Thursday, 31 October 2019

Why not by Magda

Do you know the feeling when you don't want to waste something and reuse it? Well, that is my thought every time when I remove MDF pieces from their sheet. That's why I keep the frames and reuse them. How? See the photos below.

I used:

I hope I inspired you a little bit?

Magda x

Monday, 28 October 2019

Welcome to the Laboratory - by Claudia

Hi, servus and thanks for stopping by today!
This is very likely my last Halloween-ish project on here for this year, but it is also a gift for a dear friend who is a chemist - so it refers to real life rather than Halloween to be honest.

But the new Laboratory craft shapes are of course perfect for creating the laboratory of some spooky scientist, searching for the formula to dominate the world ;)

Doesn't look too crazy, does he? But we know it is always the nice guys we need to take care of in any horror movies, right? ;)

Calico Craft Parts used: 

- Chemistry Laboratory Apparatus - MDF Wood Shape 01
- Chemistry Laboratory Apparatus - MDF Wood Shape 03
- Laboratory Apparatus - MDF Add On Sheet 01

And there are many more Laboratory Apparatus wood shapes to find in the "Latest Products" section of the store! Check them out - you will love them!

Of course this needed to be taken - into my shopping cart at the Calico Craft Parts online shop. ;)

I once more altered a wooden box (that once contained an Austrian speciality, Linzer Torte (a special cake recipe from Linz), I guess).
Boxes are one of the most rewarding things to alter from my point of view - once an altered box is finished you do not only have a piece of mixed media art but also a cool looking storage for your favourite ephemera, letters or other treasured bits 'n bobs.

I kept the colour scheme quite simple this time so the Calico Craft Parts remained the shining stars on this project. I started out with priming the box lid with a scraped on thick layer of DecoArt Chalky Finish paint "escape". But first I used DecoArt media white Modeling Paste to hide the engraved label in the middle of the lid. I simply scraped on a thin layer and made sure it was evenly smudged out and had enough time to dry overnight.

Once the Chalky Finish paint had dried I also added some DecoArt media White Crackle Paint here and there. The box looked rather weird at that stage - the blue was quite intense (which was almost a bit intimidating to be honest), but I had planned to tone it down with some paint washes anyway...

But first I needed to dry brush the glued on craft shapes with a thin layer of DecoArt Americana Snow White acrylic paint. "Glued on" is actually the wrong word - I just put the craft parts in place while the Chalky Finish paint was still wet - and as that was a quite thick layer it worked perfectly as a glue.

Dry brushing the Calico Craft Parts is always the best thing to do when you want to keep the laser engraved textures and patterns (and honestly these would be a shame to lose, right?)

I obviously forgot to do some steps images during the next few steps (sorry for that)...what I did was stamp the chemist, the heart remedy advert and the sketched bottles images (from Tim Holtz stamp sets "Mini Halloween #4" and "Eclectic Adverts") in yellow archival ink in the places I wanted them, then I dried that with the heat tool and painted over the images precisely with white DecoArt media Gesso.

The images got stamped once more - this time in black archival stamping ink onto tissue - and fussy cut. The top layer of the stamped tissue images was glued on top of the white areas using DecoArt Paper Decou-Page. The images below still show traces of the yellow lines from the stamped on and painted over images...

 ...but that was not going to be an issue as I was going to shade around the outlines anyway with a darker brown acrylic paint later.

I also stamped some of the tinier labels on directly using black archival stamping ink. To add my friend's initials to the centre of the box lid I die cut these from black card stock (using the Tim Holtz "Handmade" Alphabet die) and glued them in place using matte DecoArt Decou-Page this time.

 Once all had dried I went in with a first thin wash of DecoArt media fluid acrylic Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide. It is always a good idea to start with a lighter wash - just to see if things are going in the direction you want them to. A dark wash isn't that easy to cover up with layers of other washes, but light washes can be "hidden" this way if you do not like the outcome.

