Saturday 31 October 2020

2020 Topic #19 Imagination Rules the World with ETS {by Helen Chilton}

      2020 Topic 19: Words Of Wisdom

Helen brings a splash of colour to the dreary wintery days we seem to be having more now that daylight saving is over here in Europe. She's made this lovely little floral number. A delightful idea; easy to make and a great way to cheer up a wintery day!
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you my Words of Wisdom project. I had several vague ideas for this theme but chose this one which is, in some ways, totally useless, has no function, but was great fun to make. I like projects like this where you can just create for the sake of it and let your imagination run riot - that's why I chose this quote.

a couple of stencils:

and the following paints:

I used a gel plate to make this print - I liked how the colours worked together.

 I cut it into strips to fit my spools and stuck them back to back.

The quote went along the whole length and I also added a yellow strip to make it stand out.

This is attached to the spools at each end.

The flowers are easy - stamped, painted and cut out.

I've just layered them up, added centres and wire.

To add a bit of bounce, I twisted the wire round a cocktail stick and inserted it into the spool.

The flowers I've used here have bold black outlines which show up well when painted. The layering adds a bit of dimension and depth. I just rummaged through my stash for the centres - beads, sequins, a metal flower. 

This sort of project is quite relaxing - there's no pressure for it to look a certain way as I made it up as I went along. You could also make flowers and stick them in a small terracotta pot. Tracy's stamps would be great for decorating that as well - small enough to get round the curve and bold enough to be seen.
I hope this project makes you smile and brightens up your day!

Thursday 29 October 2020

2020 Topic #19 Cardboard Tag with EAB {by Lynn Good}

 2020 Topic 19: Words Of Wisdom

The lovely thing about 'quote' style stamps is they can be used as the focal point of a project, but work equally well in the background to build layers up. Lynn demonstrates this perfectly with torn, stamped tissue layers in her textured cardboard tag.
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Lynn here (memoriesonthepage.blogspot.comwith you today, and I'd like to share with you a tag that I have created for this weeks topic - Words of Wisdom.

I love to use regular corrugated cardboard as a starting layer for a project. It's free, and you are able to create awesome texture by peeling off the top layer.  I have used Eclectica Series Stamp Designer, Alison Bomber's Life and Living Set 19 (EAB19, available exclusively from PA stockists) as it fits perfectly with this topic.

I started by cutting out the shape of the tag from an old cardboard box.  I then sprayed the tag which a small amount of water - I find this helps to peel off areas of the top layer leaving the corrugations to show.

I have then added a layer of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint - Nougat onto the whole area.

I have used stencil PS001 with some crackle paste randomly around the tag. On the corrugations I have added some Grunge Paste with a spatula to give some more texture

I have stamped some of the sayings from stamp EAB19 onto tissue paper. 

I wasn't fussy how they came out as I was ripping them up and adhering them to the tag once the pastes were dry.  I have used a matt medium as a glue.

Now to add the colour - I loved how it looked so I didn't want to cover it with colour - just add some highlights. 
I have used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint - Bubble Gum, China and Slimed.  I have used my finger to apply the paint.  I also cut a little rectangle and did the same colours - this is going to hold the featured saying.

I also applied PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint - Smoked Paprika around the edges.

I have stamped the featured quote onto tissue paper and adhered to the small rectangle piece of cardboard.  I have then used some card stock to back the cardboard and give it a lift from the main tag.

I had an old "zip" stamp so have put that down the centre and adhered the rectangle onto the top with glue.

Here are some close ups:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have found something in this tag that encourages you to have a play with texture and paints.

Tuesday 27 October 2020

2020 Topic #19 Tin Full Of Words with ELB {by Ellie Knol}

   2020 Topic 19: Words Of Wisdom

It's lovely to work with a different shape to the norm, and in this post, Ellie uses fills a metal tin with gorgeous gel-printed pages, just perfect for some words of encouragement to adorn each page.
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Ellie Knol with you today, and I'd like to share with you this tin with circular cards, each containing a 'words of wisdom' from Paper Artsy stamp sets, especially the ones from the ELB sets which are shown above... 

