Wednesday, 21 February 2018

2018 #3 Watercolours: XXX with ETS {by Claire Snowdon}

2018 Topic 3: Watercolour


Bold contrasts come naturally with these new stamps from Tracy Scott. Claire has highlighted this perfectly with ecoline watercolour pens and great use of white space. There are some awesome watercolour markers/ brush-pens out there as a wonderful alternative to pans, tubes and traditional watercolour methods, and many wonderful ways to work with the markers too! 

Hi everyone, it's Claire Snowdon with you today, and I'd like to share with you a clean and simple style card I created using my Ecoline Watercolour pens along with some lovely new Tracy Scott stamps!

I love using my Ecoline pens to watercolour with as they are so highly pigmented and easy to use - they give a great finish.


I really enjoy creating cards in a simple and clean format as a direct contrast from my art journalling pages - Tracy's flower stamps are so bold and striking they make quite a focal point.


By using masks whilst stamping the flowers and leaves I was able to create a sense of depth on my card - I chose to enhance this by using foam pads to raise the flowers up from the background.  All the flowers and leaves on this card are from the PaperArtsy Eclectica³ Tracy Scott stamp series: Plate ETS16, and the cute little border stamp from ETS14.  (stockists listed here)






The quote I used is from a Paperartsy Eclectica Alison Bomber stamp plate - EAB01 (stockists listed here)



The fab little funky border stamp was the perfect way to add an edge to the bottom of my card.....I gave it a very gentle wash of colour so as not to detract from my main focal point above.


You don't have to be an amazing watercolourist to create some lovely flowers - this card uses only five watercolour pens.  And if flowers don't float your boat there are lots of other lovely new Tracy stamps which would look fab in a watercolour style too.

Thanks for visiting today,
Claire

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Monday, 19 February 2018

2018 #3 Watercolours: Tag: you're it with EDY {by Carol Fox}

2018 Topic 3: Watercolour


This is not only the first post of the new topic. But it is also a sneaky new product announcement! Darcy has created some fun new stamps for us! If you have been following her, you will know she is in year 2 of her illustration degree at university. At the end of her first year she did a series of drawings of funky little people for her first assignment. They had all the features that I had always envisioned Darcy would one day do as stamps. Naturally I emailed her and said 'those need to be stamps!', and now... here they are for you to enjoy!


Back in the day when I first saw Darcy's creativity, she had posted some amazing fabric dolls she made; long striped legs, and interesting characters, and a hint of that style is exactly what I saw in these character stamps too! So here we are, many years later, and we finally have the stamps I imagined Darcy would do so wonderfully! I cannot wait to use them and come March, you will be able to buy them from your PaperArtsy stockist! They are officially being released today to our retailers at Stitches! Congratulations Darcy! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Carol with you today, and I'd like to share with you a background I made using Fresco Finish Paints on watercolour paper. I did a similar technique using distress ink but I thought it would be fun to try it with Fresco Paints and the Colours in Tracy's latest set were so bright and loud they seemed to just call my name. As I wanted to get drippage and bleed I had to really water the paints down and this is why I used watercolour paper as I knew it could withstand the amount of water I would be using without curling up and looking like it wanted to die. I had great fun creating my backgound, it was very freeing and childlike to flick the paint and let it do its own thing on the page.


I decided to make a couple of tag sets for my project, a double tag card and a set of 3 using a watercolour background which gave a lovely dreamy feel to the projects.


I worked on the smoother side of the paper and just splatted lots of watered down Cerise Fresco Finish paint onto a very wet sheet of paper (I spritzed it madly) I got lovely bleed with the paint.


More spritzing and other colours from Tracy's paint set added, as I let the paper dry between layers there was no colour seepage, just clean bright layers. You can see from the shiny bits where it's still wet how much water this got thrown at it.


Going in to add interest with Stencil PS092, Such a nice basic stencil pattern for backgrounds, I think this one will become a favorite for me.


Finally using a sponge and bottle cap to break it all up with another layer of colour before cutting it all up for my cards. The great thing about a background like this is that when you cut it up, you can turn it to get the individual pieces to suit what you are making.



Once I had cut my background, I added stamping using the background elements from Darcy's new stamp sets EDY20 and EDY21. (These stamps will be available from PaperArtsy Stockists from March 2018) I used Fresco Finish Pea Coat Paint from Tracy's set neat from the bottle to stamp with and then used Stencil PS001 and Snowflake paint to knock the whole thing back a little bit.





I now stamped the images from the above sets, took them downstairs and had a lovely evening colouring and watch TV. I was pleased with the matches I got from my colouring pencils as these tied all the colours together nicely.



