Thursday, 12 June 2014

Grunge Clock Project using Silhouette Cameo

Hi Everyone

MJ is on holidays believe it or not, and has been playing with her crafty stash.  Out came her Cameo (mind you it's always out!) and away she went!

She used a 6 x 6 clock and cog cut file that she purchased from the Silhouette store and enlarged it to 26cm x 26cm to make a largish piece for her kitchen.

MJ cut each layer 3 times from 250gsm plain white cardstock mounting the layers together to form chipboard-like pieces.

Next, she painted it with 2 coats of IndigoBlu Gee-So Good in black.  Once dry MJ added a mixture of Maimeri Bronze (475) and Deep Gold (151) paint.  Again once dry she used Pebeo Gilding wax in Empire Gold.


Not entirely happy with the colour, and after welcomed advice from the wonderful Eileen Godwin, more black gesso was dry brushed onto the background areas.  This added shade and made it stand out more.


All that is left to do now is add the clock mechanism and hands.
This clock will sit in a box frame to finish and then hung on MJ’s kitchen wall.  She says ‘it’ll fill a gap!’…lol

We hope you have been inspired.

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Tarmac MDF Plaque using Karen Clare’s Technique


Hi Everyone

MJ recently attended a wonderful workshop in Coventry with the lovely Karen Clare where she learnt the Tarmac Technique.  Today we are giving you a brief overview of it for you.

We are lucky that Karen is coming to present this workshop at Dandie Crafts in September and we can’t wait!  Please pop over to her blog for look you’ll be pleased you did. Just click on her name above.

MJ has been playing around with an old MDF shelf from a dismantled shelving in her craft room.  She was wanted to make her OH a plaque to hang in his garage alongside the love of his life – his 1959 Lambretta!  She tried to replicate the oil patches that are all over the garage so didn’t want the colours to blend too much.  MJ isn’t sure she quite got the look she was after but it was close enough as her OH won’t notice it anyway…lol

MJ started off with the old shelf and gave it coat of IndigoBlu  Gee-Sso Good! (white) – it’s a great product with a good consistency.  The black gesso in this range is brilliant for coverage too.  Great for doing the chalkboard stamped effects that are popular still at the moment.




Next she used a selection of embossing folders and white card and then cut into different sized pieces and glued them to the shelf….ooops…she meant to say…MDF




Then using her Silhouette Cameo she cut out lettering and shapes to suit her project and added them to her base.




Then the messy bit….MJ painted the base using acrylics (as that is the best option she had available at home). 




Oooooooo she then coated it with the magical tar solution (hee hee) and left to dry.  After this she removed the colour until she was happy with the result (well almost happy with the result…she’s never confident at the end!).  To finish her project she applied some gilding wax.



What MJ Used

Embossalicious Folder – Script, Watches, Knit One Purl One

Darice Embossing Folder – Squares, Wood Grain, Basket Weave

Acrylic Paints – Permanent Red, Phthalo Blue

Pebeo – Silver Gilding Wax

Silhouette Cameo –  to cut die cuts


We hope you have been inspired.

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