Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Version Scrap

I'm just back from my trip to Version Scrap in Paris with the PaperArtsy team. I have to say that although we were all exhausted beyond belief, we managed to have a great time. It is such a lovely show, in fact I think it has to be my favourite. There are many "Make 'n'Takes" going on, an educational programme with lots of classes on offer and a display of artwork which is always very inspiring.

 This first photo is my favourite one....such a simple idea, but also very clever, I love it!!!

The red, black and white of this piece is really striking, quite a statement piece, but again, I really like it.

In complete contrast to the previous piece, these neutral tones always look so beautiful together.

The next two pieces had splashes of yellow which is a colour that I would find tricky to incorporate into work of this size, but the artist managed to use it so beautifully.

I do apologise for not making a note of the names of the artists but I can say that all the work was magnificent, as was the PaperArtsy stand. Look at the size of it, it was mahoosive!!!!

I do still get a buzz when I see my lines hanging beautifully together on the grid wall, my stuff actually had two grids together for this show, they looked so cool, even if I say so myself!!! 

The show is three full days...... 9am - 7pm on Fri, Sat and Sun plus a three hour session for VIP ticket holders on the Thursday evening. It's a long show but everyone is so enthusiastic, the time just flies by.

I thought you might like to see some of the samples I made at the show, there were quite a few but this was one of my favourite techniques. It's a mica spray type product by Lindy's Stamp Gang sprayed over some Extra Heavy Gloss Gel that had been scraped through a stencil. It was really hard to photograph the effect but it actually looked like Mother of Pearl in real life.

This sample shows the same two sprays over Grunge Paste on Crunchy Paper.....another wicked effect!

This sample shows a technique that I discovered using Grunge Paste and mica powders, I'll try and remember to post a step by step thingy about this, sometime soon.

 The remaining samples are all about Fresco Finish paints, stamps and stencils.


This, I think is my favourite background of the weekend, using Yellow Submarine and Tango.

It has just dawned on me that most of my samples are blue/turquoise. That's really quite interesting as I usually ask people what their favourite colours are, so blues are obviously very popular!!!

I'll leave you with a photo of the team, minus Jo as she had already gone home (sorry Jo).
Back row: L - R Audrey (till operator extraordinaire, Sally (one of our amazing translators), Leandra (Mrs PaperArtsy), Me, Dounia (queen of Make'n'Take and translator)
Front Row: Florence (another amazing translator) Mark (Mr PaperArtsy)


Helen said...

I really want to go again, this makes me even more determined! What fabulous samples you made - and those huge works of art on the walls are fabulous, I remember that area from last year. Glad you had fun, even if you're exhausted!

JoFY said...

I wondered where i was! lol its a lovely photo! & yes a great event! x

JoFY said...

sorry I hit post too soon! I was going to say beautiful samples Lin (as always!)... (& thanks for incorporating JOFY stamps too)

Ruth said...

Gorgeous samples, love the mica sprays on gel and grunge paste, and wonderful scrapbook displays. Would love to go next year! Ruth x

Sue Butler said...

Hello Lin,
I am so envious that you are able to experience such events and gain lasting inspiration. I will look forward to your step by step on the Bg you photographed as I also love the effect.
Great work on your samples also.

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Your VS samples are stunning Lin & your PA products look wonderful on the grids. I'm so pleased you all had a wonderful show.

massofhair said...

Have noticed that wood is becoming a fast favourite in Mixed media dimensional pieces this year, i really love the tactile pieces and how they work with any background they are hung onto.

Glad you had a fabulous time in Paris, your samples are quite beautiful and so diverse. i love blue and really dislike pink so am happy that you have used a lot of blue.

See you on 9 May, am looking forward to your workshop very much:-) xxx

kjjc said...

wasn't it amazing. I haven't come back down to earth yet. Lovely to see you there. It felt very homely seeing and hearing familiar voices in the midst of all the strangeness.

Sue Marrazzo said...

A GREAT post!

Daniele said...

I was so hoping to go this year as I was off from work, one of these years I'll make it. Looks like you had a great time, the samples look amazing

Coco said...

Hi Lin, it was great to see you at VS this year again!.. In the same time I'm very sorry to have not looked at you demo-ing so much, I feel me a bit ashamed... But things are going so fast in such shows, I had a lot of friends to see and also followed classes among them one with Jo... Hope I will have the luck to follow also one of your classes next year. Thank for for this very nice report, and all your samples are SO gorgeous!!! Great techniques too. Coco xx