16/08/2017

Messy Testing - Bone ltd run

Creation is Messy will be bringing out some new glass colours in the autumn. This first trio of heart pairs in made with Bone ltd run. Bone is a lovely super pale ivory shade. It melts smoothly and quickly in the flame does not show any striations on the surface of your finished work. It reacts with fine silver but seemingly not with glass containing copper such as Effetre light turquoise.

Firstly I made a stringer by covering about 1 inch of the end of a Bone rod with silver leaf then melting in the silver and pulling the glass gather out to make a silvered stringer. The first pair of hearts are wrapped with the silvered Bone stringer. The wraps have come out looking nicely organic in a warm tan brown shade. You can also see that the silver has fumed a few small areas of glass adjacent to where it was applied (most obviously seen on the left hand side of the bottom heart just below the stringer line).

Interestingly, when using the silvered Bone stringer to make dots it seems that the organic effects are confined to the surface of the stringer while the centre of the dot remains the original pale creamy shade. This gives a very pleasing dot on dot effect. The last pair of beads were made with a base of Bone decorated with Effetre light turquoise dots. There is no reaction line apparent at all.

For comparison this next trio of beads are made in exactly the same way with Effetre light ivory glass. The first beads are made with silvered ivory stringer which is commonly used to give this earthy organic effect. In contrast with Bone there is no apparent additional colour from residual fuming from the silver in the applied stringer.

The second set of hearts has been decorated with dots made from silvered ivory stringers. The dots have a solid yet mottled appearance rather than the dot on dot effect as seen with the silvered Bone stringer dots. The third pair of beads quite clearly show a dark reaction line between the base of ivory and light turquoise dot decoration.

Jolene xx


27/03/2017

Building stamped scenes using cardboard masks - stamping tutorial

I've been playing about with more stamps sets from the Garden Secrets range from Hunkydory and building up complex scenes by masking off images and stamping partial images over the top.  This cute girl image comes from a set called Happiness Blooms. My first tutorial uses just this first stamp set. The second tutorial incorporates flowerpot images from the Cute as a Bug set which is also part of the Garden Secrets range.
Step one: Stamp the girl image on scrap card and carefully cut round her skirt and legs following the lines as closely as possible.
Step two: Stamp the girl image on to the card you are using for your design
Step three: Cover the stamped image with your cardboard mask.
Step four: Create a partial stamping of the watering can image for the girl to sit on.
When the mask is removed the image looks like this. Stamping over the mask creates the impression that the can is behind her.
Step five: Stamp the watering can image on scrap card and cut it out to make another mask.

Step six: Cover the watering can in your working image with the mask and stamp some partial flowers over the top.
Remove the mask and stamp in some more flowers in the foreground.
In this second tutorial I have created a more complex scene by masking multiple stamped images at the same time. I've picked out some adorable flowerpots that come from another Secret Gardens stamp set called Cute as a Bug.

Step one: Stamp then cover the girl image with the cardboard mask made earlier. Stamp the largest pot image for her to sit on.
Step two: Stamp the pot onto scrap card and cut it out carefully to create a mask for the pot and then cover the image on your work. Stamp a partial watering can  the right of the girl and pot.
When you remove the cardboard masks your image looks like this.
Step three: Cover the watering can and pot with their cardboard masks. Make a partial stamp using the small stack of pots stamp on either side of the covered image
When the masks are removed the image looks like this. I have filled up the foreground with some little leaf images to add more interest.

Step five: Mask the watering can image and stamp the bird image as though he is standing on top of the little stacks of pots
This is how the completed scene now looks with the watering can mask removed.

Below are another couple of examples of complex stamped and masked scenes using the same two stamp sets.

Happy Stamping, Jolene x


12/03/2017

You're so special greetings cards

Following on from my colouring tutorial yesterday I thought it would be fun to show some finished cards in a variety of colours made with the cute Garden Secrets You're so special stamp set from Hunkydory.
This first one is the one I coloured for the tutorial.







These cards are currently available in my Facebook group (March 17) www.facebook.com/groups/JoleneWolfe but some may make their way across to Etsy in a couple of weeks www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KitzbitzArtGlass

Jolene x

11/03/2017

ZIG art and graphic twin colouring tutorial

I've been playing around with some ZIG art and graphic twin pens by Kuretake for a few months now and have been trying out different techniques and styles with them. I've found them most fun to use when treated like water colour paints. I scribble a little ink from the brush end of the pen on to an acrylic block (the kind used for stamping with clear stamps) and then apply the colour from the block to good quality card stock with a Pentel aquash water brush pen.

This cute girl image stamp is from a set called "You're so special" which is part of the Garden Secrets range from Hunkydory. I've stamped her on 350gsm hammered texture cream coloured card with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and set the card aside to dry fro a few minutes. Here is a step by step picture showing how I have coloured her in.
 434 Apricot for face, arms and legs with a the tiniest touch of touch of 230 Pale Rose Blush on the her cheek.
10 Lemon Yellow for highlights on skirt, main colour for the flower and butterfly
 4 Orange for the top and bottom of skirt petals, vest, shoes, detail on butterfly and outer edges of the flower petals
 24 Scarlet red for the toadstool tops
 2 red for depth of colour on toadstool. little details on flower petals and the butterfly
73 sand for highlight on her hair and toadstool stalks
73 Sand to built up detail in her hair
77 Deep Brown for hair tips and crown area and 56 Mid Green for the grass and ground

It takes a bit of practise to work out how much water you want to add to the pen ink on your block but it is possible to create interesting details with just 1 colour depending on how many layers you paint and how much you dilute the ink. Also it is worth noting that you need to wait before painting adjacent sections as the new ink will bleed in to damp areas of your image.

