Thursday, 12 January 2017

Starlights, Fabric and a Practical Make!


Good Morning all! Is it a snowy one for you? There is a chill in the air, but I give up hoping for a go in the sledge! While I am waiting, and to cheer myself up from the post-Christmas lull, I decided to make something totally for ME and not to give away! (Daring I know!) It does have a practical use though, so its allowed!

I was lucky that Santa bought me some lovely new pens this year, so I wanted to find a pen wallet to keep them in. I looked all over the internet for one I liked, but in the end I decided to buy a boring one and jazz it up...


    See... very dull!
 So, where to start? I rummaged around and found some stencils that I liked, all from lots of different companies. I knew I wanted to use lots of Imagination Crafts Starlight Paints as they would look fab against the black (I did not have the fabric ones, so I used the normal ones, but I am not intending to wash this so it's fine). I wanted to start in the middle on one of the flaps, as I thought if I made a whoops, then I could hide it better (or the pens would cover it when they were in!) Good job I did...


Once taped and masked off with Repositionable Tape, I started stencilling using Cut and Dry Foam with Imagination Crafts Starlight Paint in Cyclamen. As the fabric was rough and bumpy from all the elastics, I thought this would be the best way. I was a little heavy handed...


What a mess! Calling myself a few names, I thought I could go back over the words with a black pen to create a bubble/graffiti look (that is what I am calling it anyway!) Not perfect, but then we live and learn and I quite like it!


I grabbed a stencil brush and this time stippled lightly through with my paint...too lightly this time!!


So, not a problem, I went back over building with another layer.
In the photo below you can see me using a purple stencil brush, but I later realised I had my green handled one which is domed....doh! So much better....right tools for the job and all that. Or does a poor workman blame his tools?

Once I had added more and more bits to the inside, I started on the outside too. These are the stencils, or parts of, that I used:

TCW - Mini Whimsical Shrooms, Mini Live Laugh, Love, Mini Random Stars,
Creative Expressions - Inspired Crafter (and one other wordy one)
Tim Holtz - Traveller
Indigoblu - Weird Science


I didn't have a plan, but it built up nicely I think...


 
Once I got comfy again with the stencilling using Starlights (using the right bloomin' tool for a start), I played with colours and put some on top of each other. The colours I used were:



Done! I was going to do some more on the inside, but then I remembered the pens had to go somewhere!

I hope you like it. Yes I made mistakes, but we all do sometimes and usually we can get around it! It will help me to remember next time though, and I have a very boring brush roll that needs a seeing to!
I have decided I am going to jazz up lots of things this year, I have bought so many stencils I think I might start using some of the ones I have bought and forgotten about! Lisa has some fab stencils, have a look and see if you can be inspired...

See you next week
Love
Martina
xxx

Cyclamen SLDiamond SLGreen SLLilac Mist SL Pearl SLPlatinum SL

Sax Blue SLWhite Gold SLRepositionable Tape Cut-n-Dry Foam Domed Stencil BrushButterfly & Daisy IMST Field Flowers CEST A5
Dinky Stencil - BubblesDinky Stencil - Dragonfly Flight


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