Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Kim Dellow, Sizzix, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap

Two artist trading coins

Last night I had a spare hour whilst the hubby watched men kicking a ball up and down a field and the child was doing a similar activity in the garden with her friend so decided to make a couple of coins from some mountboard I had leftover on the desk.

I started with a piece of Tim Holtz tissue wrap and added that with a coat of gesso over it. Then I added distress oxides in Fossilized Amber, candied apple and peacock feathers.

Next I added some stamping using one of the Kim Dellow Paperartsy sets. Then chose to add versamark through a stencil … forgetting that the oxides would also grab the powder … but as I had no definite plan and was just creating a background I didn’t mind. The powder I chose was a mixed batch I have in a pot when I mixed a few colours together.

I then cut out the coins using the sizzix die… one moved slightly and it has a small flat bit on one side but not enough to matter!

Next I stamped and cut out the Kim Dellow flowers and also die cut some stems from black cardstock for in the background.

I coloured the flowers with the same colour of distress oxides as the background and then stuck them all down. I also added some highlights with a versamarker pen and added more embossing powder.

I then added the sentiments and decided I wanted to coat them completely in clear embossing to create a glazed tile effect. Three layers later I was happy with these… although they are difficult to photograph due to the shine and dimension.

A question about sealing your artwork came up on a facebook group I am a member of … this is by far my favourite way of doing it and it can completely transform the artwork, especially if there is dimension involved. Love it!

So another set to satisfy my new obsession for these little works of circular art. And don’t forget about the Facebook swap group …. there is still time to get your Light and Dark coins to me! Check it out here!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Inktense, Derwent

Playing with fabric Artist Trading coin

So tonight I have an experiment to share with you… a coin made from layering fabrics and playing (badly!) with my sewing machine.

I layered a piece of thin cotton onto some thick black fabric and then started playing with the tension and stitch choice on my sewing machine. This created a really fun effect and was very funny and equally frustrating. It did result in the needle being rethreaded several times! Plus I kept thinking how much my Mum would be upset at my misuse of the machine! Lol!

Anyway when I had finished sewing I added the colour using Inktense blocks and water. Love how this turned out… so bright and funky!

I finished it by mounting to a mountboard circle I had cut using a die.

What do you think?

Don’t forget I have the new trading swap group over on Facebook if you want to join in and make some coins for a swap?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Distress resist spray, Eclectic Expressions, Masks/Stencils, Sheet Music

Three more Artist Trading coins

UK Stampers forum have joined in with the new craze of Artist Trading Coins … and this month there is an anything goes swap where we make three coins for a swap partner. I decided to make mine into a set that were similar themes…

I started with this background using distress oxides, distress resist spray and some stamping.

Then I die cut three circles (and an ATC) from it…

Next I stamped and embossed the images I wanted to use from an Art deco set I got a few years ago from Creative Stamping Magazine. After heat embossing them I added colour using the same distress oxides and cut them out and added them to the coins.

Next I added sentiments and a little shading using a big brush pen. I decided they needed some more white so I also added the faux stitching using the white paint pen.

For a finishing touch they all got some wink of Stella on the main feature and then lots of dots of enamel accents which I think added some drama and tied in the black embossing and black sentiments.

Hopefully the recipient will like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol Inks, Artist Trading Coins, Distress oxide ink, Masks/Stencils, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Sizzix

Another Art coin

This artist trading coin was made because I had some yupo on my desk and fancied playing with alcohol inks. I made the background first and let it dry and then added texture paste through a stencil.

Once that was dry I die cut the circle and then added more of the ink and included the gold mixative. This created a fabulous rich finish.

I sanded back the texture a little to see if that made a difference to the numbers… it did but only a bit.

I added the sentiment sticker but then I decided to sew the yupo to a backing piece of cardstock to make sure it stuck well.

Once I had done this I added the die cut flower and then stamped and die cut the bird from the petals palette stamp set. I used oxides to stamp and colour the bird.

I love how this came out and enjoyed playing with my alcohol inks and combining the different textures. And that gold mixative is fabulous!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Sizzix

More Artist trading Coins for fun

Hello… I made two more ATCoins just for fun and inspiration for the swap group I have started. These were using some mountboard I had added some paint and stamping to for another project and thought why not make another couple of coins… after all I am slightly obsessed with them at the moment.

After creating the painty stencilled and stamped background I added the Paperartsy Hot Picks stamps using Versafine and clear embossing. Just love how the texture underneath the bird is still visible in places.

So these were so simple to make… and pretty much followed the way of making the previous ones but with a simple single image rather than collaging.

If you fancy having a go at making these Art coins and want to swap … pop along and join the group over at Facebook to find out more.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Deco art fluid acrylics, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Sizzix

Artist Trading Coins … a new swap group

So the crafting world has a new craze… Artist Trading coins! And of course I’m loving this new little canvas to art away on a mini round scale!

I made my first ones a couple of weeks ago (here is the post about them) and now find I am making more and more of them … just because! So I thought why not set up a Facebook swap group and see if others are interested in this too. Turns out I am not alone!

So the Artist Trading Coins UK swap group was born. The rules are make three coins each month to a theme (May’s theme is light and dark), send them to me with an SAE and I will send you three back from different artists. Sound like fun? If you fancy joining pop along to the group and ask to join!

So have I made mine for the month of May? Of course not… but here are some of the coins I have been making!

I added paint using a gelli plate and stencils to mountboard then cut them out using a die.

I then added doodling, stamping, splatters of paint and some black paint edging and then found some printed collage images and started layering them up.

Next I added sentiment and more doodling. Then I added Versamark and clear embossing over the whole coin and this gave it a fab finish.

I love how these came out…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Brushos, Dies, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy - JOFY, Paperartsy Hot Picks

Art coins

So there is a new trend a Facebook friend had picked up… Art coins. They are like circular ATC and so of course I’ve made some to join in with a swap.

I started by making a masterboard with fresco finish paints and some Paperartsy stamps onto mountboard.

I then cut it into quarters and die cut a 2.5″ diameter circle from each.

Next I decided to add some contrast colour with a stamped flower. I added gamboge and ost Red brushos to some cardstock with water. Then once dry I stamped the Jofy flower. Then I added some more colouring with brusho before adding some stamping (number stamps) in coordinating colours.

I fussy cut them out and then added doodling to each of the bases.

I added copper thread between the flower and the coin and adhered them together.

I then used Tim Holtz rub one for the titles. I added them to bookprint and the adhered them to the flower with glossy accents to add some fun dimension.

Love how these came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine