.. If they don't like what you bring to the table, let them eat alone...

Monday, 25 September 2017

Last days of Summer

Over on the Kartishok Challenge blog the theme is the last days of summer.

Follow the link..

Here is my take..


Here is the inspiration guide..


I started by taking a photo of one of the Pear trees on our land, I added some Parchment behind the picture and scribed the word Pear!!


I have saved this scrap card from some die cutting, and measured a piece of card to sit behind it and coloured using some summer/autumn colours..


A few pieces of fabric also with some colours..


All assembled in a collage format, Great fun!!!


Sunday, 24 September 2017

PaperArtsy Metallics Challenge.

This fortnight PaperArtsy have a wonderful challenge being Metallics. Darcy has given us lots of inspiration as well as the bloggers!!. Follow this link.


I have made this little niche assemblage. The background is made up of PaperArtsy Fresco chalk paints in Bouganvilla, Claret and Cheesecake. I added a final layer of Claret playing on the transparent qualities so Cheesecake shows through.


The stamp is from Ink and The Dog range, One Penny Plate 1. I cut out the image after stamping with Archival Ink in Orange Blossom.


For the metallic part, I painted some card with Pebeo Dyna paint in Green Yellow and die cut a shape. There was some residue paint in the cap, adds some more interest. Lots of pics to try and show the metallicness!!


Great fun, enjoyed working with wood again, hope you have the time to take part!!!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

New Stencil range by Debs Wainwright Part 4.

I have had a lot of fun making different things with the range of stencils.



I had some calico, just enough to surround the embroidery hoop. Some Distress Ink through the stencil and secured into place. Some green thread completed it.

The range...



They can be found here.

I have used a range of mediums through the stencils, all performed very well. They can be used for several types of art, a great addition to your stash!!!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Artist Book

I put this little artist book together in order to try out some new ideas and or techniques, just 3 pages folded in half and stitched together.

Really enjoying playing with black and white photo's, this one I printed onto some kraft card. I used a section in another project so had this left.


The page on the left I had painted with some black with a wash of cream acrylic paint, just wanted to see if was any good with the photo. The pinks on the picture are part of a test to try different coloring mediums. I like the fact that the picture is cut across 2 pages, not so keen on seeing the stitching..

Monday, 18 September 2017

AALL and Create The Grand Final.

It is the final week of the AALL and Create challenges, and I have come up with this..


I started with a free hand circle and cut it out, painted with black and red acrylic paints.


After this was dry, I added some texture paste and some crackle paint.


I continued to add white paint, dry brushed different strengths of white.


I cut open an opening before backing onto another piece of card. I cut my circle into 4 sections and rejoined using wire, sewing, lace and some builders gauze. I added the word PEACE in Telugu, a language native to India.


Great fun, looking forward to 2018 challenges!!!

Here is the link.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Paper Collage.

I have been investigating and playing with Paper collage. There is something magical about black and whit photographs along with cream or Kraft cardstock.


I removed the faces of the subjects, and after some play, I found that a white pastel pencil was effective against the printed picture.

All of the other elements are from previous projects. I love this style of collage, brings me a lot of joy!!

I made a little stamp of a B from a piece of foamy packaging, takes Versafine Ink really well.


Saturday, 16 September 2017

New Stencils by Debs Wainwright- Part 3.

Here is another make from the new range of stencils by Debs Wainwright. They can be found here.


I really enjoyed making this one, really simple but very effective. I sprinkled on the 'reverse' of the stencil some Paperartsy infusions pigment powders in Blackcurrant. Spritzed on some water and placed onto some watercolour card. I love this effect, just shows how versatile stencils are!!

This is the range..



Thursday, 14 September 2017

Concertina Artist Book

I have been having a play again with an accordion/artist book. 


I wanted to try a different format, so came up with this idea. The subject is actually a play with the new Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans and Fired Brick. I also wanted to try different tying up method, so I have used head pins!!


Probably need to tidy up the pins so they are more round, but it seems to work, and the pages move fairly easily.

Monday, 11 September 2017

AALL and Create Challenge 5 The Americas

Here is the link to the challenge.

My project for this challenge started with some black and white pictures of the fab architecture on Wall Street, I cut these up and made a collage 'river'. The sheet music again was collaged on Serif.




I was really pleased how the greens worked out, they formed the amazon rainforest. A mixture of Paperartsy Fresco Chalk Paints in Inky Pool, Banana, Beach Hut and Zesty Zing. I also added some Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio and twisted Citron Crayon.







The acetate being the top layer worked out really well, thank fully I had a green glass writer!!



Made some holes and backstitched some green thread, pleased of the outcome.



Friday, 8 September 2017

New Stencil Range by Debs Wainwright Part 2

Here is another make from the new range of stencils by Debs Wainwright. All the stencils are available here.

This is the fab range.


I had great fun using the skeleton face, I inked through some Distress Ink onto kraft card. It was easy to cut out the eye. Printed of some capital and small I's and all glued into place.


Any stencil bought from the Etsy store during September will go into a draw to with the whole set. Look out for the number inside.

Monday, 4 September 2017

AAll and Create-Challenge 4 Africa

This week the challenge is Africa, details can be found here.

I have decided to use the brightly coloured beads...


I made all the beads and charms with paperclay and painted with acrylic paints.

Found some sticks and bound together with some rusty dyed fabric. Threaded the beads with wire and wrapped around twigs.


Great fun, have a look at the link and take part.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

New Stencil Range by Debs Wainwright

I was very proud to be asked to make some samples from a new range of stencils by Debs Wainwright.

This is the first of my makes.



This is the range. They can be found here.



They are very easy to use, and are a thick mylar so I was able to use a thick layer of DecoArt Media Sand Paste to gain some depth. Clean up was easy, so snagging on intricate parts. 

Keep an eye out for further posts showcasing other stencils in the range.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Challenge 3 Oceania AAll and Create

Challenge 3 already on the All and Create 2017 challenges. Details can be found here.


Found this piece of branch and painted with some yellow ochre paint. I used a marker to draw on the Aboriginal Motifs. The story reads. We found the Human Track to the Campsite, where we sat and enjoyed a feast of Witchetty Grubs and Honey Ants. After, we all had fun Dancing!!

Great fun, take a look and take part!!!

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Distress Oxide, Fresco and Tonic Hybrid Play!!

Fab topic this fortnight over on the PaperArtsy blog, being Hybrid Inks.

I have decided to play with some Distress Oxides along with PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paint with a mix of Tonic Studio's Hybrid Inks.


I added some Distress Oxides in Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio. Before I added water, I used a few blobs of PaperArtsy Fresco Paint in Zesty Zing to the glass matt. Love the effect..





I also added some Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans to add a bit more interest.

The chevron stamping is from PaperArtsy Hot Picks 1501, and the ladies are from Buttons Plate 6. I took the hits and ideas from Miriam, and used a alcohol marker. I stamped this image with Tonic Studios Hybrid Ink in Metro Grey.


Great fun, do have a go, the oxides are addictive, different results each time!!!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Challenge 2 Asia AAll and Create

Challenge 2 this week and the theme is Asia.

Details can be found here.


My arty journey has taken me to Indonesia, I have used their national flower-Jasmine. The writing on the left is from the Batak writing system found in the Western part of Indonesia. The stitching is from the Bugis writing system from the Eastern part of Indonesia. My calico is dyed with Infusions pigment powders, and my substrate is a broken roof tile!!.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Seaside Collage

Wonderful theme this month over on the Country View Crafts Challenges, being Blues and Greens.

I have made this Seaside collage piece.


I started out by painting some card with PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paint in Slate Grey. The fish stamp is from PaperArtsy along with the Beach Hut, I stamped these with Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio and faded Jeans.

I scribbled onto some card Distress Markers in peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron and cut up into irregular geometric pieces and added for my sea.

Fun make, love the Distress Oxides to stamp with, very effective over the chalk paint.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Challenge 1 Europe AALL and Create.

I am taking part in the AALL and Create challenges.

Details can be found here.


My substrate is some scrap card packaging. I altered the colour of the Victorian man and added some lime green ribbon strips, look funky!!

The red label is from a pig food sack and I have used numbers and letters 51 to signify the number of countries within Europe!!

Great fun, take a look, easy to join in and have some fun!!!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Book As You Go!!


Very proud to be on the PaperArtsy blog with my book project. I wanted to make a book as you go creation and started with the covers. They measure approx 7 by 7". I brayered on some Fresco chalk Paint in Inky Pool and dragged over Distress Oxides in Faded Jeans, sqirted a little water at the lower section.




I built up the collage elements with various Mini stamps from the range and glued into position. I used a branch from an old cherry tree for further interest.



The back cover consists of some more brayering with Banana Fresco and made a collagraph printing plate with the beach hut. Some free form marks with a wood pen.



This page I used the stamps to create a background and used some of my photography for the focal point.



This shows the finished back cover.



As my book has no pages until you make them, I decided to try some plastic packaging, really pleased how it took the Fresco's.



This page happened by accident, I started it but fell out with it, so I used it to 'clean' off the brayer. A few days later I really liked the effect..



Finally a close up of the front cover.



I have had such fun creating this book, it will continue to grow. I love the way that all the pages are slightly different in size, just what I wanted to achieve.