Wednesday, 15 November 2017

2017 #17 White: French Boudoir with Squiggly Ink {by Liz Borer}

2017 Topic 17: Shades of White

Liz has created one of her trademark projects for this post. Lots of wonderful details. If you want something to get your teeth into, this is a great idea and works so well in this colourway.

Hi there everyone I'm so glad to be back with another blog post for PaperArtsy. 

I've been very quiet recently due to many things happening in my life which include my daughter's wedding and moving house! Needless to say my craft stash is in great disarray due to the move so I had to use the stamps I could find. As for the embellishments, well again I had to use what I could find in the chaos.

Instead of my normal style of describing how I did this I am writing it as an inspirational piece as well as some description of what I did.This is mainly because I made the box I used into a kind of printers tray with apertures. I did this because I wanted wide, flat divisions between the apertures so I could decorate them. I used greyboard for this and white foam board behind the divisions to create the 'walls'. The added advantage to this was that I didn't have to paint them as they were already white!

I decided that I would need some colour in this project to make the white stand out. Therefore I painted the frame with London Night. Once dry I applied Crackle Glaze randomly and once dry I painted the whole frame with Chalk. This allowed a little variation in colour but kept the frame basically white.

Next I found a floral stencil and spread Grunge Paste through it onto the frame. Again it's white so I didn't have to paint over it. I rubbed a little Treasure Gold in White Fire over the raised areas. Frame finished!

The greyboard panel was painted with Lake Wanaka and then with Chalk. I then sanded the white off in places to get a subtle grey colour before using more Grunge Paste through a different stencil. I added more Treasure Gold as before. 

I stamped some script (from Stamp Set HP1303) using Watering Can Archival ink which I used for all the stamping as it blended with the colour scheme. I also created a very subtle effect stamping flowers from EEB03 and iridescent embossing powder.

The backgrounds for each aperture were cut from a piece of card that I had painted first with Chalk. After that was dry I applied Lake Wanaka, London Night and Mermaid paint randomly over the white base coat using a wet wipe and just swirling the colours over the card. To add some gold I mixed the Treasure Gold with alcohol ink blending solution to make a paint and rubbed this here and there over the card. Finally I swirled more Chalk paint with a wet wipe over the colours to lighten them.

So that's really all I wanted to say about the box and frame.

To complete the backgrounds of each aperture, I stamped and embossed with Ivory embossing powder various designs onto the card prepared above.

Top left and middle left  used EEB05. Middle behind lady I used HP1305. Top right I used HP1009 and Lower right behind bucket I used EEB03.
I left the others plain because they were covered by embellishments.

Before I started this project I had decided to decorate the frame as I have described but I hadn't really thought about how I would finish it. When I looked at the colours and the finish it reminded me of a French ladies boudoir which is why I have set out the embellishments as they are .

I made the bookcase out of greyboard and painted it with Chalk paint. The books are also greyboard painted white. The beauty of these paints is that they adhere to glass so I painted the bottles white.

The stamping on the books and bottles is from  the stamp from HP1216 which is mainly words.  A tiny fragment of this stamp looks great on these little pieces.

Most of the embellishments are painted with a base colour before adding white on top. In this picture the bucket was painted with Lake Wanaka and Crackle Glaze before the white. 

The poppy seed heads were painted with London Night before dry brushing with white. I added a little glitter embossing powder to them.

Frame: I stamped the face from EEB03 onto a scrap of the background paper and embossed with gold.

The gold 'jar' was a Christmas glass Bauble painted with White Fire Treasure Gold and while painting it I also painted the bottle gold. When that was dry I added Crackle Glaze with white paint over it. I liked the effect of the gold showing through the cracks.

Again I made the table from greyboard and a wooden knob, painted white. I stamped the little bottles as before using HP1216.

Obviously I have added other embellishments but I just wanted to comment on how I coloured Some of them.l hope you have enjoyed my ideas and perhaps they have inspired you. 

Bye for now.

