Monday, 3 April 2017

Blue and Ochre - Clay Flowers and Ellen Vargo for Paper Artsy

I am delighted to have this canvas made with clay flowers and Infusions, and Ellen Vargo stamps, over on the PaperArtsy blog. I'd be thrilled if you popped over to have a look and leave a comment either there or here!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Infusions with Shaving Foam for PaperArtsy Challenge

I was doing some experimenting for another project - more on that later - and hit on a fun technique but it was too much to incorporate the pieces into what i was doing. Ages ago i did a blog post for PaperArtsy using that old chestnut, shaving foam, and as the key to infusions seems to be different mediums i thought i would revisit this. I covered a baking tray with foil, shook the can well, and evenly spread a thin layer of foam, and then sprinkled with infusions. I then ran the brayer up and down, and then onto some pieces of canvas board. I then used up any excess on some card 'as you do'! There was a lot of texture on the canvas so i stamped into it with some background stamps, you can just see on the blue one, and left the panels to dry naturally.

The yellow piece of canvas here i thought i could use as a quick piece for the Infusions challenge. I covered some pre-made flowers with Tim Holtz crackle glaze and then sprinkled with Infusions. I used a Hot Picks flower stamped on acetate and painted from behind with frescos and a favourite Lynne Perrella tea cup lady stamp.

I am entering this into the PaperArtsy Infusions chall2017-topic-3-paints-withenge.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Gelli Plate Infusions Cards for PaperArtsy Challenge

Thought I'd do a quick post for the PaperArtsy Infusions and Paints challenge whilst I'm at Mum's, hence the tiled coffee table. I'm definitely not very expert with Infusions. I had my friend round to craft on Thursday and all my playing around was a mess. Then yesterday I decided to play with a small round gelli plate I hadn't used yet. I brayered on some cheap white acrylic paint and then sprinkled on the Infusions. I used orange county, the sage, are you cerise, and a bit jaded. I used a very small spritz of water. Then I used stencils, LB005, KD034, and another one I had with tiny circles. It was loosely based on an amazing blog post Ellie Knoll did for PaperArtsy.  I used some old square card blanks I didn't like very much as I was just playing and 'stamped' the gelli plate directly into the centre. Well, nearly the centre. Then I repeated the process until I had something I liked. It was glorious fun!

Then this afternoon Mum and I have had a lovely time. I got her some fabulous new colouring books and I'm going to wrench them off her later. So she's been happy whilst I've been getting some jobs done and finishing these cards off with some simple stamping in black archival. I used LB22 and LB29, and the feather from EDY09. Don't you just love that feather!

I am entering the Infusions and Paint challenge.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Mont St Michel at Sunset for PaperArtsy Orange and Pink Challenge

So, this is what happened! As soon as I saw the new Lynne Perrella stamps, my favourite set was 036, with the beautiful woman's face on the island. It immediately made me think of Mont St Michel. This is a very special place for us as we pass it on our route to our place in Brittany and as it sits on the border of Normandy and Brittany it is my ' are we nearly there yet' place. The timing of our crossing normally means we pass by at sunset, a time when many photographers have captured its beauty. I had already wanted to do a sunset for the challenge as this is what orange and pink brought to mind. The French translation is the lying down of the sun. I love that.

I didn't have much time to work on my project for PaperArtsy's blog as the stamps had just come off the presses by the time I needed to be finished so I ran to Col and showed him the index sheet on-line and said, 'look, I'm going to do Mont St Michel!'. He looked blank and said, 'I think they need to adjust your medication again'. I thought if I explained he would see it, and stop teasing, so I said, 'look, this is the island with the humble buildings at the bottom and the sea, and the woman with her innocent and reverent beauty represents the abbey at the top of the mount, she is our abbess. I'm going to call her Adela'. He said he just didn't get it and no-one would know it was Mont St Michel. I totally lost my confidence and had no time at all to play around with ideas or designs.  But it was still in my head. Probably because I love the stamp and I love the moment of driving past there when I am tired after a very long journey, and I know dinner and bed are near, and it is such a magical sight with such a wonderful history.

I used an 8 x 8 inch canvas board from PaperArtsy and prepared the background with Infusions. I raised the lady up on foam pads in relation to the other buildings and used a large number of other Lynne Perrella stamps, some of which I stamped up several times and cut up into pieces. The ramparts at the bottom are made from 033 and the abbey is from 006 as is the castle. I used the church from 033 whole but also made it into little houses. I had intended to paint the rooves brown and all the windows glowing yellow and I may re-do it like this for comparison as I feel this is how it looks as you drive past at twilight, but Colin advised, if something is meant to be surreal, i.e. the face, don't then try to go for realism.

And does he like it now it's done? 'Course he doesn't!!

I am entering this into the orange and pink paperartsy challenge.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Feathers and Fan - New Lynne Perrella Stamps for PaperArtsy

The newly released Lynne Perrella stamps for PaperArtsy are absolutely gorgeous and I'm delighted to be on the PaperArtsy blog using two of the three new sets. I have made a fan for the current challenge, which is to use the colours Pink and Orange, which I have combined with Fresco Gold. I would be delighted if you would pop over and leave me a comment.

I mention in the post that I had had a plan for the third set, LPC 036 which is an exquisite set and is my favourite of the three. Colin had thought my idea was crazy and I had immediately lost my confidence of making it for PaperArtsy's blog but I have now completed it so I will upload it when I get back from my weekend at Mum's. After all, I can make myself look daft on my own blog!!! That's what it's all about!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Alcohol Ink and ProMarker Compact - PaperArtsy Challenge

It's been an odd few days and I only got back from my normal weekend of looking after Mum yesterday. I arrived on Saturday morning to find an ambulance on the driveway; my worst nightmare. Mum had been found unconscious with a head injury, her bed not slept in. My legs went from under me as I got out of the car. I went with her in the ambulance to Kingston Hospital A and E, a year to the day since the fifteen days I spend there ending in David's death. I had been wondering how I would get through this difficult weekend and this sure distracted me. I didn't want any other family members to have to be there with me, especially my sister in law. Five hours later we are heading home, with my adored Mum very chipper and looking forward to some decent grub.

I couldn't believe that I still managed to go out with Julie Ann as planned on Monday. It meant I could be with Mum first thing and stay the night with her, and she had care all day. We had a wonderful day together, visiting the brand new Great Art superstore in Shoreditch, which is a very interesting area of London. We had a delicious lunch of avocado and chilli on toast in a steamy cafe and cake in the afternoon, and I had palpitations stroking the pencils in the shop. It was such a normalising day after a traumatic time, and a great tonic to see lovely Julie Ann as you can imagine. I had nightmares last night and Colin had to wake me up from them twice, but I'm glad I made myself go out for the day. Sometimes you have to.

So, back at the 'art'. I bought a couple of those compacts that have two mirrors inside, one of them magnifying. I dabbed alcohol inks on in Wild Plum, Shell Pink, Purple Twilight, Eggplant, Currant, and Raspberry, and a little blending solution. I stamped the Lynne Perrella images and added a little colour with alcohol based promarkers and die cut. I then added resin which in fact was the epoxy resin Darcy had tried out for us some time ago from Poundland. Thanks Darcy! It does smell of fish though! It reminded me of Mum getting me to feed the neighbour's cat. Not that I feed her with superglue, that would be cruel.

I am hoping these will be good Christmas presents. They don't smell of fish now they are set hard. Honest.

Mum has no recollection at all of falling, or anything at all that happened on Saturday. So I will hold one of these mirrors up so she can see her bonce. She is not tall enough to reach any of the mirrors in the house. She thinks I have made it all up. Honestly I have better things to do.

I am entering these into the PaperArtsy alcohol inks challenge.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Stampbord Mirror - PaperArtsy Squares and Grids Challenge

A great challenge over on PaperArtsy with some great inspiration so far! I thought I would make something that would be useful and I needed a mirror for my dressing table at Mum's, you know, the kind of thing you can grab and hold up a nose length to myopically put on mascara! I've had some wooden ones for ages from the pound stand at shows, which I thought would be perfect surrounded by Stampbord inchies.

I'm having a phase of watercolouring at the moment. Nothing to show you, and probably never will be, but I am improving. Anyway, as an offshoot, I decided to use some dabs of watercolour on the tiles as a change from inks. I have been using one of those mini travel palettes with a small number of colours in that you are supposed to use whilst sitting in a field of poppies. They are ideal for me when sitting in an armchair next to Mum at weekends or for taking to France. I used a selection of Hot Picks stamps for an eclectic look, and embossed them with a purpley-black embossing powder. As I've mentioned before, my room at Mum's is mainly purple, chosen because Col would hate it and I can please myself there. I tidied up the sides and the inner edge of the frame with some heathery-purple velvet ribbon which really finished off the boudoir look.

 I found the watercolours worked really well because where I found I had a blob of purple where a facial feature needed to be prominent, I could take a damp paintbrush and lift some of the colour away.

I am entering this into the PaperArtsy Squares and Grids Challenge which is here.