Thursday, 21 January 2021

2021 Topic 1 Stamp Mashing - FP ECF I&D ESA: Healing Music {by Keren Baker}

 2021 Topic 1: Stamp Mashing with ...

France Papillon * Courtney Franich * Ink & the Dog * Seth Apter

This isn't the first time Keren has up-cycled a violin. I wonder how many other instruments she has stashed in the Baker household graveyard of instruments! I think we should give her some bagpipes! Anyhow, what a lovely project this id. Would love a whole wall of them actually! I now have visions of people scouring second hand stores for instruments! I'm sure you need no encouragement to read on!
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Keren Baker with you today, and I'd like to share with you a little upcycled art. I did a half sized violin a few years ago and I had others lying around (including this full sized one) waiting for their moment. Using 4 different designer's stamps called for something a little more special plus I felt that I needed a little more space than my average sized card or notebook

As a musician it pains me a little to take an instrument out of circulation, but if they're broken or very inexpensive, I don't feel as guilty. 

I made (on reflection afterwards) exactly the same mistake as last time I painted one of these; I didn't sand it! Ordinarily Fresco Finish Acrylic paints will go on pretty much anything- and they did- but because the piece is highly polished, the paint will scrape away more easily without a key, so do sand yours if you fancy trying to do similar.

It was a lovely blank white canvas. Normally a ton of white would thrill me, but on this occasion I felt a bit overawed as to how to combine stamp designs that are pretty different in style. I decided to choose the stamps first and maybe the combo would become clear. I wanted to use one of Seth's minis EM33 as it was the perfect size for the neck.

Stamping on tissue paper first and using Mod Podge is much easier. I loved the pattern created by rotating the stamp each time. Reminded me a little of a guitar fret board. I need to buy some matt Mod Podge as ended up with a lustre which I didn't love.

I decided on a simple colour scheme using Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Chalk, Cerise, Cerulean, Slate plus Crackle Glaze.

You can see below one of my 'u-turns', known more exactly as creative mistakes! I was going to do all the violin in Chalk, a very thin layer of crackle glaze and Cerulean but I thought a graduated colour scheme might be more interesting. I didn't like it, so started painting more white over it. Painting over crackle doesn't give you the smoothest surface to stamp over but I  knew I'd be using tissue paper again, so it didn't matter as much.

For my 'Ink & The Dog' stamps I used Buttons 1 B1. Once I'd applied it (and really disliked the sheen of the Mod Podge) I knew it needed knocking back a little which I planned to do with stencilling using PS021 and more stamping.

You can see how well the Grunge Paste works over the stamped areas. I added a little paint over some of the numbers to add some contrast. You can also see one of the France Papillon sets I used - FP005.

I now needed to make decisions about how to combine the other designer Courtney Franich's stamps in what I'd done so far. I had an idea about making flowers using some of her leaf stamps and also foliage from her sets ECF05 & ECF06

I just needed to add in a few more images. I was musing about the effect of music upon us and how it supports and improves both mental health and mood. Frances Papillon's set contained two sentiments 'PS:there is hope' and 'Serotonine' which I thought would give something for people to ponder whilst looking at the altered piece.

The super versatile dots on the neck of the violin come from another of France's sets FP002. You can also see the stencilled numbers which helps tie the design together.

I really loved adding the clouds, gel pen dashes and painting the tailpiece. The fact that there's a string missing seemed to resonate with the slight brokenness that many of us feel and also gave me an extra bit of space to stamp the sentiment on the neck. I had to google how to restring a violin (as hadn't a clue!!) so that was a new 'skill' !

This was a complete labour of love and I was amazed just how well the stamped images 'sung' together. I used paint more than I've ever done and even did layers (which I found slightly out of my comfort zone). If it hadn't been for the PaperArtsy topic challenge, I'd never have pushed myself with layering and combining. This has been a great topic for me.

It's well worth adding some paint and layers to things lying around the house. Musical instruments seem to have a mood of their own and are certainly very inspiring. Don't forget to prepare your surfaces better than I did and I now am on the lookout for a cello (perhaps not), but I'm tempted to try a viola or ukelele!

Hope to see you again soon,
Keren x

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Tuesday, 19 January 2021

2021 Topic 1 Stamp Mashing - FP ECF I&D ESA: Mail Tag {by Helen Chilton}

 2021 Topic 1: Stamp Mashing with ...

France Papillon * Courtney Franich * Ink & the Dog * Seth Apter

Helen has created one of her typically colourful backgrounds onto which she has layered the focal images, generally in black. This is such an effective way to define your layers.  The mashing up comes with an interesting idea thrown in, like a bespoke stencil. Take a look!
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you a tag I've made.
I thought the 'mash up of designers' idea was really great - I don't know about you, but I always tend to use just one designer at a time. Mixing it all up opens up a whole new world of possibilities. I think the more disparate the designers, the more fun it is.
Choosing which sets to use was quite hard as there were so many, but in the end I used an Ink and the Dog set for the focal image, with France and Courtney supporting that and used mostly the Seth Apter set for the background.

Here are the stamps I chose:


This panel is just made from mountboard and prepped with gesso. I've started by stamping some of Seth's designs in paint.

Then I've added some of Courtney's.

After that I stamped the main image and cut out the bit I wanted. At this point I was a bit worried you wouldn't be able to see the image over the background so tried stamping and embossing in black which gave a really intense image.

I picked out this set of France's because I thought it would be fun to add pattern to the open flower image - also a reason for picking the Ink and the Dog set - it had a small patterned stamp.

Using the open mask, I added my pattern to the two open flowers.

To finish I stamped some of the leaves in ink and then just drizzled embossing powder round the edges to make them stand out - love these leaves.

Then I just added a few white highlights and layered it all up.

I hope you can see all the designers represented here - perhaps next time I should be a little less predictable and use Seth's stamps as the main image? We could also introduce stencils from each designer as well - now that really would be a challenge!

Enjoy yourselves mixing and mashing all these designers ad see what you come up with.

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Sunday, 17 January 2021

2021 Topic 1 Stamp Mashing - FP ECF I&D ESA: A very mad project {by Corrie Herriman}

 2021 Topic 1: Stamp Mashing with ...

France Papillon * Courtney Franich * Ink & the Dog * Seth Apter

Wow this is such an imaginative project from Corrie, and yes very much a hint of bonkers is in there! But i think the stripes add a circus vibe top the proceedings! She has 3 wonderfully balanced cubes decorated with the designer mash-up of stamps, and it is utterly whimsical and fun!
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Corrie with you today, and I'd like to share with you probably the maddest project I have ever done! 

Over the last crazy year I really lost my mojo and wasn't able to create as usual. I am at home all day though and need something to do so I took it upon myself to keep crafting although most of the time I didn't really feel like it. 
Anyway, when I saw this topic I thought it was the perfect one to get back on track. I can honestly say I enjoyed most of it and I think it came out really fun albeit very mad! At times I thought it wouldn't work but I persevered and as they say... 'et voila' !  

After I finished I regretted putting the top block where it is as you can hardly see the dog. You can in real life but I must have taken this picture 10 times to get a better image. There will be more photos down the bottom of this post where it shows much better. 

Here's how it came together:

Using {Smoothy} Super Smooth 340 gsm card stock for the smallest and the largest block and the back of an old 12" x 12" paper-pad (I did this because it was the perfect size and I could cut it out of one piece of paper) for the middle one, I cut out the blocks using a template from the internet. There are hundreds if you want to give it a go. I then scored all the folding lines. 

I folded them together and secured them with a piece of washi tape to check they were alright before I started adding colour. 

I started with painting yellow stripes on all the boxes using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics {Cheesecake}. I also painted one of the tops/bottoms in the same colour. I didn't use any tape to mask the stripes and that worked OK. I didn't make a perfect job of it but managed to put that right later.

I decided I wanted blue, pink and green combined with the yellow. Again I painted the stripes without masking and it didn't look great so I used a white paint pen and a ruler and went over the edges of all the yellow stripes. Because the yellow is so light you hardly see the white stripes. Problem solved ! 
I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics : {Blue Bayou}, {Peachy Keen} and {Zucchini}. 

Next was stamping the background. I used Archival inks in the colours {Watering Can}, {Jet Black} and {Chrome Yellow}. Later I added more stamping with a darker yellow {Saffron}
The stamps I used for this came from the following sets:  {ESA08}. I&D Ephemera 3 {EA3} and I&D Backgrounds {Plate 3}. 

I didn't think I stamped enough so I added some more. This time I used {ESA08} and Archival inks {Leaf Green}, {Rose Madder} and {French Ultramarine}.

Before starting on the focals I decided to glue the cubes together. Before I did though,  I added some stamping directly onto the surface as this would be almost impossible when they were put together. I used Stamp sets: I&D {Ephemera 3 - EA3} and {ECF01}. 

These are the elements I was planning on using. At this stage I had a bit of an idea but it still developed while I was progressing with the project. 
I used a mixture of Copic Markers, watercolour markers and pencils. I stamped the lady, the dog and the umbrella twice, once on card stock and once on tissue that I glued to card stock stamped side down to get two mirror images. 
I used a whole lot of stamps for this:
{FP011), {EFC01}, {EFC04}, I&D {EA3} Ephemera, I&D {PT2} Pierrot 2, I&D {WGS2} Wings 2, {ESA01} and {ESA08}. In the end I used most of it but not quite all of it. 

This is how all four cubes looked once I was finished putting all the images on. Of course I still had to put it all together and add the lady, the dog and the umbrella. I used beads of an old necklace as feet for the blocks. 

So here is the finished article and it makes me chuckle because it is so very mad but I do love it. I glued the mirrored images of the lady, the dog and the umbrella together so I could use them freestanding. 

A close up of the doggie walking towards the lady. 

Here is the view of the back. I added more images and used the hats that come with the Pierrot set as bunting on all of the block. I did not colour them but stamped them on painted card (I used the same colours paint) and added shading. I also used some of the images as collage material.

Another side of the cubes. 

This is what it looks like from the top. 

The most difficult bit of this project was how to get the cubes stacked at odd angles and how to put the freestanding images on without them falling over. But I like a challenge and in the end I managed to do what I wanted. I just wish I had placed the dog and the top cube a bit better so  the dog stands out more. But, it is what it is. I did have a blast making it though and it got madder as I went along.  I think I learned that sometimes you just have to sit down and start and it will come together, even if you don't feel like it. Go on, try it ! 

I hope you enjoyed my blog post and come and visit me in my other locations too ! 

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