Thursday, 6 September 2018

Anything Goes at Stamps and Stencils

We're starting the new challenge at Stamps and Stencils today and as I'm the host I've made it easy with Anything Goes in a mixed media style with the usual stipulation of using either stamps or/and stencils.

I have loads of old projects that are just sitting in a box so I had a look through and found a frame that was definitely in need of a makeover.


After removing all of the old decoration I sanded the frame.


I gave it a coat of Gesso then used Texture Paste with sand through a Tim Holtz stencil


While the Texture Paste was drying I started on the main panel. The first coat was Gesso then I used Fresco Finish Acrylic paint, Stone. I used the same Tim Holtz stencil with Snowflake then 'bumped' it then used Taupe.


I continued stencilling, building up layers and using Irish Cream with a baby wipe in between the stencilled layers and Squid Ink as a contrast to the neutral tones.


I love including numbers on a stencilled piece, the above were done using a Donna Downey stencil and the 'bumping' technique again.



The top layer of stencilling is done with a TCW stencil, Squid Ink and Midnight Fresco Finish colours. I used my finger to smudge a little Snowflake Fresco Finish to create a space for my sentiment.



Now the paste is dry on the frame I did a base coat of Stone then started to build up layers but I added acrylic glaze to the paint. After a couple of minutes the colour is wiped back with a baby wipe.



French Roast is a great colour for an ageing effect, I mixed this with acrylic glaze, painted it all over then wiped it back. 



The final colour was Midnight, again made into a glaze.



The panel was put back into the frame to finish the piece.



The texture from the paste has captured the colour from the glazes and given it a brick effect.



The sentiment is by Yvonne Blair and is stamped on to white card then I used a baby wipe that had been used for the glazes and wiped it over the card.


The butterfly is by Prima and I've jsut added a little colour to the body and base of the wings.

The rest of the DT have made some fabulous projects so make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to take a look.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Tea Tin Revamp

We're starting the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils today and the lovely Cec is our hostess for the month. Cec has chosen Grunge/Industrial for this month's theme, here is what Cec has to say:

Create a mixed media project with some stamping and/or stenciling that puts off a very industrial and grungy vibe - be sure to include lots of metal and texture.

Now grunge and industrial are not my bag at all so this one had me going round in circles for a while. Then I spotted my tin in the kitchen for my tea bags which has been needing a revamp for a long time.  



I removed all the original decoration but left the base card board and this would be good to glue on to. 


Next I grabbed some Smoothy card and a couple of embossing folders and embossed the card, then gave it a coat of Matt Medium to protect it. 


 While the glue was drying I picked out the Alcohol ink colours I wanted use to change the colour of the actual tin.


 Now back to the embossed card, and I gave it lots of layers of Fresco Finish paints using a baby wipe. Sage works so well with the steel greys.


To add definition I used Slate Fresco Finish around the edge and Toad Hall, which is a really deep, mossy green.  


The four panels were also give the same treatment.


Once the lid panel was glued in place I then used a PaperArtsy stencil to add the word tea. 


 All the panels were glued into place and then I added some random stamping using Archival Watering Can ink.


 The stencilling worked really well on the embossed card.


 You can see the green of the Alcohol inks on the tin in the above photo.


Some more random stamping with Arhcival ink.


The last panel with more stamping with Watering Can Archival ink.

A simple project which now has pride of place next to my kettle and looks really smart.

The rest of the team have created some fabulous projects for your inspiration, do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils for a look !

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Double Ombre for Stamps and Stencils

I'm sharing an inspirational post today over at Stamps and Stencils and I'm sticking with the current challenge theme of Ombre.


For all the information on this piece came together you'll need to hop over to Stamps and Stencils. 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Ombre tag

It's time for the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils and the lovely Ruth is our hostess for the month. Ruth has chosen the  theme of Ombre, here's what Ruth has to say:

 Ombré has been in fashion for a while now and not just in art...or even hair! It's a french word meaning 'a colour that is shaded or graduated in tone'...so for this challenge we want to see projects or part of your project that has one (or more) colour that graduates from it's lightest pastel tint to its darkest shade...got that?? simple...ooh and with a little stamping or stenciling of course!

Sometimes keeping it simple is the way to go and that's what happened with this project.


I've had this large MDF tag for literally years so it was about time I used it. I started by covering it with a patchwork of torn up pieces of book paper. Then gathered a selection of Fresco Finish paints in various shades of blue. Starting with the lightest I built up layers using a baby wipe to knock the colours back slightly. 


