Saturday, 19 August 2017

2017 #11 Books: Invisible Birds with JoFY stamps {by Christine Dark}

2017 Topic 11: Books - mini, maxi, binding



We do love a splash of colours, and tonight Chris Dark has a twist on using JoFY stamps which is an absolutely delightful project! We can always use more JoFY birds, even if they are hiding among the flowers! Read on to find out more...


Hi everyone, it's Chris Dark here with you today, and I'd like to share with you a little concertina style fold out booklet that's a style I've always found quick and enjoyable to make as it folds out flat so you can design a scene or simply create a border and add text lines for writing as I've done with mine.


As soon as I saw this stamp set by Jo (Jofy54) I could see the main flower as a bird, the stem indicated a long beak and a leaf could be the wing with those centre stamens suggesting tail feathers! I don't always see stamps in this way and have long admired Lauren Hatwell's quirky take on many stamp sets so I was delighted when the set came to life for me like this.


I wonder if I would have noticed the bird shape if I hadn't picked up the set hotizontally, may be it was the way the little circles close to the top of the stem made me think of an eye! (PaperArtsy Stockist list here)



A baby wipe mottled background is one of my favourite techniques for covering large areas quickly and Fresco Finish chalk paints make it enjoyable because of the layering opportunites of the mix of opaque, transluscent and semi-transluscent colours in the range.




What I love about this stamp set is that there are element stamps that can be used in a variety of ways, I've used the circular floral stamps to create my border.


I added some coloured pencil here and there to the images for a bit of definition, I like to mix mediums together.


I was pleased with the colourway in my second bird, I found an area of colour on my baby wipe background that I particularly liked and stamped there. I've also added lots of doodles and some shadowing around the bird to finish.

This little book gave me so much pleasure to make and I think particularly so because I'd seen something different to portray in my interpretation of the stamps which is always very satisfying. I hope you'll join us in the challenge and show us your own favourite book style, as you can see from my project it doesn't have to be complex, just a matter of scoring a few folds and tying with ribbon!

Thanks for joining me this evening and have a happy and creative weekend!

Chris x

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Your Lauren-esque take on these JoFY stamps caused a lot of laughter here at HQ! I can't say too much in public (LOL), but they were querying both your medication, and other extra-curricular activities Chris! Haha. Don't worry, I've got your back Chris, your reputation is intact! I love this little book too, the colours are so pretty, and I bet we see a few of these JoFY Birds turning up on canvases and journals! This is a fabulous idea! 


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Friday, 18 August 2017

2017 #11 Books: Book in a Box with ETS {by Chris Cresswell}


2017 Topic 11:  Book in a Box by Chris Cresswell



Chris is here today to shows us a 'book in a box' idea. These are a lot of fun, but boy can they take longer than you expect, you finish one side, then there is the whole other side to go...and Chris toiled for 4 days to produce this wondrous scrapbooking-mixed-media hybrid book, and wait till you see how she's used Infusions with the Oxide inks!!
 
Hi everyone, it's Chris Cresswell from loopsandlines.blogspot.co.uk with you today, and I'd like to share with you my 'Book in a Box'. I have loved making this project for several reasons: it incorporates my 'go-to' favourite colour combo; I was given 'free-reign' as to what I could make; I could use some of Tracy Scott's fabulous stamp sets - brilliant for art journaling - and it was an opportunity to create a mini photo album of my favourite little people - my five gorgeous granddaughters!

I recently bought a medley of mini books from the lovely Carol Fox in Tracy Evans' Declutter group which included the 'Book in the Box' I have used here. I'm unsure of the make as it wasn't in its original packaging, but I'm guessing Creative Imaginations.




Tracy's stamps are perfect for art journaling which is my first love, so I treated each surface as a large art journal page. However, I also intended to use a variety of mixed media to complete the whole project which took me four days. No one day workshop here! So how did I get from this blank canvas to ... this?




When I'm art journaling, I use a lot of paint - and a lot of colours. These are the ones I started with but I probably added a few more along the way. My huge box of Frescos is right beside me and too easy to keep dipping into for 'just the right colour'.




I'm not going to explain the build up of the way I decorated the box (and the back of the concertina book inside) as I have done that on my blog, but I will show a few photos of the key steps I generally use: collage, paint, stencil, stamp. I love using this structure as it builds a page relatively quickly and puts me right bang into the middle of my comfort zone!


I've used a little Fresco Chalk Elephant across the spread, a tip I learned from Kate Crane @ TheKathrynWheel, which helps to 'neutralise' the use of so many bright colours. I've also used a bubble stencil to add some 3D gel medium through.




