Monday, 25 September 2017

2017 #13 Metallics: A Beautiful Book with EEG {by Wendy Mallas}

2017 Topic 13: Beautiful Metallics {by Wendy Mallas}



Hi everyone, it's Wendy here again today, and I can't wait to share a beautiful art journal with you. 

I love making books and I love monoprinting and I really love Paperartsy Fresco Acrylics.



I think the most important thing here is to take your time. I knew I was going to make a book with a wraparound closure and also that I was going to get one of my Gelli plates out and work with Emma Godfrey's fabulous stamps and stencils, but that's about all. 


Luckily for me, all of my pinks and purples were in the same box! Aren't they pretty?



I worked with Paperartsy's Frescos colour chart and a mini hexagonal plate because they fit so well in a repeating pattern. So, the first four purples on the chart were my starting point. Blueberry, Purple Rain, Lavender and Wisteria


I continued to work through the colour chart and used Emma's absolutely gorgeous mask, PM008, repeatedly over the hexagons. And doodling, of course. You can't beat a good doodle. 



I chose to use the fabulous floral stamp sets, EEG14 and EEG22 then colour and fussy cut them out as embellishments.



After curling the edges to give some dimension, all that they needed was a little rub of Treasure Gold around the edges, Royal Amethyst on the purple and Pewter on the pink. It really highlights the amazing shapes of the flowers. 



Very appropriate bit of heat embossing in silver. At first, it was a little lost against the background, but a cheeky black drop shadow with a fineliner sorted that. Now it looks ... um... beautiful... especially by the silver thread I used on the exposed chain stitching.



I hid a magnet inside the pocket and popped a bookmark complete with silver tassel inside.



And the middle flower was the perfect place under which to hide the other magnet. Ta-da!

I'm so pleased with the finished book. It's so sparkly and all the metallic elements really give it polish, so to speak. I really had no idea where I was going with this until I was near the end. The colour scheme and flowery theme are not my usual 'go to' ones. Well that just goes to show that you should try everything at least once. I loved using the small Gelli plate as a stamp and that's something I'll most certainly do again. The hardest part was hand-tearing all of the pages. Just looking through my studio for anything metallic was a revelation for me. You could look through your stash and gather all of the shiny things. See what you can do with it. 

Love and peace,

Wendy x

Ohhh Wendy, what lovely shimmery goodness you have created! This looks like a wonderfully special book too! Keep this one away from the magpies! ~ Leandra



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Sunday, 24 September 2017

2017 #13 Metallics: Metallic Secrets with EEA {by Alison Bomber}

2017 Topic 13  'Metallic Secrets' by Alison Bomber


If you are a bit of a more is more crafter, and would like to learn how to master the more is more but in a subtle way, then this post is for you! Alison's layers are soft and subtle, flicks, splats and embossing all come together in soft Vintage shades. Beautiful!

Hi everyone, it's Alison here from Words and Pictures, and I've been having a lovely time playing with some metallics both old and new.

From the moment the White Fire Fresco Chalk Paint arrived on the scene, I loved it.  It has such a fabulous sheen and a delicate gleaming hint of silvery-gold.  I also noticed how close it was in colour to maybe my all-time favourite metallic embossing powder, the Ranger Liquid Platinum.  So for this collection of altered money-envelopes I decided to combine the two.


I toyed with brayering the White Fire directly onto the kraft envelopes, but then decided I'd get more layers, more texture and probably more golden gleam if I did a couple of sweeps of Snowflake Fresco Chalk Paint first.  That was my base layer.


I love this recent Everything Art set, EEA06. It has such great elements for adding background detail and texture, as well as those haunting vintage photos.




My very first idea was to emboss those broken frames in the Liquid Platinum, so that it would look as though they were emerging from the brayered White Fire background.  Very happy that it turned out exactly as I'd imagined!


I layered in some more stamping in Sepia Archival, and also used the ink around the edges as well as over the embossed frames for more burnished look.  By this point, I'd also stuck the envelopes onto some stiff card so that they would behave themselves and stay flat.



I know myself well enough that flat out shininess is not going to make me happy, so the Sepia Archival was the first step towards a slight rustiness... and some actual rusty wire put in an appearance pretty soon after that.




I stamped the strip of photos in Potting Soil Archival, but since I wanted slight variations for each of my envelopes, I cut a different trio of people for each one.  Of course I needed the vintage look, so I weathered them with some Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.




And I also knew from very early on that one of my own word stamps was calling to me from those faces in the photos.  
It's from EAB03 Music and Silence, and it's a quote by one of my favourite writers, Rilke.


It just wanted to come and play with these images.



I'm sure there are some secrets hidden behind some of these eyes...




And, if not, at least two or three of them have a strong desire to be alone... so perhaps they're the ones "saying" the words.




Oh, I nearly forgot: the metal filigree leaves have also had some embossing done - slightly more full on than the Liquid Platinum...



I used the Stampendous Chunky Metallic (of course) Embossing Enamel in Seasonings (I guess they mean it's sort of salt-and-peppery?) for them, and I do like the finished effect.


As I said, I love the subtle gleam and glow of the White Fire - it's already less full on than some metallics - but even then I can't resist going down the slightly decaying route.  I guess I'm just not one for clean and shiny.  And especially with such vintage-style images it felt right.  I do like the embossing for the frames - I think that works really well to give a look of antique picture frames - I suppose it's a "realistic" way to use the embossing powder.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you've found some metallic inspiration to play with here.

Alison Bomber
Blog: Words and Pictures
Pinterest: Butterfly Crafter

Wow, it really is amazing how layers of slightly different tones of metallics can give such a soothing effect overall. We'll all be pulling out the embossing powders now!! ~ Leandra



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Saturday, 23 September 2017

2017 #13 Metallics: Watercolours with EKD {by Debs Wainwright}

2017 Topic 13: Colour Study: Metallics


Deb is here to share sparkly watercolours that have a metallic lustre to them. Our poor bloggers this week are occasionally struggling to get their cameras to pick up metallic tones, but I'm sure you can fill the gaps with your imagination if required!


Hi everyone, it's Deb with you today, and I'd like to share with you this little journal book. I wanted to show how well metallic watercolour works with stamped images. I am playing a lot with watercolours and experimenting with backgrounds in my current work, and thought it perfect to share those ideas with you tonight.



Not wanting a stamp that was too large for my pages I chose Kim Dellow's first two plates as the flowers are not only unique, but fit my pages nicely.





The paints gave a lovely shimmer to the page but unfortunately I was unable to capture it on film. However, I love the colours. Kim's stamps were easy to use to create that full garden look as they layered really well. 


I don't often use stencils for subtle colour, as I'm drawn to bold colours, but love how using two tones has given depth to each page. I kept the colours subtle but have used this stencil in other backgrounds with very bright colours and it works just as well.

The photo below shows how each flower is two tone which is the mica in the product reflecting light. having so many different shapes was shown to its best advantage by keeping the painting simple, and letting the product shine. You could of course cut the flowers out and edged them with Treasure Gold for a different metallic look.




I hope I have inspired you to dig through your stamps and find some you haven't used in a while. Dust them off and try them with some metallic paint, or stamp onto foil for something really Metallic! I would love to see what you make for this challenge. I found using stamps I haven't for a while, is like having a new set to play with, which was great fun!

Take care 
Hugs
Debs xxx

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You are so right! Those stamps fit beautifully onto your pages! What a great way to play with watercolurs too! Thanks for the ideas Deb! ~ Leandra


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Friday, 22 September 2017

2017 #13 Metallics: Explore with ESN {by Jennie Atkinson}

2017 Topic 13: Colour Study: Metallics


A blast from the past today in this post - I'll leave Jennie to explain, but look how she masterfully pulls her layers together so beautifully!



Hi everyone, it's Jennie (Live The Dream) with you today, and I'd like to share with you a project using Sara Naumann's latest stamps and stencils and Leandra's great Metallics technique for combining Fresco Paints to get a real shimmery metallic colour.

I was recently browsing all the PaperArtsy You-tube videos and came across this great technique Leandra demonstrates to create any shade of metallic paint with your Fresco paints. Leandra shows how to do this in her you Tube video on paper but I wondered what the effect would be if used on other surfaces such as metal and lace - I wasn't disappointed! 


I have used Eclectica (Sara Naumann's) stamp set ESN21 in a number of different ways, both as my background and for creating small pieces within my project. 





I love the linear lines on stencil PS063 and although not easy to see on my project the heart on stencil PS062 is great for texture and stamping into.




I built up my background by using the full stamp, but also isolating small parts of writing and music. I gave a little prominence to the two tags by stamping them on old book paper and adding them as a top layer. I have used Archival Ink (Sepia)  over Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint (Chalk) sometimes stamping off once or twice to get different depths of colour.




The openness of the lines on the stencil meant I could work over my background without losing it. The heart is quite large, but it is very easy to use just a part of it on the side of my panel. I used Ranger Texture Paste (Matte) which I stamped into before it dried remembering to wash my stamp immediately! 



For my metallic technique I used Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paints (Gold and Claret) combining them with a pallet knife on my mat. As the Claret is a Translucent it mixes beautifully with the solid gold colour. It is amazing how different the colour looks when painted on different surfaces. The lace took the paint beautifully, but I got a completely different colour on the metal embellishment. I am sorry you can't see the colour on the paper - the sun must have come out when I took this !

You can find Leandra's Metallics video here on You-tube and I am sure it will inspire you as it did me, or click play below!




I used some of my metallic paper to create text elements but also die cut some chicken wire to layer under the cluster. Again I used different parts of the painted paper as some were single coats of colour and other areas two coats. I like to have a selection of colour hues from the same palette.




I wanted to extend the vertical elements of the dragonfly stamp and stencil texture and so used these two bamboo sticks underneath the cluster, along with the metal embellishment and lace lying vertically as well. I do like to keep my design running in the same direction.



I particularly like the depth I managed to create with all these elements and love how the Prima Art Stones fill in some of the gaps! 

I really loved how I managed to create a co-ordinated piece just using two colours of Fresco Paints. It is a shame that the photographs do not convey how beautifully shimmery the colours are and I shall certainly be using this technique again using different metallic colours. 

As always, thank you so much for joining me.

Jennie x

Blog: www.jennie-livethedream.blogspot.co.uk

It's lovely to be reminded of this Metallic paint idea Jennie! All your layers sit together beautifully! Thankyou for another stunning post! ~ Leandra


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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

2017 #13 Metallics: Angels with LPC {by Autumn Clark}

2017 Topic 13: Colour Study - Metallics
In this post we offer a very warm welcome to Autumn Clark as a new blogger within the PaperArtsy Creative team. Autumn has a great eye for composition, and she is certainly partial to a good dose of Vintage genre, so she combines her love of both in this post. If you are looking for some traditional, elegant Christmas cards to give friends and family at the end of the year, then this might just hit the spot!


Hello PaperArtsy Blog followers, Autumn Clark with you today, sharing a post on shabby winter elegance to inspire you for your holiday crafting.  

I was so thrilled to work with the Metallics theme because I knew the Lynne Perrella Collection (LPC) would pair beautifully for elegant Christmas designs.  I was inspired to play with my gellie plate and several Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paints to make several cards and a shabby wall hanging.

I had intended on using white card printed with Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint (Nougat) as a base for all of my prints, but somewhere along the way grabbed a sheet of kraft card and was amazed at how beautifully Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint (Pewter) reacted!  This led me to experiment with black card and layering with Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint (White Fire).  I was so pleased at the softening of the ink when I stamped images from PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella Collection (LPC018) onto the painted card. 


Whether it was stamping or die cutting, the prints yielded a variety of beautiful substrates.  The images are truly angelic, but I was even able to include a masculine card in my mix.  Curled corners and unprinted edges let the base card show through.

I mixed embossing and other metallic papers for a wide range of hues and shine.  



I partially stamped a border from PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella Collection (LPC011) and layered pearls and gold trim for more drama. 


 The script is from PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella Collection (LPC014).

 
On another sample, I stamped the foliage from PaperArtsy Eclectica {Sara Naumann} Collection (ESN17) .


The foliage was stamped in gold over a light background, creating a subtle shimmer and pattern to frame my focal image.


Finally, I designed a winter wall hanging from layered torn chipboard for snowy edges.  I added my stamped image and die cut wings, both embossed in gold.  

Adhering my stamped tissue over the texture allowed me to keep the image intact.  Layers of lace are embedded throughout the panel for a very shabby, wintry look.  


I splattered my textured panel with both metallic paints, which adds such delicate shimmer in real life. 

More and more we find a trend towards neutrals in home and art.  Adding touches of silver, gold and pewter give this palette the perfect festive touch. I truly cannot wait to play with printing on colored card again!  I know you will enjoy this process too.  You could certainly opt for reds, greens and blues if you are into a more colorful palette.  

Until next time, Autumn Clark

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Wow Autumn, these cards are an absolute delight! I love your soft use of metallic shades in lots of tones, they work beautifully with those Lynne Perrella images! You've got a head start on the rest of us for Christmas that's for sure!!!  ~ Leandra


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