I did not want to just create a card or two, but make it a project that is a feast for the eye, feature these sayings, and change that into an item to be looked at over and over; a precious gift maybe... 
These circulars could easily be used for a card front of square cards! 

Just like all nine cards within the tin, it's top lid has also been decorated with a circular piece of kraft card, and a colorful inner circle.   

This collage shows all the cards, all decorated with stamps from ELB stamp sets, but with sayings/words from various PaperArtsy stamp sets. 

The tin's top lid has the beautiful saying from ELB29.

This picture shows what other PaperArtsy product has been used for color. 

White was added with an acrylic marker and the white splatters made my craft table a mess... 

In the process of printing with the gelli plate I also like to use pieces of lace.  

Adding a little extra color to small elements make them pop even more.
The saying on the card on the right is from ELB33

I love the range of color and the way the words get enhanced by all the collage stamping on these cards and the lid. You can see some background stamping that has been done with stamp set ELB30 from Lin Brown.

These two are my favorites, because of their overall color and how they turned out. 
In the process of creating these I also used up a lot of backgrounds made with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints and Infusions, from a session with a 10 centimeters circular gelliplate; yes, leftovers from previous projects-to-be.   
Once I decided to just start on making them, they actually started getting more color and more definition as I went along splattering, adding color and more stamping. 

Let me know whether you like it, please... 

I really hope you got inspired to look through your stash and create some one-of-a-kind projects... 
Stay safe and until next time! 

Sunday 25 October 2020

2020 Topic #19 Topic Introduction : Words Of Wisdom {Alison Bomber}

 2020 Topic  19 - Words of Wisdom

Hello everyone, Alison Bomber here with you this week while Keren is on a break, just to share a few thoughts - a few words and pictures (!) - on the theme of Words of Wisdom.  Can you think why Leandra thought I might be the right person for the job?!  I'm a passionate lover of words and for me there is nothing better than when a visual image is intensified or brought alive by just the right phrase, idea or combination of words - or sometimes just a single word.

Both words and pictures have the power to tell stories and move us each on their own - how much more power can they have when they are combined?  When words form an integral part of an artwork, the result is somewhere between language and visual imagery and so it has the power to speak to us on a number of levels.

Using words in projects may come as second nature for those of us coming from the crafting end of the art spectrum - sentiments on cards, word stickers or found words discovered randomly in the pages of books, journalling prompts, or sharing our own thoughts in the pages of a journal or art journal, and, not least I hope, borrowing somebody else's beautiful words in the form of quote stamps to share an idea on a tag or journal page or card.  The words might be a late addition or afterthought, or sometimes the words themselves are the inspiration for the whole project.  

But the use of words has also had a large part to play in the work of a number of post-modernist artists since the 1950s, often in response to other art movements like abstract expressionism or minimalism.  Words were a way of reintroducing content in art to counter those other rarefied forms.

A simple definition of text-based art might be "art that includes words or phrases as its primary artistic component".  There are two main types of "word art": an artwork may contain words or phrases often with an ideological component, or even as advertising copy - so the words are carrying a particular message; or the words and phrases may form the actual artistic content themselves.

There are examples of both kinds of word art included here, along with some of the different ways artists and crafters have incorporated words into artistic projects of all kinds, not least right here on the PaperArtsy blog.

I make no apology for starting with a project using some of the collections of quote stamps I've been releasing with PaperArtsy since 2017.  Hazel Agnew made this fabulous tag book when her friend was in need of some words of wisdom to help her through a bad time - vibrant visuals to offer joy, and words chosen to lift the spirits.

Nikki Acton created dimensional art full of light and shade for the topic Dark to Light here at PaperArtsy, with words that perfectly reflected and therefore intensified the theme of the panel.

But of course the PaperArtsy stamp range includes words in so many of its collections - in all different styles.  In this beautiful art journal Lynn Good incorporates Sara Naumann's word stamps into the backgrounds of the pages so that the text becomes part of the texture.

