Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Brushos, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Darcy, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, JOFY, Kim Dellow, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal, YouTube video

Sarah’s circle journal

I have another circle journal contribution to share with you today… this is the first in the current round of journals and it’s in Sarah’s journal. And I videoed the process for you to watch.

My colour scheme is lime and teal for the whole year so this was the first of the journals to apply my colour scheme to.

I started with a piece of the handmade paper I had bought cut to the right size to cover the spread. Then I added gesso and then brushos for the background.

Then I added some Inktense marks too and left the page to dry.

Next I took the other special paper I had bought and die cut some rings and added them to the page.

Now I know these don’t look like the colour scheme as they have some purple and gold in them too but I couldn’t resist adding them! Hopefully they will blend in by the end and work with the colour scheme still!

Remember when I am working on this page at this stage I have no plan or idea as to what the final page will look like so it’s just a case of me adding layers and going with the flow!

Next I added more definition and shading with my Inktense before adding some modelling paste through a stencil. I then set it aside to dry again.

Once it was dry I added metallic art alchemy paint to the raised circles and a few splashes with the leftover paint. I also added some pen work using a metallic gelli roll pen to add further definition to the circles.

At this point I forgot photos… so it’s a good job I videoed so you can follow along. I decided to create some clusters of “flowers” using the Kim Dellow stamps water colouring them with oxides. I also added some stamping in the background in both ink and sparks art alchemy paint. I also added some white posca pen doodles and marks.

I then grabbed some leaves from my flower embellishment box to add to the clusters and also some blue gems to add more sparkle.

I finished off with some black gesso splat and lines to make sure it teamed with the edge of the page in the book which I had done in black gesso to frame the page.

And here it is, complete with some Tim Holtz stickers, in the sunshine.

Love the vibrancy of the colours and the textures I created.

It’s definitely not a specific image but instead a collection of colours and textures into a cluster. Hopefully Sarah likes what I made for her.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Baked Texture embossing powder, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Clare Lloyd, Dylusions paints, Ellen Vargo, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Lin Brown, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal

Circle journal 4… teal and lime

So the circle journal group is off and running for another year and this time the challenge was to choose the colours you want to use and then only use those colours with neutrals for each page you complete.

I chose Teal and Lime as my combo and here is the journal I made…

As I handmade my journal and have bound it with book rings it should be easy for people to complete their pages out of the book and then rebind it before passing it on.

I had lots of fun making my journal covers with the limited colour palette…

And using different materials and textures to create the journal!

Looking forward to this colour challenge over the full year and how I can vary it from one page to another.

The covers I kept to the black gesso as the consistent element to help cover the greyboard I had used as the cover substrate.

The feather part I probably worked longest on but decided it was too delicate as an outside cover so ended up with it as an inside page.

I started with a few stencils and modelling paste and then once dry I added black gesso as the base. Then I layered up colours with a mix of paints … art alchemy, fresco finish paint, and Dylusions.

Then once I was happy with the background I started cutting small pieces of different patterned papers in teal, turquoise and lime greens. I stuck these to a feather template I had made and created the feather.

I gave it a coat of versamark and clear embossing powder to add texture and give strength and then adhered it to the background.

Love all the different colours I got in my covers whilst remaining true to the original colour choice.

Love how these little snippets work together in this collage too.

Looking forward to working in the next circle journal I get too… and seeing how I use these colours again!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Burlap, Darcy, Dylusions paints, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal, YouTube video

Circle journal for Wanda

Today I am sharing the last layout I have for this round of circle journals… And it is Wandas fab envelope journal that I get to work in. Her envelopes were a fab texture and purple colour and I didn’t want to cover that up entirely so I decided on a paint scraped background. When I was half way through applying gesso i remembered to put the camera on to record the process. So if you want to see that… here is the link.

Now the final pictures…

I decided to use the lovely Darcy stamps as I love this character so much and wanted her in a magical land of fun flowers and lollipop trees.

So I used lots of layers of colour and mediums to create these interesting flora and had the watercoloured girl with her heart in her hands in amongst them all.

I added lots of sparkly and shiny finishes and I hope Wanda enjoys this whimsical page in her journal.

This weekend I am at a class with some of the other circle journal participants so we will no doubt be spending some time pouring over the finished journals that make their way to the retreat along with creating new art of course!

I’ll share what we are up to here on the blog when I get a chance.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Brushos, Darcy, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal, YouTube video

Sarah’s Envelope circle journal

It’s been a while but another circle journal to share today… and this time it is for Sarah.

I had no plan when I started except to pour love into the page because Sarah is going through a tough time at the moment as her son is very poorly… so love and strength were the only things I was thinking of.

I started with a base of collaged book print and then decided to put the camera on to record the process. So you can watch that here

Here is a pic from part way through… lots of paint layers and background stamping and texture paste and cutting out of hearts happened so far…

Still wasn’t sure where to go from here but took a pause (to do boring housework at this point) so it was time to take a pic.

Carried on in a few more sessions and finished up with this…

Absolutely delighted with the final pages. Love all the textures and layers.

Hope that Sarah likes it too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Brushos, Clare Lloyd, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Hot Picks, Lin Brown, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal, YouTube video

Envelope circle journal for Tricia

So another journal landed and I immediately set to and in a few hours of wonderful playtime had created two pages. I really just ploughed on and got there so quickly (one side aided by the gelli print piece already done). I videoed the process (A little bit didn’t record due to camera issues) so I’ve put that onto YouTube here for those that fancy watching the speeded up process!

Loved playtime and how these all came together so well. Hopefully Tricia will like them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Inktense, Derwent, Lin Brown, PATWITS circle journal

Claire’s Patwits circle journal page

Hello! 

Today some art journaling to share… this time in Claire’s Patwits circle journal which has safely arrived with the next recipient! 

She provided a piece of watercolour card and an envelope for us to decorate as we please but to include typography somewhere! 

Well I add book pages and some stamping which should meet the criteria! 

I started with a distress oxide background and chose yellows and browns for the main colours as I fancied doing a vintage style page.  I added lots of hot picks stamping in the background and then layered a few pieces of bookprint I had also added distress oxides to. 

The main feature I chose a Hot Picks hot air balloon and stamped it using archival onto bookprint and then added versamark and embossing powder all over to give it a waxy appearance and a glossy finish. 

I layered it up with some Angel hair to add texture. 

I added the whole panel to a piece of patterned paper that I added the embossing powder border to. I love the texture and colour this added. 

Finally I added Inktense pencil shading round the edge of the layers and the title stickers and some doodling. Oh and some added sparkle with some shimmer ink splats.

The envelope I went for a more organic finish. I added gesso and modelling paste with a palette knife and then stamped some Lin Brown stamps and used the fresco finish paints to add colour. I mainly painted with my fingers to blend it nicely.

I also added some of the Sparks paint and then the feature of the mini stamp which I stamped and then added the top layer by stamping onto a piece of cardstock I had painted the Sparks paint onto and then cut out the hand and pen image and layered it up.  I love how this came out. Simple but effective.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art and crafting styles, Brushos, Darcy, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal

Deb’s Patwits circle journal 

Hello there

I have another circle journal page to share for the Patwits envelope journal. This time it is Deborah’s journal and her construction is similar to mine but bigger! 

I decided to go all Teesha Moore style. I started with painting the envelope with the Bora Bora paint.
I then cut a piece of paper to the size of envelope (not the base where it opens) and added a base of Autumn fire Paperartsy fresco finish paint and then added all the magazine collage papers.  I then added stamping to them using a mix of number and word stamps from my Hot Picks stamp sets. 

I then stamped the queen stamp onto some paper I had coloured with Paperartsy fresco finish paint. I then added that to the envelope and added black paint for the borders and then some doodling and the sentiment.  I used white paint pen to add the dots. 

I then added some dots through the stencil for the inside part of the envelope still visible as it needed some pattern too!

Next I decorated a tag to peek out of the envelope.  The envelope is partly sealed which means it fits perfectly in the gap and sits in the middle! 

I decorated both sides … but the back gas a message for Debs so only showing the front of the tag here…

I used brushos and distress stains to add colour and then black paint through a stencil to add the zig zags.  Then I used gesso to mute a bit of the colour and pattern and added Darcy’s feather stamp and gilded it with the gilding flakes.

I added the tiny dots to add some interest to the left hand zig zags and then stamped the sentiment from the same Darcy stamp set onto a scrap of paper I had stamped a background onto with Distress oxide. I cut that out and added that on the top. 

And a sneak peek of the other side of the tag…  I used distress oxides and another Paperartsy stamp set to create this autumnal leaf tag! I stamped the leaves with a mix of archival inks to make it a red and brown leaf and then clear embossed… I love my stamp platform for making these techniques so easy!

So there you go… another Patwits circle journal page complete. I hope Debs likes my experimental Teesha Moore style page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Emma Godfrey, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal, Timeless Textures

Circle journal for Chris

Today I finally get to share what I made for Chris’ circle journal. She had made her journal using cardboard envelopes… so fab and very unlikely to fall apart with using mediums on them as they are nice and sturdy. She also had a fab idea of giving some prompts and the one I had for mine was to include numbers of different kinds on it. So I went to town with the numbers!

Here was the first layer I created.

I used plenty of soft and earthy colours of Fresco finish paints to create the background and then added stamped numbers from lots of different Paperartsy sets.

Then using an Andy Skinner stencil I added some iridescent medium. Then I left it to dry.

The next day I added some more paint to tone down the background a little and added some stencilling, splatters and marks with the edge of a credit card.

I must admit I still wasn’t sure what to so with this page next. I grabbed some paper that had an index from an atlas on it, ripped it and added distress oxide in fired brick and vintage photo and then the mojo started to work properly. Next thing I knew I had been sewing on the machine and by hand, stamping the main image. Stamping and embossing with frantage and I had this lovely sewing themed page.

The finishing touches were to add some Tim Holtz stickers (including some number ones) adding some inktense to them.

I am so pleased with how this ended up. I really had no idea where to go with it but it came together beautifully and I enjoyed making it immensely. Just hope Chris likes what I did.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Canvas and Mixed Media art, Darcy, Derwent Line painter pens, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gummiapan, Lin Brown, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal

PATWITS circle journal #3

Time for a new circle journal round to start and this time we are making journals where envelopes are the feature.

So here is my journal.  I used some cream envelopes which are 5×7 and stuck them together and then sewed it and added washi tape to the spines. 

I then added a cover from some kraft cardstock and glued the inside of the journal and the cover together. 

Then I set to on decorating the cover.   I used the fresco finish paints to lay down some colour and then added some stamping in the paint too.  Then I used a Paperartsy stencil to add some iridescent medium.  Then finally I added the title and the stickers. 

Then the inside page I went for a purple colour scheme. I also went a little Darcy heart crazy! Then inside the pocket created by the envelope I added a card onto the back of which I put my “rules” for the journal.

So my journal is off on a journey to other lovely artists for the next year. Looking forward to seeing what happens to it and to receiving and playing in the journals I get.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Brushos, Clare Lloyd, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Lin Brown, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal, Washi tape, YouTube video

Replacement Patwits journal pages

Unfortunately one of our circle journals never made it back to its owner … and the lovely Chris who organises us all is without her journal. Some of us have made her pages to bind into a journal in the hope that it goes some way to replacing the lost artwork. 

Here is what I made… 

I added black gesso through the stencil, then some washi tape and then lots of bright brushos and added Matt medium to stabilise them. I love how this dragged some of the gesso across in streaks too. 

I then stamped onto separate panel the Hot Picks image and adhered that. Then stamped the sentiment below. I kept this page quite simple with just a little bit of gold pen accents.

The other side however was far more detailed and I’ve done this on YouTube so you can check out my process. 

However here is the finished page.

The whole process took several hours but I managed to get the video down to about 10 mins.

I was on a roll and thought why not make another page. 

I love paper piecing the Clare Lloyd girl. And the colours for this page really spoke to me.  The reverse side I have a different feel but with similar colours with the fun Lin Brown house stamp.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine