.. aesthetically described as one of beauty that is 'imperfect', 'impermanent' and 'incomplete'.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Rings of Life.

The current challenge over on the PaperArtsy blog this time is Vintage Neutrals.


I started off by using PaperArtsy Infusions Lemoncello and a small touch of Violet Storms onto some calico.


Some stamping with PaperArtsy Hot Picks 1501.



Originally I was going to use the piece of wood as a paperweight, but decided to wrap the calico around the wood.


I thought maybe I should have stuck to my original idea as most of the Infusions and stamping were hidden within the layers, so when I saw the question mark from the same stamp set, I stamped several times.


Added some flicks of the same Infusions with a paintbrush to add some interest to the grey board.


I am glad I pushed myself to try something different from my original idea, it reminds me of the rings that are formed within wood as they grow!!

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Box of Oddities..

The current challenge over on the Paper Artsy blog is boxes. Darcy has provided several inspirations, I was really taken with the boxes by cocostyle, so I came up with this..


Started off with a recycled box that contained little chocolate cakes. Collaged over some card stamped with Paper Artsy Mini Stamp 19.


Quick sketch of some poppy heads, painted with Fresco Chalk Paint Caribbean Sea. Had the idea of a sheep, stitched some layers of fabric, painted with a wash of Caribbean Sea and sprinkled over some Infusions Rusty Car.


Made a little book, just some concertina card and a cover, painted with Fresco Chalk Paints, Mahogany, London Bus and Cheesecake. 


Made another book!!, added some fabric to the cover, dyed with Infusions Blackcurrant.


Finished off the 'sheep' by adding a face from Lynne Perrella set of stamps 007 also from Paper Artsy.

Certainly is a box of oddities!!!


Friday, 27 April 2018

PaperArtsy Infusions and Distress Oxide Reinkers.

Earlier in the month I blogged some art using PaperArtsy Infusions and Distress Oxide Reinkers onto Kraft card.

I had some predyed fabric using some Paperartsy Infusions. The piece on the left was dyed last year, the top piece was dyed today and allowed to dry a little before dripping on the reinkers.


Like the subtle difference.



This piece I dyed and added some reinker straight away, again different effect.


Close up.


This last piece was dyed with some Deco Art Media paint in Paynes Grey some time ago. I folded up the fabric and added some reinkers on the edges.



Great fun, thinking of some ideas to incorporate within some art!!!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Collage Mini Book Cover

Made up a mini book with 4 pages size a6 from kraft card. Hand stitched together.

Built up a painterly background and added part of a book page and a stamped image from Lynne Perrella via Paperartsy!!


Thursday, 19 April 2018

Collage Mixed Media.

I had a small box that was part of the packaging from a purchase, I flattened it out and made several holes.


Stitched some dyed fibre..


Backed this onto a scrap of kraft card, red ink and some red embossing powder completed the background.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Mixed Media Collage

This fortnight the current theme is Kraft Card, over on the PaperArtsy blog.



I love to use Kraft card, love the earthy feel and texture. It also takes various products to great effect whether it be acrylic paints, dry mediums.

Started off by experimenting with some Infusions and Distress Oxide re inkers.


This led me on to play on a larger piece of Kraft card. Love the interaction of the Infusions and Oxide re inkers.


I used the leaf stamp from Lin Brown ELB34 set of stamps by PaperArtsy.


I used some silver foil packaging from some biscuits!!


My substrate is an old cardboard envelope, love the irregularity of the shape, and left the air mail sticker!!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Collage Wabi Sabi Wall Book

Been experimenting making little books recently. Had an idea of a wall book!!


Tricky to photograph..


Love the idea of interactive art, nice to walk past and turn the pages!!


Saturday, 7 April 2018

Cut and Paste Collage.

Trying out a different type of collage, cut pieces from magazines. This was for a challenge on one of my Facebook groups.


Here is my starting point.


Enjoyed this new experience, with a bit of humour as well!!!

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Card and Fabric Collage.

Experimenting with layers of Kraft Card and textiles..


Black parchment with a Dahlia from the Groovi system plates via Clarity Stamp.


A little bit of naked flame to create texture, and some stitching.


Love how the stitches look through both the parchment and card.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Boro Repair Stitch on Rusty Card!

Using some DecoArt Media Line acrylics, created a rusty effect onto some craft card. Love the effect of Boro Repair stitch, so removed some sections.


Used a blue coloured thread, next time will try a different blue.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Paper Collage with Stitching.

I had an idea to create a long waterfall onto some parchment. This was a big mistake trying to plan something. I carried on, and concentrated on practicing some more stitching!!


I took a naked flame to the parchment, love this effect. Even though it didn't work out as I planned, I am glad I continued with it.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Fabric Collage Pouch.

In my bit box, found lots of calico that I dyed with PaperArtsy Infusions powders and Fresco Chalk paints last year. Some pieces I added some texture pastes as well.



I needed a storage solution for some of my mark making tools, so I had this vision of making a pouch type of thing.



Enjoyed hand stitching with different fibres to patch all together, a bit ramshackle, but does serve a purpose!!



Great fun.

Last of the snow from Beast from the East, this batch came with an orange tinge, sand from the Sahara????


Monday, 26 March 2018

Paper and Fabric Collage

Exploring some stitching 'patterns' and different colour threads, this seems to be coming out of the darkness!! Found it really challenging to be random at the bottom, keep practicing. 


Old book pages coloured with Distress Oxide Black Soot, and some fabric that was dyed with PaperArtsy Infusions Black Knight.



Saturday, 24 March 2018

Nautical Colours with Lynne Perrella Stamps.

I am on the PaperArtsy blog today with a project using Lynne Perella Stamps.



I made up some masterboards to use for my background.



Funny how things turn out and change, initially I used the blue and red ones but they did not work out, so I used the dark blue one. This is rice paper dyed with Infusions In The Navy. Love the variance of the colour.



Stamped several of the images onto packaging materials. Love the 'double exposure' feel of the main image and crowns.



Added some layers behind the substrate.



Enjoyed creating with Lynne's stamps, love all of the detail. Great fun stamping onto packing materials.