Dienstag, 17. Mai 2016

Lanzarote - Canary Islands - Spain

Hello Peeps (:o)

Lanzarote, a spanish island, is the easternmost of the autonomous Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean. Lanzarote is the third most populous island of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife and Gran Canaria.



Lanzarote is located 62 miles off the North West Coast of Africa, 7 miles north - east of Fuerteventura and just over 0,62 miles from Graciosa. 
The dimensions of the island are 37 miles from north to south and 16 miles from west to east. Lanzarote has 132 miles of coastline of which 6 miles are sand, 10 miles are beach and the remainder is rocky. There are five hundred different kinds of plants on the island.

Mass tourism is limited to just three resort areas on the island, so you can enjoy a quiet, peaceful getaway visiting small fishing villages and secluded coves, or of the vibrant  nightlife and the comforts of luxury resorts and rich cultural centres.

From the spectacular volcanic landscape of the Timanfaya National Park,



the intricate cave formations of Jameos Del Agua to the action packed surfing beaches of Famara,




 Lanzarote has a depth and beauty which makes it a totally unique place to visit.

For the most part of Lanzarote remains relatively unspoiled thanks to César Manrique,




the islands most famous son born in 1919. He was a visionary environmentalist, artist and designer and leader of a movement to conserve and protect Lanzarote's unique landscape.

Lanzarote is well known for its year round sunshine and enjoys a rather sleepy pace of life, with the opportunity to explore, discover and relax all in one.











xoxo
Elly

Samstag, 30. April 2016

Guest Designer for Calico Craft Parts - At the Beach

Hello Crafters and Makers (:o)

Sending you lots of sunny greetings from Lanzarote / Spain
with my second Guest Design Creation
over on


Strictly speaking, there are two creations waiting for you, today.
That's what happens, when i'm browsing the Calico Craft Parts Shop. I can't get enough of the wood shapes, craft blanks and alterable kits. 
I hope you enjoy my projects and please let them know, that you've been there
♥ ♥ ♥
xoxo
Elly 

Samstag, 16. April 2016

Guest Designer for Calico Craft Parts - Love you deerly

Hello Crafters and Makers (:o)

I'm happy to be your Guest Designer for two projects with Calico Craft Parts this month.
Calico Craft Parts is a true treasure trove of awesome wood shapes, craft blanks & birch plagues.
It's really a pleasure browsing the shop and i'm sure your imagination and ideas for altered art just keep coming.


I'm showing the complete project at Calico Crafts Part blog today 
Please let them know, that you've been there
♥ ♥ ♥
xoxo
Elly

Freitag, 1. April 2016

DIY Bangles - DecoArt Tutorial



Hello Crafters and Makers (:o)

Are you in need of a Mother's Day gift? How about some handpainted DIY bangles?



There is still plenty of time to customize an unfinished wood bracelet


Supplies:
Unfinished Wood Bracelet's from DIY Bangles
DecoArt Media Gesso White, DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff, Prussian Blue Hue, Titanium White, Green Gold, Pyrrole Red, Metallic Silver, DecoArt Media Matte Medium, DecoArt Media Ultra - Matte Varnish and DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze

I started priming the bracelets with a layer of DecoArt Media White Gesso


I mixed DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff with a tiny bit of Prussian Blue Hue and applied the paint mixture with a sponge


Creating some texture with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White and Bubble Wrap,
Stamps.....


...and a plastic card


Painted spots and stripes with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Green Gold


More texture with a tiny round lid and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Pyrrole Red


I also applied 2 layers of Pyrrole Red to copy paper...


..and punched out a couple of hearts


The hearts are glued to the bracelets with DecoArt Media Matte Medium. 
Drew spots and circles with a black permanent marker, too


Painted DecoArt Media White Gesso inside the bangles and sanded afterwards to get a smooth surface


Painted then two layers of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver inside


Applied DecoArt Triple Thick to the pantagon shapes and...


... painted DecoArt Media Ultra - Matte Varnish between the pentagon shapes and inside the bangles


A matching card completes the gift


I hope you feel inspired to create your own lovely and heartwarming 
Mother's Day gift

xoxo
Elly


Sonntag, 20. März 2016

ATB - Industrial Steampunk

Hello Crafters and Makers (:o)

Once in a while - i'm holding small workshops with friends, who wants to get more information about DecoArt Media Products and how to use them.


Yesterday was one of this days again and we've created Artist Trading Blocks together. The ATB's are small enough to get finished within one day between all the talking you do, too


I'm brave enough to show our creative mess, because i know you're familiar with this look and as you can see below, it was worth it.



I already had Sandee's & amelie's Steampunk Challenge in mind, as we went for the steampunk - industrial theme. Carola contributed the nice bottle tops, we've used for the topping :o)





This was - how i call it - a successful day (:o)
Thanks for reading and your appreciated comments

xoxo
Elly


Mittwoch, 16. März 2016

Caution - Concrete

Hello my crafty friends (:o)

Today i'm sharing a *just for fun* project


I recently got two solid wood pieces from a colleague to alter. I also had a play with concrete quite a while ago. And now i've joined these two different materials together


To start was really simple...


I ripped the paper off and sanded the solid wood piece. Both materials are a bit heavy, that's why i went for a screw right through the skull head and not using glue


Painted DecoArt Media Gesso


Of course, the skull on it's place makes the application of DecoArt Media Modeling Paste with a stencil a bit fuzzy


Applied DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste around the head and on the edges of the wood piece for texture


Painted a layer DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Medium Grey Value 6


Next was a layer of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver, because i had something steampunkish in mind. Sealed the surface with a layer of DecoArt Media Matte Medium, too


Maybe some of you know this DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream (English Red Oxide in this case) already. You apply it and let it dry. The Antiquing Cream can then be removed with a damp cloth


Actually at the end this stage wouldn't be necessary, because i've changed my mind about colours after painting the skull head..you'll see...


Next ...some Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black for the head


Now ...you'll see the stages of drybrushing with Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White ( always) and applying different colour washes

A wash of Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold


Drybrushing


A wash of Media Fluids Phethalo Blue Hue


Drybrushing


A wash of Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold with a tiny bit of Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey


Painted some details with Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White on the Skull Head. Used  some DecoArt Metallic Lustre silver on the wood piece and at this moment...i've change my mind about colour

Applied another layer of Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold to the skull with a wet brush. Painted the details on the skull again. Changed the colour on wood piece by painting Media Fluid Acrylics Medium Grey Value 6 again and applied a wash of Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide


 Going deeper with colour by painting more washes of Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide to the wood piece.


A last layer of Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold just around the head and sealed the wood piece with decoArt Media Matte Medium


Oh my....covering everything up with..?
Yes...DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Titanium White


Well, now you know this fun...removed some of the Antiquing Cream, mounted metal corners and aged them with Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black, Media Antiquing Cream White and Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold


Again..some washes of Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide


Chipboard covered with Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black


Painted a layer of DecoArt Media Crackle Paint


Andy Skinner Stencil


I think you can guess the used colours
Exactly,,,,stenciled with Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black, a wash of Fluid AcrylicsTransparent Yellow Iron Oxide to the chipboard and Quinacridone Gold on the edges besides some  Antiquing Cream White


Glued two *real* rusty bottle caps underneath and applied some RubOns




And......is it your cup of tea?
Thanks for reading and your appreciated comments
xoxo
Elly