Monday, 11 December 2017

2017 #19 Fave Things: Useful Backgrounds with EAB {by Chris Dark}

2017 Topic 19: My Favourite things

This topic is purely for you to kick back, relax and get a breathing space in among the lead up to Christmas. So no challenge for the next 2 weeks, just eye candy and our bloggers sharing what they like to do most. The entries are wide and varied, as you might expect, so prepare to be inspired!

Hi everyone, it's Chris here with you today, and I'd like to share three makes that include some of my favourite things. I was drawn to this topic because it's always a pleasure to make things with favourite things, be that products or techniques. When you use favourites you tend to become proficient with them and so the process is very enjoyable which is a great mood booster.

I always enjoy creating a mixed media background, a favourite technique which also incorporates some of my favourite products and I've used the gorgeous Alison Bomber EAB05 Christmas Sentiment set to make Christmas cards with a vintage feel to them and also a more contemporary bright styled card.

Kay Carley's lovely stamps and stencils worked beautifully for the background stamping and texture.

Grunge paste, well it just works so well and I've used it for the texture underneath the paint.

Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints are the perfect basis for a background and of course with the addition of glaze they don't have to have a chalk finish, I've used them as they are but also with matte glaze for the technique on this 'bleak mid winter' card. I've mixed my light coloured opaque paint with an equal quantity of glaze and allowed it to dry off a bit before removing some with a baby wipe to give me my snowy backgrounds, I did this on both of the vintage cards. I've found that this technique also works beautifully with the translucent paints in the range which are already glazes when I wanted a dark glaze over a light background for a more grungy finish.

My second card shows a little more of how the glazing looks when finished, this time I rubbed back a bit more of the glaze and love how it looks more patchy where it had dried completely in places. The sentiment looks great in brown and the beauty of stamping over paint is that you can wipe it off if you don't stamp straight first time which I had to do.

Something to give richness to vintage style projects is Treasure Gold gilding wax, it gives the perfect finish, catches texture better than any other I've tried and remains my favourite product for highlights together with a bit of Stickles glitter glue of course, Star Dust is my favourite in that line!

A firm favourite product this year is the range of Distress Oxide inks, I find I'm using them a lot for another favourite technique of creating distress backgrounds, they've also been good for crisp stamping and worked perfectly for the sentiments over the paint. I've created a more contemporary looking Christmas card using brighter colours and Alison's Stamps as a background rather than a focal point which is another favourite thing of mine, I like to get lots of value from sentiment stamps.

In conclusion I've scored on making some Christmas cards that I'm very happy with for some special people and I've worked with some of my most favourite products and techniques. Oddly for me there is no pen work, everything I used combined to give me a level of detail I was happy with but there is paint and ink splatter :-) .....yet another of my favourite things! I hope you'll give some of these products or techniques a go if you haven't already and that they'll become some of your favourites too!

Thanks for joining me, I wish you a very creative week and a very happy festive season.

Chris x

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I love your cards too Chris! Those distress inks are certainly a game changer when it comes to crafty backgrounds - yours is a stunner! merry Christmas, see you in the New year!

As this is the final topic of the year, there is not a challenge as we know you are all super busy, so sit back, enjoy and be inspired.

Season's Greetings and best wishes to you all from all of us here at PaperArtsy 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

2017 #19 My Favourite Things

Topic 19: My Favourite Things...

Well hello everyone, Darcy here, it looks like you had a great time with the last challenge. you all got very creative with ripping and burning. Tonight we are changing things up a little so there will be no new challenge, more of that in a minute. 

Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 18: Torn,Ripped and Burnt Challenge...

The winner is: Asia from Lemon Creation with her fantastic journal spread inspired by Lynne Moncrieff. 

Email Darcy to claim your prize.

So, with no new challenge what is happening next? well we would love you to continue to join us on our regular blog nights as we will have lots of inspiration for you. Our guests will all be exploring their own favourite things, whether that be colour, products or techniques. These posts will be packed with creativity and inspiring photos, and we hope that they will encourage you to make something just for you, with your favourites. 

As we all start to slow down a little in time for Christmas it is the ideal time to create without the pressure of a challenge deadline, you can take your time and just enjoy the process. So keep tuning in as we have lots of great posts by our fantastic guest bloggers coming up. 


Saturday, 9 December 2017

2017 #18 Torn, Ripped, Burnt: Art Journal Page with EEV {by Wanda Hentges}

2017 Topic 18: Torn, Ripped, Burnt

This is a masterclass in stratgic tearing of paper!! Lots of products, lots of tearing, and awesome tips too!

Hi everyone, it's Wanda Hentges (ArtByWanda) with you today, and I'd like to share with you a fun art journal page.

When I saw this topic the first thought, besides tearing paper which I love to do, that popped into my brain was an old technique done by Suze Weinberg using fusible webbing and embossing powder.  It's not really burning but it does involve melting (which is like one step away from burning, lol) and since I hadn't thought about this technique in years I decided it must be revisited.

I've used stamps from Ellen Vargo's sets EEV05, EEV06, and EEV10.  The quote is from the Sara Naumann set, ESN14.  The leaves use Kay Carley's stencil, PS061.

I love Ellen's flowers set and knew I wanted to use a flower along with a window torn into the journal page, but first, the background.

I stamped across the page first and then added layers of brayering with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints adding one color at a time (Haystack, Sage, Limelight, Nougat, Hyde Park, and finishing with Zesty Zing).  I love the depth this gives with the stamping peeking through all those colors.  

I cut a piece of fusible webbing (specifically I used Wonder Under but I don't think the brand would matter) a little bigger than my page.  Take the fusible webbing from the liner, if it has one, lay it on the page, add heat with a heat tool.  At this point you just want it to heat enough to start sticking to the page. You don't want to actually melt it.

Once it's sticking to the page you add embossing powder in whatever color or colors you want (I used Ranger's Liquid Platinum here), dump off the extra tapping the page to remove whatever isn't sticking.  Now you heat to melt the embossing powder and as it heats up, the fusible webbing will also melt more creating a random assortment of holes.  Is that not way cool!!!!

An oval cutting die and marker worked perfectly to give me a pattern to follow for my window.

I cut some slits in the center and then tore the page in lines out to the oval line, tearing off the center part of each section.

I chose Toffee to paint on the back in the hopes that it might look a bit heated or singed when the paper was rolled.  I did think about actually burning the edges of the oval and if the page wasn't attached in the book I might of done it but chickened out in fear that I'd catch the whole book on fire.  LOL  

My fancy rolling tool, a toothpick.  I keep a box of toothpicks in my creating area and use them for lots of things, rolling paper, poking out bits from cutting dies, moving itty bits around on a project, etc.

A stamp platform was perfect for the flower.  I could stamp it, be very messy about painting it (Zesty Zing, Toffee, Banana, Candy Floss, Bougainvillea)... (took the picture before painting the stem and used Hyde Park for that).....

put the paper back into the platform....

stamp it again, take it out, dry it.... 

and cut it out for a gorgeous flower!!!

But that flower needed a better background!!!  (Zesty ZingEEV06,  Archival Inks - Dandelion, Sunflower)

Much better but more wow was needed....

So I also sprayed it with Mica Spray.

I used sprays and a scrap of copy paper to make a matching piece to stamp the quote on.

More tearing, then inking to match the oval, layering, tearing, inking.   

To add more to the background I stenciled using grungepaste mixed with paint.  I did add too much paint.  I used one color, then decided to add some of another color and it got too thin so the paste did spread some.  Once dry I still wasn't happy with the color, it should have been darker but I just put the stencil back on and added ink.  It worked well!!!

 A row of stamping along the bottom using just one row of circles from the image in set EEV06.  Finally I adhered the two pages I'd worked on together to make one page. 

I really love how this turned out!!!!  If I was to do it again, I might add some stamping or stenciling on top of the brayered paint before putting the webbing and powder on but at the same time I kind of like the peacefulness of it the way it is.  It makes me think of walking through a forest or heavily wooded area with all it's green, the sunlight peeking through and bright spots of color where a flower shows up.

I do hope you've enjoyed today's project!!!  There is still time to get an entry into this topic.  I'd love to see what you are creating and maybe you'll even win the random draw.  Who doesn't love shopping!!!

Hugs, Wanda

I love how you just keep working at it until you get everything just right! The toothpick seems to be one handy tool!! And the torn frame worked a treat!! Thanks Wanda

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Friday, 8 December 2017

2017 #18 Torn, Ripped, Burnt: Invisible Ink Insects with ESN {by Alison Bomber}

2017 Topic 18: Torn, Ripped, Burnt

If being a bit of a secret squirrel is you thing, then you need to read this - lemon juice, smoke and mirrors.....

Hi everyone, Alison here from Words and Pictures.  Like some seventeenth century conspirator, I've been playing with invisible ink.  From the moment of hearing about the Torn, Ripped Burnt theme, I thought of flickering candle flames and old parchment and lemon juice... so - with a couple of detours along the way - that's what I experimented with for my two not-quite-ATCs.

I don't know any longer where my knowledge of lemon juice invisible writing comes from.  I've certainly known about it for a loooong time.  Maybe some Enid Blyton mystery?  Or an article from Look and Learn, the children's magazine?  Or perhaps from Blue Peter?   In any case, it was lemon juice I was most curious to try out with some stamps.  My Invisible Insects are from Eclectica³ {Sara Naumann} 21.

I did try out a couple of other stamping methods first to see what sort of "burnt" look I could get with Distress Oxides.  I thought they might give a nice sooty outline... here's Black Soot Oxide, spritzed with water to let the dye ink spread while the pigment stays put, then overstamped with Jet Black Archival for extra clarity.

Then I applied Vintage Photo Oxide with touches of Spiced Marmalade and Walnut Stain, spritzed with water, then overstamped with Jet Black again.  (I was using the stamp platform so that I could overstamp nice and easily.)  I quite like the look of this one, but it's rusty rather than burned, I'd say... and that's a few weeks too late for the Rust theme!

So I went for the thing I'd really been wanting to do all along - I stamped with lemon juice, let it dry, and then went for it with a candle flame.  Very exciting!  

I applied the lemon juice direct to the stamp, removing any bits of pulp which tried to join in.  I don't have any data on the long-term effect of citric acid on rubber - so be sure to clean your stamps well after stamping.

You can just about see the juice while it's still wet... 

... but it's completely invisible once dry.  I promise these aren't just blank bits of paper!

I also tried out a couple of different paper surfaces - obviously that gives you very different effects... Here's a couple on Smoothy paper.  The coating gives it a really cool smoky look.

But I ended up working with the versions I'd stamped onto watercolour paper.

I had great fun setting light to my torn edges.  The first time it happened accidentally, but then I decided I wanted more (that tiny touch of pyromaniac which maybe lives inside all of us!).

Some torn scraps of tissue tape add extra script detail, and I scruffed up the edges with my fingernail to get even more ripped texture from it before lightly inking with Vintage Photo.

And I added some speckled stamping using the texture stamp from the same ESN21 set, as well as a touch of Vintage Photo Distress Ink splatter.

Some simple twine, a couple of pen nibs and metal button brads finish the pair off.

I had great fun creating these ancient parchment scrap ATCs - the lemon juice stamping pleases me with its randomness and weathered look.  I found it simpler to work with a candle flame than to keep lighting endless matches, though the charring is slightly different with each.  And when you apply the flame to the apparently blank paper, it's definitely like a sort of magic watching the image appear.  Well worth a couple of over-heated fingertips!

I hope that will inspire you to release your inner pyromaniac - there's still just time to join in!

Alison x
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Well I can honestly say I have never seen this before, and it reminds me of those teen mystery novels I used to read. The ones where kids solved mysterious goings-on in quiet English Villages over the summer months! But the smoke too! Wow!!!

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