Saturday, April 26, 2014

Just one Little Querqy Quote


Janet from Once Upon (Facebook) is hosting a PAL (play along) based on a quote by Alice from the movie  - Alice in Wonderland (movie by Disney 1951).

Quote - "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.  Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't.  And contrary-wise;  What it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would.  You see?"

Here is my take on the quote.

I created a mixed media piece on a flat panel canvas.

I like to be unique in my artwork, mixing and matching different types of materials, sometimes makes sense sometimes nonsense, so I think Alice's quote sums up my creative status in this world of mine.

Here are pics of my canvas. Please click pics for detail.

The purpose of being handmade is imperfections, so please when observing this piece of canvas, nothing is straight, even or perfectly stenciled, that is how I see home made art, created by a human not a machine and I am sure some of you feel the same, even though I see your creations as perfect.


I enjoyed creating this piece, I had this canvas already made up with god knows what, that did not work out, so I painted the canvas with black acrylic paint and with a sketch in mind originally from stamplorations challenge blog, this piece developed into a mixed media art based on Alice's Quote.

I recently bought Mont Marte modelling paste from a gift shop for $9.95, is the coolest thing I ever bought, wow, talk about texture. 

I used a stencil with gears and used one gear (my favorite) in each corner with modelling paste and when dried I sponged with distress inks, broken china and dusty concord, love the way turned out, color and some white showing from the paste.


From there I started adding embellishments, what ever came to mind and there you have the finished canvas that is nonsense, to me anyways.

I used stamps from STAMPlorations Patchwork Frenzy: Graphic Squares, to fill in a bit of a border.  It is the arrows on the left side of the canvas.

Click pic below to see the rest of the arrow border on each side.

I hope you liked my canvas piece, I certainly did enjoy putting the elements together, I love working in this state of mind and you know what, I could not sleep two nights ago, so from 1am to 4am I worked on this canvas and finished. 

I would like to enter my canvas piece to the following challenges:-

STAMPlorations challenge blog - bi-weekly sketch  challenge #10

Hope to hear your thoughts, cheers and thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Bit more Water Stencilling


I have been playing around with stencils and some just do not work out, so I am sticking to the simple and what works for me.

Distress inks, water and stencils. Been practicing and managing to spritz enough water for the image to present itself nicely. I also watched this video to help me out.

Here is picture of sponged gray textured paper with crushed olive and forrest moss (distress inks), sprayed with water, dried with paper towel and dried with heat tool. It is so cool watching the image come alive while drying with the heat gun.


Here is the is the simple card I made


I used stamps from KasierCraft (calendar), STAMPlorations (graphic pentagons). Stencil is from Kite (novoue fern). The flowers (made for another project but never used), I staggered and used a pretty pin (just gone blank on what it is called) to hold them together and used a pop dot for a raised effect in the centre of the card for the focal image.


I would like to enter my card in the following challenges.

Virginias View Challenge - challenge #2 April Sencils (3rd entry)

CASology - week 91 Note

Addicted to Stamps & More - challenge #91 Anything Goes

Crafting by Designs - April Anything Goes

613 Avenue Create - challenge #67 Anything Goes (reused flower)

STAMPlorations - sketch #9 (2nd entry)

Word Art Wednesday - challenge #128 Anything Goes


Gotta get me more stencils...Thanks for stopping by..

See ya MoNika.


Friday, April 11, 2014

A Fun Technique with Stencils


A bit more stencilling. Found a cool technique with distress inks, water and stencil.

Here is my card. The front.




The inside.


I love how the background turned out. I sponged water coloured paper with distress ink (crushed olive), all over, placed the stencil by KaiserCraft on top and sprayed water all over, waited a couple of minutes, then wiped with paper towel and dried with heat gun.

Here is the result of the background. How cool, I love it.


I stamped the butterflies (STAMPlorations - artiful butterflies) with distress inks (broken china, barn door, dusty concord and wild honey) onto the background and again on watercolour paper with same colours and watercoloured them in and fussy cut them out, stuck them on and placed silver glitter glue and mod podge for shine and a jewel for an extra touch.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :-

Virginia's View - challenge #2 Stencils

STAMPlorations - sketch #9

STAMPlorations - April challenge stamps and technique (love water colouring)

Moxie Fab World - styling with stencils challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge #90 Photo Inspiration (colours from the photo, inspired me)

Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes



Here is another background I created the same way as above with different colours and stencil.

Click on picture for more detail on water result, how cool.

Cannot figure out if I need more or less water spray around the yellow section of the stencil, any ideas would be welcome, thank you.
Thinking cap on, what to make with this background, hmmmm.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, thank you much appreciated for your comments.
Cya soon...MoNika.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Bit of Stenciling


Trying to use my stencils, I have a few, never used, maybe once or twice, but put away for a while.

A lovely lady, Virginia from Virginia's View Challenge blog, has recently started hosting challenges and April is her second one, with challenge #2 underway and the theme is Stencil.  She says its all the rage now.  Her creations are so cool and I am being inspired.  I have another card in mind with stenciling....gotta serf the net and see if there are other challenges requiring stenciling...fingers crossed.

Thus got me thinking of using my stencils and create something simple.

Here is my small cas card.  Click on the pictures for detail and better looking shot at one photo at a time.

I used the stencil all the way through, front and back

Trying to get the angle of the butterfly, I applied a couple of layers of Mod Podge gloss, to give it a shine (I do not posses glossy accents like the rest of you to give it a 3D look :(

Close up of the lettering using my new zing white opaque finish embossing powder.  Love the way it shows the grainy look.

When I did the stenciling I sponged a larger area of leaves and I liked it and decided to fold in half and have the front and back covered with the lovely leaves (12x12 stencil by KaiserCraft).  I used distress ink crushed olive and wild honey.

I get great inspiration from Rachel (rachO113 YouTube channel).  I notice she uses individual letter stamps for writing sentiments on her artwork.  I have a couple different styles and I thought this one is very cool and whimsical.

I bought it in spotlight but cannot remember the name, i have misplaced the cover.

I took green textured paper and stamped with versamark (watermark ink) and heat embossed with my new white (opaque finish by zing) embossing powder and then cut it out and stuck on pop dots on each letter to create a dimensional look to the sentiment.

I used the same green paper for background frame and cream textured paper for the stamping of the butterfly (KaiserCraft - bonjour). I stamped another butterfly and water colored it with distress inks (dusty concord, broken china, crushed olive and walnut stain.

Gosh, i just love water coloring, so cool, the soft and sometimes vibrant colors you get from distress inks and paints and water color pencils.

Hope you liked my card, is only small (12x9.5cm) but I love it, so simple and fun.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :-

Virginia's View Challenge blog - challenge #2 Stencil

CAS on Sunday - challenge #30 - Stitched faux or real

CAS(e) this Sketch - #70

That is all for now....cheers MOnika