Monday, 27 June 2016

Twelve Tags of 2016 ~ Technique Remix ~ June

Ha ha ! back again with the second post of the day! Here is my tag for Tim Holtz's Twelve Tags of 2016, Technique Remix Challenge. This month, Tim has selected, Tissue Wrap Collage, from January 2015 and Stencil Plaid, from June 2015. You can see his fabulous tags here, with this link. Although I didn't have all of the products Tim used this month, I'm pretty pleased with my improvisation. I recently bought the Globe Die after a long spell of trying to persuade myself that I didn't need it, but..... well you know what I mean! I love it and was so glad I found a great way to use it on this tag.
So that's it for now, better go and cook some tea ! x

A Little Bird Told Me........

Hi everybody ! I was recently doing some experiments with stamping on tissue paper and had a few pieces left over. I thought I'd use some of them up and put them together on this painted canvas board. I used some of the lovely Indigo Blu Cottage Artist's Paints to paint a sky effect on the canvas and then applied the layers of tissue. I used  pieces of dress pattern tissue paper and white tissue paper that I'd stamped on and also typed on. I think that stamping onto tissue paper provides great scope for blending together several stamped images together, as well as being able to reverse images, as I have done with these faces. The reversed image on the left side, is just slightly lighter than that on the right. The panel has been finished off with a layer of Deco Art Crackle glaze which has produced some lovely crazing. I shall put this on the wall in my craft room to remind myself............'never doubt your creative instincts, just go with them and enjoy the ride' Yes that's my kind of crafting ! I'm going to hop this over to The Country View Challenge blog where this month's challenge theme is 'Crackle' They have a fantastic prize of a £20 credit for their fabulous Country View Crafts shop for one lucky winner. I'll be back shortly with my Tim Tag ! x

Friday, 17 June 2016

Sneaky Peek.......Inspirational Post for Stamps and Stencils

It's my turn to inspire you over on the Stamps and Stencils blog. I've chosen a little glow in the dark summertime project. So if you've got a few spare jam jars, some tissue paper, stamps and embossing powder, hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog with this link, and follow my lead x

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Floral Frenzy ~ Stamps and Stencils ~ New Challenge.

Hi everybody! It's time for a new challenge over at the Stamps and Stencils blog. Our talented host this month is  Ruth and she has chosen the theme, 'Floral Frenzy'.This is what Ruth has to say.......

'Hopefully it's sizzling June... when beautiful blooms burst into life. Whether they're stamped, stencilled or hand made, we want to see flowers as the main focus of your mixed media project'

Well, this is a challenge that speaks to my heart. I'm sure I've said it many times but I love making flowers! As you can see, my project features quite a few. The substrate is a piece of grey board, salvaged from the back of used sketch book. I adhered some torn book pages to the surface, and stenciled the top half with modelling paste.

Once this was dry, I gave the background a light coating of gesso, allowing some of the text to show through. I then used several colours of Distress Paint, blending and allowing the colours to dribble and mingle, by spraying with water.

I then stamped the face onto a piece of lightweight white card. The stamp by Indigo Blu, is called 'Jane'. It's a large size, A6, so is perfect to stand alone. I used black Archival Ink, and coloured the image with Pan Pastels.
I've made a mental note to use my Pan Pastels more! I've only got a few, and I'm afraid to say I've hardly used them. They are so nice though. I then cut Jane out, and adhered her to the background. I then had a root through my tin of spare paper flowers. I have a stash of flowers left over from past projects as well as ones that I've been trying out. As they were all different colours, I gave each one a coat of white gesso. I really like the way the gesso has blended with the original colour, giving some nice pastel shades. I used Distress ink to add depth to those that were plain.
After trying out a few arrangements, I used a hot glue gun to adhere each of the flowers. I used a black Stabilo pencil and water brush to add some shading around the edge of the head, and a little Distress Ink around the edges of the background. I applied a piece of paper doily, painted similarly to the background, to 'ground' the head. The dyed satin bow was my finishing touch.
If you'd like to join in with our latest challenge, hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog, where you'll find the details of how to get involved. You'll also see some fantastic projects by the rest of the design team. Until next time....'Happy crafting' x

Just got word of a couple of challenges this will meet so I'm going to hop over to the lovely Indigo Blu, where the challenge is 'May...... all your Dreams come True', I think this dreamy image of a young Jane is longing for a summer full of romance! I'm also hopping over to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog where I've chosen '#14 Summer days'x