Wednesday 28 November 2018

Journal style card

Hello everyone, I’ve been playing with watercolours again lately, and I’m definitely in love with their versatility. Over the last year they have become my favourite medium for all my creative needs. Today I created a grungy card in a style I would usually use in my journal but thought it would work as a card too. So here it is and then I’ll walk you through how I created it.

Sorry the lights not great but it’s hard to get anything completed before it’s dark now days. So I started with the background by wetting the card with clean water, then started to add the colours. I used a mix of Daniel Smith and Sennelier watercolour paints, both are on my palette, as I love both makes. I made a small puddle of each colour and dropped it onto the wet card. 

Wet in wet - When you drop paint onto a wet surface it’s spreads and runs allowing for more accurate blending, 

For this make I left hard edges and allowed it to cauliflower (technical term) as it adds interest, however, if you were using the paint traditionally you would blend out the hard edges.

Once the background was dry I used Old Page stamp from Rubber Dance with Archival ink in Plum randomly over the page. I used a light pressure in some areas and heavier in others. This creates added interest.

I then stamped my focal point da Vinci Body Sketch from Rubber Dance. I love this stamp as it has many creative uses. For this card I kept it simple. I chose my light to come from the right side so added a shadow on the left side. Again working wet in wet, I softened the edge of where I added the paint to blend it slightly. Using the shadow in this way gives a more 3D affect.

To finish I added a sentiment, aged the edges, and mounted it onto kraft card. Keeping the mount simple allowed the image to take centre stage.

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Saturday 3 November 2018

A reminder

Hi everyone, I’m like bus this week, you wait for ages and then they all come at once, lol. For my second Artist Trading Coin inspiration for the current challenge at Country View Crafts I created a Journal Page.

                     First the background- lots of layers.Craft paste through essential 1 stencil (ArtZone) then lots of of chalk paint (DecoArt)

I then added silk fabric beads and string and cotton adhered with heavy bodied Matt Medium

Once all that was dry I added Baked Texture (Emerald Creek) then lots of gold splats

The Coins were created by first a crackle layer
Then lots of washy tape and lace

Distress Oxides for colour

To finish I added the Tim Holtz paper Dolls and chit chat stickers.

I completed 4 but only used 3

Hope you are inspired to have a go
Take care
Hugs xx


Thursday 1 November 2018

New challenge for Country View Crafts

Hello everyone, it’s been a while. I took a break to give myself some time to settle into my new home and just play for myself. Sometimes I find creating for a deadline can affect my creativity so its good to just play for yourself at times. Anyway I’m back with my inspiration for this month’s theme over at Country Views Crafts which is the on trend Artist Trading Coins. Yes they are everywhere!

So to be in with a chance of winning £20 to spend in the shop let’s see what you come up with.

My large tag

 Created a crackle background with weather wood and tinting base from DecoArt 

Then coloured the crackle with Distress Oxides from Ranger

I painted the Coins with the tinting base and applied the same colours of Oxide

I edged the Coins and tag with gold paint. Then built my layers, first old teabags then the coins.

To finish I die cut some flowers from Tim Holts Wild flowers and used the Oxides for colour. I used old book page from Rubber Dance 
To add more interest.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial 
I cannot wait to see what you create 
Take care
Hugs xxx