Monday 30 September 2019

2019 #15 Picasso in Coral with JOFY {by Helen Chilton}

2019 Topic 15: Coral

The coral topic is stretching lots of our bloggers to use new colours. Helen has done some really intricate painting onto a canvas that's produced such a beautiful textured result and some clever uses of the 'twirly' stamp.

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you a canvas with a quote from Pablo Picasso.
This time the theme is the colour Coral and shades thereof. This is not a colour I naturally gravitate towards, but you know what?... I've loved using it. There are new shades of Frescos coming out in this palette but I didn't have time to wait for them so I just made my own by adding white to the original Coral paint. I've offset it with grey blues: Glacier Ice, Lake Wanaka and Space Cadet. Having your main colour decided for you makes the whole project much easier as I can spend ages working out what colours to use!

I should have Snowflake in here as well, but I forgot.


Glacier Ice is a beautiful grey/blue colour. I didn't want anything too strong as I wanted to paint straight over the top later.

You can create several shades of Coral just by adding different amounts of white. 

Again I've gone for a pale colour and built up the background with the lovely twirly stamp.

I used a stamping platform to stamp in black ink as I wasn't sure how clearly it would stamp on the canvas and paint but I needn't have worried.

I tried, I really tried to leave that gap on the right but no, I couldn't resist adding some more stamping.

Add beads and white dots to embellish.

These stamps of JOFY's are just fantastic - lots of detail yet easy to colour with lovely shapes and patterns. Everything looks as though it's growing upwards, reaching for the sky. The twirly, whirly one can be left as is or sections painted in as I've done. Stamping directly onto the canvas creates a lovely textured look - it's also quick, you can just launch straight in! 
You could make the canvas monochrome, all shades of coral, or team it up with different accent colours: pinks, purples, grey...., not sure about green, but you never know. It's always worth experimenting!

Sunday 29 September 2019

2019 #15 Topic Introduction: Coral (Colour)

 2019 Topic 15: Coral

Hello everyone, Keren here with our newest topic; Coral. It's no coincidence that this is not only Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2019 but also that PaperArtsy has a whole family of Coral Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics! PaperArtsy are ahead of the trend again! 

Whilst our topic is centred around colour combinations of coral, it's worth pausing to think about the colour and its associations. Here's Pantone's official colour.

Pantone describe it as '...Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature...this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color.' 
It's certainly energizing and I love how it helps remind us of the importance of our ecosystems and our need to realign our priorities to help preserve the world that we love. 
I've used coral tones for this theme- concentrating on various different pinky (and darker) oranges. We start off with a dark corally...umm coral on the PaperArtsy blog.

We've also got a lovely project from Jo Firth-Young on the PaperArtsy blog using the Fresco Finish Coral colour. The darker colour of Bougainvillea Fresco acts as the perfect contrast.

This next emotive piece links the subject and the colour seamlessly. Note the dark petrol-ly blues and the blue-y greens that make the coral really burst to life.

This similar but real photo, uses a different colour; a more vibrant turquoise that brings out the pink whereas the previous piece heightened the orange.

Nature provides the most amazing colours and this stunning sunrise shows dark yellows, oranges, purple and the contrast of green. Sublime!

I love this beautiful painting of a flamboyance of flamingos. The coral paired with the pink gives an instantly recognisable combo.

Creating a contemporary scheme is easy by using white and adding in a dark blue and turquoise/aqua. Anything in a Mason Jar is always going to 'up' the cool factor!

Perfect pairings are about the colours and textures too. Mustard and lime green bring earthy tones to this fun and wacky pairs of earrings.

Sometimes the impact of the colour is determined by the amount of it used and the other colours around it. Coral here is used in a lesser amount but still the eye is drawn to the vibrancy of it on this fabric design.

Coral is equally as happy in a rainbow scheme and zings its way onto this swoonworthy piece of art.

Having a collection of corals (is there a collective noun for it?!) is a good way of seeing it alongside pinky hues.

There is sumptuous texture in this quilted piece that shows some beautiful colours pairing perfectly with coral.

If you're looking for a new hair colour- why not try coral!! Doesn't it look gorgeous with the soft grey background.

For another vibe, soften the look with cornflower blues, soft yellows and ferny greens.

I'd never have thought as coral as a Christmassy colour, but doesn't it look wonderful on this Christmas greeting card, and gives a whole range of other colour combos too.

These coral-esque tones on these paper-like poppies looks amazing with a background of mossy greens with olive coloured stems.

I came across this floral bee and instantly fell in love with what the artist has created. Lisa Morales creates vibrant mixed media art themed around animals and florals and those dark corally flowers mix wonderfully with the other saturated colours.

This next piece of sculpture is breathtaking in size and impact. The artist took a year to create this ceramic installation 'Confluence' and is paying homage to Indonesia's coral reefs whilst highlighting climate change danger and coral bleaching. This piece takes us usefully full circle back to the colour within the subject. Perfect. 

I hope this dive into coral has inspired you. There are so many amazing combinations and if you haven't tried any of the PaperArtsy colours in the Coral family yet- they're well worth a look at! 

You're going to love the projects we have coming up for this topic. 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. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world!

Saturday 28 September 2019

NEW: JoFY Stamps {with Lauren Hatwell}

September 2019 New Products
JOFY Collection

If you hear that Lauren is on the blog, you won't know what to expect; but it's never going to be dull or boring! She's here today perfectly showcasing the new JoFY sets which will take us through 5 months of celebration events in one fell swoop! From fabric stamping, googly eyed monsters to Christmas treats and lurrvve shakers, Lauren has done it all! 

Hi everyone, it's Lauren with you today. Very excited to get my hands on Jo's latest release. She is spoiling us today, taking us through from Halloween, through Christmas to Valentine's Day. 

Jo's style is so polished. I know whichever set I pick up, I will end up with a really smart and professional looking project. I was so excited to get my hands on the new Fresco Finish paint colours that I painted all my projects rather than use my go-to Copic markers. It was a joy! So relaxing to just sit and paint. The new colours are gorgeous. I am hooked!

I did get a bit carried away and I did have to reign myself back in but this set is just so good! I actually think Jo has created the cutest ever little witch and skulls here; I am addicted... 

You need a cute little trick or treat bag to carry all your Halloween swag so it was time to whip out my sewing machine for this one and make a little fabric patch. It is amazingly easy to paint on fabric with the  Fresco Finish paints and I know the paint will hold the stitching in place so the edges can fray back to give a nice distressed look without everything disintegrating. Clever huh!?

Jo has the most amazing writing and I love the large words and sentiments she uses. I couldn't resist adding a pair of googly eyes to this card. 

I had a lot of big plans for this stamp and then I saw how amazing it is just stamped and coloured; a real one stop shop when it comes to card making. I love the two differently sized sentiment tags and I can't help thinking they would make great little windows or shaker elements on a card. Talk about attention to detail! Jo has really nailed it with this set. Of course it would also look great if you created layers and I do have a fancy to tuck a little snowman in there behind those trees. That said, I think this stamp is beautiful just as it is and such fun to colour.

There's that little sentiment tag again. Doesn't it look great with this cute little group. I think this little stamp would be perfect for so many things. I've used it for a treat box place setting here (a tradition in our house) but I think it would make a really sweet little card or gift tag too.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I love the stamps in this love themed set. This shaker card turned out great and it's just one stamp from the set. Imagine this in your journal with the centre cut out so you get a Tracy Scott style peek through to the page behind... Wow!

I honestly could have kept on going with these for days and days if time had permitted. It was a wrench to put them down and I have barely skimmed the surface of what is possible. 

Thanks for joining me today, I bet you have loads of ideas whirling around in your heads for these amazing stamps.

Lauren x


Friday 27 September 2019

NEW PaperArtsy Products: September 2019 {JoFY}

JoFY Collection
September 2019 New Product Announcement

A note from Leandra:
A lovely seasonal release from Jo wraps up our new announcements for September. She has all bases covered with Halloween, Christmas AND Valentines! We all love a bit of a JOFY at Christmas for our cards and decorations, so I'm sure these will please as you prepare for the end of year celebrations.

Hi everyone, Jo here - really pleased, as always, to be sharing new stamp designs with you!!  As Leandra said I have a lot of bases covered with this release.... Halloween (nothing too scary!), Valentines (a little bit of romance never hurts does it) and of course Christmas!!! Ho ho ho!! There is a tree... well, actually there are five (!!) - can you ever have too many Christmas tree stamps?!? ... and a snowman - there always has to be a snowman doesn't there?!

So here are my newest releases for PaperArtsy ... I hope you enjoy using them as much as I enjoyed designing them...

  New Stamps
Price: RRP £18.74 +VAT
Size:5" x 6" (13 x16.5cm)
All stamps are individually trimmed onto cling foam, presented in a clear hanging bag
with a laminated storage/index sheet.

Jo Firth-Young Set 83 (JOFY83)

Oh my gosh.. these stamps make me smile so much! A while ago I doodled & altered my mini stamps Little Dude (JM52) and Dolly (JM53)... create Halloween versions and I've always liked them - you can see how they morphed into their 'trick and treat' selves in the photo below.

For this release I've made them a little bit more 'gruesome' and turned them into stamps... maybe a Vampire Little Dude will join them next year.  I added some other little useful Halloween  motifs - spiders, skulls and of course every witch needs a cauldron doesn't she?!  
I also included some big words - great for tags and treat bags (see picture a bit below) and decor pieces... and of course scrapbook pages when Halloween has been and gone.

I designed a separate tombstone so a graveyard scene could be created as you can see on the card above.  I tried so hard to make a 'scary' zombie and witch but the harder I tried the cuter they seemed to get!  ... and sad too - don't you just want to lead Zombie Dolly home and give her a good meal (and a bath?!?).

And here is Witch Dolly... 

