Friday, 22 August 2014

Face Month 4 {with Eclectica³ Lin Brown Stamps by Clare Lloyd}

Hello all, Clare back with the last in my series of faces. I never sit down at my craft table and plan out a girl as such. She seems to develop a life of her own and I so this month my girl was quite a surprise to me, as she seems to be from a bygone era...Victorian perhaps?


My small manilla tag was painted with a coat of Snowflake. Then time to sketch my girl and I always like to draw over in pen, rubbing out the pencil lines so they don't smudge when painted.


Her face was painted with a thicker layer of Vintage Lace this week, as I felt she needed a porcelain skin look. Then went in with super fine wash of Caramel around the face and features. Using a spotter paint brush I added some shade and dimension using Chocolate Pudding and a touch of watery Rose.



So then I had to spend some time pondering the background. As my usual style and colour choice just wasn't going to work??? In the end I went with very thin layer of Lilac as a starting point as I was getting fed up at looking at the white background. I applied the Fresco paint very simply with a baby wipe. Yep, that seems to blend well with her character.


Ok, so what next? I was way out of my comfort zone with this gal and I realized it was going to have to be subtle. I reached for some Distress Inks, masked over the face and stamped using a vintage style quote from a Lin Brown 05 stamp set. 


 Lin Brown 05

I painted her bodice Rose again using a baby wipe and stamped with another colour Distress Ink using a lovely delicate scroll image from Squiggly Ink Tops and Tails 1 stamp set.
 Squiggly Ink Tops and Tails 1

Right so what now...surely I MUST need to add some sort of embellishment? Well, I pondered and rummaged. I rummaged and pondered. Tried out a few ideas. But NO! She just didn't need it, her simple beauty was enough. But just to frame her a little more, I sketched around with a grey pencil crayon and added some Royal Amethyst Treasure Gold to the outside edge of the tag.

And here they all are my four faces. Each and everyone with their own character and personality. Now snuggled up together in my fabric tag wrap.




Thanks for looking and I hope you have had fun filling your tag wrap with faces. 
Clare. 

A huge thanks to Clare from PaperArtsy. We have loved this mini series of faces, so very different and so much fun. You have shown how simple shapes can be brought to life, hopefully this will have encouraged people to have a go at drawing. 

If you would like to join in our weekly challenge with any of this week's guests who have blogged since Sunday night, then join in to link up your creativity HERE you will go in the draw to win PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by17:00 (London time) Sunday 24th Aug 2014

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Mini Scrapbooking/Journaling {with JOFY stamps by Jo Firth-Young}

Hi everyone, Jo here.  For my blog post this month I'm embracing 'less is more' and by this I mean the SIZE of the project.  I really enjoy creating small projects - so working in this 4" x 6" journal is ideal for me... and there a few new stamps at work here too...something to look forward to....




What I really like about creating pages like this is that I can use the phrases and the alphabet from my recent stamps sets to create the titles - and giving them a slightly different use.


This page is created (as are all the projects) using a pocket scrapbooking card, matted and layered with washi tape, stickers and an 'instant/polaroid' photo.





I like to use parts of an image - such as 'love' used on the page above... its part of a phrase but I wanted to show you that its not always necessary to use the whole phrase - select and use the pieces that are suitable/applicable.




I stamped the phrase in black Archival ink and painted with Snowflake Fresco Finish, happy that the versatile Frescos dry on the 'plastic' of the washi tape.




The dainty flower stem that I stamped and coloured with Fibralo pens is fast becoming a favourite image of mine, as are the Fibralo pens!


On this second page I started with another Project Life panel and a piece of book text stamped (in Archival ink) with another new flower image of mine from JOFY25 (coming soon).





I coloured the image with coloured pencils, but later on in the process decided I didn't like it and painted it instead with Fresco Finish - altering elements is all part of the process of building a project isn't it.



I stamped a flower quote from a Lin Brown Eclectica plate (ELB05), and a few lines of stitches -another new stamp - one that I hope you'll find really useful.



