Thursday, 6 December 2018

It's got to be Christmas

We're  starting the new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils today which will also be our last. We've had a great time over the last 3 years but now it's time to change direction. The Design Team have all been amazing, I couldn't have wished for better and thank you to those of you who have followed and also joined in with us.

So now onto the December challenge, I am the host and here's the theme:

It's got to be Christmas! Possibly predictive but as everyone gets busy for the festive season time seems to disappear at a fast pace, so we're keeping it simple . For this challenge we want to keep it festive and see your Christmas themed creations, just remember it must be mixed media and include stamping and/or stencilling.

I've had these MDF shapes for years and come close a few times to doing something with them and then changed my mind. So, this time I was determined to follow it through !

I'd got some grey emulsion tester pots that I didn't want to throw so used one of them to paint the shapes. Then I've used a snowflake stencil for the first layer.

 I used the same stencil on all of the shapes.

 I've layered up with Fresco Finish paint and more stencilling then decided dots would be good !

 These little stars look really good with the dots added.

 The words are also done using a stencil and Fresco Finish paint.

A little bit of bumping too on the words so they stand out more clearly. 

 All that's needed now is to drill a small hole in the top of all ofthe shapes and hang them on the tree.

I hope you get chance to join us for this last challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog to see what the DT has created.

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.