Saturday, September 26, 2015

September Kraft Plus Challenge

Hey There, 
back again with another challenge completed, this time for Kraft Plus
This month was a great sketch featuring a lot of triangle action. 
So I thought I would give it a crack!

The whole reason I do challenges is to push myself out of my comfort zone and triangles really do my head in, I just don't find them easy to work with. So this challenge really pushed me.
Here is my take on that sketch, my boy dressed to impress for his very last school formal:

I used the Tricky Triangle chippie by Scrap FX, they fit the bill perfectly and made the challenge come together so quickly. All I did with most of them was add a coat of gesso then spray with a few Lindys Stamp Gang colours.

I embossed the background then added some colour with my old but new favourite plaything Dye Na Flow ink, just love the watercolour feel it creates, but stays put after heating, so you can layer to your hearts content.

The papers are by Basic Grey, an old favourite line, Persimmon.
Well thats it for me, till next time, happy creating,

Friday, September 25, 2015

SATW September Challenge

Hi All, 
Back with a quick share, my take on the September Challenge at Scrap Around the World.   
The Mood Board was just so inspiring I could not wait to create something just a little outside my comfort zone....soft, girly and pretty.
Here is the board:

Just so gorgeously vintage!
So here is my take using an old photo of my gorgeous niece!

I was inspired by the vintage feel of the board so changed the photo to sepia, I felt it worked better with my colour scheme. 
This is my attempt at using flowers!!! As I do not have a wide range (actually very few) I made the flowers from some fabric scraps....I think I need to practice the art of clustering, this took me forever to be happy with it!
I so admire those that are cluster and flower artists!

I used a new Scrap FX stencil, "Single Damask" in the background, that is just perfect for the shabby look I was going for. I used Finnabair's Crackle Paste through the stencil and can I just say it is the most effective crackle paste I have tried, and believe me I have tried a few out, (actually ALOT). So it will now be my go to product for fabulous cracks!!
The colours I chose from my Lindy's Sprays.

Of course there is also a few chippies that make up this page, all from Scrap FX.
I used lots of embossing powders from Lindy's Stamp Gang and Stampendous.
So that is about all from me today!
Take care 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

My Second Art Journal Video

Hello Everyone!
Well as promised I have done another process video for you all!
I hope you find it inspiring and a little better than my first attempt.
Here is the page I created:

And a few close up shots:

 I had fun using the new Botanical Stencil from Scrap FX.

And so without further ado here is the video:

Materials List:
Old Telephone book pages
Collage Puage
Baby Wipes
Acrylic Paint
Botanical & Words of Wisdom Stencils By Scrap FX
Metallic Paint By Viva Decor
Impasto Medium (Mont Marte)
Black Gesso
Stamps by Finnabair & Kaisercraft
Stazon Black Ink
Sharpie Paint Marker
Glue Stick

Thanks so much everyone, until next time, do more of what makes you Happy! 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Choose Happiness

Hi all! 
Back to share a page I did a while ago but forgot to share!
I created this page using the tin foil and black Gesso technique I have used before to create the background.

After applying the foil over some texture created with tape etc, I painted a coat of black Gesso. Once dry, I sanded off (using a sanding block) the gesso in random spots to reveal the texture.

I then applied white Gesso both with a stencil and a brush. Once that was dry I splashed around Lindy's Starburst Sprays to add the colour!
The chipboard from Scrap FX was treated with embossing enamel from Stampendous, then I layered the papers from Kaiser, added some micro beads and thread.

So there you have it! 
I am loving using black as a creates a very dramatic look.
Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Art Journal Play!

Hi Everyone, 
I have had very little time to Blog lately because I have been a little obsessed with playing in my art Journal!
So here is a warning....this is a long post with lots of pics!
So without further ado this is what I have been doing lately, you may even see a theme.....Music....I was really inspired by the latest release by Scrap FX! 

Page 1:

I used the lace as a stencil again with the left over gold impasto I used for my video tutorial a few posts back. I really hate to waste left over paint and will often just smash it on another journal page to use it up! 


I used old telephone book pages in the background, I love how thin they are and they are full of lovely text. Once again the Music Collage Stamp from Scrap FX made an appearance!
Finished with a Dina Wakley girl and a Tim Holtz Quote Stamp.

 Page 2:

Used more of that Gold Impasto, this time with the Marrakech Stencil by Scrap FX on a printed tissue background.

Lots of stamps, ink and gorgeous bright paint!

And yes, that music collage stamp features yet again!

Page 3:

New colour scheme this time and look gold (must have run out)!
I painted the background with my fingers then used white paint with the foam stamp to create a "ghost" effect. 

I randomly used a Tim Holtz Background script stamp over the paint to finish the background.

The Treble Clef is a new release chipboard piece, that I fell in love with! I painted it black and added a touch of white.
Finished it all off by using an old alpha stamp and some letter Stickers from my stash, then some of my own scrawl.

Page 4: 

Last one I promise! No music this time!

 This one was a very quick one playing with paint, stencils and a stamp or 2!

I really just threw stuff on the page for this one and used a sponge to apply the black Gesso over a Scrap FX Stencil. The small amount of texture is light molding paste through another stencil.

 The text is a Donna Downey Stencil and the hand is a Tim Holtz Stamp.
And that is all, so glad you made it to the end???
Until next time, do more of what makes you Happy!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Scrap Around the World Challenge

Back again to share my page created for the challenge this month over at Scrap Around the World. The moodboard was fabulous take a look for yourself:

I was particularly drawn to the colours and the muted feel to the board.
So without further ado here is my LO:

I used a fabulous image found on Pinterest but could not find the original creator, to give credit where it is due, but I think it is an awesome image so had to scrap it!

Used a new wordlet by Scrap FX as well as the heart and mini music notes chippies. All have been given the gold treatment using Stampendous Embossing Enamel except for the mini notes that I just painted black after I felt you could overdo the gold thing!

There is plenty of texture and layers going on with texture paste, lace and other bits and pieces that just happened to be on my table. The colour is care of some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays.

The other embellishments I used are Graphic 45 chipboard buttons that I altered with a touch of the enamel. And that my friends is about it from me, hope you like it!
Hugs to all!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Kraft Plus August Challenge.

So the challenge for this month at Kraft Plus is to doodle or zentangle on your layout. Now I did try to "do" precise like a zentangle demands, but it just was not ME! So I hope my scratchings on my LO qualify as a doodle instead!!!

Having said that, I did have a lot of fun doing this challenge. The resulting LO did not turn out quite the way I expected but I do like my "scrawls", take a little peek at them in the close ups first:

 I started with a scrape of white Gesso, then went to town with some watercolour. I then proceeded to scribble away using the watercolour as a guide for shape and really I did just scribble!!

I added little touches of gold metallic paint to give some dimension and add colour. I continued with the gold using the doilie die cut from Prima and some glitter paper.

The chippie is a new Scrap FX flourish that I cut into 2 pieces and gave it a little embossing treatment.
And here is the actual full page:

The Title is a mini wordlet which I also embossed then splashed a little of the teal colour I used on the background for a tinge of colour.
So that is about all! A very restrained LO for me, I did manage to keep it minimal (by my reckoning)!
Thanks for dropping by!