Sunday, 20 May 2018

Antonis Tzanidakis Workshops

Today we are sharing some pics from the recent Workshops held at Country View Crafts on Friday 11th & Saturday 12th May with Antonis Tzanidakis
 Antonis Tzanidakis is a world-known artist!
You may already know him for his incredible mixed media art
that include fabulous handmade home decor and beautiful work on wood.
When he is not at home creating, he is travelling around the world
offering workshops to teach others new ways to create.  So we were thrilled that he wanted to teach workshops at Country View Crafts and we all loved his work & teaching techniques so much we have invited him back next year too
Using DecoArt and Stamperia products everyone was busy creating

We even used wallpaper for one project
Old hard backed books

and air dried clay
The stamped impression was so detailed on the clay
rusting effects
and some oil paint

Helen & Antonis
 and then some of us all
with our projects
Antonis we all had a fantastic time - Thank You So Much x
Our next workshop is with Brenda Brown on Saturday 9th June so if you feel like joining us book your place on our website

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Pimp It Up - Chopstick Wands

Over on our Challenge Blog the theme for April was Pimp It Up and I was just in the process of pimping up something myself so thought I would share

One of our customers told me about these and as we had just had another family trip to the Harry Potter Tour, could not wait to give it a try. They are really simple but very effective. They also cost next to nothing to make as I used all existing materials from my craft stash that I already had. The chopsticks were found in a kitchen drawer and the box was an old wine glass one (from the 1960s)
The main texture comes from your glue gun. Hold the chopstick and run glue down - you can roll it or make blobs or drips. I placed them in a chunky piece of polystyrene to hold them to dry after I painted them with DecoArt Acrylic paint
To give more texture, I put on a ring of glue around a couple of the chopsticks and pushed in some beads, I added different Tim Holtz ideology embellishments to make them all individual

I painted them all so they had 2 coats of paint and then started with some Treasure Gold

 The old box was already covered in an old cream paper with gold metallic flowers on. I used one coat of Wilted Violet Distress Paint and you can still see the flowers

 I downloaded a couple of Harry Potter Ollivander's labels and printed them off on some adhesive labels. I used antique linen ink pad to give an aged effect and cut them out to put on the box

 I used some purple tissue paper in the box
 Thank you for looking :0)

Saturday, 28 April 2018

We can't all be kings!

Hello! I found a fabulous quotation and wanted to make a quick journal page to use it! I sprayed Fresh Lime and Cut Grass ink sprays. I then used a stencil and sprayed water and let it dry.
I added a number stamp and a dots stamp in Shabby Shutters to complete the background.
I stamped out three circles, a border and a crown and used Shabby Shutters to colour them. I left the crown uncoloured to stand out in the final piece.
I added the pieces to the page along with a Paper Doll. I typed the quotation We can't all be kings...someone has to clap when I walk by on my trusty typewriter and cut them out. The circled then become bullet points.
I hope you find a quotation that inspires you to make art.
Gabrielle x

Monday, 23 April 2018

Attitude Tag - Spring is Sprung

I know these aren't Spring colours but it's just how it evolved as I was making it.

Cover a tag with old book paper.

Scrape some black and white gesso randomly over the surface using the flat side of a palette knife creating some lovely flat textures.

Stitch on some vintage book/music paper or some of your favourite patterned papers. Leave the threads hanging (it's all the rage).

Take a stencil with a small pattern and with a black pen trace the shapes and colour them in. I used one of the Artistic Flair tab stencils and a black sharpie pen.

Cut some of Tim's Wildflowers from white/cream card and blend the edges with ground espresso distress ink and black archival ink. 

Adhere them to the background and finish with a word from the big chat stickers and blended ground espresso round the edges.

I managed to keep some of the book words showing that are perfect for this time of the year.

I think we have all got a bit of this ......

Thanks for coming over to see what I am sharing today if you click on the products in the text they will transport you over to the shop so you can see them and the amazing prices Susan has.

hugs Brenda