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Painted pages

January 1, 2012

Happy New Year everyone! May all good things come your way this year.

The past few days I’ve been¬†frantically decorating journal pages, inspired by some tutorials at Joggles.¬†After the first hesitation I found it very addictive to ruin a perfectly white page by splashing ink, paint or glue on it and watch what happened. And this time NO WAX was involved!

Here is a snapshot of my worktable:

And here are some of the pages. The book is about 5×8″, designed to work mixed media, which means that the paper does not fall apart when you wet it.

Of course the first page gets a crow...;-)

Here I tried a simple drawing of scissors, which were on my table, used a self-cut bee stamp and collaged on the flowers. The lettering is with rub-on letters.

A drawing of an old Japanese ornament, coloured with LuminArte and sprayed with water.

And I finally got back to the Zentangles again!

This is on the back of a page, where the colour bled through. Self-cut stamp + a bit of tangling.

This page turned out pretty by itself! Watered down ink with silk salt added.



Creative end spurt!

December 28, 2011

The week before Christmas got me into a creative frenzy! First I decided to make some small gift bags, to put little presents in like chocolates, soap, roasted nuts etc. Splitcoast Stampers had a lovely design, which I used with double-sided designer papers. You will find the instructions here. (not sure if you might have to sign up for the site, but it is certainly worth the trouble!)

Then I had a vision at night of my Zentangle drawings, combined with the crow images and couldn’t wait to try that out. I used 3x4x1.5 cradled wood panels, which were primed with encaustic gesso. The Zentangle drawings were glued on and coated with several layers of medium. The next step was adding the birds, partly transfer, partly painted with wax.

I really liked how they came out and sold all three as soon as I had posted them on Facebook!

Another project which I had put on the back burner was playing with my screen print set again. My profile picture used to be a screen print from an old photo, but now my hairstyle changed, so I’d wanted to get a new profile picture.
This is what I came up with: one of them is now the new profile picture.




















As the three small crow paintings sold so fast, I made another three, this time 6x6x1.5″. The middle one has already found a good home! The other ones are available from my fine art site. Just click the image.

Embossing with Viv

November 27, 2011

Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like trying out some new, exciting technique!
As Viv Lieskovsky emailed around she was going to give a short workshop on dry embossing I totally fell in love with the sample she showed and signed up on the spot.

So yesterday afternoon 10 intrigued ladies met at Viv’s lovely studio space and threw themselves into making plates and running editions. Viv had prepared a little bag for each of us, containing 4 pieces of sturdy cardboard, 140 lb watercolour paper, 2 pieces of tin and some card making supplies.

We started by making the plates: on the card board we had to create a design with pieces of sandpaper, textured card board, puzzle pieces, metal wire or anything else that could provide texture. I decided to use my beloved crows; this is how my first plate looked:

Plate #1, 2x2"

The next step was to soak a piece of watercolour paper in water, blot off excess liquid and place the plate + the paper into Viv’s press:

This is Viv, demoing the process

Positioning and keeping everything lined up was a challenge and my plate shifted a bit, but I was happy with the embossed image I got:

Finished print, 3 3/4 x 5 1/2"

Below are the 4 plates I made. Aren’t they lovely just on their own?!

The little landscape with the trees came out quite nice as well. The trees are thin metal cut-outs, of which I glued 3 on top of each other give them more of a relief. After printing some got stuck onto the paper and it looked beautiful!
The trees are actually gold-coloured, but I changed the image to black/white to show off the texture better.

Before framing the plates I’m going to try if I can get some good embossed prints with my Cuttlebug, a small press which is used in the stamping business.
And then of course I have to find a way to incorporate some wax in the process….;-))

Another screen printing session

January 13, 2011

After my first attempts with the screen printing technique I was really pleased how the prints came out, so I decided to try it again. For some reason I must have been incredibly lucky with my first choice of image (a photo of myself), for I tried and tried, but could not come up with a similar photo of some of my friends of good contrast and shapes to use.
None of them seemed a good liking.

So I decided to fall back on my favourite crows again! I made a stencil of two crows and taped it to the screen. Printing was done on printing paper and mat board. These are the results:
I like the second one best. It was over-printed using a collagraph of a fallen tree trunk shape, which adds some mystery to the image, don’t you think?

Thea Haubrich - Targets, screen print

Thea Haubrich - Targets, screen print

Thea Haubrich - Who Goes There? screen print

Thea Haubrich - Who Goes There? screen print

Playing with my screen printing set

January 3, 2011

Opus had a sale on last month, and the deluxe screen printing set caught my eye. I’ve always been intrigued with printing processes and had no idea what screen printing was all about. After opening the box it turned out that I needed some special masking tape, which I did not had, so I decided to leave the screen alone and play with the inks in another way. In the excellent book “Printmaking + Mixed Media” by Dorit Elisha I found instructions on how to make a collagraph and print from that.

A collagraph is a kind of printing plate, very basic though. (Sorry, forgot to make photos as I went along…)
I took a piece of matboard, about letter size and a piece of sturdy brown paper, left over from an shipping I got.
On the paper I drew the rooster and cut it out. I separated the head, tail and body part and glued these pieces a little bit apart with a glue stick on the mat board. That was my print plate!
On an piece of broken glass I found outside I spooned some of the acrylic printing ink from the screen printing kit and loaded a rubber brayer with it. Then I inked up my plate with the brayer, placed my printing paper on top and pressed to transfer the image.
Multiple colours and passes gave me the image in the end.

This was the first print.

And here is number two. I was really pleased with this one!

After getting the masking tape today I was ready for the real screen printing experience.

I printed off my profile picture black and white, with great contrast, and cut out the areas I wanted to show in colour with a craft knife, making a stencil. This stencil was placed beneath the screen.

The screen then was “flooded” with blue acrylic printing ink, spread out with a special squeegee.

Next step was the printing stroke, to push the ink through the netting onto the paper.

My very first screen print! I was hooked and printed off 12 more self portraits on heavy Stampin”Up card stock.

Isn’t that great?! Cleaning up was a terrible chore though…ink everywhere! Perhaps I should stick with wax…??

Nah, this is so much fun, I’m going to make a bit more of a mess tomorrow!