Friday, 27 November 2015

Journalling with Masterboards at PaperArtsy

I'm back tonight to share just a sneak peek as I'm showing the full step by step over on the PaperArtsy blog.

So for all the details of how this journal page came together you'll need to hop over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Alter it for Frilly and Funkie

Today we are kicking off the second week of the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. The lovely Cec is our host and here's what she has to say:

It is time to transform something you have sitting around or can pick up for a song and make it one of your works of art. It could be a frame, a bottle, an old cigar box, a discarded CD - the list is endless. Just make sure your final transformation is vintage or shabby chic.

So I took a good look around and spotted a little box that I bought some time ago and thought now was the perfect opportunity to give it a makeover.

I didn't take a before photo but this was a plain box just waiting to have some attention ! I first of all coated it with Wendy Vecchi's gold embossing paste. When it was dry I then spread Wendy's Crackle Paste all over it and left it to dry naturally. I find the cracks are far more impressive if you have a little patience.

As you can see I was not disppointed, the cracks are quite possible the best result I've ever had ! This kind of made my thought process go in a different direction too as I really didn't want to cover the gorgeous cracks. I then used the Yvonne Blair stamp with gold embossing powder, and I absolutely love the effect on the crackle.

I stamped and gold embossed all around the box, and on the front I used another Yvonne Blair stamp with Potting Soil Archival ink.

The gold embossing paste shows through the Crackle Paste beautifylly and the lid remided me of old metal where the layers are flaking away through age.

To give it a more aged look I used Tree Branch, Potting Soil and a touch of black Archival inks around the edges and in particular on the corners. I then put away all the embellishments I'd got out as I really quite like the simplicity and of course the crackle !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Let there be light !

We're kicking off the second week of the current challenge over at Frilly and Funkie today. I am the host for this challenge  and one of the things I don't like at this time of year is the lack of light to craft by in the evenings. So, for this challenge I'd like you to include something in your project that makes reference to light, this could be a lamp, lantern, rays of light or even gradients of colour that get lighter!

I decided to create a journal page and bring some light into it. I attended a Dina Wakley class recently and one of the things that we did was to make our own paper from tissue paper and acrylic paint. This is where I started, using Dylusions paints and makeing brush strokes and dipping a plastic card into paint to make lines. It's actually quite therapeutic !

 I gessoed the journal page then used a mixture of a baby wipe and my finger to blend Dylusions paint over the page keeping the light colour separate and blending to darker colours. I tore up the tissue paper and glued pieces over the page. Then I used the Dylusions honeycomb stencil with heavy white Gesso to add some texture. I then used a Dina Wakley stencil to create the centre of the leaves and stencilled with the Dina Wakley Jungle stencil. I then used a watercolour pencil to sketch in the leaves and used a damp brush to smudge the pencil.

 I used the Wendy Vecchi A to Z background stamp and did some random stamping.

 I then used a plastic card dipped in some Gesso and created some lines through the leaves.

 To make the centre as bright as possible I used my finger and rubbed some Gesso along the edge, then I stamped the sentiment which is a Dina Wakley stamp.

I used some black Dylusions paint around the edge of the page to distress it.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and look forward to seeing how you create some light in your projects. Make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Time to remember ....

Today is the first day of the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils and our lovely host for this challenge is Ruth. Here's what Ruth has to say:

It may be the 5th of November today (Bonfire Night in the UK) but for this challenge we want to see mixed media projects inspired by 'favourite memories', you can interpret this in any way you like as long as you include some stamping or stencilling in your mixed media piece. What we want to see is how a favourite memory has inspired you, so don't forget to mention this in your post.

We are also have a DT call so if you love mixed media and would like to join us make sure you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog for all the details of how to apply.

I started the journal page with a Dylusions stencil and Art Basics Crackle Paste. Then I stuck some torn pieces of book page in random places, When it was dry I scraped Heavy White Gesso down both pages but not smoothing it down so it would create some texture.

I then painted the heads of the flowers, building up the colours of Fresco Finish paints. Before adding the red I used a Stabilo pencil and drew in some petals and used a damp paintbrush over the pencil which creates a smooth black line. I painted in the stalks and leaves using a a small flat brush  then using my finger I rubbed some Gesso over random places.

I used the Basket Weave Wendy Vecchi stamp with black Archival ink over the Gessoed areas. To write the words I used Dina Wakley black paint with a fine tip applicatot. I didn't quite manage to get the paint flowing enough when I wrote the word Precious, but it's a learning curve !

To add some extra detail I used a white Sharpie pen and drew some dots and dashes on both pages.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and we look forward to seeing what memories you're going to share.