Monday, 7 May 2018

Mixed media cards "Let life suprise you"

It has taken me a while to get back into crafting again. I've really been struggling with everything. I think that my recent health scare has had more of an impact than maybe I realised, it's hard to be creative when you are worried something might seriously be wrong. Thankfully I am OK but I think it will be a while before I am back to my true creative self.

These little creations came out of nowhere. I had been mindlessly painting, really creating what I thought was a mess. But I added some Art Basics heavy gesso on top of my paint and covered with black acrylic paint resulting in these gorgeous texture cards...

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 My first layer of paint included lots of muted colours, pinks, greens and even lilac. Much of this got covered when I added the black paint but I love how the muted colours are still peeking in the backround.

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I started as I usually do-on an A4 sheet of heavy mixed media cardstock. As I worked aimlessly I was getting more and more fed up, it was not going well and I very nearly threw it in the bin. But just as I was about to give up, I could see elements of the piece that I really liked, especially the texture. When I cut it up I realised I absolutely loved the end result. Not what I was expecting at all! 

The Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers say it all...

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The beautiful metal frames are also by Tim Holtz...

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I'm so glad I did not give up! It has taught me to really look carefully at my art before deciding whether it discard it.

Thank you for stopping by xx

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Effects with cling film...

I have created these very simple backgrounds with cling film. Although this is an old technique I really love it and come back to it time and time again as I love the drama you can achieve with this technique.

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I have sprayed Lindy's Starburst sprays and Glimmermists onto the cling film and layed sheets of ordinary cardstock on top. 

I love these cool tones...

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By spraying at least 3 colours onto the cling film I got a multi tonal effect...

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I then used warm tones for this art journal background... 

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And I had enough left over to make a cover for my Ellen Hull Passport book.

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These were so simple to make but I love the effect.

I shall be entering my cards into this week's Simon Says Monday challenge called "flower power". I'm off to rest now and hope to be back soon xx

Monday, 2 April 2018

Floral Art Journal pages...

Hi! Apologies for the long gap since my last post. I have been concentrating on video editing over the last few weeks in the hope that I will soon have my own Youtube channel, but this has inevitably impacted on my crafting.

But today I just had to get back to creating and as I haven't done any art journalling for while, I thought it would make a nice change for me. 

I have created these pages for this week's Simon Says Monday Challenge which is called "A Trio of Something". So I have included 3 flowers, 3 brads and 3 sentiments! 

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I wanted to add texture to my pages so I have used strips of old ribbon and fabric, and I hope it adds to the overall vintage look.

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My "art journal" is in fact a really old book that is actually starting to fall apart, but it is great for journalling as the pages are quite thick and can withstand pretty much whatever I throw at it!

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I will continue with my video editing but I know this may well slow down my blogging as a result, but I will try to be back as soon as possible I promise!

 Take care for now xx

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Stormy skies...

Something a little bit different from me today. A mini painting of a very dark brooding stormy sky which I have created for this week's Simon Says Monday challenge called "Whatever the Weather".

I used cotton wool and acrylic paint to create the cloudy sky. I love using cotton wool with acrylics for painting as you can get lovely soft edges that I find difficult to get with a paint brush.

The little birds are a stamp by That's crafty called Lynne's Affirmations-set 2.  And I added an Inkylicious branch stamp around the edges.

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That's it for today, see you soon xx

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Floral grafitti abstract cards...

I love making a mess. Paint wise that is. And I certainly did with these cards...

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 Lots of layers of acrylic paint with doodles and scribble grafitti...
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The gold paint is my absolute fave-DecoArt Fluid metallic gold, it is a lovely shade of gold and has an amazing shine.

The other colour which I feel really made these cards is Opera Rose acrylic paint by Windsor and Newton. It looks a scary vivid pink in the tube but is actually a lovely bright pink, and I think goes beautifully with the other shades of pink and grey I've used.

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The flowers are by Hobbycraft and sentiment stamps by Paula Pascale. 

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To finish I added some slivers of white card which I ran between my fingers to make it curl.

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I'm really pleased with how these turned out and how photogenic they are! I will be entering these into the Simon Says Wednesday challenge "anything goes".

See you again soon xx

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Notebook cover with gold foiling...

Having made a notebook cover a few weeks ago I just wanted to try another.

This is a different style, more of a notebook wrap, secured with some washers and eyelets, and finished with some metallic gold cord...

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The gold foiling looks quite subtle in the photos but in real life it really catches the light. I added lots of my own doodles but also the Andy Skinner Alphabet Spaghetti stencil in black paint. I loved the result...

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And this is the back...

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This will be my second entry for this week's Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything goes". I was thrilled to have made the designer spotlight for the Simon Says Monday challenge "grunge it up" and thank you to everyone who has left me such lovely comments, I really appreciate them.

Thankfully our snow is now melting and life is returning to normal. Hope you are all OK,

See you soon xx

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Heavy Body acrylic abstract cards...

 I had never tried heavy body acrylics on cardstock and wasn't sure if it would work.  

But it did. These creations may not be to everyone's taste, but they have grown on me and I actually love all the texture the paints have created.

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In shades of black, burnt umber, mushroom and white I kept layering the paint with my fingers, my preferred way of painting.

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There is a rawness to these pieces but I quite like that... 

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I couldn't make up my mind whether just to put them in my art album or make cards, but I chose to make cards and add the Tim Holtz book plates, I just love them and I think they really suit this grunge style of art.

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Like so much abstract work they actually look better from a distance than close up...

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 I shall be entering these into this week's challenge over Simon Says Wednesday challenge "anything goes".

Well, we did get a lot of snow yesterday but it has stopped now, although it still feels like the acrtic outside! 

See you soon xx

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Mixed media abstract grunge...

I spent most of yesterday on various art projects but I just did not produce anything that I liked. In fact the more I did, the more it was going horribly wrong.

I was about to give up. I had just soaked a piece of card with Liquitex inks in Muted Violet and Carbon Black and it looked awful. But then I added some white acrylic paint and started to scribble and scratch the paint. Suddenly I had the beginning of these pieces of art...

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It was the final addition of arcylic paint in Quinacridone Magenta that changed how I felt about these  
pieces completely.

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Here a couple of close ups... 

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Then in was case of what to do with them. I just did not want to cover up any of the art work.

So I have simply displayed them in my art journal.

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Now I can look at them and use them as inspiration for future art work maybe.

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This will be my 5th and final entry for this week's Simon Says Monday challenge for "Grunge it up".

 I may get even more art work done this week as they have forecast snow with potentially blizzards later on in the week which would be quite unusual for this part of the UK. A great excuse to cosy up in my craft room as if I need any excuse!

See you soon xx

Friday, 23 February 2018

Art Journal pages "Embrace imperfection"

It's been a while since I have done an art journal page and it really made a change from my recent art work.

I started by collaging some scraps and adding a couple of tags for interest. I then added lots of heavy gesso for texture...

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I used Liquitex inks in Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber and Burnt umber. Then I added black. Lots and lots of black. In fact I got a bit carried away...

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At first I thought I had ruined my pages but as it dried I really liked it...

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The black ink has given the pages I think a very moody, dark look...

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 Did these pages turn how I expected? No. Did they turn out perfect? No. Hence the title "embrace imperfection".

I will be adding these pages to this week's grunge challenge at Simon Says Monday challenge. I was thrilled to have made the designer spotlight for the "Take Note" last week!

See you soon xx

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Mixed media grunge-without black

 Having lost my mojo a couple of months ago, my mojo is now in full swing so I am making the most of it! These creations are yet another entry for the Simon Says Monday challenge, now my third entry, and for the Simon Says Wednesday challenge which is "make your own background".

My challenge to myself today was to create a grunge look without using black ink, black paint or my beloved black china pencil.

This was the result...

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Again, just using a plain piece of A4 300gsm cardstock I started layering acrylic paint in shades of lilac and brown.

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I later added some white and then stencilled a few designs in gold. 
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I also changed the colour of my Tim Holtz ornate book plate by brushing it with gold gilding wax, and added some gold metallic thread.

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I have to admit it was hard for me not to pick up some black ink, but I really like it without black.

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I am hoping in not the too distant future to start a Youtube channel and upload some process videos to show how I create this artwork, I will let you know when I do.

In the meantime, enjoy your day! xx