Thursday, 5 April 2018

In the Meadow

Today we are starting the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. Rachel is our lovely hostess and has chosen In the Meadow for this month's theme. Here's what Rachel has to say:

Meadows are such amazing places - lots of different grasses, wild flowers and wonderful wildlife. Let your imagination run wild ...and use stamps or stencils too! Enjoy!

I joined in with Birgit Koopsen's 31 Days of Gelli Printing so I now have a stack of prints all waiting to be used.


This print was from the Spray Inks day, I really liked how the colour of the inks changed to pastel shades.


I didn't have much that would fit with a meadow theme but then I remembered this Tim Holtz stencil which worked quite nicely.


I used the stencil several times with different colours with the finaly layer adding a pop of colour.


I used the grass and script stamp from a Lin Brown set and stamped them with Watering Can Archival ink.


 The panel was edged with Watering Can Archival ink before mounting onto white card.


 The sentiment , which is by Alison Bomber, was stamped onto a spare piece of the Gelli printed card in Watering Can Archival ink.


 This shot shows the stencilled layers.


One last shot to show how lovely the script stamp is.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure your hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog to see the rest ofthe DT's fabulous projects.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Wax Lyrical

We're starting the new challenge today over at Stamps and Stencils. I am the host for this challenge and have chosen Wax Lyrical, the challenge isn't actually the definition of this phrase but it's the first thing that came to mind when I chose the theme which is to use wax in your projects. I've long been intrigued by Encaustic art, I love the abstract nature of the pieces and the layering of papers and items embedded in layers of wax, so this is another excuse for me to have another dabble.


After gathering all of the required tools, including a very informative book called The Whole Ball of Wax by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, I started by stamping some tissue paper with a script PaperArtsy stamp. 



The Encaustic Board has to be primed before using which involves warming the board then giving it it's first coat of wax and fusing (heating it again). To add some colour to the wax I've used Alcohol ink dripped onto some kitchen towel and then rubbed over the surface. 



 Next up is the stamped tissue paper, this is pressed on to the wax then a layer is added on top and fused. What I loved at this stage was how the Alcohol ink moved around as the wax melted.


 The leaves are also stamped onto tissue paper and after adding each one another layer of wax and then it's fused.


I have to say using the lace to make an imprint in the wax worked out so much better than I thought, the detail that was left behind is incredible ! 



To add some colour and depth I've used Pan Pastels to lightly pick up all of the detail left by the lace. I'd forgotten how lovely Pan Pastels are ! 



 I've used some White Fire Treasure Gold over the lace imprint, this really does pick up the detail.


 As the leaves were added separately the wax has given some perspective to the images, I then added a small piece of text over the top which worked beautifully.



 Carving into wax and flooding with Encaustic paint was something I tried here, not that successful but I decided to keep it.


 Using a stencil and brushing the wax over it is another fabulous technique, my stencil was none too happy however so I didn't get as clear a result as I'd hoped for. There was something about it, though I liked, so it stayed. I used Pan Pastels around the edge to create a burned effect, this worked really well. By just warming the wax the pastels sink into it and create this wonderful blended colour.


This is the finished piece and I am really pleased, I still have a long way to go but I'm loving the results so far. 



The rest of the DT have pulled out all the stops as usual so do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see their fabulous projects.


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Lady in Collage

I'm sharing an Inspirational post over on the Stamps and Stencils blog today. Lots of Gelli printing for this project which was great fun !


For all the details you'll need to hop over to Stamps and Stencils.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Bits 'n' Pieces box for PaperArtsy

I'm over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight with a project using the new Seth Apter paints.


Loved using these colours, for all the details you'll need to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Off to Collage for Stamps and Stencils

We're kicking off the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils and the lovely Cec is our hostess.

Here's what Cec has to say:

No I am not sending you to school but thought it might be fun this month to make a collage.  You can use any substrate such as canvas, corrugated cardboard, wood, or canvas boards for instance and add any items to it as long as you include some stamping and/or stencilling.

I love creating projects along this theme so the hardest part was to make a decision on the final design. I've recently decorated my bedroom and had been thinking that I needed a piece of art for the wall so this was my chance ! 


I am well and truly hooked on the colour (shade) of grey at the moment and as I've painted my bedroom a shade of grey then this is where the planning all began. I stamped several images all from PaperArtsy stamp sets with Watering Can Arhcival ink onto Egyptian cotton. 


The other colour that I am automatically drawn to is green and all the shades there of. I used a larger piece of Egyptian cotton as the base and laid out my images.


The frame I wanted to use was a dingy brown colour so I used one of the tester pots left over from my decorating and gave it 3 coats. This then enabled me to use the frame while I was planing the layout, to make sure it would all fit in.


All of the collage elements are sewn on to the back piece before glueing them with Pinflair book binding glue to the back board of the frame.


