Tuesday 28 January 2014

Blog hoppin' @ Ikesworld Challenges

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog.

 I’m very excited to be part of the very first Ikesworld Challenge blog hop. If you’re working through the hop in order you should have arrived here from I don't do Straight's  blog. If not, you can start the hop with Blackdragon and work your way through in order.

I’ve chosen to use Bite Me for my project. This is one of the new releases from Ike – isn’t it lovely?

Here's what I did with it!

I watched a video of Wendy Vecchi at the CHA and was inspired to follow her example – although, not having most of the materials she used I had to improvise a bit. I used a small (10 cm) MDF heart shape and gave it a rough coat of copper-coloured texture paste, not worrying too much about covering the whole of the surface. Once that was dry I spread a coat of Kroma crackle medium roughly on top. And then I left it to dry. Kroma takes a long time to dry (it goes on clear and dries white)– up to three days. (Hint – do not leave the project where someone can carelessly throw a shirt onto it, to the detriment of both the project and the shirt.) Once dry, it keeps on cracking and if you don’t seal it, the crackle can fall off the substrate, so once it was dry  I blended Distress inks over the surface and then covered the whole thing with Mod Podge and some printed tissue (this was a scrap left over from something else).

While it was drying, I started work on the digi. I’m still on my printing-onto-tissue- paper kick (stick the tissue to a piece of ordinary paper along the edge that feeds into the printer before you print). I coloured the image with Promarkers. Because I wanted the features of the face to stand out I painted white acrylic paint over the reverse, then I cut it out close to the outline of the face. I brushed more Mod Podge (matte) over the whole thing, stuck the digi down and sealed it with – guess what – more Mod Podge. Once it was dry I gave it a coat of Klear (now known as Pledge Multi-surface wax polish); I like the satiny sheen it adds.

What else? I made the flower by sticking three layers of paper flower shapes together (I’ve had them for ages – I think they may be from Prima but I’m not sure).  The metal leaves are by Creative Expressions and I dipped them into some UTEE, coloured with red and green UTEE dye in my Melt Pot.

And that's it!  Now to continue the hop, please continue to back to Ikesworld to check in- but don't forget to leave a comment first!  Thanks for calling!


ike said...

This is AWESOME - just wonderful in that colour and the gorgeous texture you created. Bummer about the shirt !!!! A superb creation :-)

IKE xxxxxxx

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow Keren this is an awesome project. So love the colouring and vintage feel to it.
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Borqna said...

What a fantastic piece of art!
You are very talented and persistent! Wish you success!

Rachel Gillham said...

oh wow that is gorgeous, I would definitely be happy to have that hanging in my home...fantastic work Keren :)

Mimi said...

This is just stunning Keren and so creative, an awesome outcome :) :) :) Big hugs Jane xx

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Wonderful design and brilliant colouring of the image Ginny x

SAMARA said...

Hey there wonder womyn! This is amazing. I love how we get the full information/inside of the creations on the blogs. these instructions are incredible. amazing how much it took, how much you used, the process you went through to create this beaut. though i imagined it took something special to create your art, i wouldn't have guessed the process at all. i love that you put the process instructions with your work. true teaching. the colors are the best Keren and i love the flowers with the leaves. i didn't guess they were metal, which is brilliant. and HOW do you color on tissue. true talent. i can only imagine ripping it!!!! oh, i had probs with my schedule. i did it all for 2 with BD help, pushed DONE and it didn't publish. i have to figure out why. i am SO sorry to have messed up the hop. it is now posted though, at 9:30 this morn. lots of Hugzzzz Samara xox

maureenjscott said...

Wow!!! Keren this is amazing! Love all the work that you've put into this project and despite the shirt disaster it has turned out so beautifully! This is stunning! mo xxx

SAMARA said...

The comment section is now working on the new template. I am SO sorry for all the technical difficulties!

PinkyLisasInkyCrafts said...

WOW love this. The sepia tones are beautiful with the glazing and the crackled areas. The image is coloured beautifully and you have really made that image stand out.
Gorgeous embellishments finishing your make off perfectly.

<3 & Hugs
Lisa xxxx

Unknown said...

this is lovely great image and creation xx

CraftyGirl said...

Wow, amazing job on your project. Love the heart!!



Monica taylor said...

Very creative work with the image. I love it!

KristyLee said...

Loving the textures you created, nice work on Ike's image. Great project!

Edwina said...

Beautiful card. Love the music background paper you used. Wonderful coloring of the digi. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Edwina said...

Beautiful card. Love the music background paper you used. Wonderful coloring of the digi. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Shelley said...

Sorry I haven't got to you sooner, I really love your piece, it looks almost like you have created it on a piece of glass, certainly a stunner of a piece :) xx

Steph said...

Wowie, this is gorgeous! So many cool techniques too, love everything about it.

I Don't Do Straight said...

Love the vintage feel to your creation. You have coloured the image beautifully.....FAB!!!