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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

craft or food

A local fine food store is selling tiny gingerbread men.  As I really like the idea of these small bites I have been looking for a mini cutter ... and I found one.  It is just 4.5 cm tall.
Remembering I have some lightweight molding paste I need to decide whether the craft or the cooking will come first.  After all, tools can go from the kitchen to the craft room but not the other way.  Perhaps I should have bought two!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

tool care + repair

In today's class we worked with bleach and I offered two recommendations.
1. Empty the bleach out of water brushes by the end of the day and rinse out
2. Empty any water out of water brushes when they aren't in use

I came back to the studio and did both with my bottles and brushes.  I know emptying the water out can be a drag as the holders can be hard to fill.  My suggestion is to get a cheap set of needle tip bottles for this task.
 The Kuretake brand water brush will need to have the flow restrictor removed before you fill or empty it.
 After rinsing out my brushes I had some repairs to do.  The Pentel Aquash brushes have a fine foam sleeve in the parts behind the brush. Time, chemicals and the foam used have lead to the foam sleeve turning to mush. 
The insides look like this (without the gooey ball of foam).
This is where the foam sleeve should be, in fact the new one tied in place.
 Photo below shows the Aquash brush reassembled with its new foam flow reducer.  I have done a quick flow test but using it with a colour medium will tell me if it is repaired good as new.







Sunday, October 28, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

For Tuesday 30 October 2012, 10:30 am.
This week's topic is using bleach with stamping and for recolouring. 

  • stamps to try -so you see how they work or might not look right
  • plain shadow stamp (as we made with fun foam in topic 24) and the matching detail stamp
  • scraps of plain coloured cardstock so you can test what colour shifts happen with the bleach
  • clean up cloth
  • coloured pencils
  • Copic pens to suit your stamp design
  • refillable water brush - filled with bleach if you wish - cliplok bag to take to/from home safely
  • wear suitable clothes, it is bleach we will be working with!
There will be tools and supplies for use in class.  The advantage of working with your own tools is you are already familiar with them and you will have an opportunity to learn more about their use and care.  

For class bookings and payments please call Marisa at Create On Ormond on 03 5222 1449 or email info@createonormond.com. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

many happy returns

A couple of months ago I made some props for a display window competition at Royal Geelong Show.  The show was actually last weekend.  The focus of the display was cooking and these props represented some of the basic ingredients of cooking or rather baking.

Now the show is over, the displays packed up and the baking composted!  My 1:2 scale props are going onto another gig with a photographer.  


I am told the display won 3rd prize so I will stand close and catch some of the glow.

Friday, October 26, 2012

do you see what I see

 A tour of the garden with a camera last week revealed some incredible plant secrets.  It is wonderful to look at the detail of each flower but the macro lens showed to us that there are tiny hairs in the opening of each foxglove bloom.
 
 
...  and there are coarse hairs in the throat of the nasturtium flower.

Having watched the first part of David Attenborough's Kingdom of Plants last Sunday, a documentary of plants in close up and altered time I now wonder what the purpose of the hairs is.  Oh to be able to watch their interaction with bees and other insects.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

For Tuesday 23 October 2012, 10:30 am.
This week's topic is making a custom coloured inkpad.  For a stamp that calls for lots of colour patches over the design then a creative solution is to create the ink pad to suit.

  • stamp about  6 cm x 8 cm  e.g.  house with trees, butterfly, flower scene with stems and grass
  • clean up cloth
  • any bottles of Distress Reinkers you might have
  • Black StazOn ink pad
There will be tools and supplies for use in class.  The advantage of working with your own tools is you are already familiar with them and you will have an opportunity to learn more about their use and care.  

For class bookings and payments please call Marisa at Create On Ormond on 03 5222 1449 or email info@createonormond.com.  

Monday, October 15, 2012

back to the future no.2

... the continuing early stages of my card design journey and delving into the archives for cut out cards and the variety of ways I used them.
After photo cards but not quite leaving the photos behind I moved on to make the oval cutout into a shaker window  ... 
 The Brighton Bathing Houses with shaker sand and clear confetti stars..
 Fish window card with glimmer shaker pieces
 Then the 'would you like milk and sugar?' series where the shaker particles are tea leaves
My favourite large Orange Pekoe leaves are not at all suitable.  This is the one time to use floor sweeping tea bag leaves!!

There were lots of instructions and tips about shaker elements at this week's Technique Tuesday session.
  

Sunday, October 14, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

For Tuesday 16 October 2012, 10:30 am.
This week's topic is Making Shaker Elements.  Warning there will be glitter.
To be able to discuss their suitability you might like to bring from your own collection the following:

  • Foam tape
  • Glitter (chunky and fine) + confetti shapes
  • Cutout cards
There will be tools and supplies for use in class.  The advantage of working with your own tools is you are already familiar with them and you will have an opportunity to learn more about their use and care.  

For class bookings and payments please call Marisa at Create On Ormond on 03 5222 1449 or email info@createonormond.com.  

back to the future no.1

The book card blank arrived in stock with, I was told, some 3-fold cutout cards.  This had me searching through my storage boxes for some of my early card designs.  I used to take a lot of photos of roses and then wondered about making them into cards.  I still take some photos of roses such as this rosebud from the current flowering.
Just sticking a rectangular print on the front of a blank card didn't appeal.  I bought plain white 3-fold cards with oval cutouts.  My card making evolution then went something like this ....  ... white edge, nup, over that .... how about a gold edge, so out came the Kylon gold pen .



.. how about a few stamped images clustered together at the bottom.  I can remember shells and roses ....  if I stamp some extras I could layer them up ...

to be continued......

Sunday, October 7, 2012

tools for technique tuesday

For Tuesday 9 October 2012, 10:30 am.
This week's topic is Making (+ decorating) an embossed acetate embellishment. Warning this is a little bit of Christmas.  There will be glitter.
You might like to bring from your own collection:

  • Ink - StazOn Opaque cotton white
  • Hero Arts Prisma Glitter  or  Distress Stickles dry glitter 
  • Zig Memory - 2 way glue - fine tip (3 mm bullet point tip)
There will be tools and supplies for use in class.  The advantage of working with your own tools is you are already familiar with them and you will have an opportunity to learn more about their use and care.  

For class bookings and payments please call Marisa at Create On Ormond on 03 5222 1449 or email info@createonormond.com.