Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ten twinchies

I saw that Gecko Galz has a "twinchies" challenge
at their FB page - don't remember ever doing ones,
so of course I took the challenge and this is the result.

Not one but ten twinchies

Using Gecko Galz "Wonderful Watercolors" ATC collection.

Dark Handsome Stranger from LeighSBDesigns.

And Tim Holtz "Small talk" stickers.

... hmmmm I think these twinchies are going to be cards ...

Let us see your spring art, please link HERE

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sympathy card??? ....and we have a Winner, from the April Challenge!

Not much one for cards, let alone the "clean and simple" style.  As for doing it in "Eclipse" style...  actually I rather like the subtlety of it.  And when a friend is filled with darkness, and Peace is hard to find...

The dies are Cheery Lynn, cut from a second piece of the background paper, glued to a couple of cereal box layers before glueing to the identical spot on the background paper.  The girl is Crafty Individuals with white embossing powder over black card.

And at last...but not least...The Winner from our April 2018 Challenge, our votes go to...
oh FFS bring it...

Congratz and thanks for playing!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May is the Word

Well, well, spring has finally arrived at the northern part of globe...
Less snow, much more light, temperature rising ...
and that seems to get elf's cranky

I got this senselessly cool stamp set from happy mail (hugs Anne),
and totally wanted to create with it. So I got some watercolor paper,
my H2O colors and start coloring - enjoyed truly making these.

So beware of Elf's this time of year - Hope they go to sleep or
in these cases: someone will but them to sleep ....

Pick a Word
Asylum Anne's main "social media" contact is facebook.  There, quite a few people are not so much making a New Year Resolution, as picking a word for the year's focus. If you did, how are you getting on with it?   OK, so this piece says "create", and appears to be giving the lie, but my "word" for this year, if I must have one, is "use up"  This is NOT the same as "do not buy anything new this year" (*wink*)
But there are various things I've bought in the past that haven't grabbed me perhaps.  Or people have given me bits & pieces that are still on my desk needing to be released from that bondage, by imagination.  And there are things I've bought for my retirement when I expect to have a lot less "discretionary income".  But why wait until then?  Especially when I've discovered the odd thing that doesn't keep too well... like the TH Distress crackle paint - in one, the brush has hardened to the paint, so much so that when I opened the near-full jar, the brush stayed in the paint!

This is how I feel about stash that behaves like that:

Kaisercraft chipboard/mdf off-the-page thingies will always keep, but I've used a plaque to act as a supporting background to the bulk of the additions and "create" which is probably also Kaisercraft, but I'm not swearing to that (don't like the taste of soap in my mouth).  The TH distress crackle paints were clumped & smoothed onto the word.  The plaque was first covered in black gesso, then several layers of Stencil Girl stencils - the Sea urchin used several times.
This angel, and a tree elsewhere were sent me by Teamie Granne/Sari.  They (and a 3-layer  diecut cog) got heat embossed three times to build up a thicker layer of glossy goodness.  The angel was then stamped into whilst molten with a Seth Apter alphabetic stamp (stamp it into an embossing pad first so it will release cleanly after the embossing powder has cooled)
I've been playing for a while with making my own colour mixes of embossing powder, or using multiple colours on one item.  The cog had layers of oil rubbed bronze, then part-damped for Lindy's Gang Terra cotta rust, and Byzantine bronze.

There are diecuts, bits of wire also cluttering my desk, so here goes:
And everything comes together, to remind me of so many stash themes and techniques to be re-used, as:
Doesn't that skull (a spectacle lens) look different from this angle. I've got another one to use up too...

How's your year starting up?  Done anything dark, gruesome, or off-beat to share?  here, would be a great place...

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: