Friday, 20 March 2015

Hessian Canvas - PaperArtsy Deconstructed Challenge

I made this hessian canvas for the PaperArtsy deconstruction challenge. It was a cheap one I bought from The Works and I've recycled it by covering over the original design with gesso so that I could use the gesso transfer technique with a piece of green Chatsworth. This was a technique I've tried before which I love, and which I picked up from Anna Karin's blog. I added layers of stamping and leaf stencils and used the new Wisteria fresco paint - Yummy! I used three of the backless spools covered in Green Amber Treasure Gold and covered one with script tissue and a Lynne Perrella image, and the other two with some Chatsworth which I'd previously image transferred onto canvas and frayed the edges.

The flowers are by Ellen Vargo and are coloured with Fibralo pens and then glazed with Fresco Gloss Glaze to make the colours more vibrant, one of Leandra's tips. The leaves are the Eclectica chipboard ones; first time I've used these, I think, but I will definitely get some more. The little resin bird has been given the Green Amber treatment and was picked up from the PaperArtsy stand at one of the shows. The other chipboard pieces painted with Slate Fresco are from the pound shop. All the background images are Lynne Perrella on tissue paper, painted from behind with Frescos.

I was trying to embrace my inner Lin Brown with this style and then I found I didn't have an inner Lin Brown! She is one of the people I most admire, as I love her use of mixed media and the way she achieves such depth whilst still allowing all the layers to remain visible. One of my dear PATwit friends knows I am having a grim time right now and I commented to her what I was trying to achieve and she was so kind and said, you may not be Lin, but you are CraftyLuce, and we love you. I don't feel very crafty or very lovable right now but that did make me feel better so thank you, you know who you are!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Shrink Plastic and Frescos - PaperArtsy Miniatures Challenge Inspired by Julie Ann Lee

Over on the PaperArtsy blog, the theme is anything in Miniature. I love anything in miniature, and I love shrink plastic, which was how Julie Ann Lee chose to use the theme, as you can see here. I just love her gorgeous peg doll; it is so original! I thought it was a perfect opportunity to use some of the larger flowers that have recently been released, so I picked out a selection. I used stamps from JoFY26, ELB15, and the brand new JoFY 31 and 32 on shrink plastic and painted them with new fresco shades Bougainvillea, Banana, Prawn, and Tangerine Twist.

I brayered the new blues, Smurf, China, Jade, Purple Rain, Southern Skies, and Caribbean Sea onto a white card blank and softened it with Snowflake, and stamped Happy Birthday from JoFY 26 in Jade. I stamped the grasses from HP1009 in a mix of Banana and Caribbean Sea to make green and then added a bit more of the Banana and stamped the grasses from Darcy's lovely EDY09, at differing heights and using some secondary stamping, along the bottom of the card blank. Then I used the spriggy thing from ELB15 in Jade and glued the shrink plastic flowers in place.

I am entering the PaperArtsy Miniature Theme challenge which is here.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Diffuser Bottle of Flowers - PaperArtsy Paint Challenge

I made this bottle of flowers which is a mash up between the lovely repurposed vase Wanda did here, and the reed diffuser I decorated at the beginning of January. I loved the way Wanda did the painted paper covered wire for the stems and I had some I hadn't yet used although mine wasn't really stiff enough. I mixed Jade and Banana for the green shade. My new Lin Brown stamps just arrived this morning so I used the ones I already had, ELB01. I stamped the flowers in Jade paint on my waste work paper where I had been using all the new shades so it's a mixture of Prawn, Banana, and Lavender mainly.

I painted the left over glass diffuser bottle with Prawn paint - great coverage! Then I stamped it with Mini 26 script in Snowflake. I stamped one of the ladies from the new Lynne Perrella LPC034 onto PaperArtsy tissue paper and painted it from behind with the same range of shades, and adhered it with Fresco Matte Glaze. Finally I coloured a piece of ric-rac with Tangerine Twist to wrap around the neck of the bottle, to tie all the colours in together. It was a bit of a rushed job as I've had a rather difficult week but it was lovely to play around with the new paints, and very therapeutic. I think this shows how vibrant they can be.

I am entering this into the PaperArtsy paint challenge which is here.

Brayered Canvas Notebook Covers with Fresco Paints - Paper Artsy Challenge

The PaperArtsy challenge theme at the moment is to use Fresco Finish paint. I decided to use Leandra and Ellen's brayering technique on sheets of canvas which gave a lovely texture. I then used the sheets to cover some notebooks and stamped some Lin Brown flower stamps using some of the new colours of Fresco paint. I used Banana, Tangerine Twist, Bougainvillea, Lavender, and Prawn. Totally love all the new colours and it's been great fun to at last have a play with them!

I will definitely brayer onto canvas again. IRL the texture and the way it takes the paint is great.

I am entering the PaperArtsy paint challenge which is here.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Damask Tissue Canvas for Paper Artsy Fragile Papers Challenge

This is another project I made when I was playing with the Paper Artsy printed tissue when it first came out, which I am entering into the Fragile Papers challenge. I covered one of their 8 x 8 inch block canvases with a piece of the Damask tissue and lightly gessoed it, and then stencilled the flowers with Fresco mixed with Grungepaste onto the Script tissue and tore round it, and applied it to the canvas. I stamped the words, 'Flora and Fauna' onto a piece of twill bottom right. The flowers bottom left and top right have been stamped with Frescos onto canvas sheet and frayed at the edges, and I've given them a bit of support and movement with packaging acetate. I finished off with one of the resin flowers you can get from Paper Artsy at shows, rubbed with Treasure Gold in White Fire.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Tissue Paper and Stampbord Jewellery Box for Paper Artsy Fragile Papers Challenge

Over on the Paper Artsy Blog, Leandra did a video showing her brayering technique with lovely soft colours, but this time on her 12 x 12 tissue paper. As I had some of this, I was dying to trying it! It's a great technique as the paint makes it a bit more substantial to work with so it doesn't tear too easily, but you still have something that is easy to manipulate around objects. I totally copied Leandra and her colours as I wanted to master the technique, although I have a long way to go:-

Once I had my tissue, I needed to decide what to do with it. I had been saving a gorgeous box with an inlaid section on the top which I bought at the Craft Barn. I had been watching lovely Jo Firth Young demo and had been so mesmerized I ended up buying three of her plates and one mini - I never normally buy that much in one go! She saw me looking at the box in the shop and said I should get it, and said she looked forward to seeing what I would make with it. She was probably just being nice and polite, but JoFy, this is for you!

First of all I covered the whole box apart from the inlaid section with the tissue paper, using Golden Gel Matte which is a good consistency for the slightly thicker paper you end up with. After it had dried I sanded any rough edges with an emery board. I then decided where I wanted my stampbord pieces and painted the top and the knob with Spanish Mulberry. I then brayered the pieces and stamped them in a similar way to the tissue paper.

Whilst I was working I had some of the Ikea kids drawing paper underneath, to protect my table. This was recommended by Alison (butterfly) when she did her Christmas wrapping paper. I quite liked the scrap I ended up with, so I added a couple more bits of stamping and now I have a quirky bit of wrapping paper! Think I will do this from now on!

I still need to decorate the inside of the box which has lovely compartments and a mirror, as well as the drawer. But this is what it looks like now:-

I am entering this into the Paper Artsy Fragile Papers Challenge.

Lynne Perrella and Chatsworth Reverse Canvas - Fragile Papers Challenge

This is the first of my entries for the Paper Artsy Fragile Papers theme. I actually made it a little while ago when I was playing around when Paper Artsy first brought out the Damask and Script tissues and the replacement for the previous Crackly Tissue. I reversed the canvas and painted the edges black and covered the front with Chatsworth which I stencilled with Frescos and Paper Artsy stencils. I adhered a piece of script tissue inside the aperture. I stamped the lady from Lynne Perrella 001 and painted her from behind with Frescos. I made a 'curtain' of orange organza to frame the inside of the aperture. I then mixed Frescos and Grungepaste and stencilled the flowers onto script tissue and added them to the edge of the canvas.

To finish off I added a little bottle with a heart pin in the cork, which I painted with Snowflake and embossed in black with some script from Lynne Perrella 014.

I am entering this into the Fragile Papers Paper Artsy challenge.