Category Archives: Art Alchemy paints

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I see shiny inchies

Today I have another swap to share with you … this time some shiny inchies. These are for a swap over at UK stampers forum on Facebook.

I am slightly obsessed with Art Alchemy paints at the moment… love the shiny and pearlescent finishes.

I coated the inchies in black gesso, and then a layer of opal magic paint. Then I added the eye stamp with black gesso.

Once it was dry I added some white pen details and the stamped alpha sentiment.

Just adore the shiny finish…

Love how funky these are.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Three Rock coins

Today I have another three Artist Trading Coins to share… and more with a music theme… although this time for UK stampers forum swap.

I videoed the process and decided to decorate the wooden coins using a piece of paper rather than direct onto the coins.

I used the art alchemy paints and embossing to add different textures and finishes.

I love the sparks paint in contrast to the metallique background and the black gesso stencilled images.

This one shows the embossed stars too… I really went to town on the different layers of colour and texture.

Super happy with these and hope that the recipient likes them too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine