Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Keep Safe

I am still pursuing the Paperartsy topic of Windows, Doors and Architecture. There was a piece on the introduction that really sparked my imagination. It had lots of images of buildings and lots of texture.

So, I had another play tonight. 
I started by cutting pics of buildings, facades, doors, walls from magazines and glued them to my page. Then I clear gessoed them so that I could paint or draw over the glossy surfaces.
I added some grunge paste bricks and some crackle paste and cotton cheesecloth for texture.
I decided to add some pen drawings of famous buildings, which got me thinking of the atrocity on Westminster bridge today.
So, to finish off, I added the message to all vulnerable people. 
Not much else to add!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


I based this piece upon a photo that I took a couple of years ago at a beautiful little village on the North coast of Spain. Somewhere very special to us that we have been visiting for the best part of 30 years.

I began by gessoing a page in my girl's annual and tearing up and attaching pieces of manuscript and dictionary pages.

Next, with a stabilo pencil, I drew the main outlines of the buildings.

Using PaperArtsy fresco paints, I filled in the buildings, and backgrounds.

I thought that this was in the style of Cezanne, and then climbed down from my perch and got real!
On reflection, maybe I should have stopped at this stage! What do you think?

Anyway, I added detail with a fine black pen and with my Stabilo pencil and washed water over the marks. 
As advised by my guru, Alison Bomber, I found an alternative to using greens for foliage and mixed yellows, blues and purples!

I may have overworked my final piece, but can't go back now. 
Here is the original photo of Cudillero.

Critiques of any helpful description are gratefully received. 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

LP houses.

Here is my third entry into the PaperArtsy Challenge of Doors, Windows and Architecture.
Inspired by the graffiti buildings which Darcy found on the intro, I decided to do a cityscape made up of Lynne Perrella images.
I drew a few shapes onto PA Heavy stamping card, masked off some of the walls and stamped with a variety of LP stamps. A few fresco paints, bit of doodling with Posca pens and decided upon a map of the French coastline around Roscoff for my background.
For distance, I drew the outlines of buildings and scribbled Stabilo Black pencil and washed over it with water.
Finished off with a Th rub on!

It's a bit crazy but was good fun. I might have a go at another one in muted tones next!

I will also enter this into the challenge..ART-Journal_Journey Challenge, Out and about.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Tim Holtz inspired

This month on Country View crafts our theme is "Inspired by Tim Holtz".
I began by getting out my Compendiums of Curiosities, written by Tim and got together a few ideas.
First, I experimented with a few different methods of creating backgrounds with alcohol inks and settled on one called "Alcohol Ink Monoprint", which I am sure you can look up. 
Onto this I added some stamping from his stamp Sideshow CMS263, using blue archival and white fresco snowflake.

Next, I stamped my main image from the same stamp set and added some Alcohol Ink Splatters.

Using more Tim techniques, I created an alcohol ink background onto acetate and then an "Alcohol Ink Resist, where you stamp with archival and then gently rub to remove the ink. 

I used this as an overlay and secured it with brads, leaving the bottom section clear. 
There are a couple of TH rub ons too, to add to the finish. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Dublin doors

My second entry on the PaperArtsy challenge entitled "Doors, Windows and Architecture". 
This one was inspired by a picture in a book of lots of doors photographed in Dublin.

I wanted to convey how transient our lives are and how life goes on and time passes quickly, often without us realising. 
I tried to portray how busy these houses must have been over time and how a photograph captures those precious moments. 
My work is busy, because that is how I see the passage of time for these doors and the many people that must have passed through them.
It reminds me of how precious our time is.

I began by attaching a sheet from some TH, stash, Wallflowers , and stamped some PaperArtsy faces onto the reverse of the cut off paper. I tore up the door pictures and  aged them and added some of the new TH paper dolls. 
The stamp which forms a frame is from HP 1601.
A few postage stamps and film negative complete my collage. 
I have tried to send the eye around the page, much like the circle of life! 
I really enjoyed this one! Thanks for looking!

Monday, 13 March 2017


Over on the PaperArtsy blog, the new theme is Doors, Windows, Architecture. I am totally buzzing with ideas for this one, especially after Darcy's wonderful intro.

I began by selecting some Background paper stash from a vintage PaperArtsy collection.

I worked on this by brayering some neutral frescos , a bit of stamping, some distress inks applied from my craftmat in Wrinkle free distress method, some of Seth Apter's wonderful Green Patina paint and a bit of inky drippage. 
I stamped the Doorway from HP1601 and, as it looked as though it was floating, restamped bits of the doorway around to suggest the rest of the building.

By this time, I was so excited, I was shaking. I always get excited, but with this one, I felt that to me it was special........not often, but couldn't wait to see what would happen......sure that I could get pills for this affliction!
I wanted to add to the dramatic atmosphere, so I decided to get Lin Brown to help me with her stamps. Lots of wonderful foliage from ELB26 and ELB29.
Also, I needed some words, and found the perfect ones from HP1605. 
Finally, because the TH Distress inks were fading into the background too much, I used some Acrylic inks for added drama. Was worried that I was going too far, but pleased that I risked it.
In all my excitement, I forgot to mention that is is bonded onto cotton fabric, enabling me to sew a zigzag frame around the edges. Phew! Exhausted, but happy. 
Should I repeat this one, I would make the doorway slightly higher....but that is just me being picky.

As I am also a big fan of "A Vintage Journey", I would like to include this in their challenge which is "All aboard".

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Second SongBird.

Here is the second entry for the Stamps and Stencils Challenge.

This was my original one, but, because I was waiting for the Crackle Paste to dry, I moved on and produced another version.
For this one, I glued some brown paper to my page and spread some Deco Art White Crackle Paint roughly and liberally. I stamped some Clarity Seedheads in white paint and in brown Archival ink.
I stencilled some words with Black Archival across the page.
Next I sprinkled infusions, Golden Sands and sprayed with water.
I added my napkin bird and some old lace...really old lace!
Finally, I washed around the edges with Burnt Umber Acrylic ink and added a few inky splatters.
Very different from my first entry....funny how art leads you along to who knows where!