Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Brushos and Paper Artsy

I've been playing around with Brusho crystals,  as Pigment Powders is the topic presently featuring over at the Paper Artsy blog.

Brushos are coloured powder pigments that are great fun to mess around with.  For these pieces I was using the new Hot Picks 1505 stamp set.

These are the projects that I made for  Paper Artsy. The details of how I made these can be seen on the  Paper Artsy blog:

When I was coming up with these projects for the Paper Artsy blog, I tried all sorts of Brusho techniques. I thought you might like to see some of my experiments.

1. This one was done by spritzing the stamp with water and stamping the water onto the paper. While the water was wet I shook the powder into the wet imprint.

2. Same stamp, but this time I spritzed water onto a craft sheet, and sprinkled the powder onto the craft sheet. Then I picked up the colour on the stamp, and stamped it onto dry paper.

3. Spritzed some water onto paper, and let it dry a little. Then I spritzed the stamp and spindled powder onto the stamp, and stamped into the damp paper.

4. I used embossing inks and stamped the image onto paper. Sprinkled red embossing powder onto the flower, and free embossing powder on the stem and leaves. Heat set the powder, then added a wash of red powder onto the flowers, green onto the stem and leaves, and then blue on the background, with a few sprinkles of powder onto the wet surface.

5. This is the cling film method I describe over on the Paper Artsy Blog, but I first stamped the image onto paper, cut it out, and used the cut out as a mask. I really like this technique, it looks a bit like batik!

Why not get your pigment powders out, get creating, and link up your art work on the Paper Artsy blog for a chance to win a voucher to spend at Paper Artsy.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

August Calendar

It's the beginning of the month, and that means a new calendar page as part of Darcy's Calendar Challenge.

Here is a reminder of the rules for August
1. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2. Technique - Use found objects to stamp with
3. Add – a silhouette
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from August 1st 2015

Here's my August page:

I stamped with the edge of a plastic card, the rubber end of a pencil, a cut carrot and a scrunched up piece of cling film.

Here's what my calendar page looked like before altering.

Now off for a look at some other calendars.

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!

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.

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:
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.