Sunday, March 22, 2015

Steampunk Rose Bug

I've been playing with my copics trying to learn how to render metal. I found a few tips and tricks and a few pins to help me out. Pictured below is my first project in which I used my markers to render worn, brushed metal with a bit of rust added.  Hopefully, with more practice, I will get good at this technique as I love Steampunk projects.

Forgive the watermark, but it is a necessary evil due to online theft these days.


Credits:

Copic colours:
  • ROSE: 0, C1, C3, C5, C7, E04, E97, YR00, E08 and E31. I used Titanium White DecoArt Americana paint for highlights.
  • WEB: B00, B01, B02
  • JEWEL: R32, R35, R39.  I used Titanium White DecoArt Americana paint for adding highlights.
  • BUG and JEWEL GOLDEN areas: Y11, Y15, Y17, Y38
  • BUG BRONZE areas: Ack! I don't remember.  It looks like E43, E44, E47, E49 and E18.

Assembly:  
  • I printed my image onto Copic X-Press-It card with my Canon Pixma MX860 printer then coloured it with Copic markers. 
  • I dipped a rough bristled stencil brush into copic blending solution and pounced it on my coloured image thus removing some of the colour to give an aged metal look.  
  • I cleaned any ink spread with my Copic blending marker and touched up any areas with more ink where needed. 
  • I outlined some areas with a fine tipped black Sharpie marker and added white highlights with paint as listed above.  I highly suggest using a pigment ink such as the Copic multiliners, but my ink in those ran dry.  Sharpies are alcohol based and will smear if you go over it with your alcohol markers.  
  • I then scanned my image to my pc, removed the background, and made this digital frame scene with the digital elements listed above.  
  • All digital work was done in PSE8 as I still need to learn how to use my "Big Girl" photoshop program.

Cheers!
Lady B

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Progressive Challenge March - Part 2/1

Morning all
How are you getting along with those projects for this month's Progressive challenge? A few in the linky I can see so far.
If you missed the first installment from Team A why not go back and have a look?

The theme is still
SPRING/EASTER
Basically any project with a spring or Easter theme using an image from either of the shops of Rick St Dennis on Etsy or Zibbet will fit the bill.

There is still the Art Contest and the Colouring Contest on-going in the Facebook Group. The Art contest for finished projects the Colouring contest for just a coloured image. Of course using one of Rick's images is mandatory.
 
Pictured below is my contribution for this challenge.  Click image to enlarge.


I used Rick's image "Betsy and the Bunny" found on Zibbet here.  I coloured her digitally in PSE8 and set her in a garden scene from a picture I took.  Be sure to head over to Sparkle and Glitter to see what the other gals have made for your inspiration.

Cheers!
~ Lady B ~

Sunday, February 15, 2015

RSD Progressive challenge - Month two - Midway post

Hello again all you beautiful people out there.
Are you all loved out after yesterday? Or don't you bother anymore?

The EDT have loved working with our little String of Hearts Fairy. If you took part in January's Progressive challenge, you should have emailed Mo by now for your freebie. The first chapter of February began with Team A and a refresher of the rules can be found here.

Entering here of course gives you three bites at the cherry - the chance to win more images from the shops of Rick St. Dennis Zibbet and Etsy, because you can also enter the two challenges currently in progress over in our Facebook group. There's the colouring competition and the art contest (ends Feb 16 before new ones start). You'll have to check out the group for the links after this date.

Team B has worked their magic for you today so be sure to head over to the Sparkle and Glitter blog to check out their gorgeous makes!

My project turned out to be a hot mess, but that's okay.  I can't make great things all the time.  I just hate it when the image in my head can't be realized on paper.  Anyway, I tried my best to use non-traditional Valentine colours which was really hard for me. Reds and Violets are my favourite colours to work with.  I think my mojo took a big hit with those colours being excluded.  Enough excuses!  Time to rip off the band-aid and share my piece.

Click image to enlarge...if you dare!  LOL!


Perhaps I will try to take a pic that isn't crooked later in the day!
Cheers!
-Lady B



Friday, February 13, 2015

BVD DAY 3

 photo BloodyValentineBlogHopBanner_zpsddcb6a4c.jpg
Black Dragon
Julia
Monique
Jessica
Nan B
Jane
Susan S
Susan R
Lisa
Teresa
Leigh
Fiona
Rebecca
Lady Brayton---You are here.
Sharon
Kristy

Hi!  Lady Brayton here.
  Follow the blog roll above to see some Creeptastic Valentine's projects done the Smeared Ink way.  
Warning...there may be blood...and lots of it!
  Welcome to the 2015 Bloody Valentine's Bloghop!
The hop goes live at 0900 PST Feb 11th - 13th 2015.

Pictured below is my contribution for day 3 of the hop.
Today's project is 100% digital using digi paper from
 Smeared Ink's "Slasher" set 
as well as a digital stamp drawn by  Rick St. Dennis.
The stamp name is "Requiem".
I was going to add a sentiment, but I didn't want to take
attention away from the awesome focal image.
Enjoy!
BTW, I will be hopping this weekend to return the love
I've been given.

CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE:


HAPPY BVD!!!
~ Lady B ~

Thursday, February 12, 2015

BVD DAY 2

 photo BloodyValentineBlogHopBanner_zpsddcb6a4c.jpg
Black Dragon
Julia
Monique
Jessica
Nan B
Jane
Susan S
Susan R
Lisa
Teresa
Leigh
Fiona
Rebecca
Lady Brayton- you are here!
Sharon
Kristy

Hi!  Lady Brayton here.
  Follow the blog roll above to see some Creeptastic Valentine's projects done the Smeared Ink way.  
Warning...there may be blood...and lots of it...just not on my blog today.  Sorry peeps.  Minimal gore, but hopefully I will
tickle your funny bone.  I said bone...hehehehe!
  Welcome to the 2015 Bloody Valentine's Bloghop!
The hop goes live at 0900 PST February 11th - 13th.

Here is my contribution for day 2 of the hop.
 It is a hybrid project that features a digital background 
and
2 Copic coloured images drawn by  Rick St. Dennis.
I used "Zombie Stripper" and "Hand Cuffs" digi stamps.
The perky hand cuff gal's sentiment are lyrics from the song  
S and M by Rihanna.

CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE:


HAPPY BVD!
~ Lady B ~

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

BVD DAY 1 OF 3

 photo BloodyValentineBlogHopBanner_zpsddcb6a4c.jpg
Black Dragon
Julia
Monique
Jessica
Nan B
Jane
Susan S
Susan R
Lisa
Teresa
Leigh
Fiona
Rebecca
Lady Brayton
Sharon
Kristy

Hi!  Lady Brayton here.
  Follow the blog roll above to see some Creeptastic Valentine's projects done the Smeared Ink way.  Warning...there may be blood...and lots of it!
  Welcome to the 2015 Bloody Valentine's Bloghop!
The hop goes live at 0900 PST.

Here is my contribution for day one of the hop.  It is a hybrid project that features a digital background and a Copic coloured image
drawn by  Rick St. Dennis.
  The image is "SH Monster Nurse digi".

CLICK THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE.
OK, it's not a TRADITIONAL Valentine's Day card, but what man HASN'T had, or at least read about, a Naughty Nurse Fantasy?  I giggled so hard while composing this piece!  
BTW, due to my brutal work schedule, I may not be able to hop until the weekend, but I promise to stop by and leave love on your blogs.  
HAPPY BVD!
~ Lady B ~

Saturday, January 31, 2015

#Art #Artchain challenge day 2 of 5

I have been nominated by both Monique van Dijk and Tori Searcey to participate in the Art Chain Challenge (#Artchain, #Art). Over the next 5 days I will be sharing some of my work and will nominate others to share their art.  I think most of my friends are already playing, so it may be difficult to nominate somebody. I will get to that part later.

The Art Chain challenge provides those producing creative and artistic pieces the chance to show their favourites over a five day period, while nominating other artists and crafters, and is a lovely way to spread a little love and public exposure. 

Here are my contributions to Day 2 of the #Artchain challenge:

 Using "An Aerocruiser for Lady B" as well as DecoArt mediums, textures and paints.  Image by Rick St. Dennis.  The main image was coloured with Copic Markers and fussy cut prior to adding it to my canvas.  Ribbon, D rings, gems, washers and watch parts were added with Glossy Accents as well as some faux fur for the blanket.  This is one of those projects that needs to be seen and felt in person for full appreciation.  This canvas had a full page spread in "Just Steampunk" magazine Vol. 4 by Scott Publications.


Using "Steampunk Peg" by Rick St. Dennis, background technique from Andy Skinner, TH gears and cogs, and DecoArt mediums, textures and paints.  The focal image was colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and attached to parts of my broken cell phone.  I added a copper wrapped gem for a bit of bling.


Using "Iceplug Pottersnatch" drawn by Rick St. Dennis as well was DecoArt stencils, mediums, textures, paints and glamour dust glitter. The Snowperson was coloured with copic markers and was  fussy cut before being added to this super glittery and textured canvas.

Cheers!
~ Lady B ~

Friday, January 30, 2015

Art Chain Challenge day 1 of 5

I have been nominated by both Monique van Dijk and Tori Searcey to participate in the Art Chain Challenge (#artchain). Over the next 5 days I will be sharing some of my work and will nominate others to share their art.  I think most of my friends are already playing, so it may be difficult to nominate somebody. I will get to that part later.

The Art Chain challenge provides those producing creative and artistic pieces the chance to show their favourites over a five day period, while nominating other artists and crafters, and is a lovely way to spread a little love and public exposure. 

Here is my late start and Day One of #artchain:  I am sharing 3 pieces that were published in "Just Steampunk" magazine Vol. 5 by Scott Publications. Click images to enlarge.

Boneyard Skulls is a mini gallery wrapped canvas using an Andy Skinner Background Technique, DecoArt paints and mediums and I used one of the Skulls from RSD's "Boneyard Skulls" digi stamp set.  I coloured the skull with Copic markers and burnished the back of the image for dimension. I added broken bits of my cell phone and a copper coloured cog to add to the steampunk feel.  

Dr. Doom (pictured below) is a canvas board using some Andy Skinner Background techniques, paints and mediums from DecoArt and uses a Rick St. Dennis MFA digi stamp "Dr. Doom". The focal image was coloured with Copic Markers and fussy cut prior to adding it to the MM background.


My last project for today, "Angela the Assassin", uses a RSD image with the same name.  I altered a jumbo sized candy box using Andy Skinner techniques and DecoArt mediums, textures, and paints.  I added TH Gears and cogs and half plastic beads to look like rivets.  I embossed some of the cogs with a Darice "Steampunk Gears" embossing folder.  Once again, the focal image was coloured using Copic Markers.

Cheers!
Lady B

Sunday, January 25, 2015

RSD January Showcase for Sparkle and Glitter as well as Airless Chambers!

Welcome to our first 2015 Rick St. Dennis MFA (RSD) Showcase. This will be a first “showcase” for Airless Chambers.  Some, and sometimes all, of Rick’s Elite Design Team (EDT will be showcasing projects completed with some of Rick’s amazing digital images. Rick will be giving us a monthly theme and we will be picking our own images from his vast collection of images in his Etsy and Zibbet shops.

Rick’s choice of a theme for us was Valentine BUT we could not use traditional Valentine colors. We were not allowed to use reds, pinks, or purples. Stay a while and check out what his designers have come up with.  Pictured below is my take using Rick's Soft Centers digital image.  Click image to enlarge.


There’s a few events you might want to catch so you can play. Taking place right now is our “Progressive Challenge.” Click here for more information.

Every week on Rick’s blog there is a “Pick of the Week” contest. Rick’s Elite Design Team picks out fantastic projects created by other designers using Rick’s images. After those are chosen, you, the fans, get the final vote. This is a lot of fun and there are wonderful prizes too. If you have used an RSD image in a project, come show us in our Facebook group and your’s may be picked.


Our first 2015 RSD Facebook group Art Contest has already started. Check out the events section in the group. These contests run for two weeks. Random.org chooses the winner and the prize is one digital image from Rick’s Zibbet store. 

One more thing…If you have not yet visited Sparkle and Glitter to see the more sane side of Valentine’s, you might want to take a visit.
Pictured below is my "nice" project for the Sparkle and Glitter blog.  Once again, click on the image to enlarge.  I used Rick's "Won't you come and Play with Me" digi stamp which can be found on Zibbet here and on Etsy here.  My sentiment on this one is tiny, but says,"Why wait for the right man to call when you can call upon him?"  Let's face it, gals.  Not all men have the guts to approach a beautiful, intelligent and strong woman, so why not take the plunge and go after the man you want?  Some guys like a "take charge" type of woman so go on out there and add some spice into your life!
Happy Early Valentine's Day!
Cheers!
Lady B



Thursday, January 15, 2015

RSD's Progressive Challenge part 2

There are a number of challenges dotted about - in blogland and in our own Facebook group that feature Rick's images. Rick is sponsoring a few challenges in the coming months. The list is updated on his blog if you want to go see them all.

We will be showcasing a selection of themed images both on Sparkle and Glitter and on Airless Chambers
on the 25th of this month - be sure to come back and check this out. I hope you will enjoy both showcases - The entire team will be joining in, I think, this month.

Our Progressive Challenge is heading into the second half of the first phase today and it's Team B's turn to have the spotlight turned on them. Please head over to the Sparkle and Glitter Blog to see all of the lovely makes from Team B.
As usual on the first month the theme is 

"Anything Goes". 

We'd love to see projects other than cards. 
Digis are so versatile and can be resized easily to fit any project. 
There are so many images in the shops at Etsy and Zibbet that you will be spoiled for choice and you just have to check out the new 2015 Fairy images!!!

Here is my contribution using Rick's "Snow Queen" Digi.  She can be purchased from both Zibbet and Etsy.  Click images to enlarge. 




I started with this gorgeous "Snow Queen" digi stamp by RSD. You can find her in both the Zibbet and Etsy Shops.  The Snow Queen was coloured with Copic markers and scanned to my PC.  I printed 3 copies and fussy cut the layers, leaving my original coloured image as the top tier of each layer.  

I added DecoArt Paper Effects in Pink Pearl, Amethyst Pearl and Peacock Gold to the gems.  I love the fine metal tip that comes with the Paper Effects because it allows me to make the tiniest of dots when needed. Also, the paint does not warp the paper.  It's good stuff!

The background was made with Canvas Board that I purchased from Jerry's Artarama.  

I used the following DecoArt Products:
Assembly:
  • I painted the canvas board with DA Gesso and allowed to dry.
  • I applied DA Media Modeling paste through the Gears and Cogs Stencil.  More drying time.
  • I sprayed the DA Media Misters as listed above and allowed to dry. I  had my focal image a little too close when spraying my canvas so there are some fine mist specks, but I think it adds a handmade feel to my project.  
  • Using a toilet tissue empty roll, I added random circles using DA Multi-Surface Satin acrylic paints as listed above.
  • I applied Media fluid acrylic Interference Magenta to the cogs.
  • Using the Americana "Mod" stencil, I applied Glistening Snow-Tex to various areas.
  • I also added Glistening Snow-Tex to the bottom of my canvas to resemble snow.
  • When everything was dry, I sealed my canvas using DA Texture Primer/Sealer.
  • Lastly, I applied my heavily layered, fussy cut, Rick St. Dennis Snow Queen image to my canvas using pop dots.

I'm pretty pleased with my end result.  Looking back on some of my projects, I'm more fond of pinks and violets than I realized.  So much for being a "dark" artist.  LOL!

Cheers!
~ LADY B ~