Word Art can be as simple as passing on wisdom by adding a sentiment to a card - though there's nothing simple about these gorgeous cards created by Josefine Fouarge with brayered texture, foiling and Scrapcosy words and pictures...
... or being inspired by some words of wisdom or beauty - yes, from one of my quote collections again - to create a seasonal art journalling page like this gorgeous textural spread by Autumn Clark... Autumn does autumn!

And speaking of journalling, sharing your own thoughts and words of wisdom daily in a written journal can become an art form in itself.  Take a look at these beautiful pages by Cathy Moreau - the writing itself is already beautiful in soft brown ink, but then the decorative elements enhance the pages and the thoughts.
Let's take ourselves from two dimensions into three and take another look at the Robert Indiana sculpture which has become so iconic.  The word becomes tangible, solid, a real presence in the world - the thought made flesh.  As he himself has said of it, this sculpture created in 1966 was "the culmination of ten years of work based on the original premise that the word is an appropriated and usable element of art [...] which evolved inevitably [...] into the concept that the word is also a fit and viable subject for art."  I couldn't agree more - words are a subject for art, and sometimes they are art themselves.

And other "word art" pieces have become just as iconic.  Barbara Kruger's work combines type and images as part of a direct feminist cultural critique.  You've almost certainly seen her work on postcards, posters, t-shirts or almost anywhere you can reproduce art for impact.
Another place where words and images collide is in the apparently humble cartoon.  I was tempted to add some of Charles Schulz's Peanuts strips - Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy and friends have so many words of wisdom (and hilarity) to share, and I've learned many life lessons from them - but I decided for the example to turn to the brilliant Jacky Fleming, another feminist using words and pictures to create powerful messages, with a hefty dose of humour (though funnier to some genders than others).

Jacky Fleming (source:

People seek out words of wisdom when times are hard, and so it's no accident that in recent years quotes and phrases have found their way onto all kinds of home decor, from wall art to mugs, or to beautiful jugs and vases like this one by the Namesake Emporium.  Again the words become decorative in themselves.

In fact, people have been adding words to homeware for a very long time indeed, as this bowl decorated with Kufic calligraphy shows... it dates back to the 10th century.  The Arabic inscription reads: Planning before work protects from regrets; patience is the key to comfort.  Words of wisdom indeed.

And there are times when the calligraphy itself is an art form, the words of wisdom bringing beauty and inspiration into your heart before you can even read their content...

For sheer exuberance, life and inventiveness, you can't beat graffiti as a source of word art.  There are as many graffiti artists as there are walls available, from the very famous and officially-sanctioned to the utterly anonymous and slightly illegal - all bringing words to life with colour and zest and creativity.

You can construct your whole image out of words as artist Daniel Duffy has done here with this extraordinary New York cityscape...
... or use them to create a self-portrait as Thomas Packer has done here.

Or take that portrait back into the 3D medium of sculpture again as Jaume Piensa has done with this beautiful piece of art outdoors, an 8-metre man of steel formed out of moulded letters, allowing you to search out and put together for yourself the words of wisdom you need to hear.

"Nomade" by Jaume Piensa (source:

You can even use words and images to try to sort your life out with mind-mapping - be your own source of words of wisdom... 


All of which brings us pretty much full circle back to the way many of us use our journals and art journals, or even tags and other projects... we create to share some joy or wisdom with others; or to try to come to terms with things that are going on in our lives and work through our problems to feel a little better; or to escape them altogether.  It's a form of meditation, an active seeking of wisdom.  Both words and pictures can give us those images to think with, to imagine, to meditate upon.

Meditation Cube by Alison Bomber at PaperArtsy

I believe that's at least part of what we seek from art as well as from the words of wisdom handed down the centuries by poets and philosophers - solace, strength, comfort, escape, a sense of how others see the world and how that might chime with how we see it ourselves... recognition and inspiration.  When you have words and pictures together, you will surely find some wisdom which might help to turn your day around.

I hope these words and pictures will get you thinking about incorporating words into your projects or letting them be the inspiration that guides your art.  You may find the combination unbeatable as a source of wisdom and discovery.

If you want to create along with us while we explore this topic, please share your makes on our social feeds so we can follow along. Instagram @paperartsy or why not join us and post in the 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!