Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stampotique Challenge SDC 59

I am joining in on the challenge of at the Stampotique Designers Challenge this fortnight, which has the theme of birds and buttons.

I thought I'd make an ATC this week which I have called "get your skates on" so I could keep experimenting with creating backgrounds. This one is acrylic paints with a little dylusions spray ink as well.  I began with a base layer of gesso.

*EDITED TO ADD:  This was chosen as a top three.

I used the alphabitties stamps as a background stamp which was a little tedious with the paint, but I am happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping in :)


Stampotique Stamps Used:

Bird Legs (Large) (Janet Klein)
Honeycomb Background (Josie Cirincione)
Alphabitties (Jill Penney & Daniel Torrente)

Other Products Used:

Acrylic Paints
Dylusions Ink Spray 'fresh lime'
The Crafter's Workshop 'mini chevron' stencil
Derwent Coloursoft pencils
sewing machine & buttons

Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Art Journal - Despair

Well, I successfully completed another page in my book art journal this week.  It is quite sombre, as the abstract noun I was exploring this week was 'despair'.

I worked with my Derwent Inktense Pencils this week.  The bricks took a bit of time, so I've actually been working on this for a couple of days.

I used a light brush of gesso just around abouts where I thought the bricks would end up being, and kind of just built on from that.  I used Dylusions black marble spray ink for the text.

I'm really trying to explore different areas of creativity by focussing on a word and having the design grow as an extension of that word.  I hope I'll be back soon with another one :)

Thanks for stopping by


Monday, July 23, 2012

A new book art journal and an update

Well it feels like so long since I have posted anything to my blog that I have been enthusiastic about.  I have been struggling with a few things over the last 6 months, and it has resulted in a complete lack of desire to complete anything in regards to paper crafting/artiness.

I have found some comfort in my old favourites of crochet and knitting, but have not posted any pictures of completed projects - this is something I must catch up on and share.

Those of you who have been still visiting every now and then may have noticed the calendar pages I have been working on this year - this is one of my favourites, as was this one.

I really want to try my hand at art journalling, and to this end, my hubby purchased me a Moleskin art journal, but time has been against me in commencing work in it (also the horrible thought that I don't want to muck up the FIRST page, so therefore I am putting off starting the first page......I think I have identified a small issue here... don't you?....)

But something that has caught my eye recently, is art journalling in an old book - art journalling over a text background.  I was lucky enough to pick up a book from my local library that they had in a 'give-away' section.  It had a hard cover (just what I wanted), wasn't too big to work in (not so daunting), and the pages were a little thicker than normal books (perfect, I'd say).

And so, this led me to what to do in it.  Well after a couple of weeks of thinking it over, I've decided to explore 'abstract nouns' in my book-art journal.  For those of you thinking - "what is an abstract noun?" - I will share....  The Free Dictionary lists a noun as...

noun  (noun) n. Abbr. n.1. The part of speech that is used to name a person, place, thing, quality, or action

An abstract noun is listed as...

abstract noun n. A noun that denotes an abstract or intangible concept, such as envy or joy.

I'm not sure how frequently I will be able to post my art journal entries - I'd like to think weekly, or fortnightly, but I am all to aware that things come up and tend to get in the way.  So, I'll try.  I started last Thursday with "artistry"...

You can see if you look closely this is the contents page.  And here is a closer look at some of the layers of book page, ink, journalling and paint.

I do think I will be using alternate pages, because I've decided not to gesso every page, so I can achieve different looks with different mediums.  As a result, there is bound to be some leaking to the reverse sides of the pages.  Case in point....

I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.  Looking forward to the next one.  I used mainly Dylusions spray inks on this page, but I will put a list of supplies underneath if you are interested.

Thanks for stopping by and reading through if you made it to the end ;)


Supplies Used:
The Crafters Workshop - Mini Chicken Wire Stencil
Distress Ink - Ripe Persimmon
Dylusions Inks - Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, Vibrant Turquoise, Pure Sunshine
Black acrylic paint
Faber Castell pitt pen - black
Uniball Signo white pen
Date Stamp

Stamps Used:
Paperbag Studios - Journal impressions; dots
Darkroom Door - Artist; Alphabet Medley
Stampers Anonymous - Stuff to Say

Monday, July 2, 2012

July calendar

Here it is- my July calendar pages :)  Wow did I have fun with these ones. I think these are my favourite ones so far.

You can join in the fun at Kate Cranes yearly challenge on her blog here.

Lots of layers, lots of paint, lots of ink, lots of fun.

Thanks for visiting :)

Products Used:
Adirondack Colourwash - Stream
Acrylic Paints
Black Archival Ink
Jo Sonja Texture Paste

Stamps Used:
Technique Tuesday - Everyday Words by Ali Edwards
Queens Dresser Drawers - Pretty Maids
Kaisercraft - Dear Santa
Tim Holtz - Stuff to Say
Darkroom Door - Alphabet Medley