Friday, 21 October 2016

2016 #20 Three by Three {by Emma Godfrey}

2016 Topic 120: Squares and Grids

Hi everyone Emma Godfrey here. Tonight I'd like to share with you this evening with a post about squares and grids. As soon as I saw this topic come up on the calendar, I knew I wanted to do it ... and that my rounded squares in EEG17 would be perfect. Though technically not exactly "square", I think they fit the bill, and with this grid layout it works anyway!

I chose to make a piece of wall art (I do love putting projects in frames) using a masterboard for the centres of the squares, and stamping the main squares onto a piece of pearlescent paper.

Step One: The aperture of my frame is 9.5" square, so I cut a piece of pearlescent paper to this size. I then marked the center in pencil and worked out where the squares above, below, to the left and to the right would go. I stamped the large square from EEG17 in Jet Black Archival Ink. As you can see I didn't get it perfect, but it was close enough!


Step Two: On a A5 piece of Smoothy card I brayered layers of Fresco Finish paints Lake Wanaka, Haystack, Antarctic, Amethyst and Snowflake.

Step Three: I added some stamping and stenciling - the circle from EEV01 was stamped in Fresco Finish Snowflake; the TCW Mini Believe Script stencil was stenciled with Archival Ink Cobalt; the dots on the PaperArtsy Stencil PS035 was stenciled in Archival Ink Cactus Flower; the TCW Chickenwire Reversed was stenciled in Archival Ink Jet Black; a small star stamp from EEG20 was stamped using Archival Ink Jet Black.


Step Four: To add more interest and some bling I stamped bits of MN72 in Archival Ink Jet Black, added some spots using the wrong end of two paint brushes (a big brush with Fresco Finish Snowflake and a fine brush with Fresco Finish Gold - this will give you different sized spots), and finished by stamping a small bottle lid dipped in Fresco Finish Gold.


Step Five: I stamped the squares onto my masterboard - I overlapped the spiky bits, as I wasn't going to use those. This meant I could get 12 onto the sheet, so once I cut out the center squares I could pick my 9 favourites. I added some highlights to the squares with an Extra Fine White Sharpie pen (and I also coloured in the dots on the spiky bits on the pearlescent sheet). To complete the project I stuck the squares on with 3D foam pads to add some dimension.

Here's a close up of some of the squares…

I was really pleased with how the project turned out - I {love} the colour combo and everytime I look at it closely I see something different in one of the squares. I think it would be fun to shrink the grid style down and use it on cards using one of the smaller stamps in EEG17 ... ooh, in a different colour combination it could make some fun (and quick and easy) Christmas cards ... what do you think?
See you again soon!

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Fabulous masterboard Emma and the rounded square is the perfect frame with its twiddly bits at the edges. Raising the centre pieces makes them more of a focus, subtle but effective dimension. ~Darcy

We would love to see how you interpret this Squares and Grids topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #20: Squares and Grids, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas, particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Squares and Grids link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Oct 30th 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

2016 #20 Penny For Your Thoughts {by Jennie Atkinson}

 2016 Topic 120: Squares and Grids
Hi everyone Jennie here.
Tonight I'd like to share with you my first outing with the fabulous new Infusions and some of my favourite Vintage Ink and the Dog Stamps.  I missed the showcasing of the Infusions in the summer as I was on holiday so I am playing catch up to the rest of you! And of course I can now see why you have all been raving about them! 

My plaque uses the Infusions in different ways and a selection of stamps which were just perfect for the current topic.

Step One: I started with some smallish pieces of PaperArtsy Smoothy Card and experimented with The Sage and Golden Sands Infusions spritzing water on the cardstock first as well as spritzing to move the colour around a little.

Step Two: Vintage Ink and the Dog ID07 were my main stamp set and I used a few of my favourite Ink and the Dog to fill in the spaces on the plaque.

I did match the pieces with the stamps to show them off to their best, stamping with Jet Black Archival.

Step Three: Whilst planning the layout I realised I would need a background for some of the elements so used the Infusions with a paintbrush this time to create these woody feel pieces. I created a puddle of Infusions on my craft mat and brushed them on in one direction with a large paintbrush.

Step Four:
And then it was time to pull it all together. My base board was ordinary greyboard covered first with Gesso and then a coat of Prima Crackle Paste. It warped a little when it dried so I had to layer it onto another layer of greyboard covered with black cardstock.

I love how the Infusions blend to create different depths of colour - you wouldn't think this could all come out of one small little bottle of loveliness!

Scraps of left over cardstock were die cut to create leaves and a label. The flower just got squished in the puddle of Infusions on the craft mat !

