Tonight sees the start of a week of huge excitement in the PaperArtsy camp. Tonight Leandra will share the first of the new releases in the following video.
My turn will be Wednesday and Thursday....Can't wait to show you all what is in the pipeline.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
My poor neglected log........it's been three weeks since I last posted anything here. Tis a good job I'm supposed to be retired otherwise who knows how busy I would be!!!!! It's that time of year when the garden needs attention......... this is a first for me this year, but I am thoroughly enjoying it, although it is hard work. Then of course there are my new PaperArtsy releases which will be unveiled to the trade at the retailer event this weekend, hosted by CHA UK. The launch of the new products to the general public will start the week beginning Sunday 5th July and my products will be featured on Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th July........be sure to check out the PaperArtsy blog that week, there will be some fantastic artwork to feast your eyes upon......just sayin'!!!!!!
This weekend, the lovely Terri from The Craft Den in Wisbech is hosting a bit of a PaperArtsy event. It is Sunday only (28th June 2015) but it will be a fabulous day. Both Jo Firth-Young and myself will be there demoing with the new products and also doing 45 minute make'n'takes......it's going to be fabulous. If you would like to be one of the first to get your hands on the new goodies, why not pop along and join in the fun. If you fancy doing a make'n'take with either me or Jo or maybe both of us, you will need to book your slot and to do that you will need to call Terri on 01945 586962. I hope you will be able to join us, there will be lots of samples made with the new products and our demos will be filled with ideas and techniques to inspire you.
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
It's been a funny kind of week. Although I am feeling loads better now, I felt shocking last week. I had a cold which wasn't too bad for a day or so then it turned into an ear ache/sinus blocked thingy. As I've had sinus issues before, I know the signs and what to do before it gets a hold of me so although I'm not fighting fit just yet, I do feel human again now.
Prior to getting sick, I spent a lot of time working in my garden. I never had the time or the inclination when I was working full time but it has been bugging me for the last couple of years and this year I decided to tackle the mammoth task. I know absolutely nothing about gardening whatsoever, so this is a real learning curve for me and whilst it was very satisfying watching it transform into a place where I would like to spend some time, I really missed my artsy stuff!!! I really needed to splodge some paint on something so I grabbed a journal and did just that.
I brayered a few colours of paint on my page just get some background colour (I used Honey Dew, Wisteria, Cheesecake and Caribbean Sea Fresco Finish paint).
I used some Taupe through a few favourite stencils.
Then some Nougat. All colours so far were opaque.
Time to add some translucent paint to bring it to life. I added Limelight and Tango using a baby wipe to gently blend the colours.
I wanted to use Hey Pesto for my fern thingies but as that is a translucent colour, I needed to add a layer of Snowflake first so that the Hey Pesto would show over the busy background.
Then by mistake, I picked up a some Limelight instead of Hey Pesto so now my three fern thingies are three different colours. Happy accident me thinks, I like them all different colours!!!
As they were really quite plain, I decided to stamp some images on them. I made a paper mask for the heads of the ferns to help with placement. I usually use the stencil as my mask but this stencil is quite thick and I wouldn't have been able to stamp the images right up to the edges.
I used my Fibralo pens to add shading around the edges....
.....and some gold stars to fill in the gaps.
It's been ages since I created a page in my journal......I feel better now.
Sunday, 17 May 2015
I had an idea that I wanted to try, sparked by a sample of encaustic art that I had seen in an old copy of Somerset Studio some time ago. Of course, it goes without saying, that I cannot find the magazine now to give credit to the artist, which I am really sorry about, as it was such a beautiful piece and I do like to give credit if I can.
Anyways, mine is not an encaustic piece, I simply wanted to make something rusty looking, just like all the rusty washers used in the artwork that I had seen.
I started by wrapping some mesh tape that plasterers use, around the edge of a 4" x 6" box canvas. Although it does have adhesive on it, it did need some Gel Medium to make sure it stuck well to the canvas. Then I raided Mark's stash of washers to stick on the front.
When the Gel Medium was dry, I scraped a layer of Grunge Paste through some of the washers for added texture.
After a layer of Chalk coloured Fresco Finish paint, I dry brushed some Toffee Fresco onto the washers. I loved the rusty look, the Toffee was the perfect colour but realised the pale background didn't look right for the embellishments that I had made to go on the top.
After a bit of a re-think, I painted the background with Chocolate Pudding and added some Bora Bora to the washers......much better for this project, although I do plan to make something else with the chalk background, as I liked it so much.
Close up of the side, I love how that mesh picks up the colour of the Bora Bora paint.