I had to include googly eyes - I'm sorry but Halloween expects googly eyes, just like Christmas expects glitter!

On this stamp set there's also little stand-alone skulls and spiders - the skulls make a great wallpaper feature don't you think?

These stamps and are phrases are going to make great Halloween favours, cards, tags and there's even a little 'spell' for the arty fans of Halloween out there...

Jo Firth-Young Set 84 (JOFY84)

I think this is a stamp set I will reach for a lot.  Sentiments and blocks to match, the text block is sized to fill a standard sized greeting card blank.

I've made 3 samples with this set - showing you ways to use it depending on how much time you have - the lead up to Christmas is busy, you are busy, lists are long and time is precious...

Card 1: a simple card - maybe taking 10 minutes; one layer, one stamped image with white pen detailing.

Card 2: slightly more involved - maybe taking 15-20 minutes; image stamped on background and onto 3 patterned papers (yay for stamping platforms!!), paper pieced with some white pen detailing.

Card 3: complex, maybe taking 30 minutes: card blank stamped with snowflakes (JOFY48, using Snowflake Fresco paint). Snowflakes stamped again onto card painted with a mix of Fresco paints in shades of cool blues, over stamped with the trees/text block (Black Archival). Text block stamped onto a white card panel, centre cut out creating a frame. Trees stamped onto patterned paper and paper-pieced onto the white frame. All assembled as shown in photo below.

I really like shading these trees to give them depth and accent the detail.  Also I really like using patterned papers to create a patchwork/applique effect.

Jo Firth-Young Set 85 (JOFY85)

Up next, skinny trees and spinning snowmen....

Judging by the star above him I think this year's snowman has been built in a snowstorm swirl of magic!!!  ahem, don't tell the other other snowmen but I think this one is my favourite so far!! 
I don't always name my snowmen but I'm calling this one Spinny!

I'm handing you over to Leandra and Keren who are my able assistants to wrap up this post with a few more ideas for you to ponder. Keren kicks it off with the Valentines set of stamps...

Hi all, Keren here.
I was so inspired with the JoFY sets- they are so perfect for quick makes or something more substantial. I love that you don't have to overthink, the images make a complete design come together quite quickly.
Jo Firth-Young Set 86 (JOFY86)

JoFY 86 is going to be a really useful set. I just love the text and quote and can see lots of journals decorated with these images. Even if you don't 'do' Valentiney projects, there's plenty to inspire here.

Here's a super quick project using a cork notebook and adding a sewn notebook bookmark. I used some Austen word fabric and hope that Shakespeare and Austen are happy coexisting on the same project! It doesn't look overly love themed but makes a great quick gift.

The JoFY 85 set has a topiary tree (that could be turned into a snowman!) with a big long stem- I wanted a smaller card so just concertinaed the trunk, but you could easily shorten it by chopping a section off at the top of the trunk and reattaching!

I didn't add a sentiment, but I adore the sentiments in JoFY84, so it's definitely worth getting both of these sets.

The second image in the JoFY 85 set reminded me of how most of us feel coming up to Christmas (in a bit of a whirl) ! I do love a bit of fussy cutting and I really wanted to add a cheeky face, but didn't want to spoil Jo's lovely artistry! Again, there's not much that you need to add to the card other than a sentiment so perfect for the batch making that we all seem to need to do as time runs short!

JoFY 84 is nudging to the front for my favourite of the newest sets, and mostly because I'm all about times-aving. My brain said 'yes'! when I realised that Jo had designed a complete card front in one fell swoop. If you've got a stamp positioner, then recreating the same card is going to be a cinch! It's going to look amazing with a painty background or gorgeous heat embossed and many options! 

I'm always looking for simple ideas for a little home décor project and I thought the trees in this set would make cute place cards. Let's hope I can make a few more before Christmas or there will only be 2 of my kids sitting down for lunch!

I hope you get your hands on these new JoFY sets; you won't be disappointed!  ~ Keren

Just a couple of super quickie samples from Leandra to share too...

First up I can see so many ways these boxes intended for text can be used in backgrounds to great effect, especially if you are wanting fast cards, or CAS cards. 

Pretty self explanatory, stamp the boxes, a wash of Fresco (Cayenne to be precise), then over-stamp the words. You can see I wasn't even that careful about staying within the lines. (Late night colouring without the good light on! )

Same idea as above, but added effort. Each block painted with Aquamarine, and the little tree and star from the large stamp on JOFY84.

Just adding a little bit of graduation add some interest, I toyed with the idea of setting them vertically, but as I wanted to use the text in one of the boxes, went horizontal as the more logical option. I think it could certainly do with some glitter as a JOFY Christmas tribute!
~ Leandra

I hope these stamps and samples inspire you to start creating for the holidays I've designed for - they are such a lot of fun - don't forget to break our the googly eyes and glitter!  I look forward to seeing what you create.

Thanks to Leandra and Keren for creating gorgeous projects for this blog post ... it's appreciated so much!

Happy holidays!!


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