Painting with Dye Ink & Acrylic Glaze Medium
I purchased Serena Barton’s book “Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop” a while back and have been trying out the tutorials she kindly shared in her book. I am quite taken with the idea of Wabi-Sabi, which in its very simplest definition means the acceptance of imperfection. This was quite helpful to me in pursuing my art by allowing myself to let go and be content with the process and outcome.
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Serena introduced me to the idea of using dye inks mixed with acrylic glaze medium to paint (along with other acrylic paints of course). Specifically, Ranger’s Adirondack Dye Ink Re-inkers was the dye ink she uses. I happen to have a large quantity of them and was thrilled to incorporate them in my mixed media art prints. Unfortunately Ranger Ink no longer makes Adirondack Dye Ink, but I am sure there are many inks on the market that can be used. I plan to experiment with other inks and see what effect I get with them – will keep you posted when I do.
Most of Serena’s tutorials I practiced were painting landscapes. Looks simple enough, but there are so many layers and details that are not apparent in a photo.
Further in the book she introduced many more techniques, design compositions, layering, and textures. I haven’t had a chance to try them all.
Below you will find a few up close photos showing the texture details of some of the prints.
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I was so inspired by the art I was creating, that I went to Serena’s website and found she was teaching a class in Portland Oregon. That was a few years back now. I remember the classes and the art I created fondly. I am still inspired by her art and keep an eye on her work.
Just thought I would share the inspiration I found in this book. Thanks Serena. There are many books offering motivation and ideas, find yours. Val
Wings & Heart Mixed Media Altered Clock!
I had so much fun making my previous altered clocks that I had to make some more. I was asked to make a custom design for a customer with a steampunk/gothic look. Her favourite colour was purple and so she had to have some in the clock. No problem, as my fav colour is purple too – yummm! I plan to enter this one into Sandee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenge, as I think it fits with their design challenge. The vintage market we were so busy getting prepared for is over, so I have a bit more time to play around with some new ideas (coming soon!).
For this clock I used an old clock from the vintage thrift store as my base and my inspiration again comes from Finnabair. I just finished taking some classes with her when she was here in Canada in April, and I loved all of her new waxes (so I had to buy all of them). I used Antique Brilliance Ruby and Amethyst on this clock.
I distressed and painted the metal clocks with paints from Finnabair’s Prima line and added texture on the surface. Then I glued on an assortment of embellishments (wings, gears, flowers, flaming heart, etc.). With the clock being so deep, I knew I had to make layers to bring the centre piece forward. I adhered layers of the gears using jumbo foam dots that I painted black to hide. Be sure to click on the images below to enlarge them.
I was pleased with how they turned out – Hope you enjoyed! Val
P.S. As for organizing my craft room – I did manage to get rid of lots of supplies I wasn’t using at a garage sale – best they go to a better home than I could provide LOL. Now I just have to make sure I don’t just fill the space with more “stuff” (don’t hold your breath).
Mixed Media Altered Clock!
Hi there, I just finished another project that I plan to enter into Sandee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenge. I continue to gather great inspiration from their blog! We have been so busy these last few months working to make things for our Vintage Market (see events page), these pieces included. I used old clocks from the vintage thrift store as my base. My inspiration comes from Finnabair as I am really drawn to her style. It just so happens that I took some classes with her recently. It was a great class – but more on that later.
I distressed and painted the metal clocks with paints from Finnabair’s Prima line and added texture on the surface. Then I glued on an assortment of embellishments (gears, button, butterflies etc.). With the clock being so deep, I knew I had to make layers to bring the centre piece forward. I adhered layers of the gears and trinkets using jumbo foam dots that I painted black to hide. Be sure to click on the images below to enlarge them.
I was pleased with how they turned out and have already sold one – Hope you enjoyed! Val
P.S. I know I was going to take on the task of organizing my craft room – but that will now officially be “spring cleaning”. Stay tuned.
Hello and Happy New Year!
I’m busy starting off this New Year refocusing on what makes me happiest. That will be, rolling up my sleeves and getting messy with paints, gels, and mixed media. All the while staying true to my love of rusty, grungy, abstract, dimensional art (along with altering vintage pieces for our upcoming markets of course).
