Monday, 25 September 2017

Exhibit A.



Here is my second piece for the Country View Crafts Challenge on the topic of Metal.
I was sorting out my craft room yesterday and sitting on the highest shelf were a collection of bottles.
So, ping!...lightbulb moment. CVC challenge, heat embossing onto a bottle.


Here is my starting point, I decided to use Gold Embossing Enamels, Stampendous Aged Gold around the neck, using a leaf stamp........this went a bit out of control but I like the effect...


.....and Ranger Embossing Powder Gold around the bottom which is more controlled.


I glued on a few embellishments...some from a broken Christmas bauble and others from collections of metal charms and then wound some twine around the stem.
The twine was grey and so I added some Treasure Gold Brass using a paint brush.

Next, out came the Ranger Liquid Pearls and I enjoyed creating patterns at the base of the neck and at the bottom, around the leaves. 
I went a bit jewel mad and stuck on some self adhesive crystals. Very blingy!

I selected a word band to hang around the neck of the bottle and added some Treasure gold Onyxite to age it. Because I needed a chain to thread through, I stumbled upon this old necklace which wasn't part of the plan....there never is a plan really! Anyway, the necklace was added and so was the word band.

Also on my top shelf were some drawer knobs which I had had for ages. I changed it from Silver to Gold with good old Treasure Gold and glued it in place.

Here is a side view.



I am pretty pleased with my blingy bottle and will add it to my decor at Christmas! 

Thanks for looking and don't forget that our challenge at Country View Crafts is still open.


Friday, 1 September 2017

Adventure Awaits.



Here is my 1st of September creation for the Country View Crafts Challenge. My dear friend Miriam chose the topic of Metal and I immediately thought of Tim Holtz and cogs.

To begin with I chose some silver metallic card with a dull finish and I embossed the cogs using TH embossing folder.
To this, I rubbed in a selection of Treasure Gold colours to enhance the relief. 


Then I started to have fun with PaperArtsy Infusions. Spraying the surface with a fine mist of water and sprinkling Golden Sands, Rusty Car and Black Knight, letting them run and controlling with a few dabs of kitchen roll.



I was going to add some die cut cogs that I had aged and rusted, but on reflection, discovered that plain shiny black die cuts worked best as a contrast. 
So, I arranged my TH diecuts and glued into place.
I spent a while mounting the card onto card and onto card and finished off with a phrase from TH metallic stickers....Adventure Awaits.
So, my card was complete and a little Black Soot around the edges finished it off for me. 

I hope that you will be inspired to join in with us at Country View Crafts and be in with a chance to win the voucher for £20.
Thanks for looking.








Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Vintage Town



In May, this year we spent a wonderful, if rather damp week in the town of Honfleur. In the Normandy region of France, a town filled with character that has inspired many famous artists.
I have recently been inspired to start a watercolour journal of my travels and this waterfront scene was an obvious addition to my growing collection.
I sketched quickly the collection of buildings using an ink pen and then added watercolours which soon brought the scene to life.
I am happy to enter this into the watercolour challenge in "A Vintage Journey".

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Be Bold, Be Brave.



For my second piece this month on Country View Crafts, my "Blue and Green" ensemble is based around an" Everything Art "set of stamps, more paint card samples and lots of ribbon.

I began in my recycled Girls Annual by gessoing the page and stamping some of the Everything Art stamps from PaperArtsy EEA02. I used a selection of green and blue archival inks.


I used the paint cards and stamped onto parts of them also, so as to continue the background stamps.
I arranged some ribbon and lace and added some swirls of cotton for added texture.
My focal point is a lady from one of the Tim Holtz collections.
I splattered some inks from Posca pens and created a subtle frame with a wash of Distress ink.
The butterfly, buttons and words complete my piece. 
I do hope that you find time to check out the beautiful work on our CVC blog and hope that you will be inspired to enter our challenge! 




Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Blue and Green should never be seen!



Here we are on the Country View Crafts blog into August and our challenge is Blues and Greens.

This saying from years ago always sticks in my mind. Whoever decided that blue with green should never be seen?

I began in my Dyan large journal by spreading randomly some PaperArtsy Fresco paint in Green Patina and then dipped some string into some Fresco Paint China.
I let the string fall in swirls and then removed it.


Next, I added some more string printed lines, stencilled dots using Archival Inks, some drippage and circles using Dina Wakley scribble sticks.


I chose to use a stamp by Dina Wakley which is actually of her Grandma....she told me this at a class in Harrogate.
So stamped in Archival ink and given a light wash of colour and lined up down the centre. I imagined that her generation believed and lived by this motto, although if she was anything like Dina she would not play by the rules.

Thanks for looking and please visit the Country View Crafts blog for more inspiration.



Sunday, 30 July 2017

Facelift anyone??



Over on the Paperartsy blog the topic is Dark to Light. I really enjoyed creating this portrait of me and incorporating the lovely stamps from Emma Godfrey EEG14.

First I created a brayered master board with lots of stamping over the top. This was to stamp on and cut out my flowers.


Here are my chosen fresco Chalk Paints

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For my background I chose Pumpkin Soup, Banana and Tikka Fresco Chalk Paints.

I wanted to make the process of portraits easier for the people who think that they can't draw. So, I chose a photo of me and printed it out in black and white, and traced it and transferred it to my page.




The scariest bit is adding colour, but the stages really made me laugh out loud!


I have given myself fuller lips, brighter eyes and a tighter jawline! what more could a girl want, except longer legs of course!


Heres a close up, highlighting Emma's indispensable stamps!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Objet Trouve



Happy to be back in the groove and joining in once again at "Stamps and Stencils".
The topic is Colour, Texture, Shape, and the mood board was very inspiring.
I chose to use mellow tones of honey and sepia, with a little antique linen for good measure.
I began with a background of fragile papers and toned them down with Chalk and Snowdrop fresco paints. Added some texture with gesso through a stencil and also with a few Seth Apter stamps. 
next came the lace, flowers and beads which took longer to arrange than the background to create. 
to finish off, a little dishes stain and a word band. 
I managed to include a little of the Oxide, antique linen to the background which made me happy!