Wednesday 8 April 2015

Spring 2015 #3UP { Purples, Yellows and a splash of Blue}

3UP is a feature we run at the conclusion of each semester. We highlight the creativity of our blog and PaperArtsy fans who follow via various social media.The #3UPpers volunteer blind, are given a brief. This time they were asked to work with a specific colour palette and at the same time, incorporate one of the themes explored on the blog of the last 6 topics.

A reminder of those topics:
1. Fragile Papers
2. Shiny Stuff
3. Paint
4. Miniature Art
5. Deconstruction
6. Grunge Paste

Each night this week, Leandra has asked one of our regular bloggers to curate the evening. As you are probably aware, #3UP falls in the middle of 2 shows and PaperArtsy has a team at both: Ally Pally on April  11-12, and Version Scrap in Paris from April 9-12, so the administrative assistance is very much appreciated!

Hi everyone Lucy Edmondson here, curating day 4 of a fabulous week of #3UP posts. It was my task to choose tonight's colour palette: Purples, Yellows and a splash of Blue
I chose these colours as they make me think of the daffodils and bluebells of Springtime and yellow Easter chicks! And a perfect excuse to use some of the mauves and blues recently added to the Fresco range, with a touch of Banana perhaps!

Leandra gave me a randomly selected team from all the applicants, and they are each focusing on some of the themes we have explored on the blog this semester. Let's see what the 3 people up tonight suggest you could do. Enjoy!

First up it's Jane Castle from Castle-Kelly Crafts who shares a Facebook page with her talented daughter,( FB page - HERE. )

Hi, my name is Jane Castle, I'm only just on the right side of 60 and started to crochet and knit from the age of 5 years and have been making and creating ever since. I started my blog just over a year ago. My entry for 3Up explores the theme 'Shiny' as I was tied up with other things when this theme was running, and of course, 'Paint'! I have been wanting to make either a journal or a book cover for some time and felt this was the opportune moment. So I watched various videos and decided on starting from scratch and learning everything from sewing the signatures, binding, and producing the cover.
My craft and arts ideas journal:-

The book cloth was coloured with Treasure Gold, and I love how this was transformed.

The colours change depending on the angle of the light, and the mica powder gently shimmers.

Setting the book block (64 sides of A5), bookmark ribbon and end papers into the cover was nerve wracking but I have to say I'm thrilled with the end product - it's not perfect but I'm itching to make another!

Next it's Sandie Cottee,from Itchifingers    

Hi, I'm Sandie, I have a passion for paper and for making books so I was really excited to be chosen for this round of 3 Up. I like to challenge myself so I chose the colour group Purple (as I'm not naturally drawn to this), Yellow, and a touch of Blue. I had been planning to make a matchbook using a bird theme and it seemed a natural choice as this fitted well with topics covered here this past semester: Shiny Things, Paint, Miniature Art, and Deconstruction.

I hope you like my contribution!

I wanted to include eggs in a nest and a book within the matchbox, so this led to making a pair of matching boxes.

I like the idea that eggs hold unknown potential and will hopefully develop into birds that fly.

The quote I chose on the other matchbox reminds me to 'USE WHAT TALENT YOU POSSESS' and the book inside reads: 'THE WOODS WOULD BE SILENT IF NO BIRDS SANG EXCEPT THOSE WHO SING BEST'.
Do visit my blog for more information and photos and a big thank you to Leandra for inviting me to take part and to the team. It has been great fun!
Fine me on Facebook HERE  and on Pinterest HERE

Finally it's Miriam Grazier from Miriam's Creative Dreams

I actually made two projects but with a similar approach. I chose the colour theme Purple, Yellow, and a Touch of Blue as they are not colours I would normally go to and use together and so pushed me outside of my comfort zone! As it was, once I started, I couldn't stop! I decided to incorporate the themes of Fragile Papers and Grunge Paste into my projects.

Project One

Brayered Frescos and lots of stamping on tissue, torn up and glued to painted grey board.

Coloured Grunge Paste added through stencils. Darcy house and flowers stamped on card, painted and attached, and wording stamped on tissue paper and adhered with matt medium.

Project Two 

Painted grey board and stamped stars, then stamped Clare Lloyd image, coloured, and adhered with matt medium, and added stamped wording.

I had great fun making these projects and it will certainly make me think about using these colours again!

Happy crafting!

Oh what a gorgeous selection from three talented Easter chicks! It's great to see such a range of themes explored. I love how Jane has ventured into book binding from first principles with a wonderful sheen from Treasure Gold. Sandie has given us an Easter themed make in Miniature with those enchanting quotes. And Miriam has used tissue paper to achieve depth in her project and clarity of stamping, and I love her bold use of the colour palette. Thank you so much to the three of you for your glorious Easter eye candy!

Remember the challenge for the  current Blog Topic of Altered Grunge (or any kind of Texture) Paste is still open until April 12th, you are Welcome to link your creativity here until 17:00 that Evening, Winners will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00. 


Jo said...

Oh yummy paint scheme and great projects, love them all!

Darcy Marshall said...

Another fabulous night, such inspired projects. Well done to Jane, Sandie and Miriam for all their hard work and to Lucy for being our curator this evening.

Helen said...

Fabulous projects again tonight, love this set of colours, and everything you've done with them.

Keren Baker said...

Well done girls- I'd have been scared with that colour scheme, but you've each done such lovely things with them!

massofhair said...

Fantastic choice of colours Lucy! Three more wonderful projects full of inspiration, thank you Ladies :-) xxx

Lucy Edmondson said...

I absolutely love what Miriam, Jane, and Sandie have made with my chosen colours! You are such talented ladies! It was a pleasure to curate you!!

Lucy x

Miriam said...

Lovely projects Jane and Sandie - fabulous! I loved taking part and all of our projects are so different.

Thank you to Lucy for co-ordinating!

craftytrog said...

Three great projects, all so different! Well done everyone!

Deborah Wainwright said...

More wonderful projects tonight, well done Jane Sandie and Miriam great makes xxx

Gabrielle said...

Yet again there's truly fabulous inspiration and some talented peeps! Loving 3Up week!

Anonymous said...

Delightful and different projects. Love them. Loving the vast array of talent for this week. So nice to see different techniques being used.
Well done!

Ruth said...

Really like the choice of colours, fabulous projects from everyone! Ruth x

Sandie said...

Thank you Lucy, I had great fun and won't avoid purple so much in future!

Sandie said...

Thank you for the lovely comments everyone, they are much appreciated.
I was looking forward to seeing Jane and Miriam's contribution and love what they made! All three were so different and I felt honoured to take part.

PaperArtsy said...

Wow ladies amazing ideas! I think it's a tricky colour combo too but you nailed it!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Karen Petitt said...

Once again some seriously beautiful art work! I am in heaven seeing what everyone has created and itching to play with my supplies when I am able. Fabulous works of art and so very inspiring too Karen x

CastleKelly Crafts said...

Thank you to Miriam , Sandie and Lucy for their team support and wonderful entries. It's been great fun and a different experience taking on board what someone else is making. Many thanks to all at PaperArtsy for staging this week, for the opportunity for taking part, and for all the beautiful art work each night. X

Julie Lee said...

Really lovely projects again! So inspiring and such beautiful use of colours and techniques! Well done to the 3Uppers and Lucy for curating!

Kirsten said...

I really like this colour combination & you've all used it brilliantly. I'm in awe of Jane's handmade journal, Sandie's matchboxes are so cute & Miriam's greyboard pieces are gorgeous, especially the first one, that's right up my street.