Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 Art Journal Catch Up

Hi everyone, I am back with a catch up, so this comes with a long post warning....yep I have been a little busy, just don't find much time to sit and share them here. I would rather play some more!
So here are a few of my Art Journal pages I have been playing with.

First off, my obsession with faces continues, with varying degrees of success.  I think it all depends on my mood as to wether I like the girl that emerges.

I do like this girl, and you must notice that I have used purple...a colour I rarely use and I have surprised myself with the outcome!

I am trying to create different "girls" as when I started, I seemed to always draw the same girl and that was truly frustrating!
My next Girl, with very large eyes! Each girl is really part of a learning process.

I really loved the background on this one, using the torn Notebook stamp by Scrap FX created an interesting distressed, grunged up look that really appealed.

My next 2 pages are heavily influenced and inspired by the lovely Dina Wakley, I have also used her stamps and paint combined with a new lace stencil by Scrap FX on the first one.


 Then there is one for the birds! Used Dina stamps, stencils and her lovely thick paint.

Are you all still with me? We are almost done now!
Sticking with that bird theme, this one travels over 2 pages, tried drawing a bird this time, cannot always draw the same thing!

Last one for this post I promise!
This one I used a tissue stamping technique that gives a wonderful multiple image look that I love and have done a few pages lately using it, so be prepared for more shares later! 

And as promised that is it for me for now, got a heap more to show but that can wait for another day!
In the meantime, thanks for visiting, comments are much appreciated as always!

Michelle xxx

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Whats in the box? for Artified.

A big Hello everyone, I am back with my first 2017 project created with a mystery box from Artified. It's a little something fun....and a little bit of a challenge!
As part of the Artified Design Team I received a little kit of goodies to play with, and to give myself a further challenge I decided to keep to these supplies as much as possible, to prove that you do not need much in the way of supplies to create with.
So lets get on with it shall we? is the mini kit I received:

The products included are:

I had to really put my thinking cap on for this one, as that colour was tricky (at least it was for me, kept looking like blood if I wanted any drippage!).
I wanted to stick with minimal colour palette and use supplies that everyone has in their stash.
So here is my creation using mainly the supplies sent with the addition of a few staples, like Gesso, stamps and washi tape.

And here is how I created it, I found breaking that blank page was the hardest thing to do, once I got going it came together easily and much so I forgot to get a few picks for the step by step so apologies time I think i should do a video!
Lets get on with it shall we....

  •  First thing to do was to coat the paper with a layer of white Gesso.
  • Then I tried to create a colour that was not so in your to I added some white gesso to create a softer background colour then added it to the page and then sprayed it with water to move the colour around.


  • While still wet I added some Shapes to the background using the stencil and a fairly dry baby wipe to rub the paint back, revealing cool textures.


  • Then added a few splashes with the original Watermelon paint colour.
  • Next I added Black Gesso to some white Gesso to get a grey colour, and added some splashes to the page.  


  • I then added a few of the circle shapes across the page with a sponge through the stencil ( and here is where I got a little carried away and forgot a few progress shots so I will try and talk you through it!

  •  The circles looked cool but I needed more interest so added some lines with a card in both Watermelon and the grey colours.

  •  Then it was time to scribble and make some marks with the Stabilo pencil, loved using the lines here.

  •  I added a piece of torn book paper across the middle of the page ready to add the main focal point.
  • I added a few cool dots using black gesso through the stencil and torn strips of washi tape  across the book paper to create a cohesive composition.

  • Oopsy once again got really carried away with the process, so here is what I did:
  • I stamped some Face images on the Deli paper making sure they overlapped a little, then stamped a third image on scrap paper and gave her a little rosy cheek using a watermelon gesso mix of paint. This image will be the main focal point to the page.
  • Using gel medium I glued the tissue images down first then the main face with the rosy cheeks.

  •  I used the pencil to add some scribbly details to the main image and more scribbles onto the background.
  • Using an alphabet stamp and the Watermelon paint I added the "SHE" words and more lines with a card.

  • I stamped some sentiments to add to the words on scrap paper, glued them down and added some pen work to highlight both words and phrases.

  • And so my page is done... a monochrome composition using supplies that most of you all have.
Here is the full list of supplies:

Dina Wakley Stamps: "Face in The Crowd"
Alphabet stamps.
Thanks so much for dropping by, cannot wait to see what the other DT girls create! 
Till next time,