My large tag card is actually what I made my husband for Valentines day. The hearts  from EDY20 stamped and popped with a red colouring pencil directly over the watercolour background added a lovely touch. Little Black Dress Fresco paint and a stitched border stopped it all looking too pretty and gave it just the touch of grunge that I like.



I thought my little set of tags would make a nice housewarming card using the stamps from EDY21 again adding grungy edging and stitching hanging them all from a big jump ring to give the impression of a big jangley key ring.



I did experiment with a few different weight watercolour papers and I came to the conclusion that from this technique the cheaper ones were better, as these also tended to have a smoother reverse which was the side I used as I thought this would be easier to rubber stamp onto, and also they were thinner and therefore easier to cut out and stick to my tags. I used about a 230gsm as opposed to my "posh" pad that is 400gsm. I was happy that the Fresco Paints kept all the colour intensity when thinned down with water, I was worried I would get weak colours, but all I got was translucency which for this worked great. I assume they are so heavily pigmented that this is why, But Leandra is the brains in that department, I am just like "ohhhhh pretty colour" not at all savvy when it comes to pigment etc.
I loved my play with this technique and it's defiantly one I will be using again.

Carol Xx

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

2018 Topic 3: Watercolours {Topic Intro and Challenge Link}

 2018 Topic 3: Watercolours

Well hello everyone, Darcy here with topic number 3, this time we are exploring the world of watercolours. These paints can be scary if you haven't used them before, but there are so many terrific brands and types of watercolour out there, that there is no reason to not have a go.  


Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 2: Seth's Fresco's...

The winner is: Rachel from Fisher's Cards and Crafts

Email Darcy to claim your prize. Darcydotneedles@gmail.com

Watercolour paints have been around for several hundred years in England, but they go back even further when you start to look at artists in the rest of Europe, in fact they go back to the middle ages. Pigments made from various soils, and also vegetables were ground up and mixed with gum arabic or eggs, this acted as the binder. 

Specifically artists in the Netherlands loved watercolours and used them for landscape paintings. Though this was a hugely popular genre of painting it was not seen that way by The Royal Academy of Art. the 1790's there was an art revolution and watercolours were thrust into the limelight , and by the 19th century the watercolourists had their own academy. Watercolours have continued to gain popularity with help from artists such as David Hockney and the availability and great prices of the paints.


David Hockney
There are so many brands out there, from student grade, to artist grade, those that are purely translucent and those that are more opaque. Choose your paints by how you want them to work . An excellent place to start with researching paints is Youtube. 
Start with a beginners video, find one that is fun! Marta Łapkowska has some wonderful videos. here she is using Prima Watercolour pans.



Here Marta experiments with masking fluid along with watercolours, fun and easy projects that will get you hooked on watercolour painting. Check out her Youtube channel as she has others on watercolours. 


Another popular watercolour brand right now are those from Gansai Tambi, beautiful slightly opaque colours that also include some pearlescents. Here you can see how luscious they look when used to colour in a stamped image. 

Altenew Adore You stamp set watercoloured using Gansai Tambi watercolours and Thanks die by @pr0digy0
Erum Tasneem
Another card using Gansai Tambi, how stunning is this in its simplicity.

Deepti Malik
Of course you don't need to buy watercolour paints, you can achieve the look of watercolours but with acrylic paints, watch this video from  Lindsay Weirich.


Then there are ink pads and ink refills, these too can be used to create watercolour effect, this next example has been done with distress inks.  
mimi14
Micheline Jourdain

So now you know there are lots of brands that you could try, but there are equally lots of techniques that you can do with your existing paints and inks. here are some more examples to whet your appetite. 

Here is a watercolour type background done with Archival reinkers.

Wendy Vecchi
This is a fantastic card, simple washes topped by a matching tag, our new nautical sets from Scrapcosy would work perfectly for this style. 






Another great use for these watery effects ,look at these gift tags. Simple but effective, these could be left as they are or overstamped. 

These cards were done with watercolours, but using the same techniques they can be done with inks or acrylics. 

Dawn Woleslagle
A great journal page now, done with Prima watercolours and ink pads. lovely to see Lin Brown's stamps being used.

Anna-Karin

Have a read of the process behind how this illustrator creates this little abstract bird. 
Veronica Ballart Lilja

Now for something a little different, I thought you might to know about the thought processes from someone who uses watercolours in a way that everyone can try. These journal pages were done by Hazel Agnew as a way to record the world around her, some at home and some on holiday. 


                         

I asked Hazel about these pages, she said:
I used to sketch with pencil and found that I was faffing for too long. When I started to sketch with pens, my style became freer and I prefer my resultsThe greenhouse is one of my first efforts which I did standing up and quickly sketching what I saw. Didn't concentrate on too much detail, just scribbled.

I started with Derwent Graphik pens, but found that the ink ran slightly with the watercolour wash.

