Sunday, 30 March 2014

Do Seagulls like Lettuce?

Hi guys! No Art Journal page to share
this weekend. It just isn't quite finished!
But I do have the first scrap layout of the year.
In fact, the first layout since October 2013!
The title of my blog post says it all.
While staying with my sister last July, we went to Holy Island.
It was the most beautiful hot day. Not a cloud in the sky,
the sea was a dazzling blue & the birds sang their hearts out.
We sat down for a drink in this pub garden & watched the birds flocking to the tables.
It was really comical. I would never imagine a Seagull
liking lettuce!! Oh well, I guess what ever was on offer suited them.
I wanted this layout to be loose & scribbly,
hence all the black lines around the triangles.
I also wanted it bright because it was such a gorgeous day.
I stamped the background first with
Tim Holtz paint & Kaisercraft stamp.
Papers are Finnley - Glitz Design
The word Lettuce was die cut using
Tim Holtz Chipblock die & funky foam.
The other letters are from the Finnley pack.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Vintage Journey Challenge & and Art Journal Page

My first piece of art is for challenge 2

I made my background spraying various homemade sprays
mixing distress re-inker with water.
Colours used; Broken China, Peacock Feathers,
Salty Ocean, Dusty Concord.
Edges blended with Chipped Sapphire & Archival Black ink.
Corner bird stamped - Prima-  embossed black.
Tim Holtz phrase - embossed white.
Die cut clock &bookplate.
Stamped Tattered Sparrow.
Other stamps Tim Holtz background stamps.

Spring (Birds)
 This second piece of art is my 5th Art Journal Page.
This was started over a week ago.
As I visited my sister last weekend,
today was the first chance to complete the piece.
Stencilling, dry wall tape, die cut birds
& swirls. Stamped birds nest & floral sprigs
die cut words & TH Chit Chat sticker
all make up this page.
Now it is complete, I wish I had done it
quite differently! Typical that!!
Oh well, the technique in mind can wait
for the next page.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Painted Tea Cup & Cabbage Rose Flower

It's my birthday today & so I have had
the luxury of a craft day at home!
I had been away to my sister for a long weekend
& didn't see the point in returning to work just yet!!
A while ago I bought a china white cup & saucer
& made a start painting it.
I used Artiste Pearl Acrylic paints & pearl medium to
create this gorgeous blue/green shade.
My next issue was, what to put in it!
So, it sat on the shelf empty for a month or ten!!!
Then, a couple of days ago, while watching a friends You Tube Channel,
I came upon this cabbage rose tutorial by this very
crafty lady, Lee (crafty loops)
Sadly my rose is not as gorgeous as Lee's but it is my first attempt!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Art Journal - Time

This was meant to be page one!
However I just wasn't happy with it,
re-created it and now it has ended up page 4.
In my first version, I coloured the faces of each clock & they just lost all definition
& meaning because of course they are the important elements.
Also the Da Vinci style wings (free cover stamp CS)
turned out far better in this version.
Finally, the original version was wild honey,
I much prefer this purple/blue colour!!!
My background was created by making up my own distress ink mists.
I used re-inkers - Chipped Sapphire & Dusty Concord (with perfect pearls)
You won't be able to see the pearls,
but I added a bit of interference blue to the purple mix.
Clock faces are white gesso & then stamped
with my Heidi Swapp clear stamp set.
Lady Time as I like to call her is PaperArtsy.
I used Tim Holtz weathered clock
plus some free cover stamps from CS
journal strips computer generated.
Thanks for looking hope you like it!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Happy Birthday, Dad & Vintage Journey Challenge!

Today is my Dad's birthday & I made the card below.
Typically I was quite poorly last weekend and it was a struggle to complete
& photograph. so the image is poor :(

This next card is for A Vintage Journey Challenge
Anything Tim!
This is a brand new challenge blog which has some very
 talented people on the DT. Go check it out!
To be honest, they are both totally Tim Holtz but I guess my
Dad's birthday card does not really fit with the
Vintage/Shabby theme.

I got to play here with some of my favourite techniques!
Wrinkle free distress, lemon juice distress
(to add nice aged spots to my design)
except these came out a gorgeous caramel colour.
And, I also used the Perfect Distress technique.
The writing isn't too clear  under the fragment but it says
Its the little Things that makes life big.
A TH stamped quote.
Thank you for looking :0)