Saturday, July 2, 2016

"Shine, Shine, Shine" LO for Colour Blast.

I am back to share a scrapbook LO that I created for Colour Blast Australia
 and a small step by step tutorial on how to create this background!
So without further ado, here is the page in full:

And here is the little step by step:
I wanted to see if I could add a little gold shimmer to the Colour Pastes 
that I selected (Deep Water & Singin' the Blues). 
So I experimented by adding a touch of gold pigment powder.

    It gave the paste a lovely shot of gold so it suited my photo perfectly!

      Next I used the pastes through a piece of lace, like you would when using a stencil.
      When you pull the lace up you get the lovely textural lace as a print on your page.

        I then moved the lace a little and used the pastes in their original form 
        (without the added gold pigment) on another part of the page. 
        You can see the colour difference below.
        Be sure to wash out the lace before the paste dries, 
        then you can use it again for another project.

          I then splashed a bit of contrasting colour around using Colour Shimmer Sprays
           in Rose Petal and Bling.


            Then I used the Colour Shimmer Sprays (Rose Petal & Bling) 
            to colour a few pieces of lace I want to use as embellishments. Then left them to dry.

              Then I used a stamp and Archival ink to add some flowery detail to the background.

                 And your background is complete! All that is left to do is to layer the embellishments 
                and add the photo!

                  I have used Chipboard pieces, die cuts out of old book paper and 
                  glitter paper, epoxy dots and the lace of course!

                    The chippy flowers I treated with Colour Embossing Powders in 
                    Bling and Rose Petal. The #words I painted with black paint.

                      You can find all the Colour Blast Products I used Here.

                      Thanks for dropping by and I hope you try the background technique on your next project!

                      Tuesday, June 28, 2016

                      Catch up Art Journal Play!

                      Hello everyone! 
                      Back with a quick share of a few pages of my art journal, I have so many bits and pieces to catch up on so I will make this post a quickie I promise!
                      First one is in my favourite black journal!

                      I had a play with my new Scrap FX paintbrush stencil, I had fab fun making them look all arty, messy and drippy! 
                      After "tracing" through the stencil with a pencil, I used mostly water colours and pigment powders to get the colour onto the "Gessoed" page.

                      I outlined the brushes with my new favourite tool of all time...a Black Pico embellisher....just awesome!!!!! It will write on any surface and leaves a line that looks like it is embossed, how could you not love that???

                      I used more of the left over paint on the Scrap FX chipboard word, being careful not to put too much paint on the engraved plaque section as the lettering would be covered.

                      My next page is in my larger journal, 
                      I used what I call a "Smashed" page (a page I use up all my left over paint and stencil paint on), so my background was basically done, I just added a few more layers!
                      Once again I used a stencil from Scrap FX, "Vogue Girl". I painted her face with white Gesso then
                      filled in details with that Black Pico Embellisher and watercolour crayons and pencils.

                      The saying is a stamp by Donna Downey. 
                      I think I spy some Dina Wakley stencils in that background too.

                      The checkered pattern is a foam background stamp by Scrap FX, inked once but stamped several times, over the page. 

                       That white writing at the bottom of the page is my white Pico Embellisher, just perfectly opaque, (whats not to love) you know how hard that is to find?


                      Lastly the flowers at the bottom of the page were created using Colour Blast Colour Paste in Bling through a stencil by Crafters Warehouse.
                      And that my friends is it for now, will be back shortly, I promise! 
                      Till next time!

                      Thursday, June 16, 2016

                      A big Hello to All! 
                      I am back with a simple art journal page, created for Colour Blast. Anyone can give this a go,
                       and the beauty is it will 
                      not take you long (unlike this post which is very long!!! Apologies in advance!).
                      So without further ado here it is:

                      And here is how to do it!
                      Firstly on a "Gessoed" fresh page of my journal, I placed a circle of old book
                       paper somewhere near the middle of the page (yes, I never measure...!). 
                      I then splashed around some Steel Shimmer spray.

                      Next with my Derwent Inktense Pencils, 
                      I scribbled around the rim of the circle with a few different colours. 
                      (The inktense pencils react with water to become an ink and once dry does not move, 
                      the same effect can be achieved with watercolour pencils, 
                      water soluble crayons and gelatoes. 
                      (However these products will keep reacting to varying degrees with any wet media 
                      you add so be mindful of that)

                      With a water brush I wet the "pencilled" areas to spread the colour, 
                      I even gave it a spray with water to create a bit of lovely "Drippage".

