Today sees the final Somerset Art Gal being shared.
Once again, the same stamp companies:- Character Constructions for all the paper doll elements, including the bodice and skirt. The words dangling from her wrist are from Darkroom Door Creative Word Block and the stamps appearing on the outsize wooden peg are Redlead Paperworks. The paints are PaperArtsy Fresco Finish (available from That’s Crafty)
This Art Gal does not believe in a minimal approach. She is happiest with her many paintbrushes surrounding her.
Personally, I’ve never liked tattoos but when I was inking up (no pun intended!) the paper dolls, onto some lovely vintage French receipt paper, I thought it would bring a fun twist to incorporate the script, as though it were tattoos. With tattoos being popular amongst artists, it just seemed cool to do this. This Art Gals is into her tattoos in a big way!
It just so happened I had Frescos in colours that worked perfectly with the colours of the Somerset Studio Artist Paper. I like nothing more than when I can make something my own and not only that, the finger painted mark making also brought texture to the paper.
You can just about make out the paint and stamping on the outsize wooden peg.
Thank you for your visits to the Somerset Art Gal. They were great fun to make. They were time intensive but somehow, that was okay, enjoying the process of making the Artist Papers my own, creating the characters of the dolls with the individual stamps but poor fingers are not happiest when having such a big fussy cutting session!
There will be new Character Constructions stamps available any day now – it’s possible they will be available by the time this post goes live – The Daisy Blue Collection. For many, resistance will be futile!
17 Feb 2017 5 Comments
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13 Feb 2017 7 Comments
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Trying to catch-up with projects from last year so I thought I would share my Somerset Art Gals.
This is the Art Gals as they stand side-by-side but I thought it fun to share each Art Gal in detail so I’ve drafted one post a day for three days.
They were published as an article in Somerset Studio Sept/Oct 2016
Paper doll elements – Character Constructions stamps
Art Related Words, Paintbrushes, Paint tubes and Pencils – Darkroom Door
Stamps on outsize wooden peg – Redlead Paperworks
If you read Stampington & Co magazines, you will know they include Artist Papers, quality papers. In all the years I’ve read their magazines, this was only the third time I’d used the papers. I always wanted to save the papers within the magazines and also, I rarely use pattern papers, enjoying making my own backgrounds or my real love – any found papers.
On an absolute whim – which came about when I thought of turning some Character Constructions paper doll stamps into artists, I had the idea that a vibrant Artist Paper was what they needed, with me adding my own touches with Fresco Finish paint, to make the paper my own.
They were never going to only be paper dolls, each Art Gal is attached to a huge wooden peg, this enables the dolls to be free standing but also a place for creative notes to be attached, To Do List or a collection of favourite quotes. I don’t have their dimensions but they are tall.
All Art Gals should wear a beret, especially with Parisian polka dots (paint pen), adorned with vintage trims.
She is a messy one, with smudges of paint on her face. I think we can all relate!
Her brushes are well used but that doesn’t mean they are not much loved – she just never seems to be able to keep her tools pristine.
She doesn’t believe herself to be an artist, much more comfortable with the term crafter but maybe, one day, she will view herself differently.
Thank you for the time you spend here, I appreciate your time is precious.
Have a wonderful week and I’ll return soon with the other Somerset Art Gals.
08 Feb 2017 12 Comments
A quick post to share today featuring a small canvas which I cannot remember if it was made in 2015 or even further back, 2014, anyway, it’s a project which, alongside a PaperArtsy assemblage, also featuring paperclay, appears as a Spotlight in Somerset Studio Gallery Winter 2017.
The stamps are from Darkroom Door
At the time, I remember I was just beginning to use paperclay, trying it with moulds whereas over time, my favourite way is stamping into paperclay, also, if I were working on such a project now, I would opt for a more earthier palette.
I remember I was enjoying a phase with Twinkling H20s.
The paperclay butterfly rests on a wood slice, also painted with Twinkling H20s, as is the scrappy found paper.
Thank you so much for your visit to this post and any recent visits. They are greatly appreciate, I want you to know that.
30 Jan 2017 8 Comments
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This post relates to Autumn last year when I had an assemblage published in Somerset Apprentice (Autumn 2016). Although I made an appearance in this magazine once before, as a “From The Pros”, this was my first article.
Somerset Apprentice has a different approach to other Stampington titles, with stepped-out projects, lots of detail photos, they are really tutorials.
This project was one of my most rewarding to work on, enjoying the creating and gathering of textures although always (and I do mean always) there are many changes I would make to it.
The assemblage has made an appearance from Stampington sharing it but I never got around to posting it until now.
A few shout-outs for some of the fabulous products:-
That’s Crafty – white/greyboard panel and Dinky Stencil
Darkroom Door Wings stamp set
Redlead Paperworks – Silken Wings
What has struck me, is that I do not take the pretty, feminine route with nature, I enjoy exploring neglect, derelict almost industrial, trying to evoke a sense of an area which is broken down, dis-used buildings with rusted metal and broken masonry, where a wildflower might be seen to burst through the cracked concrete ground.
In my introduction for the stepped-out project in Somerset Apprentice, I talk about this.
This Dinky Stencil (my preferred way of working is only randomly stenciling here and there and not actually working with the stencil as a whole) was an immediate favourite when I received it and continues to remain a much-loved stencil.
The gathering of textures was important for the feeling I was trying to convey, even the smallest fragment brings “something” to the piece as a whole.
