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Friday, 7 September 2018

Artist Trading Coins PaperArtsy style

Hi there folks, I'm linking this post to the one going out tonight over on the paperartsy blog here. The blog theme over the past week and continuing throughout next week is: Artist Trading Coins. These are the ones I made using a couple of Kay Carley's stamp sets.

The two stamp sets Ive used are: EKC15 and EK19. These flower heads are great images to use on the 2.5" diameter Coins. If you haven't yet caught the 'bug' for making these little mini art pieces, then I hope you can find inspiration and know-how on the PA blog. Each contributing artist has a different 'take' on how to create these while using various stamped images from different designers. The technique is pretty much the same as making regular ATCs. My technique is the way I produce any piece of art journaling - lots of layers! 


These backgrounds were created by first laying down a mix of Distress Oxides, adding various colours until I was happy with the result. These three sheets are a result of using different combinations. The technique was Tim Holtz's swooshing method. Once dry, I then added PaperArtsy Infusions on top, attempting to use similar colours to the Oxides. These are not permanent backgrounds so needed fixing with Ranger's Distress glaze before adding further layers. 


They look so pretty even before I add any stencilling or stamping on top. 

Here are just a few I added further layers to. This included stamping: I used some PaperArtsy mini  stamps and some stamps designed by Michelle Ward for GreenPepperStudios. I'm not sure these are still available as I bought them several years ago. I also added some marks using bottle caps/tops and a white Sharpie paint pen. These were now ready for the focal images to be placed on top. 
 

 You can see which stamp sets I used over on the PA blog. I used a mix of Derwent Inktense blocks (grated then mixed with water to create a watercolour mix) and Copic markers, to colour in the flowers, butterflies and dragonflies. I also added some glitter to some of the images and some text.

Now, I turned my attention to creating some storage tins to keep these Coins in! I had seen an idea on Pinterest to turn a large Pringles tin into an ATCoin storage container. I preferred to use the smaller size. 


This seemed a more manageable size. I had great fun creating a masterboard to cut these panels from. This time I used Paperartsy Fresco chalk paints and a couple of Paperartsy  stencils.


 I used Paperartsy grunge paste, pushed through this scrummy stencil (PSO34) before brayering some Paperartsy Fresco chalk paints across the 12" Smoothy card I used for this. I created several sheets and used several colours of Frescos. 

 The raised pattern resisted the paint and left lots of white space, which I really liked. Once I had created a layer of colour, I added further stencilling on top, using one of Kay Carley's new stencils, and mixing grunge paste with the Infusions. I explained on the PA blog my surprise at the results but I was pleased with the colours this technique produced. 

 This is such a pretty stencil. I love the panels I created to wrap around the tins. I only needed to paint a base coat of black paint and create a larger Coin for the lid. I was very happy to have enough left over to create some matching Coins. So, there we are. I do hope you like my ATCoins and want to get involved in this new swapping craze. These are all up for swaps if you're interested. Just leave me a comment below. I will leave you with a couple of close-up photos of the Coins. Until next time...

 Don't forget to pop over to the paperartsy blog for more inspiration here. I would love to read your opinion of this new craze in the comments below!










Sunday, 1 July 2018

Circle Journal 3 -Final pages

Hi everyone!
Back again to share the process steps of the pages I created in Wanda Hentges Circle Journal. I and 11 FB friends have been sending our journals around the UK and over to the US to allow each of us to create art on at least one page in each others' journals. Great fun. This last 'Cycle' has taken a year to complete and Wanda's journal has now been received by Catherine before winging its way to Wanda in the US.  I know she will be delighted with all the glorious art work inside. Here are the pages I created for her...


We decided to create our journals this year using envelopes. It was amazing to see 12 completely different ideas on how to do this. All journals were handmade. I'm hoping to post photos of several of them on here at the end of July, so watch this space! I might even be brave enough to try a Facebook live! So, how did I start this journal spread? 


I started by brayering the colours you can see in the photo horizontally and vertically across the envelope pages which I had previously gessoed. These are new PaperArtsy colours produced by Seth Apter, and paints by Dina Wakely for Ranger Indistries. They really are delicious and produce a very different colour blend to the ones I usually go for. But I wanted to produce a more subdued background for the flower images I intended to place on top. 


The next stage was to use some DecoArt Crackle paste through a stencil to create some interest in what would be a rather plain, unfussy background - not like me at all, but I was aiming to produce a style I felt Wanda would prefer. I wanted to keep these quite light and ensure some white space in the finished page. 


More colours were added, very lightly with a small brayer this time as I just wanted to catch the raised crackled pattern and the pages. This is so unlike my usual Gung-Ho attitude to paint, but it felt good! The paints used here are: Eggplant, Purple Rain, Butter and Beach Hut. All Paperartsy Fresco Chalk acrylic paints, available here: www.paperartsy.co.uk and some local retailers. 


The next step was to add some stamping, but again, I didn't want this to be intrusive so I only used bits of stamping here and there. I used a Paperartsy Hot Picks stamp set: HP1501EZ and a Mini Stamp: MN41. I used two contrasting colours to do this: Eggplant and Butter. Next, I added some simple stencilling using the same contrasting colours and adding a touch of green with Magic Moss, another of Seth Apter's new colours. 


Now it was beginning to look interesting and I was falling in love with it! Best to leave it when I'm happy. So, I started stamping out the gorgeous little flowers I was anxious to use, a new set designed by Kay Carley, for PaperArtsy. 


I kept very much to the colours I had already used but, of course, Bougainvillea - another PaperArtsy Fresco Chal paint - had to make an appearance. It's my all time fave! So, some new paints, some older ones, but all Fresco Chalks. I really like their matte, yet quite bright, finish.


So, with the addition of some of JoFy's stamp sets from previous releases, I was able to complete the whole spread. I'm particularly pleased with myself for using PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk paints to colour all the leaves and flowers. I'm not usually very good at doing this and generally resort to my Copic pens, but I'm really pleased with the blending and will completely ignore the mistakes! I do hope you have found this post useful. If so, I would really appreciate a brief comment. Thankyou so much for popping by. Until next time, happy crafting! 










Monday, 25 June 2018

Artful Shrine

Hi there!
Gosh, it's been such a long time since I blogged on here despite having several projects that I meant to blog! Tonight I'm linking this post with my project over on the Paperartsy blog Here. The current theme is all about 'Shrines' and there have been some wonderfully imaginative interpretations of this theme already. Please take the time to have a look through the last week's blog posts.  So inspiring. If you contribute your own idea to the album you are in with a chance to win one of Paperartsy's very unique art aprons!

I was lucky enough to be able to use a variety of my Lynne Perrella stamps. I used various images from five sets in this project. If you pop over to the paperartsy blog you will be able to see which ones I used. The project started out like this:

The ATC frame comes ready to assemble from www.calicocraftparts.co.uk a company recommended to me by Julie-Ann Lee - the Queen of mini shrines. The large wooden tag was a fabulous bargain pack of assorted wooden tags from the MDF man. I'm afraid I don't know him by any other name! Lesley Ebdon was the link here, kindly organising a wonderful deal for several of her crafty friends and I was lucky enough to be included. Thanks Lesley! 

In order to create the apex of the shrine and hide the tag shape, I had to cut out some greyboard for both sides of the tag and join them with thin strips along the sloping edges. I was pleased with the result but it was fiddly. I then decided to use greyboard and Paperartsy Smoothy 240gms card to create panels to stamp on. If you read the blogpost you will see what a long-winded way I found to do this! Anyway, the main thing is, I was pleased with the result! 

I love the colours I've chosen here. The frames are painted with Fresco China. I love that colour! I've listed the other colours and added more details on the PA blog if you're interested to know which ones I used. Quite typically, Bougainvillea made an appearance. 

The image in the  little frame was embellished with beads, gems and German scrap in order to create a rich central focus. I must admit that I rather went to town on adding all of this ephemera. I had a great time looking through my stash to keep to  the colour choices I'd made. I really love how the background colours come through the stamped images. 

Of course by the time I had glued on the label frame and the ATC box shrine, some of these stamped images were a little hidden, but it couldn't be helped. If you have been following the PaperArtsy blog challenge, I do hope you think this is an effective contribution to the theme. Why not have a go yourself! I'd love to see your ideas. Until next time! 

I'd love to know you stopped by! Please leave a comment so I can link up 
To your blog too! 














Friday, 13 April 2018

Baa baa bunting!

Hi everyone,
Thankyou so much if you have just popped over from my main blog post on the Paperartsy blog. Just a quick link post tonight as I'm busy looking after  the  Grandfairies! The project that I have been working on ties in with the current PaperArtsy blog challenge: Banners and Bunting. I was lucky enough to be asked to use 'Elenazinski' stamp sets, both new and old, for my bunting.
By the time this banner was finished it was so long that I could only take photos in the garden! So, here's a closer view of the circles, perfect size for Elena's sheep. Aren't they cute? 
And now the triangles... Here I used some of the background stamps on her very first stamp set she designed for PaperArtsy. Elena is a fantastic artist and sells all sorts of things in her etsy shop! Here. She's also a very talented writer. I want her to write and illustrate a children's book! 

The stamps I used were these:
The sheep are one of her new sets. I love all her designs. They are great fun to stamp out and colour in. All my grandchildren have received birthday and Christmas cards using her stamps. For this bunting, I used Paperartsy Fresco chalk paints for all the background layers and Copic marker pens for colouring the images. This is going to adorn my youngest grandfairy's nursery when her mum moves into her new house! I'm sure she will love it! 
If you are interested in the process steps in creating this bunting, why don't you pop over to the PaperArtsy blog, using the link above. Thankyou so much for popping by! Until next time....








Sunday, 11 March 2018

Whimsical Altered Blocks

Hi everyone! This linked post with blog.paperartsy.co.uk features my interpretation of the 'Whimsical' theme, using old and new JoFy stamps, PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk paints, Copic marker pens, various stencils and the Gelli plate! I hope you like it. It was great fun to make. Pop over to the PaperArtsy blog  here to see how I put these blocks together. 

The blocks are assembled from a kit as you can see here, then gessoed as I originally planned to paint directly onto the blocks to create backgrounds for the stamped images.

However, I just couldn't get the vivid colours I was after despite multi layers of paint, dry brushing and blending. So I resorted to my 8" x 10" Gelli plate. I selected colours deliberately to create three colour ways. These were the result!

As well as using various PaperArtsy stencils, I made use of some new Carabelle Studio texture mats that I bought recently. These have been made specifically for use on the Gelli plate. Now, I have always found stencils easy and effective to use on the Gelli plate but these are something else!! The prints they produce are much clearer. I will certainly be investing in a few more of these!

I had great fun creating different scenes on the blocks using a variety of old and new stamps designed by JoFy for PaperArtsy. I particularly love the new set I've used here. I love the doodling around the leaves and flowers. The leaf stamp is a firm favourite already and will appear regularly in my art work from now on.

Once I completed the blocks, I decided to use similar scenes on a few cards I needed to make. I particularly like the simplicity of the black and white images. I used Copic markers to colour in all of the stamped images. I love the variety of colours and the easy way they blend. I ended up making quite a few cards with the stamped images left over from the altered blocks, plus a few extras.

Thanks for dropping by my blog but please pop over to the PaperArtsy blog to see more photos. If you like this particular theme, why don't you join in and share your whimsical project on the PaperArtsy blog. You might win one of their fabulous art aprons. Pop over to find the details! Until next time! Happy crafting xxx



Friday, 15 December 2017

Another step on this journal's art journey!

