Tuesday, 30 September 2008

WOO HOO


Woo hoo, look what I've been playing with today! I was so impressed with Sharon's metalwork on her matchbox that I ordered some of the aluminium from LB Crafts. I already had a book about this called Metal Effects that I bought in a sale, so I thought I would have a go.

This is a motif from a Design sourcebook - and it might with hindsight have been a bit too detailed for a first attempt. I put the design over the metal and taped it all to the soft mat I was working on, then with a ball stylus traced the pattern. This is the other side to the one I was working on. Once I lifted off the pattern I found I needed to go over some of the detail - you do have to press quite hard and my arthritic fingers don't like it. Like a say, a less detailed image might have worked better!

Then working on this other side I followed the instructions in my book to paint over it with black acrylic, then rub most of it off. This produced an antiquey effect which I like a lot. I was going to leave it like this when I remembered that I had some metallic rub on which I dabbed onto the oak leaves (can you actually tell that it's oak leaves and acorns?). This gave a subtle effect, but when I had another go using a permanent marker on the acorn cups I got a beautifully vivid colour that I rather like! To finish off I folded the (sharp) edges over a 3 x 3" piece of card. This wasn't a bad result with the limited tools I had at my disposal, but I didn't want to buy anything special until I'd had a little play first .... now I guess I'll be off to buy some of the texture roller and other tools you can get!!

5 comments:

MAGPIE said...

WooHoo yes youu did good....
Yes you must get some tools... they do make it a lot easier....
I had great fun learning the technique from lb crafts...
Sharon x

Sarah said...

This is very impressive for your first try. Check out my friends at Ten Seconds Studio. They have some good tutorials on their site. I am lucky to live close enough to their studio to take advantage of their classes. Nice people and fun classes.

Jaqi said...

This is great for a first attempt Rosie. I must admit the metal work on the matchbox impressed me too. Very effective, looks like you will be dabbling in metal work too now, Jaqi x

LazyKay said...

I went to a workshop tutored by the lady from LB crafts and it was BRILLIANT - I love the metal work and what you've done here is great.

The pressing out bit does get easier and having different paper stumps helps.

Luvit!

xxxxxx

Linda said...

Oh, I am well impressed with this - you know I love learning new techniques! Now, what will you do next....
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