Sunday, 27 March 2016

If You Go Down to the Woods ...

I'm sharing an art journal page with you today which I made for the current ART JOURNAL JOURNEY theme 'If you go down to the woods...'
Many of you will know this is a line from the song 'Teddy Bear's Picnic'.  I remember as a child my dad playing this to me on his piano accordion, so that was my first thought for the page.  Then I considered Little Red Riding Hood or bluebells before finally settling on one which works perfectly for this Easter bank holiday -  Rabbits.
I started by spraying the top half of the page with Cosmic Shimmer Astral Mist to provide some blue for the sky, then used a Tim Holtz tree bark stencil and white texture paste.  For the smaller trees I used strips of scrunched-up white tissue paper.
Next, using Winsor & Newton watercolours, I painted the tree trunks brown and added the green foliage.  The rabbits were free downloads.
I like the whimsical, almost Beatrix Potter effect I've somehow managed to achieve and I wish I could say it was intentional but I'm not that clever. 
Happy Easter.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

The Last Artist Trading Cards for March

Here are my 3 March partner ATCs for the UKATC swap group on Yahoo. 
Drum roll please because I actually remembered to photograph them instead of scanning so I've given myself a mental 'well done' sticker. 
I used black StazOn and one of my new Lily Elise photo ready stamps for this one, mounting it onto a background coloured with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and then over-stamping randomly with Crafty Individuals' script stamp and StazOn.
I stamped onto brown card with DI Spiced Marmalade and the CI script stamp before using white texture paste and a Tim Holtz faded dots stencil to create the background.  I cheated with the tag though which was ready made, adding the string to maintain the slightly rustic look.

I kept this ATC simple with pinked edges on the smaller tag, inked with DI Shabby Shutters, then heat embossed the sentiment but I can' remember where it came from, possibly a craft group swap.
The daisies were cut using a mini shape punch and the bird is from Crafty Individuals, stamped in DI Brushed Corduroy and stuck on with 3D foam squares to add some depth.
On a totally different theme, I found out only yesterday that Zutter, makers of the Bind-it-All machine, appear to be in liquidation.  I'd wondered why I couldn't find some of the accessories I use on any of the craft supply websites.  In particular I've been hunting for the 8" x 8"removable page protectors for the heritage album I posted recently.  Now I'll have to find an alternative and try and punch all the holes in.  It looks as though the 12" x 12" size is still available at the moment but I prefer to work on the smaller size.  If anyone has any suggestions for alternatives do let me know in the comment box.

Monday, 21 March 2016

More ATCs for March

The other themed swap for March at UKATC Yahoo group was Lemon & Lime, so I'm sharing those today.
The still life lemon & lime was painted on NOT watercolour paper using Winsor & Newton artist watercolour paint.  Unfortunately it scanned lighter than the original.  I don't know why I always scan the ATCs, I think it's just habit now but in future I'll photograph them the same as all the other projects I post, then I can at least adjust the contrast and brightness before uploading them. 
The other card is  a Crafty Individuals' image, stamped using Distress Ink Black Soot onto a watercolour background.
For this one I used a die cut butterfly and a piece of the net bag which had the lemons in from the supermarket.  The sentiment is from an Inkylicious stamp, using Versamark and a dusting of lime green shimmer powder and yes, the black card is supposed to be at an angle.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Artist Trading Cards

Here are 3 of my ATCs made for the March UKATC swap group on Yahoo for the theme of Children & Babies.
I used images from Crafty Individuals' Miniatures, People & Places 2 on each card.  A lovely collection of glossy photos and drawn images which are very versatile.
For the background top left, I used acrylic paint in orange and yellow splashed onto white card, then stamped the Tim Holtz sentiments in Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade. 

The sentiment for the bottom card is from a Doo Lally Pip stamp which I thought went perfectly with the image.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Practise, Practise, Practise

In a departure from my usual crafty posts, today I'm sharing a drawing I did recently in an effort to improve my drawing skills.

I am a member of ART TUTOR, a fantastic online site providing loads of courses, lessons and advice in every medium, with video lessons by well-known artists and course materials to view or print.
This drawing of a towel was copied from a photo as part of the Graphite Drawing Skills course. I actually believe now that anyone can learn to draw because before my skills were virtually non-existent and I certainly never thought I would be able to produce something like this.
Needless to say that all this practise has meant my usual crafting activities have taken a back-seat but there will be some more familiar projects coming along next week - I hope.
In the meantime if you are interested in painting and drawing, check out Art Tutor via the link above.  It's a UK-based site with international membership.  There is no minimum subscription and they offer monthly, 6-monthly or annual membership at very reasonable prices for the quantity and quality of lessons provided.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Sophisticated Lily

Today I'm sharing a card I made with another of the wonderful Oxford Impressions' Lily Elsie stamps.
I opted for a more opulent, Art Deco look for this image and started with a white card blank and piece of white watercolour paper for texture.  I edged both of these with gold pen before using Imagination's Sparkle Medium in Gunmetal and a Tim Holtz faded dots stencil to add even more background texture.
After stamping the image and sentiment, from Crafty Individuals, using black StazOn, both were edged with gold pen.  

I love these images and they're my first photo stamps so I'm really enjoying experimenting with different card surfaces and inking techniques.  I discovered by accident that if I ink in a random way over the image I get a very nice aged, faded look.