Dienstag, 14. April 2015

strange how it pierces my heart

last week, the new Gorjuss stamp designs arrived in our craft store and I simply couldn´t resist to play with some of them. So here´s the first design embedded into an art journal page.

Supplies: white gesso, matte acrylic medium, old book pages, Gorjuss stamp "dear Alice", Caran d´Aches Neocolor, Pébéo iridescent acrylics, Lindy´s Stamp Gang sprays (black orchid silver & midnight rendezvous raven), Finnabair stamp, Mikron liner, masking tape

Sonntag, 12. April 2015

get lost

Here´s a quick art journal page I made a few days ago. One about a passion, maybe already an obsession of mine: books. Since I learned how to read books became my faithful and entertaining companions. I love losing myself in fantastical, dramatical and even documental stories (but fantasy beats them all). Besides, I simply need to be surrounded by books whether they´re new, old, damaged...I don´t care as long as I can feel the soul of the book. I even decided to use all the open shelves in my craft room to display my books like in a libary so I can see them while being creative. All my crafting supplies are mostly invisibly stored in drawers and under my desk.

"We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too."


Supplies: masking tape, white gesso, Finnabair stencil "bubbles", Finnabair modeling paste, Tim Holtz Sizzlits "birds in flight", Lindy´s Stamp Gang sprays "frosty forest green"/ "clam bake beige", soft pencil

Donnerstag, 9. April 2015

believe in something absurd

Another page in my art journal.
And the perfect example on how a mistake or - or better said a plan that didn´t turn out the way you wanted it to be - can lead you to something totally unexpected.

What I wanted to try creating was the so called Bokeh effect. What I found out instead was that white gesso crackles when applied on a coat of Prima Color Bloom sprays. Funny, isn´t it. After that exploration I decided to complete the page in a slightly different way then intended before. That´s one of the great advantages when working, and more importantly experimenting, in your art journal. You never know, where the art journey leads you to.

And here´s what I ended up with:

 here´s a good view on the delicate crackles

Supplies: white gesso, Finnabair modeling paste, Finnabair stencil "bubbles", Prima Color Bloom sprays "empress gold"/ "summer sky"/ "deep teal", Silks "solar gold", Dylusion stamp, soft pencil

Mittwoch, 8. April 2015

it´s time for an 18th century dress

With the upcoming WGT in mind, it´s time to think about a new dress - yay!
At the moment I´m not quite sure, about the style. The only thing I know for sure is that it´ll be a deep midnight blue which goes perfectly with my ginger red hair. Stay tuned for more infos and detailed photos of the process.

Meanwhile I´m showing an older dresss, that I made for last years German Vampire Ball. As base I used the pattern for a 1770-80 polonaise gown you cand find in Janet Arnold´s Patterns of Fashion I.

I simply love how versatile this pattern is even when not worn in polonaise style but with the back left straight. The first dress I made with this pattern was done two years ago, to be worn at a victorian picknick which became a part of WGT. The richly stitched fabric in a soft ivory color was perfect for such an occasion. But this time I wanted it to be a bold black with lots of tulle.

 the pretty little bow behind the brooch as well as the sash were made of a beautiful two-tone tafeta (black/ deep emerald green)

Underneath the dress I wore my18th century stays and two petticoats.

all photos were taken by the fabulous and super talented Lilif Ilane.
Please make sure to visit her on facebook and enjoy all of her incredible artwork.

And now I´m off to work on some mixed media stuff, again.

Montag, 6. April 2015

rise & shine

...today I have an art journal spread for you.

I wanted to do something shiny in lustrous golden colors. Prima´s golden color bloom sprays together with some Finnabair mica powders where the ideal companions for this task. Unfortunately the pictures can´t capture the depths of the beautiful shimmer.

and again, some handwritten journaling

Supplies: white gesso, Prima stencils ( Finnabair "lace" & "dots & stripes"), Prima modeling paste, micro beads, gel medium, Finnabair stamps, Tim Holtz idealogy metal pieces, Prima color bloom sprays (gold foil, empress gold), mica powder (brown, gold), silks (nutmeg), soft pencil, 7Dots Studio word stickers

Have a great and creative easter monday!

Mittwoch, 1. April 2015

the wedding dress

Hello my dear followers,
today I´d like to share with you some photos of a dress I made nearly one year ago - my wedding dress.
I know, the bride shouldn´t make the dress herself, but you know I had that special picture in my mind on how the dress should feel and fall and that it should be a victorian dress but not exactly the cut and details. Normally those things appear during the sewing process. That´s what I learned through all the dresses I made so far. That´s why I didn´t choose to buy a dress, nor to have it done by a seamstress. And I´m really glad with that decision. Sure it was a pain in the a.. to sew a dress while preparing and organizing all the other things for a wedding but I´m sure, I´d do it again the same way I did.

But set aside the long talk. I´m sure you want to see pictures. And here they are:
All photos were taken by the sweet and very talented Susann Hehnen from apicco frotografie & design

  these pleats took me forever but I looooooove them

supplies: ~10m ivory tafeta, ~15m ivory tulle, 2m taupe tafeta, 1m lace, ~20m ivory cotton, 1m white silk for the corset, boning, brooch, lots of cord for lacing the corset and bodice