Tuesday, 20 October 2020

2020 Topic #18 Patchwork Patterns with I&D (by Jennie Atkinson)

      2020 Topic 18: Geometric

If you thought that patchwork was old fashioned, Jennie will hopefully shatter those illusions with her cool stamped and rearranged designs. With the simplest of supplies and a load of stitching, you can end up with some super stylish makes.
~ Keren

Hi everyone, it's Jennie (Live The Dream) with you today, sharing some patchwork pattern ideas for our current geometric theme. 

I am not a great lover of creating patchwork with material but I do love experimenting with patchwork patterns using coloured papers. There are so many pattern ideas on Pinterest that you can spend ages looking for different ideas and inspiration. I have kept my designs quite simple for these two cards, but they still look just as effective and make great cards for sewing minded friends.

I have used Ink and the Dog stamps to pattern my papers  looking for some smaller patterns with text and postmarks:

I created background papers using my brayer and some Fresco colours I thought would go well together: Venice BlueMulled WineBrown Shed and Green Patina. I am in a bit of "brights" mood at the moment with all the lovely autumn colours in the garden, which makes such a change from my usual soft choices. I have just brayered the colour directly onto Smoothy Cardstock.

I have stamped randomly, but not made a masterboard as such. I regretted using black ink initially thinking it was far too dark, but it did work in the end.

For this pattern I have cut 2" squares and then made half and quarter triangles. The design centres around the square in the middle. The base cardstock is 5½" x 5½" and although it was easy to find the centre it was more difficult to make sure the square was straight!

Stitching around the edges of each piece does make a difference and when layered onto two coloured layers really has the feel of patchwork.

I added a sentiment using a quote from Alison's Friends and Friendship stamp set and a little cluster of ribbon and a flower. 

My second design used 1" squares cut into triangles and was much more fiddly!

I only needed a 4" x 4" background for this smaller pattern and it was easier to get started from the middle. It is a good idea to have your design set out before you start glueing as it is easy to get lost!

Stitching the smaller triangles was very fiddly and I took a few shortcuts in trying to keep a single run without having to keep stopping. I have used the same sentiment as before and a similar cluster around the tag.

I really enjoyed putting together these geometric designs but would suggest that keeping your squares to 2" makes life much easier all round. It was a great opportunity to experiment with colours I might not normally put together and I was also pleased to use some of my smaller text stamps which sometimes get lost on bigger projects. Needless to say I have a huge collection of pins on Pinterest with other ideas for designs, so will not be short of any ideas.

As always thank you for joining me and I hope this idea of using patchwork patterns provides you with some prompts for cards and layouts and provides a different style of creativity for your stamps.

Jennie x

Sunday, 18 October 2020

2020 Topic #18 Doodled Geometry with LPC (by Keren Baker)

 2020 Topic 18: Geometric  

Hi everyone, it's Keren with you today, and I'd like to share with you a project trying to add a little geometric style into a Lynne Perrella stamp or two. I chose Lynne's stamps as they are real favourites of mine but I  hadn't really planned how the topic would fit into the style of stamps. After a bit of brain fog, I decided to add an opaque layer that still showed the image, but allowed me to do a little doodling.

One of my favourite substrates (after acetate) is Duralar Matte film. I love the way you can add alcohol markers, pencils, gel pen and other markers onto it.

Initially I just stamped the main image from LPC030 onto some Heavyweight Smoothy.

I trimmed out a piece of Matte film and secured it over the stamped image. I had chosen this image because of the grid - making it look more geometric than some of the other images in her stamp collection. Whilst looking at it through the overlaid film, I thought that by using the dots on the grid I could create a series of geometric shapes (mostly triangular.) I used a fine marker by Copic that I knew would dry well on the film.

Using alcohol markers, I coloured the reverse of the film. You need to use darker colours for the colours to show, but I didn't want to use too dark a colour, as I wanted to be able to see glimpses of the beautiful image showing through. The triangular shapes seemed flat, so I added highlights with a white gel pen (that surprisingly dried perfectly) and some doodled dots. It still needed extra so I added some shadow using Prismacolors.

For this project I was trying to get over my aversion to purple! I don't think I'm quite there yet but the blues and aquas helped! It definitely needed a sentiment so I added in one from JOFY72.

To keep the film and cardstock together, I sewed 3 lines of stitching in blue, purple and white.

