Gauche Scrabble!

Hi everyone! Maggi here to show you the newest project from Alchemist Jo. Jo altered some Scrabble tiles and added her own Gauche twist to them. I just love them! Take it away, Jo!

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Welcome to Gauche Scrabble!

Altered Scrabble Tiles

For this project I altered some wooden Scrabble tiles (I get mine on Ebay and in charity/thrift shops) and used my Gauche girlfriends for inspiration :o) First, I edged the tiles with black Staz-on and then I roughly cut out small squares from the Paper Napkin Art Kit. I stuck a napkin square on the front of each Scrabble tile using Mod Podge, trimming the edges once dry. Instant background – easy, huh?! While they were drying I covered a Scrabble tile stand with Mod Podge and another section of napkin, Mod Podging over the top to make sure it was properly stuck down. Then I had fun with the Gauche team images and Gauche materials. I simply collaged bits and pieces from the Black Out and Wedding Night Mixed Media Color Kits, Punchinella, fabric scraps, black duct tape and finally added some bling. Done! BTW, Michelle gets the highest score because she is on H which has a score of 4!

Altered Art Scrabble Tiles

You could make one of these as a lovely personalized gift – I’ve made them with a word on each tile where the first letter of the word spells out someone’s name, or each tile could include their hobbies or family members. The possibilities are endless and they’re great fun to do (and very small!).

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Thanks Jo, these are too cool!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi πŸ˜€

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Fun With Paper Collage

Hi everyone! Maggi here to show you the newest project from Alchemist Jo. Jo has created some paper collaged postcards and they are AWESOME! Take it away, Jo!

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mixed media postcards

For this project I took my creative cue from the vibrant colours on a children’s book page from the ACME Kit and decided to have some FUN with the kind of colours that I never usually use. For these 4×6 postcards (or 6 x 4’s depending on your angle), I wanted to focus on experimenting with the backgrounds.

Postcard Collage

First, I sprayed the blank postcards with Cosmic Shimmer Mist (Teal wash), and then I sprayed over this with a darker shade of Shimmer Mist (Ocean Sunlight), using various styles of Punchinella as a stencil. I used the sprayed side as a stamp and also sometimes used a baby wipe to smear the excess ink through the cut out holes, which gave a lovely soft effect.

Postcard Paper Collage

Once these were dry I used a bottle cap dipped in gesso to leave random circular shapes over the cards. I then stuck on tissue paper scraps (mine are mostly Decopatch scraps), and highlighted the gesso circles and edges of the card with Sun Yellow Dy-na-flow. This paint has a wonderful intense colour that I wanted for these cards but you could use acrylic paint or ink too.

Paper Collage Mixed Media Postcard

I stuck on the fun little cartoon characters and added foreign text from the page – I have no idea what they’re saying, but I assumed that as they came from a children’s book they wouldn’t be rude! I outlined the wording and central character with Periwinkle Dy-na-flow.

Mixed Media Postcard

To finish off I added funky eyelets in the corners and threaded through some ball chain, to which I attached a super cute mini rubber duck from the Banana Hammock Yellow Mixed Media Color Kit. Playing with Gauche Alchemy products really help me move out of my comfort zone, using funky colours and images that I would never usually do. And you know what? It was such fun!

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I just love these, you rock Jo!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi πŸ˜€

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Nature Lesson

Hi everyone! Maggi here to show you a nature lovin’ altered shadow box curio from from Alchemist Jo. Take it away, Jo!

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Altered Shadow Box
I have LOVED looking at Maggi’s and Chrissy’s Curio Boxes that they made from the wonderful Knick Knack Paddy Whack Kit and wanted to have a go at doing one myself – and I wanted to have a go NOW! In one of my ‘things to alter’ box I found a curio box that I got cheap because it had a scratch on the acrylic (but I don’t really mind about that).

Raw Shadow Box Ready to Alter

With this box, the acrylic ‘lid’ slides off. I gave the box a coat of white gesso to seal the wood, and then applied a coat of brown acrylic. I used a crackle glaze medium but, as usual, didn’t read the instructions properly, and applied the second coat of acrylic paint too soon so it didn’t crackle, more flaked. But you know what? I really liked that look, it gave it the look of something that’s been kicking around in a garden shed for many many years and that was pretty much the look I wanted anyway. See, there are happy mistakes!

Mixed Media Shadow Box

The ‘feet’ are 4 beads, painted the same way as the box and applied with a glue gun.

Box Legs Made From Beads

I then had lots of fun filling the box with curios from nature that give us lessons in life…… A heart shaped pebble (love), a shell (Home), a feather (be gentle), eggs (nurture), a seed head (expand your horizon), a seed pod (protect), a leaf skeleton (find the beauty within), and a dead moth that got blown into the house one day (seize the day).

Nature Themed Shadow Box
The eggs are polystyrene eggs painted with acrylic paint and dotted with brown. I used some Ouchless Cardboard for the shell to sit on and the leaf skeleton (which needed to be raised nearer the lid or it seemed to disappear) and some white net from the Wedding Night Mixed Media Color Kit for the seed pod.

Finally, I screwed the clasp into place.

Wow, that was such fun to put together!

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Thanks Jo, you have a way with nature! And I just love how your “mistake” produced this amazing peeled paint look, *love*.

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi πŸ˜€

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Cheryl’s metal breakdown video

Hello Gauche fans!

Michelle here with a great faux metal D.I.Y technique video from Cheryl! I love the look of aluminum foil and corrugated board together!

Check it out:

Fun, fast and totally unique! This is definitely something to try for a masculine themed card or for any project where you want the look of metal without the physical weight.

Thanks Cheryl!

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The Busy Bee

Hi everyone! Maggi here to show you the newest project from Alchemist Jo, who created this altered canvas back:

Punchinella Mixed Media

For this project, I was inspired by a piece of Punchinella – to me it looked like honeycomb and was also the gorgeous colour of milk and honey. I had a small (7″x5″) blank canvas that I wanted to use but I thought the back was far more interesting than the front! I really liked how there was a big rough chunky frame around a smaller canvas area (4″x2″ approx).

Back of Canvas Becomes a Frame

First, I brushed some gesso onto the wood to act as a primer (I didn’t want the wood to just suck up the ink). When that was dry I roughly dragged Distress Inks (Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint) all over the frame, including the outside edge. I used some Ranger clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the frame, although it dried with a very fine crackle so isn’t very clear in the photos.

I painted the inside canvas area and inner part of the frame with gold acrylic paint. I cut a piece of the Punchinella to size and stuck it in the middle area with Mod Podge..

I found a wonderful image of a bee hive at The Graphics Fairy and, having strengthened my copied image with thick paper, stuck it onto the bottom right hand corner. I rubber stamped the bees onto old paper (an end paper from an old book) and cut them out, sticking them onto the frame and inner honeycombed area.

Mixed Media Punchinella Canvas

Finally, I rubber stamped the words, “The busy bee has no time for sorrow” by William Blake, and stuck them onto the frame, outlining each word with Distress Inks.

It was such fun to get away from dark wintery colours and this little frame made me feel rather Spring-y!

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Fantastic work Jo! And don’t forget, you can stock up on our Punchinella and everything in the Gauche Alchemy store at 10% off through the end of March in honor of National Craft Month!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi πŸ˜€

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In Bed With Mixed Media Color Kits

Hi everyone! Maggi here to share with you one of, what I like to call my “Night Owl” projects. Ever have one of those? You know, you’re in bed, falling asleep, when all of a sudden you get a creative idea and just have to get started before you forget? Yep, that’s what happened here:
Create Mixed Media Wall Hanging

I was in bed, drifting off to sleep when I got to thinking about the Mixed Media Color Kits. I’ve been wanting to do a project like this for ages, something that incorporated pieces from the color kits and really showed them off. Thinking about it was driving me mad so I jumped out of bed, headed to the glue and was up until 2:00 in the morning putting this bad boy together. πŸ˜€

First, I started with a picture I found at the thrift store, then created the background using a technique I found on Julie’s blog, Life With the Tucker and Wolek Clan, I left the pattern paper on (because apparently I can’t follow directions, lol) and also added gel medium and glitter to mine. (P.S.-I am so in love with this technique, I’ve used it multiple times already so I asked Julie if she would guest post this technique here and she said yes! So watch for that coming soon!)

Found Objects Wall Hanging

I then gathered all of my Mixed Media Color Kits and started to lay them out on the background. I was SO happy with my result until I realized I then had to go through and glue everything down. :/ Luckily it went pretty fast and I’m satisfied with my twilight hour project. πŸ˜€

Altered Wall Hanging

I’ve always said that our Mixed Media Color Kits are my favorite Gauche Alchemy product. I highly suggest stocking up on them for those late night projects! πŸ˜€

Speaking of which, you can stock up on our Mixed Media Color Kits and everything in the Gauche Alchemy store at 10% off through the end of March in honor of National Craft Month!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi πŸ˜€

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Silence is the True Friend Altered Tin

Hi everyone! Maggi here to show you the newest project from Alchemist Jo, an altered tin:

Mixed Media Altered Tin

Jo: When looking through my GA goodies, I was attracted to the bright colour of the yellow and gold bits and pieces (and the little paper drink umbrella in particular) from the Banana Hammock Mixed Media Color Kit. This was my inspiration for this piece. I’d kept this Neocolour II water soluble wax crayons tin but had never found a way of using it – now I finally knew what I was going to do with it.

Tin Ready For Altering

Firstly, I rubbed down the tin with a sand paper block to provide a key and then applied a layer of gesso. I love the Starflower Punchinella and I wanted to give the lid some texture so I used it as a stencil with acrylic modelling paste, just scraping a piece of card across the paste over the punchinella.

Texture With Modelling Paste and Punchinella

(By immediately removing the Punchinella and cleaning it, I’ve still got it for use another day :)) The modelling paste takes a while to dry (**yawn**) but once it was dry, I sprayed both the top and underside of the tin with red, yellow and orange glimmer and chalk mists.

Adding Texture With Punchinella

Once this was dry (**yawn**) I had fun randomly sticking on brightly coloured tissue paper, gold chocolate wrappers and, of course, the inspirational drink umbrella (with the wooden stick removed). I cut out the black and white image of the girl and added game pieces, sequins and a gem (also from the Banana Hammock Mixed Media Color Kit.) The Confucius quote, “Silence is the true friend that never betrays” seemed to be appropriate for the thoughtful looking girl.

Inside the tin I stuck brightly coloured tissue paper, and used my stash stuff along with the strip of paper from the Foreign Text Paper Pack and a yellow pin. The rubber stamped lettering says, “Love.”

Altered Tin Inside

I had such fun with this project!

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The fun you had really shows here, Jo! Thanks for another fantastic project, I love how you used the punchinella as a stencil, what great texture!

Don’t forget, you can stock up on everything in the Gauche Alchemy store at 10% off through the end of March in honor of National Craft Month!

Now go glue something awesome onto some awesome something!

Maggi πŸ˜€

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