Saturday, April 21, 2018

In the Garden

There is not a time for gardening yet,
we still have lots of snow ... but I can 
always dream of pretty poppies...

I made couple of ATC for the
the Blank Page Muse and 
Aurora Wings challenges:
Black and White and one color

More details you can read HERE and HERE

and to let us see your art, please link

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Spring forward

March Challenge winner is...

We all loved your mixed media Spook triptych!

This is Asylum Anne's second month as a Stencil Girl Voice.  That meant she got the April Club stencils in January to create something in time to celebrate their release.
So... the draft test piece: some very white kiwiana 12x12 paper, the stencils, Carabelle's very long quelques notes de music and just for fun, LeighSB Design's Bizarre Beasties (digi stamp) in the corner.
It is Spring, and a rather bedraggled bird - stenciled onto a ripped up & dyed Egyptian Cotton sheet (tmi?) - suddenly realises he needs to refurbish his wardrobe in order to attract a mate?

Beautiful gaudy (diecut) glittery wings are order of the day. The top one painted with a Resene house paint test pot of glitter blue, then over it, heat embossed part of the stencil using Emerald Creek's Mardi Gras.  The other 2 were covers generously in pva glue, then glitter(red) and glass glitter (green) poured over.
Before working the new stencils, the first layer was bare tree trunks of September 2017 Club, using Lindy's Gang Steel shimmer Magicals mixed with pouring medium.  The second layer was Black birds in trees stencil using Michael deMeng's Warm Usszh recipe (quinacridone gold and a bit of van dyke brown paint)  After that the hearts and flowers of this month's stencil release were superimposed, one of the birds heat-embossed.  Those are real feathers sprouting from the tailor text.

And the animal/birds?  They're probably thinking back to the tale of Little Black Sambo, "Now who's the smartest tiger bird in the jungle"

Please share your own warped humour in art, your dark, your weird HERE

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Fool meet Easter

What a combination!  
Easter celebration after a man is a Fool for love of Humanity.

After a lot of inspiration fallen by the wayside, 
Asylum Anne has ended up with  set of ATCs obliquely hitting the occasion:

And Granne is hitting a old doll's chair from flea market

with Gesso, paint, wax, tape and lots of pits and bobs.
Here's how it turn out at the end:





So mum was happy with the making process and
my girl was happy to have a new chair for her pullip doll :)

The April Fool's Day Frog is raging and gobbled up our post today, yikes! 
So I am feeling realllllllyyyy morbidly curious why the day is what it is and can't wait to be done!

Well let's see if this works and stays today!
If it does, you will see the linky thingy right below, if not will try to fix it on April 2nd!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Those Irish Snakes and Evolution

I offered you snakes, they've taken rather a devious route and still haven't got where I expected, but maybe next year... in fact the more I pulled out to use, the more got left out.
Ireland being an island, how did the snakes get to other lands?  Browsing through my stamp collection, it struck me... they had to be able to swim.  And I got side-tracked, as I wondered what St Francis, Patron Saint of Animals, would have said to St Patrick about his evicting them from their home.  I saw them on a cloud, harps set aside for The Debate.  The Muse insisted I deal with that first:
A super-thick chippie cloud, some stencils, Pebeo black mica mortar, snake-skin-looking papers die-cut, the Lamb of God refereeing.  St Francis was a line drawing image google found for me.
  Stampamania snake coiled at the bottom.  Like the wobbly eyes?

It occurred to me these guys were behind the Pearly Gates, and the right gate stamp had just come up from Artfull Crafts in Timaru (one of the few shops maintaining a street presence in NZ and a well-stocked online store just changing ownership this month).  And for pearliness, some bubble acetate to stamp on:
Typical of this whole project, great idea, didn't fit the cloud!  Ah well, it'll turn up somewhere some day.
But at last, The Muse let me get back to snakes, swimming away.
You'll never look at an octopus the same way again - all those snakes sharing a brain cavity, no wonder they're so smart - there are 8 brains co-operating in there!

