Monday, 26 January 2015

Silhouettes

So far, so good. Week four and I'm still on task with my Art Journal for the year. Can't believe it's almost the end of January 2015 already! For Journal 52 this week, the prompt was Silhouettes. I had in mind what I wanted to do from the beginning, but I got so far and then hit a block - it needed something else and I hadn't got a clue as to what. So I put it all to one side and tonight I decided to get the washi tapes out and play. A few strips of that with a few extra silhouettes in the corner and problem solved. This weekend is the first weekend in about 2 months that I have started to feel more normal and feel like I am finally getting rid of this winter virus, even the coughing is subsiding (after discovering this great throat spray to numb the tickle).

To create this page I decided that I wanted to have some deer / stags in their somewhere and create a landscape scene. I started by painting the background with acrylic paints in shades of blue, purple and white. On top I found a woodland photograph I took at the beginning of January when it was all foggy and image transferred this onto the background paint. I then drew and painted on top of this image to bring key parts to the front. Using a selection of dies I cut the deer out and used them as stencils to create their silhouettes, then painted over the top. I added a layer of tattered angels sprays on top and white fine line pen to emphasise branches.

The bottom right hand area was lacking, it was too dark with not enough interest. This is where the washi tapes came into play and I layered the deer I had cut out earlier to use as stencils, added colour to them and glued in place on top. A final spritz of tattered angels, a rub over with a baby wipe to blend sections and reveal buried parts and voila, the end result.



I hope you enjoy the end result. Hop on over to the website or follow on Facebook to see lots more inspiration and have a go.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Conversation Starters

The theme for the third week of Journal 52 appealed to me - Conversation Starters. I knew immediately what I wanted to create art about. I had had a great conversation with my sister about Llama's -don't you just love them?! We think they are great, fantastic expressions and great haircuts! The conversation came about because for her birthday I got my sister a rather unusual gift - Walk a Llama. We are going out (when the weather is slightly warmer than the -3 to 3* that we are getting now!) to have a picnic trek with a llama around the Surrey hills. Sounds fabulous, I can't wait to share the experience. I bought the gift from Surrey Hills Llamas, the options they had available all sounded great - you can even adopt one.

So when it came to creating my journal page for the week, llamas it was. I started by creating a collaged background of torn book pages, the writing being apt for the prompt. Then I coated this with a translucent acrylic paint and sprayed some tattered angels spray on top. I haven't used those in ages, I forgot how good the metallic sparkle is. I then layered some tags made from book pages, torn patterned paper and cardstock. On top I then created three pencil and watercolour illustrations of some great llamas I found images of and then distressed the edges of all pieces, adding distress ink to finish it off. A final spray of some tattered angels, die cut chevrons, hand written text and a couple of green gems to seal the deal. The end result:







I am enjoying this journey with Journal 52, glad I came across the site. It's great fun and full of inspiration from so many other artists. Now to look forward to creating for week 4...

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Just Be...

Finally got lost in the creative process on an art journal page that I started days ago, didn't like, and totally worked over to end up with a finished piece I like. Week 2 of my Journal 52 journey with a theme of Just Be.

Take it any way you choose, interpret the words and make of them what you will. For me it read Just Be Me. So I started by spreading some of my favourite colours all over the page - turquoise, sea green and purples. I covered them with a crackle glaze and layered with metallic pewter. But did not like the dried result - too shiny and not enough cracks! Inspiration deserted me so I put the book to the bottom of the crafty mess and walked away.

After leaving it alone for a few days I returned and resolved to grunge up the page, as anyone who knows me will tell you, I love to distress and make things appear a little shabby chic and tatty around the edges. So out came the paints, distress inks, stamps, dies, brushes, sponges, stencils and a little bit of finger painting for good measure. Two hours later after a lot of drying with a heat gun I had a distressed, layered grungy page that said 'This is me'.







I am much happier with this weeks page over the first one I created. It helps feeling better I do have to say! Looking forward to the next one now....

Journal 52 - Pathways

New year, new start....

Well, that's the plan anyway. This year I aim to make more time to be creative for myself, and not just for my work. So I did a little blog hopping and came across what sounded like a great idea. Journal 52. Create an art journal over the course of the year, one page a week.

A great place to start. I started the year falling foul of this winter virus that is doing the rounds, on antibiotics and feeling very rough in my own little bubble. I did take the time to create my week 1 page to the theme of Pathways, but only now feel human enough to post it properly! Better late than never, so here goes....

This is me trying to find a bit of mojo to start 2015 and find my pathway to a great year.





A mixture of painting, stamping, distressing, washi tape and layering. It was good to get messy again. Hopefully my mojo will return now this virus is (fingers crossed) on its way out. Looking forward to building my journal over the coming weeks and months and seeing what everyone else creates too.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Mail Art Challenge - Autumn

It really doesn't seem like a month has gone by already since I made my last piece of mail art! But here I find myself posting for the second Mail Art challenge, this time on the theme of Autumn. Head on over to the Mail Art Challenge Blog to see all details and have a go at creating your own unique piece of artwork on an envelope.

My design came to me at the last minute - for autumn I think of the leaves turning and seeing all that lovely gold and orange appearing. So I decided to draw a deer on the front of the envelope and painted it with distress paints and distress ink pens. I then used two leaf punches to cut out shapes in different sizes and coloured them with autumnal shades of distress ink. I layered these around the deer, to make it appear as if he had been glimpsed through the forests.



