Category Archives: Ellen Vargo

Calendar – August 2019

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 August artwork.

I decided that I wanted to use the Tim Holtz wildflower dies so built this around that idea.

I created a background using Paperartsy fresco finish paints and stencils and stamps. Then I added the wildflowers stamps using dye based inks and heat embossed them with clear powder.

This gave a subtle layered effect to the background.

Next I did cut some of the flowers and then added paint to them in the same colours using a sponge to create a mottled effect.

I adhered them and then added shading using Big Brush Pitt pens.

I then heat embossed the sentiment and edged the panel with versamark and added more embossing powder to that too.

Love these … so many details and layers.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Finishing off cards from the gelli plate play session

So I’ve finished off the cards I made at the beginning of the month for the gelli plate play session.

All of them I added shading using a big brush pen and Tim Holtz stickers for sentiments.

Some I added embellishment using sequins, card candi or stickles.

Love all of them and how they feel now they are finished!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Etiquette art journal page

This year I am going to try and do more art journal pages in my own art journal as I neglected it last year in favour of swaps … so I’ve started with this page.

There was some stencilling on the page already in bright pink which started me off and determined the warm colour choice. I added the fossilized amber distress stain all over the page and then added some spiced marmelade and abandoned coral in a few places.

Once dry I added the partial stamping of some random stamps from the bits and bobs stamp box using archival inks. I also added some stencilling using distress ink.

Then I used some ephemera pieces from an old Artful Days goodie box which I inked using the distress stains and then distressed further to give them even more of a shabby chic look.

I also added the image stamped on fabric which I sewed around as per the art weekend we had last year with James Sharpe. I added them together along with stamped tickets. Then I added some flicks of distress resist spray to which I added some baked texture embossing powder so add even more grunge.

I added this to the background and then started adding stickers and the title (cut from some more ephemera) and added doodles using both a gold and a white posca pen. I also added a little bit of additional sparkle using a spectrum noir sparkle pen.

Really love how this came together and it was good to play in my own journal for a change.

Hope you liked seeing the final page too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Lime and Teal circle journal for Claire

Another circle journal page, this time for Claire and I fancied playing with texture… lots and lots of texture.

I started with some gesso to provide a sketchy backdrop. I loved the kraft cardstock that the journal was made from so wanted to preserve that for the edge of the pages.

Once that was dry I added texture paste through a stencil and left it to dry.

Next I added some more texture using the glass bead gel and again left that to dry.

Then I added colour using the distress stains in twisted citron, cracked pistachio and peacock feathers. I then added some strips of papers and some twine. I also added some other stamping in the background to add some different areas of colour.

I also added the cute wooden birds which I added colour to using the oxide and some clear embossing powder to add shine.

I wanted to add some darker colour so I added some Inktense and some splashes of black ink in places to add a different contrast.

Then created the focal point of the stamped element and the sentiments for the titles with embossing and inking.

Super happy with the way this came out and how different it is from my previous pages using these colours… it’s amazing how the colours can lend themselves to these different pages.

And if you are interested I made a video of the process… here it is.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Rebecca’s circle journal

Today I have something different… a big departure from all the Christmas crafting… my art journal spread in Rebecca’s circle journal.

This is actually the front and back of the spread… so when it is in the journal they are two separate pages…

I used the handmade paper I bought in York for the background and then added panels on top with black gesso and some other papers.

I still kept to the colour scheme with teals/blues and lines/greens. But took different tones for both of the pages.

On the inside I took another approach… but that will have to wait for another day! And if you want to know how it came together… I videoed it here.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Circle journal 4… teal and lime

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!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Swap distress oxides tag

I made a tag for a swap with lots of layers and funny techniques… I started by using the Lift-ink to stamp with the alcohol inks and added this to the tag. Then I used the distress oxides over the whole tag. Next I used a stencil to add some more distress oxides.

I then stencilled the timeless on the side using another stencil (Seth Apter). Then I splashed some of the sparks paint on the top.

Next I collected together some papers and fabrics including one of the fabric stamped panels I did at the workshop in July. I used staples and some handsewing to then finish off.

Happy crafting!

Catherine