Friday, 7 July 2017

1, 2, 3 ATC

WELL..!!  I can hear you all say "What's all this Mess?" 
Grab yourself a cuppa and i'll tell you all about it..

Well this project all started with the words *Found* a Theme given for an ATC Swap I contribute to each month. I have so much stored away in pretty jars but the majority of it has little or no importance, just odds and ends hidden away with the hope of discovering that hidden gem each time I rummaged through it...

The Blog Challenge Theme for the next fortnight over at That's Crafty is *Anything Goes* and these little ATC's seemed to fit the bill nicely, showing that you really can create something from nothing.. 
I hope you can pop along and check out all those inspirational makes from the DT and maybe join in as there's a chance to win a £20 voucher to spend in the That's Crafty Store.. 

Here in words and pictures is my 1,2,3 ATC

Covering an MDF ATC in a layer of lace I Gesso'd over the top and added some of those 
bits and bobs, sticking them down with lots and lots of heavy body gel. 

I added micro beads into the exposed gel and then left them for 7 whole days.. yes 7!! 
As the amount of gel used was so thick and I knew these would be travelling to a new destination I needed to make sure that the gel had cured properly and also that those items would stay where I had put them..!

..One week later.
All dry and stuck down firmly.. so time to play.
I coloured each ATC differently using neocolor pastels and covered with mat medium to protect any further movement of colour. These colours were my base coat on which I could build up with more colour.

Now this is my favourite bit, bringing out all the detail by using raw umber paint and coordinating coloured alcohol markers around each element. Creating depth, shade and highlighting those prominent areas with bronze, antique gold and antique silver shimmer paints to give the appearance of reflection of light with a dot and dab of white Posca Pen.

Each ATC is finally edged with a little gilding wax.. and my ATC's are complete..

You really do need something substantial to adhere so much onto as you do not want them to buckle or bend whilst on their travels. The MDF ATC's are fabulous surfaces to work on and I believe they have now found new homes.. hopefully well received.?

Thank you for sharing your time, I hope you have been inspired.
What ever you are up to this week I hope it's a crafty one.

Stay Safe.. Creative Hugs.. Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

Bits and Bobs from my own crafty stash!
 Alcohol markers (Browns/Greens/Blues) Not my best ones.
That's Crafty MDF ATC's 
That's Crafty White Gesso
Heavy body Gel
DecoArt Matte Medium
Carn D'ache neocolor II water soluble pastels
DecoArt Raw Umber
That's Crafty Shimmer Paints
Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Wax
White Posca Marker Pen


aussie aNNie said...

What a fabulous mess, re creation made to love this.xx.♥

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Ooooh just look at all that yummy texture, brilliant make Tracey
Donna xx

Dorthe said...

Wow Tracey , I wish I could touch your fantastic created texture , they are all amazing with all the hidden, little many treasures, and love the glow of the two on the left !! So wonderful.
Hugs from Dorthe, xx

SewPaperPaint said...

Super cool Tracey! I love how the addition of brown transformed your colors. These are so much fun and are like buried treasure to the eyes! Hugs, Autumn

Nikki Acton said...

Great work Tracey - great designs and wonderful put together. xx

Bev Hilton said...

Lush. Just look at all that texture. They are fab and I would love to recieve one. Rich colours too. Just fabulous.
Hugs, Bev. xxx

Fliss said...

Wow! These look amazing Tracey, the bits and bobs you put on are totally transformed with the paints and marker.
Fliss xx

Amanda said...

How fabulous are these? Very fabulous! Great make Tracy live them.
Amanda x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Hee hee.. Thank you Annie, if only we could cover up all our real mess in this way xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thanks Donna, this is just my sort of thing.. the devil in the detail not the mess haa haa (well maybe a little..!)

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Glad you like them Dorthe, it's amazing how a splash of paint can transform things. I hope the people that received them enjoy them.. Hugs Tracey xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Oh Thank you Autumn, I have to admit that brown is a great colour for transforming and bringing out those finer details. Glad you like them..
Hugs Tracey xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you so much Nikki.. xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Aww Thanks Bev, I believe they arrived intact so that's a bonus. If I make another I will send it you :) xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you so much Fliss It is astonishing how rubbish can be transformed in this way, but great fun doing it.. xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Glad you like Amanda.. Thank you xx

rachel said...

these are beautiful Tracey - wish I had got one lol!!! Hugs rachel x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thanks Rachel, it's always a wonderful surprise when that SAE arrives and the anticipation of whats inside xx

Carol said...

Fab textured and altered pieces x Have a lovely weekend :)

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you very much Carol, so glad you like my little makes. Have a sweet weekend :)