Saturday, July 04, 2015

July Calendar challenge

July is a busy month-holiday time. I'm just back from a week in Estonia and Latvia, which was very enjoyable! But before I left I did a quick version of Darcy's Calendar challenge. This month the rules were:
1. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design2. Technique - Use the bumped method of stencilling. 3. Add – your face, a photo or drawing.. If you really cant bear to use your own face then cut one from a magazine... But no face stamps!

So here's my attempt:


My original calendar picture was The Herd Boy, by Edward Walton. I have left parts of the sky, and parts of the ground peeking through.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

June calendar challenge

This month the rules for the altered calendar challenge at Art and Sole are:
1.Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2. Technique - Create glue or paint skins and add them to your page
3. Add – a receipt or ticket stub

So here's my page:
The original calendar page is peeping through on the bird and the vase. The flowers are acrylic paint skins, and the receipt has been cut up and glued on in small patches.



Here's a close up of the acrylic paint skins. This is a new technique for me.

The original page looked like this:

It is a painting by George Henry called Barr, Ayeshire.




Monday, May 04, 2015

Merly Impressions


 Recently I got to play with the 'Shine Bright' collection from Kaisercrafts. This collection is one of my all time favourites. I love the graphic quality, and the retro colour palette of black, white. grey and sunshine yellow.
Here are three layouts I made using this collection:

I love the die cut collectables that Kaisercrafts do for each collection. They make putting a layout together a breeze! You can see more details on the Merly Impressions blog here.


This great chevron design paper was my favourite from the collection. For a tip about faux dimension see the Merly Impression blog here.

And finally I wanted to show that you could do something completely different and unexpected with this collection. there is a step by step showing how I made this on The Merly blog here.


Do you love this collection as much as I do?

Saturday, May 02, 2015

May Calendar Challenge

Well May is here so it's time for the May altered calendar page

Here are  the rules for May. 

1. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2. Technique - Make marks,... scratching or stamping into texture paste/thick gesso/spackle/glue anything that will hold the shape
3. Add – an image that depicts your star sign/horoscope (drawing, painting, magazine image)

And here's my page:


which started out like this:

I used grunge paste, stencils and acrylic paint. And my star sign is Aquarius-the water carrier.


Thursday, April 02, 2015

April Calendar


April calendar challenge:
This is my altered calendar page for Darcy's calendar challenge.
This month we had to use a repeating shape or repeating words. I have repeating lines which form repeating tree trunks. Also we needed to use splatters or drips and I have done this for the foliage.


I forgot to take a photo of the original page. It is of Poultry Yard at Gartosh, by John Quinton Pringle,

I meant to document my process, but only managed to do the first step, then I guess I got in the zone and just continued painting. First I covered some of the painting with gesso, leaving some ungessoed parts for tree trunks.


Here you can see some of the original tree trunks showing through and some splatters of paint.

Thanks for taking the time to visit!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Merly Impressions

I've just realised I forgot to show the layouts I did for Merly Impressions last month. I was sent the beautiful Blue Bay collection from Kaisercrafts to use. I just love this collection. It has a lovely calm neutral and turquoise colour palette., and some great shabby elements, like weathered wood paper, frames and a fabulous window shutter paper too.

What I really love though is how versatile this collection is.

I was able to make this pretty shabby chic style layout, which you can read more about here.



Then I made this more contemporary style layout. You can see more about how it was made here.


And finally, something completely different, which you can find out more about here.

It's hard to believe these three layouts were made from the same collection, don't you think?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Paper Artsy

I recently did a project for Paper Artsy. Paper Artsy is a manufacturer and retailer of stamps, paints and other bits and bobs. The great thing about Paper Artsy is they believe in providing lots of inspiration and education for their customers via the blog. Each week there are themes and tutorials to follow, and this makes it one of the most inspirational blogs around for mixed media and stamping.

My project was a mini album and my technique was a peeled paint effect.

Here's the cover:



The stamps are by Emma Godfrey for Paper Artsy. These a great versatile stamps, especially if you love art journalling or pocket scrapbooking.


Here's a close up of the peeled paint effect using Paper Artsy Fresco paints


I LOVE that effect, don't you? If you want to know how to do it the instructions are on the Paper Artsy blog here.

Thanks for looking!