First, I am going to organize my craft room, which will hopefully include moving my office out of my creative space. It really is a distraction with unanswered emails, and mountains of paper work calling to me. Look at this mess that accumulated when I put my art on hold over the holidays and used the space for storage and rushed Christmas projects. Ugh – Wish me luck!
Then, I am going to just play and do what ever comes to mind. I think this Finnibair style altered journal cover I did last year, will be my jumping off place. As well as the inspiration I get from from art journaling, like these Dina Wakley pieces I did during a recent class with her. Hopefully this all will give me the motivation for a productive and happy year of art making.
Have fun this year with what ever makes you happy.
I’ve been seeing this quote recently and it struct a chord with me….
You never know what someone is going through. Be kind. Always.
Happy New Year,
Prima Steampunk Phone Frame made into altered art!
Hi there, I just finished another project that I plan to enter into Sandee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenge. Love their blog – all things steampunk, industrial, and vintage – and great inspiration from all the other entrants! We have been so busy these last few months working to make things for our Vintage Market, so it has been nice to be able to get back making art to share. This distressed metal phone from Finnibair/Prima Marketing was delicious all on its own. So I didn’t want to alter it too much and hide the phone. I wanted to have one of Prima’s Flower Cherubs to be the focal point. With the phone being so deep, I knew I had to make layers to bring the centre piece forward. So I started with a piece of wood (5×5 and 3/8″ thick). First I coated it with gesso, then I spread modeling paste around the edges and sprinkled glass beads into the modeling paste before it dried. I was happy with the texture it provided. Once dried, it was painted with various Golden Acrylic Paint (Burnt Umber, Paynes Gray, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Red Oxide). I set that aside to dry while I worked on the Cherub piece. Be sure to click on the images to enlarge them..
For the Cherub centre piece, I covered a 4×4 art board with gesso, before decoupaging tissue paper with text onto it (Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap – Terminology). I added texture to the edges of the art board using Golden Fine Pumice Gel, and Fiber Paste. After it dried, I high lighted the textured areas and some of the edges with Lumiere Metallic Paint (Bronze, Rust, True Gold). The white Cherub Flower needed a touch of colour, so I painted the edges with Finnibair’s Steampunk Copper acrylic paint. The cherub was first attached to a piece of foam board to raise it up off the art board to give it even more depth. I also glued a piece of foam board to the back of the art board so that when it was glued to the 5×5 wood background piece, it would be raised up even more. This also allowed for the metal embellishments to poke out from the different layers.
I used Finnibair’s new Prima Mechanicals as embellishments around and tucked under the Cherub piece. I had this old, rusty 10 gauge wire that I wrapped around the Cherub piece before attaching it to the 5×5 board.
Before attaching the entire piece to the back of the phone (I had to take the back off the phone to do this), I realized that the piece still wasn’t brought forward as much as I wanted. So I glued another piece of foam board onto the back the the 5×5 piece before gluing it onto the phone back and inserting it back into the phone.
I was pleased with how it turned out – Hope you enjoyed! Val
A 1898 Antique Sewing Machine Frame made into altered art!
Today I am entering this project into Sandee & amelie’s Steampunk Challenge . I like how the Steampunk assemblage really works well with the antique wood frame. The frame is from a 1898 New Williams sewing machine. I love antique sewing machines – they look like Steampunk artwork in and of themselves. Tissue with vintage styled text on it was decoupaged to an art board to create the background. As for the dress form image, it is card stock from the Timekeeper set from Marion Smith Designs; which is distressed and attached to black card stock to bring out the image. The gears, wheels, and butterfly are from Finnibair’s new mechanical release (love these so much!!!). A few more metal pieces to decorate the corners (they actually hide the holes where the sewing machine was fastened), and a vintage style key finishs off the piece.
Hope you enjoyed! Val
It’s been a while since I have posted. I have been busy creating for an upcoming Vintage Market. It will be our first adventure – should be fun. Reinventing lots of vintage and rusty treasures. Here is an art piece I made from an old picture frame. I call it Heart with Wings. I have entered this piece into SanDee & amelie’s latest Steampunk Challenge.
I started with a salvaged frame that had seen better days. I liked it because it was one solid wood piece, with a raised centre where an old print had been glued on. After striping the print off the centre, I painted the outer frame with chalk paint, sanding the surface back to show some of the wood before I waxed it to seal it, (being careful not to get wax where I was going to glued down the music sheet in the centre raised part).
Years back, during one of our “junking” trips, I found some awesome sheet music that ranged from 1902 – 1938. I used gel medium to decoupage the sheet music from 1935 onto the centre raised area. I used Distress Ink to age the edges of the music before gluing it down. Even the song title resonated with me; “I’m in the mood for love”.
Now it was time to add a focal point to bring the piece together. I combined Sizzix’s Tim Holtz – Feathered Wings die with Prima’s Sandra Evertson’s – Relics & Artifacts Heart and Flame. (did I mention that I love her stuff – and his too!)
After gluing the wing layers together, I painted a few coats of gesso on them. Then I painted them using tips I had learned from Andy Skinner (Easy Rust Painting tutorials). First I painted the wings with Paynes Gray, then a coat of Quinacridone Gold. I found it too light and a bit too yellow, so I sponged on some Transparent Red Iron Oxide. To bring back some of the Paynes Gray; I gave the wings a wash of the gray watered down. I hi-lighted the tips of the wings with Red Oxide because it is very opaque (I used Golden paints – my favourite). I did the same for the flame, and I rubbed on some Inka Gold (yellow gold) on the tips of the flames and feathers for more layers and hi-lights.
For the heart, again using some of Andy Skinner’s tips, I painted on sand texture (pumice gel). A layer of Payne’s Gray was painted before sponging on Quinacridone Gold. I love Ranger’s embossing powder “Brick” for rust effects, so I sponged on some embossing gel ink, sprinkled on the powder, and embossed it. I was worried about using a heat gun on the paint – but it actually worked! I found the powder too dull without enough texture, so I experimented again. I put on a layer of Deco Media Ultra-Matte Varnish, sprinkled some Brick embossing powder over it. After it dried, I painted on another layer of the matte varnish to seal the powder.
The pieces were arranged and glued down with Golden Extra Heavy Gel Medium – and it was done. I loved how it turned out! Thanks again for tuning in.
Wings & Heart Altered Clock
This mixed media altered clock started with a thrift store vintage clock. Inside the clock are layers of gears, with a flaming heart as the focal point. I textured and painted the metal clock’s outer frame with paints from Finnabair’s Prima line. Then I glued on an assortment of embellishments (gears, wings, flowers, etc.). With the clock being so deep, I made layers to bring the centre piece forward. I created depth with layers of the gears using jumbo foam dots. The focal point is a flaming heart painted red and purple with Finnabair waxes, and highlighted with metallic paint.
- Thrift Store Vintage Clock
- Prima Artifacts Wings and Heart
- Tim Holts Gears – Chipboard
- Foam Dots – EK tools 1/2 inch
- Finnabair’s Antique Brilliance Waxes
- Assorted Embellishments
- Prima Paints – Art Alchemy
Patina Paint Brush
This mixed media altered art piece started with a thrift store paint brush. I was very inspired by a tutorial I saw on Finnabair’s blog (www.finnabair.com). Three dimensional gears, bolts, and metal art pieces were attached to the brush after it was primed with clear gesso. Then I followed the tutorial using Finnabair’s Art Extravagance Patina Paste Set to paint it with the blues and bronze colours. The two blue pastes provide a gritty aged texture while the bronze paint offers up a glorious metallic shimmer.
- Thrift Store Paint Brush
- Prima Patina Paste Set
- Prima Metal Gears and Bolts
- Prima Resin Heart
- Assorted Metal Gears
- Assorted Embellishments & Buttons
- Chipboard Die Cut Gears Tim Holtz
Altered Clock with Butterfly and Gears
This mixed media altered clock started with a thrift store vintage clock. Inside the clock are layers of textures and embellishments. I textured and painted the metal clock’s outer frame with paints from Finnabair’s Prima line. Then I glued on an assortment of embellishments (gears, button, butterflies etc.). With the clock being so deep, I made layers to bring the centre piece forward. I created depth with layers of the gears and trinkets using jumbo foam dots. The focal point is a butterfly die cut, crackled, then painted and highlighted with metallic paint.
- Thrift Store Vintage Clock
- Tim Holtz Butterfly Dies
- Tim Holts Gears – Chipboard
- Foam Dots – EK tools 1/2 inch
- Finnibair Mechanical Cogs and Gears
- Assorted Embellishments, and Buttons
- Prima Paints – Art Alchemy