Saturday, 23 January 2021

To the MOON and BACK - Inspiration for Dusty Attic January 2021

 Hi everyone, Happy new year to you all. I hope it's been good to you so far. For my inspiration post I decided to continue with the esoteric theme from last month. I am an AVID amateur astrologer and have been playing with the idea to do an off the page for each of the zodiac. If you saw last month it was very definitely a Cancerian theme seeing as the ruler of the sign is the Moon... and the New moon in December in the sign of cancer too... This project focuses on the theme of Twins. Yep.. Gemini! I hope you enjoy it as much as what I did.

 I used a canvas in reverse. I tore the fabric and created a mystical edge. I highlighted it with loads of metallic paint and used black gesso to mute it. I used Paper from Stamperia and fussy cut all the sizable animals I could find out of it. I used clear crackle on the astronomical chart in the background and used oil paint to darken the cracks. 
I used my Foliage #21 to create silhouettes of trees on the skyline. I used heavy black gesso and dabbed it on using two applications. I applied Wax in silver to highlight the ridges on the trees, a bit like moonlight shadows...
 I used my chipboard remnants to make the layers between the planets and also the animals. I really wanted a highly dimensional project where every animal looked like it was popping out of the box. It was so hard to photograph.

The Wordplay #4 caption said it all... I just used some gold paint and edged it to make it a bit shimmery like my moon. I used some glitter flakes to create the shimmer in the sky. 

I played with a combination of Industrial Stars #2 and Stars #4 Using both my rule of threes and twin theme.. Once done i filled up the bottom of the frame with Wood wool and Art stones to create a forest floor...
Thanks for looking and let me know if you like the Astrological esoteric theme? I am always curious to know how many believers are out there...  

Abela Artistry

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

The Places we go - Dusty Attic Moodboard - January 2021

 Hi Everyone... Here we are looking at 2021! I decided that this year would be a good opportunity to get some oldies but goodies out of the way with my scrapping this year. This image is of an Easter we spent down in Canberra with my Mum. While we were there we popped on into Questacon! My kids had visited on their Year six camp with school and Tyler had missed out because he went to a different Primary School... my boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience so now we were inducting Tyler!  


 To prepare my page I used clear gesso. I got my brayer out and layered similar colours on the underneath sheet where I tore it to match the foreground card stock. I used some archival ink in Black and Brown to distress the torn parts. I used my fav grunge accessory... Plasterers tape and created a space within to play.
 I used chalk paint to colour my Notebook Edge Border and attached a tear strip from the dotted card stock I had of Industrial lights. I attached it to the page where the paper had changed texture as a border. I then used this as the flow of the page going in a T shape.
I used my crackle paste to add some dimension to the background along the plasterers tape. The tape kind of grabs the texture paste and creates a great weathered feel. I also added some newspaper print stamping to the background - more vintage-ness! I popped loads of layers of Grungy papers that I found in my stash and added the Chicken Wire Panel chipboard to break them up. I used pieces of it - not the whole thing so I could save the depth in the center of the page for the thicker Corrugated Card to sit in. I saved a layer of height there... I will one day pop my layout into an album so I like to minimise my height where I can.
I used some rust paste to grunge up my Geo Gears #1 and Geo Gears #2 also added some to the background so that weathered wall had some tarnish to it too... I used a Techno Circle to add a cap and a bottom to the collage. I am still using that vertical strip as my guide. I also popped some grungy die cuts.

A fun filled layer of splatters - two shades of course, white and the sand chalk paint I used for the title. I added some crosshatch stamping to the background as an extra piece of interest.

To highlight the corrugated card stock I rubbed a Distress Oxide pad onto it. I used two colours Old Paper and Dried Marigold.

I kept the title "The places we go" in a neutral shade without any fancy techniques. I think that the plainness of it makes it pop in a reverse kind of way. 

I used the colours from the mood board as inspiration and also the dry summery feel.
Thanks for stopping in and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Dusty FANattics page!  

Abela Artistry