Sunday, 28 June 2015

What Makes Me Happy

Another scrapbook layout today which I'm entering into the CSI: COLOUR, STORIES, INSPIRATION current challenge 168. 
You must use all 5 colours in the case file, so I started with the dark grey-blue for the background and stamped a grid background in the light grey-blue using mixed acrylic paint and a metal ruler.  I painted the photo mat the same colour and brushed the excess off onto the background to pull the whole thing together.
The title was cut using the Cricut cartridge Gypsy Font and the tiny circles are waste from a whole punch.
The transparency is part of my evidence as is the grid pattern, cursive font and pair of balloons.  For my testimony I documented what makes me happy and used 'happy' as inspiration for the journaling.
Here's the Case File. If you're interested in joining in click the link above.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Artist Trading Cards

Here are the 3 themed ATCs from the June UKATC swap group on Yahoo.  This is the optional monthly swap, the theme this month was Roses. 
The card on the right was painted with watercolours. Top left uses a page torn from an old dictionary with the definition of a rose.  I used gesso on one side of the page and onto the watercolour background to allow the stamp to show up.  

The card on the bottom left is a magazine cutting of lots of roses, with doodling round the edge.  The verse is from a book of poems given to my daughter when she was little. 

If you like the idea of making and swapping ATCs then click the link at the top and join us.

Friday, 19 June 2015

My Wish List Scrapbook Layout

This page layout documents the things I'd like to do before we, hopefully, retire abroad.  I've already managed to tick a few things off my list and some are represented on the page. 
The two photos are of Loch Ness and Portmeirion in Wales, both of which I've now visited along with number 8 - going back to visit Mevagissey and Looe in Cornwall.  As a child we had many great family holidays there and when my parents moved to Cornwall, I used to take my daughter to visit regularly.  We'd always have a trip to Looe and so while she was living in Devon for a year, we took the opportunity for a trip down memory lane - for both of us.
The layout follows the CSI: COLOUR, STORIES, INSPIRATION Case File No. 166 -  Case File Notes at the bottom of the page if you want to join in.

The layout uses all 5 colours required and I have to say I struggled with introducing the red until I remembered my supply of coloured paperclips!  Cunning eh?
I've used stripes, clouds and numbers as my evidence and listed 8 things and handwritten my story on the layout for the testimony.
Here's the case file.  If it inspires you to take part click the link at the top.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Art Journal

Inspired by my love of flowers - again but this time linked to the vast array of language associated with them.  I took an old dictionary page with the entry for flowers as my base, doodling a box around the floral related words in pen.   This was stuck onto a page which had been very lightly brushed with JOFY Chalk Paint in Dolly Mix (a lilac pink shade). You can just see this on the right-hand side of the dictionary sheet.

The flowers are stamped over the top using StazOn black ink then the associated alliterative words are doodled around the flourishes, with the short quotes added onto gesso covered sections.


Sunday, 14 June 2015

Pretty Upcycled Jar

This was a quick project but very much an on-trend piece of upcycling.  Not so much an altered bottle as a repurposed jar.
Originally containing yummy strawberry jam, I painted it first with PaperArtsy JOFY chalk paint in Teal then added an uneven coat of Dolly Mix - a lilac-toned pink.  This allowed some of the underpaint to show through. 
Finished with a length of teal-coloured hessian and a matching button it makes a pretty storage jar for pens, paint brushes or cotton wool.


Sunday, 7 June 2015

Art Journal

I'm sharing another page from my art journal today and it's one which literally came together in minutes.  Sometimes you don't need to work at the idea is just falls in your lap.
With this page I was playing around with my inks and sprays (as you do) and realised I've never sprayed using a stencil.  Well I had to put that right, so I grabbed the Tim Holtz Clockwork stencil and placed it over one half of the page then sprayed over the entire page with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Walnut Gold.
I've been very conscious lately of how quickly the year and life in general is passing and that we need to make the most of it and that informed the rest of the page.  I used Crafty Individuals' Clock stamp and StazOn black to cover the page and then cut out the letters from a magazine.
I felt the page was complete with no need for anything else and 'Every Day Counts' is definitely my mantra at the moment - I just have to make sure it does!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Artist Trading Card swap

I really enjoy making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) but haven't swapped them for some time.  The group I previously swapped with closed and only now have I found a new one.

Not sure what ATCs are?  They are a standard 3.5" x 2.5" (8.89cm x 6.35cm) size card and are a way of showcasing your creativity.  You can use a range of techniques and mediums to create beautiful little works of art which you can swap with other talented people.  Collect them, make them into wall art, display them on mini easels and create your own art exhibition.

 If you would like to make and swap ATCs within the UK each month then check out UKATC on Yahoo. They're looking for new members to join their mandatory monthly swap of 3 cards plus optional themed swaps. 

Here are my first swap cards with this group which are the 3 mandatory partner swap ATCs.  These are any subject, style or technique. 
For the top card I used texture paste to create the tree and branches before painting them and the leaves in watercolour.  The sparrow was stamped using a Crafty Individuals' stamp in DI Frayed Burlap and Brushed Corduroy.

The middle ATC was inked using DI Vintage Photo then stamped in DI Pumice Stone.  The script for both backgrounds and the butterfly stamp are from Crafty Individuals, with the butterflies  stamped in DI Broken China, Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries.  Finally I tied some raffia around the bottom to add to the rustic feel of the card.
 For the bottom card I used some lovely paper which I've had for ages and which reminds me of Monet's garden at Giverny.  I used Inkylicious stamps and StazOn black ink to stamp the twigs, dandelions and sentiment over the top, which are all from Inkylicious.
If these have inspired you to make and swap ATCs then please take a look at UKATC following the link at the top.


Monday, 1 June 2015

Altered Eclectics Design Team Project

First of the month and a new 'Anything Goes' challenge at ALTERED ECLECTICS.  We are a mixed media/altered art challenge so please, no cards, ATCs etc.

My DT piece this month is an altered bottle, something I haven't done for a while.  This one started life full of Disaronno and very nice it was too!  Because it's a square bottle it makes for a nice shape to alter and easier to work on than a round one.  My inspiration?  Shabby Chic of course.
First I stencilled several hearts onto the bottle using white texture paste.  Next I used JOFY Fresco Finish chalk paint in Dolly Mixture and a swirl stencil to create the large heart.  The dots didn't turn out perfectly but I liked that rustic feel so I left them to dry but I could easily have wiped them off and started again. 
 As this is a decorative piece I'm not worried about the paint being permanent as it's not going to get dunked into water. 
I randomly dabbed the remainder of the paint over the bottle before covering it with white tissue paper, using Mod Podge.  I tore the tissue into fairly large pieces to make it easier, stamping the sentiment onto the front piece using Distress Ink in Dusty Concord.
I used Viva Precious Metal in silver and a piece of soft cloth to highlight the creases in the tissue and added the crochet heart to the neck.  There's no top on this bottle that way I can add a pale pink candle or use it for flowers.