Monday, June 24, 2013

The Crafty Mummy's Amazingly Wonderful Give Away!

Oh my goodness, this is a fantastic give away!
My dear friend, Tonya, aka The Crafty Mummy , has an amazing give away that is sponsored by Big W.

What is it I hear you ask... Well just read below and see!
Make sure you comment on The Crafty Mummy blog in order to enter. :-)

Giveaway thanks to BigW

Thanks to the lovely people at BigW, I am giving away five $100 BigW gift vouchers to spend in the Giant Toy Spectacular which runs from June 20th to July 10th online. You too have the chance to create your “crafty” Christmas stash by shopping online or  in store. You can see some of the lovely things I bought in my pictures, and by clicking on them, you can view them on the BigW website.

To Enter
Tell me your child’s favourite toy in the BigW Giant Toy Spectacular, and where you would stash it? I need some ideas, folks, so the most creative answers will win the prizes.

Fine Print

  • Only one entry per person.
  • This is a game of skill, not chance. You must answer both parts of the question for a valid entry – 1. which toy your child likes? and 2. where you would stash the toy? I am looking for creativity in the second part of the question.
  • You must leave a valid email address for me to contact you for a valid entry.
  • Only open to Australian residents – apologies to my overseas readers.
  • Entries open with this post on Thursday 20th June 2013 and close onWednesday 26th June 2013 at 8pm Brisbane time.
  • The 5 winners will be chosen by me from the valid entries and contacted via email before midnight Friday 28th June 2013.
  • If any winners don’t contact me, after 4 days I will choose a new winner to replace them.
  • Once I have been in contact with the winner, I will announce the winner and pass on their details to the sponsors who will send out the prize.
  • I can’t take responsibility for any issues in the delivery process.
  • BigW would love to see a picture of your ‘Toy Expert’ and/or the toy they choose on their Facebook page.
So go and get your thinking caps on and enter. You gotta be in it to win it!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gel Medium Transfer Tutorial

Hi guys!
My gosh I knew I had been away for a little while but not for a month! Gosh!
Life has been busy with colds and flu and fevers etc. So much fun!

I certainly hope y'all are faring well.

I have been having a play with mixed media canvases and especially having a good play with Gel Medium Transfer. I am LOVING this technique at the moment and having so much fun with it.
I waited too long to try it. I had heard about it and read in magazines about it, but i was afraid of making a big mistake and messing it all up.
Well may I encourage you to give it a go!
Try it! An what's even better - there isn't really any failing. If it doesn't quite work as planned then that's ok. It just looks vintage/distressed and to be honest, probably a lot cooler than had it worked! lol

To begin, trim your PHOTOCOPIED image to size. It must be photocopy printed because the ink contains toner and it wont smudge.
Cover the image in gel medium, giving it a good coverage. Place it face down down on the canvas, smoothing out all bubbles and wrinkles. Use a squidgy or plastic card to help in this. 
Allow the glued image to dry naturally. This is dependent on the weather and how much gel you used. 

I had a play to see what happens if I encourage the drying with a heat gun. The transfer did work, however I found that the image wasn't very permanent. I am thinking that this may be because the gel didn't have an opportunity to really absorb and take on the ink. You can see here that the stem and some flowers didn't remain. But it adds character and gives a good distressed look. Well that is what Mr White Knight said! lol

Once dried, spray water onto the paper and allow it to soak through. Once it becomes transparent it is time for the next step!

...Rubbing the paper off! Firmly, but gently, rub away the paper. It should come away easily. If not, just add some more water and allow it to seep in. 
All that should remain is the transferred image!


Allow the image to dry. If some white fibers remain, just spray again with water and rub them off.

Remember! When using words or planning the direction of your image, that the transfer will be in reverse! So when using words etc make sure you print your words up reversed so that when transferred, you will be able to read them clearly.

Have fun with this technique! I know I will be! May even try it on some cards.
Do let me know what you create. I'd love to hear from you!