Thursday, 13 October 2016

Inspiration Post at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, I have an inspiration post over at Stamps and Stencils today and keeping with the current challenge theme of 'Elements of Nature' I've been playing with skeleton leaves again to create a this book has leaves inside and out! Here's a sneaky peek, please hop over to the blog for all the details.

Thanks for stopping by x

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Elements of Nature at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, 'Elements of Nature' is our next challenge over at Stamps and Stencils this month. Autumn is our talented host this time around and here's how she describes her challenge. Whether you are inspired by the glorious world around us with the changing seasons, or tempted to use elements of nature in your art work, this month we'd love to see your nature inspired entries.  Anything goes as long as you include a natural element in your art which can be either stamped or an actual item!  As always you need to include stamping or stenciling.

This is my take on a herbarium - 'a systematically arranged collection of dried plants'...with a good sprinkling of artistic license thrown in!

I started off by removing the glass from a cheap frame from the Range and found some book text paper which just fitted in the background. I used versamark through a stencil and clear embossing powder on the paper. This gives the paper a translucency showing the text on the other side.

I washed a coat of zesty zing fresco paint over it and dried it. The frame was white so I painted it black and heat embossed a leaf image in gold all over it before aging with more black fresco paint and a tickle of treasure gold.

Next I used a leaf stencil with snowflake paint all over the background....

...before 'bump' stencilling in shades of green over the same area.

Next a walk with the dog to pick some seedheads from a plant that I know as cow parsley (not to be confused with hemlock, which does look similar). Colour them with gold sprays and embossing powder.

To alter the skeleton leaf I stencilled versamark through a stencil before carefully heat embossing in gold. Some white and brown ink splashes to age the piece and stamped identification labels finish this exhibit...

Please hop across and see what the talented team have created and hopefully inspire you to join in with the challenge. As always thanks for stopping by x

Monday, 26 September 2016

More Inky Cards...

Hi everyone, this is a follow on from my previous post.... I so enjoyed 'making marks' on a variety of papers and creating cards from them that I've been making more and combining them with one of Lin Browns new stamp sets. As the current challenge over at PaperArtsy is all about Autumn leaves I'm joining in and I've chosen the most autumnal coloured one below to enter.

There's more info re this process in the link in my previous post but as the step below shows I've added some snowflake paint through a bubble stencil, then some soft autumnal stencilled leaves and book text before stamping the stars.

This time around instead of keeping all the space white I used a glaze ( 50% paint 50% acrylic glaze) and wiped it back with a baby wipe. The paper I'm using has a cotton content and I really like the way it holds and works with the paint. Further stencilling and stamping with WOW bonding powder to which I've applied another favourite of mine copper foil for shine. (love that leaf stamp!)

Next up uses a claret glaze and two toned archival inking on the leaves...also shabby white frantage is back! The snowflake paint acts as a great resist and theres a little gold paint swiped across as well. This was one of those cards where I'd wished I'd stopped a few steps before but in the end it worked out fine.

A little trip down memory lane now, I'm sure like many of you heat embossing a stamped image was the hook or the magic that drew me down this creative path many years ago (over 25 years ago for me... I know because I attended a show at a venue where 'The Stamp Man' was demonstrating this and it was my first trip out post my son being born...where does the time go?) Anyway I've been enjoying revisiting heat embossing recently and combining it in different ways with my art, hence the glitzy gold leaf below.

The grasses are embossed with WOW black glint embossing powder and the background is a painty background where I brayered snowflake very roughly over the paper and then used a blue glaze and red and yellow painty swipes on the book text.

I've added silver aged enamel frantage on this one.

Lastly a card keeping the space white, I decided to go green as I seemed to have used every other colour so far.

Painty swipes with a serrated plastic knife, I've used some alphabet stamps with archival to create a random pattern and keeping the Lin link I've used up bits of copper and rusty fabric from one of her workshops, speaking of which..

This weekend is the Port Sunlight Happy Stampers show and I'll miss being there..BUT the upside  is I'm at a fabric workshop of Lins with my good friend Sue Carrington so I'll hopefully have some pics to share with you. Thanks so much for stopping by.