Sunday, 9 October 2016

Beeswax Trio

I am in the middle of a wonderful online course by Laly Mille.

It is so my thing and I am enjoying every tiny bit of it.
This week I have been playing with beeswax. I don't want to go through all the details as I feel that it would be disloyal to my tutor.

I worked with hessian, plaster Gauze, a few bits of handmade paper and some images.
I also incorporated some die cut leaves using Paperartsy Crunchy Wax paper.

The images are some drawings that I did a while ago during the Wanderlust class and I toned the colours down to fit my theme.

Here are the panels one by one.

I am entering these into the very inspiring topic of Die-cuts over on the Paperartsy Challenge.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

All things Spooky 2

Helo, and welcome to my second post for CVC on the topic of All Things Spooky.

I mentioned in my last post that I am not really a fan of the Halloween malarkey. Nothing against it other than it does not float my boat.
So, thinking of ways to create the feel without the relevant images.

First, in my trusty Girls journal from the 1940's, I gessoed the page and then painted a layer of PA fresco grey paint over it. Think that I used Elephant, which is now probably replaced by another similar grey. I wanted to create an air of drama, so, I sprayed some Hickory Smoke and Pumice Stone onto my craft mat and watered them a little and dropped my page onto it to create the Wrinkle Free Distress effect.
I cut out a white circle for the moon and added a little Hickory Smoke ink to create some shadows.
Next, using Watering Can Archival and Black Archival Inks, I stamped some Fir trees in the distance.

I hand drew a tree and painted it and the birds with Paperartsy fresco Little Black Dress and highlighted the trunk with my white Uni Ball pen.

To finish, I drew a pumpkin onto orange card and added features and the very last thing was to draw pairs of eyes in the woods......OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....Spooky!

Thankyou for visiting my blog and I hope that you will visit the Country View Crafts blog  too, for even spookier works of art.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

All things spooky

Now, I must be honest.....all things spooky is not my kind of thing. But I really enjoyed the challenge of creating something without owning any "spooky" related stamps.

So, here is my Spooky midnight scene.
I began by choosing some Paperartsy fresco colours and painting onto my book page.

First, I cut out a white circle for the moon and glued it down.
Next, I chose some of Darcy's Steampunk style stamps of leaves and houses and stamped them with Black Archival and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
With a white Uniball pen, I highlighted some of the leaves and parts of the building. Also, I shaded parts of the building with grey watercolour to give extra depth.
Finally, I hand drew and coloured in my vampire bats......make me shiver....not a fan of bats!
A quick scribble of white to frame it and it was finished.
I hope that this has inspired you to do something similar, maybe starting with a dramatic background.
Thanks for looking and perhaps you will join in with our challenge at Country View Crafts.

Products Used:- Paperartsy fresco paints; Darcy Stamps, EDY08.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Travel Fund.

Hi, here is my second piece for Country View Crafts with the theme of "Travel".

I chose to create a jar to keep savings for future trips.
I began with a Branston Pickle jar and sanded the lid.
Next, I painted the jar and the lid with Clear Gesso.
Using Paperartsy frescos I painted the lid and most of the jar with Sky.
I painted the bottom section with Caramel to represent the sand.
I painted waves using Mermaid and China. Clouds and the sun with Snowflake.

I used the white for the sun so that the yellow (Tangerine Twist), would not go greeny.
I finished with a few birds in the background, with Black fudeball pen.

Because I wanted a vintage finish to my jar, I painted it all over with Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium in Vintage.
I tied a strip from a 1940's map around the middle and fastened it with string.
Next, I selected some labels from Tim Holtz Ephemera pack Expedition and created a Title Tag with Tim Holtz rub ons Words.

This idea could be adapted to use for children to save money for different things using plastic jars and adding their names to them.
I hope that you like my idea and feel inspired to join in over on the CountryView Crafts challenge.

Products Used:- Paperartsy fresco paints; Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium, Vintage; Ephemera Pack, Expedition; Rub ons Words.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Autumn Leaves

Really should have called this, cock up on the gelli plate! As I had this wonderful idea that I could impress real leaves into the paint and print from them. Wrong. They slipped about and were very unsatisfactory.

Anyway....step one was spreading neutral fresco colours onto my background with a credit card.
Step Two, Little round gel plate and real leaves...disaster!
Step Three, rescue by printing with Lin Browns new stamps, ELB29 with fresco paints and archival inks.

This is the A4 rescued sheet.
Step Four, cut it up into four pieces.
Step Five, a little extra stamping of leaves to frame them and a sentiment.
Mounted onto cards and breathe!
If nothing else, this is a good lesson in perseverance and not filling the waste bin!
I am happy to enter my four cards into the PA challenge, Autumn Leaves.

A few drawings

I decided to get back to face and figure drawing this week. There are always images in magazines to whet the appetite, so I had a little play. Each one has featured the fabulous Stabilo, Black pencil, that you can paint a wash over afterwards.

A very quick scribble with a touch of Derwent Inktense.

A piece of torn newspaper scribbled over.

And one with the newspaper more carefully placed.

Most pleased with the fashion one and want to find time to do more of them!
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Mark making

I am on the receiving end of a very sore back at the moment. Strong painkillers that I am not at all used to and can't do much at all. Too much gardening this week....will I never learn.
However, as the only chair that I can sit in is my craft room one, then, I decided to have a bit of a play.

Many of us are fascinated by this subject and the power that a mark in the earth, onto paper, onto a person can influence our lives.

I began by selecting some mop up paper. In fact, it is from a paper palette page that I used recently to mix PA fresco paints onto for a colour mixing project. It was a shame to screw them up, so I dabbed with a piece of copy paper to repeat pattern the coloured blobs.
I printed with my home made stamps onto the colourful background using black archival ink.

Next, I cut the rectangles more or less the same size. Couldn't use my paper cutter as couldn't bend over it! I arranged them onto A4 black card.

To finish off, I added some doodling with a White Signo Uniball pen.

Not back for an old crock fuzzed up with opiates....maybe I should do this more often?
I shall enter this into the Paperartsy Challenge, Making Marks.