Saturday, 15 June 2019

2019 #9 Arty Wood Blocks: Arty Wood Home Decor with ESC {by Josefine}

2019 Topic 9: Arty Wood Blocks

Our Arty Blocks theme takes a different turn tonight with something wooden nonetheless; a beautifully shaped wooden substrate, stencilled and bedecked with Fresco Finish paints.

Hi everyone, it's Josefine and I'm super excited to be back with a new project for PaperArtsy. The wood topic got me all excited, because I love working on wood. In fact, wood canvases are my favourite. Mediums behave differently and give you different effects than on paper, which is a lot of fun when experimenting with it.

I had this wood panel sitting at home for a while and it was just waiting for a mixed media treatment - or a Fresco Finish treatment in this case. I recorded the entire process, so it's easy to follow.

For this project I used the Scrapcosy stamp ESC18 and the stencil PS134,

as well as the Fresco Finish paints Space Cadet, Slate, Snowflake, Mermaid, Honey Dew and China for the background and Guacamole, Lemon Meringue and Peach Nectar for the flower.



As you see, this wood home decor piece came together beautifully. I like the simplicity of it and the pop of colour that the flower brings. Such gorgeous images just need to be highlighted. Now it's up to you to grab some wood, no matter if it's a small block or a large canvas, and try it out for yourself. Don't forget to share your work with us.

Thanks so much for stopping by and until next time.

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Friday, 14 June 2019

2019 #9 Arty Wood Blocks: Project Jenga with EEG/ESA {by Amanda Pink}

2019 Topic 9: Arty Wood Blocks

Amanda's awesome upcycle takes a game from boring to 'bravo'! She has some great ideas for a block swap (that she should definitely organise!) and I love the idea of creating extra elements to make it into useable art.

Hi everyone, it's Amanda (ink-a-pink) here and I'd like to share with you my project for the current topic: Arty Wood Blocks.

Whilst thinking about a few ideas for this topic considering what I might create, I found myself quite randomly saying out loud one day 'Jenga'!!! I guess from that point on the seed was sown and my creative direction was decided! I would attempt to give a game of Jenga, all 54 wood blocks a grungy arty makeover and in addition I would create an arty wood platform on which the game could stand so it could be left out all set up ready to play and/or be displayed as a piece of mixed media art! 
So 'Project Jenga' as it became known began .....

I dug out my old Jenga game, removed it from its packaging...  

and primed each of the 54 blocks with gesso before giving them a couple of coats of Little Black Dress Fresco Finish Chalk Paint.

I set them to one side whilst I created some brayered masterboards which I would use to cover the Jenga blocks. I chose a colour palette of MermaidSeaglassChinaSpace CadetButterSlimedTangerine Twist and Snowflake Fresco Finish Chalk Paints.



I worked initially on 3 A4 sheets of PaperArtsy Super Smoothy card but soon realised I needed a good few more -7 in total! Fortunately as I'd used a simple brayer technique repeating the process took no time at all.

Next came all the repetitive creativity - firstly measuring and cutting the required amount of pieces needed to cover all the surfaces of the 54 Jenga blocks; you do the math! 
Then lots of repeat stamping on the wider pieces that would cover the top and base of the blocks using the triple square stamp and all of the quote stamps from Eclectica EEG17 stamp set.

This was followed by some repeat stencilling on the thinner pieces that would cover the sides and ends of the blocks using the line of small squares on PaperArtsy Stencil PS016 with Little Black Dress Fresco Finish Chalk paint.

I also did some 'painting in' of some of the stamped shapes and add highlights and accents with a white pen to help 'lift' the stamp and stencil imagery 

before finally adhering each of the pieces to each of the blocks!

I know repetitive creativity isn't for everyone but don't let it put you off as its the type of project that you could do in stages, a little at a time. In fact that would be my suggestion, maybe work in batches suitable and manageable for you.

Once all the blocks were covered I began placing them in position to build the Jenga tower, 

ensuring they would push in and out of the tower with ease. I think in the coming days I will treat the blocks to a coat of soft touch varnish to seal and protect, give them a longer 'shelf life' so to speak.

The Jenga platform consists of two wood blocks, one 4x4 inch and one 6x6 inch. Both were primed and painted before being covered -the 4x4 block with a left over piece of the brayered masterboard that I stamped using the triple square stamp from Eclectica EEG17

and the 6x6 block with pieces cut from another masterboard I created working with the same colour palette as before.

I added some stamping detail using once again stamps from Eclectica EEG17.
I wanted to keep some continuity running through from the tower to the platform hence my use of the same stamps and colour palette as I felt this would lend itself better to the overall design and lessen the risk of potential 'clashing'!  

 I love the way PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paints create such fabulous texture.

I personally find palette knife application allows for a much 'looser, freer' release of the paint;

enabling you to gradually build up lots of  layers and depth of colours.

Continuing the masterboard around the sides of the 6x6 platform mirrored the covered sides of the Jenga blocks nicely and again kept the design continuity flowing.

The black painted sides of the 4x4 block that I left exposed allowed me to adhere some broken PaperArtsy Wood Chips by Seth Apter (also painted black) seamlessly to each of the four sides.

I used another wood chip piece to create a removable decorative 'Tower Topper' that would also serve as a 'moving aid' when transferring the Jenga Tower and platform from one place to another. You simply hold the platform with one hand, the topper with the other and move without the Tower tumbling all around!

The final touches were some black inverted eyelets adhered to each of the corners of the 6x6 platform and 'Project Jenga' was complete.

Although it was indeed a big project, and I can't pretend it all ran smoothly. On more than one occasion I almost gave up as there were plenty of bumps along the creative road but I'm glad I stuck with it and saw it through to its completion as I had hours of creative fun along the way .  Would I do it again? You know I guess I would; I love a challenge and there are so many creative possibilities with a project like this. The creativity can be as simple or as complex as you choose and how cool would it be to make it into a project you create with friends or a group of fellow creatives. Give/send them all some Jenga blocks and let them work their own personal creative magic!   

Thanks for joining me today.
Keep on Creating 

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

2019 #9 Arty Wood Blocks: Vintage Dreams with LPC {by Jennie Atkinson}

 2019 Topic 9: Arty Wood Blocks

It is always intriguing to see a limited colour palette that seems so full of life. Maybe it's because Jennie lets the images speak for themselves or maybe it's simply the clever tiny pops of colour that add dimension to this vintage styled arty block.

Hi everyone, it's Jennie (Live The Dream) with you today with a post for the new theme of Arty Wood Blocks.

I absolutely love these latest Lynne Perrella stamps and despite their size I found they were perfect for wrapping around a chunky ATC block. I wanted to showcase the stamps themselves in black ink on a sepia style background. Lynne's illustrations are so beautifully drawn and I didn't want the fabulous detail lost in a coloured background.  It is a very straight forward project and came together quite quickly as you will see!

I have combined Lynne's stamps LPC043 with Alison's Dreaming & Doing Collection (EAB07) not always using the full quote but just the parts which fitted onto the ATC.

I painted the block first with white gesso and then Fresco Acrylic Paint (Chalk).

 Once this had dried well I then blended Distress Oxide Vintage Photo quite heavily around the edges of the block and then left areas in the middle lighter where I thought the images would probably go. Although I spritzed with water and got some lovely water effects these were all totally lost when I did the next stage!

I stamped my images and quotes on tissue paper in Archival Jet Black ink but whilst I was adhering them with the Multi Medium (Matte) I lost all the lovely Oxide effects ........ 

I love working with stamped images on tissue. The edges just disappear into the background and it is very easy to layer elements on top of each other. This was very useful for the quotes.

I love being able to wrap everything around the block; it looks so creative yet is so easy!

I did feel that the finish was lacking something so I did put a light layer of crackle medium over the whole block. You can see it in places, so it adds a little interest but doesn't take away the detail.

The block is elevated on a wooden cotton reel painted with the Chalk Fresco Paint and decorated with smaller elements from the two stamp sets. There are lots of opportunities in Alison's stamps for isolating a single word for a sentiment.

I hope this project inspires you to think about using some of the PaperArtsy detailed stamps on tissue paper as it really does allow opportunities for layering and ensures that the beautiful detail is not lost.

As always thank you for joining me and I am looking forward to seeing more arty wood blocks over the next couple of weeks.

Jennie x

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