Art Alchemy paints, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy Hot Picks, PATWITS circle journal

Claire’s Patwits circle journal page

Hello! 

Today some art journaling to share… this time in Claire’s Patwits circle journal which has safely arrived with the next recipient! 

She provided a piece of watercolour card and an envelope for us to decorate as we please but to include typography somewhere! 

Well I add book pages and some stamping which should meet the criteria! 

I started with a distress oxide background and chose yellows and browns for the main colours as I fancied doing a vintage style page.  I added lots of hot picks stamping in the background and then layered a few pieces of bookprint I had also added distress oxides to. 

The main feature I chose a Hot Picks hot air balloon and stamped it using archival onto bookprint and then added versamark and embossing powder all over to give it a waxy appearance and a glossy finish. 

I layered it up with some Angel hair to add texture. 

I added the whole panel to a piece of patterned paper that I added the embossing powder border to. I love the texture and colour this added. 

Finally I added Inktense pencil shading round the edge of the layers and the title stickers and some doodling. Oh and some added sparkle with some shimmer ink splats.

The envelope I went for a more organic finish. I added gesso and modelling paste with a palette knife and then stamped some Lin Brown stamps and used the fresco finish paints to add colour. I mainly painted with my fingers to blend it nicely.

I also added some of the Sparks paint and then the feature of the mini stamp which I stamped and then added the top layer by stamping onto a piece of cardstock I had painted the Sparks paint onto and then cut out the hand and pen image and layered it up.  I love how this came out. Simple but effective.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Promarkers, Letraset

Countdown to Christmas ATCs pt 15

Today I have some different types of ATCs for my Christmas card topper challenge. 

I wanted to create some full on textural 3d ATCs. I started with a sheet of cardstock and created a fun background using some rich coloured fresco finish paints… mahogany, chocolate pudding, Bourganvillia and guacamole. I also added some of the Art Alchemy Sparks paint which is a green gold colour (fairy wings). 

With layers of colour down I added some stencilling and some doodling and plenty of splats of the Sparks paint and some gesso too to add some more white.

I just love all the details… 

Then it was time to cut it up into the ATC panels…. it’s always a breath holding moment when I do this to a piece of background I love so much.

But now there are six beautiful bits of art to play with! 

I had a rummage through my Artful Days Goodie box supplies and hunted out a few things to play with… starting with the frames.

But although there are clearly two different types of frame going on I still wanted them all to look different so chose different ways of finishing them off. 

1. Frantage frame and Angel

I used lots of layers on the frame of frantage. I find it so annoying to use this stuff as it tends to blow away with the heat tool so creates a lot of mess on my desk… but I love the result. I added the gold Angel hair and then the Tim Holtz die cut (from a piece of card I wiped off the paints on whilst working on the background).  I added some gesso to the resin angel and then sprinkled some of the frantage on that too.  Finished off with edging it with brown ink.

2. Mahogany circle wreath

This one I decided to use the small circle frame and keep it simple so gave it a coat of the mahogany paint. I then die cut the deer and the little bits of greenery out of some cardstock I had wiped my brush off when creating the background. I edged the deer with brown ink though to give it a little more definition and then added the sentiment using a stamp.

3. Feathers and gems

The next one I wanted add a soft feather. I decided to jazz the circle frame up a little and added gold embossing to the dictionary print I had stamped on it once the initial coat of mahogany paint was dry. Then I added the feather and gems and the little Tim Holtz sticker to finish. 

4. Tree and glitz

For this frame I added lots and lots of the Sparks paint on top of a coat of mahogany and it is super sparkly. As a result I kept the rest of it fairly simple. I painted the tree die cut with a mix of the green patina paint, guacamole and the Sparks paint to provide a fun finish.  I edged the Tim Holtz sticker with Inktense pencil to add depth too.

5. Winter Friends squirrel

I had to dig out my favourite stamps of the year and add in a squirrel for this one. 

I rotated the ATC to make it landscape and added the angel hair along one edge and added the frame at an angle. The frame I added lots of layers of paint and sanded it back. This created a really mottled distressed finish. I coloured my squirrel with promarkers and gave him a generous coat of wink of Stella to finish.  Again I used Inktense to add depth and shadow round the sentiment sticker.

6. No frame star

For the last one I decided against using the last circle frame and instead chose to use a wooden star as the main element. I painted it with chalk paint and then lightly added the Sparks paint and stamped a timeless textures stamp in mahogany lightly. I then also embossed some tiny gold dots onto it. I layered it up with some Angel hair.

Then I decided to die cut some holly leaves from a scrap of card I had painted with the green patina and the Sparks paint. These worked perfectly to surround the sentiment. Again Inktense pencil added some shading.

Super happy with these very 3d ATCs. These are not likely to get posted but instead made into cards for people I can hand them to. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, Wonderland

Landscape themed ATCs

Hi

Today a quick post sharing the ATCs I made for a swap with the theme of Landscape! 

I decided for both to use distress oxides to lay down some colour on the mixed media cardstock. Then on one I used my sewing machine to create some texture and show the landscape. I also added some shading with an Inktense pencil. 

For the second one I chose to add some stamping using the Wonderland trees and then coated the whole piece with versamark and embossing powder to give it a nice shiny finish. 

I then mounted both onto some card cut to the right size. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Elenazinski stamps, Paperartsy Kim Dellow, PATWITS circle journal

PATWITS circle journal… for Linda

Today I get to share the journal page I made for Linda for the circle journal I am involved with. The rules of this were to decorate one side of the envelope, use Paperartsy products and to decorate the mini envelope somehow.

Well I made a video … it is speeded up to condense several sessions into one watchable video…. of the process I went through to make this… 

The way Linda had constructed her journal allowed me to add some embellishments from the Artful Days goodie box too so it is quite a 3D page… but her journal still closes nicely. 

Hopefully she likes it… And you enjoy the process video

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Art and crafting styles, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

A quick journal page… Freedom

I have a really really quick page that I did in my art journal to share today. It was a tip in that had lots of stuff going on on the background. So I kept it really simple and just built up some scraps of paper and this funky image from Badasschick stamps to create a fun little page.

It literally took about ten minutes to grab bits and pieces and stick them together and five mins to add colour and doodles with my white pen.

This tip in must have been in my journal for about a year minimum waiting to be “finished” and now it is! 

Result! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Butterfly basics, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Finnabair, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz

Spread your wings art journal page

Yes it is finally a none Christmas related post… it is mixed media art journaling time! And boy has it been a while since I did a page in my journal just for me! 

This is the full spread… And here are some close ups… 

I love these warm colours and all of the texture and pattern from using the pieces of patterned paper.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Random Crafts

Finishing off last month’s atcs 151 – 153

I thought I should just do a post with so the random atcs left to blog from last month…. So here goes.

This is a painted background and then some bits and pieces from the desk … pretty butterflies! 

Another pretty butterfly sticker and a background that has lots of layers of ink and paper and paint … pretty.

A picture from the Artful Days goodie box plus some bits from other swaps. Also love the moody background piece using distress oxides which is an offcut from another project.

Right I think that’s all the random bits from March finished off. 

And three more for the challenge. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine