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Friday, July 28, 2017

Polymer Clay Skinner Blend Technique

Hello Crafty Friends

I'm back with a fun Polymer Clay Technique called The Skinner Blend.. Its a coolest polymer ckay technique. In this you can blend polymer clay in beautiful blend that shifts from one color to another. And you can do this with 2 colors and more than two. Today I will show how to made graduated blends using 2 different colors, black and white.

There are different ways to make skinner blend and I'm gonna use the simple method that gives smoother results, that is to use pasta machine for skinner blend.

You will see biggest effect if you use 2 colors with contrast in them. If you use colors that are close to each other, you may not see the shift as clearly, but it will be there.. You always get pretty blends while using skinner blend technique.






Start with 2 sheets of clay, cut them in equal size rectangle and them cut them diagonally to make triangles.. Then put them together to make rectangle with white on one side of the rectangle and black on the other side..
Then you have to keep rolling the sheet in the pasta machine on the thickest setting.. Every time the clay comes out of the machine, fold it in half and roll again.. You will start to see difference in color after few rolls.. For a perfect blend, you may need to roll the sheet around 20 to 40 times in the pasta machine.








As you get close, you will see the colors mixing and once you achieve a perfect graduated blend, you are done.. Its that simple..
When doing this you will get a graduated blend from dark grey to light grey.. You dont get any black or white sheet of clay.. Thats because the black is mixed with white and vice versa on either side..

To get the original colors on the skinner blend, you have to use a off-set skinner blend technique.. For this, while cutting the triangle, off set a little bit, so instead of cutting corner to corner, off d=set and cut a little bit towards righton top and left on bottom.. This makes sure that there is little white and black clay on each side, making sure they do not mix. And then roll the sheet in the pasta machine.. Fold and roll, fold and roll, fold and roll.. Continue until you have a perfect skinner blend..








Watch the tutorial below or to watch in HD on YouTube click HERE









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Thank you for visiting. Have a nice day.. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Crackled Tulips with Plaid FolkArt


Did you know that the Netherlands have the world's largest permanent display of tulips at the Keukenhof, one of the tourist spots in my bucket list. Tulips are spring blooming perennials that grow from bulbs. The large tulip flowers bloom with leaves in a rosette at ground level and a single flowering stalk arising from amongst the leaves. By now you would've guessed....
Hello and a very good day to you all. Today I'm at the Craft Shop Blog with yet another tutorial on one stroke painting...only this time, it is on glass jar. and yes, you guessed it right! today's tutorial features the temptress - Tulips.






Materials Required:



Glass Vase
Plaid folkart one stroke carousel
Plaid Folkart One stroke brushes
Plaid folkart Multisurface Paint Cardinal Red
Plaid Folkart Multisurface Paint Daffodil Yellow
Plaid Folkart Multisurface Paint Titanium White
Plaid Folkart Multisurface Paint Orange
Plaid Folkart Multisurface Paint Classic Green
Plaid Folkart Multisurface Paint Look at me blue
Plain Folkart Multisurface Paint Lime Green
Plaid Folkart Brushed Metal Dark Grey
Plaid Folkart Brushed Metal Silver
Plaid Folkart Crackle Medium


Let's begin!!🎉

Clean the glass jar with cotton dipped in spirit. Cover the glass jar with brushed metallics Dark gray base coat and allow it to dry.



Take folkart crackle medium and apply a thin coat over the entire surface of the jar. Do not apply thick coat.


When it is semidry, apply metallic silver all over. You will see cracks apppearing immediately. Let it dry completely.



Let us start with our tulips. I mixed cardinal red with look at me blue. Voila!! we got a nice purple colour.  I loaded my flat brush with this and white. With wiggling stroke, draw the petals. Add few more flowers. If you observe closely, you will see cracks on the flowers as well. I am soooo in love with this effect.😍



Next load the brush with classic green on one edge and lime green on the other edge. Now touch the lime green edge with white and blend. Now make the leaves. This is a longer stroke.



Add the stems for the flowers. 


Load the small scruffy with orange and yellow and do the tick ticks...Oops... It is the wisteria flower done with tapping or bounching the brush. I generally refer to it as tick ticks.😜



The entire composition will look incomplete, if you don't add the tender veins.  


I still felt it was incomplete and went on to add some more tick ticks,😜 only this time with a script liner brush dipped in white and a touch of yellow.





Tada.... The vase is ready. 


























Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mixed Media Canvas with CrafTreat Stencils

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,
Hope you are enjoying the week!



I have created Mixed Media Canvas today, using beautiful chipboard designs, Stencil, sprays, paints, embellishments, glitter.




This is very easy to make canvas. 
To start with I applied white gesso to the surface. For texture layer, I used Craft Treat stencil and Prima Stone Effect paste at all corners of the canvas. Let it dry completely. After that, I stamped text and texture with Ranger Black Archival Ink.



Here, you will find, I adhered flowers, Chipboard Designs, face mask as a focal point.





To bring on the color on surface, I sprayed inks and dried it completely. Further I used acrylic paints to get more even look.
Lastly I sprinkled Gold glitter.

Thanks so much for stopping by


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Lamp Cover Makeover with Plaid!!!

                                                     PAINTED BLOOMS

Hello dear crafters
A warm welcome to you all!
Today i am going to show you a simple but yet attractive makeover of a outside lamp cover to gift for your loved one.


I have upcycled an unused outside lamp cover which is dome shape. Painted it with two coats of chalk paint inside out.


Now i selected and and cut down some rice paper of STAMPERIA. Using mod podge stuck it well on the surface. now i have blended up with PLAID PAINTED FINISHES DARK MOSS. It gives a dimentional effect on the dome shape.
I have mixed lilac and white chalk paint to give a rose colour and using craftstencil, i have given the blocks effect.



Using script stencils and archival inks of various colours., i have stamped on the object.


Well here goes the simple but yet attractive lamp cover.
Hope to have inspired you to transform ordinary lamp cover to an amazing beautiful attractive lamp cover.
Some more pictures up,






Keep visiting for creative crafting,
Ashwini Vinayraj

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