Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Cool water !

I'm back today to share my DT project for Frilly and Funkie where the lovely Rebecca has chosen the theme of Cool Water. This can be any kind of water from a drop to an ocean ! When I saw this theme the song from Bambi popped into my head, Drip, Drip, Drip Little April Showers so that's where this journey started.



I decided to do a journal page and started by giving it a coat of Gesso, then I scribbled over it in patches using my Portfolio pastels. Blending the colours together with my finger but leaving some white space too. I then used Wendy Vecchi's From the Garden stencil and rubbed a baby wipe over the large flower. As Porfolio's react to liquid the baby wipe removes the colour.


Unfortunately, I got carried away with the process and didn't take another photo before the end ! I carried on building up the stencilling using Wendy Vecchi's 3 Flourishes stencil and also using the flower again from the From the Garden stencilv using Fresco Finish paints. I used the Prima Checker stencil around the edge to frame it and also the TCW Onion Skin stencil.


I hand drew the drops and then used the black Portfolio pastel to draw around the shape and blended the colour out a little using my finger. I added a little white drop on each one using Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. I used a Sharpie pen to write the words and a white Posca pen to highlight some of the letters. I decided it needed a little something extra so I stencilled some numbers and also used the Wendy Vecchi Dots and Dashes background stamp using Cornflower Blue Archival ink.

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the rest of the DT's fantastic projects !


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Material Tag !

Today I'm sharing a sneak peek of a tag I've made for my eclecic Paperie DT piece where I've used fabric as the base layer.


For all the details you'll need to hop over here.

Well I'm finally back online after nearly 2 weeks with no phone line and then my lap top died ! Fingers crossed normal service will be resumed shortly !


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Summer Heat !

It's the start of the second week for the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie which is Summer Heat. I'm the host for this challenge and we want to see warm colours, so think red, orange and sunshine yellow ! As an added twist you need to include a summer bloom on your project.



I started by covering some white card with Portfolio pastels, blending the colours together with my finger.


I then used Wendy Vecchi's Polka Dotty stencil and rubbed over it with a baby wipe. As the Portfolio pastels react with water the baby wipe bleaches the colour.


I then used the Wendy Vecchi Layered Flower stencil with Tango Fresco Finish paint. Then did some stamping using Orange Blossom Archival ink.


I then stamped over the background using Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. 


I then cut a piece of cardboard and ripped the top layer off in a few places. Then I spread some Wendy Vecchi Crackle Paste over it and when it was dry I rubbed  Archival ink, Dandelion, Orange Blossom and Carnation Red over the top. 


I had a piece of the background card left over so I stamped the image from the Wendy Vecchi Approved Art set. The image slightly smudged but I quite liked it.  The sentiment is from the True Art set. 


I die cut several flowers from Crinoline using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers then I painted them with watered down Fresco Finish paint. I added a vintage button the centre. 

I hope you've got chance to join us for this challenge.


Monday, 7 July 2014

Stencil it no,2 !

I'm back today with my second project for the current Country View Crafts challenge, Stencil it. I took the opportunity to finish off a project that I started earlier in the year at a PaperArtsy workshop taken by the lovely Lin Brown.


The canvas was first covered with a piece of the Chatsworth collection paper and it was stencilled with Snowflake Fresco Finish paint. It then had a coat of Chartreuse and Tikka Fresco Finish paint.



The bull rushes are stencilled using Lin Brown's 004 stencil and the 'bumping' technique has also been used. The large flowers are also done using a Lin Brown stencil and again the bunping technique has been used. The flower on the smaller arch is a Darcy stamp and the flower on the front of the arch is also a Darcy stamp which has been painted and cut out. The larger arch is cut from cardboard and some Grunge Paste has been used with another Lin Brown stencil. When it was dry it was painted with French Roast FF and Treasure Gold rubbed around the edge.



The vine and birdcage are both Darcy stamps and they've been cut out and painted. The text is from the Lin Brown 005 set, I've stamped them with black Archival ink and then cut it up and glued it to some mountboard to make tiles. The dragonfly is from my stash.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Altered Frame for PaperArtsy

It's just a short post tonight to share a sneak peek of my project over on the PaperArtsy blog.



So, for all the details you'll need to hop over here.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Stencil it !

It's time for the new challenge over at Country View Crafts and for the next month we want to see you using your stencils. As you've probably guessed, I love stencils ! So, as it was my choice for the challenge this month I couldn't resist !


I've had a Finnabair journal since last year and never got around to doing anything with the cover so thought this would be the perfect opportunity ! I started by taking the covers off the journal and then used one of Lin Brown's stencils and some Grunge Paste.


Unfortunately, that's where the step by step photos stop as I got carried away ! I painted the covers with Bora Bora Fresco finish paint and then did some more stencilling with another Lin Brown stencil and Snowflake Fresco Finish. I gave the cover a wash of South Pacific Fresco Finish then used the Prima Checker stencil with Inky Pool FF. I used a baby wipe to add a further layer of South Pacific and then used another Prima stencil with Chutney FF. I then added more layers of South Pacific and Inky Pool. I then used the TCW Bingo stencil with French Roast and then Olive Vine Luminarte Silk Paint and painted a coat over the Fresco Finish paints.



I then painted some Pumpkin Soup FF around just the flower heads and used a baby wipe to blend the paint. I also painted some more Olive Vine Luminarte Silk over the stalks and leaves and used the same baby wipe to blend this paint too. To add more definition to the stems I used my Porfolio pastels and drew along the stalks and blended the pastel over the cover.


I replaced the stencil and then brushed some Renaissance Treasure Gold over the flower heads. I also added some stamping using a PaperArtsy script stamp with Potting Soil Archival ink. I snipped the shank off a metal button and then glued it on top of the metal stud. The words are from the Wendy Vecchi Approved Art stamp set and I've used Portfolio pastels to add some definition underneath both of them.


I didn't alter the back cover at the same time as the front, so when I came to do it I didn't quite match the colours, but I still like it !

I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and look forward to seeing what you get up to with your stencils !