My twinchies for the coin swap group for last month’s ‘words to live by’ swap were made in a couple of batches… first lot were made using leftover gelli printed and brayered off book print. I knew I wanted to use the word grow again so I stamped the flowers from Serene silhouettes and there was enough for eight inchies.
I punched out the main part of the image (2 weren’t quite wide enough to be the full circle but I didn’t think that mattered in the end). I then glued them down onto the coloured cardstock twinchies I had made from scraps. I thought these two colours worked well with the colours on the backgrounds.
Next I added doodling on each and the stamped part of a Clare Lloyd stamp to get the word grow.
Again I doodled round the titles to make them work with the focal image.
Really happy with batch one… especially as it meant I used up some scraps… but of course 8 would not be enough for all the swap participants so I had to make some more… but that happened on another day.
A few days later I used some distress oxide on watercolour cardstock and then stamped and embossed the flowers with white powder.
I then added some additional colour onto the image using the oxides and a waterbrush. Next I added the sentiment.
And finally I made eight more to make sure there were enough for everyone…
These I used the Awesomely Artistic floral stamp for the focal images and coloured them with two colours of pink SU inks and a green for the leaves.
Love how this looked on the pink cardstock… And the splatter stamp worked well too. Stamped my word onto separate card and then cut it and adhered it onto the twinchies.
And then three more swaps turned up… so three more quick twinchies made…
I had this square box which a kit from Stampin Up came in a number of years ago and until recently have been storing scraps and playing cards in it which were for my 365 atc challenge of 2017 and 52 playing card challenge (which I didn’t finish) for 2018. Well I decided to sort it out and get rid of scraps and sort out the playing cards in it.
I tipped out all the contents and then had the idea of redecorating the box and turning it into the box I use for storing things I make for swaps before they head out … that way I can keep track of them. So rather than throwing away all of the scraps I used a random selection to cover the entire lid of the box. This is following the Nina Ribena idea of transforming junk into art.
I then added a thin layer of gesso to the whole box and this helps to knock back the mishmash of papers.
So next step was to start adding colour to it.. I chose magenta and ultramarine fluid acrylics for this and added them over the top of the box. Then using distress crayons and neocolors I defined some of the elements. And then started Stamping using white gesso and as well as the fluid acrylics. I had in mind at this point the moodboard that Nina Ribena had shared for her first week challenge… the top left in particular and the blue on the right mixed with the pink flower on the bottom.
My magenta might be a tad more red, but this is what I was thinking of with my colour choices.
Next I decided to get some woodchip letters for the title on the box… And added some distress oxide and some embossing to give them texture.
I carried on with some doodling and more definition on the edges of the panels and then stamped the Clare Lloyd sentiment to go with the swaps letters.
Super happy with how this looks now it’s finished. And happy to be able to keep swaps all in one place until they go out to their new homes.
Thanks for the inspiration Nina… I actually think I might have hit three of the four weeks of challenges with this project … mood board, scraps and junk! Not bad for an impromptu project clearing out my desk.
So the circle journal group is off and running for another year and this time the challenge was to choose the colours you want to use and then only use those colours with neutrals for each page you complete.
I chose Teal and Lime as my combo and here is the journal I made…
As I handmade my journal and have bound it with book rings it should be easy for people to complete their pages out of the book and then rebind it before passing it on.
I had lots of fun making my journal covers with the limited colour palette…
And using different materials and textures to create the journal!
Looking forward to this colour challenge over the full year and how I can vary it from one page to another.
The covers I kept to the black gesso as the consistent element to help cover the greyboard I had used as the cover substrate.
The feather part I probably worked longest on but decided it was too delicate as an outside cover so ended up with it as an inside page.
I started with a few stencils and modelling paste and then once dry I added black gesso as the base. Then I layered up colours with a mix of paints … art alchemy, fresco finish paint, and Dylusions.
Then once I was happy with the background I started cutting small pieces of different patterned papers in teal, turquoise and lime greens. I stuck these to a feather template I had made and created the feather.
I gave it a coat of versamark and clear embossing powder to add texture and give strength and then adhered it to the background.
Love all the different colours I got in my covers whilst remaining true to the original colour choice.
Love how these little snippets work together in this collage too.
Looking forward to working in the next circle journal I get too… and seeing how I use these colours again!
I used leftover from a masterboard I made some coins from to make some inchies.
I kept it simple with the addition of the shrink plastic sentiment as there was so much going on for the background.
So another journal landed and I immediately set to and in a few hours of wonderful playtime had created two pages. I really just ploughed on and got there so quickly (one side aided by the gelli print piece already done). I videoed the process (A little bit didn’t record due to camera issues) so I’ve put that onto YouTube here for those that fancy watching the speeded up process!
Loved playtime and how these all came together so well. Hopefully Tricia will like them too.
Unfortunately one of our circle journals never made it back to its owner … and the lovely Chris who organises us all is without her journal. Some of us have made her pages to bind into a journal in the hope that it goes some way to replacing the lost artwork.
Here is what I made…
I added black gesso through the stencil, then some washi tape and then lots of bright brushos and added Matt medium to stabilise them. I love how this dragged some of the gesso across in streaks too.
I then stamped onto separate panel the Hot Picks image and adhered that. Then stamped the sentiment below. I kept this page quite simple with just a little bit of gold pen accents.
The other side however was far more detailed and I’ve done this on YouTube so you can check out my process.
However here is the finished page.
The whole process took several hours but I managed to get the video down to about 10 mins.
I was on a roll and thought why not make another page.
I love paper piecing the Clare Lloyd girl. And the colours for this page really spoke to me. The reverse side I have a different feel but with similar colours with the fun Lin Brown house stamp.
Tonight I have something a bit different… but still ATC based! My friend Chris runs a fb group called mini marvels which focuses on small art… perfect for atc obsessed me.
Anyway she has organised a pocket letter swap which consists of 9 ATC’s and they are all themed and put into a sleeve with a hidden letter… so as the meet my ATC challenge and are 9 in one go I couldn’t resist joining in.
So here was my starting point… a piece of cardstock with layers of painty goodness! Stencils and splashes and card swipes galore!
Then time for stamping… Kim Dellow and Clare Lloyd stamps.
Next step is to chop it up into the ATC pieces.
I decided once I had chopped them up they needed more stamping to connect them so put them into order and tacked them to a piece of copy paper to keep them in place. Then out came the archival and some stamps.
I started with some Kaisercraft quote/affirmation stamps. I stamped these straight onto three of the cards. I then grabbed some Seth Apter stamps for the background of a few of the others… linking a few cards together.
Then I grabbed some white card and used some of the Dylusions stamps onto that so I could add those to three of the other cards… this is me trying out the layout.
Next to decide on how to embellish and add features… pink hearts became my theme to go with the positive sentiments.
These were punched out of cardstock painted with bougainvillea and then I added glossy accents to raise them and add some shine.
And now for more hearts … and circles.
Some Darcy hearts and some die cut and embossed circles. Then I decided to use a Gorjuss girl for the central feature.
OK onto the final steps… some doodling, some additional colour added to the circles and some stars. Sticking it all down and deciding if it is finished or not but putting it into the sleeve.
I thought at this point it needs something else…. so I left it another day to think about it.