I painted a small panel of Vanilla paint (a nod to my goal 'embracing' yellow) in preparation of writing on the page, and stamped 'happy' underneath - yes another new stamp!!



I used a pigment pen to write some words to link the flower theme together and incorporate the word 'happy' - on the stamp plate it is actually designed to be a sentiment to be used in conjunction with a couple of other words - but again I want to show it being used in an alternative way.

To finish the page I added a few embellishments - its not finished until there's a button!

I have bought packs of 'pocket scrapbooking' style cards (love these small elements that can be used singly or assembled into something bigger, more complex) but there are always a few that might not be quite my style or I can't see how I might use them - so instead of throwing them away I alter them - and here are a couple of quick and easy ways to do this... and again it's another simple way of using the stamps for other uses...

I chose 3 cards that didn't really appeal to me and gave them a simple 'JOFY' makeover:


The word on this first card (original on right) wasn't one that I would really use so I blocked it out with a strip of washi tape, and a panel of stamped scallop edging (probably my top 'go to' stamp!) from JOFY13


On this next card (original on right) I wasn't keen on the image and so I stamped the flower stem onto a die cut 'label', stuck it down and added detail with a white gel pen.  By changing the orientation of the card has also changed how it looks.


On those two cards I retained the original amount of open space so that they could still be used as journaling spaces but on the final card I created a background panel - I stenciled onto the card with fresco finish through Lin Brown's PS001

PaperArtsy Stencil 001 {ELB}

The card is a mustardy-tan pattern - not my usual colour palette - so I stenciled the circles in Snowflake:

.. drew around each one in black fine liner pen to add detail:





... painted them in shades of Slate - one of my new Limited Edition paints - I LOVE this colour - really good alternative to black - it seems to go with everything! ..again another coming very soon product!



 ... and the final step was to stamp detail into the largest circles..




You can see what I did with this panel over on my blog tomorrow.

I hope you enjoyed my 'less is more' projects, I hope it inspires you to make something small or to give your 'unsuitable' items a bit of a make-over.

Thanks Jo, I love this mini scrapping malarkey aka project life! The colours you use always look great, and how cool that your stamps adapt so well to this style too!

If you would like to join in our weekly challenge with any of this week's guests who have blogged since Sunday night, then join in to link up your creativity HERE you will go in the draw to win PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by17:00 (London time) Sunday 24th Aug2014

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Journal Page { with Eclectica³ Lin Brown Stamps and Stencils by Linda Cain}

Hi everyone! I'm Linda Cain and I'm back for one last spot to share a fun page in a small journal.
There's lots of wonderful stencils used here that create a simple bit of layering. The colors in the background are the real interest here that immediately grab your attention.


The Earth Laughs In Flowers stamp sets the stage for the whimsical flowers and bubbles.


This is a totally random pattern of colors that are sponged onto the journal spread with Opaque paints. They are NOT blended at the edges, but are deliberately made with the defined "sponge square" pattern.



Then I used the PS004 Stencil to draw the stems with black permanent pen, and olive green Archival ink to add the leaves from PS005.

The gorgeous flower pattern from PS005 is sponged on with Snowflake. I cut circles of vintage dictionary pages to glue to the flower centers.




More stenciling with a blue Archival Ink fills in the spaces with the bubbles from PS001 I also added shadows and outlines with pens.




The phrase from ELB06 is stamped and cut on white paper. A bit of Antique Linen Distress Ink adds a smudge of color to tone down the stark whiteness.


ELB06 
More dots and dashes with the pens here and there, and around the edges, frame up the pages.

It's been a wonderful time spent here in the last year. I have enjoyed every moment of it!!! Thanks so much to Leandra and Darcy for EVERYTHING. I, of course, will continue to use my "beloved" Fresco Paints and my stash of stamps to play and create projects on my blog.

I truly hope to hear from you and see all your fun creations as well. Keep in touch!!! XXX
Your Friend in ART,
Linda

A huge thank you to Linda from all at PaperArtsy HQ, it has been such an enormous pleasure having you contribute to the blog and I do hope you will be back in the future. This is a gorgeous project to end with, light and summery . Even though you left the edges of paint 'squared off' they somehow still manage to look blended... must be because those Frescos are just so awesome!


If you would like to join in our weekly challenge with any of this week's guests who have blogged since Sunday night, then join in to link up your creativity HERE you will go in the draw to win PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by17:00 (London time) Sunday 24th Aug2014

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

GD: Kate Yetter Project #3 Art Journal Page

"Hello everyone, Kate here with my last project as a Guest Designer for PaperArtsy. Today I am making an art journal page using Eclectica EDY07, Chatsworth Paper 12x12 and Fresco Finish Paints (French Roast, Pumpkin Soup, Guacamole)".



I started off by covering my art journal page with a vintage ad paper bag cut down to size. I painted the background with Pumpkin Soup, being careful not to cover the entire paper bag.




I forgot to take a picture in between steps because I was so engrossed in my layering. I cut a few large squares of the Chatsworth 12x12 Paper Collection and used a decorative border punch on one of the strips. I layered the papers and then used a palette knife to spread some gesso and Fresco Finish Paints (French Roast and Guacamole).



I used two stamps from EDY07 to stamp my background.




I sprayed two co-ordinating colored ink sprays down the page allowing them to drip.



I added a bit of lace to the background and then layered a few torn pieces of an old newspaper that we found stuffed in our walls during our kitchen remodel. A piece of ephemera and my photograph were layered on top of the newspaper.



Lastly, I stamped a few flowers and the birdcage from EDY07. I colored the images using Distress Markers and cut them out. They were layered on the page becoming the main embellishments.



Well that's all from me. I would like to thank Leandra and co for the opportunity to share my art work with you all using the fabulous goodies from PaperArtsy. Also a huge thanks to you all for your support and kind comments. I've had a blast.

~ Kate ~


Leandra Says:Ohh I love the layers Kate, its seems really European-rustic-patina styley! Thankyou so much for your blog contributions this semester, it's been great to have you on board!!

Gillian says: Wonderful layering effect with the paper/paints. I adore the pretty little ornate bird cage which works so well with the little girls headbands. Thank you for sharing your inspiration/creativity throughout the semester Kate. x

If you would like to join in this week's challenge and play along with Kate's techniques, then do link up your creativity here, and go in the draw to win some PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00, Sunday August 24th 2014.

Monday, 18 August 2014

GD: Kate Yetter Project #2 Bloom Tag

"Welcome everyone, Kate here. Today I will be making a tag using the following supplies. A few items were added from my stash".



I started off by covering most of my tag with gesso.



I added a bit of Fresco Finish Sage over top of the gesso.



I used a stamp from the EDY07 stamp set and stamped with green ink over the bottom of 
the tag.




I colored in the flowers using Fresco Finish Beach Hut and the butterflies using Pumpkin Soup.



Using a punchinella stencil and Tattered Rose Distress Ink, I stenciled subtly over the background.



I painted Fresco Finish Beach Hut onto some card stock and stamped the sentiment from EDY07 over top before cutting it out.



I used the Chatsworth Paper Collection to die cut a large butterfly.




I sprayed the background with ink and added water to allow a soft watercolor effect.



I used the punchinella stencil on the background again but this time I used Black Soot Distress Ink.



After placing my flowers, die cut and stamped sentiment where I wanted them, I added a few touches of Stickles. Now the tag is complete.



Thank you so much for joining me this evening, tomorrow I will be back with my finale project. Gulp!

~ Kate ~

Leandra Says: Ohh I love how that distress ink works with everything to give a subtle glow!

Gillian Says: The softness of the paint colours reflect the delicate stamped images from this set. Very pretty.

If you would like to join in this week's challenge and play along with Kate's techniques, then do link up your creativity here, and go in the draw to win some PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00, Sunday August 24th 2014.

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