Needless to say the rest of the Infusions set is now on order and I can't wait to experiment with them further, however, I was very impressed with the different effects I achieved just by spritzing or painting with water. Certainly Sage and Golden Sands have a lovely vintage feel to them and I enjoyed combining them with the Vintage Ink and the Dog stamps. I hope you love these stamps as much as I do and will give them an outing now and again.


Thanks for sharing your first outing with Infusions, your results are fabulous. The woody layer is so effective, it actually does look like a wood veneer. I like your careful positioning of stamps too, making the most of various areas of colour. ~Darcy

We would love to see how you interpret this Squares and Grids topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #20: Squares and Grids, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas,  particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Squares and Grids link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Oct 30th 2016. The winner will be announced 2  hours later at 19:00.

Monday, 17 October 2016

2016 #20 Flower Grid {by Helen Chilton}

2016 Topic 120: Squares and Grids

Hi everyone Helen here. 
Tonight I'd like to share with you a post about making grids.

I decided to do something bright and cheerful and also easy. Stamping a picture, colouring it and then cutting it into mini squares is a great way to produce lots of tiny pieces of art very quickly. Each square is complete in its own right. I made sure that the collage was fairly dense - ie. lots of flowers and leaves in a small area, so I didn't end up with any squares that were empty.

Stamp a collage onto a small piece of card and also onto a Stampbord tile using Kay's new stamps, EKC03:

Paint with Fresco paints. I used Bougainvillea, Zesty Zing, Limelight, Hey Pesto and Captain Peacock:

Cut the card into inchies - you'll have more than you need.

Etch highlights into the Stampbord:

Cut a piece of deep pink card layered onto lime green and deep turquoise. Place the tile in the middle and arrange the inchies round the edge:

To finish off, layer onto a white card panel and stamp the text and pattern (taken from the bobble flower stem) in black round the edges. Add embellishments:

You can see here that I've added Glossy Accents to the Stampbord tile:

And there you have it, a simple grid technique that is quick and easy, yet effective. Obviously you can vary the sizes of the squares or even use different shapes to make your grid - try circles or hexagons for example. You'll be surprised how one larger piece of art can be so easily cut down into many smaller pieces without having to add extra details. 
So go on,get out your punches or dies to see what shapes you've got. and have a go.

Great grid Helen, love how you have combined the Stampboard and inchies and rearranged them, that really makes for interesting lines and directions. ~Darcy

We would love to see how you interpret this Squares and Grids topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #20: Squares and Grids, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas, particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Squares and Grids link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Oct 30th 2016. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

2016 #20 Squares and Grids {Challenge}

 2016 Topic 20: Squares and Grids
Jane Davies
Well hello everyone, Darcy here, time for a new topic. This time we will be going all geometric with squares and grids. These are very basic shapes and have been around throughout history. From ancient Greeks and Romans using geometric designs in their floor and wall tiles, to most areas having a central town 'square', to all forms of art. 

There is not much I can tell you about the history of squares, being so basic they cannot be traced back to one person or time period. The best we can do is realize that squares have always been used for their functionality, such as the already mentioned 'town square' and animal enclosures such as sheep pens. Once humans moved out of caves and round houses, sturdy, squared  structures appeared. First we had simple square buildings, which over time became more elaborate  as we began to explore and understand geometry. 

As for decorative items the most affluent would have had beautiful mosaic floors, constructed with tiny square tiles and artwork would be framed in a square or rectangle. 

Grids too are not modern, though we do think of them as such. A grid's purpose is to divide an area vertically and horizontally. These spaces are modular and consistent. Documents, even ancient ones, would have employed a grid system, though looking at them you may not see that. But think of the components of a page, the columns, the title, the margins, the spacing between text... these are all done using a grid system. 

Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 19: Die Cuts Challenge...

This was a great challenge, you revisited all those long forgotten dies and made some fab stuff. Abstract shapes and cogs,  Autumn shapes and batty bats, there were a great selection, I hope you had fun finding new ways to use them. 

The winner of Die Cuts is Chris from Pearshapedcrafting

Email Darcy to claim your prize.

Andrea Chebeleu
So why squares and grids, why are we drawn to these shapes? Both squares and rectangles ( we should include those as they are so similar and form many grids) are first and foremost familiar shapes and as humans we take comfort in the familiar. 

These shapes are stable, solid and as such they are trusted shapes. We like boundaries, they help us shape our lives and we like to see artwork held within its own boundaries too. How often do we hear about edging a piece of work with ink or paint as that 'grounds' it. No surprise then that the symbol for 'earthbound' is a square. 

Marjie Kemper
Squares are precise {though in art they don't need to be, there are no 'precise angles police}, they are regular and suggest organisation and efficiency. In an increasingly chaotic world a little bit of order is comforting. This is no more evident than in documents and text, how difficult would it be to read a book if the words were all over the place. The title, chapter heading, spacing, alignment are all ordered in a form of grid to make reading much easier. 

