Thursday, 22 February 2018

Lady in Collage

Hello and welcome back ! It's Sue here today sharing an Inspirational post in connection with the current challenge, Off to Collage. I've been fortunate to be able to play with the latest Fresco Finish Acrylic paints for Seth Apter by PaperArtsy, the blues and greens in this new set are just gorgeous, so this is where the thought process started.

 It's been ages since I've used my Gelli Plate, pulling a print using fabric is so much fun to do so I spent an enjoyable 2 hours doing just that. Once I'd collected a few prints, some on Smoothy card, I started to piece together my collage.

When I do a large project I usually draw out a rough design, not that it ends up looking like that but it gives me a starting point until the creative process takes over. 

 I've used a various seletion of stencils, the one you can see above is by TCW and works so well on the Gelli plate. This print was pulled using Smoothy card and when I glued it into place the card rippled slightly but I quite like it !

I used Grunge Paste with a couple of Prima stencils and when dry painted them with the new Seth Apter colours. One of my favourite prints from the Gelli plate is on the left hand side of the above photo, it ended up being mostly covered up but I loved how the paint colours blended. I've also stamped onto fabric using Lynne Perella and Wendy Vecchi stamps and layered the pieces up.

This beautiful lady has been in my possession for many months and this is her first outing. Lynne Perella images are always so beautifully designed with a gorgeous elegance about them. I've painted her using Fresco Finish Acrylic paints then mounted the card onto some grey board to give the piece some stability.

Background stamps are a weakness of mine, I could quite happily create backgrounds and never complete a project ! Wendy Vecchi has some fabulous background stamps and I've used one or two and coated the card with Glue'n'Seal so I could paint the card.

 Script stamps are also a weakness and I've used one of the PaperArtsy mini's with Watering Can Arhcival ink but without a block.

 The finished piece with embellishments added.

The little cameo is a brad which I've layered up on some metal filigree pieces. Some splats with Snowflake Fresco Finish acrylic paint and it's finished.

You still have time to join us for the Off to Collage challenge, so a good time for you to use up all those scrap pieces on your desk ?

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Kate !

Hello and welcome back ! Today we are welcoming Kate who was the winner of the It's Beginning to look alot like Christmas challenge.

I am so honored to be guest posting today. I am a mommy to three little people and a wife to a wonderful man. When I am not doing mommy stuff I can be found reading or in my craft area art journaling and sewing pretty clothes for my daughter. I have been creating with paper and paint ever since I was little but just recently found art journaling .

To begin, I chose three stencils to collage together in the background.

 Using grunge paste, I stenciled my background being careful to make placement appear random.

Two colours of paint were added over the background once the grunge paste was dry.

To apply the embossing paste to specific areas I dabbed my finger in embossing ink and rubbed the ink over the textured areas. Gold embossing powder was sprinkled on and heated.

Golden Sands Infusions was sprinkled, sprayed with water for activation and dried with a heat gun.

Violetia Infusions was sprinkled, sprayed with water and dried with a heat gun.

I stamped with a Japanese wave stamp.

A white out pen was used to embellish the hand and doodle around the edges of the layout.

Next I added fibers, chipboard pieces and a stamped image as my focal point. Black paint and gesso were splattered to complete the layout.

A huge thank you to Kate for sharing this fabulous journal page with us. You still have plenty of time to join in with the current challenge, Off to Collage.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

A collage using tando birds

Hello there! Its Rachel here today with an inspirational post using some of the Tando Whimsical birds to make a collage.

These super cute birds come in sets, this is from set 2 which also has a smaller sized birds...

The packs contain enought bodies etc for 3 big and 3 small birds which you can mix and match according to your own design. I thought it would be fun to use these on this months project.

Having pushed out all of my birds I assembled them - then disaasembled for painting...

I chose threes colours and painted all parts then added detailing using a Kay Carley stencil. Next I made the background....

I randomly cut some Clarity Shenandoah papers nd affixed them to a piece of card overlapping where I felt like it. Once complete I used glue and seal all over to ensure the papers stayed put.

Next I added plant details using opaque texture paste and another Kay Carley stencil.

apologies for the colours here - this one was taken in the dark and I don't think my flash works well. I used some Kay Carley stamps and added more white bu stamping with gesso.

Finally I added the birds and some words from TH clippings....

Here's a close up!

I hope you enjoyed seeing those birds come to life!

Hugs Rachelxxx

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Winners - On the Bright Side

Welcome back ! It's time to announce the winner and top 3 for the On the Bright Side challenge.

Congratulations Helen !

We loved the beautiful bright colours of Helen's tag, it really did fit the challenge so well ! Helen please email for you winners badge and details on your guest post.

Now onto the top 3:

Congratulations to the top 3 ! Please email for your top 3 badge. 

The current challenge is Off to Collage and you have plenty of time to join in !

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Off to Collage

It is Cec here and I am the hostess for our new challenge starting today.  I am calling this one Off to Collage and here is how I describe it:

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 stenciling.

The Design Team has created some wonderful inspiration for you. To get the details, just click on their name and you will be taken directly to their blog.

Once you have checked out all the fabulous Design Team projects, come on back and show us what you have created.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Inspiration post....More is More!

Hi everyone, Ruth here with this weeks inspiration post and having dabbled with blues and greens for my 'Bright Side' journal pages, I thought I'd crank it up another notch and use pink and orange in abundance! Here is my 'Inspire' canvas...

Those of you who know me are aware I will try and LOVE all sorts of styles but I'm usually a less is more sort of artist and a vintage palette, soft colours and lots of white space are my niche....however there are times when a riot of colour is needed.

As I chose the challenge I wanted to encourage you to use bright colours and share a way of using lots and lots of zingy hot shades without it being overpowering and have you reaching for the sunglasses!

Firstly choose colours adjacent on the colour wheel, pink (a tint of red) and orange are great together, so pick out  a few of each. I'm using PaperArtsy fresco acrylics, my go to...they dry fast and have a mix of opaque and translucent colours and when it comes to layering you need a mix.

I adhered a piece of 8x8 Canson mixed media paper to some grey board and roughly brushed some slightly diluted Blush paint all over as a base. Patchy is fine, just get a little colour on. Next choose some stencils, I used bubble gum at first, one of the darker shades and an opaque. I start darker and then lighter paints will help knock back if needed. I picked out some matching archival for later stamping.

I kept some areas mainly pink, some mainly orange and some a mix. This is Coral, one of the darker orange shades and a translucent.

I added Bougainvillea (the darkest pink shade) and rose and then Tango. I hope you can see the layers building and where the translucents are, showing the colours beneath, I think this is where the 'magic' happens, how the depth gets created retaining a lightness in the layers.

I always used to think that the darker shades would be opaques and lighter shades translucent but it's frequently the reverse, a lot of the lighter shades are 'tints', colours mixed with white and white is opaque so most light colours are opaque.....well that's my thinking anyhow!

Then you start to fill up the gaps with tiny stencils, in retrospect I could have stopped at this stage and would have been happy but I hadn't used any stamps and wanted to test how much was too much.

Adding in the stamps gave more depth and more interest for the eye to travel across, I also finger painted with some white gesso, just dabs which lifted the piece.

Some may call it a hot mess....but it sure makes my heart sing....lovely bright colours on a grey day! I decided for some extra 'pop' to coat with a couple of layers of gloss glaze sealing it all in nicely and giving a lovely sheen.

Instead of mounting on greyboard, you could just use the mixed media paper and treat it like a master board, using sections of it...but I wanted it to be a piece of wall art. I looked through my mdf words and found 'Inspire', just perfect. Painted with a mix of bougainvillea with an addition of blueberry and black and then swiped with black archival before glazing with a pearl glaze creating some lovely texture.

When it comes to mounting, this is where I would use white space and have a deep mount and a simple white frame. I haven't framed it yet but the way I've photographed it in this last pic hopefully gives an idea of how it would be viewed and not appear overpowering.

What do you think? Tempted to have a go at using bright colours....I can highly recommend it as great fun! R x

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Double welcome to todays Guest, Lula !

Hello and welcome back ! Today we are welcoming Lula as our Guest but as the title suggests this is a double welcome as Lula is also joining the Stamps and Stencils Design Team ! So, let's move on to hear from Lula and please give her a warm welcome.

First of all let me say I feel so honoured to be invited here and have a possibility to introduce my work.

How long have you been crafting for ?
 I started my crafting journey 7 years ago. 
What or who inspired you to start crafting ?
 I was inspired by my son's friend (much younger than me) who invited me for a card-making meeting.
What is your favourite technique ?
 I love all of them but mixed media is definitely my favourite thing.
What excites you most about crafting ? 
I'm never satisfied doing things the usual way, so I'm always trying to find ways to be a bit different.
What is your 'go to' product and why ?
 Definitely gesso is the product I use all the time. It is such a versatile product: primer, texture maker, highlighter, transfer medium...etc. Love using both white and black.
Who would you most like to take a class with ?
 I would like to take a class with Seth Apter. I think he is a large format artist and his mixed media masterpieces are so inspiring! Love his grunge style.
What's your favourite style of crafting i.e. journalling, altered items etc.. ?
 I enjoy making almost anything from tags to art journaling, but I love altered art projects and creative upcycling always makes me happy.
Where do you find inspiration? 
 My inspiration come mostly from long walks and nature watching, reading books and music I listen to.

We are so excited that Lula is joining the team and as you can see Lula's work is just stunning !

The current challenge On the Bright Side still has plenty of time to go, so it would be great to see your entries !