I now use Faber Castell Pitt pens which are waterproof. I enjoy keeping a diary in this way and it is wonderful to look back over. Sometimes I sketch on location, which I prefer, and sometimes I take a photo and sketch and colour the same day. I feel that the colours just bring the scenes to life. 

Great occupation for fidgets on holiday! 




Finally this beautiful ladybird piece, a little colour goes a long way. Don't think that you have to colour everything, remember back to one of our past topics of white space.


Ana Santos

So break out your watercolours, in pans tubes or pencils, or look at your inks differently, or water down your acrylic paints. Don't forget PaperArtsy Infusions result in great watercolour effects too. Whichever medium you choose, try out some watercolour techniques and have fun. 


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!

~ Darcy



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Saturday, 17 February 2018

2018 #2 Seth's NEW Fresco paints: 'EXPERIMENT' with ESA {by Corrie Herriman}

2018 Topic 2: Seth's NEW Fresco Paints


There's nothing wrong with a bit of experimentation, and if you are new to paints, from the get-go Corrie shares 4 simple starting points with paints - what a cool idea! Then she pulls all those together to make some great compositions with Seth's new stamps! So after 2 weeks of Seth's paints, what camp are you in: Summer yellow-greens and blues or the wintery grey-blue-pink combo??? Can you choose?? It's like picking a favourite child... 
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Corrie from MadeByChook here with you today, and I'd like to share with you an experiment where I have used Seth's fabulous new Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics in different ways ! I had so much fun trying these different techniques because the results are so different. So read on and see what I have made...

All these yummy new paint colours and the stamps I used will be available from your local stockist. There is a list of stockists in Seth's original blogpost that was published in January during the Creativation Trade Show in Arizona. Click HERE if you want to go and have a look. 



In this first sample I used all four colours of Seth's new Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paints ie. {Glacier Ice}, {Steel Grey}, {Venice Blue} and {Spanish Mulberry} with a brayer. Starting with the lightest colour and building up the layers. I have been using this technique since I saw Leandra do this on YouTube because I love the result ! 


This second sample was made also with all four colours and a Gel Press plate. I really enjoy using the Gel Press Plate and have been known to spend days just making prints. The texture you see in this print was made with Seth's new Eclectica stamps {ESA07} and {ESA08}.



The third sample, again using all four colours, was finger painted. There really are no better tools than your fingers and it is really satisfying ! 




Of course I had to try Seth's method of making a background. I painted the paper first with {Steel Grey} and then used another piece of paper on which I painted the other colours one by one and then used it to monoprint on this piece. I think this gives a great effect and I probably will use this technique a lot more in the future.


Additionally I printed two more sheets of paper with the paints on the Gel Press Plate to use later for making the stamped embellishments to go on my backgrounds. 


I used Seth's new stamp sets Eclectica {ESA07} and {ESA08} to add some more interest to my four background papers. I tried to match the paint colours and used Distress Oxide Inks {Faded Jeans}, {Iced Spruce} and {Seedless Preserves} to achieve this. I also used a Ranger Archival {Jet Black} stamp pad to add some black. 


I did think that after all that the two darkest pages were getting too dark, so by adding a little heat embossing with some of the stamps and white embossing powder I added in some white areas which worked better. 


I love adding stitching to my work so that is what I did to the two lightest papers. It is hard to see here but I stitched around the edges of the left piece and across on the piece on the right. 


The two extra sheets of Gel printed papers were used to stamp the images of both of Seth's new stamp sets {ESA07} and {ESA08} on; I used Ranger Archival Ink in {Jet Black} for this because it is a fabulous ink to stamp over paints. After I stamped everything I then cut the images out and arranged them on my papers, creating 4 art journal pages.


 


The brayered page. Here you can see the stitching around the page. I think it adds a nice detail. I also matted most of the stamped images on black card stock to make them stand out more. 



The Gel printed page. This one was stitched across; you can just see it on the left along the checkered texture. I used a white pen to both splatter on the page and to highlight some areas. I also layered small images from the stamp sets over the big images just to create a different focal point. This works really well with these big stamped images. 



The finger painted page. I used some sewing thread on this page, again to give it some more interest and detail. I love using different elements on my art journal pages. 


And finally the page that was made with the 'Seth' method. Again I have layered stamped images over the focal point to create an interesting cluster. 


I thoroughly enjoyed making these four pages that are the same but different.  Seth's new paint colours are fantastic and work so well together. As always I enjoyed making the backgrounds the most; Seth's method and the Gel Plate method being my favourites. Assembling the pages takes the most time because I keep moving stuff around until I am totally happy with it, which could take....well hours ! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my (very long) post and have a go at making different but the same backgrounds yourself. You can use them for cards, ATC's and lots of other stuff too. 

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