Deco art fluid acrylics, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Treasure Gold

Happy birthday Pat

One of my online crafty friends (who I have been lucky enough to meet in person) had a special birthday last week… so I made her a card. I chose a very mixed media style as I knew she would appreciate it. I added Tim Holtz tissue wrap to the Lemon cardstock and then added two gelli printed pieces I had on my desk. Then I added some Bistre powder and some gesso to blend and tone them together a little more.

Then I chose some images from a printed sheet I had to create the collaged girl. I added some pen work to add definition and then added the printed sentiments.

Next I added the piece to a piece of gelli printed book print (I actually think the book print came from Pat originally!) And then added this to a piece of white cardstock.

I also added some treasure gold in a few places to give it some rich shine.

I then forgot to take a pic of this mounted onto the card blank (a5 sized blank) because I was keen to get it in the post.

But before I did I also decorated the envelope.

I added some gelli printed circles, stamping and lots of doodling to finish it off and then the address was in the centre where I had kept the space clean with a post it note mask.

I know Pat received this late… but hey better late than never!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Deco art fluid acrylics, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Sizzix

Artist Trading Coins … a new swap group

So the crafting world has a new craze… Artist Trading coins! And of course I’m loving this new little canvas to art away on a mini round scale!

I made my first ones a couple of weeks ago (here is the post about them) and now find I am making more and more of them … just because! So I thought why not set up a Facebook swap group and see if others are interested in this too. Turns out I am not alone!

So the Artist Trading Coins UK swap group was born. The rules are make three coins each month to a theme (May’s theme is light and dark), send them to me with an SAE and I will send you three back from different artists. Sound like fun? If you fancy joining pop along to the group and ask to join!

So have I made mine for the month of May? Of course not… but here are some of the coins I have been making!

I added paint using a gelli plate and stencils to mountboard then cut them out using a die.

I then added doodling, stamping, splatters of paint and some black paint edging and then found some printed collage images and started layering them up.

Next I added sentiment and more doodling. Then I added Versamark and clear embossing over the whole coin and this gave it a fab finish.

I love how these came out…

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Gelli Plate, Visible Image

You rock postcard

A painty postcard to share today. I created the background using paints and a gelli plate. I wasn’t really thinking about the final finish, more just layering up some colours lightly. Once I had the background done I heat embossed the Visible image stamp onto the card and then chose the you rock sentiment.

Next I added some stars using distress oxides to stamp them and on a few I also added clear embossing too.

I then doodles the border and added it to the Lemon Lime twist cardstock.

Hope the recipient in the swap likes what I made.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Baked Texture embossing powder, Deco art fluid acrylics, Paperartsy - Ellen Vargo stamps, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Washi tape

Next circle journal page

I had to do the other side of the journal page that I shared yesterday and chose a completely different colour scheme.

I chose to cover even less of the background with paint and instead layered up some papers and washi tape to create the main base and then added some paints to it. I also added rub ons and some doodles.

Then I assembled lots of layers for under the main image of the Darcy heart.

I chose to use some neon pink painted card and some alcohol ink coloured vellum along with some copper thread. I heat embossed the heart onto some painted paper and then added gold pen around the edge to give it a gilded look.

This more junk journal approach really spoke to me when I made it… and contrasted lots to the previous page.

I also have a little extra for Hazel as I made a little piece for inside the envelope too…

This is again very different from the other pages. I really wanted to play with the Chunky Rust embossing powder from Seth Apter. This gave me the perfect opportunity.

First I created an earthy and rustic backgroynd with paints and stamping. Then I added the lino print style house onto another piece of painted paper.

I then took a piece of card and added lots of layers of the rust embossing on it. I also added more of it to the panel in a more organic way around the edges. Love how this looks.

So overall three very different pieces of art for Hazel in her cool journal.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Deco art fluid acrylics, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelli Plate, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils, Petals and more, Woodware stamps

Gelliprinting challenge

Hi… Yes two blog posts in one day… And they couldn’t really get more different from the Christmas cards I shared earlier…to gelli printing mixed media joy now!

So I spotted via my lovely friend @craftytrog that there was a gelli printing challenge going on in March… And of course I immediately wanted to join in! @birgitkoopson is hosting the challenge… but the best way to find all the lovely prints people are making is to follow the hashtag… #31daysofgelprinting on Instagram. That’s what I did.

So here are the first two days of prints I made…

First prompt… circles. This was a print using Seth Apter paint onto black cardstock and I used stamps and a bottle lid to create the circles. Then I added a little smoosh of distress oxide left from another project on top.

Day 2 prompt… peek through

This time I used Decoarts Americana and Crafters Acrylic paints and used stencils to create some pattern and then punched some circles to use as masks to create the peep through circles. As this is quite translucent paint it shows the layers beneath even with the ‘solid’ print on the top.

In both cases I then made something with the print…

First one I made a card. I heat embossed the Woodware image onto the background and then added Distress Oxides as watercolours to add some colour to the image. Nice and simple.

The second one I am going to frame and hang in my craftroom.. just need a box frame as it is quite dimensional.

I added some stamping to the print along with some doodling. Then mounted it onto the lime cardstock. Then I chose some flowers from the Artful Days goodie box and a resin Eiffel tower. I added some distress resist spray to the flowers and inked them with Distress stains and oxides to give them a more textural and mixed media appearance. Then added the sequin centres.

The Eiffel tower I painted using black gesso and then added layers of paints including some art alchemy sparks paints to give it shimmer and shine.

I did cut some of the lattice die cuts from the petals and more set and added these and adhered everything to the background. Finished with some splatters of paint (of course!) and mounted it onto black cardstock.

Love how both turned out… looking forward to more gel printing projects during March!

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