Hi everyone!
I hope your Christmas preparations are going smoothly. I'm at a very 'relaxed' stage, having done all my Christmas present shopping and only just ordering the turkey today from our fantastic, local butcher - who I used to teach, actually! I'm popping by tonight with a short post explaining my latest contribution to Marie's Art journal. I'm currently hosting our third 'cycle' of a collection of art journals that are passed around a 'Circle of friends' month by month. The idea being that each of us complete at least one page of each other's journals before passing them on to the next person in the circle. It's great fun and very inspiring as the journals fill up with the most wonderful art as they progress around the circle. At the end of this cycle, a few of us are meeting up for an arty weekend together in the Peak District. So, what did I complete in Marie's art journal?

I really enjoyed completing this. I chose to use a little three-page booklet inside Marie's journal.  The image above are the three inside pages. The theme for this cycle was suggested by Julie Bell, to create our journals with envelopes. It's fascinating to see everyone's different interpretation of this theme. However, a three-page booklet resulted in me needing to complete six surfaces. As you can see, I decided to use some of my huge stash of Lavinia Stamps, available Here. I adore this range. The stamps are really good quality and deeply etched so the prints are always reliable. I decided to use Distress oxides for the backgrounds. Now I'm no expert with these and still learning what products work well/don't work well with oxides. 


I varied the colour combinations on the inside and outer surfaces and really went to town with my colour blending. I had already cut out a circle as I wanted to create a 'peep-hole' for the viewer to feel they were peeping through a landscape to see the fairies dancing in the moonlight. Well, that was the original plan, I'm not sure I achieved that but I am happy with the result. I hope Marie will be.


These are the colours I used for both the outer and the inner layers. I then splashed water across each of the surfaces before drying them off. You can't predict the lovely effects you get but each page was a lovely surprise!  Now it was just a matter of creating little fairy scenes for each surface while keeping the main focus on the centre page. It wasn't easy getting the main image absolutely central in the cut out circles but I don't think Marie will mind!



The page above is the first page. I just had to add some glitter to those fairy wings! 


When you open the first page this is what you see. You then open out the page on the right to reveal the centre, inner pages. 


And this is the final surface. I do hope you have enjoyed taking a closer look at this little booklet. Marie has Young children and it was with them in mind that I decided to go with this idea. I hope she, and they, will enjoy looking at it. Thankyou for popping by. I would love you to leave a comment. 
I wish all of you a very happy Christmas and look forward to another art-filled year in 2018!  Until next time! . 





Thursday, 23 November 2017

'Ladies of The Forest' PA White on White challenge

Hi everyone
I'm here tonight to link up my project for the PaperArtsy Blog. This was a real challenge for me as I have never limited my colour palette to variations of white before but I'm so pleased Leandra allowed me to create a project on this theme.  I loved making this!


I didn't set out to create a canvas. I intended to create some Christmas cards as the theme seemed to fit this outcome perfectly. However, once I started to collect bits and pieces from my stash it was clear that I had everything I needed for a Mixed Media spread. Although the challenge theme is 'White on White' or 'Shades of White' I couldn't resist complementing the white with silver. 


The Lynn Perrella images (the sets they are taken from can be seen on the PA blog link) are stamped first in Encore Silver before being embossed with WOW embossing powders. As I explain in the main PA blog post, I 'borrowed' an idea from Lynne Perrella herself to stamp the faces again on PA Smoothy card, again in silver, to cut out and lay over the first embossed face. This has made the faces stand out more clearly. 


The main colours used to help create these variations of white were: Fresco Chalk acrylic paints in: Chalk, Nougat, Snowflake, and heavy Gesso. I have explained how I created each layer over on the PA blog which you can link to above. I'll leave you with a few close ups, but would love you to pop over to the PA blog as there have been some wonderful creations on this theme over the last fortnight. 





Perhaps you are inspired to create something on this theme? I'm off to create some 'white on white' Christmas cards. Until next time, Thankyou for popping by!