The first wash showed that I was heading in the right direction, so I dared go in with another wash - this time with Burnt Umber media fluid acrylic. As it was only a wash the layer from the Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide still showed through and the two paints formed a lovely mix and beautiful depth this way.

Once that had dried I went around the box lid's edges and painted a smudged edge with a detail brush using the Burnt Umber again.

I also painted fading brown edges around the decou-paged images to make these stand out from the background.

Finally I added a thin wash of the Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide to the Laboratory craft parts to paint the contents of the flasks, vials and bottles. I also painted in some details on the decoupaged images to fuse all the elements on the box lid.

The initials were painted with Burnt Umber first and then given a wash of the Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide as well.

You see - I've really used only three colours this time and didn't go wild with too much texture which fits the laboratory theme I had in mind: a clean, organised space of a very organised chemist. Still the washes add a bit of a vintage feel to the make - so it isn't too clean to become boring or any close to a clean and simple project.

The crackle from the white Crackle Paint turned out just beautifully and together with the smudged brown edges it really adds some delicately aged feel to the box.

I really love how it turned out. I hope you like it too! 

See you in two weeks!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Halloween Canvas - by Lesley

Well, Halloween is nearly here, so just time for one more creation using the fab spooky bits from the shop! Even though, these goodies can be used all year round!
This week I have done a small canvas.

I love this sheet, with the brain and eyeballs. I had every intention of giving my little skull eyes, but one rolled off my desk.....and I am still yet to find it!

I hope you all have a fab Halloween, what ever you decide to do!

Thanks for reading,
L. X

Ingredients used
Skulls, brains and eyeballs add on sheet
MDF mini rectangle plaques

Monday, 21 October 2019

Spells, Halloween Tag - Julie Ann

Hello Everyone! This week, as the 31st October draws ever closer, I have another Halloween project to share with you. It's a giant MDF Calico tag to hang on our door to welcome Trick or Treaters,

Last time you might remember I invited you to Hecate's Witchy castle home? This week she has been practising her spells and she has somehow managed to shrink herself down to fit into one of her ancient storage jars! With a tremendous bang and a puff of smoke - and a few magic words, of course - she found herself not much bigger than a baby bat, stuck in a jar and on the highest shelf of the spell cupboard! While she puzzles over how to get out, I'll show you how the tag was put together.

I started with the colours of an autumn sky in a range of pink and purple acrylic crafting paints.

Then came the fun part, gathering lots of Calico craft parts and giving them a good coat of black gesso.

For a suggestion of a magical autumn glow, I dry brushed my large tag with some translucent red and orange acrylic paints.

I had lots of fun creating crackle effects on my craft parts and using an autumn leaf stamp with some sepia pigment ink to add interest to my background.

I always enjoy this stage - playing with positioning the elements of my tag. I usually try all kinds of arrangements until I decide on one that works best. To create different levels to the scene, I fix my craft parts with tiny pieces of MDF or beads of different depths.

I think Hecate's spell might have done more than just shrink her! She seems to have conjured a whole family of bats from one jar and a very wacky toadstool from another.

Scraps of cheesecloth fixed with matt medium give the impression of smoke.

Calico have such an original and varied range of Halloween craft parts, it's hard not to want to use them all!

The Jack 'O Lantern pumpkins seem to be finding Hecate's predicament very funny! Maybe a nibble of some of that magic mushroom might get her back to the right size - after all - it worked for Alice!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Until we meet again, I wish you a creative and a cosy time.
Calico Craft Parts used in this Project
MDF Tag Shape, Rounded Top, 200 x 100 mm
MDF Wood Corner Embellishment
Apothecary Jar MDF Shape, Medium and Small
Sheet of Mini Label Holders MDF shapes
Sheet of Mini MDF Apothecary Bottles
Spider Web Flourish
Curly Double Toadstool Shape
Sheet of Mini MDF Bat Shapes (Flying Bat Colony)

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Tag Pumkin skull by Kerstin


I was inspired to create a new Halloween tag in mixed media style.

some details

Calico Craft Parts used:

MDF Tag Shape - Classic

Pumpkin Skull


Happy Weekend!