Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Just One Second Panel


Hi there 

I am back today to share another project with you,

 I have used my favourite photo of my parents 

when they were young to create a really simple panel.

I have used made a panel using a wooden panel as my base and chipboard designed by
 Antonis Tzanidakis.

I have covered the wooden panel with scrapbook paper from Stamperia and added 
some texture by stencilling a heavy body paste on top.

I have used aloe of various cogs and gears layered up to build texture on the two hearts from the 
unlock my heart chippy pack. 

Once all the layers are built up I have then painted the chippy with acrylic paints 
in the same colours of my background.

Details of all the layers

Supplies used; 

DA 0232 Jumbo cogs #1
DA 2370 Cogs #3
DA1932 Mini cogs #2
DA 2227L Unlock my heart
DA 2287 Time Travel Designer
DA2158 Metal Plates Stencil
DA1486 Glass Stains Stencil
Stamperia mixed media glue 
Stamperia primer
Stamperia acrylic paint Earth , Earth brown , Indian Turquoise and Albicocca
Golden Iridescent Copper and Quin Burnt Orange 

Thanks for stopping by to have a look

See you next time

Mandy x

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Altered Desk Organiser from Kmart



Today is my turn to share some creative inspiration with you.

I have wanted to alter this little two drawer desk organiser from Kmart 

to keep on my desk and I figured it would be a great DT project for The Dusty Attic.

Finished Project

I bought this little Bamboo desk organiser from Kmart for this project.

To begin with I have painted the bamboo desk Organiser in a coat of primer 
as this will help paints and collaged paper to adhere to the surface.

I have covered the sides and back with Stamperia scrapbooking paper. I have also lined the inside of the two drawers with paper as well as the two front pieces to the top and side shelf,
 for the drawer fronts and exposed edges I painted them in acrylic paint.

I used a mixed media glue from Stamperia to stick down all the papers pieces and painted over the top of them with two more coats of the mixed media glue to seal them. This will keep the papers clean and waterproof later on.

I have stamped on the drawer fronts with a Stazon ink
 to give them a  nice distressed finish

I have painted the chipboard flourishes and houses in acrylic paint before gluing them to the panels with 
 mixed media glue.

Once all my chippy pieces have dried I have painted the entire organiser with Stamperia Antiquing Paste 
wiping off the excess with  baby wipes.

I think the end result was really worth it and I look forward to using my new altered desk organiser!

Supplies Used:

Dusty Chippy:

DA0873 Corner Flourish #4

DA2736B Houses By Nuneka

DA0606 Garden Frame set

Acrylic Paint:

Stamperia Allegro Ivory

Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Niagra Falls

Stamperia Primer, Mixed Media Glue and Vintage Antiquing Paste

Stampers Anonymous Fragments stamp

Stazon Ganache ink pad 

Papers from The Stamperia Sir Vagabond Aviator Paper pad 12 x12

Thank you for stopping by

see you next Time 

Mandy x

Sunday, March 26, 2023

ATC Shadow box Shrine


Hello There

I am back with my second Dusty Attic project for March  and I have 

used the ATC Shadow box to create a shrine.

I have used a series of cogs and Ornamental chippy pieces to turn my shadow box 
into a small ATC Shrine.
I love how the cogs and clock face give this piece the look of an old fashioned wall clock.

The paint colours are bright and I love the contrast between the 
ornamental shrine and the cogs and gears.

By cutting up the Ornamental Trim and Ornamental Pendants and spacing them around 
the ATC Shadow box gives a Mexican shrine effect.
Adding the winged frame to the front of the shadow box helps to add dimension 
to the piece.

Th picture above shows the beginning of how cutting up the Ornamental pieces 
give a shrine effect.

I painted a layer of gesso over the entire piece , once assembled, and then added some texture paste 
to fuse the pieces together and unifies all the layers of chippy.

Supplies Used: 

Dusty Attic Chippy 

ATC Shadow box DA0823F

Winged Frame Set DA1343

Ornamental Trim  #2 DA 1435

Ornamental Pendants #2 DA13650

Mini Cogs #3 DA3364

Jumbo Cogs #1 DA0232

Cogs #1 DA0001

Skeleton Clock Face DA1689

Golden Acrylic Paints:

Cobalt Teal

VanDyke Brown Hue

Titanium White

Quinacridone Nickel Azzo gold 

Smalt Hue 

Light Phthalo Green

Golden Gesso 

Golden modelling Paste 

Stamperia Mixed Media Glue 

Tim Holtz Mini People 

Tim Holtz Transparent Wings

Thanks for stopping by to have a look at my latest project 

Until Next Time 

Mandy x

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Cherry Blossom Tape Bound Altered Book


Hello There

I have a new project to share with you today.

I have always loved bookbinding and decided to make a new junk journal

using and old book for the covers and because I have used interesting mixed pages inside, 

I decided to do an exposed tape bound spine.

There are so many layers on this book cover! I started by adding a layer of primer and some stencilling
with glossy gel paste to add some extra texture to the book cover.

stencilling on front cover and then  painted with primer 

I then painted over these prep layers with acrylic paint in  dark red and brown 
acrylic paint.

Detail on back cover showing how well the hairspray technique worked.

I wanted to try a technique to crackle paint using hairspray, and I really love how well it worked.
I gave my base painted book covers 3 generous coats of hairspray allowing each layer to dry before adding the next. I then painted over this with Ivory acrylic paint.

I painted the Vintage Chipboard frame in the same colours used on my bookcover and added some crackle medium to these, even though the detail is so small that it hardly shows but I liked how it helps
to make everything look old.

When assembling the frames I added a base paper that I stamped with distress oxide on photo paper. This was a technique that Luise Heinzl shared with us on YouTube that was a  great way to get a permanent stamping that is waterproof. 
Her video is worth watching 

The Stamped photo paper looks really old and distressed once dry and is waterproof once  dry.

For the vintage frame I have used acrylic paint and patina waxes to distress and colour the assembled frame. I have also coloured the Cherry Blossom chipboard piece with acrylic paint pens,
I then added a layer of embossing powder in vintage beeswax which gives an aged effect.

I have lastly added some paint splatters to finish off the frame assembly.
The vintage patina and the distressed watercolour background give a really nice aged effect to the 
Cherry Blossom centerpiece. 

Supplies Used:

Dusty Attic Chippy: 

Cherry Blossoms DA3311

Vintage Layered Frame DA2340

Stampers Anonymous Baroque Stamp CMS400 Distress Oxide Inks in Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo.

Stamperia mixed media glue, primer, gesso and Glossy Gel,

Stamperia Allegro Acrylic paint Super Gold, Earth, Old Ivory

Paper Artsy Crackle Glaze and acrylic paints in Rose , Gold Rush and Blood Orange.

Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax embossing powder.

Stamperia stencil KTSDQ35 , Stamperia Aqua colour Leather and vintage Antiquing Paste

Art Alchemy patina waxes White Gold, Vintage Gold and Peacock.

Thank you for stopping by 

Until next time 

Mandy xx

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Altered Card Holder

Hello it’s my turn today to share a project and I thought that

I would share the Card Holder that I made to store my Altered  tags in.

I used The MDF Card Holder for this project.

To start with,  I used PVA glue to stick the panels of the card holder together, and once totally dry 
I collaged old book paper over the entire outside surfaces of the box.

I have then used rub-on’s from 49 and Market to add the images of birds, leaves and butterflies to 
decorate the panels.

I painted the inside of the Card holder in charcoal chalk paint and when dry i added a broken and patchy layer of Turquoise Chalk paint on top.
After these layers were totally dry I added a thin coat of Paper Artsy crackle medium and let that dry.

I have then painted over the top of all these layers with a light coffee coloured acrylic paint, and once dry all these gorgeous and textured cracks appeared giving the box a really nice old feel.

I have added chippy pieces for extra texture that I have painted with acrylic paint and added a little crackle to and some textured crackle paste in white to random areas on the box.

To finish I have added building wax in gold th some areas and added box feet from the Tim Holtz
 idea-ology range.

I love how my altered tags from my last DT post look in the Card Holder
I might have to make a few more!

Supples used:

Dusty Attic 
MDF Card Holder DA3386
Sweet Pea Frame set DA0573
Corner Flourish #1 DA0628
Mini Scrolls DA0685

49 and Market Meadow Rub-Ons
Stamperia Mixed Media glue
Stamperia Crackle Paste - White
Prima Chalkboard Paint - Charcoal and Sea Breeze
Pantone Acrylic Paint - Cafe Au Lait

Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Crackle Glaze
Ranger Idea-ology Box Feet
Old book Papers 
Building wax in Gold 

Thanks for stopping by
See you next time

Mandy x


Saturday, February 11, 2023

Mixed Media Tags



Well January has certainly blitzed by!

I am here to share my first project for February for The Dusty Attic.

I have made a set of three mixed media tags using the larger tags from the Tag Medley 
Chipboard set.
To start with I have covered the chippy tags in scrapbooking paper as my base and then I added chippy shapes and crackle paste for extra texture.

Once dry and crackled I have added dye ink and mica sprays to unify the colour palette 
And add colour to bring out the textures.


I have painted some chippy leaves and added these to my tag bases
and then I have then  fussy cut leaves and flowers 
along with a few laser cut out butterflies from 49 & Market, 
to complete my tags I have added some ink spots in white and black.

Tag 1

Tag 2

Tag 3

Supplies used:
Dusty Attic Chippy:
Tag Medley
Corner Flourish #1
Damask Panel Large 
Foliage #15
Foliage #19

49 & Market Remnants
49 & Market Serenety Laset Cuts
AB Studio Gentle Wind
AB Studio Leafy Paradise 
AB Studio White Butterfly 

Stamperia Mediums:
Mixed Media Glue
White Crackle Paste 
Clear Crackle Paste

Glimmer Mist sprays:
Bell Bottom Jeans
Tattered Leather

Thanks for stopping by 
Until next time 

Mandy xx

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Marine Mechanical Fish

Hello There

It is my turn to share an arty creation  for Dusty Attic
 and my second for this month.

I love shadow boxes projects and gave this one a vintage steampunk ocean theme Using the Marine Mechanical Chippy! 

I have used a wooden painting panel to collage on, but instead of working on the 
flat front surface I have turned it around and I have used the back,
 this gave me a nice sized shadow box and the wooden panel is nice and firm to work on unlike a stretched canvas.

To start, 
I have covered the base with Stamperia scrapbooking paper cutting strips to cover all sides 
of the frame as well as the base, 
I have used Mixed media glue to stick everything down and also applied two coats of the glue on top to seal the surface before adding crackle medium and colour.

Once dry I have added Clear crackle paste with a palette knife and left it overnight to dry naturally and then coloured using Vintage Antiquing paste also from Stamperia
 as this really helped to age the colours in the paper background
 as well as emphasise the crackle finish.

I have used acrylic paints on the mechanical fish chipboard pieces and the leaf branch. In used various different brands of paints including Sennelier, Dina Wakley and Paper Artsy. 

I used PVA glue to glue the fish and coral to the panel, building under the fish up with chippy scraps so that they are nice and stable.
I have added leafing flakes to the fish and Leafy frond  and Glossy accent to the eyes to finish off.

Supplies Used:
DA3365 Marine Mechanical Fish Large 
DA3356 Marine Mechanical Angler Fish Large 
DA058 Leafy Stem
DA1907 Coral #2

Stamperia Clear Crackle paste 
Stamperia Mechanical Seaworld Paper 
Stamperia Mix Media Glue
Stamperia Antiquing Paste 
Zig 2Way Glue 
Leafing Flake 

Acrylic Paint:
Sennelier Turquoise #341 and Raw Umber #205
Dina Wakley Syrup, Sedona, Ocean , Cheddar
Paper Artsy Baltic Blue ,  Squid Ink

Thanks for stopping by to see my latest project 

Until Next time 

Mandy x