Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Brushos and Paper Artsy

I've been playing around with Brusho crystals,  as Pigment Powders is the topic presently featuring over at the Paper Artsy blog.

Brushos are coloured powder pigments that are great fun to mess around with.  For these pieces I was using the new Hot Picks 1505 stamp set.

These are the projects that I made for  Paper Artsy. The details of how I made these can be seen on the  Paper Artsy blog:

When I was coming up with these projects for the Paper Artsy blog, I tried all sorts of Brusho techniques. I thought you might like to see some of my experiments.

1. This one was done by spritzing the stamp with water and stamping the water onto the paper. While the water was wet I shook the powder into the wet imprint.

2. Same stamp, but this time I spritzed water onto a craft sheet, and sprinkled the powder onto the craft sheet. Then I picked up the colour on the stamp, and stamped it onto dry paper.

3. Spritzed some water onto paper, and let it dry a little. Then I spritzed the stamp and spindled powder onto the stamp, and stamped into the damp paper.

4. I used embossing inks and stamped the image onto paper. Sprinkled red embossing powder onto the flower, and free embossing powder on the stem and leaves. Heat set the powder, then added a wash of red powder onto the flowers, green onto the stem and leaves, and then blue on the background, with a few sprinkles of powder onto the wet surface.

5. This is the cling film method I describe over on the Paper Artsy Blog, but I first stamped the image onto paper, cut it out, and used the cut out as a mask. I really like this technique, it looks a bit like batik!

Why not get your pigment powders out, get creating, and link up your art work on the Paper Artsy blog for a chance to win a voucher to spend at Paper Artsy.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

August Calendar

It's the beginning of the month, and that means a new calendar page as part of Darcy's Calendar Challenge.

Here is a reminder of the rules for August
1. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2. Technique - Use found objects to stamp with
3. Add – a silhouette
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from August 1st 2015

Here's my August page:

I stamped with the edge of a plastic card, the rubber end of a pencil, a cut carrot and a scrunched up piece of cling film.

Here's what my calendar page looked like before altering.

Now off for a look at some other calendars.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

July Calendar challenge

July is a busy month-holiday time. I'm just back from a week in Estonia and Latvia, which was very enjoyable! But before I left I did a quick version of Darcy's Calendar challenge. This month the rules were:
1. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design2. Technique - Use the bumped method of stencilling. 3. Add – your face, a photo or drawing.. If you really cant bear to use your own face then cut one from a magazine... But no face stamps!

So here's my attempt:

My original calendar picture was The Herd Boy, by Edward Walton. I have left parts of the sky, and parts of the ground peeking through.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

June calendar challenge

This month the rules for the altered calendar challenge at Art and Sole are:
1.Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2. Technique - Create glue or paint skins and add them to your page
3. Add – a receipt or ticket stub

So here's my page:
The original calendar page is peeping through on the bird and the vase. The flowers are acrylic paint skins, and the receipt has been cut up and glued on in small patches.

Here's a close up of the acrylic paint skins. This is a new technique for me.

The original page looked like this:

It is a painting by George Henry called Barr, Ayeshire.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Merly Impressions

 Recently I got to play with the 'Shine Bright' collection from Kaisercrafts. This collection is one of my all time favourites. I love the graphic quality, and the retro colour palette of black, white. grey and sunshine yellow.
Here are three layouts I made using this collection:

I love the die cut collectables that Kaisercrafts do for each collection. They make putting a layout together a breeze! You can see more details on the Merly Impressions blog here.

This great chevron design paper was my favourite from the collection. For a tip about faux dimension see the Merly Impression blog here.

And finally I wanted to show that you could do something completely different and unexpected with this collection. there is a step by step showing how I made this on The Merly blog here.

Do you love this collection as much as I do?

Saturday, May 02, 2015

May Calendar Challenge

Well May is here so it's time for the May altered calendar page

Here are  the rules for May. 

1. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2. Technique - Make marks,... scratching or stamping into texture paste/thick gesso/spackle/glue anything that will hold the shape
3. Add – an image that depicts your star sign/horoscope (drawing, painting, magazine image)

And here's my page:

which started out like this:

I used grunge paste, stencils and acrylic paint. And my star sign is Aquarius-the water carrier.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

April Calendar

April calendar challenge:
This is my altered calendar page for Darcy's calendar challenge.
This month we had to use a repeating shape or repeating words. I have repeating lines which form repeating tree trunks. Also we needed to use splatters or drips and I have done this for the foliage.

I forgot to take a photo of the original page. It is of Poultry Yard at Gartosh, by John Quinton Pringle,

I meant to document my process, but only managed to do the first step, then I guess I got in the zone and just continued painting. First I covered some of the painting with gesso, leaving some ungessoed parts for tree trunks.

Here you can see some of the original tree trunks showing through and some splatters of paint.

Thanks for taking the time to visit!