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!


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..