The finished piece with my little felt/paper/metal embellishments.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
....the featured artist over at Marjie Kemper's blog this week. You may well have seen this piece previously on my blog, but it's the piece that caught Marjie's eye so I was delighted when she approached me to ask if she could feature it in her "Tuesday's Texture" slot. So I'd like to publicly thank Marjie for showcasing my work on her fabulous blog. Please click here to hop on over there, I promise there is a lot more to see than just my work, you won't be disappointed.
Friday, 8 May 2015
Oh my, this semi retirement lark sure is tiring......lots of fun but exhausting at the same time. I'm sure you've heard many retired people comment on how they now wonder how they managed to work full time. Well, I am definitely one of those people now. When I think back to how many hours a week I used to work, I really cannot get my head around how I managed to fit in things like supermarket shopping and cleaning the house, let alone spend any time with my family.
It has certainly been a busy month.....first of all there has been lots of work on new secret stuff......which of course is always extremely exciting. My lovely Mum celebrated her 80th birthday so my parents came to stay for the Bank Holiday weekend. We bought her a mini iPad so that she can Facetime all the grandchildren. Dealing with technology is not one of her talents but she loves it and so does my Dad........I have stressed that it was her gift, so Dad if you're reading this, we'll get you one for Christmas!!!
My Wednesdays are now fully booked too, I have the pleasure of my grandson Callum's company on Wednesdays so that his Mum can return to work with incurring huge child care costs. He is an absolute angel to look after but he is crawling now and can move at the speed of light so I really have to have my wits about me.
This week, I was a very lucky girl and had the great pleasure of taking a class with the super talented Lynda Monk who is a textile artist that I have admired for some time. It was a kind of dabble class, where Lynda showed us A LOT of her techniques using products that I have had in my stash and not fully explored before. I have to say, it was one of the best classes I have ever been to, not only is Lynda a lovely and funny lady, her classes are extremely well prepared and beyond organised.
Today I thought I would share a couple of my samples......we made loads of the day. The first one will eventually become the cover for a journal, it's using Lynda's "Scrunched Scrim" technique.
Another sample of the same technique but on this one, I decided to squash some of the raised up bits and see what I could turn it into.
The first thing I did was get some colour on it by painting it with a layer of Caribbean Sea Fresco Finish paint.
I then watered down some Snowflake Fresco and added a wash over everything to tone it all down. At this point I started thinking pebbles on a beach.
A touch of gold always brightens things up.
I added some beads which at first thought I would sew on, but then realised that that would be extremely tedious, so out came the glue!!!
I added some stamping, the main images are from HP1112 & HP1201.
Here's a close up of the anchor. I'm really pleased with how this postcard size piece turned out.
Finally, I thought I would share another of my finished pieces. Again, it's postcard size, which is a lovely size to work on, you don't get that daunting feeling when you have no idea what you are doing!!!!
Sunday, 26 April 2015
If you read my post about the trip to Version Scrap in Paris with the PaperArtsy team, you may well remember that I promised a step by step of a new technique that I discovered using Grunge Paste and Mica Powders. Sorry it has taken a while, I've been busy this week working on new secret stuff and a spot or two of Nanna duty.
The sample I showed you was this one, which I gave to my dear friend Sally, so I decided to make another one showing how the technique could be used as an accent instead of the feature.
I started by painting a grey board heart with Blue Oyster Fresco Finish paint.
Added a few scraps of printed tissue, using Matt Medium.
I used a baby wipe to tint the stripes with a tad of Hey Pesto Fresco
I also used Hey Pesto to add some leaves through my stencil PS006. I painted a piece of Smoothy cardstock with Nougat before stamping this gorgeous Lynne Perrella image from LBC032. At this point, I decided to trim the image to fit the shape of the heart so that I could decide where to put my Grunge Paste stars.
I selected the star I wanted and masked the surrounding stars as I wanted just a single star.
Now this is the important bit. Once you have applied the Grunge Paste, you have to remove the stencil and masking tape, clean the stencil and replace it over the Grunge Paste while the paste is still wet!!!! Using a small stencil brush, I stippled some mica powder into the Grunge Paste to colour it and at the same time, the stiff brush adds texture.
I added a second colour for added interest. The next step is also very important!!!! Leave the stencil in position and gently blow away any excess mica powder. I used Dreamweaver Metallic FX and as these can be fixed with a spritz of water. I carefully sprayed a fine mist of water over the star with the stencil still in place. If you remove the stencil before spraying, the mica powder runs over the background. Carefully remove the stencil and dry with a heat gun.
I love this effect!!! Sorry for the blurry photo, trying to capture the effect of the mica meant the background ended up with the fuzz!
If you want more than one Grunge Paste/Mica Powder element, I would recommend you do them one at a time. As the Grunge Paste dries so quickly, it would be difficult to get the mica powders to stick once the GP has started to dry.
The finished piece....... it's a fun technique, I hope you will give it a try yourself.