Sunday, 25 August 2019

2019 #13 Mushrooms: "Pinkeltjesland" with JoFY {By Ellie Knol}

2019 Topic 13: Mushrooms

Ohh you are in for a surprise, not one but two projects from Ellie today - she loves her mushrooms! And as ever, she is great with plenty of tips for you ~Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Ellie Knol from PAPER-STAMPS-COLOR with you today, and I'd like to share the making of a frame with mushrooms, from a paper napkin and stamped images from two JOFY stamp sets.

When I think of mushrooms I think of gnomes; friendly little creatures living in the mushrooms. So I tried to picturize it with 'Pinkeltjesland', a scene of the little town where Pinkeltje lives, he and his whole family of gnomes. Pinkeltje is known here in the Netherlands from a series of children books, written by Dick Laan (see picture down here).. 
... they were hiding when I took this 'photograph' .. shy as they are, hehe.

Using the paper napkin with printed mushrooms as a backdrop for the stamped images of JOFY46 and JOFY61, is a nice start for the project.

I chose to add only a little red to the stamped images on the edge of the frame to make all stamped images pop. I love the contrasts between the whites and reds.

I painted the background with Fresco Finish Eggshell to match the color of the paper napkin. 

TIPS for working with paper napkins:
- to separate the top two layers.. stick a tiny piece of tape onto the bottom layer (the one you won't use) and the two top layers are separated easily.
- with a wet water-brush.. draw a line to the paper where you want it to be torn; this will make it tear easily along the wet line.
- to glue it down: add decoupage glue to the surface; put your paper napkin onto the background and dab it with a wet cloth. This will prevent it from sticking to your fingers for instance, and it helps to get rid of any air bubbles or wrinkles. Leave to dry first, before adding a layer of glue over the paper napkin. This will prevent it getting damaged during the gluing process.

I love the tiny circles stamp from the JOFY46 stamp set.. it's so versatile... I added it to the grass to tie the paper napkin's pictures and stamped images together.

I stamped the bubbles (tiny circles) from the big toadstool onto the background before gluing the fussycut of the image to the background.. that's always an option when details of a stamp are not easy to fussycut. 

I think this is going to be a gift for the bedroom of our one-month-old-baby-granddaughter; I think I will have to read Pinkeltje books to her in a few year's time. 

I have a second project for you; same stamps, another paper napkin, a spread in an art journal. When starting the above project for this theme I stamped all the images in black and brown, not sure which color I would prefer with the red toadstools. I went for the brown ones
... why not use the black ones straight away.. ??
It's always fun playing in an art journal. 

I painted the background with Fresco paints to match the colors of the napkin, to fill the whole spread, as the paper napkin was not as big as the two pages.
The edge is Fresco Finish paint too, drawn with a Needle Nose Dispenser Bottle. I filled the bottle with thinned down Fresco Finish Snowflake, a paint I use a lot! 
You can fill the bottle with any color of course! 

Playing with paper napkins is one of my favourite techniques.
Read through my notes to see some tips about easy use /working with this delicate paper, it's so easy to ruin a whole project when messing it up with the decoupage glue.

I don't know about you, but (being a happy crafter) I always have some new ideas or techniques in the make (in my mind) .. 

Thanks for joining in with me today, and as always I appreciate it when you comment- tell me what you've learned from this post, or what you liked.. or maybe you have some tips / ideas for me? I'd like to hear from you!! Thanks...

Have a crafty day ... 

Ellie Knol

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Saturday, 24 August 2019

2019 #13 Mushrooms: 'Who Are You?' with Ink & the Dog 'Kids' {by Lotte Kristensen}

2019 Topic 13: Mushrooms

Hey everyone, it's Lotte here, and I'm going to tell you a little-known fact about myself: I am a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan!!  Okay, maybe that's not so little-known, but I am totally obsessed - I even have 'Curiouser & Curiouser' tattooed on my wrist!  I collect different editions of AIW books and have some really nice ones, including one illustrated by Salvador Dali, and another by Yayoi Kusama.  Then there's all the biographies of Lewis Carroll AKA Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - though I have drawn the line at his mathematical works (Dodgson was an Oxford scholar) as I have no talent whatsoever for numbers ;D

So of course, to me, the most famous mushroom is the one that the Caterpillar sat on, smoking his hookah, and I knew at once I wanted to use that particular image for this PaperArtsy topic.  

I wouldn't recommend sticking painted or Gelli printed papers through your printer, when you have a page you particularly like, then scan it and use this as a base.  I printed out my scans onto 120 gms paper:

I'd found a large, clear image of the wonderful Tenniel illustration online, and proceeded to print this out several times on the different coloured, scanned papers:

Next, I spent a leisurely time in front of the TV binge watching a box set, while fussy cutting out the bits I wanted to use:

I decided to use some of my old favourite Ink & the Dog stamp sets on those background papers - Kids Plate 2Plate 5 and Plate 6:

Then proceeded to stamp in complementary colours onto the cut outs, producing a very subtle, layered effect: 

Above, I used Leaf Green Archival Ink Pad on Mr Caterpillar, using Kids #5.  On the mushroom, I used the nursery rhyme stamp from Kids #2 in Vibrant Fuchsia Archival Ink Pad.

Next, Alice's dress was stamped with the Kids #6, in Forget Me Not Archival Ink Pad; I used the same colour for the smoke, using the grid stamp from Kids #2; and the grid in Vibrant Fuchsia on the flowers:

Then it was time to put it all back together again - I somehow forgot to take separate pics of the stamping I did on the mushroom and grass bits, but again, it was using complementary colours to the paper.  I used Tiger Lily Archival Ink Pad on the orange-y and gold backgrounds, and Leaf Green on the yellow.  I didn't follow the original picture completely, but added more bits cut from one of the many pages to make more of a base for Alice and Mr Caterpillar to stand on:

Then finally layered the whole caboodle onto black, then jade card:

I just love the subtle layers and texture you get by stamping with complementary colours, and the patterns you can make by using the fab PaperArtsy stamps:

And that is it!  I was - for once - quite pleased with the outcome of this homage to Alice in Wonderland, and think I would make more, perhaps using the Kids #6 plate as a background on the white paper, in a very pale grey ink pad.  But the question is, what will *you* make??  Don't forget to share your artwork on the PaperArtsy Facebook group page, I would love to see what you come up with :D  Until next time - 

Lotte xx

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Friday, 23 August 2019

2019 #13 Mushrooms: Field Mushrooms by Plath and JoFY {by Alison Bomber}

2019 Topic 13: Mushrooms

So many tips in this post from Alison as she builds up her painterly layers of her mushroom journal spread. Must find my sea sponger, that texture she created is fab! ~Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Alison here from Words and Pictures with you today.  After sharing one of my most complex creations with you last time I was here, this time I've got something altogether simpler and gentler!

When I signed up for this topic months ago, I was envisioning this page being very autumnal - the perfect fungi season - full of burnt oranges and rusty browns.  But when it came to making it in August, I found I didn't want to head into autumn yet, so instead we're in a summer meadow, happening on one of those magical fairy rings of white or pale mushrooms amidst the dewy grass.  And the other main inspiration was a Sylvia Plath poem.

I had a really lovely time sponging Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paints onto my book pages for the background using a natural sponge - they really do give a better texture than the artificial sort.

This was really the point I realised I wasn't ready for autumn.  Having used some Antarctic for the sky with Double Denim creeping in around the edges, I found myself rejecting the planned Brown Shed and Autumn Fire and reaching instead for Granny Smith and Hey Pesto to come up from the bottom of the page.

My mushrooms are drawn from three different JoFY sets, JoFY10, JoFY11 and JoFY37, only one of which is definitely meant to be fungal rather than floral, I think!

They're stamped in Watering Can Archival with some Olive tapped on at the bottom for the grasses.  The soft grey keeps us in that delicate field mushroom palette, nothing too bold.

Then I used Chalk and Eggshell for the first layer of mushroom colour.  They're both opaque so there's no problem covering up the background colours, but it does mean you lose some of the internal detailing of the images, plus I wasn't particularly on form with staying perfectly inside the lines.  Don't worry, we'll deal with all that later.

Adding Taupe to my neutrals and mixing up different shades with it and the Chalk and Eggshell, I had a lovely time creating three slightly different "species" of mushroom.  There's one with a gentle ombre to its cap (using a water brush really helps with allowing the Frescos to work wet in wet for a soft blended look)...

One of the species has tiny little spots and flecks (pure Taupe and pure Snowflake)...

And the "real" JoFY mushrooms are the sort where the surface of the cap starts to break up as the mushroom grows, leaving textured flecks across the top or sides.

The grass from around the foot of the JoFY37 mushrooms is repeat-stamped in Olive Archival to fill up the gaps...

... and amongst the blades of grass I added droplets of Glossy Accents to create my dewdrops.  They catch the light beautifully as you move the book around.

You'll see in the close-ups that I polished up the edges of the stamped images as well as adding back in some of the cross-hatching texture.  For this I used my dipping pen and some Colorex ink in Turtle Dove Grey.

