Artful Days Goodie Box, Artist Trading Coins, Crafters Companion, JOFY, Shrink plastic, Washi tape, YouTube video

Feathered friend AT Coins

Hello!

Today I have the Artist trading coins I make for the swap group I organise over on Facebook. This month the theme is feathered friends and I ended up with feathers floating round the craft room with what I ended up making!

I have videoed the process for making these if you are interested…. here is the link.

I started with Making Cards magazine papers and used Jofy stamp and a Crafters companion sentiment and the feathers from an old Artful Days goodie box… oh and some shrink plastic. Such fun!

Looking forward to seeing what the other swap participants make of this theme!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gilding flakes

Autumn Leaves artist trading coins

Today I have the coins I made for the swap I organise on Facebook. This month the theme is Autumn Leaves…

I had a hunt through the stash and found these fab metal leaves from an old Artful Days Goodie box.

I took three precut coins and gave them a coat of paint using mudsplat and autumn fire. I also stamped onto them using mudsplat to give a textured background.

Next I stamped in flitter glu the swirl from timeless textures and added gilding flakes. I love the effect this gives of a mottled metal.

Next I added the leaves with some linen thread. Then finished off with the sentiment stamped in fired brick distress ink.

As the leaves are so cool I didn’t think it needed much else.

Entering this into the autumn mood challenge at Challenge up your life and the anything mixed media challenge at Creative artiste challenge blog

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Magnolia Blooms

Complimentary colours postcard

This month Alison challenged us to use complimentary colours for our postcard. So I decided to play with blue and orange for mine and got the Fresco finish paints out to play. Admittedly the blue I chose has a green hue to it but I consider it a blue nonetheless!

I used the crackle glaze and some scrapinec pieces for the main layers and then the Magnolia Blooms for the focal point.

The background panel also used the Birch stamp.

Lots of fun to play with paints. No real plan in mind, just playing!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Till roll art

Beastie till roll ATCs

I joined in a swap where the rules were to make three ATCs with either butterflies, insects or bees … “beautiful beasties” on them… so I chose to finish off the till roll I had made and add butterfly embellishments to meet the challenge of the swap.

Love how the different colours of butterfly worked with the till rolls and the backgrounds I added to the ATCs.

I added bits of doodling and some sentiment stickers to finish off as the butterflies are enough of a statement. I also added small enamel dots to each card in the colour scheme I thought fitted the card best.

Entering this into the challenge at Crafty critters challenge

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Artist Trading Coins, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy

Bits and pieces Artist Trading Coins

The swap theme for this month’s swap is bits and pieces and I decided to just go with stuff that was on the desk to make three coins…

This resulted in an eclectic mix of coins.

This has a fabric background that I sewed before cutting to size and then some random bits from the stash.

This has a decent amount of beads and glitter and lots of resin flowers from Artful Days Goodie boxes.

This is a scrap of painted paper and another painted paper die cut and then a wooden laser cut word I added black gesso to it.

Love how these came together easily and using just bits and pieces off the desk.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, Artful Days Goodie Box, Darcy, Hot Picks, Neocolors II, PATWITS circle journal, Ribbons, Washi tape, Watercolour paint, Winter Frost

Circle Journal for Tricia

Another circle journal to share with you today, this time for Tricia.

It is a lovely Kraft background to work on so I decided to go for a white gesso messy background.

In addition to the gesso dry brushing I added some stamping in white craft ink. I used a mixture of stamps from Hot Picks and this gave me a nice finish.

Next I started pulling papers and ribbons from my stash and putting them together as I fancied a layered piece and plenty of sewing. So out came the sewing machine.

Then I got the Neocolours out and added some shading and definition to the layers and added some details.

Next I started bringing together the focal images and started building up the pages. I decided to add images from the stamped fabric stash from our weekend with James Sharpe. I think Tricia (who I was lucky enough to sit opposite all weekend) would appreciate seeing me using them.

I also grabbed tags from an Artful Days kit and added them in, but before they made it into the final pages I added distress inks to change the colour a little. I also decided to add some more details to the layers with a bit of stamping and added some shimmery watercolour to add a different texture, oh and I moved things round a little on the final pages so that Albert was on the other side!

Next I added rub ons and sentiment stickers to the page. I also added some splattered black soot distress ink and some white pen marks.

And then I grabbed the black puffy paint and added some dots around the pages as embellishments. And I called it finished!

Love how eclectic this is and love that white background behind the pop of lime and teal colours.

Also love all the loose threads that come from me being a messy sewer and the loose edges to the layers. Those rub ons also work well in keeping the layers light and fresh.

Hopefully Tricia likes what I made too… and now it is time for me to start work on the next journal.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress oxide ink, Ellen Vargo, Inktense, Derwent, Lin Brown, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal

Lime and Teal circle journal for Claire

Another circle journal page, this time for Claire and I fancied playing with texture… lots and lots of texture.

I started with some gesso to provide a sketchy backdrop. I loved the kraft cardstock that the journal was made from so wanted to preserve that for the edge of the pages.

Once that was dry I added texture paste through a stencil and left it to dry.

Next I added some more texture using the glass bead gel and again left that to dry.

Then I added colour using the distress stains in twisted citron, cracked pistachio and peacock feathers. I then added some strips of papers and some twine. I also added some other stamping in the background to add some different areas of colour.

I also added the cute wooden birds which I added colour to using the oxide and some clear embossing powder to add shine.

I wanted to add some darker colour so I added some Inktense and some splashes of black ink in places to add a different contrast.

Then created the focal point of the stamped element and the sentiments for the titles with embossing and inking.

Super happy with the way this came out and how different it is from my previous pages using these colours… it’s amazing how the colours can lend themselves to these different pages.

And if you are interested I made a video of the process… here it is.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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

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

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, 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