Wednesday 1 March 2017

2017 #3 Scruffy Grunge Book {by Hazel Agnew}

2017 Topic 3: Scruffy Grunge Book

In this project, Hazel has totally captured the essence of Seth's philosophy to follow your muse and let it flow. Painterly layers and splats abound, and the paint colours really pop. Lots of interactive elements make this piece an absolute joy! Lots of eye candy too!

Hello everyone, it's Hazel Agnew here, with my latest project.

Mission control asked me to produce something under the umbrella of "Paints with Infusions" using the new products from the very talented artist Seth Apter!

No hesitation here, so, going into Grungetastic mode I decided to produce a book. The reason being that I could experiment with lots of ideas to display all the elements.

Here are the Seth new products. For a list of stockists see this post here.

I also used a selection of wonderful just can't ignore them can you!

2017 Infusions Colours (stockists)

The first step was to select some oddments of card to create the "scruffy pages". I used a Seth Spellbinders die to cut holes in them so that you would see through to the next pages.

The inside and outside cover was just splattered with paint onto a black gessoed background.

I treated the whole book as a fun experimental, "lets see what happens", project. To me, art is all about self expression, trying to relax and just go with the flow. Maybe its my excuse for painting over the edges, getting splurges everywhere! We are all different!

What fun I had producing some rusty buttons which started out as bog standard plastic ones. Some of them now look like tortoiseshell!

I don't want to drag you through every last detail of every page. Suffice to say that there are infusions onto crackle, infusions with metallic glaze, scraping, spraying, infusion fest! I will add more details on my blog for those of you wanting the nitty-gritty.

The acetate page is only partly printed onto the back and painted, enabling you to see the next page. I was able to punch holes at the bottom and thread mini stars that I created from Shrink Plastic.

To complete my project, I added some Sari silks and woolly fibres to the rings and then smiled at it. Seth's products make me smile a lot, they are loads of fun!

So, if splattering, spraying, squishing, dripping, spreading, crackling and rusting could be your cup of tea, why not play like me and just see where it takes you. You could make a tag in this style, or decorate a box to hold some of your bits and bobs. With PaperArtsy paints and infusions, combined with Seth's products, the world is your lobster!

Hazel Agnew, signing off and welcoming you to chat on Twitter, @craftroomgran, or visit my blog , Mellifluous Meanderings.

Hazel it looks like you had an absolute ball with this book!! I am itching to touch and feel it - you had better bring it to the next show you come to - show and tell!! It needs to be stroked! ~ Leandra

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Helen said...

Well done Hazel, this is gorgeous!

Ruth said...

Amazing textures, colours and how you created the black background with splats and splashes galore. Wonderful project Hazel! Xx

Dortesjs said...

waue wonderful scruffy crunce ;O)

Mac Mable said...

Now you really looked like you had fun, especially with the splattering. Great texture, lots to look at and a unique and amazing project x

Words and Pictures said...

Grungetastic is exactly the word! What an amazing book full of brilliant painty layers and details. I just love the holes cut through from page to page revealing little sneak peeks of the delights to come. Amazing work, Hazel!
Alison x

Miriam said...

Hazel, this is truly gorgeous! Stunning!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Awesome! Really great! Lx

Claire said...

Wow Hazel it looks fab! Love all the colours and textures, especially those holes showing the other pages - very clever! Xx

Kirsten said...

That looks absolutely wonderful!!

Colleen said...

WOW, this is spectacular. I love all the pages and the acetate one is pure genius.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is gorgeous, hazel, i love the patina with the darker colours and all the textural details!

Lucy x

craftimamma said...

Wow Hazel, this is amazing! It looks so tactile with so much interest and intrigue at the turn of every page. Wonderful depth and texture and love those dangling stars!

Lesley Xx

Artmadnana said...

Ooh Hazel! I do love this. Each page is a gem. I recently bought these stamps so you have given me a lot of ideas and inspiration how to use them.

geezercrafter said...

Fab Hazel. Love the little glimmers you get of the next page. You get to see something different each time you pick up the book. I enjoyed reading through and all of the pictures of your post and love the 'relaxed' approach, works really well.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Oh I love this Hazel, full of grunge and colour and texture. A really fabulous book. Hugs Debsxx

Julie Lee said...

Hazel, this is such a fabulous, spot on project! The effects with paint and Infusions are superb. I love all the layers, and the peeks 'through the keyhole', as it were, are totally inspired! This is a stunning creation!xxx

craftytrog said...

Wow! It looks amazing Hazel! xxx

SewPaperPaint said...

Hazel, I have visited and revisited, and still revisited this post! What kind of amazing artistry has been held up in that amazing mind of yours for this to pour out! UN-believable! I don't have words to express how cool this is and how I love the wonky layering. Well done!

Unknown said...

I absolutely love this book Hazel, fab xxx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Brilliant, love it to bits. Angela x

Jackie PN said...

This is a fantastically cool book!
Grungework at it's finest!!
I just love your layers and the use of those Infusions! Great job on this inspiring book!
hugs,Jackie ")

Art By Wanda said...

Wow!!! A fantastic book!!!!

Etsuko said...

This is absolutely gorgeous book Hazel. It contains almost all techniques and so incredible beautiful. Well down and wonderful. xx

Unknown said...

Amazing work!

Cocofolies said...

How fun and fabulous!!!!
Amazing experimentation and grunge book Hazel!!!
Coco Xx