Friday, 15 July 2016

July's Mid Month Tutorial by Jenn

                July's Challenge is HERE

Jenn's Tutorial....

Hi There! I am Jenn and I am up for the mid-month tutorial here at Rhedd's Creative Spirit! I am a huge lover of recycling and repurposing things so this month I have chosen to show you how to turn a cheap (.99) plaque from a thrift store into a beautiful piece of shabby-chic art for any wall!

As promised at the start of our July challenge I will show you how to turn this into the beautiful wall art below!

For this project you will need the following:
A smaller plaque, canvas, wooden hanging etc,. of your choice
Acrylic paint in an off white tone
Your choice of stain colors I used TH Distress in Vintage photo and Tumbled glass colors
A stencil or two I used TH Gothic
Texture paste either pre-tinted or you can add acrylic paint in your choice of color to tint regular white Ranger texture paste as I did.
Stamp of your choice I used a french font stamp that I love
Embossing ink and powders I used a tea color powder for the lettering background and a bronze color to distress my focal piece
paper towels for wiping excess gesso away
focal piece mine is a plastic fleur de lis I purchased at craft store for 1.50
A quote stamp I chose one of Voltare and used Staz-On inkpad in brown

Step 1...Cover plaque with one or two coats of heavy white Gesso and let dry completely
Step 2...Using embossing ink on a word background stamp and embossing powder in a light brown shade for a subtle affect in your background.
Step 3...Add a few drops of your desired color of acrylic paint to texture paste and mix until you reach the desired shade.

Step 4...Apply texture paste mix through your choice of stencil in random areas (I chose to put mine in corners as you can see) Allow to dry completely!! very important!

Step 5...Prepare your focal piece (Mine was painted with gesso in white, then dry brushed in the same teal acrylic paint used with my texture paste, and finally sprinkled randomly with a copper embossing powder and heated) once done set aside to dry until end.

Step 6...Apply off white toned paint all over plaque and using a rag or paper towel gently wipe off in raised areas to reveal a bit of the colored texture paste..Not too much though.. allow to dry.

Step 7...Apply Distress stain in a few areas dabbed at top of plaque, spray with water and allow to  run down then dry with heat gun to desired coloration.
Step 8...Using fine sandpaper gently rub over random areas to distress
Step 9...Place focal piece in desired spot and glue down
Step 10...Stamp your desired sentiment in a color similiar to the stain
Step 11..Using distress ink in a brown gently distress all around edge.

Of course you can choose any colors, stencils, stamps, textures, and embossings to make yours!!

                                            Happy crafting!!

Friday, 1 July 2016

July Challenge 2016

Hello All!
Jenn here and this is my first time hosting a monthly challenge here at Rhedd's Creative Spirit and I am also hosting this month's Mid Month Tutorial, so I do hope you will all call back on the 15th July.
I cannot believe it is July already!! Time for a New Challenge, but before I get to that, I am sure you would all like to know who was chosen as our Winner & Runner up for June.
As Nanette hosted last month,she gets to chose and she has selected....

                                      Winner No.6 Julia Chupik

                               Runner-Up No.32 Linda Simpson

Congratulations ladies, stunning sure to take your badges from our side bar to display on your blog.

On to our always the theme is Anything Goes as long as your project is Mixed Media or Altered Art, please No tags,cards,etc. You can read our few rules before uploading your project.
Our Design Team have crafted some great inspiration for you again this month, be sure to drop over to their blogs and leave some love.

Come back for my Mid Month Tutorial on the 15th July for a step by step on this plaque.

                                                From this......

                                                           to this

Don't you love it when experimenting with a large dash of problem solving works?  All will be revealed on my blog post.

Check out my blog to see what to do when you are in hospital with some one & need a mixed media project & most of  your stuff is at home.

What you can do with Jenga and children's wooden blocks..more on my blog.

Empty plastic pill bottles get a make over & now they find a prominent place in my kitchen as "Shakers".For more details, do visit my blog.

Altered tin can

We hope you are inspired enough by these fab projects to enter our challenge this month...x