Friday, 21 April 2017

The Magic Of Three!

I am thrilled to have invited by "A Vintage Journey" blog team to be a Pinworthy Guest Designer.
The theme chosen is "The Magic Of Three", and this is what I have created.

I began with a piece of Acrylic paint Board measuring 12"x8", and created a textural background. This consisted of grungepaste through a doily stencil, cheesecloth, lace, hessian, manuscript paper and crocheted doily.
All were secured down with dollops of gesso. 

My piece is a dedication to my Dad's sister Joan. A wonderful lady whom I admired very much. A quiet, unassuming lady who was always gentle and kind. She had a twin sister who was the more flamboyant of the two, and Joan just blended into the background. 

I copied a photo, framed it and added treasure gold to my frame.
Here is where the 3's come in. There are 3 wooden hearts, 3 Roses and 3 other flowers. I added the word Love, and some die cut foliage. 
The gold effects are created by melting some Frantage Embossing powders, Aged Gold and Shabby White.
There is a little script stamping in the background and it is framed with Aged gold Embossing Enamel.

So, here is my lovely Auntie Joan, I aspire to be kind and gentle like her!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Utee Sunflower

Over on the PaperArtsy blog the new topic is Resin and UTEE. Great inspiration on there from the designers and Darcy's intro, so, I got out the old Melting Pot.

I wanted to use the fabulous stencils and stamps from Jofy, with her Sunflowers. I created a background using her stencil, but it didn't show off the main flower.

So, here is my Jofy sunflower, with infusions, and my UTEE centre, with flakes and beads inside. I mounted it onto a background which had been waiting to be owned, which consists of Seth Apter frescos.
Entering the PA challenge.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Rusty Door

Here is my second piece for Country View Crafts topic of "Rust".

I worked in my repurposed girls annual, starting by applying Black Gesso to my page.
Next, using a credit card, I swiped colours from Seth Apter's PaperArtsy fresco range. I mixed some DecoArt crackle paint with fresco paint and applied thickly with a palette knife.
There is stamping using a Seth Apter French Text stamp from Spellbinders , drippage and extra crackle from a crackle effect stamp.
For the hinge, I die cut from TH collection and applied dark paint, PaperArtsy Crackle glaze and finished off with fresco Buff.
The lettering is from Everything Art, which I added shading using Posca pens.
Not authentic rust as we know it, but an artistic interpretation.
There is still time to enter the CVC challenge and time to pop over to see all the inspiration from my fellow teams.

Products used:- Seth Apter paints Set 1, Set 2; TH die; Crackle Paint; Crackle Glaze; Stamps.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Rusty Book.

Here we are, the first of April! Another topic from Country View Crafts.......Rust! Yummy.

Just love this topic and had so much fun playing.

I decided to decorate the cover of a small 4X4 Watercolour pad. As you can see, the objects are a little random. I cut the buckles from a holder of a Throw that I bought at christmas, I knew that I wouldn't fasten it back up in it!
There is a car that was stranded in our sandpit, a metal Finnabair flower, and a few buttons. 
I secured them down with some Prima Heavy Body Gel and left them to dry.

In order to help the rust to adhere to the objects, I brushed over them lightly with Matte Medium. While still wet, I sprinkled on my rusting powder and sprayed with vinegar. 
I sprayed them several times until they dried with the desired finish.
To complete my book cover I added some words from TH Idea-ology Chitchat.

I also rusted some ribbon to tie onto the spirals.

I am really pleased with how my cover turned out. If you would like some more rusty ideas, then please visit the Country View Crafts blog and maybe enter the challenge to be in with a chance of winning the £20 to spend in the CVC shop.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Blue and Ochre with Oxides

Today, I took the wrappers from the Oxides! Scary, but they have been calling to me.
I did lots of smooshing and spraying and dabbing and adding distress inks. Kept layering and drying and using up lots of paper.

I learned by playing and really enjoyed myself.
I chose to use blues and ochres in order to play once again in the PaperArtsy challenge.
As you can see, some green crept in as I was introducing distress inks. 
Nevertheless, I was pleased with this background and used one of my favourite stamps from HP1005, stamping with BluePrint Sketch Distress ink, and a sentiment from ELB28.
I finished off with a bit of bling using Stickles. 
Thanks to Corrie Herriman for redirecting me to TH instructive video and to Alison Bomber for tempting me to buy the Oxides!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Blue and Ochre.

Over on the PaperArtsy blog, I am totally inspired by the "Blue and Ochre" theme. Fabulous colours that remind me of beautifully sunny days in the Mediterranean.

I began in a large journal by gluing a sewing pattern page down and framing it with manuscript pages.
I dabbed onto this some Pumpkin Soup fresco paint and blended it with my fingers. I aged everything with some Vintage photo inks.
Next, using some of my favourite stamps from PaperArtsy, of various faces, I stamped them around 2 edges using BluePrint Sketch Distress ink pad.
I then drew a face using Medium Brown Portfolio Pastel and a little black stabilo pencil.

I dabbed the Blueprint distress pad onto some Vintage lace and sprayed it with water and selected some blue and ochre buttons.

To finish, I added the word "Curiosity", from TH new Quote Chips.
The girl is looking wistfully back upon the people in her life.

I would also like to enter this piece into the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge of Buttons.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hope is never lost.

Having found Ingrid's Mixed Media world recently, and being inspired by the mood board and the fabulous samples from the designers, I decided to join in.

I began by gessoing a page in my Girl's Annual and using crackle paste through a snowflake stencil.
When dry, I sprinkled some PaperArtsy infusions onto the snowflakes and spritzed with water.

I tore up some corrugated card and dipped into some watery infusions and cut up some strips of lace.
I die cut some flowers from TH flowers die using shiny card and arranged them to grow through the layers.
I finished off with  new TH Quote Chips.

My feeling was, that the flowers will always endeavour to grow, despite the odds.