Thursday, 23 June 2022

2022 Topic 09: Leftovers {by Nikki Acton} with Tracy Scott stamps

Hi everyone, it's Nikki here with you today and I'm here to share with you a small book of collaged pages using up my leftovers.

Like many of us, I have lots of leftovers, there is the box under the desk from when I last had a tidy and then there are the boxes and piles on the desk of more recent 'leftovers'! I got quite organised recently, having a leftovers tin for die cuts, one for materials and ribbon and one for for paper / prints. I decided collage had to be the way forward..... but the little book idea evolved as I created.

I collated my leftovers to see what I had! Paper tends to be printed paper and leftover gel prints. If you have read one of my posts before you may know I often make more backgrounds than I need - just in case !!

I selected some prints, and scrapbook paper scraps that I thought might work together..... 
I noticed that the blue/grey prints and the black prints were leftovers from previous PaperArtsy blog posts - so it seemed a good idea to use these! If you are interested, the links to the original projects are here:

I cut these down to A7 size and added some random stamping...I cut about 10 pieces and began working on them in pairs.

I started with some of the 'shaving foam technique' leftovers. I collaged some torn gel plate leftovers and strips of printed paper to start.

This dark background needed some colour so I took a Tracy Scott stencil PS224 and sponged some PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylic - in Mermaid to one area of each card.

At some point during collaging my cards I decided that triangles (Tracy Scott stamp set - TS054) were going to be the theme that ran through each one.

Some scraps from my material box and die cuts were added along with some punched mini circles.

Tracy Scott stencil PS224 and stamp set TS054 were used on all pages to bring some cohesion or a theme to the different collaged pages.
There are four pairs of pages in the concertina book. Another example uses the blue/grey/grey gel print leftovers as the start point.

Some collaged paper added, including book paper - but then I got brave! I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Little Black Dress to cover some areas.
Using the the same stencil and Mermaid paint I added stencilling over these areas - not worrying how perfect it was. I also toned down some the collaged elements by dry brushing with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Chalk.

The triangles once again form the focal point - with some ink died ,frayed calico added

On each of the pairs there is some stamping with Tracy Scott's marking making stamp set - TS065. Here you can see the crosses stamped with paint and the larger numbers stamped with archival ink.

The last couple of pairs followed the pattern - but using the triangles in a different way each time and varying the collaged leftovers. 

Here you can see the front of the concertina book when it is tied together.

The fabric layers on the final pair include hessian, dried coffee bags, some handmade paper scraps and twine.

With each page complete I adhered to the concertina base. 4 on the front, 4 on the back. I used some ink-stained seam binding to tie it all together.

I really wasn't sure where I was going when I started this project. Once I started simply; small bases, adding layers - it evolved. So often the ideas come as we create, rather than before we create. Don't let a lack of ideas / over thinking stop you making - just start and see what happens.


Tuesday, 21 June 2022

2022 Topic 09: Leftovers {by Jenny Marples} with Urban Snapshots stamps

Hi everyone, it's Jenny (Pushing The Right Buttonswith you today, and I'm here to share a 'paper piecing' technique which allows you to add colour to some intricate stamped images using leftovers.

As the post progresses you'll see how this idea developed from a basic double page spread in one of my art journals, and through another two collage pages, before I finish a more detailed paper pieced postcard. I even use up the leftover paint in a final collage! Here's a couple of the finished pages to whet your appetite; 

I won't be going into too much detail explaining how this first collage came together because it's the lessons learned along the way that are the important bit. The background is just layering of neutral tones and textures (papers, lace, gesso) and some PaperArtsy Grunge Paste applied through the Sara Naumann stencil PS219.

I wanted to use the main window image from the PaperArtsy Urban Snapshots USAA3 stamp set but just wasn't happy with my first painted version. This is where I would highly recommend stamping your images on some clear plastic packaging to test what it will look like on top of different backgrounds - I've found some leftover painted tissue from my Venice book which is much more colourful and better suited to the image.

You'll spot below how in the finished collage I've masked off the border around the window so it blends more with the rest of the spread. It is worth going as far as trimming the border off in one piece if you have the mounted version because they are easily reassembled when stuck on a stamping block. The numbers come from the PaperArtsy Minis MN23 stamp.

I had some leftover gel plate printed tissue in yellow and have used the lamp-post from the PaperArtsy Urban Snapshots USAA2 stamp set on it to balance the composition, adding white highlights to emphasise the shape.

The next journal page starts with the lesson learned - these images work well stamped on multi-coloured backgrounds - so I've pulled out my collection of yellow leftovers and picked a bit that had a combination of 'Lemoncello' PaperArtsy Infusions and 'Toffee' PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint on it. The doorway image comes from the PaperArtsy Urban Snapshots USAA2 stamp set mentioned earlier.

To lighten it slightly I've added 'Chalk' PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint, applying with a brayer from a small gel plate. My next tip is never clean your gel plate! You'll see why at the end of this post.

To make the door stand out even more I've painted over that part of the stamped image with the 'Chalk' PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint before re-stamping it - use a stamping platform to make this process a lot easier.

At this point I wanted to make the door red but rather than risk painting and re-stamping the image again I thought about stamping it on a leftover piece of tissue. Digging out the poly-pocket with red leftovers, you'll see I have any number of gel plate tissue prints pulled to clean off my plate when it gets overloaded.

If the colour isn't quite the right shade adjust it with another thin layer - in this case 'Scottish Salmon' PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint warms the look up nicely. Again, don't clean that gel plate just yet!

After stamping the door on this tissue I've cut around it, glued it to the original image and added a little clear embossing powder for good measure. This paper piecing method seems to have worked well and is a touch less fiddly than painting and re-stamping multiple times.

The background include a combination of PaperArtsy Printed Tissue and stamped images from the Hot Picks HP1501 stamp set. I've also found a piece of 'mop up' tissue left over from cleaning up 'Golden Sands' PaperArtsy Infusions.

If you are unsure about where to stamp in the background try stamping your main image in it's final place on the page and then working around/over it safe in the knowledge your cut out doorway will be placed over the top in the end.

In a change of heart I applied coats of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Matte Glaze over the image to remove the shine and included words from the Alison Bomber EAB15 'House & Home' stamp set.

Taking paper piecing in a slightly different direction I decided to try stamping the highly detailed gate image from the Urban Snapshots USST2 stamp set onto two slightly different coloured leftover pieces of painted tissue. The top edge of one was torn and layered over the other to create a simple two-toned look.

Of course it needs mounting on something so I've re-purposed a PaperArtsy postcard with more PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Matte Glaze'Chalk' PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint and a discarded teabag.

To complete this page I've used a bit more PaperArtsy Printed Tissue, some teabag paper stained with 'Golden Sands' PaperArtsy Infusions and the gate image, glued onto some of the paper left over from making the original journal.

And here's the finished collage, complete with more hand stitching and the words from the Urban Snapshots USST2 stamp set.

Time to get slightly more ambitious with this paper piecing technique! On the left you'll see where some more of that mop up tissue has been added to the back of another postcard and over-stamped with the script image from the Hot Picks 1501 stamp set. The second of the images from the Urban Snapshots USST2 stamp set has been added on top as a guide. On the right I've stamped portions of the image on contrasting leftovers ready for cutting and adding on top.

The extra colour and contrast makes such a difference to the finished look of the balcony especially when highlights and detailing are added with with black and white permanent ink pens. The trailing plants look better with the addition of some colour too, stippled delicately over the top. Remove any unwanted shine with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Matte Glaze.

I couldn't resist adding a number from the PaperArtsy Printed Tissue on this whilst the words come from the previously mentioned Alison Bomber EAB15 'House & Home' stamp set.

Just time for one final page which you may remember from the beginning of this post - the facing page in the Paris art journal.

To finish I've used up that leftover paint from the gel plate, pulling it on tissue and combining it with more PaperArtsy Printed Tissue and the text and stars stamps from the Hot Picks HP1501 stamp set. 

Going right back to things used in the first collage, the words are from the Alison Bomber EAB20 'Night & Day' stamp set and the PaperArtsy Grunge Paste dots have been applied through the Sara Naumann PS219 stencil.

Hopefully this tutorial has given you some ideas for using up your leftovers to colour in those more detailed images - I know it's something I'll be doing again. And don't forget, if your scraps are not quite the right shade just add a bit of extra colour to make them perfect.

Thank you so much for stopping by.