Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Spread the Memories

It's another challenge month at ALTERED ECLECTICS for mixed media and altered art only, no cards etc.

 My Design Team project this month is altered cutlery - or knives to be precise.
I have 3 old bone-handle butter knives which I remember using as a child.  They were the first knives I was allowed to use because they weren't sharp and I felt very grown up spreading butter and jam or (those of certain age will remember this for Sunday tea) fishpaste on my bread. Unfortunately over the last few years we've been careless and dropped them into the dishwasher to the point that as you can see they are splitting and cracking. 
I started by giving each handle a coat of Mod Podge to seal the surface so the cream acrylic paint wouldn't soak in.  Then using a hot glue gun, I carefully spiralled the glue around the handle to create a pattern and then painted the whole handle with another layer of paint, which covered the glue perfectly. This photo was taken before painting over the top.
  During a clear out I found some old costume jewellery, some broken which I no longer wanted to keep so I took the chains and wrapped each one around the handle, between the glue.  I found Glossy Accents worked well for this as the fine point allowed me to control where the glue went. 
I used a couple of old keys to decorate the handles, wrapping the end of the chain round them and hot gluing them into place.  The key on the bottom knife was covered with Alcohol Ink to dull the shine a little, the other key is in fact two flat padlock keys, glued together and covered with Frantage embossing enamel in old gold.
To finish off I stamped onto the blades using StazOn black ink and a Tim Holtz Stuff to Say stamp, masking out the individual words I wanted to use.  A flourish stamp and a gem from the broken pendants finished the knives off perfectly.
I still have one knife left which I'll alter in a different way but these two will eventually be mounted onto a canvas or box frame to hang on the wall.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

What Makes Me Happy

Another scrapbook layout today which I'm entering into the CSI: COLOUR, STORIES, INSPIRATION current challenge 168. 
You must use all 5 colours in the case file, so I started with the dark grey-blue for the background and stamped a grid background in the light grey-blue using mixed acrylic paint and a metal ruler.  I painted the photo mat the same colour and brushed the excess off onto the background to pull the whole thing together.
The title was cut using the Cricut cartridge Gypsy Font and the tiny circles are waste from a whole punch.
The transparency is part of my evidence as is the grid pattern, cursive font and pair of balloons.  For my testimony I documented what makes me happy and used 'happy' as inspiration for the journaling.
Here's the Case File. If you're interested in joining in click the link above.