                      Once dry I thinned some Dusty Charcoal Colour Paste with water 
                      and spread it around the circlewith a brush, then while it was still wet and somewhat clumpy, 
                      I used a "Plastic Sticky Thing" with a point from my stash, 
                      (sorry do not know what it is called) to "draw" lines in the paste and mess it up a little. 
                      You could use a skewer, old pencil, end of a paintbrush to get the same effect. 

                         I then started to layer colour pastes in Rose Petal and Snow White straight from the tub 
                        with a paint brush, this gives the circle some dimension and shine.

                          Once completely dry (does not take long), 
                          I stamped an image on the circle with Stazon Ink, 
                          I used some cool wings. 
                          Then, with an ordinary lead pencil, I scribbled across the middle to create some movement 
                          (these lines will not react with any wet medium I place over the top).

                            Then with my Black Inktense pencil I added to the wing shape
                             so that they looked like they were moving (well I tried, I am no Artist thats for sure!) 
                            I then used a water brush over the black to accentuate the colour a little more, 
                            once wet it will then not react with any more wet medium I use over the top.

                              Using Punchinella as a stencil I added some Steel Colour Paste down the middle of my circle 
                              between the wings.

                                If you get a few dots on the wings just wipe with a baby wipe before it dries 
                                so that the wings are visible again.

                                  Using a Paint pen in white I highlighted a few areas so that the wings "popped" 
                                  and a little around the circle too.

                                    I then embossed a chipboard heart with a few layers in the colours Bling, Steel and Royalty. 
                                    I just kept adding layers till I was happy with the effect and the dimension, 
                                    the more layers the more dimension!

                                      Then I glued it in the middle of my wings and the page is just about done!

                                        All that is left to do is add a quote (I used a Tim Holtz Phrase Sticker).

                                          And the page is complete!

                                          A few more close up shots for you:

                                          Sorry about the length of this post, but you are almost to the end, 
                                          thanks for joining me today!

                                          Colour Blast Products used:
                                          Colour pastes: Steel, Rose Petal, Snow White and Dusty Charcoal
                                          Embossing Powders:  Bling, Steel, and Royalty.

                                          Hope you have been inspired! 
                                          Till next time! 

                                          Friday, June 10, 2016

                                          Art Foamy Play for Artified

                                          Hey there everyone, back again to share a few art Journal pages I created whilst having a play with these fabulously fun Art Foamie Stamps from Artified. There are so many awesome designs it is so hard to just choose a few! So here is my little stash that I had fun with:

                                          Cool designs I have to say, and some of them come with their own stamp buddy!
                                           Now, I had never played with these before, so I was really interested to see what they could do. 
                                           The Stamp Buddy is not totally necessary, I used them a few different ways to really put them to the test. To tell you the truth if you have one large buddy that would do for all the smaller stamps, it could enable you to get a few extra shapes into your stash as they are a little cheaper with out the buddy.
                                          Anyway let me get on with the show and tell.
                                          This was the first page I played with.

                                          I just threw some paint around for the background. 
                                          Then I used the stamp buddy the way the instructions advised, it worked well and I could stamp numerous images with one application. So your paint goes a long way! 

                                          I stamped images all over the place because I did not want to waste the paint on the buddy, then I found out you can store the buddy in a zip lock bag with the paint ready to use next time...awesome!!

                                          I used 2 colours with the Ring Tic Tac stamp in the background, and just black paint for the Flowery Tree in the foreground.
                                          Once you add the paint and rub it in you basically have your own personalised stamp pad and you use that accordingly to add the colour to the stamp, cool hey?

                                          I used these stamps: 
                                          Flowery Tree
                                          Ring Tic Tac

                                          The next page I started with neon colours and loved using the Writers Block Stamp in the neon colours then black.

                                          After a few more layers were added using Stencils and more stamped images, I decided to try a different way to add colour to the stamp. I used a brayer to roll gold paint onto the Water Lily design. This worked well to as long as you do not apply too much paint to the stamp, so this method seems to be a good alternative.
                                          Here is the full page:

                                          The gold was a little pale so I gave the image an outline in neon pink with a Pico Embellisher.

                                           The stamps I used:
                                          Water Lilly
                                          Writers Block

                                           The next page was in my black Journal using Metallic Paint. There are a few layers here I went wild with the stamping on this one!
                                          I used the stamps Gone Dotty, Happy Edge and Ring Tic Tac in the background building up the layers as I went.

                                          Then I wanted a bold image so used the brayer method of adding paint to the Writers Block and Leaf Vine Stamps. The shimmer of the metallic background still shone through the open parts of the images.

                                          I filled in details with the gold paint, and embellished away to finish the job!

                                          So there you have it! 
                                          Take a look at all the fabulous designs at the Artified shop here, they are fabulous fun!!! 
                                          Until next time, thanks for dropping by!