Tuesday, 6 June 2017

This is Goodbye

Yes folks, I'm ceasing to post on here.  I just don't seem to have the time for any crafting or art, let alone posting about it.  It's another pressure I just don't need anymore.
Thanks to all of you for stopping by and remember ...

Vintage Lady

For a change I'm sharing an altered CD made for a swap at STAMPERS UK.
The front was covered with white card, using Mod Podge to stick it on.  It was then sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Maple Sugar.  I used Distress Ink in Black Soot to stamp the swirls and the central image which is from a Flonzcraft set of silhouette ladies. 
The holes were punched using a Crop-a-Dile and the flowers and silhouette were finished with some black stickles and enamel accents


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

My Girl

I'm sharing a recent scrapbook layout today, featuring a lovely photo of my daughter which shows off the stunning petrol blue colour of the dress. The photo was taken about 9 years ago but it's taken me this long to decide on a layout.
My first decision was to create all the elements and background myself and not use any patterned cardstock or bought elements.  So I started with white 12" x 12" card on which I painted random stripes of Cerulean Blue watercolour paint across the page.  Next I used a piece of corrugated cardboard (so versatile) and dragged chalk paint in teal across the surface.  
I used Cricut cartridge Elegant Edges to die cut the border strips, photo mat and journalling mat and Gypsy Font for the name. 
I painted all the die cuts except the name with chalk paint in pale blue and then ran the photo mat and name through the Cuttlebug, using a swiss dots dry emblossing folder to add some texture.  The border strips and name were then sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer, Astral Mystery.


Saturday, 13 May 2017

An Elegant Lady

Here is my entry for this month's ART JOURNAL JOURNEY theme of 'Elegance and Grunge', hosted by Gill.

 I started by dripping and dragging Distress Stain, Vintage Photo and Distress Ink, Antique Linen across the page, then added torn strips from a magazine page.  To tone down the colours of the magazine, I painted the whole page randomly with gesso.
The nude figure is one I painted early on when I started looking at figures and is taken from an Artist Photo Reference Book.  I cut the image out and pasted it on using Mod Podge, which I used for all the elements.  I added another torn strip of paper, then the birdhouse and die cut shapes in the bottom corner which I received through an online swap.  You can see the layers in this close up.
The image behind the birdhouse is from Crafty Individuals' stamped in Distress Ink Vintage Photo.  The die cut butterflies were sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist,  Astral Mystery to provide a pop of colour and add to the elegance.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Pocket Letters

This was a lovely swap recently at UKATC and something very different. 
Take a 9 pocket (each one 3.5" x 2.5") plastic sleeve used for collectible cards and fill each pocket with an ATC and some little treats.  These could be die cuts, postage stamps, mini pictures or anything that will fit in the pocket.  Both sides of the cards need to be decorated but the great thing is the sleeve can be rolled to fit a stand DL envelope.
I received a lovely Pocket Letter from my swap partner and had great fun finding the little treats.  I had as much fun putting mine together and here's a picture of the front ...
... and the back.
There are quite a few YouTube videos about these if you're interested.
See you soon.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Pencil Sketch of Tree Bark

I'm sharing a sketch with you today which I did from a photo. 
I spotted these trees as I was walking round my local Loch last week.  It was a bright day and I was able to get a few good shots of the bark which I thought would be nice to sketch and perhaps even paint as a study.
I used graphite pencils in HB, 2B, 4B and 8B and a soft putty rubber to add some highlights and it took about 40 minutes.  The perfect way to unwind at the end of the day - being creative.
Thanks for stopping by and ...

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Flowers Galore ATCs

Here are the three flower themed cards for this month's swap at UKATC.  We've got a couple of different swaps on at the moment so I'll be posting something different soon.
First up tulips.  I painted these in watercolour over the background card which I created with corrugated card and teal chalk paint.  I love the way the flower heads allow the background to show through and was so pleased with the result I think I'll attempt a larger piece for framing. 
The next card used a lovely stamp sentiment and a sunny combination of colours.  The white background is stamped with a swirl stamp in DI Spun Sugar and Mustard Seed before being layered with patterned paper to echo the daisies.
Lastly I used a pre-made tag adhered to a piece of printed acetate. The acetate originally came from a garment tag but was too pretty to throw away.  I don't often use bought tags but I was running out of time to send these off and other projects and work were needing my attention.
I seem to have taken on quite a lot recently and it's beginning to catch up with me but hopefully I can post in the next couple of days with a little plaque made for a swap. 
In the meantime ...

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Spring is in the Air at UKATC

The second theme for March at UKATC was Spring,  so I went for spring colours and flowers for the first card.  The image is from Crafty Individuals', painted with watercolour which gives a nice effect. 

