Category Archives: Dylusions paints

Circle journal 4… teal and lime

So the circle journal group is off and running for another year and this time the challenge was to choose the colours you want to use and then only use those colours with neutrals for each page you complete.

I chose Teal and Lime as my combo and here is the journal I made…

As I handmade my journal and have bound it with book rings it should be easy for people to complete their pages out of the book and then rebind it before passing it on.

I had lots of fun making my journal covers with the limited colour palette…

And using different materials and textures to create the journal!

Looking forward to this colour challenge over the full year and how I can vary it from one page to another.

The covers I kept to the black gesso as the consistent element to help cover the greyboard I had used as the cover substrate.

The feather part I probably worked longest on but decided it was too delicate as an outside cover so ended up with it as an inside page.

I started with a few stencils and modelling paste and then once dry I added black gesso as the base. Then I layered up colours with a mix of paints … art alchemy, fresco finish paint, and Dylusions.

Then once I was happy with the background I started cutting small pieces of different patterned papers in teal, turquoise and lime greens. I stuck these to a feather template I had made and created the feather.

I gave it a coat of versamark and clear embossing powder to add texture and give strength and then adhered it to the background.

Love all the different colours I got in my covers whilst remaining true to the original colour choice.

Love how these little snippets work together in this collage too.

Looking forward to working in the next circle journal I get too… and seeing how I use these colours again!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Circle journal for Wanda

Today I am sharing the last layout I have for this round of circle journals… And it is Wandas fab envelope journal that I get to work in. Her envelopes were a fab texture and purple colour and I didn’t want to cover that up entirely so I decided on a paint scraped background. When I was half way through applying gesso i remembered to put the camera on to record the process. So if you want to see that… here is the link.

Now the final pictures…

I decided to use the lovely Darcy stamps as I love this character so much and wanted her in a magical land of fun flowers and lollipop trees.

So I used lots of layers of colour and mediums to create these interesting flora and had the watercoloured girl with her heart in her hands in amongst them all.

I added lots of sparkly and shiny finishes and I hope Wanda enjoys this whimsical page in her journal.

This weekend I am at a class with some of the other circle journal participants so we will no doubt be spending some time pouring over the finished journals that make their way to the retreat along with creating new art of course!

I’ll share what we are up to here on the blog when I get a chance.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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

Cabaret with Liza journal page

I found this picture of Liza Minnelli in a magazine about a year ago and knew I wanted to use if on a journal page so kept it safe in the journal until I finally got round to using it.

The page was already covered in black gesso and had some paints applied to give it a chalkboard look. I added some distress oxides to continue with that look, and some splashes of white and black and Blue paints. I also added some black gesso using a card to add some lines. Then I added Liza to the page.

Next I added stamping using white pigment ink and some music themed stamps. I also chose the quote from the music as the title and hand stamped that.

Next I added definition and shading to the images using Pitt Pens and then added some clear glossy texture paste through a music stencil…. this pic shows it when it is still wet and so not so transparent!

I also added doodling around the edges to frame the page.

And the final result…

I love the galaxy feel to the background and the image pops brilliantly off the page…. and that texture is fabulous…

So happy with how this page came out… and super pleased I finally got to use my picture of Ms. Minnelli.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Hugs and Kisses tag

Hello… I have a tag to share today that I made for a swap. I decided as it would be received near Valentine’s that a heart theme was appropriate. I grabbed a canvas heart and added to my tag I made from mixed media cardstock. I added colour using Dylusions paints and a baby wipe. I then added some stamping using the paints a pattern stamp from Serene Silhouettes. I then added lots of splatters using the Art Alchemy Sparks and metallique paints and then added stamping using the hugs and kisses stamp from Good Greetings. I love the font on these stamps. I added some more ink to the edges and then finished it off with the same sentiment on white and some drops of glossy accents. Love both the sparkle and the texture on this and the contrast with the silver grey ribbon. Happy crafting! Catherine

Random ATC catch ups… 271-275

Here are some ATCs I made using different techniques and bits and pieces off the desk…. I filmed what I was upto… And originally this was for a swap but I missed the deadline for joining in… ah well never mind! Still 5 more in the bag for my 365 challenge! 

This first one is a distress oxide background and watercolouring.

Next up…. distress ink on gesso and some embossing…

Then there is … A doodles background and then a die cut to finish off.

And then a painted background and some magazine collage.

And finally … lots of texture and an inky coloured flower stamp.

So five very different pieces of art and another five for the challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Alphabet quote cards with Dyan 

Today I’ve been in sunny Harrogate taking a class with the lovely Dyan Reaveley. The plan was to make 26 quote cards using the alphabet as inspiration… but making 26 in one day is a little bit of a challenge so I’m just sharing what I managed so far! 

This first step was getting inky…. 

In fact I got very inky! 

Then it was time for paint play… 

Then gluing them together and cutting them all into large cards… 

Then it was time for lunch. I grabbed a lovely smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, rocket and sweet chilli sauce. Yum! 

Then it was back to the classroom (I might have had a little spend in the shop too of course). 

We then stamped and stencilled borders before grabbing magazines and having fun tearing out images we might want to collage.  I ended up with a big stack of images and then started the mammoth task of cutting out the images…. this was just a small selection of the images I cut out and not sure I used many of these. 

Then I worked my way through the pike selecting images and composing the cards. I did all of this without sticking down and the once I had a stack with some images I then started gluing things in place.  I also got to stamp a few of Dyans images and adding them in the mix too. 

And this is where I had got up to at the end of the class. Not a single finished item but plenty started and only I think 4 without inages yet affixed. 

This type of collage is very outside my comfort zone but I loved it.such a drawing experience to just try something new. 

I’m writing this blog post whilst having a quick coffee break on my way back… May have to go grab a couple of other magazines from the shop to get some more images to play with… I sense a new obsession about to start! 

And the hands? Well the nails look ok… shame about the rest of them! 

Will share how I finish the cards off as soon as I do.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Playing in my journal

I had been a while since I did anything in my journal with my design team stuff, my ATC obsession and various Christmas projects that I will be sharing next month… so I decided to dive in and just get one started last Sunday. 

This is how the page started… lots of wiped off stencils. I love doing this as it makes it easy to start when the page isn’t completely blank. I added a coat of gesso first to push some of the areas back and give me a base to work from. then started adding texture.

I used masking tape and book print and patterned paper and some wax paper too.  All stuck down with Matt gel medium.

Then more gesso added to make it more cohesive.  

Once the gesso was dry I added distress crayons and blended them … love the richness of the colours and the ease of blending using these.  Next I got out some stencils and went to town! I used both black Dylusions paint and gelatos through the stencils.  Then I did some colour removal using a baby wipe through a stencil too. 

I also added some transparent texture gloss paste through a stencil too… this is it wet so it’s not not transparent at this moment.  

Skip forward two weeks  … yes I did nothing crafty for a full two weeks for a mixture of reasons of being too busy and being not in the right place… and the page still looks the same (except the gloss texture is now transparent!)

Hoping to grab some craft time this weekend and finish off and will share once finished! 

Happy crafting  !

Catherine 

Raggy doll journal catch up

I played catch up at the weekend to get up to date with my raggy doll collaborative journal project. I had to do a Geometric shape themed page with the background Jackie had done and start a winged things background.  Here’s what I got up to…

Jackie had done this fab pink and silver background.  I started adding to it using shape stencils. First the triangles. Then I moved onto the block pattern and some black paint…

Then I got some stamps out and started stamping… I used quite a few including the Kim Dellow ones from Paperartsy. 

Next I chose to create some squares of texture using iridescent medium and then half way through the drying process I blasted it with heat to pump up the texture.

I then did some doodling and added my “quote” as I thought it worked with the theme. 
Next I had to create a background for a ‘winged things’ theme. I started with a base of white Dylusions paint and then a layer of black Dylusions paint.  Whilst that was still wet I added  stencil and wiped through with a baby wipe. 

This created a great diagonal to work with. I punched lots of butterflies using a punch from music and book print. I added these using Matt medium. Once this was dry I added a coat of the Art alchemy opal magic paint (which I am in love with) and this turned the whole page pink… or blue dependent on which way you look at it! 

I then added splatters of back paint and then some stamping in black archival to finished the background off for Leanne to finish. 

Loved working on these pages.  

Yesterday’s page finished

Yes I managed a little art time today … and finished off my art journal page I shared with you yesterday.

I started with a doodling session! Black and white gel pens and doodling a plenty. Very relaxing.

Then I grabbed stickers and things from the scrapbook box of stuff…. because it was out. I then added a circle of gesso in the centre to add the focal feature of the Seth Apter stencil.  More doodling and jobs a good’un. 

Not entirely sure that I love this layout but I really enjoyed the process and that’s mainly what I journal for. 

And I did this in between having a major tidy up and clean of the bedroom… we haven’t seen this much carpet or tops of the units in a long time! 

Very proud of myself…. and had a nap too when the cold took over again! 

Happy crafting!