Category Archives: Art Alchemy paints

People ATCs for UK stampers forum

Today I have three ATCs I made for the swap at UK stampers forum where the theme is People.

I started with some scraps of card sent to me with another swap which were sturdy and also coated. I knew I was unlikely to use them as they were so chopped them up, stuck them down to create some textures…

… and then coated them in black gesso. I then heat embossed over the gesso with a translucent dark red powder using stamps from a recent Making Cards magazine set and Timeless Textures.

Next I added more texture using a stencil and some clear gesso. This didn’t retain as much of the pattern as I had hoped as the gesso seeped under the stencil but it still looked cool when dried.

Next i added some of the sparks paint in a few areas just to add a different finish.

Then I moved onto my focal image of the girl in the stamp set and stamped her using Memento ink.

Then set to on colouring in using my promarkers.

I fussy cut her out and added her to each card and then used some scraps of black shrink plastic and craft white ink to create the sentiment.

Finally I added the finishing touch of the glossy accents on her glasses!

Love how these came out…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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Diet themed postcard

I had to use one of the Art by Marlene chubby chicks for the diet themed postcard I made for a swap.

First I added distress ink and some splatters as a background along with the distress resist spray to protect some of it before adding more splashes, this time adding some shimmery watercolour paints and art alchemy sparks paints.

Then I added some of the Art by Marlene collage paper and one of the die cuts over the top.

Then I added some of the stickers onto card and added a frame around each using the shimmer watercolour paint.

Love how this came out… And strictly speaking not against my current WW plan … which is not a starvation diet and encourages living a full life.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Trades box… using up scraps and transforming the junk

I had this square box which a kit from Stampin Up came in a number of years ago and until recently have been storing scraps and playing cards in it which were for my 365 atc challenge of 2017 and 52 playing card challenge (which I didn’t finish) for 2018. Well I decided to sort it out and get rid of scraps and sort out the playing cards in it.

I tipped out all the contents and then had the idea of redecorating the box and turning it into the box I use for storing things I make for swaps before they head out … that way I can keep track of them. So rather than throwing away all of the scraps I used a random selection to cover the entire lid of the box. This is following the Nina Ribena idea of transforming junk into art.

I then added a thin layer of gesso to the whole box and this helps to knock back the mishmash of papers.

So next step was to start adding colour to it.. I chose magenta and ultramarine fluid acrylics for this and added them over the top of the box. Then using distress crayons and neocolors I defined some of the elements. And then started Stamping using white gesso and as well as the fluid acrylics. I had in mind at this point the moodboard that Nina Ribena had shared for her first week challenge… the top left in particular and the blue on the right mixed with the pink flower on the bottom.

My magenta might be a tad more red, but this is what I was thinking of with my colour choices.

Next I decided to get some woodchip letters for the title on the box… And added some distress oxide and some embossing to give them texture.

I carried on with some doodling and more definition on the edges of the panels and then stamped the Clare Lloyd sentiment to go with the swaps letters.

Super happy with how this looks now it’s finished. And happy to be able to keep swaps all in one place until they go out to their new homes.

Thanks for the inspiration Nina… I actually think I might have hit three of the four weeks of challenges with this project … mood board, scraps and junk! Not bad for an impromptu project clearing out my desk.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Monochrome bunting

Today I have some bunting to share which is for the UK stampers forum swap. The theme for this swap is Monochrome, so I went for the turquoise colours as my monochrome.

I stamped the beach hut from Marlene using the archival inks and then used distress crayons to watercolour the image. I also added some ink blending round the edge and a little bit of stamping to provide some texture. I then splattered the art alchemy sparks paints to give it some shimmer. Next I added the hand stamped sentiment and edged it with some Inktense.

I love this image and the gentle finish this bunting had.

It’s been a fun swap to get involved in and I’ve loved creating the flags and receiving some fun bunting in return.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Christmas gift for Lynn

Today I have a project I actually made several months ago but as it was made as a gift for a friend for Christmas I couldn’t share it till now!

So what is it? Well it is a canvas I made as part of a class I did with friends… and I enjoyed making it with Lynn in mind!

So what did we do… well I started with a board and covered it with papers for texture and pattern and then added gesso to take it back a little and blend it a little. Then started constructing a cluster of items … art parts and hessian and some elements from Artful Days boxes.

Then I started adding colour using Paperartsy fresco finish paints and then lots of stamping and texture making.

I also added treasure gold and embossing powder for added shine and texture.

I finished it off by then adding it to a larger board as a frame.

Hopefully Lynn likes it as much as I loved making it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Tropical twinchies

Hello! By now I hope everyone’s coins have arrived for the tropical swap so I can share the twinchies I made to add into their parcels as my thank you for participating. I’ve been doing this a few months now and really enjoy making them and adding them as a little surprise.

Of course as the theme was tropical I went for bright and cheery colours…

I used a mix of paints in the background that were all fresco finish paints and stencilled using a jofy stencil before cutting the sheet into 1.75″ squares. I also added some white pen work to add more details and then edged it with blue archival. I also stamped aloha onto all of them in the same blue ink.

Next I created the pineapples by creating oxide ink background and stamping the lawn fawn pineapple over the top. Then I added extra fun with sparks art alchemy paint… some of them overstamping and most by adding it to the leaves.

I layered the top panel onto the twinchies I had made and edged each one with orange ink but placed them at angles rather than the usual straight on like I normally do!

So this was 20 twinchies made for the swaps…

Hope everyone liked their little pineapple extra!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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