Friday, 24 May 2019

2019 #8 Put a Brush on it: MDF canvas with ESA07 {by Lotte Kristensen}

2019 Topic 8: Put a Brush On It

There is something really wonderful about a large stamp. You can use it in whole or part, and Lotte has created a wonderful composition with stamped layers using different inks in the background to the contrasting coloured ink for the focal point. An effective technique for any surface. ~ Leandra

Hey everyone, Lotte here - proving that I'm not one for subtlety; when Leandra announced the topic was 'Put a Brush On It', I took it *quite* literally!!  The result is this quirky little MDF chunkie, in a understated colour combo of blues and browns, with black and white highlights.

I started off by painting the front and sides of the 6" square chunkie (from That's Crafty!), carefully avoiding getting paint on the tabs.

Lake Wanaka Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic is an opaque colour, so you don't even need to undercoat - hurrah!  I also painted the handle and filament part of a brush that had been overlooked in a clean up (ahem), and set aside to dry:

Then I lightly sanded (in one direction only, vertically) the panel, before adding a spritz of Tea Dye Distress Ink Spray on both the panel and the brush.  I added some shading with Shadow Gray Ranger Archival Ink Pad around the edges of the panel, swiping directly with the pad, and blending with a stippling brush.

Next I stamped 'Classified' From Eclectica: Seth Apter set 07 (ESA07) in Potting Soil Ranger Archival Ink Pad on both the panel and the handle of the brush:

Then, using Onyx Black Versafine Ink Pad I stamped the main image and the belt onto the panel, and the bit of the main image that says 'lost and found' onto the brush.
When stamping onto the brush, it's easier done upside down, ie pressing the brush against the stamp.  There was a bit of space on top of the brush handle that I filled in with a random part of the main image:

I decided that a bit more texture was needed, so stamped with Potting Soil and some of the smaller images:

I glued the chunkie together, and on the tabs showing to the front used a white Posca pen to colour the tabs, then when dry, added black squares with a black Posca:

Then finally glued on the decorated brush with superglue, also adding some the words 'Lost' and 'Found' in Dymo'ed tape:

And that's it!  Now, usually when I stamp onto canvases, because they always have a 'give' which means the image won't stamp in full, I stamp onto tissue paper which I then adhere with gel medium.  I tried this first, but these images are too detailed and also bleed out on tissue paper (which isn't a problem for simpler designs) so in the end I went with stamping directly onto the panel, BEFORE putting the chunkie together, and got a lovely crisp image which shows all the details to perfection.

Until next time!

Lotte x  

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

2019 #8 Put a Brush on it: Unique Art Hanging Plaque with I&D {by Alison Hall}

2019 Topic 8: Put a Brush On It

Ohhhh, blues AND brushes, don't know about you ... but I just want to reach out and touch this one!! Proof that Fresco Chalk acrylics can go onto any surface with ease! And just love how they extend off the canvas! Fabulous Alison! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Alison Hall (Craftytrog) here today, and I'd like to share with you a painted and stamped piece of hanging art, using PaperArtsy Ink & Dog stamps, and distressed paint brushes for decoration. It's messy art at its best, and was great fun to create!

I used an 8x8 inch piece of PaperArtsy Heavy Grey/White Board as my base and started by giving it a base-coat of white gesso. TIP: If you are putting a lot of paint onto a sucky surface like grey-board, it's a good idea to do this to both sides to prevent potential buckling of the surface.

Then, using Captain Peacock, Bora Bora and Seaglass PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics , I created a background.

As I was painting, I also decorated the paint brushes I wanted to use as the embellishments. In fact, I used those brushes to paint, as the stiff bristles created the lovely brush strokes that I wanted. This process was so much fun, I felt like a happy and carefree child messing up the brushes like this!

I really love white stamping on a blue background, so my next step was to stamp PaperArtsy Ink & the Dog: Words Plate 2 all over my base, with Snowflake Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint.

I also roughly stamped n the paint brushes to add more depth and another layer to them. By the way, it's important to clean the paint off stamps as soon as you finish, as it will stick fast!

For my next step, using Ranger Jet Black Archival ink, I stamped the bingo card corner image from Ink & the Dog: Man of Numbers Plate 5 around the edges of my base.

Then I randomly stamped 'Unique Art' from the same stamp plate, over my background. I also ran my ink pad around the edges of my artwork to create a frame, and a finishing touch for the base.

My base finished, I played around with the positioning of the decorated paint brushes, and decided the add some wording to the flat brush. To do this, I used Captain Peacock, Bora Bora and Seaglass Fresco Finish Acrylics again, to paint a piece of Regular White Smoothy Stamping Cardstock. Then I used Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp Ink & the Dog: Words Plate 2 a couple of times, cutting out and inking the edges of the letters I needed.

With my paint brushes all adhered to the base with Glossy Accents, I added some eyelets and a piece of chain to hang my artwork, then finished with white paint pen highlights on the stamped lettering, and some messy splatters of watered down Gold Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint all over.

I had the best time creating this piece of paintbrush art! The wood, metal and bristle textures of the brushes, combined with the paint strokes and splatters make my heart sing. It's definitely worth keeping those ruined brushes, you never know when you might need them. I hope you'll give paint brush art a try, and I look forward to seeing your response to the 'Put a Brush on it' Topic. Just tag @paperartsy on Instagram so we can all see what you get up to!

Alison xox

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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. 

A View from PaperArtsy HQ

A View from PaperArtsy HQ

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