Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Inside the Apothecary Emporium-A Peek-a-Boo Project

This is Jon David Lowe from the GSLC DT and as I stated in my last post I have had a long fascination of apothecary  but not in the traditional sense I described there but more of that of the Harry Potter stories, those shops found on Diagon Alley-Slug and Jiggers Apothecary-although not mentioned often as compared to the other shops, it's definitely an exciting place to think about. It is where the Hogwarts students buy ingredients for potions class. I like to think of the weird and magical ingredients found there.  I like to image the twee boutiques, with their eclectic  collection of herbs bundles, unpredictable potions, intoxicating elixirs, cleaning crystals, oozing ointments, jars of jubilee, and other magical enchantments. These are the inspirations for this artwork.

1.  Gather Supplies

2.  Coat GSLC Tiny Apothecary Bottles with a Layer of DecoArt One Step Crackle Finish and  Glossy Accents Clear Dimensional  Medium.

3.  Sprinkle on Micro Clear Glass Beads.

4.  When Fully Dried Add Alcohol Inks Randomly.

5.  When Dried Again Carefully Remove Tiny Apothecary Bottles from Their Base.

6.  Use Tim Holtz Curator Ephemera Pack for Labels for the Bottles.

7.  Attach Using Glossy Accents Clear Dimensional  Medium as an Adhesive.

8.  Cover Back Portion of GSLC Vintage Triptych Florentine with Wooden Grain Pictorial Paper.

9.  Cover Inside Portion of GSLC Vintage Triptych Florentine with Tim Holtz Vintage Wallpapers.

10.                Coat Frame of GSLC Vintage Triptych Florentine with a Mixture of Cosmic Shimmer Lava paste, Transparent Red Iron Oxide Paint, Nickel Azo Yellow Paint, Art Alchemy Metallique Hazelnut Paint Spreading  Randomly with  a Small Plastic Palette Knife. Use this Same Mixture to Coat Small Strips of Bookboard.

11.                Cure with a Heat Tool.

12.                Splatter Tim Holtz Vintage Wallpapers with  Tim Holtz-Scattered Straw, Salty Ocean, Bundled Sage  Distress Stains.

13.                Make Small Shelves for Flaps of  GSLC Vintage Triptych Florentine.

14.                Screw Frame and Tiny Shelves into Place Using a Screwdriver and Microscrews.

15.                Add Halloween Stickers to Background of Shelves.

16.                Edge  GSLC Vintage Triptych Florentine with Folk Art Painted Textures Moss.

17.                Hold   GSLC Vintage Triptych Florentine Together with Clams and add Hinges with Microscrews and a Screwdriver.

18.                Use Painters Tape to Isolate Hinges.

19.                Make a Concoction of Chili Powder, Cinnamon, Crackle Texture Paste,  Transparent Red Iron Oxide Paint and Nickel Azo Yellow Paint. Spread on Hinges and Cure with Heat Tool.

20.                Add Highlight to GSLC Tiny Apothecary Bottles with Interference Blue(Fine) Paint.

21.                Use More Halloween Stickers To Decorate Back Portions of GSLC Vintage Triptych Florentine.

22.                Coat Entire Artwork with Hairspray of Matte Gel Medium.


Some Final Thoughts.

I found this poem, The Apothecary's Den, by Hybrid Doll intriguing:


In the heart of the woods

An aromatic hovel stood

desolate is vivid disarray.

A  hopeful asylum for ailing strays,

A flimsy curtain between life and death,

For souls hanging by abysmal thread.


Herbal Remedies, by Gothicghost95, explores the magical medicinal properties found in these sometime flamboyant flora sometimes pedestrian plants:


Lavender, Basil, Rosemary and more

happily spread you love forevermore.

The ancient battles of timely folklore;

Aloe Vera does not mind the gore.


Chamomile, Foxglove, and St. John's Wort too.

blithely bring relaxation to you.

The deadly might of Aconite is true,

just like the terminal poison of Rue.


Agrimony, Comfrey, and great Yarrow

hire the dire wounds of any fellow.

Demon Protection helps you to mellow

use dainty Mugwort's Flowers of yellow.


An Eye disorder or aliment we fight

with the healing herb of mighty Eyebright,

Profound melancholy, vertigo, fright

the very curative Feverfew shall smite.


A gift, immortality surely would,

if only majestic and noble Sage could

Absinthe infused with bizarre Wormwood

Careful! for far too much cannot be good.


To soothe burns with Poplar you must combine

jointly with Poppy and Henbane in time

Chives and Garlic, Oregano and Thyme

used in cooking is superbly sublime.

Echinacea, an awesome herb to trade

purifies blood and is never delayed

But Lobelia, Saffron and Nightshade

will only cause your life to slowly fade.

 Supplies:  GSLC Tiny Apothecary BottlesGSLC Vintage Triptych Florentine, DecoArt One Step Crackle Finish, Glossy Accents Clear Dimensional  Medium, Alcohol Inks, Micro Clear Glass Beads, Halloween Stickers, Tim Holtz Curator Ephemera Pack, Tim Holtz Vintage Wallpaper Pack, Wooden Grain Pictorial Paper, Cosmic Shimmer Lava paste, Transparent Red Iron Oxide Paint, Nickel Azo Yellow Paint, Art Alchemy Metallique Hazelnut Paint, Small Plastic Palette Knife, Heat Tool, Tim Holtz-Scattered Straw, Salty Ocean, Bundled Sage  Distress Stains, Strips of Bookboard, Micro Screws, Awl Screwdriver, Folk Art Painted Textures Moss, Clamps, Hinges, Painters Tape, Chili Powder, Cinnamon, Crackle Texture Paste,  Interference Blue(Fine) Paint, Matte Gel Medium, Hairspray

I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!

Monday, April 18, 2022

You are my love

 Hello everyone.

 Karolina here and I am sharing with you my new inspiration.

I've created this card using Butterfly Bracket Frames.

Prepare everything that you need before you start to create a card such as fussy cutting and cut  patterned papers.

Use a hot embossing tool and emboss a frame and a butterfly.

The next step is distress all edges of patterned papers.

Glue together patterned papers and fix them onto kraft blank card.

Mount a frame onto center of card.

Start to add some fussy cut elements to build your  composition.

When you are happy with your composition start to mount everything. You can use a hot glue as I did.

GSL product used:

Butterfly Bracket Frames

Other supply used:

Kraft blank card, patterned paper, paper flowers, fussy cuts elements, glue, sequins, sentiment, twine, sisal, embossing powder, embossing ink and hot glue.

I hope you like my card, and I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Please share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook.

Thank you for stopping by!