On the other hand squares,rectangles and grids can be seen as boring, perhaps we are over-familiar with them. With this in mind make sure to experiment with size, colour, placement and layering. Alignment, whilst useful in text can also be crucial in creating interest in art. Try out symmetrical and non symmetrical compositions, add texture, and don't forget to make use of the negative space. 

Barbara Hepworth
Within the art world there were two movements that focused on squares and rectangles, both of these were in the early 20th century. 'De Stijl' {The Style} was a Dutch art movement and made great use of straight lines, squares, rectangles, simplicity and abstraction. 

This style used limited colours, mainly the primaries plus white,black and grey, it also avoided symmetry. It was used in Architecture, artwork, and even furniture and to this day you can still see many pieces heavily influenced by this style. 

Another movement of that time was Cubism, this was a hugely influential visual art style and is credited to Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. They took a new approach to representing reality,breaking objects down into distinct planes,  this resulted in paintings that appeared fractured. 

Bottle and Fishes c.1910-2 Georges Braque 
Squares and rectangles do not need to work alone, when formed into a grid they can be very impressive, such as this photo collage by Hugh Shurley. 

Patricia Forbes  explains more about grouping squares in this short video. 

Individual pieces do not need to conform to a theme, there are many ways to make very different small pieces work together as one large piece like this collection on wood by Karen Michel. 

However if you wish to have more uniformity, then a repeating pattern, within gridded squares, works brilliantly. 

Quilts and blankets have often made use of squares, think of 'Granny squares' used in knitting and crochet. 

by Haafner

Now imagine the same done using mixed media supplies, like this beautiful piece by Frances Solar. 

Thinking of squares as not just a frame but an integral part of the project is what makes this piece really stand out. 

Don't feel that your piece just has to be flat, why not inject some texture into it, like this great piece by textile artist Lee Ann Walker

While grids may seem quite harsh and linear in their construction there is nothing stopping you from introducing nature into the project. See how the organic shapes within soften the squares of glass. 

Staying with organics and nature, even garden spaces can make use of squares. Perhaps you are planning a garden makeover, this might be something to consider, especially if you are limited for ground space. 

Squares and grids are all around us, just take a look, see how many you can see even in your own home. This is a photo I snapped from the window of a coffee shop. The pavement squares outside looked nothing special until it started to rain. All of a sudden they looked pretty and suggested ideas for a background layer. 

Don't worry about your squares being perfect, nobody is going to come along and measure them. I think this following piece if one of my favourites, I love the layers peeking through and the non-perfect edges. 

Scott Bergey
Squares are also found in edible art, I am only including this as I am actually eating these as I type this intro. However there is nothing to say that food cannot be beautiful  to look at before you eat it. See Little Sugar Snaps for the recipe. 

Finally a video tutorial from Michael Lang. 

Have a great two weeks playing with squares and grids, see how you can make them look different. 

Don't forget to follow Darcy and Leandra's Pinterest boards if this topic pushes your buttons, you will see plenty more examples to whet your appetite there! 

I am really looking forward to seeing what you create over the next 2 weeks!


Topic 20: Squares and Grids PaperArtsy Blog Challenge

We'd love you to share your ideas and link up your creative response to our current blog topic. Take a minute to read the challenge guidelines below.

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Squares and Grids link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Oct 30th, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

1. The challenge is a for you to show how you are inspired by the current blog topic.

Your entry should contain:
- a mention of which post inspired you and why, and 
- a link in your blog post to that original post on the PA blog.

The whole concept of this challenge is 'play along with us'. You are encouraged to put your own twist on ideas you see on our blog, do your own thing - whatever grabs you!

2. The link you put on our linky page must lead directly to the specific post on your blog where you have explored the technique/ idea mentioned in point 1 above. Don't link to the home page of your blog.

3. We prefer your challenge blog post is created exclusive to our challenge, but if our topic fits perfectly with another challenge, then you may link to both if appropriate.

4. You are most welcome to use stamps/ products/ substrates you have to hand from a variety of companies, we do not expect you to exclusively use PA products - it's lovely when you do though!

6. You can enter as many times as you like. We don't want to restrict your creativity! 
NB. Link closes at 17:00 Sunday Oct 30th  (London Time)

7. The winner of the random draw will receive a £50 credit voucher to be redeemed on the PaperArtsy Website. The credit voucher includes VAT and postage. We request that one of your purchases is an A5 rubber stamp. You can add any other items to your basket, but the final total should not exceed £50.

8. Each fortnight on Sunday, the winner will be announced at 19:00 (London time). In the same post, the link for the next fortnight will be posted. 

9. It's your responsibility to claim your prize coupon from Darcy. 

Good Luck! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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