Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October Inspiration by Leonie Neal-Dawson

Hello 2Crafty fans and welcome to my October post, can you
 believe it's October already.
The past two months have been a bit of a blur for me and now
we're into the last term of school for the year,
 so it's only going to get busier!

My big tip for today is prime your chipboard
All of the chipboard I used on these layouts has first been 
given a coat of Gesso. 
If you're going to colour your chipboard in anyway
 I find that a primer of gesso prevents whatever medium you are using
 from soaking into the chipboard too much and hence
 you get much more intense colours.

OK let me show you what I've been doing with the 2Crafty chipboard.

I found that by keeping the Title black it contrasted and stood out from the pretty blues and yellows in the layout, it also provided a simple foil for the rest of the detailed embellishments.

I used the 11" Flowery Swirl Frame and added texture paste to it using my favourite method, dabbing it on with my fingers. ;) Then I used paint daubers to colour the chipboard.
For the Birds in Flight I painted them with liquid pearls and then edged them with a metallic blue ink.
They provide a nice bit of shimmer against the matt of the frame.

Being October I thought it I would provide some Halloween inspiration.
I scrapped these pictures of my daughter looking oh so wicked! ;)

I cut a small piece of the Fencing Wire chipboard and dragged it through
 a puddle of orange mist I'd sprayed onto my work surface. 

My 'Wicked' title using the EveryDay Font alphabet got a spray
 of orange mist and a sketchy black outline to finish it off.

Now onto my wicked Broomstick Witch isn't she cute?
 I love the little curled up toes! After painting her black I dabbed some
 purple mist onto her dress, outlined her in white and 
coloured her face with a green marker.  All of the bats you see in the
 layout come in the same chipboard pack as the witch.
I used one of the circles from the crazy circle chipboard sheet 
 and painted it with crackle paint to create a moon behind the Witch.

My Third and final layout today I created for the October sketch challenge at

The Pink frame is called Lucy's Flourish and it's been sprayed with Dylusions mist.
Four of the Circles from this pack have been covered in washi tape and the rest of the circles were also sprayed with Dylusions mists.

And lastly the cute little Birdcage  which I added some patterned 
paper to after colouring it to jazz it up some more.

Well that's it from me today, hope you've enjoyed seeing these chipboard
 pieces transformed, and remember my big tip
  for today next time you're playing with chipboard.
Cheers, Leonie


Keren Tamir said...

These are so fantastic Leonie.!!! Love the bright colors and the techniques you used on the chipboard pieces

Unknown said...

WOW, Leonie!!! These are sooo amazing and artsy and beautiful!!!! I agree, I always prime my chippies, too! You have shown us some really wonderful techniques, great job!!

Elena Olinevich said...

Awesome job with the chippies, I love the way you added texture and metallic shimmer. and the Witchie is great

juscrap said...

Gorgeous Leonie! Love the bright colors. xx

Vicky Alberto said...

Just bursting with gorgeous colors!

Di Garling said...

WoooHooo fantastic. Love them all. So many great ideas & yes I agree, I always prime with Gesso first, just makes the job so much easier & a better end result.I think the first is my favourite though. Love all the gorgeous bright colours. I have also used the same piece of chippie for another DT post for next week, its always good to see such different versions using the same piece of chip. Great post Leonie. Di xoxo

Fiona said...

Fabulous as always Leonie, love how varied they all are. The frame on your first layout looks amazing. Love the washi on the circles :)

Marília Lopes said...

Gorgeous Leonie!!
The first layout made ​​me smile!! Gorgeous ... gorgeous!!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

So cool, Leonie!!! Love them all - especially the witchy one! :D

Vanessa said...

Great projects this month Leonie, just gorgeous. Love the first one, lovely pic of you and your daughter.

Linda Eggleton said...

Awesome layouts, Leonie! Love your tip about coating in gesso first - this is a must for me too.
Gorgeous colours, as always...and I love all the circles on the last layout to tie in with the chippie circle frame.

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