Art Alchemy paints, Art and crafting styles, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

52 mixed media cards week 6 … pretty shortsighted

This week the prompt of “pretty short sighted” had me a little stumped… but then I popped into Poundland on my lunch break and spotted a fancy dress monocle and immediately I had the idea of adding it to a card somehow and using pretty colours! Weird I know but that’s what I went with!

Want to see how I got to this final card… well I videoed the process! Here is the link.

Loved the playtime and quite chuffed with the eye drawing too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Dylusions paints, Serene Silhouettes

Hugs and Kisses tag

Hello… I have a tag to share today that I made for a swap. I decided as it would be received near Valentine’s that a heart theme was appropriate. I grabbed a canvas heart and added to my tag I made from mixed media cardstock. I added colour using Dylusions paints and a baby wipe. I then added some stamping using the paints a pattern stamp from Serene Silhouettes. I then added lots of splatters using the Art Alchemy Sparks and metallique paints and then added stamping using the hugs and kisses stamp from Good Greetings. I love the font on these stamps. I added some more ink to the edges and then finished it off with the same sentiment on white and some drops of glossy accents. Love both the sparkle and the texture on this and the contrast with the silver grey ribbon. Happy crafting! Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Art and crafting styles, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

Circle Journal for Marie

Hello. It’s been a while since I’ve shared any circle journal pages as we had a little break to allow for people to catch up. So I’ve been holding onto Marie’s journal for some time.

I did play with the video recording…

… So pop over to You tube to check out how I did this…

I adore the colours and the layers and how something so small such as the patterned paper Marie had included in the envelope sparked my mojo to make this! Such fun!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Badass Chick, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Deco art fluid acrylics, Derwent Line painter pens, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Tap tap tap

Art journaling … 2018 page

Today I have a journal page I’ve been working on for a few weeks on and off and it was for a monthly art journal fb group and the theme for this month is to include 2018 on the page…

So I did!

The page came together using lots of different stencils and a few stamps and then the focal image which was cut from some wallpaper leftover from the princess’ bedroom wall… I had this to hand as I had used another piece for another journal page I’ll be sharing in a few weeks.

This year my one little word is NEW. As I want this year to be about new starts and new experiences so I decided to capture that with this page.

I love all the texture and layers of pattern and colour I got by making this page over a few weeks rather than in one go.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Badass Chick, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gummiapan, Visible Image

My favourites of 2017 pt 4

Final list of favourites for 2017 today… And today it is techniques! Yes what techniques have been my favourites for this year?

Well first has to be masterboards! Whether for ATCs or cards I have been churning out masterboards rather a lot and love creating them so much… want to see some… Here goes… 

I mentioned embossing yesterday in terms of products…. well embossing has been high up on the list of techniques this year.  Even if only embossing the sentiment the versamark, powder and heat tool have been to hand rather a lot! Here are just some of the embossed projects! 

And of course stamping remains my go to technique regardless of what type of project I make. I rarely make anything without a stamp making an appearance somewhere. I don’t really have a favourite stamp but new companies I’ve enjoyed this year are the #badassartchick ones which I subscribed to for funky and interesting stamps and the Gummiapan text one I bought I love too. I also have a few Visible Image stamps I bought this year which are fun.  Of course I’ve loved Paperartsy and Stampin Up stamps too and continued to add to my collection of those too. And I must mention that Creative Stamping magazine have had some fab sets this year too. 

Finally sewing… not exactly featured heavily this year but I have been known to add sewing to the list of techniques especially when doing mixed media. It might only be a small project but this landscape ATC comes to mind when I think of sewing.  So it’s on this one piece of artwork I will finish my favourites of 2017 series. 

Hope you have enjoyed my slightly different round up of the year and will be joining me for more creative fun in the next year. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate

My favourites of 2017 pt 3

Back again with another list of favourites.  Today it is all about products that I have loved using this year! 

Of course 2017 is the year of distress oxide inks… wow these really are a game changer for the crafting world and I am in love with them! 

I did a video on them when I first got them and that had a stupid amount of views etc…. Here it is! Never did I think I would ever have a video with more than 10 views never mind 1.7k!!!

Anyway I love my distress oxides and here are a selection of the projects I made using them this year! 

Just love the variety of effects you can get with these inks! 

Next product I have loved using is my gelli plates… especially towards the end of the year… with both ink and paint. 

Again… some of the projects where the gelli plate features…

Another product I’ve loved since I got it is my stamp platform. It makes stamping so much more fool proof… no more blotchy or patchy stamping and instead beautifully bold stamping.  No pics for this but it did deserve a mention. 

Paint remains in my favourites list… in particular the Paperartsy fresco finish paints and the Finnabair Art Alchemy paints. I just adore both of these brands for different reasons. The fresco finish paints are perfect for every project and layer wonderfully. Love the fact that they have both opaque and transluscent paints. The art alchemy paints are great for adding special sparkle or shimmer. I love the sparks paints in particular.

Here are some painty projects from this year… 

Finally I must mention my Wink of Stella pen and embossing. Both of these have featured heavily this year although not always easy to show on pics. I have to say my heat tool has never had this much work to do in previous years but it is constantly at my side now. And the wink of Stella makes everything sparkle so beautifully so I had to mention it! 

So this is my main product favourites of 2017! 

I have one more list to share with you so pop back tomorrow for another run down on my favourites of this year! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Deco art fluid acrylics, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gorjuss, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset, Sky's the Limit, Spectrum noir pencils, Tim Holtz, Trish Latimer

My favourites of 2017 pt 1

I see these little videos on YouTube with people celebrating their favourite supplies of the year… of course they are all affiliated so not entirely sure how much I trust their judgements so instead I thought I would share my favourites of 2017! 

Of course I couldn’t not mention ATCs given this year has been all about these small works of art.  I challenged myself to create 365 in the year and I exceeded the challenge by a long shot. 

I’ve made mixed media 3d cards, hand drawn cards, stamped cards and even pocket letters! I’ve participated in swaps all over the world and made most of my Christmas cards using ATCs as the toppers.  So my favourite artworks of the year…

I think these stick in my mind as favourites… so in no particular order…

Fairy cards

Halloween pocket letter

Work of art 

Alphabet ATCs

Hearts

Gorjuss girls

Seaside

I could go on… there were after all over 400 to choose from! So for now this will do. 

So my favourite supplies for making ATCs are… pretty much anything I can grab quickly and smaller sized stamps. 

Hope you enjoyed this little refresher on my ATC journey. 

Will be back with another favourites list of 2017 tomorrow if I get a chance.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine