Tuesday, 26 October 2021

2021 Topic 13: Tiny (News) Print with EAB {by Jennie Atkinson}

  2021 Topic 13: Tiny (News) Print

Aren't these spool projects so much fun!! I just love this idea and Jennie's fabric is absolutely swoonworthy, and looks superb with those words stamped in coffee in the background! And an adorable arrangement on top of the spool too, what a fun project!
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Jennie (Live the Dreamwith you today, and I'm here to share with you a project for our fabulous new theme of Tiny (News) Print. I love creating with tiny print papers and stamps as they really do fit my vintage/shabby style, and although I didn't set out to make this fabric and paper spool, I had a lot of fun putting it together!

My intention had been to make some roll up flowers using tiny print for a card but there was an old wooden spool sitting on the desk and it just caught my eye and .... well I was off on a totally different track! I found quite a few different ways of using tiny print .... using both stamps and old dictionary paper. They both work so well with the size and type of print used by Alison in her quote stamps. So a good match!

My local haberdashery shop sells some lovely strips of material which all come wound together and look absolutely beautiful and very appealing! They were slightly wider than the spool and do fray badly when cut, so I decided to go for a fairly rough look! Not one that would have been approved by my Needlework teacher at school, the aptly named Miss Pattern. Despite being quite heavily patterned I thought they would take the tiny print of the Words 1 plate. 

Words 1

I stamped randomly with Archival Ink (Coffee) and really loved the effect. The stamping really does blend into fabric.

I used some matching plain calico to stamp the quotes from Alison's Work and Play Edition. Again the Archival Ink works well on the calico (I always like to keep my colours the same once I start).

The stamped quotes were stitched randomly onto the fabric ...... but trying not to cover up too much of the background tiny print stamping!

Once these were in place I was able to add some small bits and pieces of lace and muslin and other embellishments. They need to be quite narrow and not too thick in order that the roll is able to be rolled.

To cover the back of the fabric strip I used Collage Medium to paste dictionary paper onto another piece of calico. Initially it didn't look as though it was going to work but once it dried it was fine to work with and adhered to the calico well.

The two pieces were then sewn together and attached to the spool. This was the hardest part of the project as I used the sewing machine but thankfully the wonky stitching is hidden within the lace and muslin!

To decorate the top of the spool I used more of the dictionary paper and made some tiny roll up flowers (my initial intention!) 

The flowers are easily made from a circle of stamped cardstock, cut into a spiral and then wound into a rolled flower using a quilling tool.

I used a 1.5" circle punch which was the perfect size when rolled up for this project. Distressing the edges also gives a nice finish and once glued I tend to squash them a bit! 

There is a step by step tutorial on my blog HERE if you would like to see how to make them in detail.

I do love combining fabric and paper and especially when the sewing doesn't have to be neat and professional looking! Working with tiny print works best on a small project and when the wooden spool caught my eye I knew instantly that the papers, stamps and quotes would all work together on the same scale.

I was very pleased with the way the Words 1 Plate worked on the patterned fabric and I will certainly be using this technique on fabric for future projects as it certainly makes the fabric look much more interesting.

As always thank you for joining me and I hope there are a few ideas in this project which will make you want to have a go yourself.

Jennie x

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Monday, 25 October 2021

2021 Topic 13: Tiny (News) Print TOPIC INTRODUCTION

2020 Topic  13 - Tiny (News) Print

Hi everyone, Keren here with some great news; it's a NEW..s topic! Ok, it's not really news but I love anything miniature and 'type' so I am really excited to see what our blogger team come up with. 
I have visions of miniature newspapers used to cover doll forms and the tiny font trimmed out and used to highlight or title some art work. Could the project be large and the type small or will we see tiny art pieces with tinier words? 

Starting with alphabet beginnings, there were some wordy wonders in the PaperArtsy blog. Anneke de Clerck will often rustle up something modern and vibrant and this set of Christmas greetings is no exception. 

Having a small amount of tiny text draws your eye from the amazing lace and floral frenzy that Tracy Scott excels at.

Sneaking this one in to the PaperArtsy section; whilst Alison didn't create this for the blog, as she's practically our chief 'word' designer, I couldn't resist this splattered beauty.

Some of you will be very familiar with the concept of 'One Word'; a popular way of considering how you will focus your attention on the year ahead. This artist, Erin Lee decided to write points springing from her (two!) One Word for that year. Adding those white shadows really lifts the tiny text.

Using a myriad of fonts, in different sizes can be a challenge, but this is a wonderful example of using bold and soft type in both the title and background.

This is a clever way of combining art and poetry. The poem is produced from the book page and the design drawn on top.

Carme Magem is known for creating famous women of note in a collage style and you can spy different tiny words dotted around the beautiful faces. How beautiful.

Lots of us love a good bit of decoupage and what better than to create quirky decorative birds with interesting book pages.

Julia Strand produces amazing book engravings and her work is really varied but often uses texts in the pieces. This almost technical looking piece is a real contrast of black and white layers.

Using hydrangea petals and glueing them under tissue paper over some beautiful tiny handwritten words on paper produces a unique product that the artist cut into little hearts.

Tiny words given the spotlight to create texture and form in a journal style page is a clever way of using text. the undulating watery effect has a magical quality and the artist has used white space to great effect too.

You want tiny newsprint? Well this is possibly the tiniest type I've ever seen in the teeniest book. Isn't it clever ?!

Whilst you can use tiny font on a larger art piece, why not go the whole hog and get creating on small canvases like these miniature examples from Kasia Avery.

Letters aren't restricted to paper and book pages. If you sew, you'll always need a needle case and isn't this a lovely one!

We're heading towards Christmas and this inspired Advent Calendar has many inspired ways to use letters and words. How many examples can you spot?

Hope you've enjoyed some initial exploration into the topic. I'm sure we're going to see some miniature masterpieces and tiny font focused pieces over the next two weeks.

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!


Thursday, 21 October 2021

NEW PaperArtsy Products: Lynne Perrella Collection {October 2021}

Lynne Perrella Collection 
October 2021 New Product Announcement

A note from Leandra: 
I don't think it is any secret how much I enjoy Lynne Perrella's designs, her  fascinating style, her way of pulling a collection together, it's just a wonderful privilege to be a part of that process. Before we started PaperArtsy in 2003, I was an avid collector of Lynne's Acey Deucy stamps, and it is wonderful that each release she does now resonate beautifully with the stamps she was designing over 20 years ago.
We often exchange emails about the upcoming collections and there is always an anticipation and excitement in waiting to see the direction that unfolds as Lynne begins her process of research and study. 
This time I asked for a wintery theme, make sure to read her notes below, as your understanding of this series will expand with those insights. I often think it is when you add colour to these stamps they come to life, so look closely to see the details: crystals as jewels, the stars twinkling in a winter sky, the velvety robe of a snowstorm. These elements are repeated across all the set to build a strong connection. I am sure you will get so much enjoyment from these designs.
Hi everyone, It's Lynne Perrella here with you today to explain some background to this release and how it came to be.
I begin every design assignment with three favorite activities:  list-making, sketching and research.  I also count on serendipity to ignite the best “sparks” during any design process.  
Browsing through an old weathered encyclopedia in my studio, I discovered a page dedicated to photographs of snow crystals by W. A. Bentley.  A poor farmer without a formal education, his interests in music, meteorology, and clouds lead him to invent a unique process of photographing snow crystals; and he eventually captured over 5,000 examples for posterity.  I was immediately inspired by the cut-crystal, faceted brilliance of these “gems, wrought by the blizzards”.  Using Bentley’s plates as inspiration, I re-drew a dozen or more of his signature snowflakes, and sprinkled them throughout my new designs.
Winter in the Hudson River Valley – the view outside my studio door
Winter in the Hudson River Valley – the view outside my studio door

Other design influences also swirled around – Arthurian legends, Norse mythology, ethnic design motifs (think:  Latvian mittens and mufflers), tapestries, and the romance of a night sky during a winter snowfall.  Cinematic scenes are never far from my mind, and I recalled a snippet from “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942) complete with sleigh bells and laughter --- and included two patterned horses in this collection.  (and one enigmatic snowy owl)
“Winter is not a season, it’s a celebration.” – Anamika Mishra
History of costume is a consistent influence for me, and I studied vintage depictions of
King Arthur and Guinevere, rendered by illustration greats such as Howard Pyle and N. C. Wyeth.  That lead to researching medieval hair styles, such as plaited braids interwoven with ribbon, plus coronets/crowns/diadems.  A couple of the frontal-facing characters have a regal “chess piece” vibe.  As you can tell --- Inspiration is everywhere.

Although I greatly admire artists with austere design sensibilities, I enjoy exploring
pattern-on-pattern, and investigating the potential of every visual element.   More is more.
“Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.” – Andy Goldsworthy
Inspiration List:
Vintage sample books of lace and stitchery
Snowflake engravings
Old correspondence and inscribed envelopes
Marbled papers
Antique knitting diagrams
Cut-paper silhouettes and old scrapbooks

I enjoyed the challenge of combining and stirring these disparate elements together; problem-solving as I worked to get the right scale, and light-dark balance.   My illustrations are accomplished using some old-school tricks, techniques, and hard-copy art supplies.  No digitalization.
“Some people spend their entire lives seeing the snow without ever seeing the magic
 in the existence of one snowflake.” – Emily Littlejohn
I love to see what you will create with my stamps.  (I think this collection is especially suited to hand-coloring --- get out your gel pens!)

I enjoy designing for Paper Artsy, a company that always gets it right when it comes to the highest-quality production values.  All the intricate details in my artwork are captured with care. Don't forget you will find a list of stockists at the foot of this post where you can purchase my newest stamps.

Thanks so much to Lynne for sharing with us your inspiration for this collection. I love the snowflake crystals as gems, they give a very regal feel to these characters. 
Next up for you, Keren is here too, she ended up on a deep dive into these stamps, as you will see! I know  she thoroughly enjoyed the process, it was hard to stop her!! Here is a close up look at each of the sets and Keren's samples. Leandra will be LIVE in the PaperArtsy People group later this evening to share with you Keren's samples, so come on over to check that out if you have some time up your sleeve!  

  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.

Lynne Perrella Collection Set 051 (LPC051)
Hi! Keren here and so thrilled to have been given these amazing new sets to play with. There is so much to say about these images and honestly, I couldn't stop creating with them.
The first set drew me instantly with the dreamily wistful women and the majestic steed. I decided to add just one extra stamp set for all the sentiments on the projects -EAB05.

I created a gel plate print using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and then added some Grunge Paste through two stencils ( PS021 and PS127). I've added some Prismacolor pencils over the top of the Grunge Paste. Her hair details reminded me of the medieval crespines that women used to wear so I decided to sew beads over each dot.

If you look at the sets closely, you'll notice snowflakes through every set. The horse gave me reindeer vibes so I made a magical flying Christmas horse adding in sparkles like flying dust.

Lynne Perrella Collection Set 052 (LPC052)

I was really excited to see this set; it's not very often we get male images and this one is spectacular. I love that he goes perfectly with the previous set and I've created something using both of them at the end.
Looking at the man from an angle reminded me of Phantom of the Opera, so I created a little notebook playing with 'opaque and transparent' (a theme I've used through lots of my projects).

Opening up the first page, you see the reverse of the phantom's mask so I stamped over the Snowflake Fresco Chalk paint. You can see a long thin stamped image using a previous Lynne Perrella set LPC032.

Adding small circles to the reverse of the Matt Duralar page meant that when you turn the page with 'Christine' on, the circles appear in her cheeks.

My next project is about being 'real' and not choosing a mask. We can sometimes feel that the masked version of ourselves is a better one, but really, the full colour real us is the actual gem.

I've added a brad to the middle and half of the sentiment upside down so when you turn the man, you can see the other character.

I know I've said this before, but the detail in these stamps is extraordinary, even in smaller stamps. Adding some Grunge Paste to the PS108 stencil was the perfect background for Copic coloured markers on this notebook.

Sewing some mini pockets to the bottom of each woman allowed me to slot in miniature tags and some circled wire was nestled behind the middle figure.

Going back to the man- he looks like a Snowflake King, so I added some glitter and eased out the cardstock whilst it was dampened by the glitter glue. Add in some foam pads to the concave areas when dry and you have instant dimension on a watercoloured image.

Hero-ing the little stamps is easy. I stamped the owl twice and borrowed part of one of the LPC053 images to make a tag perfect for a winter Birthday. 

Lynne Perrella Collection Set 053 (LPC053)
These next two sets follow a similar pattern to Lynne Perrella's last release. She designed two vintage styled sets and two with a slightly more modern feel. When looking closely at the next image, if you read the capital letter tags in an anticlockwise direction, it spells TORE. So I thought I'd tear some gel printed pages to act as a background. 

I painted her with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics and then slotted her into a sewn matt Duralar pocket. The mini tag with the sentiment on fitted perfectly behind her. Her neck tattoo is just too cool! 

I had the dual sides of Cruella De Vil in mind when creating the project above. Having a dark and light version sewn together with falling snowflakes matching the quote.

Lynne Perrella Collection Set 054 (LPC054)

I wanted to include a sewn brooch, and the cluster of women was the perfect image. I loved sewing on some scarves to keep them warm and then attaching the brooch onto a card so you get a card and gift in one.

The snowflakes aren't just for winter. If you colour them in brightly, they look like flowers. I stamped the woman 3 times onto Smoothy Cardstock and then cut out sections of their body so I could create a shaker element to the card. I masked off part of their face with matt Duralar to add an element of mystery and added beads to the reverse.

The hair detail on the next image is stunning and begging to be coloured. If you look closely at the creature a'top her hat and see the finest line of the whip you'll appreciate how good red rubber (plus a top notch manufacturing process) is at producing detail.

I used the group of women again to create a Christmas ornament. I thought I'd see if I could create a glittered ornament using one of the PaperArtsy glazes. I will dilute it down a little when I try it again, but the end result (whilst not perfect) gives a fabulous effect.

I have to admit playing Solitaire sometimes- it drowns out all the other thoughts competing for attention so when I combined these two characters,(from LPC051 and LPC052) they reminded me of playing cards but in an ATC sized way. I could colour these two forever!

Congratulations Lynne Perrella on your outstanding new stamp collection. I'm itching to create more projects with your lovely sets. Leandra will be live in PaperArtsy People to share more with this release too, 7:30 pm UK time, Oct 21 2021.


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Bev's Cross Crafts, Spreyton, Tasmania https://www.bevscrosscrafts.com.au/
Crafters Cupboard, Berwick, Victoria www.crafterscupboard.com.au
Memories on the Murray, Murray Bridge, SA  https://www.memoriesonthemurray.net/
Natalie May Scrapbooking, Dover Gardens, SA https://nataliemay.com.au/
Scrapbook Superstore & More South Penrith, NSW https://www.scrapbooksuperstore.com.au/
The Scrapbooker's Confetti Box, Swansea,NSW https://thescrapbookersconfettibox.com/
The Thread Studio, 6 Smith Street, Perth http://www.thethreadstudio.com/
The Scrapbook Store, North Perth,WA http://thescrapbookstore.com.au/ 
Time To Createwww.timetocreate.com.au

Cart N Scrap Art, Antwerp, www.cartnscrapart.be
Créatelier Caracolle, Liège, www.createliercaracolle.be

Clipper Street Scrapbook Company, Langley, BC. www.clipperstreet.com
Paper Art Creations Inc, Leduc, Alberta, http://www.paperartcreations.com/
Scrapbook Centrale, Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec www.scrapbookcentrale.ca
Scrap Addicts, Edmonton, Alberta https://www.scrapaddicts.ca/
Scrap and Bean, Edmonton, Alberta http://scrapandbean.com/ 
Scrapbooking Fairies, Drayton Valley, Alberta https://www.scrapbookingfairies.com/
The Paper & ink Boutique, Calgary, Alberta https://www.paperandinkboutique.com/
The Scrap Yard, Calgary, Alberta, https://www.thescrapyardcalgary.com/ 

