Saturday, 1 August 2015

Steampunk canvas ~ Live Life Everyday

Hello world!

August.. New month, new possabilities. This month my oldest starts primary school! I can't believe he's six already! And where did actually July go!? Here in south eastern Norway it rained away.. Bah! Let's hope August brings better weather!

Anowhoooo.. The 1st of August means a new challenge over at the Mixed Media Mojo site! And this month we make it easy for y'all - the theme is Anything Goes. Now you have no excuse not to participate, lol.

For this month's challenge I went steampunk. I made a canvas using metal tape, black alcohol ink, a doll's dress form and some Tim Holtz stash. I love playing with metal tape, so this was a fun project to make!

I first added a layer of metal tape to the canvas.
 On top of this, I added different sized squares, all overlapping each other in some way.
 I then used a craft pick and made tiny holes around all visible edges.
 Then I added black alcohol ink.
 I did the same thing with the dress form. The wings and crown all got some ink on them aswell.
After rubbing most of the alcohol ink off with a scrub, I adhered the pieces to the canvas using Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel.
This takes a while to dry, so I waited to the next day before adding the rest of the pieces to the canvas.
I inked the edges of the Chitchat stickers with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. I adhered them with Wonder Tape to make sure they would stick.

 I used both Sprocket Gears and Mini Gears from Tim Holtz idea-ology.

Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful August!
Siv xx

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Set of three tags

I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest designer at Rubber Dance Stamps, and I thought I'd make something clean and simple. I like CaS both because it's relatively quick to make, and that the simplicity of it makes it classy. It is also safe for beginners.
I ended up with making a set of three tags, where I've mainly used stamps from the da Vinci set, plus a few from ATC Backgrounds 1.

First I made a background by sprinkling Brushos on cardstock and misting it with water. I then cut the background into size before I stamped and stuck them to black tags. I really like the contrast the black background gives. Finally I've "framed" each tag by drawing double non-straight lines and some doodling with a thin black pen.

Close ups of each tag:

I hope you feel inspired! 
Feel free to check out more of Bibi's gorgeous stamps over at Rubber Dance Stamps.

Wishing you a sunny and creative summer.
Siv xxx

Saturday, 4 July 2015

A little teaser...


If you want to see what these three tags look like in full size, you better hop on over to Rubber Dance Stamp's blog to check them out!
Siv xxx

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Christmas in July

Hi all!
It's time for another challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo. The challenge is Christmas in July, with Santa as the twist. 

I made this aj page with minimum supplies, as I was on a trip. All supplies I brought with me were my Inktense pencils, a waterbrush, gluestick, black and white pens and my journals. I bought a magazine and searched for an image fitting the theme. I found a picture of lovely British brick houses - perfect! So I coloured in a stamped image from Stampotique, cut the little fellas out and stuck everything down on my background. I then added the words which I had stamped ready before I left home. 

So here's my page!

Thanks for looking! Be sure to join us at Mixed Media Mojo!
Siv x

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Another black/white page

Here's another page I finished in my small Dylusions journal the other night. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Siv xxx

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Black 'n white Dylusions page

So I'm in beautiful Harrogate, back at my hotel from a busy preview day at AFTH. I had so much fun catching up with old friends, making new and being creative. 

Yesterday I was in Dyan's class for regular artjournalers (I'm one of her regulars now, how cool is that?!) and we played with black and white. I wanted to share with you a page I finished later that day, which is in my small Dylusions journal. 

I've used Dylusions paint, stamps, stencil and journal block. The rest is doodling done with a white pen. 

Dyan has posted a tutourial on making a b/w page on her blog. Be sure to check it out!

Siv xx

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Kate Crane inspired mini canvas

I recently signed up for Kate Crane's online art journaling classes, called
Art Journal Soup 1&2.
Here's a mini canvas I made from one of the lessons:

The canvas is 10 x 10 cm (about 4"x4").

I've used Dina Wakley's paints, black gesso, Stabilo all pencil and black and white markers.
I've also used a Dylusions stencil in the background. The house and fence are hand drawn.

'Till next time!
Siv xx

Monday, 1 June 2015

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

It's the first of June, it's officially summer and it's time for a new challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo.

The theme for June's challenge is SUMMER and the twist is MONOCHROMATIC.

I made a double page in my old ledger.

Here's the how to:
I started off with a pre gessoed double page in my old ledger.

Then added some colours using baby wipes (I used Dylusions paints).

 I then put a stencil over the wet paint and removed a lot of the paint with a baby wipe.
 ..and ended up with this.. not very pretty, but it's just a layer.

I then added some more paint using a brayer (this time I used Dina Wakley's paint).

And removed some paint again here and there..

I then used an old credit card to add some more paint to the sides.

Pushing the paint from out to in with the card lying relatively flat.

I then dry brushed through a couple of stencils.

 ..which gave life to the page.

I stamped one of Dina's butterflies on book paper
 and gave it a quick brush with what was left in my paint brush, cut it out and adhered to the page using matte gel medium.

Finally I added William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 on my pages.

...and ended up with a finished double page in my ledger and monochromatic fingers..

Monday, 25 May 2015

I want to like people...

I read this sentiment the other day which I found just fabulous. So true, lol!
I toned one word down a bit though...


So, I started with a background I had already made.

Most of the leaves were bleached out, so I started filling them in with purple ink (Dylusions in water brush).

One page done!

I bleached out the rest of the leaves, using water to lift the ink off the paper.

All leaves filled in with purple!

"Dotting" with white pen. It's wise to leave the page at least over night, making sure the ink is really dry (or else the white will turn pink).

All dotted!

Then playing around with some collage elements. Which head to use..?

Realising I wanted more in the background, I grabbed my black Dylusions paint, a mini ink blender and a skull stencil.

Now that's better!

Adding the sentiment with a white posca paint pen. I did two layers to make it opaque.

Outlining the white letters with a black micron pen to make them stand out more.

Adding wing to my gal, outlining the whole figure and adding some writing up the side.

Circles - I need circles!

..and more background elements...

Adding just a little bit of colour to the face and wing.

...and there you go! A new AJ spread done.

This is my entry for Art Journal Monday over at Mixed Media Mojo. Why don't you pop over and have a look at the inspirational posts and our challenge?
Wishing you all a wonderful and creative week!
Siv xx