Thursday, 26 November 2020

2020 Topic 21 Collage and ATCs with EGL (by Noguchi Etsuko)

2020 Topic 21: Masterboards

Etsuko champions the versatility of the masterboard with so many ideas that you can create using a masterboard. She explores different ways of creating them and her collaged piece is particularly beautiful. 
~ Keren.

Hi everyone, it's Etsuko (My favorite thingswith you today, and I'd like to share with you Collage and ATCs using Gwen's fantastic stamps. 

I'm a big fan of Gwen's works and beautiful stamps. I recently made few mini-books of different shapes in her online workshop and also learned to make backgrounds, one of which is a collage-based background. Today I used that technique to create masterboards and those ATCs. Masterboards are really good for heavy layers.

First, I prepared several sheets of paper for the collage, using EGL10, EGL11 and EGL12 on these copy papers, book papers and kraft papers with some ink pads. Some of Gwen's stamps can be used to create patterns.

I collaged papers randomly using mat medium on the Smoothy Heavyweight A4 white card .

StoneEggshell and Taupe Fresco Paints are each mixed with Satin Glazing and painted on the background.

Using images from EGL02, EGL07 and EGL12 I stamped with some Archival pads then drew in some crayon. It's hard to see on the photo, but I rubbed Treasure Gold Classic in some places.

I cut the masterboard into ATC-sized pieces.

I used EGL09 to make ethnic and fun ATCs. The background colours are grayish and a little chic, so I used watercolors to calm the doll's colours down and fit in with the colour scheme.

This is the second masterboard; I used Snowflake Fresco paint to white-wash after finishing glueing these collage papers down.

Apply a thin layer of CoralButter and Byzantium. Made the color on the masterboard pop.

Finally I stenciled by Snowflake Fresco paint and stamped Seth's new ESA18 and ESA13 using Archival ink.

Using EGL02EGL05 and EGL07 to make ATCs.

I turned a large piece into the journal page. I made the sewing patch which I've been wanting to do for a while using it, and added a mandala piece to finish the page. 

It's always fun to allocate time to create a masterboard and imagine what to build and stack on top of it, and what to make in the future.
Thank you so much for visiting.
Etsuko xxx

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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

2020 Topic #21 Mini Calico Wallet with VI&D (by Jennie Atkinson)

  2020 Topic 21: Masterboards

I'm so glad that Jennie has experimented creating a masterboard on fabric. It shows how versatile the Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints are and gives a wonderful softness to this lovely softly stamped project. Spying her special mitre tool might mean that Santa gets a few requests for it this year too!
~ Keren.

Hi everyone, it's Jennie (Live The Dream) with you today sharing a textile project using a collection of Vintage Ink and the Dog stamps.

I love making masterboards using different substrates as I just love the total uniqueness of the process. Using calico is always an interesting outing as sometimes the material takes up the paint really fast and then another time it will just sit on the top and take ages to dry! My intention had been to cut the calico into ATC size pieces but I just loved the finished piece and couldn't bear the thought of cutting into it, so it became the cover of a mini wallet.

The days are quite grey and dull here now with the days shortening and so it is nice to sometimes recreate some summer warmth. I fell in love with all the wonderful new blue Frescos and they pretty well all fell into my basket ... and then I saw Rose ... how had I missed that one before? It was just a gorgeous compliment to those wonderful blues.

I love using the Gelli Plate to get colour on my substrate and calico is just as easy to work with as paper, although you do have to use a lot more paint to get a brighter colour. I have used four wonderful Fresco's: CloudyChalkAzure and Rose, along with Sara's lovely stencil which is becoming a huge favourite.

The stencil didn't work that well on the calico, but you can just see it here and there in places. It did take a while to dry (in fact I left it overnight) and then I was able to start stamping. I am a great fan of the smaller stamps within a set and these two VID sets have some gorgeous ones.

I generally start with some of the bigger stamps and then start filling around them with text. I used Archival Ink (Hydrangea) which looks quite grey on the calico. This was a second piece of calico which I did not use in the end, but you can see that my stamping on the Gelli Plate came out better than the stencil.

As I said above I couldn't bear the thought of cutting into the calico as it was all so lovely. I found I could just about fit the covers of the Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook within the painted area, so decided to make a small wallet. If like me you are an avid bookmaker it really is worth investing in a mitre tool - it really does save all the guessing!

Before glueing the covers I started stitching a little collage on the front cover using a lovely sentiment from Alison's Time Edition:

 I kept the inside quite simple covering with some good quality printed paper and making a small pocket on the inside cover and a sleeve on the right hand side.

Both are handy to hold some tags and a little notebook. I really like having a little wallet like this to note down little ideas or technical bits of projects (particularly my knitting or spinning). It doesn't take up much room in a bag or on a desk, but can be very helpful to refer back to particularly as my decaying brain requires me to write down just about everything these days!

Drying time aside this was really quite a quick project to make and I think would make a lovely gift. The only thing I would suggest is that you try different weights of calico with the Gelli Plate. The calico I used for this project was quite heavy and had been washed so was quite porous. Some of the thinner unwashed versions sometimes dispel the paints. It is a cheap material to experiment with and I always have a stock sitting around waiting to be used. I even like it in its natural state.. and do iron it before you start.

As always thank you for joining me.

Jennie x

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Sunday, 22 November 2020

2020 Topic #21 TOPIC INTRODUCTION : Masterboards

 2020 Topic  21 - Masterboards

Hi everyone, Keren here with an oldie but goodie theme; Masterboards! They have been around for quite a while (& dare I admit to never making one..yet!) They are a perfect way to do multiple projects (think batch card or journal page making) but also a way of producing seamless backgrounds that you can add to.
As you can imagine, there's no shortage of inspiration, it was being selective that was the challenge. For any who want some handy hints and tips on creating one of these beauties, we're swapping things around and adding a video from Leandra showing exactly what to do. Even if you're a pro, you're bound to be inspired!

We can hardly go any further without exploring the PaperArtsy blog and showcasing some majestic makes.

One of our designers who's no stranger to masterboards, is Jo Firth-Young, and the first photo shows her vibrant masterboard and the second, one of her projects that she created with it.

Next, we have Nikki Acton, and she contrasted creating a subtle masterboard with a bold and bright one.

Sue Carrington takes us through, step by step exactly how she creates her artistic masterboards.

Then how about a light and delicate piece, ably created by Emma Godfrey? Then the second photo, with one of the sets of projects she produced from it.

When you're preparing to make your very own masterboard, what tools might you need? You can actually use whatever you have laying around. This next artist used a plastic card, her fingers and a toilet roll to create this wonderful journal spread.

Perhaps paint is less of your 'thing' and you love indulging in a little collage, Margarete Miller has some perfect examples and tonnes of inspiration. She's also filmed a video in the link to show you her process.

Most of us would probably plump for a substantial substrate to throw lots of paint and layers onto. Heavyweight Smoothy would be a great choice, but what about something different? Glossy cardstock?

When introducing layers and colour, it could be easy for your projects to look full on. With a light touch and some bright colours, if you're lucky it might end up like this beauty of a sketchbook by Anneke de-Clerck.

Once you've finished the main patterning, how might you add details. Here's a fellow white-gel pen fan, bringing highlights to her prepared page.

So what might you do with the masterboard once you've finished it? Here's a few ideas:
Add in a focal point and a sentiment just perfectly executed by this artist.

If you have only a little leftover masterboard, how about creating unique business cards or perfectly sized gift cards?

Or go even smaller. Don't waste the smallest bits of your lovingly prepared masterboard. Procure your very own mini masterpiece!

The obvious choice for many is to divide them up and use them as backgrounds for cards. 

Whether you create directly in a journal or trim your completed masterboard to fit in there, journals are the perfect place to showcase your artwork. Adding some pretty blossoms completes this Asian inspired double spread.

Last in the masterboard procession is a multi layered stamped masterboard. Sometimes you can go simple and it still looks wonderfully effective.

All of these amazing examples have got me itching to create one of my own. I hope that these gorgeous examples inspire you to get painty and inky yourself.

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!


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