I coloured in small sections of the stamped image with Prismacolor pencils and added a few stamped circles from LPC024.

There were just some little details to add; using the stacked squares on the image and a little strip of the main image. A simple enough card that was very therapeutic to create.

Although this ended up as a card, I wish I'd been more ambitious in planning a more complex project. I'll have to find someone 'worthy' (haha!) to send this to. Maybe I'll cut the back off the card and create a journal cover with it instead.

I hope you get the chance to have a doodle or sketch today, it's a wonderful panacea for the stresses of the day and the climate we find ourselves in.

Keren x

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Saturday, 17 October 2020

2020 Topic #18 Tiled Journal Page with EEG (by Jenny Marples)

     2020 Topic 18: Geometric

Who knew that ordinary tiled designs could end up to be so beautiful? With her usual layering and delicious details, Jenny has illustrated the old principle of not giving up on failures and persevering to produce something lovely.
~ Keren.

Hi everyone, it's Jenny Marples with you today, and I'd like to share a journal page which includes a 'tiling technique' created using Emma Godfrey's beautiful stamp set EEG25.

Geometric designs have played an important part in the life of tiles through the ages; you only have to think back to the patterns painted onto those tiles used by many Victorians in their hallways or the symmetrical patterns created with the tiles themselves by the Moors in the Alhambra. Emma Godfrey's stamp set features a couple of tile designs as well as a doorway that has a partially tiled surround and it immediately sprang to mind as the perfect starting place for this journal page.

Below you can see more closely the geometric patterns on the tiles around the door.

Here's how the journal page came together, starting with the larger side of the journal spread painted with a coat of Blue Bayou Fresco Finish Paint.

To give the page a little more depth some Calypso Fresco Finish Paint was then brushed randomly over the top using an old paint brush - seeing the brush strokes here makes such a difference to the surface.

Once the paint was completely dry I rubbed over the surface with an anti-static bag before inking up one of the tile designs from Emma Godfrey's stamp set with clear embossing ink. Starting in the middle I repeat stamped the tile before covering it all with clear embossing powder. You'll notice below how there are parts where the powder is missing - this was deliberately done with a small paint brush as I wanted to echo the broken tiles around the door.

After heat setting the embossing powder, some Cloud 9 Fresco Finish Paint was applied over the top. Before it was totally dry I used a dry cloth to remove the paint on the embossed sections to reveal the tile design and blue/green colours below. 

This process was repeated with some Heavy Cream Fresco Finish Paint in order to add warmer tones to some areas.

Below you'll see I had some fun with a small Gel Plate and some coordinating paints, pulling lots of prints on thick tissue paper that had been used as packaging material. I chose to use the yellow piece in the top left hand corner which is predominantly made up of Gold Rush, Heavy Cream and Buff Fresco Finish Paints. Using a permanent black ink I stamped the beautiful interlocking geometric pattern design stamp from Emma's set onto it, cutting around the edges before adhering it over some of the 'embossed tiles'.

To add a little more texture and interest to the tiles without wanting to cover any more I handstitched into it using a traditional 'sashiko' pattern. The words come from Alison Bomber's EAB16 set and were stamped onto card before being trimmed to size.

Below you can see the piece of tissue I used to stamp the door on; it is a lesson in never giving up on what can seem like a disaster! As is obvious just by looking at it, this was a Gel Plate pull that 'failed' since only parts of the paint were lifted. Turns out this proved to be a good thing because I only needed fragments of colour to show beneath the stamped image.

Using a stamping platform I added the image using permanent black ink, painted over it with the colours already out on the desk for this project, and re-stamped to add the design detail back in. When tearing the tissue to fit the smaller page it was helpful to 'paint' a line of water around the image to act as a guide. It was then added to the smaller side of the journal page using some soft gel matte medium.

A little extra trim was created by painting some lace with Autumn Fire Fresco Finish Paint before dabbing on some Roast Chestnut Izink Pigment Ink in a few places.

Together with the painted lace trim more stitching was added to finish each side together with a scrap of white crocheted lace, gold pen dots and some brass embellishments. Here are some close ups of the tiled side.

Here are a couple more close ups of the finished journal page;

If you haven't tried it before I hope you'll give the tiling technique a go to create a background or even to make a surface that can then be die cut. Plus, remember, never give up on those 'failures' because they may just come in handy some day.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

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