Monday, February 23, 2015

Paper Artsy

Today I'm showing you a project I recently did for Paper Artsy. If you aren't familiar with Paper Artsy you really should take a look. The blog is full of inspirational projects, and challenges, and the shop has fabulous products, including their own range of stamps, and paints.

Recently the blog project theme was metals, and I decorated a journal cover using cheap aluminium tape from the pound shop. Last year I joined in with the Documented Life project, but I didn't do my cover until the end of the year because I know if I did it in advance it would get very dirty and painty over the year. So anyway, I took the opportunity to decorate my Documented Life journal for the metal theme.

Here's my cover:

Lots of lovely texture and colours:


To see a step by step on how I did the cover, head on over to the Paper Artsy blog here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Paper Artsy.

Paper Artsy has just launched a new range of products -fabulous new fresco paint colours, and quite a few new ranges of stamps. The new products were recently showcased at the trade show at the NEC, and I got to play with some of the new products to make samples for display at the show.

Because I am a scrapbooker I chose to work with two new sets of stamps designed by Emma Godfrey. These are perfect for Project Life type scrapbooking-or for your art journals too.

Here are the samples I made.

The Fresco paint colours used are Sherbert, Orchid, Bora Bora, Mermaid  and the stamps are EEGO1 and EEGO3

First, a journal page:
 

and next up, some 6X4 pocket scrapbooking layouts:





As you can see these are a really versatile set of stamps, and I imagine I will get lots and lots of use from them! 

And if you are not familiar with the Paper Artsy blog, I suggest you take a look. It is a wonderful place for inspiration with lots of step by step projects and challenges too. 

For more ways of using Emma's stamps, take a look here:



Monday, February 16, 2015

Calendar Challenge

So earlier I said I was going to join in Darcy's 2015 Calendar  Challenge, but fell behind on month one! So having a week's holiday has given me a chance to do not only January but February also. If you are not familiar with the calendar challenge, here's how it works:

The rules. 

1. Each month, decorate the picture page of one month. You can also decorate the date/planner bit too if you want to, but you don't have to. You can decorate in any way that you want:
paint,pens,pencils
collage
stitching
stamping
stencilling
or whatever...

You get the idea, anything goes... however... you must incorporate some part of the original picture... see now why you need to pick one that you like. You can paint,collage,stencil or whatever all over the page, but some original part must remain on show, and be part of your new design. 

2. Each month there will be a technique to incorporate, interpret it any way that you want, with any brand or style. But it must appear somewhere on the page

3. Each month there will be a theme or item of ephemera to include. 

So I'll start with February first, since we are in February now.

The technique was to use cling file or bubble wrap to make a paint effect, and the item to use was corrugated cardboard. Here's my finished page:




The wild flowers are done with painted bubble wrap:


And the sky with crumpled cling film. I used my corrugated card for the cottage roof:


This is the original calendar picture"A Hind's Daughter' by Sir James Guthrie.

My January take on the challenge is somewhat more abstract. The required technique was crackling, and the material to be incorporated was book paper. If you looks closely you can see some text peeking out from some of the stones.



Here's how the calendar looked originally-a painting by Sir David Young Cameron, called 'The Waning Light'. This is a landscape of an area of Scotland called the Trossachs, one of my most favourite places.

I'm sure the curators at the National Galleries of Scotland would be mortified by my desecration of these works of art, but I must say I had a lot of fun doing them! The calendar I chose was 'The Glasgow Boys' from the National galleries.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Artfully Inspired Life.

Well, I have been keeping up with My Artfully Inspired Life, Joanne Sharpe's year long class focusing on whimsical lettering. January was all about watercolour markers, colouring, blending, and creating washes.

Here are my January pages:


This one is my favourite-I'm happy with the colour wash in this one:



What do you think?

I'm working on February's pages now and I can confidently say January's pages are much nicer!!


Thursday, February 05, 2015

Focus Layout

This is a layout for Merly Impressions, using the Hello Today collection from Kaisercrafts. This collection is a neutral coloured collection-black, white and kraft, and featuring some lovely woodgrain patterned paper too. I used this collection to make my 2015 album too.
But for this layout I wanted to stick to black and white only.


Pop over to the Merly Blog for step by step photos to show how I constructed this layout.

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, January 19, 2015

January Week 2

So far I am managing to keep up with my arty bits and pieces, except maybe the photography part. But that's as much about the weather as anything else. The weather here has been quite miserable-wet windy and wild- well that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it. Plus I back at work, and that eats into most of my day!

I forgot to post this page of my Artfully Inspired Life:


Like most year long projects this one starts with a page about your one little word for the year, and as you know from my last post, my word is Time. Use it usefully and try not to waste too much of it!
I'm not very happy with this page, but that's OK, I am new to this after all. I should have done a little hand drawn illustration rather than use the clock stamps, and I need to cluster my words a little more in the middle.  I can only get better!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Artfully Inspired Life week 1

What a wild weekend we've had weather wise here in Edinburgh. It has been blowing a gale for a few days now-winds up to 90 mph at times, snow yesterday, snow and rain today. All this has meant I have not really been able to get out much, so it has been a bit of an arty weekend for me.

One thing I was working on was my week 1 page of the Artfully Inspired Life course I'm doing this year. I do find the lettering to be a bit of a challenge. I'm not sure I have a wide enough selection of pens yet, so I have to do a lot of filling in with a fine tip pen.
Anyhow here's my page:


The pink  ink used to colour this page is a Dylusions spray paint. The yellow is Caran d'ache new colours.

I chose to write some lines from Sir Walter Scott's poem, 'The Lady of the Loch'. These lines are about Loch Katrine. Last Saturday was an altogether different day-a stunning clear, cold winter's morning and I took my camera and walked at Loch Katrine. Along the way I discovered the loch was the setting for the poem, and also the poem inspired the music for 'Ava Maria". Many painters and writers have been inspired by the beauty of the loch, and to be sure the loch ignited a spark in my soul!

Here are some photos I took at Loch Katrine:

The story: