Friday, 24 March 2017

2017 #4 The Long Forgotten Garden {by Lynne Moncrieff}

2017 Topic 4: Doors, Windows, Architecture


In this post, Lynne has created a gorgeous montage of elements that she builds gradually to lead you into her flora and fauna-filled overgrown hidden garden...perhaps a hidden world....

Hi everyone Lynne Moncrieff with you today.

Lovely to be here on the PA blog. I've chosen to share with you a house triptych featuring the recently launched ESC stamps and one of the stencils.

Initially I struggled with the concept of working with Scrapcosy stamps for Topic #4. I was to-ing and fro-ing as to the stamp selection. I could not imagine how I could use the pretty floral stamps for this theme. Oftentimes, my initial ideas are based on vignettes in my mind's eye and nothing was forming. On stepping away from the stamps, I moved my focus to substrate choice. Then, it all perfectly clicked into place.

The 'That's Crafty' House Triptych substrate set in motion a vignette of a statue, within the grounds of what was once, a stately home. The ESC stamps and stencil, allowed this to materialize, of opening the walled doors/gates, walking through the mossy, dank and damp overgrown garden, guided only by the dabbled sunlight, flickering through the overgrown trees, finally leading to the statue. A sight of faded glory with creeping vines and fragments of torn papers nestling in its form.




To be perfectly honest, I had no firm idea of the direction of each step. This is not uncommon for me, preferring to allow the project to lead me. This project in particular was very organic in that nature.
 
 
The stamping of two of the floral stamps from Eclectica: Scrapcosy set 3 
 
ESC03
 
...might seem redundant especially with the dominant stencilled flower. The hope was, on completion, the stamping would peek through the Infusions and add to the sense of the overgrown. 
 
 
The Infusions pooled in and around the large flower from stencil ...
PS049
 
...staining the  background but not the actual Grungepaste, allowing for contrast.
 
Throughout, I worked  with a limited infusions palette of: Sleight Blue, Olive Green and a hint of Rusty Car, including staining the sari silk ribbon binding the triptych, vintage paper and all manner of elements such as vintage crochet lace, loose threads from torn calico, etc.



Similar steps were followed for the interior, this time with a hint of stencilling along the bottom edge. By stamping the slender floral stamp in different directions, including upside down, pattern was created that adds to the feeling of foliage, creeping, taking over.



This RELICS & ARTIFACTS Facia Familiaris perfectly captured the essence of a statue. See the transformation within a few simple steps: a swipe of Grungepaste, Taupe and Infusions.
 

There is no easy way, this involves lots of fussy cutting to achieve the end result. My hands were not best pleased with me!

This step made me realise how important the choice of a stamping surface is to a project. If I had chosen to stamp onto anything other than the vintage paper, I would have lost the ease of manipulation of the flowers. The paper also added to that sense of the old, the tattered.
 
 
 
Fresco Chalk and Gold, splattered freely, not only add contrast, the gold echoes the dabbled sunlight, filtering through the canopy of trees, with Chalk conveying a mouldy, fungal appearance.  This process was also carried out on the fussy cut flowers.
 
 
I would continually return to the project, removing some elements and other times, I would add other pieces of this and that.
With the doors slightly ajar, we are afforded a peek at what lies behind.


Although I used snippets of this particular flower on the central panel, especially the leaves, I could not resist placing this flower on the inside of the doors. The delicate form worked in my favour, allowing for manipulation so the flowers would face right and left, towards the central panel.

The "statue" nestled amongst a tangle of leaves and flowers and caught on the breeze, snippets of papers yellowed with age.

Although initially stumped as to how I could make the ESC stamps work for me, for this Topic, on conclusion of the project, it made me pause and realise that one of the reasons I am passionate about stamps is their versatility.  The two flowers proved this. The slender flower morphed into a tangled, creeping vine, making the stamp almost unrecognisable from its original form. This stamp in particular, helped me to achieve the effect which simply began as a vignette in my mind.  The second flower was equally useful, providing the focal on the inner "door" panels or when only utilising the fussy cut bloom or leaves.
Which PaperArtsy stamps do you own which will make you re-consider their suitability for Topic #4 and beyond?  It is always fun to view our stamps with new eyes. 

Blog: Adorn 
Facebook: Lynne Moncrieff
Pinterest: Lynne Moncrieff

So many small details which I am thrilled you explain so clearly, as your process makes complete sense when you see it evolve, and fascinating to follow! I love the layers, even if the fussy cutting was a big job! You have created depth so beautifully! ~ Leandra



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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

2017 #4 Garden View {by Emma Godfrey}

2017 Topic 4: Doors, Windows, Architecture


It's so lovely to see how designers work with their own stamps, and tonight Emma shares ideas with her recently released stamps. She also shares the art of using infusions in a deliciously clean and simple style to produce pops of vibrancy which contrast perfectly with white space... 


Hi everyone Emma here.

It's great to be back here on the PA blog tonight.

This project is a piece of wall art - and I'll be honest, using my stamps with this topic initially left me a bit stumped. However it didn't take too long to come up with the idea of using my circle stamps as window frames. I was also limited with what supplies I had on hand - but then again, sometimes that can be a good thing.


The frame I've used was a Mossebo frame from IKEA, and it comes with a handy internal segment which allows you to use it as a box frame or a normal frame - and for this project I used it for both!


I love making these flowers up with stamp set EEG22 (stockists list here).


I design most of my stamp focal images to be open so that you can stamp them onto patterned papers, book text, or backgrounds you make yourself (as I've done here with the Violetta Infusions and some of the Fresco Finish paints). The white flowers were overstamped with...

...which is another great way to use them - lots and lots of options!


As I mentioned in the stamp release blog post, I've cut my circle stamps (from EEG23) up so that I can use them separately. To cut out the insides of the stamped circles on my background I find it easiest to punch some holes into each centre with a pokey tool, then rough cut a circle out, before then cutting it neatly.




Layering everything up was my favourite bit ... deciding what to put in each of the windows and adding a little bit of sparkle (of course).



I've been playing with this flower idea using the other new Infusion colours - and I can't tell you which one is my favourite, as they're all gorgeous. I think this idea could work really well for cards too ... and Mother's Day is coming up so that gives me an idea ...

Wow, I love this Emma. I think you are right...sometimes not having all your stash to hand forces you to be resourceful, and this has worked a treat! ~ Leandra



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Monday, 20 March 2017

2017 #4 Through The Arched Window {by Lin Brown}

2017 Topic 4: Doors, Windows, Architecture

It's been a while since we've had a post from Lin using stamps other than her own. She'll be the first to admit she's a massive Lynne Perrella fan, and when we demo together, Lynne P's stamps are often what she grabs first when she's working in the 'vintage' genre.
Before Lin starts, this is probably a good time to share some ink pad tests I did recently with Lynne Perrella stamps to find out which achieved the most detail for stamps with super-fine detail such as these.


My conclusion is, if it's new or juicy, use a brayer to apply ink to your stamp, otherwise if your ink is too wet or too liberally applied you will simply lose all the detail in the stamped image. The best performing ink (directly applied to stamp from the pad) for me was an old Versafine (Onyx Black) - Picture B. You can see the notes above for more info.
Don't forget, smooth card-stock is also vital. ~ Leandra
I'll hand over to Lin with her gorgeous, and very clever project...enjoy!


Hi everyone Lin Brown from Yoursartfully here.

It's so nice to be back here on the PA blog tonight sharing my take on the current theme of Doors, Windows and Architecture. I decided to alter a book which I purchased from a charity shop a while ago. I fell in love with this book as it is about Samuel Pepys and is not only an interesting book about the man himself, it is jam packed with illustrations of buildings and maps.......perfect for this theme!

I knew that this topic would suit me down to the ground as I have a bit of a passion for arches so let me take you through my arched window to my project (if anyone remembers watching "Play School" when they were growing up, that phrase will mean more to you than anyone else). 




When I started this project I had the idea in my head that it would feature an arch as the focal point to the front cover but I also wanted to try to create a brick wall effect for the background.



Grunge Paste is my go to product for texture, I was able to stamp into it with a brickwork style stamp from one of my new stamp sets ELB31 to create this effect. I also love how with the addition of a little water, I was able to smooth out some of the texture as I knew I wanted to stamp some fine script on my faux wall for added interest.



I am still amazed after all this time that Grunge Paste texture is not  affected by adding a few drops of paint to tint it and I was thrilled with pop of colour achieved by adding a couple of drops of Turquoise Fresco Finish Paint.

You may notice that I covered my arch with fabric. I always use Egyptian cotton for this and although it has a very fine weave, you can see how well a spot of dry brushed paint can highlight the texture of the fabric.


There were so many fabulous Lynne Perrella stamps that feature buildings, I was spoilt for choice but this one from LPC015 happened to be the perfect size for my arch....


The inside of the book wasn't the easiest thing to photograph but I hope that you can see that there are actually four layers to create my landscaped effect.


For me, layers are important. Usually I'm talking about layers of paint but this time it's layers of pages which vary in height. I was particularly pleased with how this came together but it really was luck more than anything as the book already had a map of the river Thames in it, so that enabled me to place buildings both in front and above the river.


Originally, my idea was to completely cover the adjoining page with with bricks (I used the Verdant Moon stencil from Stencil Girl) but when I started to re-position the stencil, it dawned on me that this was definitely a case of less is more. By leaving this empty space, it will allow me to add some journaling which I think will enhance this page.


My final photograph is a close up shot of all the things I love. Contrast of colour and contrast of texture. Notice how the addition of a little bit of Archival ink applied to the Grunge Paste really enhances the texture.

I thoroughly enjoyed the process of altering this book and am looking forward to continuing to work in it. It's been a while since I altered a book and I do love to have what I call an "on going" project. Something that I can just pick up and spend ten minutes on if I want to or if the mood takes me, I could spend all day adding to it. I think my next addition to this book will be to add some fold out pages featuring more buildings. Maybe my Altered Book will inspire you to alter one for yourself.....I look forward to seeing what you all come up with.

Thank you for joining me this evening.

Lin
Blog: Yoursartfully
Twitter: @Yoursartfully

Flipping amazing how you made the texture look like bricks with that stamp and the GP!!It worked a treat! I can see that as my first experiment to try on the back of this post! You are just too clever ! ~ Leandra


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Sunday, 19 March 2017

2017 #4 Unlocking The Past {by Miriam Grazier}

2017 Topic 4: Doors, Windows, Architecture


Miriam has mastered the art of Verdigris painting in this post! It's so easy to create rustic painterly effects with some stippling and layering of paint, and Seth's colours are perfect for this as Miriam explains below...

Hi everyone, Miriam here from Miriam's Creative Dreams.

Lovely to be here on the PA blog tonight. I've chosen to share with you a slide mailer that I have altered. 

For my project I have chosen to use Eclectica Sara Naumann stamps.  These are my go-to stamps because I love the textures and words.  They can be used for so many types of projects and are always out on my craft desk.  

My project also used the fabulous Seth Apter colours of Fresco Finish Paints which I have used to create a rust effect that I have been lucky to see Seth demonstrate.



This technique has become one of my favourites.  I have spent years trying to create a vintage and 'rust' feel and this technique has been a 'light bulb' moment for me as it is easy and effective.



I had so much fun creating this.  As soon as I saw the topic I immediately thought about altering a slide mailer.  And suddenly the inspiration started flowing.




I simply adore the Seth Apter colours of Fresco Finish paints - the colours just seem to work whether I want to create a bright or vintage project! And being Fresco Finish paints they cover beautifully and work really well together with a mix of opaque, semi-opaque and translucent paints.


The Sara Naumann stamps made me think of a house, or more like, a home.  And how you feel when you move into your first home and want to treasure the key forever.



I was so excited about creating a rust effect on the key and lock.  Believe it or not, they are not even made of the same material - the key is metal and the lock thick board. And now they fit together just perfectly!



This is a closer look at the 'rust' on the key.  How amazing is this technique?!

I had so much fun applying more and more paints until I told myself that enough was enough!  I simply adored this technique and literally wanted to 'rust' everything that I could get my hands on.



I used ESN03 and ESN08 to stamp words onto tissue paper using Archival ink.



I then heat set the ink to make sure that it didn't bleed.  I then tore around the tissue as near to the words as possible.  I also had left over tissue with an infusion background and so tore strips of this too.  I then attached the words and strips to my project using matte medium.



I next started to assemble my project.  I rubbed paint into the door to make it look weathered, and added a small amount of crackle glaze to the niche inside the mailer.



I learnt so much from this project.  It taught me that I did not have to use lots of materials to create a vintage piece.  I also learnt that Fresco Finish paints can be used for so much more than simply painting. I really hope you try the rust technique out for yourself.  It is so much fun.  Seth's mantra of 'more is more' is so absolutely true in this technique.  My only watch out now is to not attempt to 'rust' everything that I can get my hands on - goodness knows what visitors would think if I did.   I'm hoping to use the rust technique on garden planters - I think this might look really effective in the garden in the summer.

Thank you for joining me tonight.  I hope you have enjoyed my project as much as I had creating it.

Blog: Miriam's Creative Dreams
Twitter: @MiriamGrazier

Wow Miriam, you really have been bitten by the 'Seth bug'. I think it's pretty contagious too, as I see much Fresco-rustified-creativity out there in blogland, so you are in good company! The slide mailer and textures you also created with Sara's stamps is awesome!! ~ Leandra



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Saturday, 18 March 2017

2017 #4 At Home with Wood Chips {by Nikki Acton}

2017 Topic 4: At Home with Wood Chips
#4 - Windows, Doors and Architecture - PaperArtsy Stamps – HP1601EZ, Paints and Wood Chips - by Nikki Acton



Nikki mastered the art of creating rusty-looking Wood Chips earlier in the year, and here is another twist on that idea using Hot Picks stamps with Seth's Wood Chips to make a fun panel. It's joyful architectural layering!

Hi everyone Nikki from Addicted to Art here. 

It is a pleasure to be on the PA blog tonight sharing a project featuring Hot Picks stamps. I've chosen to share with you a dimensional board using Seth Apter's Wood Chips as the focal point for the stamping and to create a frame or window.

Having had the honour of being one of Seth's wingmen for his January PaperArtsy release I was lucky enough to play with the new Wood Chips early and I fell in love! 



They are a fabulous surface to work on - stamping, painting or altering and can be layered for lots of dimension.



The Hot Picks stamp set I have used is HP1601EZ - which fits perfectly with the current topic!

#4 - Windows, Doors and Architecture - PaperArtsy Stamps – HP1601EZ, Paints and Wood Chips - by Nikki Acton

I had an idea about using the Wood Chips to create windows and played around with a larger format and several windows before settling on a simpler composition using the square wood chip for the houses and the frame at 45 degrees to act as my window. Sometimes simple is better - I can often forget this!


#4 - Windows, Doors and Architecture - PaperArtsy Stamps – HP1601EZ, Paints and Wood Chips - by Nikki Acton

The added benefit of this was it created added dimension to the project which I love.


#4 - Windows, Doors and Architecture - PaperArtsy Stamps – HP1601EZ, Paints and Wood Chips - by Nikki Acton

I chose to use the row of houses on the wood chip - and as I knew I would be adding paint ensured I heat embossed the stamped image. The houses were painted with slightly watered down Fresco paints - a combination of the new releases from Seth Apter  and Tracy Scott. (Tangerine Twist, Jade, Mahogany and Key Lime).

FFSA1 (Seth Apter Set 1)

FFSA2 (Seth Apter Set 2)

FFTS1 (Tracy Scott Set 1)


#4 - Windows, Doors and Architecture - PaperArtsy Stamps – HP1601EZ, Paints and Wood Chips - by Nikki Acton

Having coloured the focal point I worked on my background - aiming to include complementary colours but keeping them cooler so the background remained in the background. A large brush and vertical and horizontal brush strokes built up the effect of a textured surface. I love doing this and was happy that the colours from Tracy and Seth's paint sets work so well together - Butternut, Jade, Mud Splat, Key Lime and Buff on here.


#4 - Windows, Doors and Architecture - PaperArtsy Stamps – HP1601EZ, Paints and Wood Chips - by Nikki Acton

I have been making rust a lot recently and decided to add this worn look to the wood chip frame and embellishments. This was achieved by adding Terracotta, Smoked Paprika and Mahogany over black. I was very happy to discover that Seth Apter's Spellbinders die - Robo Bar - fitted perfectly to frame the Home stamp from this stamp set!

Products used:
Stockists for new products - Wood Chips, Tracy Scott Limited Edition Paints and Seth Apter Limited Edition Paints Set 2 - can be found here

Sometimes when I am creating I get a little fixed on one set of products or a stamp designer. What I really enjoyed about this project was mixing it all up! Hot Picks stamps, Tracy Scott and Seth Apter paints and Wood Chips. Give it a go! Sometimes it is surprising what works together. 

Nikki
Blog: Addicted to Art
Facebook: @A2ACraft
You Tube: Nikki Acton
Pinterest: Nikki Acton - A2A Craft

Gorgeously put together Nikki. I really love the soft shades in that background, and the delicate stamping I can see peeking through too! Love how you have used the wood chips, it's always exciting when layers are added so perfectly! ~ Leandra


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