Monday 26 September 2016

Photos on Wood

I was playing around with an idea of putting photos onto wood.

I wasn't sure that it would work for me but I knew I wanted to try it. The first couple of tries were a disaster and the image peeled away. I first tried with good old PVA although it seemed to have worked the glue just went milky and when peeling off the backing of the photo, I lost too much of the image to save.

I next tried with decopatch, this worked a little better but again I was losing too much of the image.

My final try was with a product made by Trichem called Voila, I've had this product for 10+ years and it worked beautifully.

I had to prepare the photo and created a sketch from the photo before printing onto a Matt photograph paper. Once I had brushed the Voila over the chopping board I layed on the image and let it completely dry into the Voila. That's when the fun starts, you have to soak the back of the photo and gently roll away the backing and this leaves the image in place on the wood.

I then let it dry and started to use distress inks around the edges and wrapped string and added flower and then give it a spray with a Matt varnish.

Of course once the above photo of my Daughter on her wedding day was done I needed to go on to my favourite subject of my Grandson with his Grandad.


Thursday 22 September 2016

Pip Bead Jewellery

OK I may have became hooked, I blame Sarah Millsop and Ruth Mackie - McCartan both bad influences, I found I needed something relaxing for evenings and something that would allow me to be creative as I grew with it.
I played for a while, different beads different findings different chains and yet I kept coming back to the same, I loved the cords and weaving and the surprising one for me was a needle and thread.
So P bought some pip beads, not really knowing what to do with them I started to play.
this is my first attempt, I believe is was made using a flat know technique for the braid and then I played around until I got the beads the way I liked them by adding to the cords.

I think it turned out pretty dont you?