Wow, what a stunner Liz! I love how the tiniest elements all come together perfectly. This is simply beautiful!! ~Leandra

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Monday, 13 November 2017

2017 #17 White: White on White Mobile with ESA {by Alison Bomber}

2017 Topic 17: Shades of White

From all things rust to all things white. Quite a contrast in these Topics, but we do love a challenge, and working with shades of white can be exactly that, but once you start to look at texture, shiny vs matte or sparkle, you have the makings of a lot of gorgeous posts! Plus, I do think this fits nicely into an elegant Christmas theme too! Let's see what Alison brings ot this topic! Always a crowd-pleaser, I'm sure you will love this idea!

Hello all, Alison here from Words and Pictures with some white on white action for you... and I do mean action.  I have a mobile for you today - the very name meaning it's always in movement... yes, I set myself another photographic challenge!

I don't really know why, but the very moment I put Shades of White together in my brain with the idea of using Seth's stamps, the mobile jumped into my head.  I could suddenly see it... Seth's Wood Chips, some glossy white embossing over a softer chalky background, catching the light as it moved.  It's really unusual for me to have such a clear picture of where I'm going.  I'll leave you to decide whether I got there.

I experimented with a couple of different hanging methods - if I'd gone with string as the mechanism, then it would really have been hard to capture as they would all have been twirling crazily.  The wire I eventually chose means things are a little stiller, so you can get a half decent shot!

I thought I'd use the circles and stars to give the mobile a wintry look to go with the whites - snowballs/stars/snowflakes as the idea.

Seth's wood chips come in a sheet as above, ready to pop out the shapes, and he also cleverly planned them to have some matching stamps ESA03 and ESA04, which as you can see, fit the shapes. The frames are a nice bonus and offer all kinds of options as far as layering and framing go too. 

I used the Fresco Chalk Paint in Chalk on the Wood Chips - it's a lovely warm white.  I did a couple of coats, sanding in between so that I'd have a nice smooth surface.

Seth's sets ESA03 and ESA04 not only work with the Wood Chip shapes (or vice versa, probably!) but also with his StencilGirl 'insiders' and 'outsiders' stencils, and he has a wide range of Spellbinders dies that mimic the star and circle theme too.


For the embossing, I used Wow Bright White powder over Versamark ink.  On one side I've used the fabulous texty stamps from ESA04...

... and on the reverse sides I've used the graphic designs from ESA03 (except on the outline Wood Chips - they've got text on both sides).

The frame is made from the internal ring of an embroidery hoop and some coffee stirrers, all painted in Chalk, and glued together.

And for my hanging mechanism I went for the recycling option... wiggly wire from a used paper pad - and of course it's another shade of white. 

I love the sculptural effect of the slightly straightened spirals in the air, and of course it's incredibly easy to attach the elements - just bend and twist and you're done.

It wasn't the sunniest of mornings for the photographs, but I'm really pleased with how the embossing shows up, and it's even better when the light is brighter.

So for once I knew where I was going and there were relatively few obstructions along the way (just as well, as I was working on a very tight time restriction!).  I did try out the effect of inking the edges with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink on one of the stars, just to see if I wanted to go that way, but I washed it away again.  (You can see the temporarily-inked star in the photo with the still-curly book wire - see what you think.)  I like the clean, fresh look of the pure white on white.  I hope my shades of white give you some ideas to play with over the next couple of weeks. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Alison x
Blog: Words and Pictures
Pinterest: butterfly crafter

Isn't the embossing on the chalk paint perfect! And I could not work out what your squiggly wire was until you said! A great idea Alison and as Frescos are equally happy outdoors as indoors, you could leave that outside too! ~ Leandra

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

2017 Topic 17: Shades of White {Intro and Challenge}

 2017 Topic 17: Shades of White

Hitomi Hosono

Well hello everyone, Darcy here with a new topic. How time is flying, we are up to Topic 17 already. I am sure you are all fully immersed in the deep, rich tones of Autumn, but winter is not far away and soon we will be turning to all things white, so to prepare you for those winter whites our new topic is called 'Shades of White'

Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 16: Rust Challenge...

The winner is: Pavla from PavlArt

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I think this might, at first, appear to be one of our most challenging topics, not in a difficult way, but more that it will really make you think about your project. What can you create with shades of white, what message can you convey, and how will you go about it. Also, how, or will you be able to, resist adding other colours?

White is associated with quiet, calm, light, innocence, peace and purity, it almost always looks clean (scary I know) and is generally a positive colour. It can look serene and gentle but can equally be energetic, tactile and full of emotion. 

The PaperCutter
Just how many shades of white are there? Next time you are in a DIY shop, have a look at their paint chips you will be astounded at how many whites there are. 

Winter white, snow white, smoke white, cream, eggshell, old lace, ivory, linen, antique white, off-white, baby powder, chalk, white peony, white whisper, ultra white, meringue, paper lantern, frost, moon, iceland, chantilly, and so on. For the most part, in isolation they will all look just white, it is only when you layer them up that you can see the subtle differences. 

So layering is a great way to treat a shades of white project. Even using the same white paper, once layered, can give you great shadows, which in turn make various areas of white pop more. 

Joey Bates
How about a tiny house in a champagne glass, this would be wonderful for a wedding gift or as a new home gift. 

Helen Musselwhite
Not only are there lots of whites, but there are many surface treatments too, look back over previous topics, we have had pearlescent and metallic, both of those work beautifully with white. At PaperArtsy we have Pearl glaze and Metallic glaze to accentuate your whites, look at another topic, Glitter, clear and white glitters whether fine or chunky, will dramatically change your work. 

So you have pulled out all your whites, you have them layered and you added glitter, how else can we create differences? 

Texture; this is always a wonderful addition. I love collecting wallpaper samples, there are some great embossed wallpapers, don't forget about handmade papers too, there are some yummy ones. You could of course make your own paper! What about texture paste, PaperArtsy Grunge paste is a perfect base to add interest, but can also be added to subsequent layers. 

Vito Capone
Other textures you could introduce would be fabric, perhaps muslin (cheesecloth) for softness, or satin for a smooth sheen, silk for a touch of delicate, or velvet for cosiness and luxury. 


Don't forget you can add all manner of embellishments such as embroidery and buttons. This is a gorgeous way to bring snowflakes indoors. 

Yvonne Pratt
Often vintage ephemera will be all different shades of white as it yellows over the years, look for old book pages, vintage fabrics and lace, old faded photographs. 

Kasia Avery
Here you can see papers and fabrics all layered together, held in place by both delicate and bold stitches. 
DJ Pettitt
Other fragile papers will also add dimension and interest, think about using tracing paper, vellum, tissue paper, music paper or deli paper, layer up all those thin papers to create a great base without bulk. 

Maybe you are staring at a blank white page and thinking it looks intimidating enough without adding even more white, how on earth can i even start this project? Why not try starting with coloured pages, add paint or gesso or layers of paper and create your white masterpiece. How much of your colour can you cover up, that will be a challenge eh?

Druga Szesnascie
Another double spread here where book pages have been whitewashed with either diluted paint or gesso, (dilute just enough so that the pages underneath can still be seen) then the top layer is thicker paint through a stencil, a great way to layer and add a little texture. 

Oliver Jeffers
I always think these seed pods from the Lunaria plant are so ethereal, if you can find these dried out they would add gorgeous dimension to your project. 

As if by magic, here is a mixed media piece combining old dressmakers patterns, white paint and lunaria seeds. 

Anca Gray
The above artist, Anca Gray, has some very interesting things on her blog, lots of use of whites and neutral shades, great inspiration. 

I adore these pieces stitched together, what could you hide inside those panels?

If you look carefully you can see that she has hidden wordfetti under the stitched panels. check out her blog for more inspiration. 

Anca Gray

If you fancy yourself as a fashionista you could put on a 'brave face' and go for this all white outfit! 

Viktor and Rolf
If you are looking to redecorate a space in your home then this might inspire, although the background wall is coloured you can see just how much light has been introduced by the large white mounts within the frames. 

From a full wall to tiny ornaments, how about some pebble painting. 

Shop pod

I shall leave you with something very tasty, how is this for a beautifully tiered cake. 

Hall of Cake
I hope those examples have inspired, I have to say I had a relaxing time searching for photos. I think they show that shades of white can be beautiful and peaceful but also very exciting. Have a wonderful two weeks of creating. 

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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