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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