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)