It will all sound rather “deep” but the piece of tree bark symbolises the loss of trees, pushed aside to pave way for residential or industrial areas. Those boundaries on the edges of towns and cities where once, there would have been an abundance of natural habitat for wildlife. I see it where I live, it is a landscape in contrast to that which I remember from childhood.
Thank you so much for your visit. It feels good to be scheduling some regular blog posts and catching-up with projects that are getting to be months and months old!
24 Jan 2017 14 Comments
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Day 2 of sharing another of the Character Constructions paper dolls which appears in The Stampers’ Sampler.
This doll is approx 4.5″x9.5″ with paper doll stamps from Character Constructions and sentiments from Darkroom Door and Redlead Paperworks.
The face, beret and arms and corset are all from Paris Flea collection.
Her arms wrap around a wooden heart, clutching it tight to her own heart.
PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze adds texture to the heart with a Redlead sentiment declaring a message to her Valentine.
From each wrist, which is delicately adorned with a lace cuff, hangs a sweet message.
The hem of her lace skirt is adorned with pretty lace rose trim.
Thank you so much for your visit.
12 Jan 2017 10 Comments
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Amongst all the amazing art adventures in 2016, one would have to be articles I had in Willow and Sage.
Although I would love to dabble with bath and body products (before I discovered rubber stamps, I enjoyed blending aromatherapy oils) and I was obviously aware of Stampington & Co’s Willow and Sage magazine, it wasn’t one I was ever considering submitting to until an invitation was handed to me to submit. To have an article in the Summer 2016 issue was momentous enough but to follow that with an article in Autumn and then Winter issues, no wonder I felt overwhelmed!
In the Autumn issue of Willow and Sage, my article centres around presentation with a rustic appearance with two pockets/pouches and soap bar wraps.
I worked with:-
Zen – Character Constructions Theatre of Dreams Plate No. 8
Wellbeing Word Block – Darkroom Door
PaperArtsy Crunchy Wax Paper was exactly what I needed for this rustic quality I was aiming for.
The packaging was split into two themes, one which was all about calm, relaxing, being zen,while, in contrast, words such as energy and renew were stamped to form tags for two of the soap bar wraps.Embellishments were quite minimal, any incorporated were wood, such as this peg and wooden leaf
with jute twine enhancing the theme.
I have so much catching-up to do that I might not achieve it all but every now and then I am going to try and post a project which is new to the blog but old in terms of when it was made or published.
I really want to get back on track with keeping my blog active and as importantly, visiting your blogs on a regular basis.
Thank you for your visit and thank you to Christen Hammons at Stampington & Co Willow and Sage for this opportunity.
31 Dec 2016 19 Comments
With the countdown to the final hours of 2016, I just wanted to pause for a moment.
This past year has provided me with so many creative highlights which were made all the more special considering this year saw me time and again with enforced time away from crafting.
Creative opportunities are never taken for granted but this year I have been completely overwhelmed. Two completely unexpected opportunities came my way. Near the top of the year Catherine Moore invited me onto her Character Constructions D.T. The first blog post I ever wrote centred around a Character Constructions project. Never did I imagine, one day to be on her D.T. I’ve had great joy in working with her fabulous stamps and the added honour of the invitation to collaborate on the Character Constructions 2017 calendar. I eagerly await 2017 and continuing to work with Catherine Moore.
A more recent but equally unexpected invitation was from Sandra Evertson, to be an Ambassador for Relics & Artifacts. In the summer, I was a Guest Ambassador, I could never have dreamed what was in store for me. My role differs slightly to that of the other Ambassadors but I cannot wait to see what 2017 will bring for me in this role.
New connections forged do not mean that old connections are not treasured. I am thankful to so many who allow me to create with their products:- Crafty Individuals’ Jean and Malcolm, Rachel Greig at Darkroom Door, Leandra at PaperArtsy, Chris and Sharon at Redlead Paperworks, Laura and Graham at That’s Crafty. It has been great fun creating with That’s Crafty’s own product range which they are expanding all the time. A highlight was appearing with the D.T. in a Craft Stamper 3D Challenge.
Stampington & Company provided so many highlights for me this year that I really need to take some time to let it absorb. It has been so momentous that it just is not sinking in. Until this year, I had been incredibly fortunate to have been published time and again in a range of Stampington titles but this year was beyond anything I could have dreamed to be possible – I had my first articles in Somerset Studio, Somerset Life and Somerset Apprentice.
I keep anticipating that the bubble will burst!
Amongst my gratitude is to those of you who are friends, friends who I know I will likely never meet yet that does not detract from how we care when times are tough for each other or when we can celebrate any joyous news. With my absence from blogland, I never expected to still have friends take the time and trouble to visit scheduled posts – thank you so much. I cannot express how much it means to me because by doing so, it would open a flood-gate of personal emotions.
New Year seems to be a time of mixed emotions, celebratory but also it can be contemplative, possibly a time to gather our thoughts and reflect on what has impacted on our lives through the past year or a time to look ahead to what could possibly be in store for us. It is also a time when people are more likely to feel the deep loss of those who are no longer physically present in their lives.
Here’s to the New Year, that it is kind to you and that good times outweigh the rough times. With us all scattered around this world and in those troubled times, I also hope that 2017 has some peace in store for us, we could surely do with it!
Stamps by Character Constructions.
See You in 2017!