Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Interchangable bottle cap necklace/tag how to's

How to's:
In thanks for all the great inspiration out there that has really blessed me I thought I'd share this for those who might need quick last minute Christmas gifts.

The photo shows you the steps below. (Please don't pinterest post this photo - I'd like to see who gets blessed by this post :-) If you want to pin anything just pin the final result and a link to my blog would be great.)
1. As in the other post get a bottle cap and hammer the edges flat with a hammer
 2. Spray paint the back whatever colour you choose (I chose black)
3. Hammer a nail through the edge to make a hole
4. Get one of those advertising magnets that go on your fridge or a magnetic sheet if you have it in your craft stack.
5. Circle punch or cut out a circle to fit the bottle cap - check your bottle cap but it should be about an inch across. The circle punch does a neater job if you have one.
6. Stick on your circle punched or cut out image. Seal the image with mod podge or clear gel medium or even PVA. Leave to dry ( I put mine under an upturned plastic container so no dust/dirt gets stuck on).
7.Carefully put a layer of diamond glaze onto the surface to the amount you want. Leave to dry according to directions on bottle and again, I recommend putting an upside down container over it to prevent dust  spoiling the surface.
8. Place your magnetic center onto your bottle cap and there you have it - an interchangeable bottle cap necklace or tag!
9. May your Christmas season be blessed and full of joy!


Sunday, 18 November 2012

Off the wall and onto paper

More junk journalling fun - taking photos of my own artworks and then printing them out and developing them - the feather piece has texture paste on top of my original artwork and the second image is not yet developed further.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Bleach out

As the title suggests, this is a bleach out background page. If you use indian ink and then paint bleach on with found utensils (I used a bamboo skewer stick and old brushes). The bleach tends to have a yellowish tinge. If you paint into the wet ink it "bleeds"and blurrs randomly.
The second start page is where I'm experimenting with adding fimo creations with a metal loop baked in to hang other 3D elements off.
What's in a name? Well, I'm finding the idea of a junk journal kind of lets me relax and try new things - maybe it's the use of the word junk - takes the pressure off somehow.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


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This page originally wan't working until I covered up some of the detail with a bit of "white space" - learning to balance out a page with a "resting point". This shows the  power of negative space and claiming back tonal contrast.
The word create was made by using modelling compound painted through a lettering stencil.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Bottlecap necklace tag

To make a bottle top tag you can google making a bottle top necklace or follow these simple instructions;
1. Find a bottle top that makes a nice shape when hammered around the edges. ( I used a  piece of material to soften the hammer blows on the metal). Some brands of bottle tops work better than others as I found after trialing different kinds. I had some cider bottle tops and they didn't work well - making an uneven edge when hammered. Spray paint the bottle top on the back.
2. Use a circle punch if you have one or else carefully cut a template that will fill the center of the necklace. Use this template to find a pleasing shape or pattern (I used a map).
3. Punch a hole in the edge of the bottle cap with a small nail and hammer. This hole needs to be large enough to get your metal connecting loop through.
4. Glue the the center in place and once this has dried use diamond glaze to cover the picture.
5. Set in a dust free place to cure ( iused an upturned plastic container over the top to stop dirt setting in the wet surface).
6. Using two pliers seperate the joining connector as per jewelery making instructions and add whatever little decoration you are using and slip the metal link through the nail hole and then add string/ ribbon to tie to journal.

This is a back view of a bottle cap pendant:

free template

how big is your problem on the scale of one to God?

I'm wanting to make some art out of this free printable - life has had it's share of ups and downs this last week (hence the long gap and then multiple postings). I've just read a book that talks of having a "job jar" - putting ideas on slips of paper to pull out when needing inspiration or a start point. I think the word "job" is off putting psychologically so I think I'll call mine something like "lucky dip" which brings back associations of all those lovely, homely fairs I attended as a kid surrounded by the scents of popcorn and candyfloss! The next thing is to find or make a little box. Another idea would be to have a decorative envelope to put ideas into and then stick that into the back of my art journal. This idea prompted by the free printable will definitely go onto an inspiration slip.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Interactive art wheel

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I'm giving junk journalling a go this weekend and this is a starting point. I'm having fun putting in some interactive elements such as the turning wheel. Lessons learnt on this piece - to use heavier card stock for the interactive elements.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Warp and weft

The top photo is where I got stuck on this journalling page. I left the piece for a while until I found a site that gave me an idea for moving the piece a bit further along: