Monday, 25 May 2015

Bottles Up!!!

After a rummage around in the glass recycling box I rescued this maple syrup bottle for the challenge over on PaperArtsy this week.

Gave it a coat of chalky paint, wasn't sure how this would stick but it was fine. 

Several coats of paint later and after some stenciling, this is the front.

Added a symbol from a stencil on the back mixing raw umber media paint with white modeling paste and before adding the string which was coloured with gathered twigs distress stain, I gave the bottle a couple of coats of ultra matte medium varnish.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Saturday, 23 May 2015

It comes in 3's

Over at stamps and stencils, they are asking for 3 of a kind. How many triples can you spot?

Close up of the main focal images.

Party, Party - You're All Invited

It's a sad time over at Artful Times as this is their last challenge ever, so being as I was a former founder, I felt it only right to say goodbye and party along with them.

So I am inviting you all to party and play along with this last challenge.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Paint by Numbers

Just had to crack open my Dylusion paints as I've had them since Monday!!!  I used the PINK and the orange for the background, they are lush and blend together really nicely. Using a large number stencil I used the blue to stencil through. I added lots more images and stenciling to incorporate a number theme as over at That's Crafty they wanted to see numbers this week.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Old Favourites

Over at FSC they have a theme of old favourites, so I decided to see how many I could use. The page on the right started off as a pan pastel page just to wipe off the excess from the sponges. So I did the same to the left page and gave them both a coat of diluted transparent yellow oxide.

I added lots of layers, including stencilling, stamping, more transparent and acrylic paints and tissue tape until I was happy with the background. Then I added my favourite DW stamp, lonely girl.

Close up of the stamping using PA minis, a couple of different scripts and the splatter and also a couple of the DW larger scribble script stamps, together with the TH idea-ology tissue tape.

DecoArt media paints, watered down quin gold, quin burnt orange, cobalt teal hue, over tissue tape, stamping and black gesso through a stencil.

Tag with a TH stamped quote which again is an old favourite, especially as it's on wood!!

Right page

Left page

Steampunk Surprise

This was one of the first pages I started in my journal as I had excess modelling paste so just put it through a stencil and then as I had spare paint etc, I just kept adding it to this page and finally got to this stage.

I stamped random cogs in timber brown stazon and coloured the image with distress ink markers. 

I blended the image into the page with a brown gelato.

I hi-lighted the stencilled texture with turquoise metalic lustre.

Finally I added silver metallic lustre to hi-light the textures on the page.

That's Crafty have a theme of steampunk surprise so I am entering my page.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

A Rainbow of Colours

This is the first double page spread that I've ever done. I painted stripes of colours in yellow, red, blue, purple and orange media acrylic over a coat of gesso. Added modeling paste through a stencil, stamped some words onto tissue paper and stuck them on with matte medium, added random splodges of white crackle paint and made a black wash from the media misters. Added some drippage with the treasure chalky paint. Played around adding bits of colour until I was happy, then added white script stamping from a PA mini with everlasting chalky paint, covered with a layer of Andy Skinner mucky wash to tone down the white. Used the white posca pen to doddle and hi-light and finally went over some or the raised stencilled areas with turquoise metallic lustre.

All products are DecoArt.

PaperArtsy have a challenge this week of words, so I am entering my pages into this challenge.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Kate Crane Journal Class

Well this time Lin and Chris made it, but not without issues and being an hour and a half late, they were caught up in the Leeds marathon!!! Kate is just catching Lin up where we were at.

Lunch time, just look at the size of that bun. Chris is carrying on, playing catch up.

Chris's pinky blue page, although she does paint over it with dark purple later on - lol.

And Lin deciding where to position her cup cakes - don't ask!!

The trio at lunchtime break

The four of us just after we'd packed up to set off for the pub and home

My morning page, although this is nothing how it was meant to be!!! But hey, what's new - lol. Used Dylusion and Dina Wakley paints, they work brilliantly together.

And the afternoon page, which consisted of finger painting, again with the Dylusions and Dina paints. Need to find an image of sorts to finish this one off.

Thanks to all for a lovely day.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Hot Pink & Orange

This page fits nicely into this weeks Artful Times theme. Unfortunately it is their penultimate challenge, which is quite sad as I was one of the founders of the challenge site way back in March 2012. Please pop over and join in if you can.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Sprays, splats and drippage

Over at PaperArtsy this week they are asking for sprays, so using sprays of all kinds but only in greens and purples and some stencils, I created this background.

Then I added some random stamping using T!m Holtz images in black archival and finally added some lines in olive green stazon from a Hero Arts stamp.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

In triplicate

Another journal page again inspired by one of Dyan Reaveley's videos.  I used a baby wipe to cover the page with the DecoArt dazzling metallics in festive green which is the lighter, then added a darker green called crystal green and finally blended in a chalky finish paint in escape.

I used a stencil and some Dylusion sprays, turquoise, fresh lime and cut grass, using the positive and the negative. I also used some DecoArt chalky paints and AS stencils to create more interest.

I'm entering this page into this weeks PaperArtsy challenge as they have a theme of sprays.

Heart Filled

I've been watching some of Dyan Reaveley's videos as I've been pondering over her new Dylusion paints.  I decided to have a go at some of the techniques she was sharing.

Close up of one of the hearts with the Dina Wakley stamped images.

You can see the stenciling through the heart on this one.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Keeping it Simple

Corrugated sprayed with orange media mister and hi-lights in rustic chalky paint. Heart stamped in timber brown stazon with a PA mini flourish. Cogs painted in rustic and darkened with raw umber media paint, script stamped in black stazon. Two strips of corrugated covered in washi tape and metal buttons added.

Close up of the stamped cogs.

Mdf heart, cogs and flourish.

All media products are from DecoArt.

I'm entering this piece into this weeks That's Crafty Challenge, keep it simple.

Black n Blue

Corrugated was given a spray of turquoise shimmer mister and black chalky paint rubbed over.  All die cut pieces coloured black. Image is part of a PA stamp. Skull is from a clay mold, painted black.

Close up of the die cut arrow just tickled with black paint and a piece of lace added.

The turquoise shimmer with the black paint.

All media products are from DecoArt.


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Hi I'm Sam, 43, birthday in October - Any piece of art gratefully rec'd - Thanks. OH, Martin, been together 23 years and still no plans to get married!!! We love spending time with our pupster, especially when the weather is dry and we get to take him to the woods. I love any sort of crafting and would say that I am adventurous with new materials. We love going skiing in any winter resort, but mainly the States or Canada, they have better snow!! We lost our first beardie, Max, August 2006 at a ripe old age of 14 and 1/4. Since then Frazzie has come along, he is now 6 years and 7 months old and is still a little Bugger, Bugger!!! Unfortunately in December 2008 we lost Alfie at 14 months old after only having a short time of 7 weeks loving and caring for him. He found a good buddie in Fraz and loved him to bits.

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