Monday, 20 May 2019

2019 #8 Put a Brush on it: Poplar Tree Canvas with ECF06 {by Jenny Marples}

2019 Topic 8: Put a Brush On It

I've been so excited for this topic to come into being. Several years ago I saw Donna Downey incorporating large brushes into her art, and so I associate this idea with her. But, wow are you in for a treat with how our designers have picked up on the theme to great effect! I hope you can join in over the next 2 weeks! Social links below!~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Jenny Marples with you today, sharing this three dimensional canvas which incorporates brushes to depict a tree filled landscape reminiscent of the rows of tall poplars found lining the roads in Southern France.

The background uses a combination of Grunge Paste, Courtney Franich's gorgeous stamps and Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics to create a textural surface.

After spreading Grunge Paste unevenly across the canvas (a relatively thin layer so you can pick up the stamp detail) I spritzed the background stamp from set ECF06 with water and pressed it into the paste repeatedly across the bottom third. A fine misting of water on the rubber helps the stamp release from the GP.

Once the paste had dried,  (you can use a heat tool to dry it faster, or it will also dry at room temperature quite fast, approx 10 mins) the bottom stamped third of the canvas was covered with Blue Oyster and the remaining top two thirds with Chalk Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics.

The 'horizon line' created between the two areas was further delineated with a line of French RoastThen to 'reveal' the texture I diluted Mud Splat with water and brushed it over the whole canvas, allowing the paint to settle into the indented areas.

The pine leaf stamp from the ECF06 set reminded me of trees and was the perfect choice for combining with little brushes.

After repeat stamping with Mahogany Fresco Chalk I used the same colour to cover the handles on the brushes. Once dry, twine, coloured wire and small pearl beads were wound tightly around them.

Whilst threading pearl beads onto the wires 
some of the surface sheen began to flake off. Thankfully a thin coat of Pearl Glaze proved very effective at protecting them.

Once the embellished brushes were glued in place over the stamped leaves I added a few Emerald Creek Crafts stones to them as a finishing flourish.

The 'sun' and 'stitching' details were drawn onto the canvas with a soft pencil, smudged to soften the impact.

The sentiment came from Alison Bomber's EAB01 set and was stamped with red and brown permanent ink over a base of Chalk paint. Applying Seth Apter's 'Aegean Sea' Baked Velvet Embossing Powder over the top made it compliment the colour of the canvas underneath.

Since this canvas was of a non-standard size a frame was made for it and painted with layers of French Roast, Mahogany, Chalk and Toffee.

The top coat of Metallic Glaze allows a good contrast to the matte finish of the canvas. The metallic in the Mica Glaze is quite chunky, and as you would probably expect from mica applied to a dark surface, it softens the tone of the frame nicely.

I hope you feel inspired to try using your stamps in combination with Grunge Paste on your projects to add patterned texture.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

2019 #8 Topic introduction: Put a Brush on it

 2019 Topic 8: Put a Brush on it

2019 Topic 8

It's Keren, introducing an intriguing topic: Put A Brush On It! 
Initially you might be wondering where this topic will go? Possibly you'll be imagining the stunning altered paintbrushes that are loved by so many but there's much more of a picture to be painted, so let's brush away a few historical cobwebs to begin.

The humble paintbrush in its earliest forms has been around for 1000's of years but it was calligraphers in the Qin Dynasty (approx 300BC) that we have to thank for popularising the tool. Paintbrushes are made from the synthetic or natural brushes and most of us have our favourites that get the best results. But what do you do with those brushes that have come to the end of their useful life? Here's a few ways to add some artistry to them.
Let's start with this beautiful piece, showing how magically the humble brush can be transformed.

One artist using brushes has taken much more of a fine art angle. The leftover paint  and wear adds to the beauty and she whittles the brushes to the shape she needs. She wants us to look closely at the ordinary and discover the profound.

Adding body parts and faces makes these brushes initial identity almost disappear. They are morphing into something more beautiful and adding life to what may have otherwise be discarded. She's used a paper clay head and body joints, then Linda Cain has used some PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella stamps to add intricate detailing.

This is one of my favourite transformations; the softness and natural colours are highlighted by the flowers. Even the cogs and sequins seem to lose a little of their hard edges.

Perhaps you appreciate projects that are going to become part of the art you have in your home? I thought this idea was both functional and stylish. I adore the glint of copper they've added to the base of each brush.

Some artists have taken the space inhabited by the bristles and woven an entire scene in it. These miniature works of arts must be even more incredible in real life.

Introducing different textures gives your artwork depth and interest. I was quite taken by the textured bricks this artist had incorporated into her handle.

Here, they have used the very shape of the brush to echo the human proportions, and I think these are incredible pieces.

We should include more literal representations of this topic. I thought the next one was playful and certainly brightens the neutral exterior.

When we're creating canvases, adding dimensional elements helps give the piece dimension, and adding these brushes gives a clever effect.

This ingenious use of brushes draws the eye downwards to the painted image and helps tie the colours together too.

I'm always looking for new and inexpensive ways to update my home, and I like the quirky factor to these brush handles!

The Ryder Projects is a contemporary art gallery in London and Ferran Gisbert uses a handmade brush at his height for some performance art onto a wall.

If you are fascinated by creating your own art installations, look no further than this piece created using paintbrushes with a step by step tutorial on how to make your very own!

I have to admit loving quirky, and this lovely lion makes me smile. The contrast of the different paints on the ends of the paintbrush and his winsome grin makes for a very satisfying print.


We all have bad hair days from time to time, although I'm guessing that this altered brush rarely has the same problem!

This paintbrush has a gorgeous graduation of colour and notice the fibre strands echoing the lines of the brush hairs.

This super-stylish brush art doll has moving joints and the design uses all available space to the max. She looks like she's about to take off!

I'm finishing our examples for now with probably my favourite piece; so much life, character and little details in one transformed brush! Apparently this company will do commissions; if this little guy/gal wasn't sold already, I'd be sorely tempted!

These brush examples make me want to go and find all my obsolete brushes and breathe some new life into them. There are so many ways you can incorporate brushes or even just the handles into your projects. I'd love to see someone using the brush hairs encapsulated into pools of Fresco Finish Acrylic or finding new ways to use smaller brushes. I looked in vain for a lovely brush based frame or a mini teepee created with longer brushes. Whatever your style, do check out this Pinterest page for more ideas!

You're going to love the projects we have coming up. We are not doing the linked challenge  for 2019, so if you want to create along with us and this topic, please share on our social feeds so we can see what you get up to. The best places are Instagram @paperartsy or post in PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook too. 

Saturday, 18 May 2019

2019 #7: Turquoise with Squiggly Ink [By Miriam Grazier}

2019 Topic 7: Turquoise

Miriam's gorgeous colour combo along with the fab faux hinges makes a wonderful wrapped journal with the gorgeously quirky Squiggly Ink stamps.

Hi everyone, it's Miriam with you today, and I'd like to share with you a wrapped journal that I made using the amazing Squiggly Ink Bricks and Mortar stamps.  I have had these in my stash since they were released.  I love this collection.  They work amazingly well with bright colours as I have done so here, but they also look fabulous on more muted and vintage projects.

I wanted to create a small journal to not only show case the versatility of the stamps but to also create a keepsake where I can jot down a few memories.

I had great fun creating the journal and then the pages. I kept the backgrounds fairly simple as I wanted to showcase the Squiggly Ink stamps. Bricks and Mortar Sets 1, 2, & 3.

I used colours that would complement turquoise, opting for Slimed and Cherry Red as contrasting colours. I loved how these all looked together.


I used the same colours for the stamps, creating patches of painted surface and then simply stamped the images and cut them out.

The hinges were stamped twice as I wanted it to look as though they were attached to the front of the journal. My closure was made using a small magnet to keep the clasp together.

I also found that due to the heavy weight of the card stock that I used for the pages inside, the journal slanted to one side. To combat this, I added a belly band which I have also used as somewhere to keep trinkets and tags for memories.

I added splashes of gold, white gel pen and paint pens to highlight areas of my journal and pages.

I drew scribbly lines around the pages, this gives me the opportunity to add notes and memories, or in my case, happy thoughts.

I loved the splashes of red created by the wrinkle free water colouring.  In this case I thought it looked like red skies.

Turquoise is such a fresh and modern colour to use.  It really looked great on my journal.

I also made sure that I added decoration to the spines of the journal.

I also added a small amount of sparkle using a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  I love the tiny add of sparkle here and here.

I had so much fun creating this. It amazed me at how I could use one collection of stamps and decorate a journal and pages in it's entirety.  I really hope that I have encouraged you to try this for yourself.  It makes such a lovely keepsake and was so fun to make.  I would actually love to make another but in more muted tones - I think that will work very well.  I think my next one will be to jot down my house improvement ideas.   

Thank you so much for joining me this evening.  Pop over to my blog to see further photos of the pages.  Happy Crafting!

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