Words I will journal by.

Create. Learn. Try. Believe you can.

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! 

Monday, 23 October 2017

Autumn Shrine

Hi everyone, I'm back briefly tonight linking my latest project for www.artfuldays.co.uk and linking across to Julie Bell's blog here.

I've created my Autumn Shrine using this month's fabulous products inside the October Goodie box. Just look at all of this deliciousness! It's so exciting receiving these boxes each month, each beautifully wrapped and each one based on a theme! There are at least 18 little packs of goodies in each box - more than you get in more expensive but similar items currently on sale and featured on Hochanda.TV. Julie's boxes retail at £21.99 which includes p & p. I honestly don't know how she does it. The value for money is evident here:

Added to this wonderful selection, Julie always includes the most delicious papers: this month's are the brand new Prima Abermoon papers and notecards. You saw them first here folks! 

I've used one of the papers and one of the notecards inside the niche in my shrine. But, for a step-by-step explanation of how I put all the elements together, you need to pop over to Julie's blog here. And if you are tempted to buy this month's Goodie box or would like to take out a 3-month or 12- month subscription, you can pop over to the website here

I would love to read your views about my Autumn Shrine or what you think of Julie's Goodie boxes. I expect you've seen quite a few of my samples by now. All feedback is very welcome, including why you would or wouldn't buy one of the Goodie boxes! Thankyou for popping by. Until next time....

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Hi everyone,
I'm back again tonight to link up with a project I made for Artful Days, using some of the gorgeous products in the October Goodie Box: Changing Seasons. And what can be more perfect than a Pumpkin!! You can read through my step-by-step info explaining how I created it over on the Artful Days blog here.

Almost all of the products you can see are in this month's Goodie Box. Each box is crammed full of wonderful papers, cards, tags, ribbon, paper/silk flowers and a variety of metal and resin embellishments: perfect for a Mixed Media project like this. I started by collecting a variety of products from the box, that I intended to use.

 I have added a few buttons and the die-cut foliage scrolls from my own stash. Here's a close-up of the pretty embellishments, don't you just love the sheaves of corn?
I do hope you like what I've made here and will pop over to Julie Bell's blog to see  how I put it all together. These wonderful Goodie boxes are available from: www.artfuldays.co.uk -  But, you need to hurry, this Autumn box is selling fast. For more ideas and inspiration have a look at  the projects made by Katie Lamb and Julie Bell, also featured on the blog. Until next time...

Monday, 16 October 2017

Pearly Stars/ PaperArtsy blog challenge

Hi everyone. Thankyou for popping by. Perhaps you've hopped over from the paperartsy blog here, as this post links with the Paperartsy blog tonight. I've had great fun seeking out all my pearlescent stash to create these Pearly Stars for the new theme: Pearlescent.
The stamped images are from Tracy Scott's new Christmas stamp sets, designed for PaperArtsy and  can be bought Here. They are simply drawn images and can be painted, doodled in or stamped over different media, so are pretty flexible. They are perfect for art journaling! 
I started with a layer of gesso as I intended to use PaperArtsy Fresco paints for the backgrounds. The pearlescent part would come later! 
I used DecoArt Tinting base to help produce light and darker areas as a foundation layer.
I then used a darker shade to add a little depth.
I then used the colours I had already used, plus an even darker shade, Baltic Blue, to add some stencilling. Don't you just love that 'Jade'? That's from one of Tracy's limited edition sets. 
For a final layer, and to introduce some white areas, I used a new Stencil PSO70. They are such pretty snowflakes, I think that will be well used this year! I painted the reverse of each star with Baltic Blue. 

The remaining two stars were painted with reds, pinks and oranges as a complete contrast to the blue. I was originally going to place complementary stamped images on top of the stars but, in the end, opted to keep with the tone on tone. So far, I have only used chalk paint so I now needed to search out some pearlescent paints for my stamped images. I could have added pearl glaze to the Frescos but I'd recently bought some pearlescent paints so I decided to try them out. 

I used Lustres paints by Colourcraft CSA Ltd. These are very pearlescent but it is difficult to show this in a photo. I used three colours for both colour families, just swooshing across some Smoothy PaperArtsy 240gms card. They blend beautifully. 
Hopefully, this will give you a better impression of the gorgeous sheen on this card. There are silvery streaks appearing here and there. Delicious. Using almost all of the images from the two sets: ETS12 and ETS13, I stamped with black Archival across the pearlised sheets. I had made several copies in both colour ways. 
Now I just needed to cut them out! It didn't take too long actually, so I was able to assemble them on each star fairly quickly. 

Once they were glued and layered, I was able to add even more pearlescent products on top.to create some dimension on the spots inside some of the stars and circles, I mixed some modelling paste 
(Golden) with some pearlescent 'Silkies'. I'm not sure who produced these as I've had them for some time, but they are Acrylic Glazes. I'm pretty sure Finnabair was using them at some point. These produced some lovely shimmery little domes over the spots! I also used Ranger's Liquid pearls to add little beads of colour here and there. Now, apart from a little doodling, they were pretty much complete. 

I used some Tim Holtz chain links to connect them, one to the other, and Hey Presto, they were ready to hang. I do hope you like this Christmas wall-hanging and have been inspired to search out your pearlescent stash and take  part in this fortnight's challenge. Thankyou so much for popping by! Until next time, happy crafting!