Art Alchemy paints, Dies, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inchies and Twinchies, Lawn Fawn stamps, Masks/Stencils

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

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, Distress Crayons, Distress oxide ink, Forever Young, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils

JAM ATC swap

A what? A Just Add More swap! Still no idea… neither did I but the lovely Pat guided us through it.

First I cut three ATC and then did a background on each being careful to not go too far with them….

Then I posted them to the next person who got to add stamping and features etc.

And at this point I got three backgrounds made by the lovely Bev to decorate. Here they are as they arrived with me…

Just love all that colour!

And here is how they ended up before I sent them onto Lou to finish them off…

Next I received the cards Lou had decorated the background on, and then Bev had worked on… they looked like this…

And I finished them off adding my own little elements to each…

And finally got my cards back that had transformed into these fab pieces of art!

These were a fun project to work on … Super hard not to go too far with each layer you were working on though!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Brushos, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Stamps

Arty Session.. Paris

So I didn’t want long to put some of the techniques that Karen Stamper shared at our class last weekend to use… I included them in this Paris based canvas session I did with my friends.

None of us finished our pieces completely as they need to dry before some of the finer details can be added but love how they all came out by the end of the session.

Mine is above. I love the drips and the metallic splatter I added. Definitely had a detour from Karen’s limited supplies as couldn’t resist using my Art Alchemy Sparks paints!

The pic of it in the daylight the next morning shows the colour better… it’s amazing the difference that natural light makes! (Depressing to think that days are getting shorter now as we head into autumn!)

Below are the pieces made by the others … Mara, Kathie and Eleanor.

Love how different they all look whilst keeping to similar ideas and the same theme.

Fast forward to the next night and I set about adding more details and definition… and ended up with a few more landmarks…

And then last night some more details added with embossing and an embossed Eiffel Tower. Calling it finished!

Need to get this in a frame and on the wall. Super super proud of this.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artist Trading Coins, Badass Chick, Baked Texture embossing powder, Distress oxide ink

More face artist trading coin swaps

I got busy in the crafy room last night… this time I made these for the UK stampers forum swap but kept with the Lets face it theme for the group I organise…

I decided to create a really textural and organic background so after adding distress oxides in picked raspberry and shaded lilac i added splatters and streaks of distress resist and then added two different embossing powders … one of which is the baked texture ones by Seth Apter which creates a really cool texture.

Then I stamped and coloured the Badass artchick girl image using the same distress oxides and some sparks paint. I fussy cut her out and then glued her to the coin.

I kept with the same idea as last time of using shrink plastic to create the sentiment which meant I could stamp a sentiment that would ordinarily be too big for a coin … this time I used the clear plastic.

Love how these came out and how different they are to the other coins I made last week even though they have the same theme.

So these are for a swap but also entering them into the current Paperartsy challengewhich is AT Coins… And I was really honoured that some of my coins were chosen as inspiration on the blog post. (Feeling special!). I’ve been enjoying all the DT posts so far… especially love Helen Chilton’s project with all the Lynne Perella images. So cool… And perfect inspiration for the Lets face it theme!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, YouTube video

Collaborative canvas

A few weeks ago I did the background on a canvas and sent it to Millie Moss to finish off… and wow… look at what I got back!

I adore it! So much amazing texture and beautiful colours. I am so lucky!

Of course I also got her background to work on too… daunting is not the word!

So after digging through the Artful Days goodie box bits and pieces I came up with potential pieces to use and decided to video the process.

Here is the pic of the final piece.

I am really happy with how it came out and by now Millie should have the canvas with her and hopefully will like it too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artist Trading Coins, Swirly Scribble thinlits

Two RAK coins

I have two coins I made as a random act of kindness for a swap friend whose coins got lost in the post (not so random I suppose).

So I posted these two I made for her as a surprise…

I have been loving the Art Alchemy paints recently and these are full on shiny!

Love how easily these came together and all the texture and shine… hopefully they went some way to making up for the original disappointment.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints

A just because card

When I sent Chris the coins I made I also enclosed a card… and so I thought I would share it with you…

I made a background from black gesso, art alchemy paints and stamping and then layered up some elements including fabric stamped during our weekend with JamesSharpeArt. I used my new tool… a cropadile to add an eyelet and some papers string elements (to tie in with the coins) and then finished it off with a Tim Holtz sticker and some paint from the bottle lids that I had saved.

Love how this came together.

Happy crafting!

Catherine