You can see here that I've completed the box cover in the same way as the concertina book. When adding a stencil layer, I start with the lighter colours, already used in the spread, before adding darker colours from the same colour pallette - Fresco Chalk Bougainvillea will always make an appearance somewhere in an art journal spread. I love that colour. I've also added touches of Fresco Chalk China to contrast against the yellows, oranges and pinks, just to add some interest. I've used a mixture of Crafter's Workshop stencils and PaperArtsy: PS031, PS021 and PS011.






And now the stamping. These delicious stamps are taken from Tracy Scott's first set: ETS01.


I used Ranger's/Tim Holtz Distress pens to colour the stamps in after I had added more stenciling in black and a few extra marks here and there. I used Gelatos to add colour within the circles, created with bottle/jar caps, which added a lovely transparent layer to the colouring. A little doodling with a white gel pen completed the spread. Now for the inside pages. 




I used PaperArtsy Smoothy 240gms card to prepare some backgrounds for the photos, using Ranger Distress Oxides. I'm no expert with these oxides (I'm no Lesley Ebdon who is a whizz with these) but I am pleased with the ones I eventually selected to use. I tried to remember Lesley's tip of not swooshing the card through the saturated colour on the craft sheet, but just to dab. Easier said than done when you are heavy handed like me! They were vastly improved with the addition of some PaperArtsy Infusions I tried to match similar colours. I used: Golden Sands, A Bit Jaded, Olive Tree, Sleight Blue, Magenta and Frankly Scarlet. They add a gorgeous layer on top of those Oxides.
  

Before adhering the Oxides/Infusions backgrounds onto the book pages, I painted them with Fresco Chalk Bubble Gum and stenciled over it (using PS031) with Fresco Chalk Tango. After mounting the photos onto black card, I was then able to use Tracy Scott's gorgeous heart sets: ETS04/ETS05...



...to stamp and cut out the images to embellish the photos. Again, they were coloured in using a Distress pen. I will add some journaling to each page later.




I made good use of Tracy's stamps, as you can see from the final result. The box was completed in the same way as the reverse of the book, and only needed the addition of a title. Here I've used a Dylusions text stamp set from Stampers Anonymous to create the words. I have added more photos and more detailed explanations of how I created the journaled background, if you are interested, on my blog



It is such fun to create mini books and you have seen a wide variety over the past fortnight. I do hope it has inspired you to use some of these ideas to create your own. Mine has extra significance of course as it captures a few, small moments in the lives of my precious grandfairies. I like this art journal spread so much I might do something similar on a long, horizontal canvas, also using some Zinski monsters, for the littlest grandfairy's bedroom wall! Until next time...
Chris Cresswell.

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Woohoooo what a brilliant burst of colour, and yes that box is from Creative Imaginations, sadly no longer available, but we used to sell them waaaaaay back! I'm pretty sure it would be easy enough to construct your own with greyboard, then cover it with copy paper and you'd be good to go! Love the amazing end result! What a fun 4 days you had!!! ~Leandra


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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

2017 #11 Books: Whimsical Mini Book {by Claire Snowdon}

2017 Topic 11: Books - mini, maxi, binding


Time to find your zutter binding thingybob...they make a super quick binding that allows you to flip about your pages at whim! Grteat for shopping lists or something a bit more special like Claire has created for this post!

Hi everyone, it's Claire Snowdon here with you today, and I'd like to share with you my spiral bound mini book.



I created a mini stack of backgrounds using the scrubby paint technique that Leandra often uses - I used Snowflake, Blue Oyster, Wisteria and Blush Fresco Finish Paints.  Blending them together whilst still wet to create a dreamy kind of look.


I choose all my favorite quotes from Alison Bomber's two new stamp sets (stockists here) - this was soooo hard as they are all fabulous!  I used the quotes with Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint to create interest in the pages - this also means that when I want to create a mini page in my book I don't have to start from scratch and there is no fear of the blank page!



I varied the stamping using less paint in some areas to vary the look of the background pages.



The covers are two pieces of greyboard cut to size, which were painted in the same way.  I used Lin Brown's stamps (ELB29 and ELB30), again stamped using the same colour paints, to decorate the front and back covers.  I added my most favorite quote from Alison's stamps then gave the front and back a coat of Satin Glaze to help protect it.



I added some White Fire Treasure Gold around the edges before binding the book using my cinch machine.  I felt that the bare spiral was a bit boring so I took some white ribbon and coloured it using the same paints to create a coordinating decorative finish.



The ribbon was cut up and tied to each of the spirals - I love the extra romance it adds to my whimsical book!


So there is my mini book all ready for journalling.....I love the fact the colours are muted but that the pages are not blank so not daunting to start creating on.  Alison's new stamps are wonderful and can be used for both background texture and interest as I have here, but also for the main focal quote on any project.

Thanks for joining me tonight,
Claire

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I love how your soft colour palette created such a gentle tone to the whole project Claire! And stamping those quotes in white looks fantastic too! Great tips! ~Leandra


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Monday, 14 August 2017

2017 #11 Fabric Book with LPC {by Kate Yetter}

2017 Topic 11: Books - mini, maxi, binding


We have another clever crafty cookie up for the Topic 'Books' today. In this post, Kate has delved into the world of fabric pages, which when combined with Lynne Perrella Stamps, is an absolute dreamy piece of eye-candy!!
We are so fortunate to have such an amazing pool of talent to share with you on this blog. Grab a comfy spot to stretch out and enjoy this one!

Hello Everyone, Kate here today. I am so excited to show you what I have made for our theme: Books! This is one of my all-time favorite themes because reading is something I am always doing in my spare time. And if you love something, the natural thing to do as an artist is to carry that over into your artwork.

For this project I made something that I have always wanted to make but never have. A fabric book. When I originally planned this, I thought, “How hard can this be?” Of course that is a bad way to start any project because you are just setting yourself up for problems. 

Everything was going great until I got to the inside page setup. I messed this up and had to re-do it. I learned that in the future when making books, I need to think and plan page layouts through more thoroughly.


The thing I love most about this project is the raw edges of the fabric and the various stitching. I used several different stitches and incorporated a few different thread colors.


For the cover, I used Fresco Finish paints over a layer of gesso and painted directly onto my fabric surface. 


I stamped my main images (from the Lynne Perrella Collection) LPC022, LPC025...


 ... over the dry paint and embellished with stamped images colored and cut from cardstock.


The inside pages were made in their entirety before I sewed them onto the fabric.



I used Lynne Perrella stamps for the background and to embellish the pages.



I love a book cover that draws me in but I love it even more when the inside captivates my attention. I hope you are encouraged to go make your own book and to fill it with pretty stamped images. I enjoyed this project so much that I am going to continue making more pages for the inside. I will be sharing one of those pages over on my blog today, so come have a look.
 

Thank you for stopping by the PaperArtsy Blog.
 

Kate Yetter
Blog: http://scrapyardthe.wordpress.com

Wow, this is a stunner to be sure! I love how those folded card layers add a wonderful dimension to each of the beautifully decorated pages! This is a coffe table book if ever I saw one, I think you have found a new string to your bow Kate!



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Sunday, 13 August 2017

2017 #11 Books: The evolving Book {by Bryan Evans}

2017 Topic 11: Books - Book As You Go


I am so pulled into Bryan's intuitive style of creating. He just seems to go with the flow so smoothly, and his work always has a fabulous, almost raw feel from the found elements and his photography too, but there is a sense of a true depth to the reasons behind the layers and process. I find this approach super-inspiring.


Hi everyone, it's Bryan here from GeezerCrafter with you today, and I'd like to share with you my Book As You Go project.

I wanted to create a sort of 'loose' style of book that I could constantly add to over time. The front and back cover consists of collage elements using the fab range of Mini stamps and some of the Fresco Chalk Paint range. The board from the Please Do Not Bend envelopes makes great stability for the covers.


This worked really well for me, just a brayered layer of Inky Pool Fresco Chalk Paint, and some smearage direct from Distress Oxide Faded Jeans.


Really pleased that I did not brayer to the edges, sits nicely with the colour of the collaged elements.




Banana Fresco Chalk Paint, nice combination with Little Black Dress, I made a collograph printing plate by using stamped and cut out beach huts using Jofy JM24. I little left over paint was used with some wood pens to make some marks.



Just love the fishy stamp!!
These Mini stamps are a joy to work with, I enjoyed making backgrounds and focal points. A bit of my photography of a telegraph pole outside our house, makes an interesting combination.


This page initially did not work for me, So I used this to 'clean' off the brayer from other pages. When I came back to it a few days later, I really liked it, made me feel relaxed and 'grounded'. I will make some more like this and place at intervals in the book!


As my book has no 'set' pages I can incorporate different substrates, here I found some plastic packaging. Really pleased how it took a mixture of Inky Pool and Banana Fresco Chalk Paints.


I have really enjoyed making this book, I look forward to seeing your take on this challenge. There are lots of style of book that you can make. I am going to try making accordion and concertina books. Try to incorporate different types of art with your stamps, paints and Inks. Check out all of those fab Mini range of stamps, don't forget there are also Signature designers ranges too.

Blog: www.geezercrafter.com
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I love that this book can evolve; pages can be added, removed, re-organised in any order - what a fantastic way to make a book suit you perfectly! Wonderful!


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