Monday, February 20, 2012

brads: noun

a slender wire nail having either a small, deep head or a projection to one side of the head end

brads- Heidi Grace, Eyelet Outlet,  Stemma, and Queen & Co.
flocked cloud paper- Heidi Grace
umbrella paper - My minds Eye
Paper Dolls, Stretch Your Imagination cartridges
My Little Shoebox sticker letter
Really Reasonable Ribbon - twine
Helmars Zap dots, Liquid Scrapdots, V2 Spray

I would rather live in a sand castle wall hanging

A close up of the sand bucket. I wadded up a pinch of tissue and added glue to it, then poured "sand" on it. Then added tiny brads to the handle and adhered the handles to the bucket. I sliced the top paper so I could slide the shovel "into" the sand, added the starfish brad behind the top layer to add depth.
The trees are sanded along their sections, then crumpled and loosely adhered to paper.
I wanted to show the amount of layering the bottom section has. There are cuts to slide items into, pop dotting to add height. 

A close up of the umbrella, I set a brad in the top, I had to cut off the ends of the brad using my wire cutter so the tabs wouldn't show.

I sewed a little on the flag and used my Helmars Liquid Scrapdots for the tiny seagull. He was too small to use a pop dot and I wanted him to have a little dimension.


Now as a continuation of my journey into manual mode on my camera :) Since yesterday I experimented with shutter speeds in bright light, today I used lower shutter speeds in a room with low light. My instructor said when in doubt, start with the camera in automatic and see what the setting is and then take it down a F-stop. ( A F-stop to put it in the very simplest terms, it is the opening that lets light into your camera. )

So this was taken on automatic, which produced a flash. Shutter speed 1/40 sec. Not bad, but since my paper has shimmer, I get a glare.
Now if I stay in automatic, but remove the flash I get a grainy and less focused picture. Shutter speed 1/6 second. 
So if I use the setting for the automatic setting ( with flash ) and put it in manual mode using the shutter priority and put my shutter speed down one F-stop, shutter speed 1/30 second, then I get a darn good shot with no glare.

So, using low shutter speeds indoors can produce a well lit picture without the flash BUT you do have to bring out your tri-pod and use your timer so your hands are off the camera!


Mary Pat Siehl said...

this wall hanging is sooo cute! oh i would love to take a photography class-that would be so cool--your pics looks great

Craftychris said...

Your wall hanging is fab, so bright and cheerful. You are becoming extremely good with your camera! xx

Pia S said...

Thank you for laeving a comment on my blog. Love this creation! And seems from your blog that you have many different hobbies and talents.

Lin said...

Wow, so much lovely detail here. I love what you did with the bucket of sand! Fabulous


PS Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

scrappymo! said...

The wall hanging is so nice but the camera lesson is even better!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a fun piece! All the different aspects--layer and details--that you put into it are totally wonderful!

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Sandee,

Oh, I'd love to be by the beach! I love all the layers and textures that you've added.

Also, thanks for another lesson in photography. Even though I joined a photo group I'm getting more from your posts (my fault). I need to read the manual on my camera and I'll play with the shutter speed without the flash. That is usually how I take my photos - lights turned off in the house!


Lydia said...

Lovely wall hanging! I love all the details and texture. Thanks for playing along with us at Frosted Designs!

Debbie Rock said...

That must have taken you ages ... there is so much work that has gone into it! Brilliant details and a stunning hanging ... well done indeed! Debbie xXx

Unknown said...

Sandee, are you thinking of the beach much? LOL I love your wall hanging! I can almost smell the salt spray and feel the wind on my face!

~Tammy~ said...

This is amazing! All the fine details! Awesome!

Erin Reed said...

Such a wonderful project, I love the use of embellishments on it.

Thank you for playing along with us at Frosted Designs this week with our challenge of brads/eyelets, I hope you come back and play again!!

Erin Reed