower and leaf clusters.

Watery pigment powders came next - I just keep spritzing and adding colour until I am happy. Different elements take up different hues of the colour, especially the flowers.

The Word Element was dry brushed with white gesso and once everything had dried I added some silver micro beads.

Quite a cute little ornament which could also be used on the front of a (largish) birthday card.

As always thank you for joining me today and happy crafting!

Jennie x

Calico Craft Parts used:

Monday, 10 June 2019

Ahoi! - by Claudia

Ahoi, servus and welcome to a little project today that was inspired by the actual maritime themed home decoration trend. Litterally everywhere you look you can find cast or wood carved seahorses, gorgeous boat candles or decorative little boats made from driftwood or sheet metal to put on your dinner table or sideboard, shells of all kinds (fake ones and real ones),  paper napkins with countless variations of maritime prints on them,  shelves in the shape of a boat, painted oars to hang on your walls, thick rope door stoppers,....the list could go on for ages to be honest ;)

And I love it all! (I guess I am not the only one though).
So I am very proud to tell that I have managed to only buy a ship shaped candle and a white washed treasure chest so far ;)

But of course I could not resist ordering some maritime themed Calico Craft Parts (from their incredible huge collection of maritime themed craft parts) to create one or the other nautical or ocean themed project myself. It's a little storage box that can only hold very small or lightweight items (due to the special "feet" I have given it)...maybe business cards or cotton pads...I am not sure yet.

Calico Craft Parts used: 

As you may already have noticed I have only used the inner box of the Cube Storage Box Kit (and kept the outer box for a later project...maybe an Artist Trading Cube) ...

(both boxes from the kit - inner and outer one - during assembly being set aside to dry)

...and have turned it around so the cut out finger pull opening is at the back. Luckily the small Compass wood shape fit just perfectly and the effect looked even cooler than I had planned! 

I really fell in love with this specific compass wood shape as I love the little engraved details and the hand carved design!

The gorgeous Anchor & Banner wood shape was a perfect focal element to put on the box front.

The boxes were assembled using DecoArt matte Decou-Page - my favourite go-to glue as it dries really quickly and has the perfect consistency to glue MDF or attach heavier embellishments to projects.

This is how the storage box cube kit originally looks like (and is meant to be used ;). I have already used one of these (using the whole kit) to create this storage over HERE.

 I painted the inside of the box with DecoArt "escape" and the outside with "refreshing" Chalky Finish paints.  The other craft parts were primed by dry brushing on a thin layer of "timeless" Chalky Finish paint.

I added washes of DecoArt media "Burnt Umber" fluid acrylic paint to the shells for some shading before I glued these into place (using matte Decou-Page again).

The thin stripes around the box were hand painted using a detail brush and Titan Buff media fluid acrylic paint. I used the large Chalky Finish paint container to support my hand while I painted the stripes.

The compass rose was painted by hand using "Navy Blue" and "Light Buttermilk"  DecoArt Americana acrylic paint and "Primary Magenta" media fluid acrylic paint.

The anchor with the banner was painted using Titan Buff, Paynes Grey and diluted Burnt Umber media fluid acrylic paints (remember: the parts had all been given a thin dry brushed layer of "timeless" Chalky Finish paint).

I added the back shell "feet" in a ninety degrees angle compared to the front feet, so they all could be well seen from the side too.

To reinforce the feet I think I will add some DecoArt Liquid Glass to the shells' backsides....or maybe order four more and glue them on top and paint these again....this should make the shell "feet" more durable I think ;)

But for now the box looks like this:

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by! 

Hugs and happy crafting!

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Altered Flower Box-by Lesley

Hey everyone. Lesley here with an altered shadow box......

This is the small birchwood square shadow box.
I covered the inside back with paper and added various textured embossing powders.
I then painted all the parts and glued the box together.

The little vases were from my stash and embossed with enamel.

I added a wild grass flourish to one corner, and a few roses to the other.

A few flowers from the garden to finish. :)

Thanks for reading.

Ingredients used
Wild grass flourish
Shadow box frame kit
Rose bramble, style 23

Monday, 3 June 2019

My Happy Place - Birch Ply Studio Plaque by Julie Ann

Hello Everyone! Today I have a question for you: where is your happy place? I have no hesitation in saying that I am often happiest in my studio, although country walks with my family could also take that prize. For years I longed for a 'room of (my) own' where I could paint, draw and generally create to my heart's content. I realized recently that I don't have a plaque for the door of my haven, so I decided to get to work on one of the large, notched rectangle Calico Birch Ply plaques to remedy this!

As you can see, my idyllic sea-shore landscape has again been influenced by Clarice Cliff's designs. I wanted to create a feeling of joy, the wonderful sense of escape and freedom that I experience in my sunny room where I can hear the birds singing and the occasional bark of a dog or children playing in our quiet street below.

The Birch Ply is a lovely surface to work on, but I gave it a thin layer of Gesso before blobbing on some acrylic crafting paint...

and spreading it over my substrate with an old store card.

I repeated this process and had lots of fun building up layers until my background  looked like this...

Here I am sketching in pencil and then blocking in with colour.

Outlining with a fine brush and black acrylic ink gave some definition to my design, and then it was time to add the Calico finishing touches to bring it to life.

I wanted to make the words dance because, even though creating doesn't always go smoothly, whenever I enter that room and close the door behind me my heart does a dance all its own. I decorated them by simply applying watermark ink to the letters, dipping them into a mix of white and gold embossing powders and then holding them in my tweezers and giving a quick blast of the heat gun.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope that you will find some time to spend in your own 'happy place' in the coming weeks.

Calico Craft Parts used in this Project
Notched Rectangle Birch Ply Plaque
Sheet of MDF Mini Wood Garden Birds 
Sheet of MDF Mini Hares