Edwardian Gentleman

The creativity has not been flowing well in the last few weeks and I know well enough to be gentle with it, not force it and allow some freewheeling playtime.  At the weekend I came across my old wax pot – a gift from Adrian about fourteen years ago when I used it for silk batik.  It had some beeswax in, so I fired it up and dug out a collage box of bits and pieces.  This is what I came up with (click for a larger image).

I coloured the tag with Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge) and stamped a script from the Edwardian Gentleman plate in the background.  I stamped the man onto tissue paper and stuck all the elements down with the hot beeswax.  I put quite a dollop of wax on the top and let it cool enough to stamp into with a crackle stamp, then when it had hardened, I went round the edges with a little gold, red and blue Inka Gold to highlight the texture.  The little propellor actually spins round, but I could do with a long fastener as it has popped off the wax a couple of times and will probably come off again if I don’t fix it in place.

So I’m feeling quite pleased that I managed to get some playtime in.  I did come up with some other bits and pieces too, but I’m keeping those for a Craft Stamper article for June so you’ll have to wait a while to see those.

Image Transfers

Ok, so I’ve been a bit quiet this week, I know.  But I have been creative.  Look at the state of my table on Wednesday.  I nearly submitted this to that challenge page that I can never remember the name of – the one where you show the state of your work desk on Wednesdays.

I don’t buy many magazines these days (no time to read them!), but recently I bought some wedding magazines to do some research for our wedding fayre, so I have a bunch of glossy magazines sitting around.  Well I decided to try some image transfers from the magazines, then I got the paints out, and one thing led to another.

I found a page of shoes – with trusty Golden Soft Gel Matte in hand and some good quality watercolour paper (the paper really makes a difference), I managed to do some direct gel transfers and after a wash of fluid acrylics, it’s looking like this.

It’s still a work in progress, I’m really not sure where it will go from here, but I’ve added some pencil shading to each of the shoes and shadows under – just with a 4b graphite pencil, nothing fancy.

Some of the magazines transferred beautifully, some didn’t work at all.  I tried tags too and love this one which was done on a brown kraft tag

I stuck on some dictionary paper at the top and the words are from the packaging from a 7 Gypsies product.  The colour is fluid acrylics again and I am looking for some fine wire to use to attach that lovely charm using the holes top and bottom.

This tag has a transfer of sugared almonds – I think they look like eggs!

There are two collage pieces that came out of this play session that I’m really pleased with, but don’t have photos of yet.  They are a balanced pair really, one dark and mysterious, one light and frou frou. I promise I’ll be back with those soon, but in the meantime – when I was downloading these, I found some mystery photos on my camera that Adrian must have taken.

He really is obsessed with those black rabbits!

This one’s out of focus, but so darned cute I had to include it.

Hmm, I think perhaps we should tidy up all the pots that succumbed to the frost this winter.

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I’m back off to my grungeboard flowers and stacks of drying Glimmer Mist tags.  My fingers are a pretty sight!