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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Wood/Trees

  International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #143
Wood/Trees

Our challenge theme 'Wood/Trees' has been chosen by me.


I made this multi layered laser cut design for my daughter and DIL for their Christmas, they wanted some wall art which followed their country and wood decorations in their home :)   The wall art is approx 39cm in diameter and made out of poplar ply which is very light.  After each layer was cut I then wood stained using dark oak, rosewood and golden oak.  Such a pleasure to make this for them and see it up on the wall too.  Alas I can take any credit for the awesome design which was created by Laser Cutano who make designs not only suitable for laser cutting but also for electronic papers cutters too.



Sunday, September 11, 2022

Transport

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Challenge #142
Transport

Our challenge theme 'Transport' has been chosen by CraftyGirl.


A few weeks ago I published a post showing the clock I made my grandson Jay for his birthday and this fortnight I am sharing the card I made to go with the clock.  When I first got my laser I tried to cut card/paper with disastrous results then go totally side tracked with other projects.  It was fab to find a bit of free time to experiment again and with my gained knowledge I have cracked the card/paper cutting, happy days.  I designed this card using black card which had a white back to which I applied distress inks to make it green.  Next cut the design on the laser with a few extra trees which I could then stick onto the card, just for a bit more contrast.  So chuffed and giving myself a pat on the back now ROFL.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Birthdays

  International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #141
Birthdays

Our challenge theme 'Birthdays' has been chosen by Chriss.


For my card this week I decided to make a mandala stencil and have lots of fun with Ink Oxides.  It has been ages since I made a physical card, think that is because playing with my laser cutter seems to have consumed most of my time so it really was a play day making this card :).  I started by designing the stencil on Illustrator and then cut it out using mylar and my laser.  From there it was onto playing with the inks to make a pretty pattern.  Oh so relaxing, I had a ball.  To finish off the card I added some gold pen details, die cut the sentiment and added some flat back pearls.  My youngest daughter saw this card and loved it then asked if it was her Birthday card.  It wasn't but as she loves it it is now hahaha.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

The Colours of Fruit

  International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #140
The Colours of Fruit

Our challenge theme 'The Colours of Fruit' has been chosen by Jennie.


I was wondering what to do for this card and then at some stupid time in the morning the light in my head switched on ROFL.  Needing some chair time while my body woke up I set to colouring the Candle Poe image digitally.  Normally I just use a regular paint brush for colouring but this time I tried the charcoal brush and just used black paint with varying densities of opaqueness.  I did switch back to a regular paint brush for the skin and candle as I wanted those bits smooth and added colour for the candle stick and candle.  I saved the image as a transparent .png and then finished off the card design in Illustrator where I added the colour backgrounds behind each Poe image giving the overall effect of an Andy Warhol look.  I just love how this creation has turned out, so different from my usual and great fun to do too :) 

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Happiness

  International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #139
Happiness

Our challenge theme 'Happiness' has been chosen by Hazel.


You certainly sent me off on a thinking journey with this challenge Hazel lol.  So many things make me happy.  In the end this challenge gave me the perfect opportunity to use a laser cutting design I have had for a while - Mandala Yin Yang by Laser Cutano.  Happiness to me is balance in life so the Yin Yang is perfect.  Next it was onto choosing colours and for that I used one of my wedding photos as that was the happiest day of my life, still married after 42 years and still best friends :).  I hate waste that makes me unhappy ROFL so I designed the hearts, my first layered cuts that I have designed which would fit on the nicely on what would have been an off-cut of my prepared boards.  I really did only have scraps left of the 600mm x 400mm boards so no waste worth worrying about (the Yin Yang mandala is 390mm diameter and the hearts 230mm).  The boards were treated with MDF sealant and then painted with acrylic paint.  After assembly a couple of coats of spray varnish and all done.  

Here is the wedding pic I used to get the colours from.  The blue was from the carpet, the green from the orchids, the 2 pinks were a mixture from the flowers, bridesmaid dresses and the outfit my Mum wore.  The brown was from highlights in hubby's hair :) 












Sunday, July 17, 2022

Masculine

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Challenge #138
Masculine

Our challenge theme 'Masculine' has been chosen by Maggie.


I made this last year for my grandson for Christmas.  He loves his biking and is such a dare devil :)  Alas last week he had a wee mishap when doing a jump and a tree got in the way, ending up with a broken wrist just in time for the Summer hols bless him, he is not a happy bunny.  Anyway, back to the clock, I designed the clock as large as I could for my laser bed so it has a diameter of 390mm.  The base layer is MDF which I painted grey with acrylic paint and the top layer is black acrylic.  I bought the clock mechanism which came with silver hands, these were then coloured with alcohol inks which I have discovered stick to the metal really well when dried.  A very successful Christmas gift which Jay is still enjoying, he says the ticking sends him to sleep lol.  


Sunday, July 3, 2022

Red, White & Blue

  International Art & Soul, a challenge which has been put together to incorporate any type of craft, paper, wood, flowers, recycling, glass - the world is your oyster :).  Come on over and join us with you artwork :)


Challenge #137
Red, White & Blue
Our challenge theme 'Red, White & Blue' has been chosen by Chriss.


Red, white and blue are such a great colour combination.  Although I am not American I did think of doing a 4th of July card but instead opted for something a bit more random.  The digi I have coloured is a real oldie created about 9 years ago by one of our DT - CraftyGirl while we were all part of the StitchyBear DT.  I think I am feeling a bit unsettled at the moment with everything that seems to be happening in the Western world at the moment - the Boris bashing in my country, the shootings and reversal of the abortion ruling in the USA, Russia being the iron fist bully - I know Russia is not in the West but it is directly involved in something I feel deep down is so very wrong.  I should add here that is is not the Russian people who are wrong, it is the power hungry I oppose. Anyway, these 3 countries all have red, white and blue flags, all 3 need peace!!  Sorry to be a bit downbeat and political here and no offence to anybody intended, just my thinking behind the creation of this card.