Monday, 23 March 2015

If Life is Like the Movies ...

Here's my first art journal page and I really enjoyed the process of taking my rambling thoughts and conveying them on paper using art.  I love the way this turned out and how the central paper piece seems to be part of the page.
I coated the page in gesso first then tore a section from a sheet of wrapping paper about old movies, stuck it on and blended the edges with more gesso.  When dry I used a black marker pen to add the cross stitches. 
I used a large music script stamp and Distress Ink in Pumice Stone to stamp across the page, including the paper, then stamped a strip on the right-hand side using DI Vintage Photo.  The rest of stamping is StazOn Black using words from Tim Holtz 'Stuff to Say', A Flonzcraft alphabet set and a free stamp from Craft Stamper.  Finally I added some doodled musical notes and torn pieces of music paper.
What kind of movie is your life like?

Friday, 20 March 2015

Leap Into an Art Journal

I've really struggled lately to get on with my crafting.  Lack of time means I've tried to force myself to think of projects and themes but couldn't.  I wasn't allowing the ideas to come naturally and I found this frustrating.  So what's the answer?  An art journal.
I've long admired other people's art journal pages and longed to try for myself but I didn't know where to begin.  Well my problems with finding time and creativity are exactly the impetus needed.  Now I can be creative, using any mediums I choose but without trying to focus on a particular end result.  I don't need to decide whether I'm altering an object, creating a wall hanging or a scrapbook layout - I can just create.  And whilst I have an idea of what I want to convey with the page(s), it can just evolve with no pressure to 'not waste supplies' or create something practical/pretty/giftable.

I'm sharing today the cover I created for my new art journal.  I was going to make it myself with a Bind-it-All but then I remembered I bought this one a while ago in Hobbycraft for £5.00.  First I gave it a coat of gesso to make stamping easier, then used a stencil and some Imagination Craft Sparkle Medium in Soft Purple to add some dimension.  When this was dry I used a small round paint brush to splatter on the Cosmic Shimmer Mist in Vintage Rose.
I had a selection of odd letters left from a chipboard alphabet set and painted some with gesso, then used a script stamp and Distress Ink in Dusty Concord and the rest were painted with lilac chalk paint.  The words are stamped using DI Black Soot and the mini chipboard frame is heat embossed with Frantage Aged Scarlet Embossing Enamel.
I really enjoyed creating the first page and I'll share this in a few days.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

A Picture from Lindisfarne

On the day of William and Kate's Royal wedding ( ages ago I know), Keith and I drove to Lindisfarne for the day.  It was a little overcast but we really enjoyed our visit and of the many photographs we took, I decided to paint the scene in this one.

As usual it was on my 'to do' list and although I printed the photograph it lay in the drawer until just before Christmas when at last I started the painting.  Unfortunately all sorts of obstacles got in the way, not least Christmas but I'm delighted to say that I finally completed the painting - and here it is.
I'm pleased with the way it turned out and it's now framed and hanging on the wall.  If you're wondering about the texture for the wall, I used creased clingfilm.  The cobbled wall at the front of the building was achieved using rock salt sprinkled onto wet paint and the foreground plant stems were created using thin pieces of card dipped into the paint.
My intention is to find more time for painting and I've already sketched out the next one.  It's rather ambitious for me and I'm not sure how I'll get on but if successful, I'll share it with you.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Looks Like Spring

Crisp, bright sunny days with lots of blue sky.  It looks as though spring is here to me although there is a forecast for snow later today in my part of the world. But the brighter weather made me think of the warmer days to come and coupled with a lovely bouquet of flowers I received, gave me the inspiration for altering this box canvas.  I bought it ages ago and this seemed the perfect project.
I started by using a very weak wash of orange watercolour then  using a scrunched-up tissue, dabbed randomly over the paint to lift some of it out, creating a mottled effect.
I used a selection of funky 70s style flowers to stamp around one corner, using black StazOn ink.  It didn't matter that some of the images didn't stamp completely as I was going to add colour to them using Galleria acryclic paints.
I stuck to a limited palette of yellow and red, mixing these to make orange and painted inside the stamped edges.  It reminded me of the 'Painting by Numbers' sets I used to have as a child.
My original plan was to leave this as a flat image, stamping the sentiment directly onto the canvas.  However the edges at the back are angled so I couldn't get a flat object behind the canvas to fit exactly into the top left corner.  No matter as I much prefer to add some texture and dimension to my projects somewhere.
I used a small piece of thick white card and painted this with some of the acrylic paint ensuring the colour was uneven.  When dry I stamped the Tim Holtz sentiment from Stuff to Say onto the card and added the two little birds from a Crafty Individuals' stamp.
The wooden frame was already printed with circles which matched the 70s theme.  I just painted over the top in a weak solution of orange watercolour to tone the background colour down then used a hot glue gun to stick the frame and sentiment to the canvas.
I'm entering this into two challenges: