Category Archives: Deco art fluid acrylics

#ajss20 the cover

I’ve joined an online class … Art Journal Summer School 2018 … deciding that I needed some inspiration and guidance as my mojo had disappeared for a bit. The class starts 1st of July … but there were a couple of bonus videos just released so I’ve done my cover using the video as inspiration.

The idea is journaling with limited supplies so even though I’m not likely to do much whilst travelling (My hols rarely are the type where I can!) The idea is that this is the type of journaling that lends itself to journaling on the go!

As over the summer I don’t have full use of the craft room (the parents coming back to the UK means it has to become a bedroom again!) my plan is to construct the same kit as if I was travelling with it so I can have it accessible for crafting not in the craft room! So today I will be digging through the cupboards to find an appropriate sized bag to keep stuff in (ideally a toiletries type of bag!) and filling it with supplies.

As for the cover…

I’ve chosen a Daler Rowney ring bound journal and I masked off the edges with blue tape. I covered it with gesso, then added the fresco finish paints. Then I stamped some text in the background using the same colours and chose a stencil from the stash. I stopped through the stencil with Bourganvillia paint and then added splashes with the pink and the white gesso.

Then I used black decoart fluid acrylic for the lettering with paint brushes… scary to do (I hate my hand lettering!) but loved the effect I got in the end.

The best part was removing the tape to find crisp neat edges. I just need to varnish it to protect it and then I am done!

I will blog my AJSS exploits of course so you will be able to see what I get up to!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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 … 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

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

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

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