I also used the Turtle Dove Grey to create some doodled borders, along with some white pen lines, and added some splatter with the same warm grey tone.

And last, but certainly not least, here are those words by Sylvia Plath.  They're the first lines from a poem called Mushrooms.  (They're stamped in Pumice Stone Distress Oxide so as to be very pale and discreet!)

If you know it, you'll know there's all sorts of subtext involved, and the mushrooms aren't only representing mushrooms in the poem... but here, that's exactly what they are!

Sometimes it's nice to leave complexity outside the craftroom door, ignore the dark underbelly of meaning and stick to something simple and light, and that's what I had a lovely time doing with these pages.

It's good to remember that even if you end up going over the lines when painting an image you can always retrieve that detail with a bit of pen and ink work.  Even in the simplest of page spreads, it can be those little things which make all the difference.

I hope you enjoyed coming for a morning walk and finding this simple fairy ring of mushrooms with me.  I'd love to see what sort of mushrooms you're finding on your craft table.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Alison x

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

2019 #13 Mushrooms: Recycled Mushroom Bag with EDY {by Keren Baker}

2019 Topic 13: Mushrooms

Keren's brain seems to sprout ideas as easily as a mushroom growing in the dark! However, this one seemed to have her scratching her head a fair bit. Now I know what her stencilling onto fabric cryptic emails were all about! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Keren Baker with you today, and I'd like to share with you a slightly 'marmite' bag that I loved creating using recycled materials. I wanted to try painting on denim and Darcy's Mushroom stencils were perfect for this piece. I've painted on fabric with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics before, but not on anything as textured or tough as denim, so was interested to see how it would turn out.

To begin, I created a template and then cut out two denim tops from blue jeans, 2 mushroom stalks from white jeans and had a red belt on hand. I'd bought them all from a charity shop.

The first stage was pretty easy. Sponging Snowflake Fresco through PS104 by Darcy.

I began with adding roughly 1:1 paint to Ranger Fabric Medium. It needed a couple of layers. Snowflake is opaque but there is a little 'sinking in' to the fabric initially. Leandra recommended dampening your fabric for small areas at a time when painting fabric, particularly for colouring in a stamped area. 

With a stencil it's hard to limit the damp areas, and I wanted a clean crisp edge, so had to do a couple of layers of paint instead. The fun came next, as I debated how to get London Bus (which is a translucent) onto the base and to still be a bright red. I consulted the oracle again, and Leandra said to mix the colour with a little Snowflake, paint it on and then when dry, add the final colour of pure paint colour, London Bus, on top.

Well it worked. Perfectly! I was only adding a smidge of red. Mushrooms are often red topped with white spots, but I was using a stencil, so rather than paint in between where I'd stencilled, I opted for an illusion of the mushroom. 

So far, I'd used only 3 colours: Snowflake, London Bus and French Roast.


Usefully, the denim provides great texture, so I only needed to dry brush the French Roast colour on and it just did its own thing, gently seeping into the valleys.

Following on with recycling theme, I added some recycled interfacing. Vlieseline has recently brought out some interfacing using mostly recycled products so you can feel good about using it too. 

Truthfully the next part was a nightmare. I do like creating pieces that evolve. The amount of head-scratching involved nearly drove me to throw it in the bin. Trying to work out how to sew the piece up was really hard. I took a few decisions in the wrong order, but managed to solve most of the problems and used the belt as the handle by unpicking some of it and reassigning it somewhere else!

The bag is pretty quirky and so I decided as the bottom was roughly the same size as the top, if I made a bit where it could be folded back, it would make the mushroom, less mushroomy and a little less weird!! In this configuration, my kids are happier to accompany me and the bag.

The inside shows the top mush'roomier' section; suitable for fitting your phone sideways. Due to the slim nature of the inside stalk, not very much will fit in there other than keys and makeup!! You can see my mistakes. Had I made all design decisions in a timely fashion, I'd have hidden the stitches inside!

I wanted to add a little more texture. I'd already stitched around the edges of the mushrooms to help make them more distinct from the denim and give a quilted effect. It did feel fairly finished already, so I simply added some french knots onto just one mushroom and called it done!

It's great having the basic idea of where you're going and making design decisions as you go along, but it would be much less stressful if I'd worked out every layer and order in the first place (but where would the fun be in that!!). I loved stencilling on denim. Due to time constraints I didn't add a layer of Fabric Medium over the stencilled areas once I'd finished, but I'd recommend you did that for keeping the painted areas from cracking and wearing. Stencilling onto fabric is definitely something I want to do again soon, but perhaps onto an already created piece!

Keren x

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