Thursday, 1 November 2018

Remember, Remember the 5th November

We're starting the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils today and the lovely Toni is our hostess for the month. Here's what Toni has to say about her challenge:

I've got a 'bonfire night' challenge for you this month. As a child, I used to love bonfire night. My dad would come home from work with a box of fireworks and packets of sparklers for us and we couldn't wait to get outside and enjoy the show! I'd love to see your art works based on fire and fireworks. Think bursts of colour. Let rip with the colour sprays, glitter, and paints. Let's have a bit of fun and brighten up these dark days with COLOUR ! Just remember it must be mixed media and include stamps or stencils or even both.

 Following the brief from Toni I headed straight for my journal.


I started with a selection of Fresco Finish Acrylic paints and a plastic card and scraped the colours over the gessoed page.

I picked out some stencils that I thought resembled suitable shapes for fireworks. I blocked out the base colours with Snowflake Fresco Finish then used Amsterdam Acylics to stencil on top, building up the colours.

After I'd done the large stencil I masked off an area of it and stencilled more around the edge, thinking of a Catherine Wheel and how they spin and explode from the centre. 


The white dots are done using the end of a paint brush dipped in white paint and I added the white dashes with a gel pen. I spritzed the page with various sprays and then also flicked some white paint over the page.

The text is a stamp by Yvonne Blair, stamped onto white card and the colour added with a baby wipe and Amsterdam acrylics.



I used a Stabilo pencil around the edge of the card and smudged the colour.



I hope you get chance to join us for this explosive challenge and do hop over to Stamps and Stencils to see the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.




 

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Autumnal tag for Stamps and Stencils

Today we're starting the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. Rachel is our hostess for the month and has chosen a Spooky theme with an Autumnal twist ! Here's what Rachel has to say:

Time for a new challenge at Stamps and stencils this month ...I would love to see your mixed media makes with a Spooky theme, but if Spooky is not your thing then Autumnal colours also fit the bill ! - you can make anything you like as long as it is in a mixed media style and involves stamps or stencils!!! Enjoy!

Now I have to be honest, I really don't go in for all the spooky stuff, so I have opted to take the Autumnal route with this project.


I really love this time of year when the leaves start to turn, the colours always amaze me, year after year. 


I've seen alot of painting on book pages on Pinterest recently and I love the style so thought I would give it a go ! I covered 2 MDF tags with book paper, giving it a coat of Matt Medium to protect the paper. 


 Sometimes it's good to take a look through what stamps you have as there are always those that don't get used as often as they should. I've had these Serendipity stamps for years but they still manage to capture my eye and are ideal for this topic. I stamped the leaves with Archival black ink and masked them off to stamp again.


 I bought a selection of Amsterdam Acrylic paints recently, which I am rather addicted to, so grabbed them to start painting the leaves.


Mixing colours to get the right shade is always good to do, this rusty colour blended in perfectly. 


To make the stamped images pop just that little bit more I've added a shadow around them again using the Amsterdam acrylic paints. 


The small tag was then glued on top of the larger one which gives great dimension.


 I've given the sundial a slight touch of blue to give it that faint patina look that you'd find on metal that has been weathered.


 Finding the right words for a project can sometimes be the hardest decision to make ! I found this one in an Oxford Impressions set that I've also had for alot of years. I blocked out the book text slightly by rubbing some paint over the space with my finger.


 I'm really pleased with how this project came together and painting on book paper is something I will definitely be doing again.

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

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 !