A Rosy Glow

 In the short time I have been using images I have noticed that some of the child models pop up time and time again. This little girl is one of them.
This card was made for a friend, someone I associate images of children with and also the use of fabric. You probably cannot tell but this images is an image transfer onto fabric. By doing so it adds a tactile quality to the card.  I collaged French text, lace, fabric ribbon sticker and a tiny scrap of lace tied around a paper flower.

Vintage Love Affair
I speak often of my  love for vintage, whether genuine vintage or creating in the style of.  Over the years many a happy shopping jaunt has been spent in charity shops (or car boot sales and antique shops) and what makes it more fun is shopping with a likeminded friend, although the downside is when both of you fall in love with the same item. My craziest purchase was  from the Flip store in Glasgow, a pair of trousers made from vintage material, they looked as though they had been curtains in a previous life, possibly the 1950’s and yes, I did actually wear them!
One aspect I love about charity shops is you never know what you will discover.
 Last week I made a long overdue visit to the charity shops. I was on the look out for bottles, buttons and old spoons, neither I was able to find but sitting in the window was a rosy hued glass vanity table set. It was obviously waiting for the moment I passed by. My memories are of such a set on my Gran’s dressing table, after all they were very common.  So this was my purchase along with the lace it is sitting upon. Could I have purchased more that day? Yes, because my ultimate wish item was sitting in the window alongside the vanity table set, an Underwood typewriter. I am sure my heart skipped a beat when I caught sight of the typewriter but I had to walk away. Such an item deserves to have the correct setting and at this moment in time I don’t have the perfect spot to do it justice. Whoever eventually purchases it, I hope they give it the good home it deserves.

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Janette’s Correspondence

Today I am sharing my final piece of artwork as Artist In Residence for French Kissed Postcards. The image I selected for this piece is Victorian Beauty Actress. As mentioned in previous posts for FKP, Trishia compiles as much information as possible for each of the digital images she sells. It is fascinating to read such information.
For my final project I altered a clipboard, creating a little vignette. On seeing this image it conjured up a genteel lady sitting in her study as she contemplated the words in her mind before committing them to paper, possibly correspondence to a beau.  As I was incredibly lucky to receive some vintage postcards in the mail from Trishia I decided to scan them and incorporate a few of those postcards into this piece of altered art.
The photograph below shows Janette in clearer detail. After re-sizing I printed her onto canvas paper which is suitable for inkjet printers. Through trial and error I have discovered the most successful  results when the image is not too small.  Canvas paper is wonderful for distressing the edges by pulling the “threads” and inking with Distress Inks.
This particular clipboard was purchased as a blank, ripe for altering. I prepared the surface with two layers of Gesso prior to painting with my favourite colour of emulsion (latex) paint. This particular paint has a chalky appearance in a heritage colour. Once dry I stamped a letter which is called “My Beloved” but any text stamp would work well. Then the postcards were scanned, re-sized and printed onto white cardstock and distressed.
The clip of the clipboard was also painted with the same emulsion paint and then Decoupaint in Old White Patina. It was then adorned with a beautiful fabric bloom, tassel, teeny key and a little frame. Inside the frame  is a postage stamp cut from the scanned and printed postcard.
Finally adorning the bottom with coffee coloured lace
a piece of lace dyed with homemade spray inks and a smaller piece of vintage lace. To tie in with the era of the image, a cameo made with air dry clay painted with emulsion and a touch of Distress Ink. Janette would write her correspondence with a fountain pen so here sits a discarded pen nib (the vintage pen nib had Old White Patina applied to it).
Clip boards are wonderful to alter as it is just that little bit different from an altered canvas, creating a beautiful piece of wall art.
Over the past four weeks, if you have never used digital images in your artwork I hope my projects have encouraged you to at least try them. I also wanted to show that it is not merely glossy photo paper that can be used. My projects are the tip of the iceberg as there are a vast number of possibilities of what you can do with a digital image, especially when using mediums to transfer your image onto a variety of surfaces.

Before I say Au Revoir to French Kissed Postcard Friday I want to say how honoured I am to have been Artist In Residence for February. Trishia has been a gem to work with and her images, as you can imagine, make creating artwork a dream.  You will remember that every Monday Trishia is generous enough to provide a free image for you to use in your own artwork.  Lynne x

Art Gifts

I have some tags to share with you with which I received from my friends Cynthia and Cindy. Many of you will know both of those women and their Blogs but if not why not pop on over and see what amazing artwork they both create.
First up is a tag I received from Cindy
Beautiful textures on the tag and she used one of my favourite paper sets, Ella Blue and some gorgeous seam binding.
From Cynthia (her Blog is Galerie 46)  I received two tags. One of the tags was attached to a bundle of paper napkins/serviettes (yes, this is where Marie’s gown in the “Sweet Marie” post came from and she also sent lots of paper flowers and leaves.)
Isn’t that a cute tag
Then this hand painted tag
Cynthia has an abundance of talent as not only is she a papercrafter she is a painter and she also makes the most incredible books from scratch.
Thank you to both friends for all the gifts received. Lynne x

P.S. I will return in a short while with my final piece of artwork for French Kissed Postcards. Hope to see you soon.

“I Do”

I am not sure if this applies to other countries but I believe, that traditionally, Springtime was a time for weddings, this apparently was the case in Scotland. I would be interested to know if anyone has any knowledge if this is true or not. Anyway, when I received this stamp, which is part of Wedding Bells plate, it brought to mind Springtime weddings. Looking outside my window it doesn’t appear that Spring is heading this way any time soon but in crafting we create our own realities, don’t we!.
For this altered canvas, as you can imagine, I did not use vintage or expensive lace. As I wanted a tiered and fluted look I found that lace with a slight stretch was easier to work . This was very messy, in fact my fingers were sticking together as I worked on adhering the  individual sections of lace to the canvas. Relaxing but time consuming. The image was adhered with silicone glue to give dimension and layered onto pattern paper which is called, appropriately,  “Wedding”.
Glamour was created with pearly bead trim, fabric flowers and to  add sparkle,  seed beads scattered randomly over the lace.

A gentle reminder that The Stampsmith Challenge Travel theme is now underway. Lynne x

Watch Me Fly

Before we know it Spring will be upon us and for many crafters we are focusing towards this time of the year. When I received Divas D’Este’s “Playful Butterfly Women” collage sheet (CS) it was impossible not to embrace the springtime colours in the images. This CS is one of Divas D’Este new releases.
One of the images from the CS takes centre stage on a flag I made.You might be able to see the butterflies I stamped onto the pale blue ribbon and also stamped onto the pink paper.  The pink lace was dyed to tie in with the colour of her dress and a little butterfly charm dangles from the bottom of the flag. Finally adorned with a “B” sticker and gems.
She is flying off on her travels to reach a friend’s birthday in time.
I have no doubt you will see more of her butterfly friends very soon. Lynne x

Faithful Friends

Friends” is the challenge theme at Tag Tuesday this week.
For my tag book I used a beautiful collage sheet from Divas D’Este “Going to the Dogs”.  When I laid eyes on this CS I knew it wouldn’t be too long before I used it. Unable to select one particular image, I decided to make a tag book.
Mostly the tags were  made from scraps. I stamped Anna Corba Vintage Labels onto the papers. When the tag book is closed you get a little peek at the  lace and scalloped edges from the other tags.
I printed words onto white cardstock.
Scraps of fabric ribbon stickers and glittery stickers added to the tags.
You can see why I struggled to select only one image for this tag challenge, the images are so beautiful.

Accessorise

For this week’s French Kissed Postcard I selected an image titled English Beauty. There is such a serenity and elegance to her, an everyday elegance. On first seeing this image I could imagine her as the leading role in a Merchant & Ivory film.
I am not a digital artist and initially that was one of the reasons I backed off from using digital images in my artwork. Now I view them as a substitute to a stamp. After re-sizing the image I printed it onto iron-on transfer paper. If Image Transfer is a new area for you and you are apprehensive about trying it this is probably a good starting point. It is a clean method of transferring an image and you will be so delighted with the outcome it will be a springboard for you to delve in and try other, messier, methods.
I used a mix of new and vintage lace. The special touches were the vintage glass button and the vintage mother of pearl buckle which is from my Gran’s button box.

A little note to anyone who visits my Blog.
Recently my Blog has been quite busy with lots of new posts and I want to say thank you for always stopping by to have a look.  Lynne x

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