Wednesday, 4 May 2016

PaperArtsy Blog Challenge #9 - Mono Printing....My very first Gelli print attempt!

Morning All.....

....and what a glorious morning it is here!  It's gorgeous sunshine (which we've had for several mornings) AND the awful cold wind has dropped to a gentle breeze.....PERFICK!!! 

Well, the new challenge over on the PaperArtsy Blog is for mono printing and it's finally spurred me on to get my hitherto pristine Gelli Plate(s) out and have a go.  I bought the 8" x 10" one a couple of years ago and have never done more than get it out of the packaging to see what it felt like and put it back again, lol!  I then bought a round one a year ago and hadn't used that either!!!  Darcy's introductory post on Sunday was so interesting with lots of fabulous inspiration from various artists so yesterday I gave myself a playday and after watching a few videos (love watching Barbara Gray's from Clarity Stamps) I got out a selection of stencils and very old acrylic paints and tried them out on cheap copy paper.  I didn't want to risk wasting my Fresco Finish paints on my first attempts and I knew I would have to try mixing with their retarder because they dry so fast (and it was very hot in my craftroom) so I gave the lumpy paints a lot of shaking a set to. 

This is what I came up with.....

probably because of the age of the paints as much as my inexperience the top layer did not reactivate the lower layers and dried very quickly so failed to lift as it was supposed to but.......I actually loved it!  Here's a little close up....

I ended up with lots of lovely unexpected texture and even a bit of spontaneous crackling ;-)!

I decided to turn the sheet into ATCs for a swap with some friends so glued it to some Prima packaging card and used PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella stamps over the top with Archival Ink.  It was actually a shame to cover the printing up, lol, but here are the photos.   (I have just noticed how the colours have changed with devices, the top pics were taken on my phone and are closer to true colours whilst the bottom were taken on camera, hmmm?)

Here's a couple of close ups of bits of printing detail that still show.

Ok, I'm off to link up to the PaperArtsy Challenge and it also fits a couple of other challenges I like (but never get time to enter) that have appropriate topics.  Country View Crafts challenge (and they have a blog hop running this month too) is 'use a stencil'.  Stamping Sensations topic is 'anything goes'.

Have a lovely day everyone.

Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 1 May 2016

PaperArtsy Challenge #8 - White Space

Hi Everyone,

I know posts/makes here have been very thin on the ground in recent weeks but I'm afraid a potentially serious family emergency took priority for a couple of weeks.  I can't quite relax yet but hopefully things are back on track until our new grandchild arrives in a couple of months.

So, quite literally by the skin of my teeth, I have made a quick entry for the current PaperArtsy Blog Challenge of White Space which closes in just over half an hour.  I am sorry not to have had time to play with this topic because it's one I love but failing that I decided to play along with Wanda's inspiration from last night's post HERE!  I loved the cards she designed and this is what I came up with.

Wanda used Fresco Finish paints for her splash of colour in the corner but I decided to dig out my alcohol inks instead (not used these in eons) and applied the same technique but adding blending solution instead of water.  I came up with a few quick backgrounds on different coated card but this was my favourite colour mix.  I then looked for a stamp I could turn into a silhouette as I don't have the Ellen Vargo ones Wanda used.  I decided to use Lin Brown's tulip (ELB23) which I love, stamped and embossed ala Wanda and coloured them in with a black Sharpie.  The quote is from a Sara Naumann set (ESN11) and I chose is because there are lots of imperfections on this hastily made card.  I popped it up a bit with 3D foam, edged the whole piece with black Sharpie and stuck it to a white base card.

Righty Ho!  Off to link up and then get dinner ready.  See you sooner rather than later I hope.  Have a good bank holiday Monday everyone in the UK.

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 8 April 2016

PaperArtsy Blog Challenge #7 entry.

Good Afternoon everyone,

Last night when I was supposed to be getting on with giving my craftroom a clear out pending installation of Virgin Media next week.......if it happens after today's issues but that's another story..... instead I got to playing (prevaricating I think that should say, lol)! 

Over on the PaperArtsy Blog the current Challenge #7 is on the topic of resists ably introduced by the lovely Darcy HERE.  There has already been some fab inspiration from guest designers with much more to come over the next week and a half so plenty of time left to enter the challenge if you want.  I created a tag with three differenty resist techniques.

I used PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamps, a lovely rub on which I've had in my stash for several years, Distress Stains and Distress and Archival Inks. 

 First of all I applied the rub on and then dobbed Distress Stains on my craft mat and spritzed with water before dabbing the tag into it.  I dried it with my heat tool then dribbled some Golden Tar Gel at the top of the tag.  I've had mine for years and never used it before.  Unfortunately I think it's going a bit thick  so had a bit of trouble with dribbling, lol!  When it was set I followed this with stamping some script using Archival Ink and coloured the tulip with pencils.

I stamped the leaf image using Distress Inks over the Tar Gel and then randomly stamped one of my very favourite and oft used Hot Pick stamps which is a cluster of teeny little dots, using Versamark Ink and clear embossed.  I then laid down the same Distress Stains on my mat, spritzed and dobbed the tag into it again before drying with my heat tool..  Finally I added Treasure Gold to the pretty, rusty metal butterfly before gluing it to the tag and adding the ribbon and paperclip embelishment.

See you again soon and have a good weekend.  Hope all the PATwits have a great time at Ally Pally!

Lesley  Xx

Sunday, 3 April 2016

PaperArtsy Challenge #6 - Fabric Sculpting Entry

Hi Everying

I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday.  We have (my kind of) perfect weather here today with lovely sunshine, a little breeze and very comfy temperature!

Over on the PaperArtsy blog for the past two weeks the guest designers have been putting various fabric stiffeners through their paces and have shown us some amazing artwork from wall art to dolls as well as my own offering of the doily vase which you can see here if you missed it.  The very interesting introductory post by our lovely talented Darcy is HERE.

After making my guest designer piece I really wanted to make a piece of wall art the basics of which I've had in my head for quite a while and amazingly I managed to finish it this afternoon just in time to beat the deadline for the challenge.  I was so enjoying the whole process from start to finish of making this piece that I forgot to take many progress pics but this post is still a bit photo heavy so apologies in advance, lol!.

I started with an 8" x 8" wooden deep sided piece of wall art I bought as part of a triptych ages ago.  I bought them with the intention of altering them as they were very cheap and very boring, lol!  

I gave it coats of gesso followed by dabbing several neutral shades of Fresco Finish acrylic paints with wet wipes, a clean one for each colour.  I then did some stamping with Archival Inks as well as some Frescos using stamps from various Hot Picks sets plus a couple of PaperArtsy Minis.  I stencilled a couple of leaf fronds from Lin Brown (for PaperArtsy) stencils using Mud Splat Fresco then bumping the stencil slightly and using Chalk Fresco.  I stamped the pretty flower from HP1009 and coloured the flowers with pencils.

I then covered the top two thirds and also a little vase with cling film.  I positioned the vase then soaked a piece of old cotton Tshirting in Bronze Powertex and arranged it in folds and ripples over the bottom third and over the vase taking the fabric round to the back of the wall art.

Once the fabric had cured overnight (I helped it along with my hairdryer ;D) I then started adding little sand balls to the folds.  I found the easiest way to do this to get them where I wanted was to pour a drop of Powertex into a plastic dish (I used a plum tray that I keep as a palette), drop the balls in and then pick them out one by one with tweezers to place on my art piece.  I find the Bronze Powertex is much runnier than the Ivory and next time I'm coating the sand balls I will leave it to thicken a bit before taking them out as at first it wasn't sticking.

This shows the stamping on the sides.

A closer look at the main stamping and stencilling after taking the protective cling film off.

I added shades of bronze and blue of various mica paints and pastes including Treasure Gold  to highlight the textures.

A final look at the piece with some pretty gentians and a grape hyacinth from my garden in the little vase.

I had a ball making this piece and am really happy with how it turned out.  It is very rare that I actually finish with something that is close to what I had in my head, lol!

Okey dokey, I'm off to do the link up with less than an hour to spare!!!  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and see you again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Birthday card for a friend.

He Everyone,

One of the lovely people I've got to know through crafting and good old t'internet had a birthday last week.  I'm hoping she has received her card by now although it would have been a little late.....the Bank Holiday threw me completely, lol!  Anyway, fingers crossed as I'm going to share it today.

In the recent new releases from PaperArtsy designers, Lin Brown had some more gorgeous stamp sets for us .  I love them all but so far have one of the flower sets, the gorgeous lily and one set of quotes.  For my card I used just the lily and thE quote from the same set ELB27!  It's so elegant and perfect for stamping out multiple times then colouring with pencils, cutting out and decoupaging as I did here.  My base card came pre-cut as a tri fold giving a large aperture on the front so I just inked the edges then used double sided tape to stick the front to the piece folded behind.  I arranged the lilies and adhered them then stamped the quote and used co-ordinating dies to cut it out and layer onto suitable card before sticking it in the middle of the aperature.

If you click on the photos you can see the dimension on the 2nd and 3rd and the last one was taken in really bright sunshine (hence the shadows) so that hopefully you can see the sparkle of black stickles I added to the stamen.

Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon.

Lesley  Xx

Friday, 1 April 2016

PaperArtsy and Powertex....what a mix!

Evening everyone,

Tonight I'm sharing a guest designer project over on the PaperArtsy Blog using PaperArtsy products along side Powertex... what a fab partnership that is!  Here's a sneaky peek and I hope you can hop over to the blog to see the whole thing.  I had such fun with this stuff!

Lesley  Xx

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

PaperArtsy Challenge #5 ....OMG this is so not me, lol!

Morning everyone,

I had a play last night with something waaayyyyy out of my comfort zone, lol!  The current PaperArtsy Blog challenge is Artdolls.  Firstly I have to be honest and say it's one form of crafting that has never interested me to include in my makes but I decided to have a go (such as it is ;D) and as I was going out of my comfort zone with topic I also decided to go the whole hog and use a mish mash of bright colours.  I was actually trying to make myself use clashing colours but somehow, I don't really think I succeeded there, lol!  This challenge, Darcy did a great intro post over on the blog on Sunday and the inspiration has already kicked off with a quirky doll from Gabrielle Price on Monday.

I used a size 10 tag, Lynne Perella stamps, Fresco Finish paints, Distress Inks, stencils and an arm and legs cut from a fashion catalogue and this is what I came up with as an entry to the challenge.

It's absolutely hammering down with rain this morning so it's taken some of the brightness from the colours when I added light to the pics.

Enjoy the rest of your day everyone.....  I'm off to link up and then, wouldn't you know it, I'm off to the hairdresser' the rain!

Lesley  Xx