Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Tuesday Tutorial: Dragon Journal by Martina Tidball

Good morning all, Martina here! Wow, weren’t Kerri-Ann’s shows on Saturday jam-packed?! I think she just about held on to two items in the final minutes of the last show (talk about timing!)
For today’s blog post I would like to share with you how I used a planner/journal to make the ‘dragon journal’ that was shown on screen, and how easy it is to make if you would like to have a go too! 

I started with the Planner/Journal in its pure form and used some relatively thick card (taken from the back of a notepad) to create a binding. I did not do lots of measuring etc., just folded the card around the binding leaving enough room for the spine to function and then I cut where it looked about right. To add some ‘detail’, I cut some horizontal strips and glued them in place. Wanting to create a ‘bridge’ between the binding and the book cover, I cut some more strips of card ready to seal it all together.

 At this point, I should have coloured the back of my binding strip with some of the Patina. I later realised that once it had been stuck down, I would struggle to paint the inside through the spine (lesson learnt!)
To stick the binding, I used extra thick red tape along the outside edge of the card, not too near to the spine.

 The next step was to cut some vertical strips to make the ‘bridge’ I wanted. I used Magi-Bond Glue to saturate the strips and really press into the creases, making it look as ‘authentic’ as possible!
To add some interest and an ‘old world’ look, I applied Structure Paste through one part of the Honeysuckle Stencil along the top edge. This was repeated on the front and back of the journal.

Now for some colour! Taking the Verdigis Rusty Patina and an 18mm Stencil Brush, I liberally stippled the Patina all over the journal. Around the stencilled corners I was gentler with the stippling so that I did not take away from the detail, but over the rest of the journal I really wanted some lovely, grainy texture; the Patina does all the work for you here, with the real rust contained within it.

Once the Verdigris was dry, the colour darkened and intensified. Now the real magic starts…
Taking the Rustique Patina and the same Stencil Brush, I concentrated on areas that I thought would look most ‘battered’. This time my method of application was a more ‘dry brushing’ technique, dragging the brush up from the edges into the centre of the book. Once the Rustique was dry and applied to both sides, I was ready to bring it all to life with some Bronze Alchemy Wax. I applied very small amounts with my finger, dusting over the top of all the textured areas, stencil detail and binding features.

To make the bookplate, I used a metal embellishment I had found in a bargain bin somewhere (we all have a box of ‘randoms’ don’t we?!) It wasn’t the right colour, but no problem, that’s what the Rusty Patina is for! I did not have a sentiment that would fit either, but again not a problem, I typed one, sized it, printed and cut it to fit. Obviously, at this point the wording panel was far too perfect, so I screwed the paper up and applied some Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. My finishing touch was to flood the embellishment with Glossy Accents and leave it overnight to dry, giving it a glassy, mystical look… (the photo below shows this before it started drying!)

The dragon that I used on the front cover was an MDF embellishment that I also coloured with the Patinas and Wax, before applying Glossy Accents over the top. Voila!

My daughter (Adele, age 12), like me, is also a huge fan of everything fantasy, mystical and magical, and she was bursting to create some pages for the inside, so of course, her first page had to be the contents page:

Finally, the finished journal...................


ST Structure Paste - New !!!     ST Honeysuckle   Planner Journal A5  

Rusty Patina - Verdigris    Rusty Patina - Rustique     Alchemy Wax - Bronze   

18mm Stencil Brush       Magi-Bond 100ml

 Thank you so much for reading my post and for all your lovely comments in regards to this project over the weekend. I am so pleased it was liked, as it is very nerve-wracking making samples sometimes! See you next time!

Martina xx


Monday, 13 March 2017

ART Canvas - Guest Post by Lisa B

Good morning, Kirsten here, I hope you've had a great weekend. I'm delighted to tell you that we have a guest post by Imagination Crafts' chief designer & Hochanda guest presenter, Lisa B, on the blog today. Those of you who were at the recent trade show will have seen this incredible canvas created especially for the Imagination stand by Lisa, it was a major talking point during the entire show.

Here's Lisa to tell you how she created it..............

Hi everyone, Lisa B here, I'm delighted to be on the Imagination Crafts' blog today. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this canvas and it took me a number of days as there was a LOT of moving embellishments around, painting, dry-brushing etc., so I'll just give you an overview of my process, otherwise we'd here 'til next week! :-)

I'll begin with the papier mache letters, which I had originally painted with white gesso for another project. Rusty Patina is completely opaque, so priming your surface with gesso first is not necessary.

I gathered lots of embellishments - metal flowers, bottle tops, cogs, butterflies, drawer pulls - as well as beads, paper and fabric flowers and whatever else I could find from my stash, spending some time arranging their placement on the letters, before gluing them down with hot glue. I added drips of hot glue and stencilled Structure Paste on some areas as well, my idea was to have lots of different textures. 

Once the glue had set hard, I began to apply the Rustique Rusty Patina with a paintbrush.................

I used smaller paintbrushes to make sure I got Rusty Patina into all the nooks and crannies of the embellishments.

When the Rustique RP was completely dry I added Duck Egg and Verdigris RP by dry-brushing tiny amounts to certain areas. That dried almost instantly and I was able to begin highlighting the embellishments, etc. with Alchemy Waxes.................

Once the three letters were finished I set them aside to work on my canvas.

 I had prepared the canvas by die cutting cogs and gears from my stash out of card and gluing them on to the canvas. I also added pieces of Art-Cutz, air-dried clay embellishments and stencilled with Structure Paste.

I mixed Rustique RP with Cafe Creme Rusty Patina to give the canvas a lighter colour than the colours. It's hard to give you a step-by-step of what I did here. There was a lot of adding RP, wiping it away and repeating to create shading, until I liked what I saw. When I was happy, I dry-brushed Verdigris RP in areas and around the edges of the canvas, then highlighted all the textured areas with Alchemy Waxes................... 

When I had the letters onto the canvas I decided that it needed extra shine in the form of Sparkle Medium, so I dry-brushed very tiny amounts of Gold Shine on to the canvas and the letters. I also used Black Starlight Wax in areas, outlining areas of texture and the edges of the letters, then adding more Alchemy Waxes as shading.

Here's the finished canvas in place at the trade show last month..............

The finished canvas once again................ 

I really enjoyed the two/three days it took me to complete and happily, Sue and the Imagination team liked it too - always a bonus! :-)

I think my canvas might be on display on the Imagination Stand (A12) at the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC this weekend (March 16-19) and I will there, demoing alongside Sue, so I will be delighted to answer any questions you have.

Have a great week and I'm looking forward to seeing some of you in Birmingham in a few days.

Hugs, Lisa B x

Rusty Patina - Verdigris     Alchemy Wax - Bronze      Starlight Wax - Black    
SM Gold Shine        Art-Cutz Crackle       ST Structure Paste - New !!!  

Wow! That is a stunning piece of art. Thank you very much to Lisa for a fantastic guest post. And thanks to you for visiting the Imagination Crafts' blog today, we'll be back soon.