Monday, 20 April 2015

April Showers and Umbrellas

Good morning all. The project I'm sharing with you today is for two challenges.
The Craft Barn's April Calendar challenge, the theme is Blue and Umbrellas.
The Mixed Media Monthly April Showers challenge, I took my inspiration from Mr Umbrella Man.

I coloured the background with Gelatos then stamped the small Stampers Anonymous Umbrella Men. I die cut the large Umbrella Man out of one of my Gelli prints and stamped some sript on him. I mixed some turquoise brushos with water and let it run down the page. For the quote I used a Doo Lally Pip stamp.

Monday, 13 April 2015

The Documented Life Project - Week 8

Hi everyone, I hope you had a good weekend, I went to the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday, had a good day meeting friends and spending some money although I didn't spend as much as I usually do.

I'd like to share with you week 8 of the DLP challenge, the challenge for the week is Repeating Elements. I decided to do squares as I remembered that in 2013 I made an inchie every week for the Every Inchie Monday challenge, I never did anything with the inchies, they were put into an envelope and forgotten, the pages in my journal are A4 size, big enough to take all 52 inchies.

I'm linking my journal pages to Rhedd's Creative Spirit Anything Goes challenge.

These are the finished pages.

I started by drawing the grid and adding the calendar page.

I then coloured the squares with Inktense pencils and a water brush. I coloured the rest of the page with a red watercolour crayon and went over the lines with a black pen, I also drew squiggles on the lines but they're not on this photo.

I stamped some squares [Hero Arts] with distress ink in the blank areas and glued in the inchies.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Favourite Poems and Quotes

Favourite Poems and Quotes is the theme for this months challenge at Art Journal Journey.
I decided to use The Rhyme Of The Ancient Mariner for my page, it's a poem that I remember doing for my exams at school.

There's a very small line drawing at the end of the poem in my book, so I adapted it for my page. I drew the design and painted the sky and sun with acrylic paint. I painted the sea with acrylic paint and then sprinkled turquoise and emerald green brushos on it, then I gave it a spray of water. The ship and albatross were painted with acrylic paint and I drew lines on the sea to show that there wasn't a wave in sight. I decided to put the albatross in the picture even though by the time the ship was becalmed he'd been killed by the ancient mariner.

Here's a close up of the verse.
I was going to use the verse "Water water everywhere" but decided the one I used was more apt.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Time Deco Pages

Good morning everyone and a big welcome to my new followers. I hope you are all having a lovely Easter weekend.

The KCUK 2015 Deco Swap is well under way, there are ten entrants this year, these are the pages that I made for Wendy, the theme of her book is Time.

For this page I coloured the background with Gelatos and stamped some clocks and script.
I die cut the Weathered Clock out of one of my mono prints and spread some DecoArt crackle glaze over it. I glued it to the page when it had dried and added the main image.
I used Creative Expression stamps for all the stamping.

I coloured the background for this page with acrylic paints and stamped the Crafty Individuals image over it. I stamped the main image [unknown stamp] onto white card, coloured it and cut it out. I put glossy accents on the face and added a clock charm. I added the sentiment [Creative Expressions].

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

First DT Post For The Mixed Media Mojo Challenge

I'm very excited to have been chosen to join the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge Design Team - this is my first project for them.

The theme for the April challenge is Recycle/Upcycle and the twist is Flower.

I've made a vase using a plastic Options jar.

I started by glueing lace, die cut leaves and flowers to the jar.

Then I went back to the days of when I use to decorate cakes and used a piping bag with modelling paste to pipe some squiggly lines and dots. I did try to use a stencil but it was difficult because of the shape of the jar.

I painted the jar with white gesso.

I then painted the jar with DecoArt acrylic paint.

I made a wash of hansa yellow paint and let it run down the from the top of the jar, when this was dry I did the same with paynes grey.

 Here is a close up of the runs.

This is the finished vase with some daffodils. I had hoped the buds would have opened by the time the photo was taken, but it was not to be. The only thing I don't like about the vase are the roses that I put on - I should have left it plain.

The rest of the DT have made some fabulous projects so why not pop over to the MMMC to take a look,

Spring Hanging

It's the first of the month and time for a new challenge at Altered Eclectics, as always the theme is Anything Goes but it must be mixed media/altered art, no cards are allowed.

My DT piece this month is a Spring Hanging.

 I started by painting the base with gesso and then acrylic paint, then I stamped the flower to position it. I added a die cut and some lace and brushed some acrylic paint over them.

I stencilled some yellow dianmond shapes and stamped some script and mesh.

I sprinkled some brushos on the lace and die cut, then I sprayed some water and let it run, I also splattered watered down white acrylic paint.

I stamped the flower and rabbits onto card, the flower and leaves were stamped twice, I cut them out after colouring them with felt tips, then I adhered them to the hanging. I added some die cut letters, flowers and black gems in the centre of the flowers.

The stamps I used are
PaperArtsy/Lin Brown - the flower,
Crafty Individuals - the rabbits.

Why don't you check out the challenge, my team mates have made some fabulous samples.

Monday, 30 March 2015

A Couple of ATCs

Good morning a everyone, I hope you all had lovely weekend, I went on a mixed media workshop yesterday and had a brilliant time. What I made isn't quite finished yet but as soon as it is I will put on my blog.

Today I'd like to share a couple of ATCs with you.

I used one of my mono prints for the background and stamped some script on it.
The Dina Wakley image was stamped and embossed and the Creative Expressions words were stamped and embossed. I went round the edge with some blue acrylic paint.

Again the background is a mono print that I adhered to some blue card. I stamped the Chocolate Baroque flower onto the background in white and also stamped it on to a book page in black. After colouring  the flower with acrylic paint I cut it out and adhered it to the ATC. I also stencilled some dots. I hand wrote the word onto a piece of scrap card.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Documented Life - Week 6

Still trying to play catch up with the DLP. The theme for February is Layers You Will Love. For week 6 we had to use as many layers as possible.

I'd like to share my pages with Bumblebees and Butterflies - A Visual Journey 12

Here are my finished pages, I tried to count the layers as I went along but lost count.

I thought I'd have a go at doing a collage.

This was my first layer, I glued patterned paper the the pages.

I scraped white paint over the pages and added my calendar.

I coloured the pages with acrylic paint and gelatos.

I stencilled the rays and hearts with gesso and coloured them with brushos. I lost count of the layers at this stage. The houses were drawn onto patterned paper, cut out and glued to the pages. I found a piece of paper that had small squares over it and some of the squares had people and animals looking out of them so I used these for the windows. I stencilled some trees with felt tips.

I used Faber-Castell pitt pens to colour and add shading to the houses I also used a white sharpie to take out some of the colour of the hearts and add a fence at the bottom. I added a cut out tree and some rub ons.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Cock - A - Doodle - Doo

Poultry is the latest challenge theme at Moo Mania.

For the challenge I've made a postcard, I decided to have a go at doing some doodling, I found it very relaxing and will try and find time to do more.

I used a Dreamweaver stencil.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Dancing In The Moonlight

Good morning all, I hope you all had a lovely weekend, today I'm sharing some ATCs with you.

Dancing In The Moonlight is the theme for this months UK Stampers ATC swap.

I coloured the background with gelatos and drew a circle, I painted the circle with silver acrylic paint.
I stamped and embossed the Artistic Stamper ballerina.
The leaves were stencilled with a green felt tip and I went round the outlines with a black pen.
I stamped [unknown make] the stars.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Things With Wings

This month the Art Journey Journal challenge theme is Things With Wings.
These are the pages that I've made for the challenge.

I'd also like to link my project to the following challenges.

That's Crafty - Wings 'n Things.
The Mirror Crack'd - Wings.
Country View Challenges - Anything Goes.

I started by colouring the pages with acrylic paint, I stencilled  some flowers and doodled some swirls with a glitter pen. I stamped some butterflies with a foam stamp.

Using an old credit card I scraped some white and blue paint over the pages.

I stencilled some flowers and leaves and stamped some small butterflies and script. The Indian Butterfly Legend was stamped onto a separate piece of card and cut out.
I stamped the large butterflies with black archival ink and coloured them with Pitt Big Brush Artist Pens.
I doodled round the edges of the pages.

This is a close up of the Indian Butterfly Legend.

I used the following stamps
Innovative Stamp Creations - large butterflies
Wendy Rhodes - Indian Butterfly Legend

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Documented Life Project - Week 5

Use Underpaper is the challenge for week 5 of the DLP and the journal prompt is What Lies Beneath. I'm falling behind with the project as we're now on week 10, so I've got a lot of catching up to do.

I didn't have much underpaper but I had quite a bit of kitchen towel that I use underneath things that I spray.

This is my finished page, I'm not sure I like it as I feel it needs more done to it.

I coloured the pages with acrylic paint applied with a baby wipe. I used a Dina Wakley stamp round the edges and a swirly stamp on the background, I also did a few doodles.
I drew the flowers onto the inked kitchen towel and cut them out, then I glued them to the pages and doodled round them.
I found the Thomas Jefferson quote on the Internet.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Calendar Challenge - March

Yellow and Rabbits is the theme for the Craft Barn's March calendar challenge.

I coloured the background with Brushos and stamped and embossed the Jofy flowers and butterfly in white. I used a black pen to go round the outlines of the flowers but I used a fine tipped pen and it doesn't show up very well. I coloured the flowers with felt tips,
I used a Crafty Individuals stamp for the rabbits although I think they might be hares, they were stamped on white card and coloured with felt tips and then cut out and glued to the page.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Time ATCs

Hi everybody, I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

I'd like to share a couple of ATCs with you today, the theme is Time.

I'd like to link my ATCs to the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge - the theme is to make a pair of ATCs.

The background was coloured with distress inks and I stamped the Creative Expressions stamp with peacock feathers distress ink. The Artistic Stamper Phineas Pinchbeck image was stamped and embossed onto a piece of white card and cut out, he was coloured with distress ink. The little wooden clock was covered with Treasure Brass.

For this ATC I coloured the background with distress ink and stamped the Crafty Individuals image, I also stamped and embossed the image onto white card and coloured it with acrylic paint. I cut round the image and cut out the centre leaving just the clock frame, I adhered this over the image on the ATC.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Altered Packaging

It's time for the latest Altered Eclectic challenge. As always the theme is Anything Goes but it must be Mixed Media/Altered Art, no cards are allowed.

For my DT piece this month I decided to turn some Amazon packaging into a colourful folder.


This is the packaging I started with.


I started by covering everything with white gesso and then painted it with acrylic paint.

I then scraped some gesso over it using a credit card. I left some of the colour showing and added some shapes and lines using my finger and small brush I also used a stencil in places. I stamped some flowers [Chocolate Baroque] onto book paper and cut them out and glued them to the piece keeping some aside for later.

I then added more colour until I was pleased with the result and then I added some black script. I used a mixture of Fresco Finish, DecoArt and Reeves acrylic paint.

I painted the inside of the folder and glued down the flaps, then I added some of the spare flowers.

I decided to use a magnetic closure so I glued in the magnets and covered the magnet on the front with a flower, then I glued a couple of flowers to card so that they were more sturdy, I glued these to the front and back of the magnet on the flap.

This is the back of the folder.

This is a close up of the paintwork,

Why not pop over the the Altered Eclectic Challenge to see the fabulous pieces that the rest of DT have made.