Monday, 27 March 2017

An angel in my art journal

Oh, I love a bit of colour! This page really just started out as a bit of pattern-building/mark-making, which is one of my favourite ways to create an art journal page.  I love the possibilities of just starting with a blank page, and then just playing with colour and see where it takes you.

I worked in my black square Dylusions journal and began by adding a scruffy coat of white gesso and then literally scribbling with my Distress crayons. Most of this gets covered up, but that's not the point. Scribbling is liberating, therapeutic, and most importantly the page is no longer a scary blank white.

After that I kept adding patches of colour, doodles, and also made marks with my *new* Dina Wakley tools. Love them!

Finally, after much playing I decided to add an angel. Angels have been a fairly regular visitor in my art journals ... especially faceless angels. They speak to me more. A face has expression so as soon as you look at it it is telling you something, whereas a faceless angel is open to interpretation.

Finally I added a collaged crown and heart and then typed the quote 'i love me' over and over to add to the face. Practising a little self love. I don't want you all to think that I really DO love me. Sometime I think I'm alright and sometimes I think I'm not (errrrr ... don't we all?!) helped along my my erratic middle aged hormones no doubt. 

I do know that I could do with giving myself a break once in a while, being a little less self-critical. So, here is a little reminder to myself.

Byeee for now!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Layers, layers, and more layers!

Whimsical House, and Mini Stitches stencil by Tando Creative
Background stamps by Andy Skinner
Paints and mediums by DecoArt

I have had so much fun playing with these lovely shapes from Tando. Here I used one of the larger houses from Whimsical House Set 1, and made it into a cute little hanger. The greyboard is a lovely weight, and makes for a great sturdy little hanger.

I used DecoArt fluid acrylics with a brayer to create my background, as well as LOTS of layers of stamping and stencilling, and a bit of added doodling for good measure. The door has a layer of DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze - you can just see the glossy cracks in this photo.

I created this long tag in a similar way, with lots of layers using a brayer and Fluid Acrylics. The heart shape is one of the new Tando 'thins' - same great shapes but in a thinner weight which is great for layering up in art journals etc/

Long tag, Heart, Mini Stitches stencil by Tando Creative
Background stamps by Andy Skinner
Paints and mediums by DecoArt

And here's a closer look at some of the layers .... so many layers!

Byeee for now!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Feathery Fronds ...

Sometimes when you see a stamp set you know you just have to have it! Love these new Fronds by Dina Wakley. They are to layer but I like the bold look of them just as they are.

I brayered the background because I am going through a brayering phase ... and I like how I can create distressed edges by layering colour over colour.

I worked on loose card for this page - no particular reason, I am just a bit random like that. And then I added it to my Strathmore scrapbook style journal (see previous post for details of the next page in my journal!) I added another frond coming off the page and onto the new page to tie it all together.

Fronds make me happy :-))))

Monday, 6 March 2017

Pep talk time!

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Quinacridone Red, Dairylide Yellow, 
Carbon Black, Gold, Tinting Base, Cobalt Teal Hue
Agatha by Magda Polokow for Stampotique
Barcode by France Papillon for Stampotique
Texture Cube by me! for Stampotique
Steampunk stamp set by Andy Skinner

Sometimes I have to give myself a little pep talk to calm the anxiety that creeps upon me at 3 am. Why do things seem so hideously impossible when you wake up in the night? All of the things that wake me and set me off worrying seem quite manageable once I get up and get going. But I can't always remember that at 3am so this page is a little reminder to myself.

Note to self: You can do this. You can always do more than you think you can.

I made this page on loose card and then decided to add it to my Strathmore journal, which has become a little bit like a scrapbook style journal for me! I added the Barcode stamp in the corner to complete the page.

I used DecoArt fluid acrylics in Dairylide Yellow, and the glorious Quinacridone Red - one of my faves, with a brayer over several layers, also using Tinting Base to calm things down a bit. (Incase you don't know ... Tinting Base is a medium which works alongside DecoArt Fluid acrylics. It is 'almost' a thick white paint, so it thickens the fluid paints and also makes them opaque which is perfect for layering as you can add transparent layers over the top). And then I added black (scary but effective), and some blingy gold!  

I dug deep into my (ever-growing) stencil collection for this background and used stencils by Tando Creative, Dylusions and Tim Holtz. And then as a final fling I scribbled and added extra colour with Distress crayons.

So, remember when you start having one of those middle-of-the-night panics - you can always do more than you think you can.

*I taught this page as part of an art journaling class at the fabulous Craftrange, Burnley. It's a great shop with a lovely teaching space. I'll be teaching there again ... keep an eye out at the Craftrange here, and for details of all of my classes *here*.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Colourful makes!

Weathered Wood Crackle Medium, Fluid Acrylics by DecoArt
Media Board and house, mini stitches stencil by Tando Creative
Stamps from Steampunk and Industrial by Andy Skinner

Here's a couple more colourful makes I took to CHSI Stitches trade show last weekend. I LOVE playing with all the lovely shapes by Tando, especially the mini houses! I used a brayer and lots of lovely layers of DecoArt fluid acrylics to build up the background, and then added some crackle to the house with Weathered Wood. As long as you get a good layer of Weathered Wood over your first layer of paint, you can get a fantastic crackle effect.

On this sample I ditched the brayer and picked up a paintbrush - it gives a completely different look to the background. 

Long tag and house by Tando Creative
Weathered Wood Medium, Fluid Acrylics, Texture Sand Paste by DecoArt
Stencil by Andy Skinner

You see these dangly bits?! These are actually windows from the Whimsical house set, but I added some Sand Texture Paste and then a few layers of paint before adding them with rusty wire.

And here is some of my art on display at Stitches. Thanks to everyone who called by, did a make and take with me, or took a class. It was all such fun!