 I wanted to keep the whole piece really delicate so only touches of shades of green and grey. The sentiment is one of Wendy Vecchi's, stamped onto Egyptian cotton then cut into strips.


I found some green thread and jsut did a simple running stitch to attache the strips. The main image that creates the background is by Lynne Perella and is a collage of different images in it's own right. 



I loved how this Kay Carley image came out, it's stamped so clearly onto the fabric and is so delicate it fits right in.


The leaves are stencilled onto the backing piece using a Wendy Vecchi stencil and Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and the buttons are painted with with Fresco paints to blend in.

I've got the place already lined up where this is going to hang, all I need is a hammer and a hook !

I hope you can join us for this challenge, the rest of the DT have created some fabulous projects for your inspiration so do make sure you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

On the Bright Side for Stamps and Stencils

Hello and Happy New Year ! We're back with our first challenge of the year over at Stamps and Stencils and our host is the lovely Ruth. Here's what Ruth has to say:

On the Bright Side - It may still be winter but it's a brand New Year, the days will be soon getting longer, and pops of bright colours will soon start to appear in the garden. This month I'd like you to dazzle us by useing lots of bright colours in your Spring themed creations ...and don't forget to use stamps or stencils.

 One of my favourite things to see are the daffodils starting to open as you know that Spring is well and truly on its way. All the shades of yellows and oranges are just magical and I love to use this colour combination in my projects.


I bought this 10 x 10 inch sketch book a while back, the covers are a sturdy grey board so perfect for altering. 



I gave it a coat of Gesso then used a Kim Dellow stencil with Teresa Green Fresco Finish acrylic paint. I used a baby wipe with Banana Fresco Finish and wiped it over the whole cover.


 I used another Kim Dellow stencil with Banana Fresco Finish again.


 I've jumped a few steps here, but the flowers are a Kim Dellow stencil and I've built up the layers, first with Banana, then Tango, Autumn Fire and finally Claret.


I've done more layers with a baby wipe before stencilling the stars with Claret and the dots with Cherry Red. I was feeling it was a little too bright so I've used Snowflake with a baby wipe to knock it back slightly.


 I've continued with Kim's stamps and stamped onto PaperArtsy White/Grey Board with Vermillion Archival ink. The flower is painted with Fresco Finish paints and I've added more definition with a Stabilo pencil. I glued some book paper onto the board and then sprinkled on some Slime Infusions. The sprigs have been stamped directly to the cover with Fern Green Archival ink and then painted.


 It would appear I've neglected my texture pastes for some time as most had dried up ! I managed to scrape some Wendy Vecchi embossing paste out of it's jar and mixed it with Infusions. The beauty with this is as the paste dries the colour darkens. While the paste was still wet I sprinkled on some metallic flakes.


I spritzed the cover with a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and also flicked some Cherry Red Fresco Finish paint over the cover. To finish, the sentiment is by Yvonne Blair.

I hope you're all ready to start another year of your crafting journey and hope you can join us for this first challenge of the year. The Design Team have created some fantastic projects to help inspire you so do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas !

We're starting a new challenge over on the Stamps and Stencils blog and I'm the host. I've kept it easy and chosed Stamps AND Stencils with a Festive theme. The team have made some stunning projects so make sure you hop over there for a visit.

I started a small box frame a while ago, decided I didn't like where it was going and put it on the unfinished pile. A suitable amount of time has passed and now the frame has come off the pile and made a reappearance !


 The frame was already painted and I remember I'd smeared Vaseline over parts of it so when the next layer of paint was added it could be wiped away in parts.



Around the sides I used a Kay Carley stencil with Grunge Paste, it was very messy and although the snowflakes were a little bit blurred I quite liked them ! 



I gave the whole frame a watered down coat of Concrete Fresco Finish paint then I brushed over a coat of PaperArtsy Metallic Glaze.


I used a Lin Brown stamp for the row of little flowers top and bottom and I've used white embossing powder. I've also used the Frosting Glaze by PaperArtsy through the Kay Carley stencil on the glass. It was a little difficult to photograph but I think you can just about see it. 



 The stamped image at the back of the frame is by Crafty Individuals, and it fitted perfectly. I've stamped it with Watering Can Archival ink so the image was more subtle.


The side view shows how the Grunge Paste snowflakes blended in quite nicely. 


I found one metal snowflake in my embellishments box and miraculously it was already painted white ! I gave it a coat of Metallic Glaze to add some sparkle. The foliage is cut using a Tim Holtz die and I've used Sticky Powder and some Distress Glitter. The little jingle bells have been dabbed with Versamark ink then I sprinkled white embossing powder over them.

 I hope you find time to join us for the last challenge of 2017 and do make sure you hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the fabulous projects from the rest of the team.