For Christmas I gave my parents and my auntie a calendar I had made with a postcard sized piece of art on each month… so today I am sharing their September artwork.
I wanted an atmospheric fairy page for September. I stamped Darcy trees which look like toadstools and then added a lavinia fairy to the top of one. Then created a moon with a circle mask and a sponge dauber. Then I coloured the toadstools with watercolour pencils and inked the whole piece with black soot distress ink before adding water splatters.
Finally I added Wink of Stella to the fairy so she shimmers.
Love these … not sure which colour scheme I prefer as one has more orange tones and the other pink tones.
Today I have a project I made a few weeks ago but forgot to share on my blog. Don’t know why but I was neglecting blogging. Possibly because it’s been so busy, possibly because my mojo was absent for a while and I got out of the habit!
Whatever the reason… I’m back today!
So these twinchies were for a swap and I loved creating them.
There were lots and lots of layers of distress oxides and smooshing and then stamping. Then embossing and embossing and embossing!
I used the lavinia stamps fairy and then alpha stamps for the sentiment on the top.
I finished off with some bling!
Really lovely ethereal background and you can never go wrong with a lavinia silhouette stamp!
Another challenge I have managed to get up to date with… postcard art challenge. This month the theme is Fairies, Goblins or Imps…. I of course chose fairies.
I decided on a background made from distress stains and then built up with distress inks, stencils and stamped images.
I added the little Lavinia fairies and then dots of glitter and small star sequins. Perfect fairy dust.
Loved creating this. Just so much fun.
Whilst I may be back in the craft room I am far from back in the usual creative place due to a zillion things going on for me at the moment. I was really happy to spend some time creating with my friends on Tuesday night in my junk journal and so can share with you what I made.
I managed two pages both for the theme of Wishes.
First a fairy page…
Just love the beautiful gold and rich colour tones with the little fairies.
This is also a lovely page and really happy with how this worked and came together quite quickly.
Hoping to grab some crafting time in the room soon and get myself back into the zone properly. I also have a new obsession that I will share with you soon… bullet journalling… couldn’t be more different than this mixed media art but it is my current obsession. Anyway more about that another time.
So this year I have decided to challenge myself to make a set of cards, scrapbook page or journal layout using each of my stamp sets as I know I have some I rarely use!
This week I chose to use the Watercolour wash and shared some reasonably fussy shabby chic style cards on Sunday. This time I was inspired by the card class I held last week and went for a Brusho stamping technique instead based on something Helen had suggested.
I tapped out the colours in a rainbow/colour wheel sequence, then spritzed water. I then stamped the stamp into the colourful puddle and then stamped directly onto the card blank.
I changed the order slightly for the second and third cards at the bottom as I need the colour to cover more of the stamp and this time got a bit more coverage. The stamp itself is sketchy and also the extra water means it doesn’t have the colour all over but slightly puddles. But for this stamp this was perfect! Three backgrounds done and dusted in a matter of moments.
To finish off I grabbed different stamps and my black Versafine (important to make sure the card is completely dry when stamping to stop bleeding!).
First one was made for my work friend who celebrated her birthday yesterday.
Used Claritystamps and the sentiment from Sky’s the Limit stamps.
Next a card made on behalf of my parents for my great niece who turns 6 in a few weeks time (I’m ahead on my orders for my parents for once!).
This time Lavinia stamps for the fairy and stars, skinny alpha for the name and 6 and the sentiment is an old Blonde moments one.
Finally a card for the stash…
Indigo Blu stamp is just perfect for the colour wash rainbow!
Love all of these, pleased I remembered Helen’s idea and these quick cards were so easy and fun to do! Love brushos!
Confirmed as well that this stamp is going nowhere! Definitely a keeper!
My gorgeous best friend turns the magic 40 today! No words to say except… love her to bits!
A special magic card made just for her!
Loads of distress ink techniques and embossing and sparkle.
Lovely just like my Gwen.
Last night was art journaling class at my house and this time only three friends were able to come. It was a shame others couldn’t come but it did mean it was a very relaxed play session for us.
The main aim was to use gelatos, but we also got to play with the brushos a little too before I handed them back (reluctantly) to Linda.
Here are the results…
These were all using gelatos and archival ink.
These were using brushos and archival ink.
And everyone else’s creations…
I am still not 100% convinced that I need gelatos but they are fun to play with. brushos on the other hand… Definitely on my birthday wish list!
Tonight it is time for art journaling at mine with my friends… And I have lots of gelli plate fun planned… All with inks not paint for a change!
Here are the samples… Yes I’ve gone all ethereal!
So the fairy stamps are Lavinia stamps (although I have some Lindsay Mason ones that may be used on the night too!) as are the toadstools and hanging ivy. The top one also features Summer Silhouette stamps, and a clarity mask. The bottom has Lovely as a tree stamps and the fern from Butterfly Basics alongside a fabulous large stamp from Indigo Blu across the bottom.
The trick with the hills is a Barbara Grey one, and I was very much inspired by her quick demo using the Jo Bubbles stencil on tv a couple of weekends ago.
Hoping the ladies enjoy their fairy makes tonight!
Another Art journalling group I follow on Facebook is Journal52. I must have been following the group for almost a year, but never really felt compelled to join in. The art journal bug has well and truly bit me though… And so whilst waiting for Rae to post this weeks prompt I decided to give one of the Journal52 prompts a try. The prompt was pathways!
My first thought was yellow brick road and my second thought was to give the Faber Castell Gelatos another go as we had been discussing them in the Fairfoxes art journal group. So off I started…
I started by sticking sheet music down on the page. I have mentioned before that the paper in the sketchbook I am using as a journal is poor quality. I think quite a few pages may have to have this sort of treatment. I have even started sticking three pages together on some of the pages to give them more strength. Anyways I digress. As always Mod Podge used as the adhesive. Then whilst that was drying I drew a spiraling path lightly in pencil on some decent sketchbook paper and scraped vanilla coloured acrylic paint onto it. I tend to use old gift cards/credit cards a lot with paint when art journalling… It always helps with texture and allows it to be a bit translucent and removes brush marks.
Next I decided to grab the Gelatos and using the yellow and Aqua coloured ones added them straight to the page and then used a watery brush to blend. The Aqua is very subtle in colour, and love the way it turned the yellow green in places.
Time to add the bricks to the path. Using a brick wall stencil, I brushed the yellow gelato through the stencil. The little brush was one I got in the pack with the Gelatos. Never used it like this before but it worked really well. Then I did the same with the red, but kept it subtle… It just darkened it a bit.
The scissors came out next and the spiraling yellow brick road was created. I then added some off cuts of the road to the top and bottom of the page. It needed some depth and handily in the pack of Gelatos I have, there is a squid ink one which is a warm grey colour. Perfect. I added it straight to the outline of the road like using a crayon and then used a water brush to scratch/roughly brush it out.
It was time for my usual change of heart! I was wondering what to add as the feature of the page, and it turns out I have nothing Oz related for the yellow brick road… So it stopped really being that. Instead I fancied adding a fairy and one of the Andy Skinner quote stamps instead which worked quite well with the page. I stamped the quote onto some paper I had wiped a stencil off onto a few days earlier. The colour really worked with the page. I stamped the fairy onto separate white paper and then cut her out as carefully as I could be bothered to do using my craft knife. I added some squid ink to her body and the red gelato to the wings. I then used the dauber type stick to smooth the colour. Again this came with the set but had never really used. To be honest I would normally use my finger which works just as well! Lol!
I added some star clusters round the page using Stayzon ink and then decided the spiraling path needed something else. So I used a couple of sets of alpha stamp pegs to create the word FOLLOW and stamped it all the way round using orange ink. Then I added the fairy.
And the quote!
Really pleased with how this turned out. Apart from the spiral path I had no plan whatsoever and it all came together nicely.
A friend of mine has a daughter whose birthday is on bonfire day! And she is a real little sparkler! Ha ha ha! Anyways here is the card I made for little Niamh.
I decided on the big and bold Woodware happy birthday stamp. I love this stamp for zentangling however decided to mix it up a bit for this instead, and make it softer and more girly!
I stamped it in black onto whisper white but then blended some inks on the gelli plate, and used a mask to create the pink and purple pattern for the page.
Next I decided to use the Spectrum Noir pencils to add some strength to the words and then I grabbed some little Lavinia stamps fairies to add the magical feel to the card.
Once these were stamped I was happy with the topper, so all I needed to do was grab some bright pink cardstock (think it was Strawberry Slush), and mount it up at a jaunty angle!