Wednesday, 10 April 2013

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Hi all :) it's that time of the week for desk sharing, if you're not familiar with this inspiring activity, take a look at Julia Dunnit's blog for enlightenment at

I've been making progress with my collage picture and today I'm going to explain how I achieved the effects:

Using a white canvas measuring 30.5cm by 22.8cm, I began by inking up some Cut-and-Dry foam using a palette knife to spread on a thin layer of Inka-Gold, a fast drying metal gloss paint.  I gently rubbed the ink over the canvas and applied a thicker layer around the border.  I dabbed some pale turquoise ink here and there.

Next, I experimented with applying a mix of white and blue acrylic paint on the two corners, using a palette knife and an old toothbrush.  I then lightly sprinkled some gold and silver glitter on the paint. I painted a rose using the toothbrush to create swirls.  I soon decided that this wasn't quite the colour I wanted for my vintage theme but I was pleased with the dimension achieved from layering the acrylic paints.  Once the acrylic paint had dried I sculpted over the paint using the Inka-Gold, leaving some traces of the blue and built up some great textures.

Having gathered up my collage elements I decided that the rose wasn't going to blend in with the vintage style..

From the picture above you can see an assortment of pictures and embellishments that I wanted to include. I kept discovering bits and pieces such as the shells, lace, twine and buttons...I'm planning on leaving some gaps to add extra bits as and when I find them!
I lightly sponged over the lace, shells and twine using the versatile Inka-Gold paint.  To create the lace 'wave', I stuck a length of double-sided tape across the top and pinched the lace whilst firmly sticking an inch of the lace between the loops.

For the rose I inked over the picture using tiny pieces of foam.  To get the gloss effect, I stamped embossing ink over the rose and then scattered embossing powder (Cosmic Shimmer, Lapis Pearl Lustre) and used my heating tool to melt the powder creating the sheen.  I inked round the edges with Distress Ink-Aged Mohogany.  I curled the leaf and petal edges in different directions for more dimension.

Pink heart and words:
The large pink heart is from an old birthday card I had kept.  I distressed the picture using the Inka-Gold and heat-embossed the edge with Lapis Pearl Lustre.  I applied the same technique to the word pictures except the DREAM shape; for this I inked a very light layer of  Distress Ink-Aged Mohogany around the letters.  I added a couple of glittery brads to the sides.

I printed out the photos on white paper having played with the sepia and warmify effects.  I made the photo frames by nestling together (with a little space in between) two dies from Spellbinders Nestabilities, Labels Eighteen.  I used papers from the docrafts Vintage Notes pad.

For the wooden tag I experimented with the Dylusion ink sprays-black marble and vibrant turquiose.  I then heat-embossed the surface by crumbling a combination of embossing powders including: black glitter, Cosmic Shimmer ancient copper metallic and topped with a sprinkling of Stampendous mica fragments in blue.  I used the gold Inka paint round the edges of the tag.  The heart key is from the Papermania Chronology range.
For the American seam binding ribbon I played with the same ink sprays and used my heating tool together with some black glitter embossing powder.  I finished with a layer of the Lapis Pearl Lustre.

My next plan is to make some felt and fabric flowers to add to the collage.

I've really enjoyed making a meaningful picture for myself that I can keep adding to.  Now I just need to decide where to hang it!

I think that's it!  Phew! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  Next time I'll show you how I got on with making the flowers.

Happy WOYWW crafters!  Wishing everyone a good week with sunshine-please!

Angela xx


  1. You have been very busy; looks good!
    Keep it up.

  2. What a great tutorial, and a lovely finished piece too,

    Thanks for visiting the bears this week. :)

  3. wow looks fab! Take care & enjoy your week. Zo xx 88

  4. Really interesting to follow the process with you. Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be sure my progress with the dress :o)

  5. What a lovely piece of work!! Thanks for visiting me earlier today!

  6. What an interesting piece of work you have created here Angela! You have used a lot of very unusual pieces to put this vintage piece together. I especially like the tags you created, they are just stunning! I have become your newest follower, and I would love it if you would consider becoming one of mine. Hugs, Cathryn #146

  7. Well that is just fabulous! jenx 129

  8. That is fabulous, and I love the how-to! Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #127 xx

  9. Fabulous tutorial, Gorgeous work, Love the gold, elements & Beautiful photos.. This is a Wonderful canvas to treasure.. Thanks so much for sharing... Hugs May x x x