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!


Friday, March 13, 2015

Documented Life 2015

I've just realised I haven't posted any of my recent Documented Life pages. So here's a few of my pages:

One of my favourites: The theme was covering up:


And this one the theme was 5, so I have 5 clocks, and a 5 word sentiment:


And this one was about mark marking:


and January passed like this:

So that's just a wee sample-what do you think?


Friday, March 06, 2015

Artfully Inspired Life: February

Well, It's now March and I'm pleased to say that I did manage to finish Joanne Sharpe's Artfully Inspired Life February's classes.

This month the focus was on using Zig calligraphy markers, and Pilot Parallel Pens, and the theme was 'Passion'. The parallel pens are different to anything I've ever used before and took a bit of getting used to. They are an ink pen and the ink can be reactivated with water, which is great for shadow effects. But as I said-they do take a bit of getting used to, and I think that shows in my pages this month.

So here we go:
The page on the left is there because I somehow managed to leave a blank page and needed to fill it in somehow, so it is not part of the class. The tree is not my idea. I found it on Pinterest. I don't know whose work it was, but I pretty much borrowed it. The second page is using the Zig markers:


So the next page I added the heart doodles because Valentine's day was during that week- although I don't do Valentine's. I drew the lilium as a reminder of the beautiful bunch of white liliums I received for my birthday. The scent was heavenly too!
The bird page is another filler page-how I managed to leave another blank page I don't know! This is also a copy of a page I found on Pinterest.


And this last spread using the parallel pen and experimenting with using a two two ink effect. The bridge is a sketch of the Bridge of Sighs in cambridge, as a reminder of our stay in Cambridge during that week. That page is a bit of a mess I think! Not so happy with that one..



Sunday, March 01, 2015

March Calendar Challenge

Well, unbelievably I have managed to complete Darcy's Calendar Challenge on time this month! 

These were the rules for March:
1. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2. Technique -  use a candle or wax crayon as a resist
3. Add a title, using letters or words cut from a magazine/leaflet in a ransom style.

I have to say this one did not come easily, I think because the original painting doesn't have a clear distinct focal point, but here's my finished product: 




This page started off as a painting of Loch Katrine by Sir John Lavery.


When I started on this painting I didn't have a clue what to do with it, so I just slapped on some gesso, and then some paint, like this:


I was feeling rather lost at this point so I looked through my stamps and found a set from Paper Artsy (JOFY Collection 14). As soon as I saw them I decided to use the original parts of the calendar as flower centres. Once I had made that decision the rest was easy. Except the part about using a candle or wax crayon as a resist. Mine just didn't want to resist! But it's there if you look closely you can see some wee blue circle marks on the background-that's my wax crayon, very subtle!
I finished off with the ransom lettering of a quote. I must confess this is my least favourite part of my page.

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.