Art Alchemy paints, Burlap, Darcy, Dylusions paints, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, PATWITS circle journal, YouTube video

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

Inktense, Derwent, Modern Medley

Happy Fathers day!

Yes its fathers day so I have a card I made for the hubby… because although he’s not my father he is the best father I could have asked for to raise our princess with!

He is sci-fi mad so couldn’t resist using this digi image to create the focal image. Then teamed it with black and cream papers for a monochrome look with just the little pop of red on the astronaut! I added a little red heart to the flag to finish it off too!

On the visor and the heart I also added glossy accents to give it dimension and shine.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artist Trading Coins, Inktense, Derwent

Playing with fabric Artist Trading coin

So tonight I have an experiment to share with you… a coin made from layering fabrics and playing (badly!) with my sewing machine.

I layered a piece of thin cotton onto some thick black fabric and then started playing with the tension and stitch choice on my sewing machine. This created a really fun effect and was very funny and equally frustrating. It did result in the needle being rethreaded several times! Plus I kept thinking how much my Mum would be upset at my misuse of the machine! Lol!

Anyway when I had finished sewing I added the colour using Inktense blocks and water. Love how this turned out… so bright and funky!

I finished it by mounting to a mountboard circle I had cut using a die.

What do you think?

Don’t forget I have the new trading swap group over on Facebook if you want to join in and make some coins for a swap?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Dies, Half full, Inktense, Derwent, Promarkers, Letraset

Best friends cards

I loved this stamp that came with the Making Cards magazine last month and the bright and cheery papers that came with it.

I chose to create two cards using the stamp and colouring them differently.

The first one I went for a shabby look. I mat the paper onto some coredinations card which I had sanded the edge of. Also I distressed the edge of the paper first.

Then I stamped the image onto Very Vanilla and coloured the image with Inktense blocks and a waterbrush. Again I distressed the edge. This time I took the wine glass paper and brushed it with a stencil brush to give it some staining and make it less white.

I added the gorgeous pleated ribbon and tucked the paper and image behind it.

I then added the sentiment too.

The next one is more bold and I coloured the image with promarkers. The sentiment for this is from the Half Full stamps as I thought it worked well with the focal image.

I love the use of circles with the dotty paper!

So there are my two girly best friend cards. Fun and love how different they look.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Digital stamps, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, Stitched framelits

Playing in my art journal

I had a little play in my journal just because… and I used scraps of paper and some masking tape before adding gesso. Then I added lots paint using a brayer and my fingers.

I also used Inktense to define some of the borders of the papers and layers and then pen and doodles.

I then added some doilies, a frame i had made with the stitched square and a digital stamp I had coloured with promarkers. I also found some butterflies that worked brilliantly with the colour scheme.

I also added lots of stickers and some rub ons.

I love the fact I used lots of bits and pieces from the stash that I have had for ages and yet managed to keep the page working as a cohesive page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Sooner

Art Alchemy paints, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Lin Brown, Masks/Stencils, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz, Tim Holtz

Blue nature art journal page

Today I have an art journal page to share that I made a few weeks ago…

I added some distress stain onto some mixed media cardstock and then added texture paste through a Claritystamps stencil. I then added plenty of stamping and more ink around the edges.

I then added the sentiment to some scraps of bookprint.

I love the depth to the layers.

Next I added a tag I made separately using distress stains onto a canvas tag and then added another layer of tag which I used distress oxides to add colour and then added the stamping.

I added this to black cardstock to frame it and then found a page in my journal to add it to. I added some blue paint to the background with a baby wipe to add it like a wash.

Really happy with how this came out. Love all the layers and the how the different colours combined. And for those interested… here is the video of how I made it.

Originally this was supposed to be for a swap but the swap didn’t happen so happy to have this artwork for myself.

Happy crafting !

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

Go Fish swap!

I’ve joined in a swap with a Facebook group called Mini Marvels where the theme is go fish! So I decided to do something with a 6×4 box canvas …

I started with some layers of paint in blues and turquoise and then added some texture paste through a stencil and let it dry… Then I added some lime paint splashes too.

Then I worked on the feature images and finished off the canvas without in progress pics.

I chose to add a laser cut wood veneer shape from an Artful Days Goodie box and added layers of Art Alchemy Sparks paint. I then added some patterned chiffon that had been in a goodie box too as a bag. I thought it looked quite sea themed.

I then added some stamping onto some bookprint using the Badass art stamps and colouring them with Distress Oxides. I then added some sparks paint onto the seaweed. The fish I then added a layer of versamark and then clear embossed powder which made it all shiny. Then I added some spots of white paint pen.

The title for the canvas is also a Badass artchick stamp. I cut it out and added some shading with Inktense pencils.

I then added some glossy accents to the sentiment strips and added some drops to the artwork as clear drops.

Finished off with some splashes of white gesso and some archival ink to the edges.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Crafters Companion, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, Petal Palette

Three Petal Palette ATCs

Tonight I have three ATCs which started as a bit of playtime with some book print and Inktense black watercolouring. I adhered the book print to a piece of cardstock to give it strength and coated it with Matt medium. Then started adding lots of water and Inktense colour using a brush. I dried it a couple of times to add layers and then added lots of flicks of colour too plus some splashes of pink shimmer spray.

Once it was completely dry I cut it into three ATCs in landscape.

I added a scrap of patterned paper from the stash and then started stamping. I used the petal palette stamp set for the image and although I changed the position for each one I kept to the same image. I used the stamping platform to ensure I could make the image darker. I then added a little colour using some distress oxide water coloured. I then added the sentiment heat embossed from a Crafters Companion stamp set and then edged them with the distress oxides.

Love how these came out and the soft finish to the background I made.

The theme for this month’s swap at UK stampers is florals so going to be swapping these lovely ATC through that swap.

Happy crafting! Catherine

Derwent Line painter pens, Distress Crayons, Inktense, Derwent, Lin Brown, Masks/Stencils, 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

Art and crafting styles, Distress oxide ink, Gummiapan, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

Finishing off a journal page

Quite some time ago I wiped off a few stencils onto a page in my Dylusions journal and also added some texture paste that I had coloured through a Seth Apter stencil and then just left it be… well on Friday I decided it was time to finish that page and this is what I ended up with.

I added Inktense over the full page using the blocks and then adding water to give it a wash. I also added some white gesso and then more Inktense using the pencils and waterbrush to activate.

I added a little bit of stamping using the Gummiapan text stamp and archival inks. I also added some doodling with charcoal which added some interesting effects.

Then I added some sentiments/titles using the distress oxides and clear embossing powder. These are some Visible Image stamps.

Of course I also added splashes … I’m addicted to my fan brush! … of both white gesso and the dark blue inktense.

Super happy with this page and how it ended up… not bad for a work in progress of about 18months!

Happy crafting!

Catherine