Art and crafting styles, Canvas and Mixed Media art, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Ink & the Dog, Lin Brown, Paperartsy - stamps, Treasure Gold

House themed mini marvel

Sorry I have been AWOL the last few days… I really need a big crafting session to make lots of things I can then post about when I’m too busy to craft that actual day. The past few days, including Sunday ended up being exactly that … so fortunately this project I finished on Saturday has been delivered to the recipient so I can blog about it now.

So why so busy? Well Sunday actually turned into a proper steps competition with the hubby (I won) plus I got the urge to clean which is a rarity and needs seizing on when it happens. Then back to work Monday and so crafting becomes harder as I never want to clear the desk, make it messy and clear it all again in one night… plus I got all the ironing done so go me, housewife of the year for those two days!

And work… well I’ve had some fabulously productive days but they have been a little on the long side! Next two days will hopefully be a bit shorter so I might, just might get some crafting time in!

Anyways… let’s get to the crafting shall we?

My friend Chris challenged us for this month to make a house themed something that is no bigger than 6″ and when I saw the challenge I knew immediately what I wanted to use… the Art Parts shapes that has been sitting in a box in my craft room at least 3 years if not more!

I got them out immediately and added gesso to each of them… plus a canvas board I was inspired to make a start on too!

Next day I added paint and stamping and stencilling and texture paste and ended up with two little houses.

So then I left them to sit for a week in plain view where I could decide what was needed to finish off.

I decided some definition on edges, a sticker sentiment and some tiny bits of doodling with paint pens. And then done!

Absolutely love both of these… decided to send the big one and keep the small one as a keepsake of the swap for now… it may end up as part of something else eventually, you never know?

Hope you enjoyed this little foray into mixed media and the little houses.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Treasure Gold

Christmas gift for Lynn

Today I have a project I actually made several months ago but as it was made as a gift for a friend for Christmas I couldn’t share it till now!

So what is it? Well it is a canvas I made as part of a class I did with friends… and I enjoyed making it with Lynn in mind!

So what did we do… well I started with a board and covered it with papers for texture and pattern and then added gesso to take it back a little and blend it a little. Then started constructing a cluster of items … art parts and hessian and some elements from Artful Days boxes.

Then I started adding colour using Paperartsy fresco finish paints and then lots of stamping and texture making.

I also added treasure gold and embossing powder for added shine and texture.

I finished it off by then adding it to a larger board as a frame.

Hopefully Lynn likes it as much as I loved making it.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Baked Texture embossing powder, Distress oxide ink, Treasure Gold

Autumn bunting #31productchallenge

I have another project that I’ve been working on over the past few days as part of the #31productchallenge over on Instagram. It is the bunting swap for UK stampers and this month the theme is autumn.

I started with a base of distress oxides, stamping and baked texture embossing folder and added some washi tape before my product for day 21… thread… with some sewing on the machine to add texture.

The next one for day 22 was using chalk pastel for colouring in the focal image. I so rarely use these so it was good to pull them out to do something different.

And day 23 was the turn of gildin g wax/treasure gold in ruby to add to the edge of the bunting and the focal image.

I love the lustre of this. So cool.

And day 24 … stickles!

So this is the final piece…

I love the colours, texture and layers on this… hope the recipient does too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Distress oxide ink, Distress resist spray, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Masks/Stencils, Treasure Gold

Numbers ATCs… Artful ATC group

Yes I know I’ve been sharing at lot of ATCoins recently but it doesn’t mean I don’t still love ATCs. So I am still doing the usual swaps each month too.

Here are what I made for the numbers theme for June over at Artful ATCs.

The first one is this painty piece which I added Hot Picks stamps in the background with ink and paint. Then I added the strip of paper with numbers and map references on. I had a rummage through my magazine collage papers and found this illustration I liked. I then added the sentiment.

Next I went for lots of texture. This started as a piece I had brayered off colour onto and then I added texture paste through a stencil. Once that was dry I added some white over it and then started adding colour with Distress oxides. I then used another stencil and sprayed distress resist through it. Then wiped the colour back again so this protected some of the colour under the resist.

Next I added more stamping and the Treasure Gold to add some shine and depth.

Then I rummaged in my Artful Days goodie boxes and pulled out the watch and the bingo ticket that I cut up to add the numbers to the top. I distressed one edge and added it to a die cut piece of the patterned cardstock.

Really happy with both of these and hope the recipient is too!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Deco art fluid acrylics, Gelli Plate, Masks/Stencils, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap, Treasure Gold

Happy birthday Pat

One of my online crafty friends (who I have been lucky enough to meet in person) had a special birthday last week… so I made her a card. I chose a very mixed media style as I knew she would appreciate it. I added Tim Holtz tissue wrap to the Lemon cardstock and then added two gelli printed pieces I had on my desk. Then I added some Bistre powder and some gesso to blend and tone them together a little more.

Then I chose some images from a printed sheet I had to create the collaged girl. I added some pen work to add definition and then added the printed sentiments.

Next I added the piece to a piece of gelli printed book print (I actually think the book print came from Pat originally!) And then added this to a piece of white cardstock.

I also added some treasure gold in a few places to give it some rich shine.

I then forgot to take a pic of this mounted onto the card blank (a5 sized blank) because I was keen to get it in the post.

But before I did I also decorated the envelope.

I added some gelli printed circles, stamping and lots of doodling to finish it off and then the address was in the centre where I had kept the space clean with a post it note mask.

I know Pat received this late… but hey better late than never!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alcohol Inks, Badass Chick, Happy Celebrations, Petal Palette, Treasure Gold

52 mixed media cards… week 5… Clear and transparent

The prompt for this week’s playing card challenge was clear and transparent.

I knew immediately I wanted to play with my alcohol inks on acetate and to create a window/frame. But it was yesterday before I got the chance to start.

I did a little playtime first and then remembered to film the process …

Here is the link.

And the final piece…

I love the texture and depth I got on this. And that lovely colour on the acetate layer too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Artful Days Goodie Box, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Darcy, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Treasure Gold

Paperartsy aqua challenge

It’s been a while since I joined in with the paperartsy challenge blog but when I saw the challenge was aqua I had to play along. 

I love all aqua based colours and whilst I didn’t have a clue what to make at first I decided to grab this jar shaped Wendy Vecchi Art Part from the stash and use this as the starting point and go wherever the muse sent me. 

Well I started with the Green Patina paint from Seth’s collection. Then crackle glaze and the lovely Mermaid as my aqua coat on top of it. I then chose one of the heart stamps from Darcy’s set and used Baltic Blue to stamp randomly on the background. 

Next I sanded it down to remove some of the mermaid and leave the Green Patina shining through and then added more of the Baltic Blue to the edge and in particular the lid of the jar. 

I then added some green metallic wax around the edge which is more of a teal than a green.  Then I chose an aqua coloured flower from the Artful Days goodie box and some green bakers twine to wrap round the top. 

Finally I finished it off with the little hand stamped sentiment of Jar of Hearts. 

Really happy with how this little play ended up. Not entirely sure what to do with it mind you… ahem! Ah well it was fun playing with it! Maybe I just stick a hook on the back and hang it up! 

Any ideas gratefully received. 

Now as for the Paperartsy challenge I was mainly inspired by the starting post with all the beautiful photos Darcy had selected for the theme… but I did also love seeing the bobbing bottles that Keren did on the blog. Just love that fun way she created water. 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Brushos, Masks/Stencils, Treasure Gold, YouTube video

Postcard art swap …. nursery rhyme time.

I have another postcard and another video for you today.

The theme for the month art postcard swap I am involved in is Nursery Rhymes or lullabies.  Well I am not convinced that with that theme you would expect what I ended up making… but it still is the theme … I promise.

Here is the process video.

And here is the card. 

Certainly far from cutesy or sweet… not entirely sure why my mind went a bit horror like… but I LOVE how this turned out. So much fun making and love the different take on the theme.

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

Distress oxide ink, Everyday Flexible Phrases, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Treasure Gold

Three Heart ATCs (241-243)

Here are the three ATCs I made from some scraps and some punched hearts I received in a swap.  I filmed the process… Here is the link to the YouTube video

Really pleased with how these came out. 

Always a challenge to just use a few supplies and come up with something a bit different. In fact that gives me an idea for a challenge… just using the bits and bobs left on my desk to create stuff… will have to find a spare hour and get something sorted! 

Happy crafting!

Catherine 

ArtJourney.nl, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Masks/Stencils, Treasure Gold

Two ATCs from the scraps 232 and 233!

Today I’ve got another video for you … this time of two ATCs I made this weekend from scraps and gifted punched papers.

Check out the process video here… 

… and the finished articles which I love are here. Particularly love the treasure gold shine against the mahogany and Green Patina paints. Scrummy!

Also love the turretted castle stamp from ArtJourney.nl … Particularly when stamped on ombre paper like this. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine