Friday, February 5, 2016

Forced Affection Day is on the Way

It's February.  Everything is pink and red and full of hearts.  The Hallmark Company in the states will make millions of dollars selling sappy Valentine's Day Cards.  I won't be a part of the nonsense.
In my opinion, love and affection should be shown every day, not just on February 14th which is Valentine's Day (Forced Affection Day).  It's the day people feel obligated to declare their love and devotion for if they don't they will surely be shunned.

In honour of VD, the holiday (not the disease), the RSD EDT is challenging Rick's fans and friends to make a creation using Cupid's Toys.  For the challenge, you must include a heart or an arrow or both in your design/image.  My make is below.  Click on the image to enlarge.


I used the image "I Want Your Heart 2015" drawn by Rick St. Dennis MFA.  
The image and background was coloured with Copic markers then the image was scanned to my PC.  I re-sized the image and added a calendar to it as well as a coordinating border.
Rick has a whole set of calendar toppers in his Etsy shop as well as many of his creepy images.
If you prefer cute, elegant, pretty, or mainstream images, check out Rick's Zibbet shop.

Here is a bit more about Rick's February Challenge:

It's time for our February RSD Facebook Challenge!
Theme ~ Hearts and/or Arrows
For this challenge, which must feature a Rick St. Dennis image, we want to see a heart(s) or an arrow(s) or both somewhere on your project, either in the image or in the background...or maybe it's the shape. Have fun with it!

Time Frame ~ February 1 – February 29 at 11:59 pm EST

Facebook Challenge Rules
must use an RSD digi or rubber stamp
full project, not just colouring of image (full project can be anything from a tag, card, atc, to an altered piece, mixed media or art journal page...anything where the project is the showcase for the image which is the focal)
hand coloured and hand crafted (no digital colouring)
no limit to the number of submissions per person
one clear, well-lit photo per entry entered into the February Facebook Challenge album. You can link to blog in album comments under your photo. That way it will pop up on the Timeline so everyone can be inspired.

Winners & Prizes:
We are using a sliding scale for prizes based upon the number of entries
1 to 3 entries: 
Winner chosen by Random.org Prize: one digi
4 to 10 entries: 
One winner chosen by EDT Prize: one image & badge
One winner chosen by Random.org Prize: one image 
11 to 20 entries:
Two winners chosen by EDT Prize:one image & badge
One winner chosen by Random.org Prize: one image
21 + entries:
One winner chosen by EDT : one image & badge
One winner chosen by Rick: one image & badge
One winner chosen by Random.org: one image

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Wanderlust Journal Spread

DecoArt was sponsoring a challenge in January for Wanderlust based on a composition tutorial and the quote "Sometimes What You're Most Afraid of Doing is the Very Thing that will Set You Free.
My attempt is pictured below.  Art journaling and mixed-media are fairly new to me so needless to say the challenge was a bit out of my comfort zone.  I did enjoy the process.  Click the image to enlarge if you wish.

Sorry.  I used way too many supplies to list, not to mention I forgot to keep track the supplies used as I went along.  I will keep track in the future.  I can say I definitely used DecoArt Gesso in white, DecoArt DecouPage and DecoArt Media Gel Medium.  The colours are now a blur to me.
Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Friday, January 29, 2016

DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge

I decided to enter the DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge.  Today is the last day for submissions.  Looking at my piece, there a few more things I want to add, but time is not on my side.  FYI, I made a similar canvas previously, decided to experiment a bit, and had to start from scratch.  Ouch!  Anyway, click on the image to enlarge and I will do my best to describe my process.


DecoArt Supplies:
Americana Gloss Enamels Stick-On Stencil "Mod"
Fluid Media Acrylics in Prussian Blue Hue, Payne's Grey, Titanium White, Colbalt-Teal Hue, Quinacridone Violet, Dioxazine Purple, Cerulean Blue, Yellow Oxide, Raw Sienna and Titan Buff.
Americana Premium Matte Acrylics in Purple Cow, Wisteria, and Antique Mauve.
Dazzling Metallics in Ice Blue

Other Products:
A Snowflake Stencil I made with my eClips cutting machine
An old gift card, credit card or business card
A Brayer (optional)
Paint brushes of various shapes and sizes
Fan brush to add splatters of paint
A Black Micron Pen
A White Paint Marker, fine tipped
A Canvas Board sized 8" x 10" or A4 size.
"Singing Zombie" digital stamp by Rick St. Dennis, reversed and printed with a laser printer.

Assembly:
  1. Although my canvas board was pre-primed, I applied another coat of DA Gesso.
  2. I applied DA white tinting base as well as Prussian Blue Hue, Colbalt-Teal Hue and Dioxazine Purple to my canvas board and spread it around with a plastic gift card.  I kept repeating this process until I ended up with a look that I liked.
  3. I used White Gesso, Payne's Grey, and Quinacridone Violet along with a plastic gift card to make various hashes, marks and lines with the paint.
  4. I cut out a sample of my focal image, traced it onto the canvas, and coated the section with white gesso.  I used 2 coats.
  5. When dry, I applied Media Matte Medium to the white image block and to my reversed image on printer paper and allowed to dry. 
  6. Once dry, I applied a second coat of Media Matte Medium to both areas, applied my digitally stamped image (laser ink side down) and smoothed out the paper with a brayer, cleaning up any matte medium that may have oozed out.  I let this dry overnight.  No heat gun.
  7. The next morning I took a wet sponge and removed the paper off my canvas leaving a cool image transfer.  Andy has a tutorial on this process here.
  8. I then painted my focal image (colours will be listed in step 11). The "rays" coming from the image were painted with White Tinting Base, Dioxazine Purple and Cerulean Blue. When dry, I covered my Singing Zombie with a mask and used a fan brush with various colours of the fluid acrylics to add a splatter effect.  
  9. After various layers of paint, I went in with my Micron Pen to go over the lines of the image. This dried a bit shiny.  I've since put a layer of Media Matte Medium over the image, but haven't had a chance to take a new picture yet.
  10. I used the DA Stencil "Mod" as well as my handmade snowflake stencil with Glistening Snow-Tex to add dimension, some shimmer, and to add to the winter feel.
  11. The Zombie skin consisted mostly of Tinting White base, Colbalt-Teal Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, Purple Cow and Wisteria.  The wounds and mouth consisted of Titanium White, Antique Mauve and Quinacridone Violet.  The dark areas had Payne's grey added.  The teeth consisted of Titan Buff, Yellow Oxide and Raw Sienna as well as some highlights with my white marker. The hair consisted of various shades of grey using White mixing base with Payne's Grey. Dazzling Metallics in Ice Blue was used for the eyes.  
Things I'd like to add:
  1. I think it would look cool to add some DA Crackle Glaze to the zombie skin and once dry, add some antiquing cream to the image.  Cracked Zombie Skin would rock!  Perhaps I'll give that a go later.
  2. I had thought about adding the words "Winter Wonderland" along with some music notes to the rays coming from the Zombie to give the appearance of him singing.  I held off on this in fear of ruining my piece.
  3. I think I would have liked to grunge up the canvas a bit more, but sometimes less is more so I let it be.
Thanks for Looking!
~ Lady B ~

Friday, January 22, 2016

Creepy New Year with Lady B

Lady Brayton here to show you a creepy cute January Calendar I made using Rick's "January" digi stamp.  The stamp was coloured with Copic markers and scanned to my PC.  I then added a free calendar page I found on the net and added some cool background paper from the retired store of  Crafty Chaos Designs.  The paper came from the set "Technologie Fantastique".  
Click on image to enlarge.  I will be showing my Feb. calendar in a few days.


For those who did not see my December calendar during the Creepmas hop, here it is below:


The calendar above was made with Rick St. Dennis MFA's image "Fresh Decor 2015".
Once again the image was coloured with Copic markers, scanned to my pc, and a free printable calendar was added as well as a snowflake and sand timer.  The striped paper was in my stash and I scanned that as well.  Assembly was done in PhotoShop.


To find Rick's colouring books, click here.

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The 12th Day of Creepmas 2015


Hello!  You have reached the blog of Lady Brayton.  You should have arrived here from Leigh's Blog.  If you've found my blog by accident and would like to start from beginning of the hop, head on over to Fiona's Blog.  After you're done visiting me, your next (and last) stop on the hop is Sue's Blog.  The blog roll is below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

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Below is my offering for the 12th Day of Creepmas.  Click image to enlarge.


The digi image was coloured with copic markers and scanned to my pc.  The background was removed and I added poor Santa to the scene above with Photoshop.

Other:
Background "Hotel Hell PP" by Cryztal Rain
Bloody hand prints from Cryztal Rain's "Edgar Allan Poe" set
Mouse on blanket and Spider webs from Lotta Designs

A Scary Creepmas to All, and to All a Good Night!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Creepmas 2015 Day 11 with Lady B

Hello!  You have reached the blog of Lady Brayton.  You should have arrived here from Leigh's Blog.  If you've found my blog by accident and would like to start from beginning of the hop, head on over to Fiona's Blog.  After you're done visiting me, your next (and last) stop on the hop is Sue's Blog.  The blog roll is below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

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It's day 11 and I'm running out of mojo as well as time.  My offering is below.  Click image to enlarge:

Rick St. Dennis images:
Let's Cuddle Creepmas Digi
Creepmas Bones

Other:
Paper, Frame, Blood Drips and Spider Webs from Gothic Inspirations
Black Widow Spider from Crystal Rain.

Creepmas is almost here!
~ Lady B ~

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Creepmas 2015 Day 10 with Lady B

Hello!  You have reached the blog of Lady Brayton.  You should have arrived here from Leigh's Blog.  If you've found my blog by accident and would like to start from beginning of the hop, head on over to Fiona's Blog.  After you're done visiting me, your next (and last) stop on the hop is Sue's Blog.  The blog roll is below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

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Rick St. Dennis image: "Creepmas Jolly Jester".
Background, syringes, bottles, bloody hand prints: Crystal Rain

Cheers!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Better Late than Never. Creepmas Day 9 with Lady B

Hello!  You have reached the blog of Lady Brayton.  You should have arrived here from Leigh's Blog.  If you've found my blog by accident and would like to start from beginning of the hop, head on over to Fiona's Blog.  After you're done visiting me, your next (and last) stop on the hop is Sue's Blog.  The blog roll is below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

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I coloured the digital stamp, "Creepmas Scary Creepmas", with Copics then scanned the image to my pc.  I imported the images to Photoshop and composed the layout below using digital elements which are cited below the picture. Click image to enlarge.  Thankfully, my PC is finally working again!


RSD digital stamp: Creepmas, Scary Creepmas
Paint Dripping Stains: Holliewood Studios "Metal Momma" collection
Large Spider Webs: Lotta Designs
Background PP, Frame, Small Spiders and Spider Webs, fog, and sparkles on the top by Gothic Inspirations.  I used PP and elements from their Witchcraft Sampler kit.

Thanks for Looking!
~ Lady B ~

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Creepmas 2015 - Day 8 with Lady B and RSD December Progressive Challenge part 2 - Team B

Hello!  You have reached the blog of Lady Brayton.  You should have arrived here from Leigh's Blog.  If you've found my blog by accident and would like to start from beginning of the hop, head on over to Fiona's Blog.  After you're done visiting me, your next (and last) stop on the hop is Sue's Blog.  The blog roll is below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

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RSD Image: Take Yer Pick
I'm having severe computer issues so I'll have to add details to my post later.  Sorry!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Creepmas 2015 - Day 7 with Lady B

Hello!  You have reached the blog of Lady Brayton.  You should have arrived here from Leigh's Blog.  If you've found my blog by accident and would like to start from beginning of the hop, head on over to Fiona's Blog.  After you're done visiting me, your next (and last) stop on the hop is Sue's Blog.  The blog roll is below in case anyone gets lost along the way.

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I coloured the digital stamps with Copics then scanned them to my pc.  I imported the images to Photoshop and composed the cheery scene below using digital elements which are cited below the picture. Click image to enlarge.


Rick St. Dennis Digital Stamps:
Creepmas Tree
Ready for the Black Friday Sales
LBOC Kitten
Rick's Zibbet Shop
Rick's Etsy Shop
Rick's Colouring Books

Other:
Christmas Lights: Obsidian Dawn
Background: "Abandoned PP" by Crystal Rain

Scary Creepmas to All
~ Lady B ~