Sunday 28 February 2021

2021 Topic 3: The Creative Laboratory {Topic Intro}


 2021 Topic 3 - The Creative Laboratory

Hi everyone, Keren here introducing The Creative Laboratory!

Experimentation with a laboratory feel is the gist of the topic tonight. Is it all about the wonderful 'eureka' moments you can get when combining products and techniques? Or could it be projects with a chemistry or laboratory vibe? Well, it can be both! In the spirit of experimentation, we're going to do something a little different. I'm combining some cool science-y themed projects along with a list of different PaperArtsy products (and more) and some links for you to explore and experiment along with us. Treat this as a reference post to maybe come back to when your mojo has gone missing or you're just in the mood for a little experimentation of your own.

We're beginning with the laboratory idea and the newest Hot Picks on the block which are a collaboration with Dounia at HQ who has a science background.

Sara Naumann has some stamps and stencils that were based on a vintage chemistry textbook she'd found.

Searching on the internet for interesting pieces of art, I came across this artist's impression of the periodic table.

I love these overlaid symbols over the portrait. So very cool.

This is a clever piece of art, called Atomic Love

How about some laboratory styled art?

Now from the laboratory style, to the experimental. We've got a look at lots of different products and tools with some ideas for how you might use them via links to some of your favourite PaperArtsy designers and bloggers.


One of the PaperArtsy designers well known for her use of stencils is Tracy Scott and this example is just beautiful with so much depth.

Techniques Using Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics:

These awesome paints are used in so many projects and renown for their quality, highly pigmented formula, being environmentally friendly and because they're water based, they're easy to clear up. Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and Lutradur Fabric create a really amazing effect, as Chris Dark explores in this blog post and has me itching to get my hands on some.

Crunchy Waxed Paper:

Helen Chilton combined painted, scrunched and embossed crunchy waxed paper in one project, and the paper provides amazing texture to your projects.

Rusting Powder:

Fancy really having some experimentation? Have you tried PaperArtsy Rusting Powder yet? Sue Carrington tried out rusting fabric (amongst other things) and the post is a fabulous introduction.

Infusions Techniques:

Infusions came to market in 2017 and have been a real favourite ever since. This first post was their grand introduction and contains a video or two from PaperArtsy showing lots of ideas. This project is a sumptuous art piece by Lynne Moncrieff.

Grunge Paste Techniques:

Who doesn't love Grunge Paste?! You can paint it, use it through stencils, push texture into it, and as Nikki Acton did here, use it in combination with Infusions. What an an awesome textural effect!


Techniques With Tools; Acrylic Blocks:

PaperArtsy has some great clear acrylic blocks. How often do you use your blocks or mounts to do technique based projects with? Ellie Knol created a concertina journal (including a technique using clingfilm (or saran wrap), but thiss project was using colourwash and spray mists and leaving an acrylic block over the top whilst it dried. Intrigued? Follow the link!

Embossing Powder Techniques:

One of the real 'magic' techniques is using embossing powder and seeing it change almost instantly. Miriam Grazier produced a triple technique project using embossing powder. Such amazing effects!

Brayer Techniques:

With one of the cutest and niftiest brayers around, PaperArtsy has come up trumps whether you're wanting to brayer a quick background or use creating gel prints. For an introduction to some useful techniques, check out the blog post and the first two links which are videos by Leandra.

Hope you've enjoyed this look around the topic and it's inspired you to get experimenting.

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!

Friday 26 February 2021

NEW PaperArtsy Products: Hot Picks {February 2021}

  Hot Picks Collection

February 2021 New Product Announcement

A note from Leandra:
Hot Picks are a fantastic collection of stamps, and we are thrilled to have a new edition of 'science' themed stamps. Join Leandra in the PaperArtsy People FB group to see these samples up close and hear a bit more about this series which Leandra and Dounia collaborated on while Mark was busy building the new PA HQ!

There are also 3 stencils to go with these stamps, which is really nice! We all love a stencil don't we!
Remember, these stamps are available EXCLUSIVELY from our approved stockists for the next 3-4 months. With freight prices soaring due to fewer flights worldwide, it makes sense to buy local within your country. See the stockist list and links at the bottom of this blog post. 

I hope you really enjoy checking out these new products today, don't forget to leave a comment for the designer at the foot of the post.
  New Stamps
Price: RRP €21.92 +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.

Hot Picks 2101 (HP2101)

Lots on this stamp set to enjoy! You'll see Dounia making flowers from 'orbitals' and the little 'scientists' collage is adorable. Plus, how useful are those numbers going to be!!!

Radical Flowers {by Dounia Large }
Growing your own scientific garden is possible! A bit of sketching and contrasting colours, and voila! An experimental flower patch materialises!

I love how Dounia has layered section of the small cone diagram to make these dropping flowers, shall we call them cone-bells?

Here is a better view. The same 'cone' stamp is repeated to make a pattern in the background.
Scientists {by Leandra Franich}
Orbitals become balloons, and the stencil shown below creates a sense of wind movement pulling the balloons.
The stencil was bumped, red under white allowing the colour to peek without too much dominance.
The little goggles just have to become a focal point!

Hot Picks 2102 (HP2102)

A stamp set all about circles and astronomy. Makes it easy to mix and match! Also a lovely quote by Marie Curie. A hundred years old and still quite relevant!
Astral Goddess {by Dounia Large}
Meet the 'Astral Goddess' ! Surrounded by planets, molecules, atoms and time, she could be something from Dr Who! The halo of moon phases around her head is backed by an eclipse. Time, Sun, Moon, Stars are all in this set.

She 'pops' as the regal focal point, with the white circular area of the star map drawing your eye.
The yellow and white dots on the cornet stamp tie all the colours in perfectly. 
It's easy to miss the tiny clock stamp at the foot of the set, you can see they 'chime' every hour.

Time Passes {by Dounia & Leandra}

Here is the tiny clock stamp again on this focal tag made by Dounia. The background is by Leandra and it's on there too.

Here's a close up of the colours and layers.

The blue of the background matched the tag sample perfectly, so they just had to go together!

Hot Picks 2103 (HP2103)

A series of more 'backgroundy' stamps for this set. You will probably spot elements already present in the other two Hot Picks but they can provide texture and graphics to other stamps as well. The script is Leonardo Da Vinci's!

Grunged by Dounia Large

Stamping into Grunge Paste is addictive! Here Dounia has tinted the GP with warm coloured paint, then stamped into it with the Script, and around the edges with the electronic circuit. Once dry, she applied Paua Shell paint making sure it gets in the grooves.

The whole thing then is allowed to dry (you can heat dry it BTW) as a blue background. Then the exciting part is to sand back to reveal the contrasts in texture. Sanding certainly accentuates the fine details, and creates a super smooth surface that you could stamp on again if you wished.

Circuit Board {by Leandra Franich}
Here is a background using all the stamps from set 3 of this release. Paint under and then all the images stamped with paint.

The linear lines of the electronic circuit chart (in yellow) is a fab and useful contrast.
I love that DaVinci script, I stamped it in white almost everywhere!

Book Covers by Dounia Large

Background stamps like these are also suitable as the main element for a book cover when you play with repeating patterns.

Don't forget your bling!

New Stencils
Regular Size: 6.5" x 7" (16 x 18cm) Price: RRP €5.38 + VAT
It's fun to have some stencils to go with these plates. These elements are useful in all kinds of background situations.  

PaperArtsy Stencil 243 (PS243)

Chained {by Dounia Large}

I love this idea of the chains overlapping. The ever-changing colours add another dimension.


PaperArtsy Stencil 244 (PS244)

Molecular {by Dounia Large}

One thing you may not have noticed on the stencil is a solid circle (lower right of the design). This fits the tiny clocks on HP2102

Bonded {by Dounia Large}
 Each of the circles was clear embossed for this sample

You can see how they catch the light better in this photo.
Apocalypse {by Dounia Large}
I'm calling this the 'Apocalyptic' Sample, it looks like the machines are taking over in War of the Worlds, but if you look closely its a tree on the right.

And I love how these flowers are made from the dots/atoms stamp on HP2102.

PaperArtsy Stencil 245 (PS245)

Linear Blobs {by Leandra}
I just wanted to see how these stencil looked if backed up and used twice.
Bumping the stencil gives a bit more depth. Almost looks like an animal print!
Layered {by Dounia Large}

Simple layering allows you to create depth and interest with ease!
Geometric {by Dounia Large}

Layering with a focal of the geometric stamps and the atom cloud!

Project 1 - Planetary : by Dounia Large

The planets align! Yes it's a really cool stamp set, and it's hard to appreciate from the photos the layers Dounia has created here.

Perhaps here it is a bit easier to see the respective layers around her head. The delicate star border from HP2103 stamped in white makes a nice layer in the background .

Now let me point out the layer using the chain stencil. Dounia stamped the numbers from HP2101 into Grunge Paste that had been scraped through the stencil. Infusions were used for colour, catching the grooves and making them darker. You can sand back to reveal the details once the GP has dried.

Look, here you can see it more clearly. Love it!
Project 2 - Goddess: by Leandra Franich

The goddess has a 'body', and you can see that I used the background from the HP2103 sample above to make it, adding a few more stamps and scraps to embellish her.

The frill on the bottom of her dress is kind of cute and made from those clocks.

And the clocks also feature on the blue backing layer. Even the numbers stamped in black ink on black painted card catch the light above.

I hope you can see that both Dounia and I had fun not only designing these stamps and stencils, but also making samples with them.

Project 3 - Testing


Leandra will be over in PaperArtsy People to share the samples shortly. I hope you can join us!

Leandra & Dounia


Below is a list of the retailers who have already got these new releases in stock ready for you to buy NOW!

PaperArtsy Stockist List

Many of our stockists worldwide have their physical stores impacted in different ways due to COVID-19. Please contact a stockist direct to find out if you can visit them. Many are also using FB Live Streams to share with you new product arrivals or offer a personal shopping service via video calls.
Our stockists are your go-to  source for all PaperArtsy products, and we suggest that you also use the PaperArtsy People Facebook group to source a stockist in your country. Many are members and will happily share links to their online stores.

Bella Paperie, Brendale, Queensland,
Bev's Cross Crafts, Spreyton, Tasmania
Crafters Cupboard, Berwick, Victoria
Memories on the Murray, Murray Bridge, SA
Scrapbook Superstore & More South Penrith, NSW
The Scrapbooker's Confetti Box, Swansea,NSW
The Thread Studio, 6 Smith Street, Perth
The Scrapbook Store, North Perth,WA 
Time To Create, Modanville, NSW

Cart N Scrap Art, Antwerp,
Cotrain, Kontich,
Expression Hobby, Marcinelle

Clipper Street Scrapbook Company, Langley, BC.
Paper Art Creations Inc, Leduc, Alberta,
Scrapbook Centrale, Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec
Simply Scrapbooking, Prince George, BC
Scrap Addicts, Edmonton, Alberta
Scrap and Bean, Edmonton, Alberta 
Scrapbooking Fairies, Drayton Valley, Alberta
The Paper & ink Boutique, Calgary, Alberta
The Scrap Yard, Calgary, Alberta, 

Hobbyboden Scrapworld Samso

Eirl Bancon Cartoscrap, Midi Pyrenees,
Horizon Creatif, Ste Jalle
Katzelkraft, Ingwiller
Kerglaz, Basse Goulaine,  
Kerudoc Creation, St Yvi
Quartier Serre Teston, Ste Jalle,
Scrap by Nini,  Uzerche, Limousin 
Scrapo'naturel, Tourville La Riviere, 
Toutencolle, Dun sur Avon

Paperbasics, Hessen,
Stempelbar, Berlin,
Stempeloase Munich, Munich
Stempelfee Shop, Hilden
Stempellaedle, Stuttgart,

Scraps N Pieces, Kallithea

Immagine SAS di Rapaccini, Rome,
Il Negozio Della Mamma Di Cle, Torino,
L'artistica Glo, Cinisello B (Mi),
Marte Savona, Savona,
Pezze E Colori, Lissone, 
Piccole Passioni, Siena,
Scrap it Easy, Rome,

Tiny Dots, Funabashi-shi, Chiba

Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden
Stampingcorner, Capelle Aan Den Ijssel

Hobbygarasjen, Kopervik,
Hobbykunst, Rasta,
Scrapbookengros AS, Kleppe

Cien por Cien Manualidades, S.L., Bizkaia, Catalunya,
Endulze & Crista S.L, Pampalona, Navarra,
Ideas 10 Manualidades Y Scrapbook, Bilbao
Marakiscrap, Tarragona,
Scrap & Papers Experiences, Barcelona,
Scraphouse S.L. Barcelona
The Paradise Corner, Barcelona, 

South Africa
Kcraft Imports Ltd, Centurion,
Stencil Art, Gauteng, 

Butik Elva, Staffanstorp,
HC Design, Svedala,

Mandy's Cards, Taipei

United Kingdom
A Trip Down Memory Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk,
Aldridge Crafts, Attleborough, Norfolk
Amelia's Creative Crafts, Studley, Warwickshire
Art from the Heart, Harrogate, Yorkshire
Blade Rubber Stamps, London
Countryview Crafts, Potton, Bedfordshire
Crafts at The Malthouse, Herstmonceux,  East Sussex,
Fave Rave, Stourbridge, West Midlands
Loobi Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire,
Papermaze, Ipswich, Suffolk
Stampers Grove, Springbank, Lilliesleaf, Melrose,Scotland
That's Crafty
, Romford, essex
The Artistic Stamper Craft Store, Faversham, Kent
The Crafty Cafe, 
Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffs,

The Forget me not Kraft Kabin

Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA
Artistic Studio Creations, Fayetteville, Georgia
Craftiness, Chatsworth, CA,
Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, Kentucky
Everything Scrapbook & Stamps, Lake Worth, Florida
Frantic Stamper, Oregon
Free Heart LLC, Denver, Colarado,
Golden Hills PaperCrafts, Fairfax Station, Virginia,
Joggles, West Warwick, Rhode Island,
PaperCraft Clubhouse, Westbrook, Connecticut,
Runaway, Art & Craft Studio, NE Salem, Oregon
Scrapbook N Memories, Harrisonville, Missouri,
Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio www.
The Artistic Palette Studio, Eugene, OR,
The Crafty Scrapper, Waxahachie, TX
The Doodlebug Inc, Jasper, IN,
The Ink Pad, New York,
Topflight Stamps, Irmo, South Carolina
Valley Stamp & Scrap LLC, Neenah, Wisconsin,

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