Happy colouring, Jolene x

10/03/2017

Messy Testing Refresh, Peridot, Peat Moss and Eel Grass ltd run

My last post on the spring 2017 collection of colours from Creation is Messy is on their comprehensive range of transparent green rods. I am showing each colour as solids bead wrapped with black stringer and also as encased tumble etched beads (made with a core of colour encased with Effetre 006 clear).

First up is Refresh ltd run which is so pretty and spring like. It's a very pale minty shade which looks particularly lovely encased and tumbled etched.

Peat Moss ltd run is a deep amber toned green, a very classy, a unique and welcome addition to the 104 palette. I can imagine this glass adding some earthiness to raised floral designs when layered up with other shades to make canes for leaves and vines.
Peridot ltd is a super pale yellow green. My tumbled hearts where Peridot has been used as the core colour under clear show just a whisper of palest green, it's a beautiful effect.
Eel Grass ltd run is a lush summer time foliage feel to it, not quite emerald green but something just a shade off towards grey green in some lights. Another unique, pretty and welcome addition.

Jolene x

Messy Testing Prussian Blue and Troll ltd run

One of my favourites from the upcoming CiM glass collection is Prussian Blue ltd run. It is a rich blue colour that develops deep green striations and patches when worked. It is similar to Class M Planet ltd run from the September collection (shown below) but in a darker and more intense blue shade.


Troll ltd run is a another pretty one. It's a grey toned opaque green that looks wonderful teamed up with light pastel shades. It puts me in mind of a glass called Kermit (SPL1000) which was a one off  CoE 104 colour run from Reichenbach that was available in 2014 and is now near impossible to find. It is really nice to be able to make these pastel/green two toned hearts again with Troll. It's a welcome addition to the green palette for me.

Jolene xx


26/02/2017

Messy testing Pachyderm, Koala and Hemoglobin ltd run

Koala ltd run is a cool opaque grey glass. It is one of two opaque grey colours coming out in the next release of new colours from CiM. The other is called Pachyderm ltd run.

I like the bright crisp tone to this pretty grey, it does not appear to have striations when worked. The heart here is made with a base of Koala decorated with Peace, Hemoglobin ltd run (a new red coming out in this release also) and Reichenbach dense black.

Here is a side by side comparison of Pachyderm ltd run (left pair) with Koala ltd run (right pair). Both sets have been decorated with flowers made with Hemoglobin ltd run.
Pachyderm is a warm brown toned grey which has lots of striations and will strike to even warmer tones in the flame. This set has been made with a base of Pachyderm ltd run with Elphaba and Smurfy decoration.

 And because it was it was an irresistible temptation to make one, here is an Ellie bead made with Pachyderm! This bead is a much better example of the colour variation you can see within Pachyderm. I think this will be a fun glass for sculptural designs.

Jolene xx

04/02/2017

Messy Testing Sea Mist, Yangtze and Cornsilk ltd run

Three more gorgeous colour from CiM coming out soon. From left to right these hearts are made with Sea Mist ltd run, Yangtze ltd run and lastly Cornsilk ltd run.
Sea Mist ltd run is a pretty exciting glass, looking up the end of the rod you cans see concentric circles of alternate layers of clear and pale blue, like veiled cane. When worked you get a lovely soft pastel misty blue.

I found that Sea Mist can bubble easily when the tip of it placed directly in the flame or when flame cutting the rod away from the bead. I found that moving the rod in a small circle when flame cutting sped up the cutting process and cut down any scumming at the tip.
Turning the heat down helped a lot as I tend to work on the hot side (two oxycons on a Carlisle Mini CC). I also increased the oxygen content of the flame and worked a little higher in the flame than my usual spot to slow the melting speed down. Lastly I didn't place the tip of the rod directly in the flame but instead heated the part of the rod just behind the tip in the flame instead. These adjustments practically eliminated any micro bubbles formed by boiled glass. Working a little slower and cooler is no bad thing, especially for results as pretty as this!

Yangtze ltd run is also a veiled cane, this time the layers are alternate clear and pale pastel yellow. I worked this glass in the same way as I did the Sea Mist, as cool as possible and it came out looking lovely. It makes me think of traditional barley sugar boiled sweets, yum!

I popped the Sea Mist and Yangtze nugget beads in a rock tumbler for and hour and half with some glass shot and silicon carbide grit and water to give them a soft velvety matt finish.
Cornsilk ltd run is a very pretty cream opal colour with a gorgeous putrescent lustre. It is very well behaved in the flame, melts easily and on the slightly stiffer side to work with.

Cornisilk looks pretty with silvered ivory stringer. The nugget set has been tumble etched to give them a soft velvety finish.

Jolene x