Saturday, 29 June 2019

Discovered in the wood by Kerstin

Hello, everybody!

Time for a new mixed media inspiration for Calico Craft Parts! 

In the early morning I love to go for a walk in the forest 
with my dog - especially in these hot days. 
We are both eager observers of nature; my dog with its nose 
and I always keep my eyes wide open when walking through the fields and corridors. 
There are so many wonderful inspirations hidden away to discover.
Often you can watch nature reconquering its field, which is something I always find very fascinating.

For today's project I found some beautiful and very inspiring matching wood shapes
in the Flora and Fauna section of the Calico Craft Parts online shop.

some close up's

Calico Craft Parts used:

 Maidenhair Fern MDF Wood Shape - Style 1

 Mushrooms - Fungi MDF Wood Shape - Style 9

Wildflower MDF Wood Shape

 Red Oak Leaf & Twig 

Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Cogs - Style 1

 Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Cogs - Style 3


If you need any further information

on how I worked with these amazing wooden shapes, 

please, just ask !


Happy crafting!



Thursday, 27 June 2019

Decoupage Box Storage by Jennie

Hello and welcome to you all!

Today I am sharing a project made using two of the cube boxes which I have made into a double drawer standing box by adhering the cubes to a fancy edged plaque.

I have decoupaged napkins on the front of each of the cube boxes which were then crackled with Deco Art Crackle Glaze. The rest of the pieces, including the plaque, were painted with chalk finish paint.

I then glued the two boxes together and then adhered them to the plaque. I have to admit that this took quite a bit of pressure! but by using some heavy books and a good quality thick wood glue it has stuck well!

The final touch was to add an Art Deco Ornament.

I have kept everything fairly simple as I know that by the time it finds itself next to my sewing machine the boxes will be full of all those little bits and pieces that lie around and the little shelf on top  of the cubes will be great for storing small scissors, buttons and pins and two little books I have for keeping notes.

By using different style napkins this could easily be made into a lovely little storage box for the kitchen or for your craft table!

Thank you for joining me today and happy crafting!

Jennie x

Calico Craft Parts used:

Monday, 24 June 2019

Jewels - by Claudia

Hi, servus and thanks for stopping by!
I hope you're already enjoying summertime and all the lovely things you can do at that time of the year!

Today's project is once more inspired by my love for insects. I think they are one of the most amazing species...there's so much beauty and fascinating structure in such a small creature!

An ATC (Artist Trading Card) is really small too and yet you can still put so much media and detail on it ;) . I am still always fascinated by how much texture and goodness can be created on a substrate of barely 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.

And as I love to work on this teeny tiny format quite often it makes me especially happy that there are so many gorgeous and different Mini Craft Shapes to find in the Calico Craft Parts range!!!!
As these are so detailed and delicate they still make an ATC look quite huge....if you didn't know this is an ATC, you couldn't tell just by looking at this picture, right?

Could be a 6 x 4 '' panel as well... ;) But it isn't. Cool, huh?
I just loooove creating ATCs (and ATC swaps too, because I find it really fascinating to see what other people create on this small format...little arty universes)!

Calico Craft Parts used: 

- Plain ATC Wood Blank
- Sheet of Mini MDF Tags - Pointed Top
- Sheet of Mini MDF Tags - Rounded Rectangles
- Sheet of Mini Butterfly Wood Shapes - Style 6
- Sheet of Mini Insects MDF Wood Shapes - Style 3
- Sheet of Mini MDF Bees & Beehives
- Sheet of Mini MDF Label Holders Wood Shapes

I didn't take steps images this time, but I took one where I was quite in the middle of the process, showing almost all the products and paints I have used this time. And I can of course talk you through the process and add according close ups. ;)

I primed my ATC blank with a coat of DecoArt Raw Umber Student Acrylic paint and once that was dry I brushed on a thin layer of DecoArt Americana Weathered Wood and let that dry to the touch. In the meantime I primed my Mini Tags by dry brushing them with DecoArt "lace" Chalky Finish paint.

Once that had dried I loosely scraped on some DecoArt media clear Crackle Glaze here and there with the very tip of my palette knife and let that air dry before I added DecoArt Vintage Effect Washes Beige, Patina, Turquoise and Brown. The Vintage Effect Wash paints soaked in where no Crackle Glaze had been applied and I wiped it off those areas that had been "sealed" with it. This way I got some lovely crackle and a resist technique effect in one go.

It is best visible with the turquoise background mini tag, but the other two tags turned out beautifully too due to the Vintage Effect Wash paints - the resist effect is just more subtle on these.

I also used the Vintage Effect Wash paints on the insects, applying it with a brush and wiping back the raised areas. This way the Wash paints rather tinted the engraved areas while the raised areas remained brighter.

I used Walnut Stain Distress Crayon to darken the edges of the Mini Tags and also the ATC's edges once I had finished the crackled background by painting DecoArt Americana Reindeer Moss Green on top of the dry Weathered Wood. The crackling started immediately and once the ATC had thoroughly dried I blended these edges too.

Before I glued everything in place I added some sprinkles of DecoArt Americana Bahama Beach and DecoArt media fluid acrylic Metallic Gold to the background. I also painted some details on the insects and the label holder in Metallic Gold. On top of that I added a wash of Raw Umber DecoArt media fluid acrylic after I had painted in some darker details with my size zero detail brush. 

To glue all the small pieces in place I used DecoArt matte Decou-Page. I found the word "jewel" in one of my vintage dictionaries from the flea market, cut it out and glued that in place too.


I hope you like my little jewels! See you in two weeks! 

Hugs and happy crafting!

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Get Me Out of Here-by Lesley

Hey everyone. Lesley here with some altered artist trading cubes. These are still one of my most favest items to decorate!

All boxes were glued together and primed with gesso. I then used various ink sprays to cover.

I added Decoart paints and covered large areas with crackle paint.

The heads were made of clay and a mold from my stash and coloured with metallic waxes.

Look at all your yummy crackle!

The final box, i added some arms to go with the dolls head to depict the little bubba trying to climb out!

This piece was super fun to do!
Thanks for reading,

Ingredients used
plain artist trading cubes

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!