For both these ATCs I used Saunders Waterford watercolour paper and Winsor & Newton Artist Watercolours and painted the backgrounds with pale washes of Cerulean Blue and Aureolin to create a summer sky.  
Yes I know dandelion seeds will be later in the summer but the stamps from Inkylicious are lovely to use and I'm sure my swap partner will forgive me.  The images were stamped using StazOn black ink
No stamping on the last card, just a little scene which represents the beautiful countryside where I live as it wakes up after the Winter. Again this is painted using watercolours.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Around the World in My Dreams

The theme for this month chosen by Hazel at ART JOURNAL JOURNEY is Magical Mystery Tour.  Inspired by The Beatles' song, where would your journey take you and how would you get there?
I love travelling to different countries as well as different parts of the UK where I live so a trip round the world would be my dream:  No rush, no constraints; money or time!!.  Oh yes, very much wishful thinking here.  And as far as the transport goes, well I loved the hot air balloon ride we did some years ago so I chose that and here's the result.
I began by using the edge of a piece of corrugated packing dipped in PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics in Amethyst to drag the lines across and down the page.  Next I added a torn  piece of patterned paper with an oriental design to match the colour. 

  The word 'Dream' was added using white texture paste through a stencil.  When it was dry I swiped Distress Ink in Seedless Preserve across the top of the letters with dry foam.
The wording and map of the world were printed.  The balloon is from a Flonzcraft set, stamped using DI Black Soot.  
I finished the page by lightly stamping the names of some capital cities and iconic images such as the Eiffel Tower and Leaning Tower of Pisa so they would almost fade into the  background. 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Everything's Coming up Spots and Dots

Today I'm sharing the ATCs for the March theme of Spots and Dots and for the first one I sprayed the white card with Cosmic Shimmer Maple Sugar then dropped dots of ink to create the background.  The tree branch was formed free-hand using white texture paste which I painted with brown watercolour paint and the lovely image is one received in a swap.
The next two cards feature die cuts using the Cricut cartridge Cindy Loo. 
The daffodil is cut from gold mirror card, mounted onto a piece of yellow dotty card.  This was matted onto white card which I dry embossed using the Cuttlebug swiss dots folder, rubbing the surface lightly with Distress Ink in Mustard Seed to bring out the raised dots.
For the last one, I dropped DI Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo ink onto an offcut of white photo quality card and let the colours mix, which produces a smoother blend of colour. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

The Background Story

Today I'm sharing the 6 background ATCs made for the March UKATC swap.  This is additional to the partner and themed swaps and is a nice opportunity to be creative without having to think of the finished card.
For the top card I used Crafty Individuals' script stamp and Distress Ink in Pumice Stone.  The edges were then inked with DI Seedless Preserve.  This makes a nice background, perfect for vintage style finishes.
The middle card was cut from a larger background piece I created a while ago.  I used Daler Rowney watercolour paper and the side of a large squirrel mop watercolour brush, dipped into two different colours of paint.  I pushed the side of the brush onto the paper to create the fish, almost as a print. 
 As an artist it's always a great exercise to 'play' with brushes to see what sort of marks can be made by holding them at different angles to the paper.
The bottom card was white, sprayed and splattered with Glimmer Mist Sugar Maple before inking the edges with DI Vintage Photo.  Another versatile background suitable for any theme of card.
For the next one I started by letting yellow and orange watercolour mix together on white card.  Then using DI Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick I used a variety of stamps to create a riot of flowers, over-stamping some to give depth
For the middle card I used a music score stamp and DI Pumice Stone to create a faded background, before stamping the Eiffel Tower with DI Black Soot.  The image was stamped twice to give a faded look.
For the last card I used the music score stamp again in DI Seedless Preserve, stamped over a background sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist, Antique Rose.  I then inked the edges with DI Dusty Concord.
I hope my swap partner finds these useful and I look forward to possibly getting one or two back at some future date as a finished ATC.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Artist Trading Cards

Here we are today with the March partner ATCs for the UKATC swap group on YAHOO.
First up is this lovely butterfly image from Crafty Individuals, stamped using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  

Another Crafty Individuals' stamp using DI Black Soot.  The background uses part of the large stamp then the individual corsets have been cut out and matted onto a die cut frame from Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge.

Finally an ATC featuring an image from the Lily Elsie photo-ready stamp set from Oxford Impressions.  I stamped the image onto paper first so that this impression would be slightly grainy. 

I used silver texture paste and made a free-hand frame around the image and matted this onto plain card wiped with DI Victorian Velvet and some of the silver paste.