Sunday, 23 July 2017

2017 Topic 10: Dark to Light and Contrasts {Introduction and Challenge}

 2017 Topic 10: Dark to Light, Contrasts

Well hello everyone, Darcy here, bringing you a new topic. This time we are exploring colours; how they layer and how they contrast. We would like you to contemplate building your artwork up on a dark background for a change, also layering dark and light colours, and perhaps using colours that contrast highly against each other. 

Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 9: AquaChallenge...

The winner of  the Aqua challenge is: Lucy from True Colours.  Lucy visited what sounds like an amazing art- supplies recycling place and used some found items to create her piece for the Aqua challenge with Tracy Scott stamps as a stunning contrast. Go check out the post here to read about it.

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

So for this topic we have various areas for you to look at, all utilising colours in different ways. To start with let's see how you can work from dark to light. This could mean working on a dark substrate, or a darkly painted background, perhaps dark fabric, or shading through to highlights.

What about this wow! piece to kick us off, how stunning are these vibrant pinks against the dark grey background. You could recreate this on a journal cover, Make use of the great selection of Fresco pinks over Slate or London Night. 

Jimmie Martin
Here we have a layered card, utilising black and kraft coloured backgrounds, this combination draws your eye forward. 

Carolyn King
Dark does not have to be black, grey or brown.. how about blue, this card starts with a lovely mid blue and works forward with lighter shades on the focal feathers. 

Nancy Hill
A really interesting dark to light here with these decorated chairs, the colourful stripes really pop against that dark wood background. 

Erica
This piece has  a complex background, look carefully, there are lots of shades of black and brown, possibly dark blues, drips and drops. A background does not have to be a solid colour, think about building your background in subtle layers. working in similar colours will support your focal image and not detract from it. 

Charlie Bowater
Speaking of layers, something else we want you to try is alternating your layers from dark to light and back again. Seth Apter is an expert at this technique, using light and dark in contrasting layers to great effect. 

Seth Apter 
Here is another set from Seth, look carefully, peer beneath the top layers, see how many light and dark layers you can spot. This clever alternating colour choice results in a natural blend between layers, resulting in backgrounds that resemble landscapes. 

Seth Apter
This journal spread is a great example of this technique, the background layers alternate beautifully culminating with the lightest layer of script. 

Ruth Beeley
When layering contrasting colours it is important to allow the paint to dry between layers to avoid mud, of course Fresco paints dry super quickly so you do not need to wait long. 

This technique of alternating light and dark works especially well on a gelli plate, here is a great video from Barbara Gray showing how these layers work. 


Another way of layering this time using collage items in dark and light , see how the layers are distinct but still compliment each other. 


Lynne Moncrieff
Another collage piece, this time using various colours rather than monochrome, but again we see the contrast of dark and light. This piece was done with newspaper and magazine pages, each piece carefully chosen to show the contrasts. 


Kim Thittichai
Layering dark and light does not mean using very dark or bright white, you can alternate any colours that have different values. This bright happy piece uses bold colours, but they still alternate and contrast. 


Kate Crane
This one is more autumnal colours but still makes great use of layers and contrasts. 


TLCChaney
This piece has stunning jewel like colours, chosen to perfectly contrast and compliment. Light drips over dark backgrounds, with dark showing through the crackles, and lots of yummy texture too. See how they merge and blend towards the bottom, although blended the colours can still clearly be seen, no mud in sight. 


Maria Fondler-Grossbaum
Remember that colours have opposites that provide the best contrast, blues contrast with oranges, reds with greens and purples with yellows. This zingy page shows reds and greens working perfectly together, be careful to dry between layers though. Dry red and green are wonderful but wet red and green an make mud. 


Sandra Kaye
Here you can see how blue and orange are great companions, this time on fabric. 


Jenny Rolfe
A great way to contrast is to go big and bold, and what could be more bold than blocks of colour, especially when one block is metallic. This abstract piece is gorgeous with the slate blue and gold, what colours would you choose?


Rachel Furlough
Have you heard of 'Ombré' this is a French word meaning shadow or shaded, and means to gradually blend from one hue to another. While this is more of a gradual effect and not a contrast i thought it would be fun to show you how to get from the darkest hue to the lightest. 


Hirz
Finally one more piece from Seth Apter, just look at the contrasts here, back and forth between light and dark. the colours on each layer are contrasting and then the layered die cuts themselves contrast from the ones below and above. 


I hope that has encouraged you to think more about the contrasts in the colours that you choose, whether you are going for dark to light changes or for contrasting hues. Use your colour wheels to check which colours are opposites. 

Play and layer and build up those contrasts. 

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


We hope that you  learn something interesting from our blog. Our bloggers deeply appreciate your comments so much, so please take time to let them know you've been inspired! Why not join our challenge by blogging your interpretation of the current topic and link it here?

The current topic link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, August 6th 2017, and the winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store.


Challenge Guidelines

  • The challenge is a for you to show how you are inspired by the current blog topic. We encourage you to play with us and explore your personal creative style.
  • Please mention which PA blog post inspired you and and why (link directly to that post). Please don't link to the home page of your blog because then no-one can track back to easily find the original post.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • You can enter as many times as you like. We don't want to restrict your creativity! 
NB. Link closes at 17:00 Sunday August 6th (London Time)

Prize: The winner 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. It's your responsibility to claim your prize coupon from Darcy. 
email: darcydotneedles@gmail.com

NEW Challenge/ winner: 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. 

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

Saturday, 22 July 2017

2017 #9 Aqua: ATC Trio {by Claire Snowdon}

2017 Topic 9: Aqua



This gorgeous blue arrangement is simple to construct, very striking yet full of plenty of small details - like a splash gold flecks. Perfect for gift tags, and I think this idea would work really well for wintry Christmas cards too - anyone doing those yet?? LOL


Hi everyone, it's Claire Snowdon with you today, and I'd like to share with you my trio of aqua artist trading cards (aka ATC's) created using stamps and stencils by Kim Dellow.

I enjoy making smaller pieces of art as they are quicker to make but create a great opportunity for trying out a variety of techniques, using different products or just practicing the basics.



I enjoyed creating the backgrounds for my three ATC's and used a smooshing type technique with Fresco Chalk Paint and a little water, then used negative stenciling on top.

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I liked creating the backgrounds in this way as it gives and almost marbled watercolour effect.




I made the focal topper using Kim Dellow's stamps on each ATC a darker shade of aqua to give some contrast with the background - and just couldn't resist a little splatter of gold on them too :-)



I like to frame my ATC's using some doodling, distressing the edges and then mounting them on black card so they really pop.

Why not create some mini works of aqua artwork to try out those new products or a new technique you haven't used before?  Kim's stamps are ideal for mini art as there are loads of smaller elements that you can play with! 

Thanks for joining me tonight on the Paperartsy blog - be sure to come and visit me on my own blog or on Instagram.....Claire Xx

Blog: Claire's Crafty Makes
Twitter: Claires10
Instagram:Claires10
Pinterest: Mrs Sno

Claire these are so effective! You have used the same tone throughout, yet managed to get contrast so effectively with those lovely gelli-printed backgrounds! Fabulous ~ Leandra


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Our creative team love to read your comments so much, so please take time to let them know you've been inspired!  

Why not join our 2-weekly challenge by blogging your create response to the current topic and link it here?

The current topic link Topic 9 (Aqua) will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, July 22nd 2017, and the winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store.

Friday, 21 July 2017

2017 #9 Aqua: 50's Blues {by Miriam Grazier}

2017 Topic 9: Aqua


I had to laugh at Miriam's blue paint line up below!. I don't think I have ever lined up our shades of aqua blues before, and I know there are plenty of other blues too!!! It does go with every other shade in the spectrum, so what's not to love! Let's see what she gets up to with those!

Hi everyone, it's Miriam here from Miriam's Creative Dreams with you today, and I'd like to share with you a small canvas board that I have decorated with a male theme in mind.

I challenged myself to see how many types of 'aqua' I could use.  I first gathered all of the Fresco paints that I thought would 'fit' with the theme, and I was not surprised to find that I have quite a few.



Looking through previous projects it is clear that I use aqua in my art quite a lot - it seems to be one of my go-to colour.  It's especially relevant now, in the summer time, as it reminds me of holidays and cooling seas. 



I wanted to use Infusions in my project and wanted to see how well they combined with Grunge Paste - and it worked really well - a small amount of the walnut appeared but it didn't develop any further once I had thoroughly mixed the infusions and Grunge Paste.  



I really enjoyed only using only a few colours in my project - it enabled me to create some lighter areas and some darker areas.




I outlined part of the stencilled areas with a white gel pen - this made the aqua stand out a little more.

I used one of my favourite Hot Picks stamp sets - HP1218.


I added a watered down wash of Caribbean Sea over the main stamped image.  This brought the Aqua theme into the image and tied the project together.


I really enjoyed this project - it challenged me not only to be limited to colour (which I don't often do) but to create a 'male' themed project.  I really enjoyed mixing Infusions with Grunge Paste and then looking at the effects that it creates.  In fact, I can see myself trying this technique with different stencils and colours.

Thank you for joining me tonight. Pop over to my blog to see more details of how I created this project. I hope you have been enjoying the Aqua theme and I hope that I have inspired you to create your own Aqua themed project.  

Happy Crafting!
Miriam


It's a popular stamp Miriam, and yes, a good one for the men in our lives too! I love how the GP worked wonderfully to contrast with those infusions so well, and I think we can safely say there are many shades of aqua in the Fresco Paint range! Haha! ~ Leandra



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Our creative team love to read your comments so much, so please take time to let them know you've been inspired!  

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

2017 #9 Aqua: Teabag Art Canvas {by Alison Hall}

2017 Topic 9: Aqua



Alison Hall is here with a fabulous idea for tea bags! Only she would think to gelli-print tea bags! If you ae a tea-drinker who loves Aqua, then this one is for you, although I can easily imagine it would look equally amazing with any colour of your choice too!
 
Hi everyone, it's Alison/Craftytrog with you today, and I'd like to share a teabag art canvas with you, that I made using PaperArtsy Eclectica Ellen Vargo stamps.

Since I discovered the joys of using teabag papers, I can't stop collecting every teabag I use. I have plant pots on my kitchen windowsill, just to drape them on to dry! I simply wait until they are totally dry, tear the bag on one side, and empty out the tea leaves. The tea leaves make fab texture when you add them to paint, gels and pastes too. The papers take ink and paint beautifully, and on this project I used them to take prints with my Gelli Plate, using PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paint.


I started by picking out the aqua family group of PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paint. These are Mermaid, Bora Bora, Beach Hut, and South Pacific. They go from light to dark, and all tone together beautifully. Then I picked out 3 great stamps sets by Ellen Vargo, that have a variety of fabulous patterns in them. They were perfect for the abstract background I had in mind.
Using my 3x5 inch Gelli Plate, which is the perfect size for 2 teabags, I decorated a multitude of papers by stamping into the paint with various stamps from the 3 Ellen Vargo sets. I got quite carried away at this point, as I hadn't decided what size canvas to use.



As I was taking the prints, I stamped the paint from the Gelli Plate and stamps onto an old PaperArtsy Paint chart. This made a great background that I would use later. 


After I'd collaged my chosen painted teabags onto a 6x6 inch box canvas with matte medium, I decided I needed a focal image. Using Little Black Dress Fresco Chalk Paint, I stamped the circle and line image from EEV03 twice, onto the background I'd created on the paint chart, then cut it out.



I finished my trees/flowers off with some pretty shell buttons tied with string. Then, to add some impact and to frame my canvas, I painted the edges with Little Black Dress Fresco Chalk Paint.



I hope you'll give teabag printing a try. It can be very addictive! You need to be a little careful when glueing, as the paper is quite delicate, but it doesn't tear as easily as tissue. I usually apply matte medium to my surface, lay the teabag on, then paint the medium over the top so that it soaks in and adheres both layers. I love the look of the tea grains that are still stuck inside the bags. You can see them quite clearly above in the close up photos. 

I look forward to seeing your projects for the challenge.

Alison x

Blog( I've switched to Blogger): Craftytrog's Arty Adventures
Facebook: Alison Hall
Twitter: @craftytrog
Instagram: @craftytrog

Fantastic Alison, this is super-cool recycling, and you are right, the tea leaves peeking through are such a cool contrast and definitely give an appropriate nod to your source! Love how the EEV stamps have worked for this project. Thankyou! ~ Leandra



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Monday, 17 July 2017

2017 #9 Aqua: Zinskis {by Wendy Mallas}


2017 Topic 9: Aqua {by Wendy Mallas}


Wendy not only has a bit of a thing for Zinskis, but she is also always making the most gorgeous books. Check out her links for more info as she also sells her work. Tonight she is sharing one of her perfectly formed creations - in Aqua of course!!

Hi everyone, it's Wendy with you today, and I'd love to share a star book with you. 

When the Aqua theme came up, I had to jump straight in as it's my absolute favourite colour range. It seems to be really on trend for many products these days and here's one example of how to make your own.

Books are my passion. My love of reading has merged into my love of making books. All books. Any books. I am a book artist and I love it! So here is a star book that involves no stitching - just double sided tape or your favourite glue. 


Elena Zinski Art has produced a cracking set of stamps yet again. Making focal points visible when everything is in the same colour range is challenging. Add some shading and highlights to the elements you want to pop.



My seven-point star book opens out and ties with a ribbon. A lovely addition to any coffee table.




Out of the whole of Elena's new release, this is my favourite image. I really want to live in a house like this. How cool it would be to live in and work from a hat. This is the stamp set....(PaperArtsy retail stockists listed here)




The ribbon closure, made from plain seam binding dyed with Tim Holtz Distress Stains (Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio), is secured around the spine and under the covers.



Layered mats on each page from pieces of PaperArtsy Heavyweight Smoothy Card, Gelli-printed using Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paints: Snowflake, Mermaid, Bora Bora, Captain Peacock, Beach Hut and Caribbean Sea.



And a couple of babes finished off the back cover. Now they really look like they're up to something!

This book is relatively simple to put together for an effective finish. By fussy-cutting the main stamped images and adding them to the background, it makes the covers very tactile and gives a little dimension. The book can be used for whatever you wish. It's perfect as a photograph album. Perhaps you could add a few pockets and tags to make it even more interactive. Don't be put off by using one colour. Just remember to use some shading and highlights to enhance the main tones. I'd love to see your own interpretations of this topic and project. Most of all, have fun!

Love and peace,
Wendy x

Blog: Wendy's House
Facebook: Wendy Mallas Illustration
Twitter: WendyWitwoo
Instagram: WendyWitwoo
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Ohh Wendy, this is a delight! I love blue faced people! And your gelli-printed backgrounds look dreamy! Thanks again for sharing your lovely work with us. ~ Leandra


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