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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Vintage style Decoupage box with mixed media

Hello crafty friends!
For today's post I have decoupage watch box with a touch of mixed media. I did decoupage box after long time and I wanted something different, so here it is.🙂



Step by step instructions


First I gave a coat of white gesso and then gave two coats of white chalk paint all around the box, in between I did sanding with sanding block to get smooth finish.
I made this thai clay flourishes in advance as it needs one day drying time..I have used Little birdie thai clay .
 Now using E6000 I have glued four metal legs to the box base.
 Then using gel medium I fixed the flurishes on left side to the front of  the box.
Next using 2 in 1 gesso paste and stencil gave stencil background on left side top, left side and in front half .


 Then using black gesso I coloured the stencil background including flurishes.
 Here is the complete look  after black gesso.
 Then taking little blue and tinted metallic pearl paints I did dry brushing.
 Then added little Tawny Glint Tinted metallic paint with dry brushing

Here is the complete look.

 Here intially I started the whole project with the middle one tissue design  ..but then I had last minute  change of mind as this is a watch box and can be used for HE or SHE..so I like the bottom third tissue design..
 After tearing edges I stuck the tissue on to base with little birdie decoupage glue..I always try to smooth wrinkles with plastic sheet..that way less chances of tear.
 Then colored  the areas around the tissue with white and  tinge of  yellow  chalk paint to get ivory color ( it's very little)
 Then did shading and blending tissue image with background with little shades of brown and green.
Did shading of blue in few corners ..did rest two sides and little front portion in same colours.
 Then applied three coats of varnish..after drying each coat.
Here is the complete look..
but I wasn't happy with  more of that blue texture colour..as that was going well with my previous selected tissue design..so I did dry brushing of Tawny Glint and gold again to match with this tissue..and believe me adding gold gave so pretty effect ❤️.

 Here is the final look..I coloured  the metal legs in same as of that area..and gave dry brushing of metallic paints.
Thank you for stopping by..hope you have enjoyed my step by step process of this project..for product details plz check the supplies list and click on the link below.
Love and hugs
Daksha
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Here is my YouTube video of this vintage style decoupage watch box.



















Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Ac Moore alcohol markers - tips and techniques


Hello crafty friends!
DT Daksha on the blog today!and Iam sharing tips n techniques about alcohol markers.  In my DT kit  I got 9 Color alcohol markers and a colorless blender and with that I am trying to cover few topic on alcohol markers.

Ac Moore alcohol design markers :

•These are dual tip alcohol markers
• quick drying,die based alcohol markers
• non-toxic
• one broad nib for thick strokes and one fine tip nib for detailed work
• perfect for cardmaking,scrapbooking,DIY crafts,school projects and other paper crafting.
• comes in an assortment of Colors.
These dual tip alcohol markers apply smoothly with no unsightly streaking! Colors can be blended and overlaid to create depth and tone. These markers are also permanent on most surfaces including papers,metal,wood and fabric. This allows the Crafters to alter and customise the supplies they used. I have seen ribbon coloured with alcohol markers as well as clear gems, buttons, chipboard, plastic ,metal and canvas emblisments.

Stamping inks:

For best results either heat set  or allow to dry before Coloring. Following three brands of inks are widely use with alcohol markers.
• Tsukineko Momento Inks
• Hero Arts Rubber Stamping Dye Ink
• Ranger Adirondack Dye Inkpads.


Colorless Blender:

This can be used to erase mistakes by pushing the ink back into the coloured areas. It can be used to lighten areas and create highlights. We can use it to create different effects like dots, plaids or create texture.

Cardstock:

Specific paper brands and weight that are widely recognised as working well with alcohol markers.
Here are few sample swatches I tried on different papers from my stash.
The best papers for alcohol markers must be thick to prevent ink- bleeds..it's always wise to opt for bleed proof papers
I had papers which I used to use for alcohol inks...got some shiny plastic coating ..on that I tried few techniques with these alcohol markers and results were amazing..and for normal image Coloring I prefer Nina solar 110 pound ...n papers I get locally also works good for alcohol markers though it doesn't have any brand names😊

Image Coloring 




#1:after stamping the image with Momento black ink and heat set it.. I coloured the image completely using the lightest shade .
#2. Next added medium dark colour to the edges of the image for shadows and darker areas.
#3. While ink is still damp go back with your lightest shade again and blend out medium color using a circular coloring pattern where the Colors meet. You will notice the darker shade blend into lighter.
If you want even more contrast take your darkest shade and color the areas you want to be darkest...using the same technique as before..color with medium and lightest shade marker to blend the Colors.
Another way to add another shade of Color is to scribble on to a craft sheet or a palette and pick up some of the color with a lighter shade marker.. don't be afraid of contaminating the marker tip.. scribble off on a sheet of scrap paper when you are done.

Background techniques:


#1- Marble technique:


                 
 • glossy cardstock 4.5"×5.5"
• rubbing alcohol or ranger's blending solution
• plain cardstock in same size as glossy cs
• Ziploc plastic bag( cut from 3 sides and Ziploc part sealed).
Step 1 : Now after sandwiching plain paper inside the ziplock bag on the top part apply marker colors as per your choice in random style cover the whole white part you see on the plastic with alcohol colors. 
Step 2 : Spritz the bag with alcohol blending solution and you will see droplets of color visible on the top and edges of the Colors will start to blend. 
Step 3 : Place glossy cardstock, glossy side down onto the wet ink. Press the cardstock onto the ink for a few seconds and then lift to reveal your background. You can spray second time on the leftover color and get second generation which will be a little lighter and that way you can utilise full.

#2-Felt technique with alcohol marker:


Here I have taken a felt piece on a distress tool and scribbled alcohol markers with thick side on the felt..added few drops of of blending solution and then applied in zigzag movement on to a glossy CS. Here everytime we add Colors or blending solution and blend we get different blending effect ..keep adding Color and solution and blending till you are happy with the result.


#3 - Pointillism/ Stippling technique :



Choose color markers ( 3 to 5 ) and just make dots on the paper. In order to get round dots hold the marker straight. The longer you press the darker and larger the dot will be . Randomly bounce the marker on the paper rather than following and pattern. While doing this move on to darker Colors and continue adding dots, add less dots with darker markers. ( Here that purple flower I did on glossy cardstock..and you can notice it gives beautiful effect.. specially on glossy paper😊)

#4- Color your embellishments : 


I'm sure all of us have come across a situation when we don't have the perfect coloured embellishments for our projects. This is where alcohol markers come to your rescue. Try coloring buttons, bling, stickers, ribbon, twine, pearls, metal embellishments etc with alcohol markers. Even glitter can be coloured to match your requirements.

#5- Coloring with colorless blender, rubbing alcohol or nailpolish remover.

 For this technique you can color an image with single colour or can give more shadings after stamping and then taking a colorless blender give dots randomly you will see round white spots on your design which gives a unique effect on your image you can see that in the pictures below.

Using these backgrounds and images I have made few cards.

Card#1

 Card#2

Card#3


Card#4


Card#5


Card#6

Hope you are still with me😄..I know this post is quite long but there are so many things to cover on alcohol markers...and I tried my best to cover as much as possible in this post...
Alcohol markers are very easy and fun to use so if you are interested in them and don't have them in your stash, you can initially start with a few markers and then gradually build up your stash. I must mention that the current discount offered by Itsy bitsy give you these markers at the best price! :)
Thank you for stopping by
Love n hugs
Daksha

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