Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Be kind to your sleeping heart

Sometimes we all need to remember to be kind to ourselves. To go out into the world, take a deep breath and reconnect with the bigger picture.
This week I've used the Vintage Triptych Florentine to make a peaceful and (hopefully) charming little reminder to do that.

Here is where I started...

I used the Vintage Triptych Florentine and Stamperia's 'Forest' Scrapbook papers.

Using the pieces of the triptych, I drew and cut out the papers I chose for the front and the back of the piece.

I used linen hinging tape to connect the triptych. I like taping both front and back, it makes a nice strong connection and remains flexible. I left about a 1/4" gap between the side and the middle to account for the addition of the scrapbook papers and still allowing for the piece to close properly.
Make sure your pieces are the placed straight across the bottom, otherwise when you stand the triptych up, it will be wobbly.
The above picture shows the first two pieces of tape already applied.

When I apply the second pieces of hinging tape, I use a folding tool or even a ruler (whatever is handy) to press the tape into the center of the 'hinge' before I stick it down to the side and center piece. This way there will be no gaps, the tape stays together and looks tidy.

I glue my papers down on both sides of the triptych. I painter the center frame cream and glued it down. I used a gold ink pad and a brown one around all the edges of the triptych.

The Kingfishers came from a rice paper collage sheet. I cut them out and attached them using matte medium. (I used Liquitex Matte Medium)

Using a piece of tracing paper, I practiced writing my quote and working out the placement of the words.....

I used a permanent black marker and wrote them over the arching center, used matte medium over the top of the words and after it dried, I inked up the words to soften the black words an dhelp them become a part of the whole.

After the inside dried, I flipped the piece over and glued a soft velvet ribbon the the center back piece ONLY of the triptych. I made sure the ribbon was high enough not to block the image of the fox. (which I cut out and glue in place from a piece of the paper collection and forgot to take a picture of)

I glued two pretty brass stamped leaf ornaments on either side of the front flaps of the triptych and added white paint dots as extra detail to the inside and the outside of the piece.

And there you have it! Thank you fro stopping by and don't forget to breath!

Vintage Triptych Florentine

Additional supplies:
Stamperia 'Forest' scrapbook papers
Ciao Bella Rice Paper Collage sheet (the kingfishers)
White paint
Ink pads
Black permanent marker
Velvet ribbon
Brass stampings

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Something Cheerful

Hello everyone! Lora here taking my turn for the amazing Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.
Just a little something cheerful to ward off the February chill. Hope it brings a smile to your face!

  And a back view.....

I began with the Little Niche Sunflower.

Using the flower head a s a template, I cut my paper and then bent the niche box into shape for gluing.

I glued the niche box and used clips to hold it together while it dried.

Using two of the same image, I cut one to be a background for inside the niche, and fancy cut the other to glue in on top to create depth.

 I glued the niche box on to the back of the sunflower, taking care to line up edges and the clipped it into place until it dried.

I glued the background into the niche and added a border around the where the flower meets the box. I used watercolor pencils around the edge of the paper border and gently dry-brushed the lines outward, creating a soft edge around the paper.

 I glued in the fancy cut image bits on to the background, using small beads to lift them off the base image and make the piece look a bit three dimensional.
I inked the edges of the flower petals, using a q-tip to blend with.

I added brass flower to the corners and little dots of pearly paints for extra detail.

When all was dry, I flipped the piece over and painted the back. While it was drying, I strung some beads on a pretty piece of ribbon and glued the whole thing on to the back, using a pretty fairy image to hold it in place.

Don't forget to sign your piece!

Little Niche Sunflower
Graphic 45 Fairy Dust Papers
Folk Art Pearl Paints
Lyra Rembrandt Watercolor Pencils
Brilliance Ink Pad in Rocket Red Gold
Swarovski Flat Back Crystals (in the center of the brass flowers)
Stamped Brass Flowers

Thank you for stopping by!