Hobbyboden Scrapworld Samso www.hobbyboden.dk

Eirl Bancon Cartoscrap, Midi Pyrenees, www.cartoscrap.com
Fee Du Scrap, Saint Sébastien-Sur-Loire, https://www.feeduscrap.fr/
Horizon Créatif, Ste Jalle www.horizon-creatif.fr
Instant Créatif, La Possession, La Réunion, www.icreatif.re
Katzelkraft, Ingwiller http://www.katzelkraft.fr/en/
Kerudoc Creation, St Yvi www.kerudoccreation.com
Toutencolle, Dun sur Avon www.toutencolle.fr

Heidin Korttipaja, Istunmaki, www.korttipaja.fi/fi

Stempelbar, Berlin, www.stempelbar.de
Stempeloase Munich, Munich www.stempeloase.de
Stempelfee Shop, Hilden www.stempelfee-shop.de
Stempellaedle, Stuttgart, www.stempellaedle.de/shop

Scraps N Pieces, Kallithea www.scrapsnpieces.gr

Immagine SAS di Rapaccini, Rome, www.immaginelab.com
Il Negozio Della Mamma Di Cle, Torino, www.ilnegoziodellamammadicle.com
Marte Savona, Savona, www.martesavona.it
Pezze E Colori, Lissone, http://www.pezzeecolori.it/ 
Piccole Passioni, Siena, www.piccolepassioni.it

La Wadao, Odawara, Kanagawa, www.lawadao.com
Tiny Dots, Funabashi-shi, Chiba www.tinydots.shop-pro.jp

Doe@ding,Spijkenisse https://doeading.nl/
Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden www.hobbycompleet.nl
Stampingcorner, Capelle Aan Den Ijssel www.stampingcorner.nl

Hobbygarasjen, Kopervik, www.Hobbygarasjen.no

Cien por Cien Manualidades, S.L., Bizkaia, Catalunya,  www.100x100manualidades.es
Ideas 10 Manualidades Y Scrapbook, Bilbao https://ideas10manualidades.com/
Marakiscrap, Tarragona, www.marakiscrap.com
Scrap & Papers Experiences, Barcelona, www.scrappapersexperiences.com
The Paradise Corner, Barcelona, www.theparadisecorner.com


United Kingdom
Amelia's Creative Crafts, Studley, Warwickshire  www.ameliascreativecrafts.co.uk
Art from the Heart, Harrogate, Yorkshire www.afth.co.uk
Blade Rubber Stamps, London www.bladerubberstamps.co.uk
Crafts at The Malthouse, Herstmonceux,  East Sussex, http://www.themalthouse.co.uk/
Fave Rave, Stourbridge, West Midlands www.shabbychicstencils.co.uk
Loobi Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, www.loobicrafts.co.uk
Papermaze, Ipswich, Suffolk https://www.papermaze.co.uk/ 
Stampers Grove, Springbank, Lilliesleaf, Melrose,Scotland www.stampersgrove.co.uk
That's Crafty
, Romford, essex www.thatscrafty.co.uk
The Artistic Stamper Craft Store, Faversham, Kent www.theartisticstamper.com
The Forget me not Kraft Kabin www.TheForgetMeNotKraftKabin.co.uk

Artistic Artifacts, Alexandria, VA https://www.artisticartifacts.com/
Artistic Studio Creations, Fayetteville, Georgia www.facebook.com/ASCbyCrystal
Craftiness, Chatsworth, CA, https://www.craftinessonline.com/
Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, Kentucky www.ephemerapaducah.com
Everything Scrapbook & Stamps, Lake Worth, Florida www.everythingscrapbook.com
Frantic Stamper, Oregon www.franticstamper.com
Free Heart LLC, Denver, Colarado, http://www.freeheartllc.com/
Joggles, West Warwick, Rhode Island, www.joggles.com
PaperCraft Clubhouse, Westbrook, Connecticut, http://papercraftclubhouse.com/
Qingquing's Stamp Shop, Portland, Oregon
Runaway, Art & Craft Studio, NE Salem, Oregon http://www.runawayart.com/
Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio www. simonsaysstamp.com
The Ink Pad, New York, www.theinkpadnyc.com
Topflight Stamps, Irmo, South Carolina https://topflightstamps.com/

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