Brushos, Dictionary, Everything Eleanor, Masks/Stencils, Raggy Dolls

Raggydoll sisters … a new circle journal

My raggydoll sisters are some of my favourite people in the world.  We formed our sisterhood through a circle journal and I know we will be friends for life.  One of the group had had some time away from art journalling and needed some help getting started again so I suggested a journal swap and a few others wanted to join in… so we are currently a group of five on this project. 

The idea is to do a background on a journal page and then pass it to the next person for them to finish.  They then create a background and pass the journal onto someone else who will then finish the page etc.  No idea how this will work in reality but it was a bit different from the usual circle journal ideas so I thought it was worth a try.

So I wanted to keep costs low for this for my journal so created this loose leaf journal from pieces of scrap cardstock that I had to hand. They are all the backs from patterned paper packs or watercolour pads.  I cut them down to roughly 6×6 inches.  The covers were a thicker cardstock and I cut these slightly larger.  For the time being they are bound with book rings to make life easy for posting and for them to be created on.

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So my first background I decided to add some sewing pattern pieces to.

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This added some texture and pattern.  As I had them out I decided to add Brushos and use satin glaze to activate them which should make them more permanent.

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I used Purple, Brilliant Red and Cobalt Blue.  I loved this effect and will be trying this again but for this background I wanted something more.

So next I took my brayer and some cream coloured acrylic paint and added it to the page.

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This picked up the texture and muted the colours a little.

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Next I stamped the Dictionary stamp in archival and the Everything Eleanor swirl in purple acrylic paint.

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I then added the stencilled pattern and loads of white and black splatters.  And done!

The theme for this page is flowers… I wonder how Leanne who will finish the page will finish it… It is such a strange but cool idea to now leave the whole page for her to finish off!   I also get a page to finish off that Marie has started.  This is an exciting project and will share how it goes over the next few months.

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I also started on the journal cover. Not entirely sure that the plan was to do the covers too at this point but at least I’ve got it started.

Here is the first stage.

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I used brushos and satin glaze to add the background and then acrylic paint for the stencil and stamping.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Awesomely artistic, Brushos, Claritystamps, Dictionary, Handcarved, Masks/Stencils, Positively Chevron, Summer Silhouettes

Mixed media card class

Tonight it’s time for me and my friends to play card making mixed media style!  This time I decided to play with the large background stamps and see what I ended up with.

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This one I made a Brusho background using Positively Chevron. Then stamped beautiful birdhouse by Claritystamps.

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This time a distress ink blended background with water splodges and used the World Map with Sky’s the Limit stamps.

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Next a painty tag using handcarved and summer silhouettes and some gorgeous silk trim.

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Finally I used a stencil and stencil brushes to create this soft card.  I used the Dictionary stamp and then Awesomely Artistic stamps to finish in a mix of purples and browns.  Love the effect of the brush on the linen cardstock too.

So wonder how we will all get on making these at class… what I know will happen is that we will have fun and feel chilled out doing it!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Dictionary, Masks/Stencils, Tap tap tap, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #12, project #2

This week I have been playing with the  Dictionary background stamp.  On Sunday I shared a journal page where I had used the stamp three times.  Here I have a set of cards using the stamp to its full effect as a background stamp.

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I picked out some dsp with a subtle grey circle pattern and onto this I stamped the entire stamp using a grey ink.  I then cut the panel out so there was just a small border. Then I used the Clarity bubbles stencil to add the circles in Lost Lagoon and Bermuda Bay.   I then edged the panel with the grey.  I mounted this on a piece of striped dsp in the same subtle grey but edged this with the stencil brushes and the coloured ink as well as the grey ink.

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One I made much darker than the other. 
For the focal point I added the typewriter from Tap Tap Tap set using a Versamark ink and black embossing detail powder.  I also stamped it again on white paper so I could cut out the sheet of paper as a piece of contrast for the typing to show up on.  I then used the tap stamp to do the border.

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Love how these came out.  Perfect partners these two stamp sets.  Love them both.  They are not going anywhere!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Alphabet, Canvas and Mixed Media art, Dictionary, Masks/Stencils, Use them or Lose them

Use them or lose them #12 Dictionary

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’s grab was the Dictionary stamp and I must admit I started this a while ago but it is a good way of showing what I use this stamp for the most…

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Thought it was time to share this page in my journal.  This time a double spread I worked on over the last few weeks.

The starting point shown above was using the Dictionary stamp with Watering can archival in random sections.  This is not the most exciting start to a page but rather than work on a blank page it just helps to have something there to start with and a text stamp like this is perfect for creating something on the spread… a nice first layer.

I decided to start this page with distress inks as I wanted to see the quality of the paper taking the inks in the Dylusions journal. I used Fossilised Amber, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick and used the blending tool to blend the colours till the pages were covered. Then I made a mask from some paper to make a starburst effect and sprayed water. It worked slightly better on the right from the left… but it is barely visible.
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Next I took a stripes stencil and added some more Fired Brick through it in a few areas. Then I used the Matt Gel Medium through a Paperartsy stencil. It’s difficult to see that in the photo above… Here is a close up…
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Again not the easiest thing to see but still adds another layer of interest to the final piece.

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Next I added the a dictionary stamping again. This time using the fired brick distress ink. I then put a stencil over the page and added water through to take some colour away. This is the lighter dots. I also added some sticker trim which has a plastic feeling to the finish which means it resists ink etc, but it was ok with some of the paints I added later.
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I also added some subtle grunge paste texture with a purple tint to it. I also added some stencilling with ink and the dot fade stencil (I love this stencil!)
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I then grabbed the Alphabet embossing folder, added some seedless preserve ink to it and a spritz of water and used it as a stamp in some random areas. Then decided it was time to go back to the Dictionary stamp and emboss. I chose white detail powder but it also had a bit of frantage mixed in with it so there are some gold bits too.
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Next it was time to add paint. I used a deep purple and some dark red to add some darker sections on the page and rubbed paint off the embossing and some of the sticker trim to ensure some white still shows through.

I decided I wanted to try an image transfer using a photograph I found that I think is of my grandfather with his parents and siblings but could be wrong. I scanned the copy of the picture I have (not brilliant quality I have to admit) and then printed it onto acetate. Then I tried on both Tyvek and Canvas the satin glaze transfer technique Darcy had taught us in Edinburgh and I hadn’t really done a brilliant job of it.

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Neither came out well (this is the canvas one in the process). Both came out very patchy. But as I don’t have a huge amount of acetate in the stash decided to go with the Tyvek one layered on the canvas.

I coloured the canvas piece with distress stain in Fossilised Amber and Spiced Marmalade and also did a few other strips of the canvas in the same. I also grabbed a small piece of scrap paper and ripped it into strips to collage onto the pages too.
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Of course I was so busy creating I forgot photos at this point. I wanted to add more of the Frantage so I added that in little puddles randomly round the page. Heating it was a bit of a hilarious affair though as it wasn’t really adhered and blew everywhere resulting in a big clean up job for me…. again!

Next I added a little bit of Pitt pen in brown to the edges of the paper and the Tyvek. I love how the Tyvek curled as it was heated when the frantage was melting.
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I added some journalling using a black pen and found three stickers in the Tim Holtz Chit chat set that worked as my title.
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I love all the texture and colour on this page and how it came out. I would have preferred a better transfer for the image but it worked well enough for the page… After all this is just for me.

Hope you like this. I can’t see me getting rid of the Dictionary stamp. It’s just too useful as a background stamp.

Happy crafting!

Catherine