Sunday 21 December 2008

UTEE... Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel

This is from a link i found which explains it better than i can lol
First thing to know is that UTEE stands for Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, but specifically it is Suze Weinberg's Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. There are other versions of the same thing, by a variety of names, but the key thing is it is THICK and GRANULAR, rather than the fine grain embossing powder. You can try some UTEE techniques with the thinner powder, but you may not get a satisfactory result.
I particularly like the idea of building layers of UTEE on a transparency sheet then bending it to crack and using the chips in collage work - try stamping on it when cool! Also, try mixing Pearl-ex into UTEE for a very cool interference look.
With this card i used UTEE melted in a melting pot bought online and some craft shops
melting together colours and layers after applying each layer it can be fixed with a hot gun then applied VersaMark watermark stamp pad which leaves a sticky surface for the UTEE ,
Each layer i used a different colour so the last colour shows through in places .................

So beautiful,i love this technique!
I just wish my picture was better for you to see the lovely colours,i also stamped a butterfly into the UTEE .

Altered Jigsaw Piece

Altered Jigsaw Piece
This is a simple one ! which I made last year for a Christmas card,
Just take a piece of a Jigsaw and alter it ! i embossed this one ,added sparkle and a pic of a Fairy. lots of ways to alter and just have fun.

Asian Glass Slide

As I am bored tonight,I thought I would give this an airing....... I created it a couple of years ago,which might be interesting for some of my Arty pals lol

Asian Girl
Glass Slide
Another passion of mine is creating art work under glass ,have a look at this link to inspire you ! It did me....
Basic instructions and tipsYou'll need microscope glass slides 1x3"collages of the same sizecopper tape (from stained glass suppliers) 1/4" wide
I had mine made to size at a glaziers i also used real lead on a roll self adesive as my glass was thicker than above,and a larger area to cover.
First off i painted the backing piece of glass in acrylic...after that i rubberstamped my lady onto the front glass and painted her with glass paints ,which you can purchase in Art shops........
Then fixing the 2 glass pieces together back and front and proceeded to wind the lead around pinching it in as i went with plyers,this is quite a tough job lol,
but you can get nice patterns on the lead if you so wish.
then comes the difficult part !soldering the hanging ring at the top which i used a keychain ring,please be careful attempting this as i did burn my finger at one stage !
Lastly braiding with beads to hang friends love these and one friend has them hanging from her curtain pole in the window,where they catch the light.
There are so many possibilities and artistic ideas for these,i love to do vintage ladies with lace they look really nice.

Saturday 13 December 2008

ATC Shrine to Monet..N/A

Back Inside

Watercolour overlaid with Pastels then fixed with laquer then with Mod Podge,inside collaged.

Friday 12 December 2008

Draw Winners for My Christmas Giveaways !

The winners are ...................................
The Altered book goes to............... Sherry in the UK

The ATC's to..................... Arlene in the USA !!

Thankyou for all your comments and taking part in my first giveaways, I enjoyed doing it.
Its getting me into the spirit of Christmas giving,and my thanks to all you ladies for all the pleasure you have given me this year trading and chatting about our Art ! Its been fun !
and of course all your lovely comments make it all worthwhile. xxx

Friday Challenge Dream.

Friday Challenge for..........

This lovely lady was chosen to challenge us this week,I decided to do another Gothic Arch page for my book.
I started by making my background with Glimmer Mist "Snow Angel" also Raspberry (sprays by Sticky Fingers)the colours have not scanned in to well......then I spritz over with gold (spray by Sticky Fingers also),next i stamped my image,I wanted to try and portray her inner self as she dreams,then collaged the lady image,coloured with Stardust pens,added the diecut flowers and brads,also the gems at the top...embossed the edges in pink cosmic shimmers ......she is quite glittery lol.

Theme Thursday Challenge

My ATC for this weeks Theme "Circus"
Alcohol ink background,collaged,with altered disc for balloon,with string,which I then 3D'd

Saturday 6 December 2008

My Blog Giveaways for Christmas !

2 Original ATC Watercolours......................................
Inside Page of Altered Book

Book Cover ..........

I am giving away 2 Original watercolour ATC;s all my own work of course lol........ also an Altered Book !
So if you are interested, comment on my blog within the next week , I will be picking 2 winners one for the book, the other for the 2 ATC;s. from the first 10 comments !( The names will be drawn by lucky dip)
Please leave your Blog address or where i can contact you,I will post the winner's on my blog this time next week Saturday 13th Dec.
Happy Christmas everyone !!

Thursday 4 December 2008

Chrysti's 29 Days of Giving !

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill.....ArtByChrysti says: I'm starting the First Installment of 29 days of giving - come to my main blog, to read all about it -- win a $100 Gift Certificate, and more! I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it!

Wednesday 3 December 2008

Friendly Plastic Pendant

Domino altered with Friendly Plastic,fixed with Dimensional Magic,for a glossy finish,Charm added to centre.

Altered RummiKub Pendant

RummiKub Altered with ,alcohol inks background stamped tree and drawn,Button's (black stones with silver and bottom with looped backs for hanging ,Fixed with Dimensional Magic.

Tuesday 2 December 2008

Baby First Xmas Card

For baby;s first Christmas,thankyou Margaret(mamma group) for bauble template......White card stock with silver mirror card embossed with Xmas tree cuttlebug folder, gems added,baby pic covered with acetate on disc,then layered onto sparkled bauble which i glittered with Mod Podge.Santa stamped and silver embossed then coloured,text done on PC.Merry Christmas ,stamped and embossed.