Saturday 23 January 2016

2016 #2: My Heart {by Lynne Moncrieff}

2016 Topic 2: Hearts 

Hi everyone, Lynne Moncrieff (Adorn) here this evening to share with you a post focusing on the theme of Hearts. When, in 2015 I had a Guest post for PaperArtsy, the assemblage I created featured a beautiful ESN linked hearts stamp which I stamped into paperclay. Stamping into paperclay appeals to me for many reasons, especially as a way for us stampers to extend the versatility of our stamp collection. For this tutorial I wanted to return to the hearts stamp, once again stamping into paperclay but this time with quite a different style and outcome to the finished artwork.

Now, I might not be one to get giddy over embellishments but let's talk about Prima Relics and Artifacts! Those creamy, smooth resin embellishments are wonders, blank canvases ripe and ready for us to throw whichever mediums we wish at them. Marrying them up with the stamped paperclay allowed me to create a whimsical art doll. She is ready to give her heart to you. 

Step One: After rolling the paperclay I stamped the linked hearts from ESN11 into it - no need to ink up the stamp.


Step Two: As I only required the large heart, with a craft knife I cut directly through the linked smaller heart. Paperclay can be cut with a knife/scissors before or after it has dried. 

Step Three: Working with the paperclay and an Art Doll Face mould could not be any easier! If you are new to working with paperclay, a few factors determine the drying time:-the thickness of the paperclay element, humidity and temperature. It's always a good idea to make a batch of elements at one time, saves time in the long run. 

Step Four:- A base layer of colour in the form of Distress Stain Spray Tattered Rose was misted onto a large white/greyboard tag before applying Grungepaste . Once dry, I followed with Translucent Paste applied to a heart stencil. To this, I applied Fresco Finish Blue Oyster, Blush and Prawn mixed with Brown Shed (please don't look too closely at my messy bottles!)

Step Five: After the texture and colour was laid down, I set about stamping with Archival Ink Watering Can. Below are the three stages of stamping. 

Step Six: Dipping into the colours used on the tag along with a dash of Sherbert, I lightly and shabbily painted the paperclay elements along with a wooden frame and hearts and two Relics and Artifacts hands. For the Relics and Artifacts wings, I first misted with Tattered Rose, leaving to air dry before dabbing on Nougat and Blush. Note:- I removed the eye screws from the Relics and Artifacts after painting but that is a personal preference only.

Step Seven: The fun part, assembling the art doll on the tag, with my adhesive of choice, Golden Gel Medium. Little touches such as raspberry velvet ribbon, lace, rhinestones and a MOP heart button and to add just another hint of texture and detail to the tag, I swiped Blue Oyster onto deli paper, stamped the handwritten script from ESN18, tearing into fragments before adhering with Gel Medium to the background.


One final detail photograph to share with you of the heart she clasps in her hands. This wooden heart was painted with Brown Shed mixed with Prawn before stamping My Heart from ESN11 with Staz-on Jet Black. I had to alter the configuration of the sentiment to fit the heart, inking up a word at a time. To give a beautiful shiny layer I applied Liquid Glass.

It is always fun to take a loved stamp and work with it in a different way, play around with it, creating something that is a little bit different to your "go to" style. Maybe for the Hearts theme you will delve into your own heart stamp collection. A small heart repeatedly stamped in a circle could form a flower head or a single heart to create another style of quirky flower, completing the flowers with a simple hand-drawn stalk. By stamping into paperclay it would instantly bring extra depth and interest to your artwork and the benefit of paperclay, with it being so light, once dry, it is suitable for cards or small tags as well as larger pieces of art. 

Re-evaluating this project, I would probably take the step of either stamping a face into paperclay or adding hand-drawn features. It would also be fun to extend the doll to include legs and dressing her with a skirt of lace. I hope you will have fun exploring your heart themed stamps.

Lynne Moncrieff

This is so lovely Lynne, the doll face and the overall colour scheme is so serene. The different levels of dimension all compliment each other from the grunge paste to the paper clay to the hands and heart. Thanks for sharing with us. ~Darcy 

We would love to see how you interpret this Hearts topic by linking what you make to our 2016 Challenge #2: Hearts, on this page HERE.
All of our bloggers love to see your twist on their ideas, particularly if you were inspired directly by their post. 
All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The 'Hearts' link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, February 7th. The winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.

NB this link is open for 3 weeks instead of 2 - all will become clear why on Jan 31st!


Helen said...

I love this Lynne. The heart nestling in the hands is gorgeous

Helen said...

I love this Lynne. The heart nestling in the hands is gorgeous

craftytrog said...

I love your art doll Lynne! Wonderful use of the clay!

Miriam said...

Oh my....totally stunning. ...gorgeous project

Lauren Hatwell said...

This is my kind of project. I love the way you've used all the elements. Fabulous! Lx

Art By Wanda said...

This is fabulous, Lynne!!!

Anneke said...

A masterpiece!

rachel said...

wow Lynne - this is absolutely amazing - love it - the hearts and hands and face = wow - you've blown me away! Hugs lovely lady! Rachel x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is just exquisite, Lynne. I love every detail. I love the soft blue and peach colour scheme, the composition of the doll, the serene face, the hands holding the tiny heart, the texture, the stamped clay! Perfection! One question though. Do you ever have trouble reading the names on your fresco bottles??!!

Lucy x

Julie Lee said...

This is a superb project, Lynne. I love your colour choices and all the delicate little details. Your art doll is just full of character, dainty, delightful and adorable. You have married The Relics and Artifacts just perfectly to the PaperArtsy stamps, Frescos and Paper Clay - sheer perfection! xx

Redanne said...

Wow Lynne, the background is really, really beautiful and I love how the hands are holding the beautiful heart!

Unknown said...

Completely Lovely, indeed, Lynne!! It's always such a joy to see your beautiful art work here at PaperArtsy!! XOXO-Shari

Etsuko said...

Absolutely wonderful project!! Gorgeous your hears and the angel is so darling. xx

Kirsten said...

That is lovely. The little heart held in the hands was a genius idea.

Jackie PN said...

Such a cool art doll! I never would have thought to make one this way! You are so clever! I just love your stamping into the clay and the softness of the palette! Brilliant piece!

craftimamma said...

Lovely unusual colour combination and your artdoll is so sweet with a lovely air of serenity about her. Super texture whilst still keeping the overall effect of softness.

Lesley Xx

Dorthe said...

Dear Lynne, this totally capture my heart, it is a stunning art piece. All the elements used, creating this wonderful story , and your painting it all ,in the blue/rose tones gives the softest romantic feel to it, too. I love how you used the head, and her stamped body heart, -and the frame gives her the most perfect halo together with the 3 hearts on top . Also she is a true angel of love,- resting on top of the lovely stenciled hearts .I admire how you used the wings and hands from Sandras beautiful artifacts and giving her yet a heart in her hands.
GORGEOUS, dear friend, and a wonderful `how to ` for us to see all stages !
Dorthe, xxxx

experiments in paper said...

Sublime make, Lynne, and fantastic step-outs! I wondered how you made that sweet face!! Really love your stamping here, especially that script in blue - just ties everything together. And the little heart - one letter at a time - astonishing! Love your ideas for other ways of working with this type of figurine, and hope we see some of that in the future! xxx Lynn

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow, this is such a fun and creative make Lynne, absolutely love this wonderful heart/art doll!! Her hands, the heart her beautiful "crown", so beautifully put together, - I adore her!! Thanks for the great step by step too!

Annie said...

Totally awesome the way you have used the paper lay and your amazing textured background

Fantastic piece and beautiful stamps

Tfs Annie x

sarascloset said...

Fun, creative and oh, I just love all the details! You've sold me on those PA Fresco paints! It's good the bottles are messy--it means you are focusing more on the art rather than the tidiness. :)

Words and Pictures said...

Wonderful to see how you've combined the resin pieces with your own clay moulds and stampings, Lynne - it all comes together seamlessly with the gorgeous paint effects. Fabulous!
Alison x

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh Lynne, you are an endless source of inspiration! This doll is so very charming and creating Paperclay embellishments has been high on my to do list. So thankful for this little boost towards diving in. Hugs, Autumn

Unknown said...

Wow love the colours and the little heart stencil, beautiful xx

Cocofolies said...

This is fabulous Lynne, you have created an amazing piece of art that I can at last discover fully... I adore it!!! Hugs, Coco xxx