Saturday, 20 October 2018

Spooky...tag swap


This tag was made for a regular monthly swap on UK Stampers and since it is October, my tag was inspired by Halloween.

I used a Kraft base and four shades of distress oxides (two purple shades, one orange and black) and stamps from Ghoulish Grunge and Google Ghouls - both retired  sets by Stampin' Up! I used thick black bakers twine as my tie and split the ends to form spidery tails and that was it. A quick and fun project.

Until next time
Cxx

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Autumn Trees


 These are a couple of trees used as samples for the Thursday art class at the hospice. These are done using acrylic paints -the sky and grass were applied as a wash. The trunk was built up as the project developed and the leaves were made using acrylic paints applied with a small bunch of tied cotton buds, dipped into the paint and then onto the paper, building up a nice range of autumnal colours and giving some texture and depth to the leaves. I also went back in with some undiluted green acrylic and a brush to add some texture to the grass before adding falling and fallen leaves and finally the wording stamp was added in archival ink.


This second tree has more of a water colour feel to it as the paint used was a different brand and far more dilute than my usual paint. It was also a sample I was using to show the various steps throughout the class and so it was done in a real hurry...which may not have been a bad thing as it definitely did not allow any time to over think the process.

Of the two I prefer the grass on the first one - it has more texture and depth and I definitely prefer the tree trunk of the second one..it is softer and looks more real to me


Anyhow these were the project for Thursday and everyone had great fun doing them. We did have a couple of mini forests and even one burning bush (rather than a tree) but we balanced it out with another bush and some wording and the end result was great. We mounted the finished artwork on some card and the patients took their masterpieces home with them.  If you haven't already tried it,
I highly recommend painting by cotton buds...its  very effective, and more importantly, its fun!

Until next time
Cxx

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Be your Beautiful Self (AJP)


Today I'd like to share an art journal page I made in response to a prompt from Nina Ribena which was "texture and white space" I had a lot of fun with this...

I started with a thickish layer of  white gesso, roughly applied (I did not want a neat smooth surface). Once that was dry, I used  black archival ink with a selection of stamps from VLVS. Then I added some watered down DecoArt media acrylics.  I didn't like how bright some of the colours were so spritzed them again and let them run down the page, but then realised that there were pretty much no white spaces left, so I added in some titanium white with my fingers before adding texture paste through a script stencil.

While this was drying I gathered my bit and bobs...some burlap trim which I split at the ends, a doily which I treated with distress oxides (old paper, tea dye and soot) the face and wings which I made early in the week out of paper clay and moulds (love this stuff) , a frame from a set I picked up in the pound shop last month and a butterfly which was stamped and fussy cut....and then adhered them all with gel medium. I went round the edges of the whole page with distress soot ink and finally added the small talk wording (by Tim Holtz) to complete the page.

I really enjoyed making this...once I got past the gesso stage, I got lost in the process and that felt so good.

Until next time
Cxx

Friday, 5 October 2018

Tag swap


I made this for a monthly tag swap over at UK Stampers. I used velvet card as my base for this one and added a couple of shades of distress oxides (old paper and tea dye) before adding stamps. I started with the scientific background  and then over the top I stamped the  line through the middle three times with three different shades of ink (both stamps from Visible Image) and finally I added the entomology specimens stamps. A punched hole some thick twine and a punched out heart completed the tag. I had no idea where this was going when I started out, but I am really pleased with how it turned out

Until next time
Cxx

Saturday, 29 September 2018

I'm wearing this again....


Today I am sharing this card I sent to my swap buddy Suzanne - I wondered if she might find it a bit too "busy" (some people prefer plainer designs) but she absolutely loved it!

The background was a gelli print using a selection of acrylic paints, assorted dotty stamps and a ton of different sized bubble wrap. I cut it to size, inked around the edge with black archival and used a white uniball signo pen to add extra detail. The cat lady is a Ranger Dylusions stamp (cat & dog) and the wording is from the small talk "snarky" collection which I fell in love with the moment I saw it.

Suzanne says she plans to frame this, and what better compliment than that? I am so pleased.

Until next time
C xx

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Mini art at St Joe's


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             I facilitate and art and crafts session once a week  with patients who attend day hospice at our local Hospice...and this was a recent art project we did using stamps and markers. The one above was framed....but some of the patients opted to had their mini works of art turned into mini jigsaws, like the on the left.
The one of the right was a painted background with stamped silhouette image which was framed
We used a variety of images and styles and got a nice selection of finished pieces and everyone had their own piece of mini art to take home at the end of the day.
Until next time
Cxx

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Colourful 60th Birthday card


I was asked to make a bright and cheery card for a man who celebrated his 60th birthday recently. I don't actually know the recipient so kept it fairly simple, but I am told it went down a treat, so job done!

Until next time
Cxx

Spooky...tag swap

This tag was made for a regular monthly swap on UK Stampers and since it is October, my tag was inspired by Halloween. I used a K...