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 March artwork.
I wanted to use the March hare for this which is a Sheena stamp and after stamping in archival I added light brown brusho and lots of water… I love the way the colour separates and moves across the page.
Once it was dry I used some spectrum noir pencils to add definition to the image and stamped the month (Paperartsy stamp).
I decided to use the fabulous Sheena Douglass Hare stamp again and brushos to create this month’s postcard. It is very similar to the ATC I made… just bigger!
I added more orange tones to the hare itself and the background is the light brown brusho. I love this stamp and how easy it is to create some stunning artwork.
Now part of the challenge for this swap is that you have to be able to post the postcard so I had to seal the brushos.
I decided to give the full postcard a couple of layers of clear embossing to do the seal. This gives the whole piece a glazed appearance. Love it.
The theme for this month’s ATC swap at Artful ATCs is rabbits and I chose to be a little creative in my interpretation and do one hare ATC and one rabbit ATC.
I used scraps of green patterned paper to create hills and then used my sewing machine to adhered them together and define them.
Then I added some distress oxide with a blending tool to add some more defintion.
The little rabbits were left from the Making Cards magazine papers that I used for theEaster cards I shared a few days ago.
The hare is a Sheena Douglass stamp that I haven’t used before and have had it in the stash waiting for the perfect moment to use it.
I stamped it straight onto the mountboard ATC using archival ink in Sepia. Then I got out the Brusho to colour the hare using the light and dark brown colours.
I finished it off with a little sprinkle of the light brown brusho so some of the separate colour crystals dilute as individual colours.
Love how this came out. And loved playing with brushos again.
So these were my swaps for April.
Already I can blog about September’s ATC swap because I made these in no time at all and popped them in the post to the recipient.
The theme for this month is texture.
This first ATC has various paints wiped and brushed in the background which is collaged onto the Base white card. Over this I added some Glitter washi tape. Next I used some grey coloured texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil. Once this was dry I added the spotty washi tape. Then I stamped the JoFy flower and coloured it using both paint pens and fresco paints. The title is using the Tim Holtz stickers. I then went to town with the paint line painters from Derwent. I love these.
This second ATC started in much the same way with brushed off paints on the paper which was then collaged to the Base card. This time I chose a feather theme and a transparent glossy texture gel. The feathers stamped in the background are Sheena Douglass’ stamps and then added a paper clay embellishment I made and painted with silver paint.
I had used the same stencil as last time, but this time with the clear texture gel.
I also used a metallic gel pen for highlights and doodles.
Love both of these. Looking forward to next months already.
I have some Sheena Douglass stamps that I don’t use often enough that’s for sure. One of them is this large architectural stamp. I love the image but never remember to use it!
I stamped it out twice recently and then never got round to using it so it just sat in the heap of things on my desk. So I grabbed the one stamped in grey and decided to ink it up. I chose warm colors of Fossilised amber, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar and Pumice stone distress inks and started blending them with the blending tool. Then I distressed the edges. I kept the Pumice Stone to the edge of the picture. Then I flicked water at it and then dried it off to create the blotches.
I also found the background on the desk from I think an art journalling sample made last year possibly during the class and never used. It seems to be a distress ink and grunge paste background. I felt the colours worked with the stamped panel so mounted them up. Then added the sentiment and some embroidery floss to embellish.
Now I have another of those images stamped out in black… wonder how it will differ when I get round to using it?
My friend Linda gave me something to play with… Brushos! Wow how fab are they?
Immediately had made four backgrounds that just needed some stamping to finish off… How quick and easy!
Sheena Douglass stamps for the one above and SU stamps below.
Darcy Paperartsy stamps for the one above and Sheena Douglass stamps for the one below.
A bit ink on the edges and jobs done! Four journal pages quick and easy, all could quite easily be card fronts too!
Today I have a project to share with you that was very much a spur of the moment decision to join in with something my dear friend Darcy is doing. No idea if I will do anything past this month or not so although it is strictly part of a challenge I am just doing it for fun if I fancy it!
So here is the original concept… Although Darcy explains it so well so you are probably better going and seeing her blog… But here is my short version!
Take one ready made calendar. Make a page using the calendar each month with some rules… 1. Incorporate part of the picture already there on the calendar. 2. Use the technique that month… This month crackle effect. 3. Add the item you are told to… This month book print. Then blog about it and link it to Darcy’s page!
So whilst on my way home from work on Friday I popped into a bargain hunting type shop and spotted a calendar I liked the look of with Darcy’s challenge in mind. I liked it as it reminds me of Lucy Levenson but isn’t actually her work… But already mixed media with the pen, paint and fabric etc in the pictures.
I set to that evening whilst the princess was doing some tidying before bed, and continued later on when the princess was in bed as I was inspired. I also managed to take pictures along the way so I thought today I would share my process for you… In a strolling kind of way… Very Sunday like!
Here goes… And in the words of Tilly from Miranda “bear with” … Many photos to come!
Firstly for those of you who don’t want to scroll down through the photos… A little slide show…
And breathe… 10 photos done! 7 to go!
Here comes the crackle!
So is it finished? Well I think the words need a little bit of outlining, but otherwise, yes I think I am done! Pleased with this and hoping that tiny bit of crackle on the flowers will be enough to satisfy Darcy’s criteria. Loved doing this… Such a nice way to spend a couple of hours playing!
Today is the birthday of one of my best friends, Gwen! Decided to go all inky in creating her card!
I created the background with Dylusions and then used some Sheena Douglass stamps to add the wings, and created some grungy bits too. Next I grabbed a heart from Darcy’s Paperartsy collection of stamps, and did that on a separate piece of card which I added the bright pink Dylusions to. I also stamped the little verse from Darcy’s stamps onto the background panel.
I raised the heart, and then used the Bitty Banners to create the sentiment. Next I added some white highlights to the wings using a white gel pen, which just lifted the wings a bit. Then I added some slate grey gems to finish off the panel and mounted it onto the Basic Grey cardstock.
Happy Monday all! Welcome to the beginning of the week! Time to play with some colour!
This week is my favourite of the In Colors for 2013-15 …
Oh I could use this colour all the time! So delicate, fresh and pretty!
Unlike the last two weeks where I struggled with what to do… I knew immediately which stamp I wanted to use to show off this colour… And the technique I wanted to use too!
This stamp is a Sheena Douglass stamp I bought in a set from Create and Craft ages ago. Isn’t it just fab! So so detailed and yet so different rom everything else I have! I knew that this stamp would look fab using the delicate Crisp Canteloupe.
I actually stamped it in Baked Brown Sugar and then used the Crisp Canteloupe to watercolour the image in, using the stamp linearly as a guide for light and dark areas.
I then matted the stamped image onto Early Espresso and a piece of the gorgeous Soho Subway dsp which is the same colour. How fab!
The finishing touches were the little pennants in the Early Espresso, the mats in the Early Espresso & Crisp Canteloupe, the rhinestones and sentiment from the Pretty Petites punched out of the cardstock and layered with a dimensional.
Gorgeous! Just love this card! I actually made this for a dear friend whose birthday was last month so this has had to wait an entire month to be shown! She is an architecture junkie just like me and I knew she would love it when she saw it!
You may recall that I had made two additional prints in prep for the class I held on Wednesday to play with the gelli plate! What I didn’t get round to doing was sharing what I did with them. I actually decided rather than use them for art journalling that I would make another two cards from them instead.
First I used my favourite Sheena Douglass Oak tree stamp on the print which was the clean up sheet I had been using (never waste that precious acrylic!!!). I heat embossed it to give it even more beautiful texture!
Next up is the print with the sticky backed plastic. I decided to use the Swallowtail stamp with Archival ink to stamp directly onto the plastic. Not ideal … Would have been better with StayZon but still a nice card.