Monday, 27 June 2016

My Mum

I finally started my own family heritage album a few month's ago and today I want to share the latest layout, featuring my Mum.
I usually add journaling which I think is so important to remind people of dates, places and events but I've no idea when these photos were taken.  I'm guessing at the beginning or just before the outbreak of  WWII.
The layout is quite simple, using a lovely floral paper matted onto cream cardstock.  The die cut frame was perfect for the vintage photo but to brighten up the page and echo the floral paper, I used a selection of Prima paper flowers. 
The title is cut using Cricut Gypsy Font cartridge and the swirl from the Cindy Loo cartridge. These were cut from white card then sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Antique Rose.  The lovely heart was from a fellow crafter, left over from a round robin swap.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

A Little Sketch

Just for a change I'm sharing a sketch I did from an artist reference book. 
I've been working on my drawing skills for a while now and as part of an online course, looked at drawing figures.  I never thought I'd like it but I'm totally hooked on clothed and nude figures.
Next I want to start painting watercolour figures but I'll need  practice first - heaps of it.
(Copied from The Nude Figure, A Visual Reference for the Artist by Mark Edward Smith)
If you're interested in taking up art or want to improve your skills I highly recommend looking at the online site ART TUTOR

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Buttons & Bows

Three more artist trading cards to share today, all for the June theme of Buttons & Bows at UKATC
For the first two I used butterflies cut using Cricut Indie Art Cartridge and Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist in Astral Mystery and Vintage Rose.
The first one also had paper circles as masks for the background to create the button shapes.
For the next card which had part of a postage frank printed on it, I used the butterfly as the mask, reversing it to spray for the main image.
For the last one I used an image from Crafty Individuals stamped onto white card using Distress Ink in Black Soot.  Once matted onto the purple card, I heat embossed the frame.

Do check out UKATC via the link at the top if you're interested in swapping ATCs.  We're a very friendly bunch and there are other swaps throughout the year as well.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Artist Trading Cards

I'm sharing my three June partner swaps today, each one different and swapped through UKATC 
First off a mixed media piece using a Crafty Individuals image from Miniatures, People & Places 2 around which I moulded a frame in silver texture paste with a craft knife.  The stamps and sentiment were part of a swap on UKATC last month.

Aha!  Now I've loaded this I see my BIG mistake.  Although the card is inked round the edges with Distress Ink  Festive Berries, I lost some of the edges when I scanned it.  Never mind. 
 The fish were  painted using watercolour and a large mop brush.  The addition of hand doodled bubbles finished it off  nicely.

The last one is slightly simpler with the background stamped onto white card using CI crackle background stamp and DI Broken China.  All the images are from a Papermania set with the addition of some glitter.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Journal into Narnia

Hi Folks.  Been busy decorating so access to my craft space and laptop has been restricted.  Anyway I'm sharing my art journal page for this month's ART JOURNAL JOURNEY theme of 'Maps'.
I've always enjoyed reading and for my 8th birthday my parents bought me the complete 'Chronicles of Narnia' - all seven books in a lovely, illustrated, hard cardboard case.  I've still got them in fact. 
When I first saw this theme I was only thinking of maps of the world and countries but then I glanced up at the bookshelf and saw my set of Narnia books and immediately knew what my page would be about. 
So here it is - my map of Narnia.
I started by randomly painting the page with teal and cream chalk paint, then attaching the scanned map with Mod Podge.  You can tell the book is old because the pages have yellowed so much, the scan picked up the colour
When the Mod Podge was dry I used Gesso to cover a small section ready for the stamp which is from Doo Lally Pip, stamped with StazOn black ink. 

I used modelling paste and a Tim Holtz Faded Dots stencil to add some texture and finished off with some doodling, handwriting and a magazine word.
So there you are and now I'm off to tidy the wardrobe!