Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Pebeo fantasy paints, Simply Sketched

Postcard swap… 100 years since the Battle of the Somme¬†

I’ve joined another swap group…. this time making a postcard on a theme once a month. This was my first contribution.

The theme was to commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme where so many lives were lost. It doesn’t quite make sense to me in terms of the numbers … they are too big and ridiculous to think of. A real loss to the world.

This is my postcard. I started with some handwritten scrapbook paper from Maggie Holmes that I liked the look of …. made me think of the letters soldiers and their families used to write.  I oates it with a light layer of white gesso. Then I added the black gesso, dry brushing it from the right hand side.

Then I coloured some texture paste with the Infusions crystals in Black Knight to turn it grey and added it on the left hand side through a Tim Holt stencil and left it to dry.

I then started on my poppy.  I stamped the image using a SU stamp and then used the Pebeo outlined paint to create the outline for the Prisme paint to sit in.  Once it was dry (it took 2 days!) I cut out the flower and adhered it to the postcard.  I decided it needed more colour so stamped some text stamps down the right hand side in grey ink and then the splashes of red using acrylic paint and some white dotty stamps lightly in the top. 

Once the poppy was dry and glued in place I added some shading and blended in the flower a little more with some ink and water. I then added some Hickory smoke distress ink over the texture paste to highlight the cracks more. 

The title was created using the Tim Holt small talk stickers and I added both pen and charcoal to provide some depth.

Love how this came out. Sombre and hopefully a poetic reminder of the sacrifice made by those brave soldiers during the 1st world war.

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Pebeo fantasy paints, Random Crafts

Pebeo jewellery

Regular blog readers may recall my impulse purchase a few months ago of some Pebeo Fantasy paints and the first experiments I made.  I realised after I had researched them that they would be brilliant for jewellery making so I ordered myself a few bezels.  Well they arrived from China a few weeks ago and I made them all up in one night’s 10 minute play. (Later another 5 mins play too!).

The important part of these paints is not to fall in love with the pendant too quickly as they change and evolve as they set.

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First few drops of paint have gone in.

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Some more…

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About 5 mins later this is how the two big ones looked.  These were done solely with the Prisme paint.  This shouldn’t be mixed with the moon if you want the honeycomb effect as the moon takes over.

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10 mins later this is how they look.

I also had four small bevels.

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These are mainly made with the moon paints the third from right is only Prisme.  These were when i had started.  Again these have changed a bit but not as much as the larger ones.

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And there is a definite change more with the Prisme than the moon but the lovely effects and the way the paints swirl is beautiful.

Ok so about an hour later I popped back in for another look and wowser those Prisme have really done their thing by this point!
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It’s so tempting to keep popping to see the projects developing but after a couple of hours they do stop changing so I knew to just leave them be to dry!

But I couldn’t! An hour later I was back having another look and wondering what would happen if I added a bit more paint!
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On the larger two pendants the drops of paint immediately started sinking into the rest of the paint and reacting. However there was a lot more paint in these pendants and it wasn’t close to being set. As I hadn’t introduced a new colour I knew that these would look as fabulous regardless once they started to react.
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This Moon based pendant I added some of the coral and the navy but these were very shallow bezels and I think the first layer was set so they sat on the top of the first layer rather than amalgamating. But still could be interesting. I did keep this as a moon only paint still.
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The pendant on the left was moon and Prisme mixed and I wanted to keep it as it was as I liked the colours. The one on the right I loved so much as it was I didn’t want to mess it up so left it as it was. The one in the middle had been moon only so I decided to try Prisme on this as the bottom layer seemed set so wondered if it would remain on the top and still do the Prisme effect or sink and blend. The agonising part of this experiment was leaving the pendants and going to bed.

The next day here is how they looked…
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Absolutely adore this one! It was still a little tacky to touch but I was dying to try it on… so here is a less than flattering pic of me with the pendant on!
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Well done you’ve got past that ugly mug… now for the rest of the pendants.
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The red one is nice too but I felt it needed something more. More about that later.

The two small ones were not as successful…
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This one looks ok but not exactly what I wanted. It did confirm however that even when the moon has set the Prisme don’t do the Prisme effect if on them, or at least not in such small quantities.

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This one however has set but is all bobbly in texture and looks very strange. So not 100% sure I am happy with this.

Ok back to the red one! Well before I got any further with this pendant it was called into action! And I decided for the moment it could stay as it was as when I wore it it no longer needed anything else!

As for the others that need a little work…. not had a chance to play with them again so will have to post another time!

I suspect, given this used such a small amount of paint, that there might be more bezels purchased and more of these lovelies will be made!  Friends may well be seeing these in their Christmas post!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Digital stamps, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Pebeo fantasy paints

Art journalling session: Gratitude 1

Yes it’s time for my friends and I to gather and play in our art journals.  This month’s theme is GRATITUDE and I must admit I was struggling to think of images I might use so instead for this sample I used a letter stencil to put the words gratitude and thankful onto the page.  Then started brayering paint and gesso over the top to get some colour onto the page.

Please note this sample goes seriously awry at one point and ends up being two pages combined into one… so sorry about the long post! But at least I remembered some process photos.

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Next I grabbed some stencils and used them with baby wipes and gesso and paint to get some loose patterns.  I also did a small amount of stamping with paint too.  Then puddled some watery gesso on the top to blend back the colour a little.  After a while I just blotted this away though.

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My next step was to see how the Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paint worked on the journal surface.  I dripped and puddled and drizzled some of the gold onto the page.  I had to use the clips to keep the page flat and left it to dry overnight.

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I also grabbed a digital stamp I had already printed out and watercoloured her with my watercolour pencils. I thought she looked like she might be saying thank you with those lovely flowers so she may end up on my page.
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Later that evening I snuck back into the craft room for a sneak peek.
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The prism effect has stuck in a few places but I wanted more so I dribbled on the red colour and left that… time for family tv time.
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An hour later on our way up to brush teeth and go to bed I was back sneaking another look…
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Happy to see Prisme effect forming in the red I switched off the light and let it do its thing!
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This was the state of play the next morning.
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Look at that gorgeous texture in the paint. Now be prepared as the next few pictures show how I went completely mad!
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Yes … completely and utterly nuts. I just started doodling using my spectrum noir pencils and a black pen and the whole thing turned into a big old mess. So out came the white acrylic but because the pen was not waterproof what I ended up with was grey!

So then I put red paint on with a babywipe and then ended up with a very pink page. Next some stencilling with white paint. And stencilling with Dylusions white linen spray.

Still hating this. What to do with it?

Well I then left it alone and did some sketching in my journal after perusing the Pinterest board I had set up for the group. I ended up with this … but made an error…
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I added in the beautiful later but got it in the wrong place so now the sentence doesn’t make sense. Grrrrrrrrr! This was done using spectrum noir pencils and black pen.

Then I thought… well I like the idea … why not cut the angel out and add it onto the other page…
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This is looking better. It covers up most of the mess and yet there are plenty of layers visible.

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Mod podge applied did make her look a little dirty as the pen wasn’t waterproof but I still like it. I also added some washi tape to provide another layer of interest. Now to add words and depth.
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Plenty of Pitt Pens coming into play adding shading. I also added some stamping to add some more defined shapes.
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Decided that the page needed some more white and that it might help the words stand out. Plus used a red paint liner for some sections.

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Now happy with the page.

Phew! By now you may realise there is little of the Prisme paint visible… so that experiment was a little wasted but have had an idea on how it could be used. Must admit that I couldn’t be used in class anyway as the drying time would make it impossible… so never mind… plus art journals are for trying things out… and it goes to prove I can rescue things even when they go a little (quite a lot) wrong!

Will share the other samples (much quicker and easier than this) later today… so please pop back later.

Happy crafting!

Catherine
P.S. well done on getting to the end of this post!

Pebeo fantasy paints

New pots of magic!

Uh oh! I bought something new! It was in the sale at half price so I picked them up without really going through the conversation in my head of the fact I don’t need more supplies!  But at less than ¬£10 for 12 pots of fun, who can blame me?

So what are they? Well they are Pebeo fantasy mixed media paints.  I bought the Moon and the Prisme sets of six in each box.  They are an oil based reactive liquid paint.  They are very odd and smell horrific … defintely not for using for a long time in an unventilated room.

I watched some you tube videos when I got them home and then wondered how on earth I would use them as the demos seemed to be using them for jewellery or for in a special lipped canvas tray thing.  I just wanted to use them in a journal and hadn’t realised how liquid they would be.  Ho hum!

I decided to just take the plunge and grab a canvas board (I found many in my tidying up/sort out) and start dribbling them onto the board.

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These are all the prism ones (three colours).  These are meant to transform into a honeycomb finish when they set (takes between 24 and 72 hours to be set).  The moon ones provide more of a glimmer and ridge type look I think.  I added some of the moon in the dark blue.

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You can see the reaction that adding the blue had.  I then set it aside and watched another you tube video where it explained that it you put the two types together, the moon effect will take over so that may not have been advised.

Anyways I kept looking at it as it was setting and taking pictures to show how it changed over the time.

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This was how it looked after 30 mins and there is hardly any prism effect left.  I loved what it looked like though and was sad I couldn’t watch it any further but I had to leave it and go cook tea and spend time with the family.  I was also pondering at this stage how I might use it? And what other uses I might have for this glorious paint.

A couple of hours later I stole back into the craft room for another look…
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The glaze of the paint is brilliant, and of course very difficult to photograph. All of the Prisme had gone and instead it really does start to look like something out in a far away galaxy. Still not sure what to do with it. Put it down and left it for the night.

Next morning there wasn’t as much change… but this picks up the shine.
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I then left it for another couple of days to finish setting completely. I kept looking at it… completely unsure what to do next. Decided to go crazy!

Blue Dylusions… sprayed into a box in an attempt to keep it from going everywhere!
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Wiped off the Pebeo paint…. then a Paperartsy stencil and white Dylusions spray.
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This is before I wiped off the white.
Left it to dry overnight and completely unsure still what to do with it!

And this is how it has stayed. I have drawn a blank and also not sure that the blue works with the colours in the Pebeo paints. I have now added a layer of Teal Dylusions… This colour looks slightly better.
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Will ponder some more … let me know if you have any bright ideas!

Happy crafting!

Catherine