Friday, 29 May 2015

A second quick post for challenges ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and you have fab weekend plans.  DH has been an angel and photographed and edited my creations so that I could enter them into several challenges before they close here is today’s second card creation …
  
Another A6 card - this time flat

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:



I had a lovely session with several really old stamps to create this landscape.  I don’t think they are to purchase in the UK any longer, I have checked some US sites and I’m struggling with finding them there too.  They were the first landscape builder stamps that I ever purchased more than eighteen years ago, lol!  I had an obsession with creating landscapes back then and I fell in love with these stamps when I saw them at Alexandra Palace.  They were created by: Plaid, Rubber Stampede; Delta or All Night Media – yep they are that old!
My skills weren’t so great back then so I didn’t use them very much.  However when I finally managed to get good results with the brayer (approx five years ago) I started playing with these stamps again.  Then when I won the Pan Pastels from Premium Craft Brands – well they have been taken out and played with an awful lot more since then too lol!
As I was typing I was trying to remember what I used to stamp and colour this scene and suddenly realised that I had use lots of different mediums and this the order that I used them:

#1 left over ink created blue sky and yellow/green ground
#2 paper masks and Pan Pastels to add colour to sky and mountains (sprayed with hair spray before next step)
#3 pine trees coloured with two Memento dew drop IPs
#4 big tree coloured with felt tips before stamping it and pulling the colour out with a water brush
#5 grasses stamped with Versamark and Pan Pastels
#6 more grass stamped with Adirondack IP
#7 I inked the edges with blue and green Staz On before sticking to an A6 card.

Not so easy and simples but lots of lovely ink, Pan Pastel, mediums and stamped fun.  These are really old stamps and I have no idea where they are available any longer.  They were the first ‘landscape’ and tree stamps that I purchased over fifteen years ago, lol!  I had an obsession with landscapes back then.  Sadly my skills weren’t so great and it was only when I could finally start to brayer about four years ago that I started playing with the stamps again lol!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this weekend  ttfn Karen x






Tools
Stamps: Plaid/Rubber Stampede/Delta/All Night Media stamps
Stencil: paper stencils I created myself
Miscellaneous Tools: Pan Pastel Sofft Tools and Foam were used to create the scene; water brush

Stash
Card Paper: Crafters Companion snippet of A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for stamping onto and A4 Crafters Companion matt black card cut and folded in half to create base
EP/Ink/Paint/Pen: Pan Pastel basic set; Adirondack lettuce IP; felt tip markers; Staz On blue and green IP; Memento brown and green IPs
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; hairspray


# stamps are at least ten years old

A quick post for some challenges ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good!  Because this one was cut so short by other stuff going on I’m sat here thinking it can’t be Friday already let alone the end of the month of May eek!  I’ve another card to share with you and here it is …
  
Another A6 card 
Gorgeous effect! 
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


The gorgeous stamp that I used on this card is one of the lovely stamps I won from the lovely and very talented Brenda – I adore this flower and foliage stamp.  I created the background behind the flower first using my Spectrum Noir AquaTints and left it to dry before inking up the stamp with the AquaTints and spraying the stamp lightly with water to get bleed look to the stamped image.  The card matt underneath the stamped panel was created by me soaking up left over SNAT from that onto a snippet of card – I was able to soak up the excess ink on my craft mat.  I created the diamond background paper, details here, and used that gorgeous stencil again, as well as lovely lush ribbon and some coloured WOC roses.

Thankfully DH photographed my cards so that I could link them up to the challenges before they close – very grateful I am too!  I am really hoping to be able to get my Christmas Card Club entry finished soon and will have DH photograph that one too.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this weekend  ttfn Karen x





Tools
Stamp: Hero Arts H4464 Two Flourish Flowers: thank you Brenda!!
Stencil: Stamps Away Patchwork Template Set One: thank you Miss Pixie!!
Miscellaneous Tools: watercolour/paint brushes; pallette; pot of water; pipettes; Ranger ink blending foam for inking up the stamp

Stash
Card Paper: Yellow paper that was a bit grubby (10 + years old) ##; Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl snow white accent card (base and for stamping onto)
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; white acrylic paint
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts roses; ribbon from the stash I won from Hazel
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose photo glue; Collall glue gel


# VOS: 5 years old minimum
## Very, Very Old Stash: 10 years minimum – I am trying to use these old papers up by adding ink and paint to hide any grubby marks on them!



SNAT: Spectrum Noir AquaTint Inks: the bottles of ink: not the Spectrum Noir watercolour pens

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Spectrum Noir AquaTints with Mixed Media snippets ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well – sorry for the disappearance act again!  I had hoped to blog at the beginning of this week but have had issues that prevented me from photographing and blogging until now.  Anyways I’ve a card created especially for current challenges and here it is …

 
An A6 card: love this off centre layout!
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Allsorts Happy 6th Birthday Challenge Congratulations to all and the awesome DT!

  Paperbabe Stamps Challenge Colour Pallette



I have lots of ‘experimental coloured by me’ papers to use and I’m trying to use them before creating new, lol!  On today’s card I created a background paper using a mix of SN AquaTints and white acrylic paint.  Yes I created my own pink acrylic paint with SNAT red (#12) and white acrylic paint.  I slapped pink paint onto some slightly grubby paper (it is grubby because I have owned it for a long time, lol).  Next I added SNAT blue to the pink paint and created a dark rich purple paint, again I randomly splattered onto the paper.  I then added some more white paint to the mix and painted that randomly on the paper too.   I used a large watercolour paintbrush dipped into clear water and run up and down the coloured paper and created texture and lines in the paint: simples and one very happy crafter.  So I have an A4 coloured sheet of pink, purple and plum coloured paper to use up and I only used a little to add those diamond shapes to this card, lol, well I do want to blend different mediums and styles together and it’s so much fun!

I’m hoping to catch up over the weekend with my Christmas Card Club project.  I have so nearly finished it and it also needs photographing.  I am finding this stop start crafting very, very frustrating!  And that’s an understatement.

I am hoping to be back to creating and blogging soon but until then I want to say a really huge thank you to my lovely regular friends and visitors and for any DT visitors or new friends too for taking the time to visit and comment.  I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week  ttfn Karen x





Tools
Stamp: Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Sketchy Flower Power stamp set
Stencil: Stamps Away Patchwork Template Set One: thank you Miss Pixie!!
Miscellaneous Tools: watercolour/paint brushes; pallette; pot of water; pipettes

Stash
Card Paper: Yellow paper that was a bit grubby (10 + years old) ##; snippets pearl cream card #; Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl snow white accent card (base)
EP/Ink/Paint/Pen: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; Staz On purple IP; white acrylic paint
Embellishments: pink skittles; ribbon from the stash I won from Hazel
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose photo glue; Collall glue gel
  

# VOS: 5 years old minimum
## Very, Very Old Stash: 10 years minimum – I am trying to use these old papers up by adding ink and paint to hide any grubby marks on them!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

A page for my journal ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I just want to say a big huge thank you to all of you for all your lovely comments and encouragement – it means more that you know my lovelies.
I have been having a lot of fun creating inky background pieces, using NBUS stamps and just playing in my inky journal.  I am trying to do inky journaling at least once a week and I want to make sure that I practice my sketching when I can’t sit at my desk and get mucky or when I don’t have much time.  I'm struggling with the continuity part of the drawing.  Now and again I create a reasonably good sketch but there are three or four that aren’t, however, I’m hoping that will improve with time and practice and I keep reminding myself that the book and learning is a blessing and not to put pressure on myself.  So here is a page I created with lots of bits and pieces …

  I don't know why it took me so long to stamp him! 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
I'm going to play on the swings, make sure my buddies and our Miss is okay &
pester the very talented Sarn for some tangle tips!



That’s Crafty Challenge Steampunk Surprise I had to stamp and colour Edgar and use some mucky snippets that are so gorgeous that I won’t want to throw them out!
Visible Image Facebook Challenge: May Show & Tell


I am constantly stunned by the amount of experimental papers and snippets I have created, lol, it has got out of hand so I am trying to remember to go to my ‘created’ wallet of papers before making any more new papers – but there are so many of them, lol!  Thankfully I always have bright, colourful and multi coloured papers as pink isn’t my go to colour.  In fact it never was, it has and always will be red, then blue and all of those shades of gorgeousness!  Yep I am a colour addict and proud lol.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week  ttfn Karen x 






Tools
Stamp: Visible Image: Edgar stamp; Never Grow Up stamp set
Stamp & Stencil set: Stampendous NKCRS03 NK Studio Grunge stamp, stencil & mask set
Stencils: That Special Touch Mask: Sunrise; Splodgeaway: 8” sq Steampunk Clock stencil #
Miscellaneous Tools: paint brushes, pot of water; palette knife; heat gun

Stash
Card Paper: snippets card, paper and vellum for stamping, stencilling and experimenting
Colours: Faber-Castell Aquarelles watercolour pencils; Brusho Watercolour Crystals; mica sprays #
EP Ink/Paint/Pen: The Works Acrylic paints; Ranger Archival Jet Black IP; Versamark IP; Clear Detail EP #; Adirondack red IP #
Embossing Paste: Dreamweaver Copper #
Embellishments: pink glitter #
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue


# all of these are VOS stash and tools and I am no longer sure if they are available to purchase or if the brand is still around


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

She wears flowers in her hair ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well!  Been MIA for a few days but for me it was worth it lol! 
Today I’m sharing with you an idea that I have had for quite a long time.  However it was out of my reach because I couldn't ‘draw’ lol and didn’t have the stamps.  So when I started out sketching earlier this year I was really hoping that at some point I would be able to create this or something similar.  As per usual I have become a little bit obsessed but I really do think it is worth it and here it is …
  
The whole piece is about UK A4 in size and I'm happy with the end result 
I need to practise the eyes and the lips: they are a little too big

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:

the flowers, the pink and the deep blue of the ocean, because of the sand in the background of the ice cream and the cone I was inspired to use cardboard as my base layer.



A lot of different processes and techniques went into creating this hanging.  It took me time to create too: it’s why I’ve been MIA for more than a week.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the end result so I decided to experiment with cardboard rather than a canvas.  The cardboard I used for this was a 300mm square paper delivery – one of those pizza type boxes lol!
I wanted to create a hanging for several of the current challenges so I used my Spectrum Noir AquaTints.  The pizza box was from an old order for scrapbooking paper and I have, in the past, used it as my spraying station for inks.  It had a lovely shimmer to it but the brown was still very visible so I put white acrylic paint into my pallette and added the #12 colour from my set (it is a gorgeous red colour).  I covered the cardboard with a couple of layers of my tinted paint and left it to dry.  Once dry I added a thin layer of PVA in some areas and over painted that with a much paler shade of pink and I left it to dry.   Once happy I attached a stencil and randomly inked it and adding glitter EP which I the heated to emboss.  I put this aside whilst I worked on the rest.
I retrieved my bag of white Centura Pearl Snow White card snippets and coloured those with #11 red and the #34 egg yolk yellow.  Once dry I stamped multiple sizes of the open flowers and fussy cut them out.  I layered them on top of each other and once the glue dried I shaped them to give them depth.
I drew the face with my watercolour pencils onto Centura Pearl Snow White Accents and I coloured her with very watered down AquaTints.  Once all the pieces were ready I started playing with stamped bits, acrylic gem bits, ribbon and some old butterfly embellishments.
This project came about because of several girl stamp images who had flowers and butterflies in their hair.  I really loved the look and because of winning the sketching book, Jane Davenport’s Drawing Whimsical Faces, my idea blossomed, lol, sorry but I really couldn't miss out on that pun lol!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week  ttfn Karen x





Tools
Stamp: Sheena Douglass A5 A Little Bit Sketchy stamp set: Flower Power
Stencil: Premium Art Brands 305mm square Spiral Characters stencil
Miscellaneous Tools: Heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; pallette; pipettes for inks

Stash
Card Paper: Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Card: snippets for the flowers; and a piece for drawing; cardboard box
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Spectrum Noir Perfectly Primary AquaTints; Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils; The Works Crawford & Black white acrylic paint; WOW Platinum Sparkle EP; Versamark IP
Embellishments: Wild Orchid Crafts rose buds; Hobbycraft: butterflies and crystal stem; acrylic cabochons; ribbon
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; really cheap PVA glue


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Another mixed media sketch inspired in part by Darnell's Hummingbirds ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well – I know it’s going fast most of the time right now. 
I have another two followers on Google Friend, I can’t figure out who is the new follower on Google Plus: is it just me that struggles with those lol, and one on Blog Lovin’ too!  Very happy to see you here Brenda and Jackie I hope you’ll like/love what I create when I’m playing with card, ink, paints, stamp and anything else I might want to use!  If you ever have any questions leave me a comment and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can, that is if you’re easily contactable through Blogger or Google Plus.  If you don’t have an account or blog I’m sorry to say that I won’t be able to contact you.  So if you do have a question make sure I know where I can get in touch with you.
It’s been a tough week for us but we know this happens, unfortunately happens regularly, and it’s a case of trying to move around and keep going even though it hurts like hell (sorry that is what it is for both of us). 
Anyways enough waffle, I’m trying to push on and past so I have another card I created to share with you today and here it is …
  
An A5 card

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Craft Stamper Magazine May Challenge Take A Stamp
Lovely to see some friends gorgeous creations
Papertake Weekly Challenge In The Garden
 I hope my entry is allowed: I've used all of the colours but other colours


Earlier this month I saw the sketch at Make the Day Special challenge blog and the photographs Darnell had taken and shared of gorgeous these beautiful hummingbirds.  It’s a breed of hummer that I didn’t know and I was determined to get my W Plus 9 stamps out and use them.  Also I’ve been meaning to play along and enter their challenge for a while.  So when I saw this month’s sketch at the beginning of the month I was determined that I play along.

I’m determined to re-create this layout but on a canvas with a coloured background. I do love a play session, lol, and sorting out all those inked and painted snippets worked out so well!  There are two photographs below that show how the background pieces looked (they were A5) before I cut them up.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week  ttfn Karen x





Tools
Stamp: Make The Day Special: Wplus9 Flora & Fauna 2 stamp set

Miscellaneous Tools: paintbrushes; pot of water; spray bottle with water; heat gun; paper trimmer; corner rounder

Stash
Card Paper:
Crafters Companion Centura Snow White Accent: A4 card for base; snippets of Crafters Companion Ivory Centura Pearl card for inking and stamping

EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Spectrum Noir: Perfectly Primary Aquatints
Faber Castell: Aquarelle watercolour pencils
The Works Black & Crawford acrylic paint: white; gold; silver
WOW embossing powder: WC06 Platinum

Embellishments: Hobbycutz Bird & Cage wooden embellishment *

Adhesives/Mediums:
Versamark IP; Collall all purpose glue; foam pads

Other: dishwasher salt

* Sadly I think they're no longer in business

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A double page journal ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I’m trying to remember to play in my A5 journal at least twice a month.  My A5 journal is all about me, the colours I like or love, the stamps that I also like or love and I love playing with all those fabulous mediums that I own.  So today I’m sharing what I created earlier this week and here it is …

I created a double page spread

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:
Colours and the Photograph which has a lush deep purple metallic look



Most of these painted or inked papers are snippets (left over’s from other projects), I normally experiment on the cuff with not too much forethought.  I’m trying to bring inked/painted papers together to achieve a cohesive look for whatever I want to create.  I’ve become aware that I regularly work in the same colour scheme and maybe I am over thinking the process – any advice or thoughts gratefully received, please?  I’ve an appointment with my Jane Davenport ‘How To Draw Beautiful Faces’ and sketch pad so I’m off to play with my pencils!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week ttfn Karen x





Tools
Stamp: Inspired by Stamping: Butterflies stamp set

Stamp & Stencil set: Stampendous NKCRS03 NK Studio Grunge stamp, stencil & mask set

Stencil: PaperArtsy JOFY 012 Stencil

Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; pot of water; paint brushes; pallette knife

Stash

Card Paper:
Inky mop up papers from playing with my Spectrum Noir Aquatints
Crafters Companion: snippets black matt card painted with acrylics; snippets white card sprayed with ink and for stamping and embossing

Stash Colours:
The Works Crawford & Black: dark blue acrylic paint
Faber-Castell Aquarelles watercolour pencils
Dreamweaver Embossing Paste: Copper #

That’s Crafty DecoArt Americana paint: Turquoise Waters; Pink Flamingo
That’s Crafty Pebeo Acrylic Paint: Blueberry or Violet

WOW Embossing Powder: WC05 metallic silver; clear detail

Embellishments: Glitter #

Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue


# VOS: minimum five years old

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

A sketch ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well.  Over the weekend I bought the many snippets of paper or card that I have coloured, created or adorned in the past and put them into their own folder.  Whilst doing that I realised that some of the papers would work well with some of the other ones.  Today I put them together to create a coherent card for a sketch challenge and some other challenges.   
I’m really surprised about how well they work together.  In fact when DH saw them he complimented me on how well they all worked together, I laughed lol, all of the different papers/cards were created at different times, with many different products and techniques and luckily, for me, they have worked together beautifully!  So here is the card I created …


  
Okay to post too! 
A final look
Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


The main background piece was in my stash of card that’s been coloured with left over ink on my work mat.  The die cut circular piece is a mop up paper that I attached a stencil to then tapped Versamark all over before throwing on many different colours of EP.  There are snippets of parchment paper that I am using up.  There is an experimental painted background that I have attached a stencil and added embossing paste and pink glitter.  The butterfly stamps and the rose stencil are new NBUS tools (lucky wins), and I was able to play with my watercolour pencils to create lovely softly coloured butterflies.
Unfortunately that means a very long list of supplies and tools – I have done my best to list all of them and apologies if I’ve not managed to do so.  If you have any questions about how I created each piece then let me know and I’ll try to get back to you soon.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week  ttfn Karen x




Tools
Stamp: Inspired by Stamping: Butterflies stamp set
Stencil: PaperArtsy JOFY 012 Stencil; Dutch Doobadoo 12” alphabet stencil
Die Cutting: Cuttlebug; Spellbinders Classic Large Circles die set
Miscellaneous Tools: paint brushes; pot of water; pallette knife; heat gun

Stash
Card Paper: Crafters Companion A4 Centura Pearl Snow White Accents card for base and snippets for stamping and embossing onto; parchment paper #; paper for mopping up and experimenting #

Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Faber-Castell Aquarelles watercolour pencils; The Works acrylic paints; Inkabilities ink set #
Embossing Paste: Dreamweaver: Copper #
WOW Embossing Powder: WC05 metallic silver; WS01 black twinkle; WS06 pearl gold sparkle; WS38 amber rose

Embellishments: lace from my stash #; glitter #; The Works self adhesive pearls
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; Versamark IP                  

# VOS: no idea when or where purchased but at least five years old
  

Monday, 11 May 2015

Christmas Card Club #10 Village Scene, not quite, but it is a scene ...

Hello lovely friends and visitors, I hope your weekend was good and your week has started well. 
As above I’ve a card for our Christmas Card Club to share today.  It is/was the lovely Rita’s turn to pick the theme, #10 a village scene; I have been trying to find a particular stamp set since Friday!  Huge apologies Rita: I know I have them but I can’t find them anywhere.  There was a set in the re-cycling candy stamps I won from the lovely and talented Brenda of Floral Fantasies!  The time has, unfortunately, come for me to knuckle down and get my work room sorted.  It’s a very long, painful and distressing process but I think it’ll be worth it in the end.  
I grabbed what I could find today and whipped up this quick little card and until I have found those stamps here is another card for our box ...

 An A6 card - good to post too! 

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


As soon I have linked this card to the above challenges I will be going off to visit all the lovely ladies of our group: if you ever want to play along with us and create two Christmas cards twice a month just let me know and I will get our lovely leader Margaret to get in touch with you.  They are a seriously talented group and provide a lot of inspiration to me.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week ttfn Karen x






Tools
Stamp: Claritystamp Ltd: fir tree stamps
Die Cutting Machine & Tools: Cuttlebug; Memory Box deer die set
Miscellaneous Tools: Pan Pastel tools

Stash
Card Paper: snippets of white card for stamping and die cutting
Kanban snippet patterned card to create the base #
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Adirondack IP: Meadow
Pan Pastels: basic set I won from the old Pan Pastel blog now known as We Love 2 Craft
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue


# VOS: at least five years old, no idea when or where I purchased it or if still available to buy

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Playing in my journal part two ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope you’re weekend is going well.  Here is the second page that I’ve created in my journal this past week …

Spring has sprung in Northamptonshire

Created for me and these Challenges:


I used to go to art classes and I played with lush pastel sticks and pastel papers which have more grip/texture.  That’s the paper I regularly grab to mop up excess ink and water.  I used my Splodgeaway Steampunk clock stencil again and my pastel sticks over the top of the inky mop up sheet.  You can see yellow, orange and pink spray as well as where I added colour through the stencil.  The pastel sticks are okay and I have found through experimenting and luck that if you spray water or ink over the top of them the colours stick better and stay more colourful.  So after I removed the stencil I sprayed a mica and ink mix over the sheet and left it to dry.

Once dry I put the stencil back into position and applied embossing paste to the top half only.  I didn’t want to complete cover the colour from the inks and pastel sticks.  I randomly added some glitter and again left it to dry.  I stamped and embossed the bird onto a snippet of heavily painted canvas paper and the butterfly onto a parchment paper snippet that had been sprayed purple with ink.  I wanted this journal page to have at least four different textures, some stencilling that I have only really just started to really get into, sparkle (these are my pages), fresh and spring like coloured pages and images.  My journal pages are always about what I love to create and do.  Because I love spring time I use brighter colours, textures and stamps lol!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do today  ttfn Karen x





Tools
Stamp: Visible Image: small butterfly stamp; Revolution stamp set: script stamp
Dina Wakley Scribbly Birds stamp set
Stencil: Splodgeaway 8” square Steampunk Clock stencil *
Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; pallette knife; spray bottles for ink

Stash
Card Paper: snippets card, paper and vellum for stamping, stencilling and experimenting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Faber-Castell soft pastels #; Faber-Castell Aquarelles watercolour pencils; Dreamweaver Embossing Paste: Copper #
WOW EP: WC05 metallic silver EP; The Works acrylic paints; glitter #
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue


# VOS: 5 years minimum old and no idea if still available to purchased or where from

* I won this mask from another blogger and have checked Splodgeaway On-Line shop and it doesn't appear to be available any more

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Playing with stamps, ink and paint in my journal, part one

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week was good and your weekend has started well.  When I saw some of this month’s challenges I had a bit of a shock and a surprising revelation.  I have not played in my journal since March.  How did that happen?!  
Then I remembered I’ve been drawing in my A4 journal and haven’t played in my little journal.  I decided to immediately change and this week I have done a little sketching and some journaling too. 
On my first page I upcycled an ugly background sheet that I was not happy with.  I was, again, experimenting with the products I own and I’m really happy with the end result of the background paper.  I had used an A3 sheet of paper to mop up overflowing ink and water.    This sheet was coloured yellow, pink, orange from overflowing ink and red splatters from a spray ink.  Once dry I took my Pro-Markers and a Dutch Doobadoo stencil colouring in some areas, but not all and I hated it, lol.  I thickly layered white acrylic paint onto the sheet making sure that none of the design or colour was showing before adding purple acrylic paint, Perfect Pearls and glitter.  This is the first journal page I have to share with you today …
   
I love the stamps, colours and texture!

Created for me and especially for these Challenges:


Take one was the purple textured background paper started off as a sheet of a mellow yellow paper that was used to mop up too much ink, spray inks and water (I’m heavy handed).  After it had dried I used a pen and a 12” square Dutch Doobadoo stencil to pick up and colour some areas of the stencil but not all and I hated the end result.
Take two was to cover the sheet with a thick coat of white acrylic paint so that the area was covered and I wanted the sheet to have texture.  Next step, once dry I used purple acrylic paint, Perfect Pearls and glitter to colour and left to dry.
Next step I used a Steampunk clock stencil and sprayed ink through (yes I had to mop up after that too!), and I removed some ink with a baby wipe as the colour was too bold and overpowering.  
Next step once dry I tore off part and used a script stamp to over stamp with an Adirondack IP and I heat set the inks.  I put it to one side whilst I stamped and embossed some birds and butterflies and I coloured them with my Aquarelle watercolour pencils – love them and I love the background! 
I want to try the background technique again and next time I’ll photograph it step by step so I’ve a visual reference for me.  DH had asked what I was working on at the moment and after having a chat we came up with some more ideas and experiments for me to try.  He’s an angel where my arts and crafts are concerned and regularly encourages and helps with ideas.  I know I’m very lucky as not everyone is like this.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment, I will be back tomorrow with another A5 page which was a lot of fun to do too.  It’s been a while since I did some single A5 pages and I enjoyed it.  However I am in the middle of doing a double page spread and hope to share that with you soon!  I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this weekend  ttfn Karen x



Tools
Stamp: The Artistic Stamper: Neil Walker A6 Birdz stamp set
Inspired by Stamping: Butterflies stamp set; Visible Image: Revolution stamp set (script)
Stencil: Splodgeaway 8” square Steampunk Clock stencil *
Miscellaneous Tools: heat gun; paint brushes; pot of water; pallette knife

Stash
Card Paper: snippets card, paper and vellum for stamping, stencilling and experimenting
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours: Faber-Castell Aquarelles watercolour pencils
The Works acrylic paints; WOW EP: WC05 metallic silver EP
I mixed Perfect Pearls and some glitter onto the acrylic paint whilst it was still wet
Adhesives/Mediums: Collall all purpose glue; Versamark IP


# VOS: 5 years minimum old and no idea if still available to purchased or where from

* I won this mask from another blogger and have checked Splodgeaway On-Line shop and it doesn’t appear to be available any more