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Friday, 27 August 2010

Prepare to be jealous.............

if you like STEAMPUNK that is!!!! Today I was out shopping with my sister and another friend and look what I got!

We were wandering around and came across this small shop that was advertising watch and clock repairs, I thought to myself "I wonder?" so in I went and asked if he ever had any parts left over that he could not use, he said he did but that they were in the cellar and he did not have time just then to sort any out but if I wanted to I could go down there and get some myself!!! IF I WANTED? LOL I was down there in a shot and this is what I got FOR NOTHING, FREE, GRATIS!!
My sister says I am terrible but I say if you don't ask you don't get!!

Then we found a shop selling vintage stuff and I got this CUTE little jug! How sweet is that?
That's what I call a good day shopping!

OK, now some art stuff! You may remember a post a while back featuring my fennel plant, well it was suggested that I use some of the pics in some art work so I have done just that.

Not only used a pic of the fennel.......printed onto ordinary printer paper.........but some ACTUAL fennel.
A while ago I saw a post by LYNN on HER CREATIVE SPIRIT showing how she makes bookmarks with pressed flowers and tissue, I really liked the idea and stored it away for future use.
I have long used tissue paper and Diamond Glaze to apply stamped images to awkward shaped surfaces and wondered if I could adapt Lynns idea to attach some dry fennel to my page? After a  little experimenting I found it worked quite well.
Basically the idea is....apply some Diamond Glaze over the surface where you want the dry fennel (or whatever other dry stuff you want to use), add the dry plant, lay the tissue over the top and add more DG. Use a brush to spread the DG, the tissue will start to become see-through. I then use wet fingers to press the tissue into place around the plant material, taking care as the tissue gets quite fragile. Set aside to dry, add colour wash.

23 comments:

Diane Kelsey said...

A lovely idea, well worth a try.

Athena said...

SUPER finds!
Love your pages and I also love fennel :)
I must try using DG with some dried flowers. The effect is wonderful.

*** Suzi B *** said...

Jealous MOI!! pea green thats the word lol
Not only of the watch parts etc... but the gorgeous journal pages.

Helen said...

Congrats on your super bargains! Just shows you should never be afraid to ask!
Love the journal, great idea for the fennel.

Effie said...

What a fabulous find....... I always say.. If you don't ask you don't get! look forward to seeing what you do with them!.. great bookmarks too.

Hels Sheridan said...

Fab finds hun, loving all that watchy stuff... and umbelliferous has to be the best word I have hear for yonks... loving your page :O))

artyventure said...

Soooooooo jealous!

Artyjen said...

Love the fennel idea....and yes I am so jealous of the clock parts LOL
xoxo Sioux

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Jealous, yes of course and that dam fennel LOL. No seriously its turned out fab using that tissue, love it, great idea incorporating some actual fennel. Just thought of a great idea, why not share with your friend LOL. See you tomorrow (not decorated any pages yet and its 8.16pm). Tracy x

Kaz said...

Jealous doesn't even begin to cover it! You were very lucky.
Love that page too xx

Wendy said...

OMG what a great find.....what a very nice man............looking forward to the art with that little lot.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Oh my, you're so right! It's not good to be envious, but I am! I once visited a clock and watch shop but everything was soooo expensive! They knew I wanted it for something other than a watch!! Great idea about the dried flowers and tissue- one day I'm going to try it with plain old white glue!!! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Sid said...

You lucky lady (cheeky too !) but what a haul ! Love the page too !!

Burnice said...

I am soooo going to find a watch repairer now and try this.... Will you visit me in hospital!!!! Great jug too oh and the fennel pages ain't 'arf bad!
Burnice x

Susan Allan said...

Luck you, your find will be very inspirational and you have come up trumps with the fennel project.
Sue xx

Susan Allan said...

Sorry, that should read 'lucky you'. I have even got my specs on!

Sue xx

Sam said...

Great find, will be following your blog to see what you do with them! I bought an old watch at a boot sale so I could take it apart for pieces for my printers tray I'm decorating..but it wont come apart! Love how you have used the fennel on your page, great tip with the DG.

Cath Wilson said...

And it looks wonderful. I'd never have thought of adding inclusions to the tissue paper - h'mm, mind ticking now, lol. Great inspiration. Love your finds, too!

Moniqui said...

Your fennel pages are stunning! I will have to try that technique soon! Right after i find a clock maker and visit the store begging for spare parts lol!!!

Carol Q said...

you jammy wotsit! LOL as you say - if you don't ask you don't get. the jug reminds me of the little owl jug on the antiques road show years ago that was worth a fortune - sure it's not similar Sue?????!
journal pages are fab. brill idea. agree with Hels - I shall be wrapping umbelliferous round my tongue all day (sorry written way too much!)

Deanna Cosgrove said...

You're killin' me---I would have loved to grab those watch parts---and to see what all was down there!

The fennel project is too cool.

Lynne Phelps said...

TOTALLY JEALOUS, thank you, green IS my favorite color but I like to wear it rather than FEEL it, LOL!!! The pottery is uber-cute and I love the fennel art, but I gotta ask, what in the heck is UMBELLIFEROUS when it's at home? ;-)

Zuzu's Blog said...

LORDY.... those watch parts... I nearly fainted.