 

The back of the envelope has tissue tape layered with distress inks, more leaves falling and an autumn fence that is holding all the secrets of the forest behind it....


 
Hope you like it. Have a go and enter your own autumn envelope - after all, the envelope does not have to be a large one! You could win all the lovely pieces of artwork. Happy creating.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

New Mail Art Challenge Blog...

Wow! 2 years since my last blog post - Doesn't time just fly........

Time to get creative again for more than just my job, so here's introducing a new challenge for Ladies That Craft.

Mail Art.

This month: Halloween.

The idea is to create a piece of artwork on an envelope, with the theme of Halloween, then send it in to Ladies That Craft. At the end of the challenge all entries will be looked at and a winner chosen to receive all the delicious pieces of artwork.

I was asked to be one of the designers for this challenge, so to give you an idea of what you could win take a peek......

Here is the front of my envelope, decorated with the seasonal distress inks using an Andy Skinner stencil for the large skull, then stamps for the witch and haunted house. I drew the skulls along the top and the pumpkin in the top corner. The orange brick down the right hand side is washi tape and all finished off with a skelton to sit on the pumpkin cut from a Quickutz die. There is some distress glitter on the moon behind the witch and on the 'BOO' to add a bit of glitz and texture.
 
The reverse of my envelope is just as decorated - well, I couldn't leave it blank now could I! I stamped the background with a cat, tree and spiders web, then cut the skeleton again and stamped the sign for him to pose around. This is all distressed with the seasonal distress inks again and finished with some chevron washi tape and a punched row of pumpkins along the bottom.

 
Finally the stamp added to send it all off in the mail. Hope it gets there!



Why not get creative and have a go, its a lot of fun and really doesn't take that long to create. You could win this design plus lots of others....

Find all the details of the challenge at The Mail Art Challenge Blog and on  Julie's Blog. Have fun getting creative.... Xxx
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Monday, 21 October 2013

Halloween Mail Art Challenge

Wow! 2 years since my last blog post - Doesn't time just fly........

Time to get creative again for more than just my job, so here's introducing a new challenge for Ladies That Craft.

Mail Art.

This month: Halloween.

The idea is to create a piece of artwork on an envelope, with the theme of Halloween, then send it in to Ladies That Craft. At the end of the challenge all entries will be looked at and a winner chosen to receive all the delicious pieces of artwork.

I was asked to be one of the designers for this challenge, so to give you an idea of what you could win take a peek......

Here is the front of my envelope, decorated with the seasonal distress inks using an Andy Skinner stencil for the large skull, then stamps for the witch and haunted house. I drew the skulls along the top and the pumpkin in the top corner. The orange brick down the right hand side is washi tape and all finished off with a skelton to sit on the pumpkin cut from a Quickutz die. There is some distress glitter on the moon behind the witch and on the 'BOO' to add a bit of glitz and texture.
 
The reverse of my envelope is just as decorated - well, I couldn't leave it blank now could I! I stamped the background with a cat, tree and spiders web, then cut the skeleton again and stamped the sign for him to pose around. This is all distressed with the seasonal distress inks again and finished with some chevron washi tape and a punched row of pumpkins along the bottom.

 
Finally the stamp added to send it all off in the mail. Hope it gets there!



Why not get creative and have a go, its a lot of fun and really doesn't take that long to create. You could win this design plus lots of others....

Find all the details of the challenge at The Mail Art Challenge Blog and on  Julie's Blog. Have fun getting creative.... Xxx

Sunday, 9 October 2011

My hexagon day.....

It has been far too long since I have had a chance to blog - life just happens to get in the way on occasion! But I just had to take the time to share my rather disastrous day yesterday - one of those days where nothing goes how you want it too....

A friend of mine once had a scrapbooking lesson which included cutting and placing hexagons into a design, instead of being a fun activity it ended up being a nightmare. One of those occasions where you want to throw it all out of the window and walk away - well my hexagon day came yesterday.

I was at an altered art class held by Scrapbook Sisters, creating an altered clock using a range of Tim Holtz products. Beautiful example to start us all off and lots of inspiration in the room. However, the colours on my clock just would not go right. I started by priming the base of the clock with Gesso, then added Distress Stains on the top - what a disaster, they all came out neon! Fired Brick looked a sugar pink, then thr Crushed Olive looked like radioactive nuclear waste! Really not my colours and everything I  tried to change the colours just made it look worse.......

In the end I gave up on the clock, shoved it under the table and spent the rest of the afternoon making embellishments to use later on. Leaving with just a bag of bits rather than a complete project. Once I got home I had a break then decided to tackle the disaster head on - what a mess I made. Viva Deco Terra and Ferro pastes and metallic waxes, Distress Inks, Rock Candy crackle glaze, metal findings, pliers, metal punch, and glossy accents. Some hours later I finished, and am much happier with the outcome now:




  





Hope you like the end result. Xx

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

What's On Your Workdesk?

What a great idea! It seems there are hundreds of us crafters out there who all share one thing in common - a bursting craft space! Head on over to Stamping Ground and take a look at all those fantastically creative spaces that have been linked for WOYWW. I love how we all seem to keep adding to our work spaces until there really isn't any room left to craft, that last inch has been taken up with the latest project or product to use, then - and only then - do we take the time to have a bit of a tidy up before starting all over again. I must confess that my space never seems to stay tidy for more than about 30mins before it all starts creeping back out again!                                     



I really am at that point where I need to have a mass clear up! If nothing else, just so I can see what I actually have on there, and make room for a couple of larger projects I have to finish!