Mad Scientist

Happy May long weekend!!!

I know some people are out opening cottages, or even braving the camp grounds…well not this girl, still too cold for me!  Instead I’m enjoying a relaxing weekend at home :)

As promised in my last post it was time to take a little break from the ‘girly’ themed projects and get my grunge on!

What a better way to create something grungy than using some Tim  Holtz stamps and dies, mixed with Seth Apter Baked Textures embossing powders!

Oh not sure what Baked Textures are…well just wait these are soon to be in the store!  They are amazing texture, with great colour and endless possibilities.

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Taking center stage on my canvas is ‘The Chemist’ stamp by Tim Holtz, along with the apothecary dies.  I used Distress ink to colour in my favourite mad scientist.

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I cut the apothecary bottles from some chipboard and coloured them with Distress Ink…then the magic happened!  The largest and smallest bottle I used Baked Texture in Vintage Beeswax, this embossing powder is translucent with a yellowish tinge to it.  The photos really don’t do this justice, the bottles look so glassy in real life.  The mid sized bottle (on the right) was covered with Baked Texture in Ancient Amber which is more opaque with a goldy kind of finish!  Ooohh I fell in love instantly with these!

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This cage light from 7gypsies was the perfect addition, I can see his lab now full of odd and curious things!

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Another new to me product I tried with this canvas is Tim Holtz Grit Paste…oooh such amazing texture, and it dries fast too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my mad scientist…maybe you’ll even let your imagination explore the possibilities of art this weekend too!

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Choose Happiness

The following canvas I created the weekend before last, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of making it.  It was one of those pieces that just flowed … oh how I wish that everything I created happened like that.

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I used white gesso to cover the canvas, put on a couple of doilies, let it dry and then took the lid off my tumbled glass distress paint and gave it a uneven coat for my base color.  After that it was a whole lot of fun with texture paste.

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That “Choose Happiness” and the stencil I used, you’ll see it hit the shopping page most likely tomorrow, but the white piece under the roses, it’s a piece of white cardstock cut with one of my new favorite dies - honeycomb remnant.  And while we are looking at this picture, is anyone curious about those little wooden hearts?

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To add a bit of texture to this metal clock key I squished my embossing pad here and there and then sprinkled some gold tinsel embossing powder and then heated it on the key.

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Before I slightly covered up this Frantage shabby pink embossing enamel … I thought I better snap a picture.  I was quite happy that I could heat it through the canvas (you heat this product from underneath) … as I wasn’t sure if the canvas would be too thick.  On the places I put this embossing enamel on the canvas, I gave it a good heavy sprinkling.  If you youtube this product you will find many different ways it can be used.

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Doesn’t that fabulous group of hearts look amazing?  Embossed it up with some gold tinsel embossing powder and I cannot tell you how much I love this stuff.  And … I will tell you more about that amazing heart very soon.  (sorry, I got to this blog post pretty late and I am afraid I just don’t have the energy to list tonight)

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I am sure you see a couple of stamps and stencils and chipboard pieces that might be sparking your curiosity … I apologize for my lack of time this evening … I will do my best to get them up for you tomorrow.  Have a good Wednesday … and remember …

Choose Happiness!

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