Sunday, 23 February 2014

Art Journal Page 3

Technically this is page 1. I started a page about TIME
the first week in January. However, I hated it.
I went on to make France & Butterfly House,
but kept adding to page 1 here & there.
It just didn't work, I covered it with this page instead.

Materials Used;
Golden Gel Medium, Gesso.
Reeves Soft Pastels.
Adirondack Die Ink Pads.
Prima Floral Stencil, TCW Mini Ledger Stencil
Stamps; Cats Life Press - Happiness Definition
& Stampotique Jo Capper - Sandon Bees
Faber Castell Big Brush Pitt Pens
Orange paint
Archival black Ink
Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy (bee wings)
The background is made using "hand made tissue"
to do this I took white tissue paper (Crafty Individuals)
& I over-stamped with French Script & CI script stamps
it was then attached to my page with gel medium.
Finally, many people know I have a thing about clocks & books.
Few people know I also have a thing about mugs!
Yesterday while out shopping
I purchased this fabulous baby!!!!
(for just 99p I should add)

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Second Art Journal Page - France

I am very pleased how this turned out :)
I started the page by cutting up a whole 12" sheet of paper and then sticking it to my page randomly.
The paper I used was Madame Payraud from Papermaina
 I used a sheet made up of advertisements and had the image of the Eiffel Tower.
 I put them the right way up but thought they looked better
moved around as opposed to laid down as a whole sheet.
I then applied torn pieces of the Madame Payraud Tissue over several sections to soften the imagery.
I got the idea for the frame from this Art Journal Page by Shari Caroll
The main image was printed onto a piece of canvas. I bought it some time ago from a website.
I covered the frame with the tissue paper as well and coloured it with ink - Frayed Burlap.
I added gesso circles for some interest and glued the word PARIS cut from the paper.
I then took an Inkylicious stamp to add random swirl imagery around the page.
Once dry, I covered the whole page with regular golden gel medium to seal.
The word FRANCE is die cut using Tim Holtz Chipblock Alphabet from
a piece of card covered with metal tape, coloured with Oregano & Espresso Alcohol inks.
To add a little more interest I added a die cut door hinge inked and embossed.
Shading was applied with a Pitt Pen - Big Brush in Raw Umber
and some colour to warm up the greys & browns with Purple Violet.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Happy Birthday, Hayley

Today is Hayley's birthday. She is my beautician.
I decided on a minimal card with a French theme.
All the products she uses for my monthly massage are French.
This is the front
Tim Holtz Wallpaper stamp using Picked Raspberry Distress Paint
French Stamp - B-Line Designs.

I used the same wallpaper stamp using Brushed pewter.
Heart is a Craft Stamper free stamp
second generation stamping with Grey Versafine.

I added the same heart on the back using the same
Picked Raspberry Distress Paint.

I LOVE stamping with Distress Paint!!!!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

My First Art Journal Page

I have wanted to start an Art Journal for the past year and decided I would begin in 2014.
I had planned a page a week, but so far I have two started that I feel are not quite complete.
This one I feel would be ruined by anything else added & another one just begun!
I based this page on image transfer after watching this Donna Downey Video.
Materials used; Gesso, Acrylic Paint, Golden Gel Medium, Butterflies from Swirlydoos,
Memory Box die cuts, Jenni Bowlin letters. I die cut a mini house with Silhouette Cameo.
Stamps by Cavallini. My page is based on a book I read
The Butterfly House.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to share it but I am so happy it turned out well!!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Art - inspired by Storage?

You bet!!!
I just bought some new storage.
I have to craft in my living room and so I bought
book boxes and chests to disguise my stamps & dies!

I loved the browns and the French imagery.
So I decided to make this mini canvas to match.

I used Madame Payraud Tissue and the butterflies were
cut from a sheet of the matching paper.
I coloured it using oil pastels & painted the edges
with Burnt Umber Acrylic paint.
The Eiffel Tower was part of a wooden design
& I added a small Wood Veneer Studio Calico Bicycle.

Then while preparing my evening meal I found this little guy!
My very own Heart Shaped Spud!!!