Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.
La vie, ce n’est pas d’attendre que l’orage passe, c’est apprendre à danser sous la pluie.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Dylusions on a rainy weekend.

Another long weekend, so I finally got the Dylusions out to practice. 
The first time I tried the inks in my journal (which is not really started yet) I sprayed both pages and ended up with .. mud! So I decided to try it on tags. The first two tags I started spraying and realised I hadn't wet them! I still lack confidence using the inks as they are strong colours and I get the impression they shoot out of the bottle!

At the moment only one tag is completely finished
I used all three greens for the leaves/hair, Dirty Martini, Cut Grass and Fresh Lime. there is also a touch of Calyps Teal in there too. Stamps are "Bits of this", "Further around the edge" for the leaves, "say what you mean" sentiment and letters from "basic backgrounds stamped in crimson archival.
I used the small "luscious leaves" stencil and a daubber. The result was not sharp (will go back to using cut n dry foam), so I "patched up" with a white signo pen.

I tried the Ghosting technique on all of the tags to varying degrees. 

On this tag I "bumped" the  background on the luscious leaves stencil using "White Linen" ink, the letters are from "basic backgrounds" using crimson archival again.

This is the third one of this batch

 And number 4, again from the same spraying. 
I sprayed White linen through the Luscious leaves stencil then tidied up with the White gel pen.

The next two were ghosted with the "chequered dots" and stamped with basic backgrounds" circles, the flowers from "background love" and leaves from "around the edge"
 Again the stencilling with the dauber went a bit wrong so "hid the misery", as they say over here, with white gel pen.

I had fun and think I might move on to my journal soon.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Art in Bloom - My version

After 3 days rest, Saturday proved to be quite busy!
Finished Piece
2 problems in France. 1. Lack of decent Local Store to buy materials to paint on. 2. What do you do  with the boxes once you've drunk the bag dry? Solved both problems, I save the cardboard and simply cut it to an 8 x 4 inch plate and altered it!!

After reading Sue Carrington’s third project of the week on the PaperArtsy blog “Art In Bloom”. I decided to do my version of it for the weekly competition. For the most part I did exactly the same as Sue, cut diamonds, peeled off a bit of the surface ....

scraped on and off some Grunge Paste ....

painted it all with Vanilla Fresco .....
Next, same as Sue, I painted it with Guacamole, wiped back with a baby-wipe. I washed the whole piece with Hey Pesto (again wiped back a bit), spritzed with Blood Orange, stamped with Mini 61, and tried the "bump" technique.... didn't work , well except on the lower diamonds. I used the Andy Skinner Baroque stencil. Buffed Treasure gold Renaissance, Emerald and Ruby on the corners, edges and to highlight the diamonds.
I covered some Grunge paper with newspaper and stamped some JOFY stamps, including the leaves/petals that I used to build the flowers.


Also stamped some Ranger Specialty stamping paper..mistake really great for stamping but found it too smooth, the paint didn't adhere well, so it took several coats. I used a variety of colours, Hey Pesto and Hyde Park for the Greens, Vanilla, Zesty Zing, Smoked Paprika, Blood Orange, Claret etc
 I have no foil paper (or at least can't find it in my stash!) so I used gold paint to cover some left over bits of Grunge paper and stamped the text  with black Archival. I used Glossy Accents to stick the pieces together and also to highlight the butterfly and the flower centres.
Flowers at Bottom
Flowers and butterfly
 Happy with the final result. I will try the "Bump" technique with a different stencil and practice on a flat surface first. I think I'll use the corrugated card diamonds again. I really like the Grunge Paste and Treasure Gold combination!
Finished Project

Saturday, 4 May 2013

#3UP, #PATWITS challenge by PaperArtsy


Shortly after meeting up with the PaperArtsy team In Paris at the beginning of April I started to follow them on Twitter. Not long after that Leandra had as all going with two secret hash-tags, which we added to our Tweets with out Knowing why!

The secret ended up being a mystery parcel of 3 items being sent to #PATWITS with the challenge to make something from those 3 items, but keep it secret, from everyone. Well hard as I could, for once I kept my mouth shut. Yes for over two weeks.......... amazing I know, but now #3up #Patwits is no longer a secret, my challenge went up on the PaperArtsy blog this evening along with three others!

First Challenge

I’m new to this and this is my first challenge, so when I opened my parcel I went , 
“uh huh, ehhh ok! Why, oh why did I say yes?” ..........this lasted for about three days before the inspiration came.... a slow to get started crafter, me I am!
My #3UP ingredients were:
  1. 10 x 10cm Artemio frame
  2. metal numerals 6(9) & 4
  3. and a Tando chipboard key.
I tried to find a connection between the key and the numbers and settled on the idea that there was a lock somewhere that involved the number 64 and therefore needed a lock.
My project
All the “added” pieces are die cut from Grungeboard.I started with the lock. I cut a mini label and a keyhole. I cut the keyhole plate down from an ornate shape to a circle. I stuck some pink newspaper to the label and washed it in Irish Cream and Mocha Mousse Fresco Paints and stamped it with sepia Archival using Mini 75 stamp.

I brushed on Grunge Paste to the keyhole plate and painted it with Mocha Mousse, rubbed on some Copper and Emerald Treasure Gold to get a metal/verdigris look and attached it to the label with brads. I dabbed Blood Orange around the edges of the label

The scrolls were smeared with Grundge paste and buffed with the same colours of Treasure Gold to give a plasterwork effect.
Keyhole plate and scrolls
The numerals were done in exactly the same way as the keyhole adding some Hyde Park
I painted the key with Chocolate Pudding and then used Copper, Emerald and Ruby Treasure Gold.
The frame, and a 5 x 5cm piece of Grundgeboard were sponge painted in Nougat, Stone, Irish Cream and Mocha Mousse with Snowflake used through  Mini Bingo (for my 64) & Mini Brocade stencils and a final wash with Hey pesto (love that colour...and the way Leandra pronounces it!). Again I used the same stamp and Archival ink to stamp all around the frame and on the centre card
Bingo stencil and Mini 75 stamping with Sepia Archival

Final Ispiration

When it was assembled I decided there was something missing so I added keyholes on all the surfaces. These are die cut from the same die as the keyhole plate, covered in Treasure Gold Emerald and stamped with the same stamp but using Black Archival this time.
Keyholes added

Everything was given a “dusting” with Ruby and Renaissance Treasure Gold.
Boy did I have fun getting my fingers dirty...
Thanks PaperArtsy!!!
And a big "congratulations" to all the other #PATWITS, lovely work folks!
The finished project