Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Genuine - Colour Blast

Hi Friends... 
I have one for the boys here.. I wanted to capture the grunt of the car in this so I have gone with some grungy elements. This is my youngest and his Step Dad. Chris went all out asking a friend to get him one of the toughest cars on the professional show circuit for his farewell.. The grunt of this beast!

 I'll let you check out the close ups and then show you how I created the cogs and the matt for the photo with Colour Pastes and Colour Shimmer Dust.

 With this one I used the White Heavy Gesso and glad wrap technique where I painted a layer onto the wrap, misted and then dabbed the page to create a cloudy type of stamp. I needed this lighter layer so I could have some definition for my stamps. I then used two Kaiser Craft stamps to frame the background of where I wanted my focal point to go. 

Next up I used a reverse stamping technique with the Colour Shimmer Dust. This is so much fun! 
I sprinkled on the water colour paper ALL the blue shades (Duke, Navy, Peacock and Cobalt) and a bit of Midnight as well to give it some contrast I was aiming for oil on water.

Then I got my stamp and sprayed some water on it (NOT the page) and began activating the powders with the water from the stamp. I kept stamping until I was happy with result. You can do this several times over without it running. Once dry I brushed off the excess and the Mica still clung to the paper in areas giving it two ways to shine.

I was a little bit naughty here and used some of my Colour Shimmer pots. I used Leather, Stormy and Envy and created a rusted effect. You can also use the pastes to do this - just water them down slightly and it improves the consistency for dabbing the product on. 

I gave all the chipboard a coat of Colour Blast Black Heavy Gesso. I applied a layer of Leather, then Envy and some stormy on top... Kind of pushing the Envy into the background a bit.

I had some noise in the background of this pic so I brushed on some Heavy Black Gesso to fade it out.. 

I used the mica pigment from the Colour Embossing Powder to highlight the chains. I wanted something to contrast. I used my finger to rub it into the Heavy Black Gesso (once dry of course)..

From there it was simply a matter of creating a collage from all the pieces to create the effect of an engine block hanging from a hoist. 

Thanks for Looking 

Abela Artistry

Monday, 27 August 2018

Art and Soul - August Challenge Inspiration

Happy August.. 
I had to admit Amanda had me on my toes with this one... I put my Big Girl pants on and embraced my 'pink'... Hope you get some inspiration from it. 

Mood Board Challenge Rules

Please use our mood board as inspiration to create an art journal page, a card or a scrapbooking layout. Use the mood board however you want but you must add your own handwriting on your project.

As these challenges are sponsored by Art and Soul Studio please make sure that you use at least one product that is available from the store.

There are 3 x $50 vouchers up for grabs!! One will be awarded for scrapbooking layouts, one for cards and one for mixed media/art journaling.

You can enter an art journal page, a card and a layout but you cannot win all three.

You have until the 11:59pm on the 31 August to enter and then the design team will vote to determine the lucky winners.

Please note that the vouchers can only be won by residents of Australia but if you are from overseas and win the challenge you will be offered a guest design team spot.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Dusty Attic - August Moodboard Challenge

Hi Chippie Lovers, 
Check out my take on the challenge below... This one is super special. My mum came to visit and wistfully mentioned that she would love to have me make something. She celebrated her birthday this month so I made this for her and her husband.

Here are some close ups of the page. If you want to know how to make the page then scroll down... I have a few step by steps there... 
It you REALLY want to know how to make pages like this then you can come to one of my classes in Sydney at the Scrapbook Superstore

Thanks for looking.. 

Dusty Attic August Challenge

Product List:
Ledger Stencil
Ledger Stencil
Monarch Butterflies
Monarch Butterflies

Corner Flourish #3
Corner Flourish #3
mini Branches #2

Dusty in Colour Cashmere

Dusty in Colour Clear Crackle Varnish

Flowers from 49 & Market
Flair from Cuts 2 Luv
Lindys sprays and embossing powders
Prima Art Alchemy waxes 
Prima Iron Orchid Moulds
Prima Art stones
Mini prills

Friday, 17 August 2018

How Fragile We Are - Art & Soul Studio

This one is quite personal to me.. We all have so many happy stories we post about but this one is about a difficult time. Recently my back pain was diagnosed as a more serious matter than the arthritis I had been learning to live with. I had been feeling low after so many nights of waking up in pain it was taking a toll on our relationship. So for those of us that live with pain - I know you get it.. 

This piece is a reflection on our relationship and has some personal totems in it that relate to just us... It also looks pretty! 
Today I am showing you a bit of my heart and soul today.
Hope you enjoy! xx Kristy

In this project I pulled out a journal page from my book and stamped with my Visible image stamps - How Fragile. I then sprayed my two favourite Lindy's sprays on the page Moon Shadow Mist Malachite and Starburst Shabby Turbine Teal. I grabbed my TCW Stencil Mini Geometric and used some of the shapes on there to create some texture with Modelling paste. 

I applied some Tissue wrap and washi tape from Tim Holtz to create a base for my focal point.. I included my totems here.. The music, #27 and a reminder that our goal is to me happy together.. I grabbed my Distress crayon in Black soot and rubbed it onto my finger and highlighted the texture on the page. also adding to the vintage look.

Once I was happy with my highlighting I used my TCW Stencil in Chicken Wire to do what I call the caging effect... 

Once I was happy with that I let it dry and added some highlights. I used my Barn Door Distress spray to add some highlights to the shattered glass.. Symbolism for the pain that we had gone through recently and the fragility of a relationship represented by the glass. I also used a stamp that was a cobbled wall to accent the layout to also represent that the strength of a wall is not always represented by the shape of the stones that build it... 

Here are my dragonflies.. another totem, like butterflies but strong! I stamped them with another Visible Image stamp - Dragonflies with my  Tim Holtz stamp press in Staz on - Brown. I used my water brush to wet down the wings and sprinkled onto it some mica powder in an emerald green colour. I love the way you never quite know what you are going to get with them and used minimal blending to take advantage of the effect. I used my Colour Blast Shimmer pen to add some sparkle to the wings. I used some nylon thread to tangle the Dragonflies in as that's how I feel about my husband, we are intertwined. 

Now it was time to create the title. I kept it simple and the quote was enough. I stamped the quote from the How Fragile stamp and puddled a good squirt of Moon Shadow Malachite onto my craft mat and dipped the card into it and dried it. It was too light so I kept reapplying and drying in between to get that amazing puddle effect. With my water brush I applied a watered down coat of Barn Door and then a smudge of Shabby turbine Teal. I didn't want the red to overshadow the How Fragile accent. 

Thanks for looking.. Happy Creating!
Kristy - Abela Artistry
Thanks for looking.. Happy Creating!
Product list
Visible image stamps How Fragile & Dragonflies
Staz on - Timber Brown
Distress Crayon - Black soot
Distress Spray - Barn Door
TCW Stencil Chicken Wire & Mini Geometric
Tim Holtz Tissue - Melange
Water Brush

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Scrap the boys Cards - August 2018

Well... This one was just awesome fun! Scrap the  boys are at it again... Its Challenge time! 
Love the Geometric theme, love the colours and the whole rustic effect. Again I used some of Seth Apters Dies. He is a master of all things masculine. 

I got some Lindy's sprays in Cattail Copper Brown and Crows Nest Copper Moonshadow to create the rusty shades for the Seth Apter Dies - Robo bars. I used Tibetan Poppy Teal to add the patina to the rust and used a Clear Gesso'd sheet of plain white card as a base.
I had a Kaiser Craft Die for the reo bars and the chip board was from WOW I had in my stash for AGES... 

Here is a close up of the finished effects.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Broken Bones - Kristy Abela - Colour Blast DT

 Helloooo...Wow first post for Colour Blast today!! I envy the work of so many that have worked on the team and am super flattered to be able to add my name to those ranks. 

I have been scrapping for so long now that I have actually run out of pictures... Yep you know that you have problems when you have no back log of projects... So with the freedom I have now I get to really play with my products. This is why I have crossed over into journaling and canvas work.. So today I showcase my fave products...
Yep all Colour Blast.

 I am an earthy girl at heart and the Colour Artist Inks are so versatile for various colour pallets. I started with my go to products.. Wood grain and Script. I put my Heavy White Gesso to work.. to seal the page, as an adhesive, as a top coat and a highlight with my fingers to rub it into the edges of the paper to blend in the edges. 

 I wanted to create some hand made leaf embellishments for my page.  I coloured some watercolour cardstock in two layers. My first layer I dripped some Colour Artist ink in Cider, Rust and Walnut. I added some water and spread it with my brush to fill the page. I sprinkled some Olive Colour Mica Powder across the page for sparkle. 

 Once dried I added a second layer of Colour Artist Ink in Grass and Soot... Ok, maybe a little bit more Olive Colour Mica Powder too..
 I covered the whole sheet in a layer of crackle paste..

 I used Ranger as I have found that it is the best when drying with a heat tool. Often the instructions are to leave it overnight.. Too impatient for that! 
 I ran it through the die cutter... It was thicker in some parts and I ended up trimming through the thicker bits with scissors. It was worth it. Check out the texture and shimmer in those leaves. They remind me of Eucalyptus..

Now for the background... I used a Kaisercraft stamp (Marble) to create some variation in the background. I added some drops of Colour Artist Ink Soot to the page and with my wet wipe I began to age the background. I repeated the process with Colour Artist Ink Walnut.

   I collected my Embellishments together to cluster. I coloured a plain non-textured piece of cardstock with Colour Artist Inks Walnut, Cider and Rust to run through the Cuttlebug to create the script. 

After this I dry brushed some Heavy White Gesso back over the page to bring out the texture that the paper piecing created to really give the effect of a weathered wall.
  My favourite part of this whole layout was playing with Michelle Grants' new stencil Large Owl. The wide lines have given me so much yummy texture. I used some home made modeling paste that I made up with my Heavy White Gesso and added some Colour Artist Ink Soot to make a charcoal colour. I rubbed a little bit of crayon onto the leaves... but wait there's more!! 
Can you see the shimmer? I used my Clear Shimmer Brush Marker and was SO impressed with the effect. I later did a comparison with "other" brands who offer similar products. Hands down Colour Blast have nailed this product!

Thanks for checking out my page!
Looking forward to seeing you again soon!