Butter Side Down portuguese man o war, moray eel
Chocolate Baroque August undersea, steampunk funky fish set
Stencil Girl Jly/2014 Lets Get Cellular, L186 Coral, Jan'17 Club
Teesha Moore for the tiny tentacled beings
Heartfelt Creations Festive Gate
Cheery Lynn Lucy the Lamb
The only theme this month is Anything Goes Except Cute!!  And we really mean it - sweet, cute is, as always, OUT
Keep sharing your weird, your dark, your off-beat, 
your non-PC with us every month, with the linky for thIs month HERE:

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Wild Dreamers

I like silhouettes, beautiful and dramatic at
the same time ... Here's couple ATC's I made
using Gecko Galz papers and silhouette image

Colored with Copics, and for upper one I used some

Now let us see what's you've been up to:
link HERE

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

February's Challenge Winner is in the box.

Welcome back! We have a double treat today! Yepp a bit late on announcing our February Winner but none the less here we are!

The winner is IKE for her wickedly dark playing card! Check it HERE
Drop us an email at I think Asylum Anne has a non-looney treat in store for ya!

And part two of the treat! Better than Valentine candy for sure....welllll unless it's chocolate!

It has been confirmed, Asylum Anne is bonkers - she's hearing Voices!  Stencilgirl Voices to be precise.  The March Club stencils are out, and she has voiced her opinion of them:

Normally, Stencils are part of layering sequences when I use them, but these stencils fell so far out of the box, they ARE the box – with all the rigidity that implies. Once I have a “story”, a piece just takes off, and this 12x12 page was no exception.  The starkness of the stencil lines, the bleakness of the story, the straight lines of film strip down the sides, and all I needed were some illustrative stamps from (alas their vulcaniser, Pete, has been unwell, their stamps are temporarily unavailable) Poor Leonardo Da Vinci bottom right, with staircases to the sky… Rigidity is scary!

These “Legal Eagle” crows have been waiting a few years to submit their evidence, as have some tags prepped with shaving cream background. In order to retain as much of that colour, the stencil was used with clear embossing powder on the right-facing xrow. The diagonal lines on the 6” stencil worked well, and the book stamp was stamped twice for each page, fussy cut, then extra-fussy cut and glued over the the bigger one to look like real pages. Because the tags’ theme was words, the other one had a background of stamped text before the stencil was overlayed – giving shades to the meaning of words generally. The crossword/scrabble stamp in full reads Feel Better, but implies other things when split as they are here. Again, all stamps from Silver Crow Creations

Well, I'm off to help St Paddy hunt down snakes... see you later!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March 1 - New Month New Playtime!

Valentines - think pink, hearts, red roses, glitter... 
Think of the Commercial Pressure to buy and send someone a Valentine.
With February 14 well out of the way, 
the rest of the year we can be more genuine in expressing our affections.  
So, Dear Reader, We Love You, 
and wish you will remain our friends in The Dark Side of our HeArts

Pink... wicked Little Grumpie Cupid.  Hearts yep.  
Red roses - one, anyway, between the skull's teeth.  
Glitter... black floral glitter!  
And I thought I'd better "up-value" the 20 cent stamp 
on the previous post's envelope.

"Sentiment" by Leigh SB Designs
Cranial Caress from Delicious Doodles
Spellbinder scalloped hearts dies.
Well, well, speaking of a shadows,
I hope there is no one like this lurking:

Creepy, ehh? Clown from the Ike's Art and the background from the
Gecko Galz colored with Copics and black DI.

The only theme this month is Anything Goes Except Cute!!
Keep sharing your weird, your dark, your off-beat, 
your non-PC with us every month, with the linky for thIs month HERE:

And remember, St Patrick's Day (17th March) is all about the Snakes!  Eeek!!!