Category Archives: Deco art fluid acrylics

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

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

Art journaling to prompts

So just before christmas I shared some canvases that I made using the instructions that my friend Chris provided. I decided to also make a journal page based on the instructions. 

I started with a page thay had some wiped off ink and stencilling on it in my Dylusions journal. 

Then I added a layer of lime green decoarts paint, then the stencilling of modelling paste and then some strips of book print.  I know this picture looks yellow but in real life the colour is more green.

Next step was to add analogous colours…. 

I added some Haystack and Butternut fresco finish paints through a stencil and with a sponge.  I then added plenty of splashes and flicks or paint.

Now time for the contrast colour.  This was to be a contrast to that original colour of the lime green and to be used sparingly in at least three places. So I chose a bright blue… I know probably purple would have been a more accurate contrast but I thought this was probably good enough. Of course at this point I felt the end was in sight and forgot to take pics! 

So I chose to add the bright blue with the credit card to create some patches and then also added it over the texture as a very light layer. This showed the texture up more. 

The next instruction was to add a feature image and the final one words and finishing touches! So I guess now I reveal the final page… 

So the image was from a magazine I added some shading using Inktense pencils, some pen doodling and painted in the glasses to add more blue to the page. I also added a little red stamping and some red paint to the texture to add some more balance.  I chose some Tim Holtz stickers and some words cut from magazines for the page too. 

I added doodling using white and black pen for a few bits and pieces and finally added some little black enamel accent dots. 

Super happy with this page. It was fun to use the prompts as guides for each stage too. 

Lovely to get my first mixed media journal page done of the year! Think I will aim for one a month to try and get more play into my life! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine

My favourites of 2017 pt 4

Final list of favourites for 2017 today… And today it is techniques! Yes what techniques have been my favourites for this year?

Well first has to be masterboards! Whether for ATCs or cards I have been churning out masterboards rather a lot and love creating them so much… want to see some… Here goes… 

I mentioned embossing yesterday in terms of products…. well embossing has been high up on the list of techniques this year.  Even if only embossing the sentiment the versamark, powder and heat tool have been to hand rather a lot! Here are just some of the embossed projects! 

And of course stamping remains my go to technique regardless of what type of project I make. I rarely make anything without a stamp making an appearance somewhere. I don’t really have a favourite stamp but new companies I’ve enjoyed this year are the #badassartchick ones which I subscribed to for funky and interesting stamps and the Gummiapan text one I bought I love too. I also have a few Visible Image stamps I bought this year which are fun.  Of course I’ve loved Paperartsy and Stampin Up stamps too and continued to add to my collection of those too. And I must mention that Creative Stamping magazine have had some fab sets this year too. 

Finally sewing… not exactly featured heavily this year but I have been known to add sewing to the list of techniques especially when doing mixed media. It might only be a small project but this landscape ATC comes to mind when I think of sewing.  So it’s on this one piece of artwork I will finish my favourites of 2017 series. 

Hope you have enjoyed my slightly different round up of the year and will be joining me for more creative fun in the next year. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

My favourites of 2017 pt 1

I see these little videos on YouTube with people celebrating their favourite supplies of the year… of course they are all affiliated so not entirely sure how much I trust their judgements so instead I thought I would share my favourites of 2017! 

Of course I couldn’t not mention ATCs given this year has been all about these small works of art.  I challenged myself to create 365 in the year and I exceeded the challenge by a long shot. 

I’ve made mixed media 3d cards, hand drawn cards, stamped cards and even pocket letters! I’ve participated in swaps all over the world and made most of my Christmas cards using ATCs as the toppers.  So my favourite artworks of the year…

I think these stick in my mind as favourites… so in no particular order…

Fairy cards

Halloween pocket letter

Work of art 

Alphabet ATCs

Hearts

Gorjuss girls

Seaside

I could go on… there were after all over 400 to choose from! So for now this will do. 

So my favourite supplies for making ATCs are… pretty much anything I can grab quickly and smaller sized stamps. 

Hope you enjoyed this little refresher on my ATC journey. 

Will be back with another favourites list of 2017 tomorrow if I get a chance.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Out of this world ATCs

Hello. 

Time for another ATC swap with the Facebook group Artful ATCs and the theme this month is Out of this world. 

I chose to add some embossing to the card and then layers of brushos and then distress oxide. Then I embossed the rocket, fussy cut it and then coloured it with Distress oxides. 

The second card is a painty background and I added the embossed quote and then went over it with a gel pen to show up the writing more. 

Love these and hope the recipient does too! 

Entering these into the anything mixed media challenge at http://ainkymess.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/challenge-16.html?m=1
Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Playing with paint cards

I really needed some painty time last week so I took some spare cardstock and started playing. 

I mainly used decoarts fluid acrylic and Americana paints. I added the paint with sponges and a gelli plate and then a paint brush. I then used a stencil too. 

I love all of the different layers I created. I also added some stamping with Postscript background stamp.

Next I added some sparkle using the Art Alchemy sparks paint.  Then I cut it into two panels for card topper backgrounds.


I then decided that I would raid the Artful Days goodie box and assemble some cards. 

The first one I used a metal embellishment and a paper flower and leaf.  Then some stickers and a heat embossed stamped sentiment.

The second one I added a wooden circle and some flowers and sequins.  I also added the heat embossed sentiment too. 

Love how these came out. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine