Thursday, 17 March 2011

Wearable Art! by Nicky Cresswell

So following on from Alison's fab pendant yesterday i figured you'd need a nice bracelet to go with it.
And not just any kind of bracelet either.. 
Oh no this one is made from grungeboard.
 And they are really easy to make, 
All you need is a sheet of grungeboard, a hitch fastner, a hole punch {i used a crop-a-dile}
Oh and some gesso, ink and stamps. {or whatever medium you want}
You want to cut your grunge into strips, 
You should be able to get 3 thick, or 2 thick 2 thin strips, depending what you want.
This one is roughly1½ inches and the length of the grunge.
I started by giving one side a coat of gesso, when this was dry I stamped 3 butterflies, 
The large cog butterfly and the small plain one both from the Tick Tock Butterflies plate, 
I then made a mask for each butterfly using post it's, 
I covered them with there respective masks and inked over the whole thing with barn door distress ink.
I then removed the masks... I found a little of the ink had bled in under my masks, but not to worry as i was going for grungy. 
Next I got some more gesso and carefully painted inside each of the butterflies, the 2 smaller ones only had one extra coat but the large one took a couple of coats to cover the cogs.

I spritzed over the whole piece with some perfect pearls to give a bit of a shimmer, which i dabbed off a bit creating the kinda distressed blotchy look.
Added one of Tims phrases, and doodled a few squiggles with a black permanent marker.
 I coloured the inside with just a black stazon stamp pad, not worrying too much about all over coverage. 
I punched a small hole in one end for the hitch fastener, and a large hole the other end for the fastener to pop through to hold the bracelet in place.
And there you go, something cool to wear..
And it fits in with this months challenge as the theme is 'Spring'.. Details can be found HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Stay Inky


Rumtruffle said...

Very nice, would make a lovely gift z

Anonymous said...

It's totally gorgeous! Love it! xxx

Lynn Stevens said...

What a great idea!!!!

Sid said...

Fab bracelet !!

Jennie said...

great idea NIcky !

Anonymous said...

I love making these....always nice to have unique wearable art.
Fab bracelet.

Artyjen said...

A great grungy bracelet ;)
xoxo Sioux

oneoff said...

Fabulous! I love it.

Jingle said...

This is gorgeous!

Sherry Goodloe said...

love love LOVE!

Netty said...

It looks really great, but am a bit concerned with Stazon on the inside......doesn't it come off on your skin......asking because I want to make one also. Annette x

Piddawinkle said...

wow, so creative, love it :)

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Won't my DGD's luv some of those!

CuddlyBunny said...

Great idea, and excellent choice for text!

Hels Sheridan said...

absolutely fabbbulous Minxy x

Ann said...

Love it Minxy - fab idea :D xxx