Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress Crayons, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Masks/Stencils

Stick with it … Got there eventually!

Today I have a journal page I’ve had “in progress” for a long time…. probably over a year in fact waiting for me to find the perfect finishing touch. And it turned out these vintage photo printouts I had were It!

Once I fussy cut them out and stuck them down I knew straight away I was happy with the page and with a few Tim Holtz stickers the page was done!

So the page was gelatos and distress crayons and black gesso and transluscent texture paste and bits of book print in the background… I think that pretty much covers it although also may have added some pencil shading and outlining too. Oh and white paint pen doodling too.

Sometimes you just need to have patience and wait for the perfect element to present itself!

Entering this into the Anything Mixed media goes challenge at Creative Artiste mixed media blog.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Distress Crayons, Dylusions paints, Finnabair, Foiling, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy

Playing in my journal

On Sunday I treated myself to a few hours of play in my art journal… here is the result.

I videoed the process which you can check out on YouTube. It really wasn’t going to plan at one point with the page disintegrating but I pulled it back from the brink and happy with the results.

Love the bright colours and fun textures I achieved and most of all enjoyed playing with paint and paper.

Love love love playing with no agenda.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress Crayons, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - JOFY, Pebeo fantasy paints

52 mixed media cards weeks 11 and 12

I had to play catch up on this challenge as didn’t manage to do much creating when the parents were here so I had two weeks worth of cards to do.

I started with week 11 and the prompt was

get texty

So I grabbed some scrap that had texture paste through a text stencil and added that to my playing card. Then gesso. I then added distress crayons (I really wanted to play with them for some unknown reason so out they came!)

I did a little stencilling and then grabbed Jofy stamps added some text down one edge. I then coloured some book print with the crayons and stamped the new Jofy mini stamp flower head.

I cut it out and adhered it to the card. I then did some additional stamping with the circles in the same mini set.

I added some bits of white paint to these and drew in a stem for the flower. I then dropped some of the pebeo fantasy paint onto the flower for the stamen.

The next week’s prompt was

“opposites attract”

and I decided to gather some contrasting materials to add as a collage. These are all things that I was attracted to that contrast…. so my opposites attract!

I started with a white gesso base and more distress crayons. Then added some stencilling to bring back the white. I then added a raffle ticket that was on the desk. I then arranged a cluster of papers of different types (vellum/waxed paper/patterned paper) and stapled it to the card. Then added the canvas strip and the thread and mirri card.

Finally I added some stitching and doodling.

Not exactly a thing but an enjoyable collecting of fun patterned and textures and colours from my desk!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Derwent Line painter pens, Distress Crayons, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Petal Palette, Watercolour paints, YouTube video

Petal Palette art journal piece

I made an art journal page and used my current favourite and go to stamp set for the feature… Petal Palette.

I made this with the video running so you can check out the progress here.

Love the layers, textures and the gentle images I used with this warm colour palette.

And that sentiment spoke to me perfectly at that moment… always a good way to choose your title for your piece!

Hope you like it. It was originally destined for a swap but then I realised that I had misunderstood the rules and that blue needed to be in the page…. ooops…. ah well a thoroughly enjoyable piece to make regardless. Once I realised that I found the perfect place to put the page in my journal… which covered some stamping I wasn’t keen on!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress Crayons, World Map

Sailing with Distress crayons 

Today I have two cards to share that are both very similar but at the same time different!!! 

I didn’t have a plan when I started other than I wanted to get my distress crayons out as I haven’t played with them in a while. So I grabbed the more muted set of the two sets I have and started creating a background. I blended the green and blue colours with water and my fingers and then used distress crayons direct to the world map stamp and spritzed it and stamped it down. 

The impression of the stamp is only light but it adds some pattern to the background. I also added the stamp to a piece of plain white cardstock and again got a light impression of the pattern. 

To the white piece I then added some old paper and vintage photo distress ink blending as I wanted one to have a vintage look and the other to be fresh and clean. Then I chose my feature image from a magazine set (Creative Stamping magazine) and stamped it in archival ink before adding the watercolouring using the same distress crayons. Again the vintage one I also added the distress ink blending over the top to make it more vintage. 

I chose to die cut the image and the mount using some stitched rounded rectangle dies and then heat embossed the sentiment on the vintage one. I also added one of the corrugated card embellishments and a tiny shell to this one with some brown thread. 

Then on the lighter one I added a few wraps of the bakers twine to the back panel and again a corrugated card embellishment to which I added the stamped sentiment. 

I love how the cards both look different but are similar in design. I also love how the backgrounds are subtle with their patterns. Not sure anyone but me would know what the pattern actually was! 

Loved playing with my distress crayons. Was nice to go back to a medium I hadn’t used in a while and play! May have to do some more cards using the fun techniques that distress crayons lend themselves too. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Beautiful You, Claritystamps, Distress Crayons, Distress oxide ink, Dylusions, Finnabair, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Gorjuss, Gummiapan, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Big ATC swap! (259-270)

So today I have a mammoth 12 ATCs to share that I made for a swap with the theme of Mixed Media! Of course I can’t make 12 all the same so I decided instead to go with six pairs. 

So I cut some mixed media cardstock into six panels of 5 x 3.5 inches and then added either tissue paper, sewing pattern paper or wallpaper to each of them and added some gesso too. 

This gave me the following six panels to work with…

I then worked on each of them at a time adding colour and texture. 

This first one was the floral tissue paper that had come on an artful days goodie box and I added distress crayons over the gesso. 

I then added some stamping using the badass chick stamps and a piece of the textured wallpaper in the centre. I then mixed some modelling paste with distress crayon and added it to the card through a stencil.

I left that to dry and moved onto the next card. This one had the sewing pattern paper on it. I added some book print and then distress stains. I love the different vibrancy as a result of the gesso and non gesso papers.  I then got out the sewing machine to add some stitching for extra texture.

The next one was tissue paper from a shoe box which had some pattern and some numbers on it.  I added blue gelatos to colour and then heat embossed the stars with white powder. Then I added pieces of a blue doily and some sequin waste using some blue staples. Finally I added some book print it had added colour to using distress oxides.

Right onto the next one… 

This was some floral vintage style tissue paper. I added some red card that I had impressed a brickwork die onto but by the time I had added gesso over the top and Matte medium this had pretty mich disappeared. I then added some more colour using gelatos and then through a stencil I added some of the art alchemy paint in a pale pink colour.  Finally I added two strips of wax paper that I used the sewing machine to adhere to the panel. 

Next I had a bit of a heat him issue with! But still I love it! 

I used some spotty tissue paper on this and after a very light coat of gesso I added some transparent glossy texture paste through a circles stencil. 

This once dry added a lovely resist so then I added distress stain in blues and greens but when impatient for them to dry I took my heat tool to speed things up forgetting that the texture paste doesn’t play with heat so ended up making a bit of a mess of the circles which meant the ink did seem into them. Ah Well! Never mind. To add to the circle theme I wiped some of the ink away through another stencil and then added the Finnabair circle stamps.

Final one… I had added the textured wallpaper to this one in torn strips. I used the Paperartsy fresco finish paints to add the colour and then used the Art alchemy sparks paint to paint a piece of watercolour paper that I then die cut using a Tim Holtz die. After adhering this I added some text stamping using the Gummipan stamp.

So these were my six panels ready to make into ATCs.  I took each panel and trimmed it to size and then started adding the rest of the pieces on to turn them into mini artworks. I used a mixture of stamps and embellishments to do this.  And this is where they all got organised and adhered. Particularly like the Craft stamper Magazine star that Kim Dellow designed. And I hadn’t used the Clarity tangled heart in a long time! 

Then it was time to finish each piece off.

The first panel I added the Badass chicks girl head stamp and gave her a body from book print. I coloured her with distress crayons and then added stickles to one set of the flowers and glossy accents to the other.  I then chose some sentiments for the titles.

The next one I added some diecuts from craft foam and one of the stamped girls from the Stampin Up Beautiful You set.  I also added a sentiment for each. Then on one I chose to add the glitter flakes and the other got a button.

I think this next set might be my favourite. I added some navy thread behind the stars that I stamped in distress oxide and heat embossed with clear powder. I then added some spots of glitter and on one of them I also added some tiny star sequins. I then added the sentiments.

I didn’t add much to these except two Gorjuss girls and Tim Holtz sentiment stickers.

I ended up adding some netting to these next ones and some more sewing. Then I added the star stamp which again was stamped with distress oxide and heat embossed.  I then added the gems from the artful days goodie box.  Then on the one on the left I added some of the blue stars and some glitter glue. 

And the final set… I heat embossed the heart and then added distress oxides.

So happy with all of these and how I managed to make them all different! 

Happy crafting 

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Distress Crayons, Gelatos, Faber Castell, Masks/Stencils, YouTube video

Shine wall hanging

Yesterday I spent a fair amount of the day getting messy and having fun in the craft room. This is one of the projects I made. 
I wanted to play with my artful days goodie box stash and so pulled out some stash and then set to on having fun being creative. 

I filmed the whole process so you can see how the artwork came together… here is the link.

And here is the actual project.

Love how pretty this turned out to be … such a change from more recent crafting endeavours to make something bigger than an ATC too! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine