Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Telling It Like It Is

February is bound to be a ton of fun as we will be "Telling It Like It Is" all month in our creations. Despite that lofty ambition, we will not be quite that honest in our art as we focus on faux techniques. We won't be faking any of our enthusiasm for amazing crafting, however, as we wend our way through February!

Artwork by Sharon Briss
using Just Sayin' plate (Rogue Redhead Designs)
using a Faux Mosaic technique

This month, we are pleased to have Rogue Redhead Designs back as our February sponsor. Rogue Redhead Designs features vintage and eclectic unmounted stamp plates as well as mounting supplies. Their quality deeply-etched images are sure to impress. We will also be welcoming the Rogue Crew, those members who are not also Gingers, to play along with us and our challenges this month. Be sure to check out the newly redesigned website at RogueRedheadDesigns.com.

We are very excited to tell you that Helga Strauss, the owner of ArtChix Studio and a wonderful collage and mixed media artist, will be our fabulous February Muse! Later this week, you'll get to see more of Helga's awesome art in our Muse Showcase. If you want to check it out now, go to her blog - My ARTistic Life.


Finally, we would love to announce our Visiting Artists for February who will be sharing their fantastic art and style with us! We are delighted to welcome Marjie Kemper and Sarah Engels-Greer to help us out with our challenges. We can't wait to see what they create this month!

Here's the straight-talk about what's coming up this February:

~ our 4 regular challenges: Chestnut Theme, Spicy Supply, Random Redhead and Color

~ the return of our Once in a Blue Moon Challenge

~ 4 more wrap-ups with more stunning Ginger Gem art and 4 new Home Page Artists and prize winners

~ a Muse Spotlight with Helga Strauss, ArtChix Studio owner

~ some great tutorials by Lucy Edmondson, Sharon Briss and Alexa Noble

~ a guest post by Samantha Read with a tutorial on Faux Tissue Tape

and

~ some big news from our Founding Femmes, Sharon Briss and Alison Manning

We hope you join us for a fun and fabulous February!

Wrap-Up: GC133 - Use a Set

Great work with all your great sets! Thanks to all who played! Your art was amazing.

Thanks to Stampotique Originals for their generous sponsorship of this challenge! The winner receives a US$30.00 gift certificate to the Stampotique Originals store.

Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

Congratulations, Mary Ann! Please email us at gingersnapstamp@gmail.com with your contact details by February 21, 2012 to collect your prize.

Your artwork will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog.

Now onto our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we also pick 10 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.

For more information about Ginger Gems and entering our challenges, please visit the FAQ page.

Our Set-Sensational
Ginger Gems


Artwork by Zuzu


Artwork by Sharon Celtic Crafter



Artwork by Karin (Peppermint Patty)


Artwork by Dawn


Artwork by Happy Days


Artwork by Debbie R


Artwork by Avril B


Artwork by Caro!Q


Artwork by Salamanda


Artwork by Terry


Special Guests

Artwork by MeggyMay
Visiting Artist November 2011


Artwork by Trisha Too
Ginger

Congratulations to all our Ginger Gems this week! We hope you take a minute to stop by their blogs.

Come by tomorrow for a new Chestnut Theme Challenge.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Nicks: Are You Getting Rusty??

Thank you all so much for the lovely comments on my last tutorial - I am loving my time on Gingersnaps with you all.

For my second tutorial with you I thought I would share my way of obtaining a rust effect, without the use of expensive, complicated and potentially toxic potions. You can use this on many different surfaces, but if you want to use it on a non-porous surface you will need to use a coat of gesso first so that your surface has a 'key'.

For this tutorial I am demonstrating on a piece of mountboard.

You will need:

PVA
a large brush
- such as a decorating brush or I use an old stencil brush - do not use your best/new brush as this technique will ruin it, use an old beat up one that you didn't clean properly when you decorated the living room!
Acrylic paint
Black
Orange
Brown
Grey
Palette (I recycle polystyrene trays Pizza trays)
Old credit card
Sand

Apply a generous coat of PVA to the mountboard using the credit card (you can of course use a brush - but CC's are easier to clean and quicker).

If you stole the sand out of your husbands green house like I did, you need to make sure it is dry. I spread it mine onto a baking tray and popped it into the oven on a low heat for just a few minutes.


Sprinkle the sand over the wet PVA - dont be too particular, you dont want it to be too even, tip the excess onto a scrap piece of paper and tip back into the pot.

Mine was a bit too even for my liking, so I rubbed a bit off here and there with my finger.
Allow it to dry.


Get all your paints ready by squirting a generous amount onto your pallette - my orange was running a bit short and I tapped the bottle to get it out - as you can see some splashed into the other colours, but that'sok as they are all going to get blended anyway. You don't want to wash your brush in between using each colour, as the mixing of colour adds to the effect.


Start to apply your paint using a pouncing action, don't try to brush it on. Try not to think too hard about what you are doing as you want a very random effect. Twist and turn your brush so that you dont get too many repeat patterns. Start with both black and brown on your brush as these will be the main colours on you piece - then move away from the black and add brown and grey.



Finally add touches of orange - keep playing until you are happy but dont overwork the project and muddy the colours TOO much.

I used some green Adirondack colour wash to add a hint of 'verdigris' as I only wanted a hint I removed the spary attachment from the bottle and splattered it on rather than spraying it - then gave it a light spray of water to blend it into the paint.

Heyhoe.... final result. (two different pieces) It looks fab in the 'flesh' and has a lovely rusted texture.



Now it is yours to do with as you wish.

I made mine into a cover for a large box of matches that lives somewhere in our front room ready to light the fire - its such an ugly box that I wanted to make it look more beautiful so it could live on the mantelpiece.



Initial plans was to decorate it, but actually I like it quite plain and simple - plus I realised it would be getting a a lot of handling, so I am leaving it as you see it in the photos.

So there you have my second tutorial, I hope you have enjoyed it and will have a go, I would love to see any works of art you produce. Please hop over to my blog and leave me a comment with a link to your blog and I will visit and have a look

Thank you for having me as your Muse

Happy Creating

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Stampotique Goes Green

We're all green with envy at the fabulous inspiration that the Stampotique Originals team has given us as they play along with our new Color Challenge - Glorious Greens!
A big thanks to the wonderful design team members of Stampotique Originals for playing along with us all month!

Annette Goatley: Going Green with a Canvas Diary

Hi, these are the products I used to alter this 50p Diary.

A Sheet of Acrylic Canvas 12" x 10" (sold as a pad), Mask, Rubber Stamp, Texture Paste, Acrylics: Copper and Hookers Green, Fabric Glue, Palette Knife, Sponge and an old Kitchen Tile for Mixing.

Placing the Mask on the Canvas Sheet, use your palette knife to apply the Texture Paste. Once dry apply the Acrylic Paints and Stamp.

Thought you would like to see a close up of the finished Canvas Sheet.

Luckily my Canvas Sheet was the perfect size for the Diary which measured 8" x 6" and I had enough left over for a large bookmark. The great thing about the Acrylic Canvas Sheet is that it stretches beautifully so when you glue it onto the diary it fits brilliantly.

You can add extra embellishments according to your likes. This has a lovely feel to it, very touchable and much softer than Sticky Back Canvas.

Wishing you all a very creative weekend, hugs Annette x

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wrap-Up - GC132: Soft Yellows and White

It looks like you all had fun with this soft color combination! Thanks to all who played! It was obvious that creativity burned bright throughout all the entries.

Thanks to Pennywise Arts for their generous sponsorship of this challenge!

The winner will receive a free bag of Pennywise Arts Iridescent Bubble Beads!

Our randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is

Nancy Johnson
of
Scrap, Paper and Glue


Congratulations, Nancy. Please email us at gingersnapstamp@gmail.com with your contact details by February 14, 2012 to collect your prize.

Your artwork will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog.

Now onto our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we also pick 10 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.


For more information about Ginger Gems and entering our challenges, please visit the FAQ page.

Our Bright and Sunny
Ginger Gems

Artwork by Cheri Weston

Artwork by Dawn

Artwork by Gisele

Artwork by Jenni

Artwork by Kezzy

Artwork by Mary Ann Potter

Artwork by Michele

Artwork by Mynnette

Artwork by Sharon


Artwork by Shirley


Special Guests

Artwork by Gerri Herbst

Congratulations to all our Ginger Gems this week! We hope you take a minute to stop by their blogs.

Come by tomorrow for a new Color Challenge.

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