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.


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.


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!


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


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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Explore, Dream, Discover

Sometimes as we explore art we dream of a project that just doesn’t want to come out the way we expected.  Through the process we discover patience and perseverance.

Don’t give up when something isn’t turning out as you expected, walk away, come back and try again.

This project was one of those.  I had a vision and well it just wasn’t working.  Many, many layers and a nights sleep later the end result is totally different than what I imagined…but I LOVE how it eventually turned out!


Pink…it seems to be my nemesis, I don’t use it often but once in a while it’s the right colour.  However it seems to be the colour I struggle most with trying to get it just right.


But you know using things that you struggle with create a challenge, they make you try techniques or products you haven’t done before.

Then at the end you just have to giggle over the feelings of frustration, and how you almost let a colour get the best of you!


Normally I share some of the products I used, hmmm so many through the layers not entirely sure I could event attempt to list them.

There was lots of gesso, sprays, paint, waxes and embossing powder.  All thrown into the mix for the end result!


I do know that the background started by gluing some packaging that I saved to recycle rather than throwing out.  Texture paste and stencils started the layers for this piece.

To support the fun little frame I picked up years ago (it’s about 3×4″) I added a layer of paper straws.   This allowed me to layer some embellishments under the corners of the frame.


The body of the dragonfly was made using Prima molds, I discovered that hot glue works well in them.  I also discovered that a large glue gun works better than a mini gun.

The wings were cut from Tim Holtz Fanciful Flight die, an oldie but a goodie!

The saying ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ definitely applies to this project!

I also remind myself that not every piece I create will be a masterpiece, I mean really it’s not going in a gallery or anything LOL!

Have fun with everything you create and don’t give up!!

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This post was written by Lisa on March 10, 2019

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