 The thistles are a Lin Brown stamp which I've stamped onto tissue paper using black, Watering Can and Cornflower Archival inks. I've used a glaze to stick the tissue paper to the tag, overlapping them to create depth.


Next up was some splattering ! 



 Here you can see the patchwork of book paper and how by using a baby wipe the colour can be knocked back really easily.


 The sentiment is from an Alison Bomber set which I've stamped onto tissue paper too and used the glaze again to stick it to the tag. 


I really like how this tag came together and the shades of blue worked out really well, particularly when the glaze was added.

The team have created some fabulous projects so do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to take a look !

Thursday, 14 June 2018

And then there were two..

I'm over on the Stamps and Stencils blog today sharing an Inspirational Post for the current challenge, Do Judge a Book by its Cover.


If you saw my post here you'll understand why there are two books that have been altered and not just one ! For all the details of how the second book came together you'll need to hop over to Stamps and Stencils.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Do judge a book by it's cover !

We're starting the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils today and the lovely Lula is our hostess for the month. Lula has chosen altering a book cover as the  theme and here's what she has to say:

Reading books has been my favourite activity forever. I am also addicted to altering ordinary items surrounding us. For this challenge I'd like you to alter any book cover. Creating an altered cover is something anyone can do because your only limitation is your own imagination.  You can use any type of books from children's books or user manuals to art journals. Don't forget to use stamping and/or stencilling and join us in the fun!

I have a couple of old books that I keep for using the pages in projects so as a way of making full use of them I decided to alter the cover. 


 After a good coat of Gesso I then decided to go down the natural colour route and used Stone and Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paints with a little bit of Irish Cream too. 


 I wanted to add texture but looking at my depleted pots of pastes the only one that hadn't gone hard was Wendy Vecchi's Translucent paste. I used a Kim Dellow stencil and to add some colour to it I sprinkled on Infusions, the paste sucks it in and keeps the colour beautifully. 


 The Infusions powders separate into different colours if you look closely at them so I wanted to pick these colours up in the rest of the project. I used Amsterdam Acrylics to lightly dab the colours that can be seen in the Infusions powders, around the edges of the cover.


 I used the same process for the back cover too, using Washi Tape as a base.


 Rummaging around in my stash I found this lovely cage, I'm not sure who it's by as it was on it's own. The flower is by Prima and I used Amsterdam acrylics to paint them both.


 I didn't want to obliterate the origins of this book, and by gently brushing Treasure Gold over the indented title it highlighted the words slightly.


  To add a little shine to the front cover I used Treasure Gold again, just brushing it lightly over the raised areas of the paste. The butterfly is also by Prima and has been painted with Amsterdam Acrylics as have the leaves. I do love how these paints blend together ! 

I hope you can join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to the rest of the team's fabulous projects !

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Fake it for Stamps and Stencils

Today is the start of the next challenge over at Stamps and Stencils.The lovely Toni is our hostess for the month and has chosen Fake it as the theme. Here's what Toni has to say:

I love faux finishes of all descriptions whether it be rust, stone, leather or time worn vintage. You  name it we have the power to fake it! I'd like to see your projects that include at least one faux finish. Produce anything you like but please include some stamping or stencilling or both if your heart desires!


 I joined in with the 31 days of Gelli printing and one of the techniques was the Faux Marbling technique. Birgit Koopsen has a video which you can find here on how to do it. I pulled the prints on tissue paper using Amsterdam Acrylic paints then glued them into my journal.


I then gathered together a host of Fresco Finish colours and started to apply to the page. It started off well but the more I added the less I liked it. So, decision time, Gesso the whole thing or try to salvage it ! As I didn't want to lose my Faux Marble pieces the decision was made to salvage the page.


The step by step photos stopped as to be honest the process was pretty messy ! The final leap of faith was to paint the sides black which did make the centre panel pop so I settled for that.


I've used Kim Dello's stamps which I've added extra doodling to and also the free stamp from the recent Craft Stamper magazine, it seemed a perfect match !


I've doodled using a white Gel pen and shaded with a black Stabilo pencil.


The butterfly is also from the Kim Dellow stamps and has been painted with Fresco Finish paints and cut out. The text is from Alison Bomber's Courage stamp set, I really love these stamps, good words to make you think. The stencilling is done through some sequin waste with black acrylic paint.

So, in the end a salvaged page which I quite like.

The rest of the DT have created some fabulous projects so make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils.