Mindfulness (Somerset Studio)

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To start this new week, I am winding the clock back to last year, to Somerset Studio’s Nov/Dec 2016 issue. One of the articles I was lucky enough to have published was centred around a collection of small canvases, all with a message relating to mindfulness.  The introduction in the article is where I speak about the motivation and what I was aiming to creating and how Christen Hammon’s Editor’s Letter in an issue of Somerset Life, was the springboard of inspiration for me.
If you read this post, you will notice that I share a simple presentation idea, this is because I saw the canvases as being suitable as gifts for anyone who might be needing to pause and breathe.
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The RELICS & ARTIFACTS hand is only there as a prop.
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All of the canvases feature a PaperArtsy Eclectica ESN sentiment. ESN are designed by Sara Naumann, for PaperArtsy and they are probably my most inked up PA stamps.
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The sentiments are stamped onto various found papers, nothing fancy, regular papers from around the home.  I also stamped smaller elements either onto more found papers or directly onto the canvas, such as the numbers at the top edge of the Golden Hours canvas.
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Simply embellished with crushed velvet ribbon, MOP buttons, rhinestones, etc.
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Little layered elements such as the layered found paper which had some gold paint applied, the crushed velvet ribbon and the MOP button.
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I was trying to achieve a timeless quality to them, a distressed effect, a timeworn look to the canvases, yet with a hint of old style glamour with my choice of embellishments and use of gold.
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The details really are the tiniest of fragments.  Can you see how small those rhinestones are?  Three lined up on the velvet ribbon.
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This canvas has numbers stamped onto the canvas to create a border effect before the layers were added.
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I so love when ordinary papers and I do mean ordinary, can be given a touch of elegance by the addition of rhinestones or a sweet MOP button.   Funny how details like this can make my heart sing.
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A cluster of the canvases, all with simple presentation and each topped with a stamped word from Darkroom Door’s Word Block Wellbeing. For me, Darkroom Door’s Word Blocks are indispensable.  I haven’t yet managed to own them all but some are great favourites, this is one of them as there is a beautiful selection of words which I’ve used on all manner of projects.
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A swipe of Gesso highlights the texture of the scrunched paper.
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Each word layered with burlap,
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with a repeat of details appearing on the canvases.
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For variation, one of the canvases is presented in a fabric bag, the mini easel also included.
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Thank you so much for your visit. I hope it was a restful post to view and a chance to seek mindfulness during your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

Dress Up (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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To start the week, I thought I would share four cards which appear  in The Stampers’ Sampler.
It was actually the packaging for RELICS & ARTIFACTS, which I had also used as a substrate for this collection, HERE ,which led me to make the cards.  I deliberately limited myself to the stamps I inked up and also embellishments, you can see they are minimal, only tiny little accents.
Stamps
Character Constructions Stamps.
French Laundry  No. 11 (female/upper torso and arms) available from That’s Crafty  and direct from Character Constructions
French Laundry No. 5 (dress)
Mad Tea Party No. 8 (parasol)
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The dress was stamped directly onto the re-cycled RELICS & ARTIFACTS packaging, dressing it up with tiny pieces of fabric
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giving the gown a lacy collar.
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This is one of my oldest Character Constructions stamps, she is much loved by me.
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I like the way the design on the packaging shows through the stamped image.
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Little shabby details such as Paris stamped onto some found/re-cycled paper and a fabric scrap layered with another stamped piece.
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What I have learned is that proportions do not need to be accurate when working with Character Constructions stamps.  It is very freeing not to be bound by such constraints although it has taken me a long time to be comfortable with doing so!
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A snippet of lace and pearl detail to embellish the gown.
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Darkroom Door stamped stitches directly onto the packaging and also onto brown found/re-cycled paper.
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I like the effect the stamped stitches bring to the cards.
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I like adding small details, tactile details.
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There we have it, the first post for this new week.  I don’t know about any of you but I cannot believe it is April already!
Wishes
Lynne

Somerset Art Gal No. 3 (Somerset Studio)

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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)
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This Art Gal does not believe in a minimal approach.  She is happiest with her many paintbrushes surrounding her.
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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!
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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.
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You can just about make out the paint and stamping on the outsize wooden peg.
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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!
Wishes
Lynne

Somerset Art Gals (Somerset Studio)

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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
Stamp Supplies
Paper doll elements – Character Constructions stamps
Art Related Words, Paintbrushes, Paint tubes and Pencils – Darkroom Door
Stamps on outsize wooden peg – Redlead Paperworks
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
Wishes
Lynne

Flutter, Discover, Fly (Somerset Studio G

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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.
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I remember I was enjoying a phase with Twinkling H20s.
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The paperclay butterfly rests on a wood slice, also painted with Twinkling H20s, as is the scrappy found paper.
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Thank you so much for your visit to this post and any recent visits.  They are greatly appreciate, I want you to know that.
Wishes
Lynne

Silken Wings (Somerset Apprentice)

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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
Wishes
Lynne

Forever & Always (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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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.
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The face, beret and arms and corset are all from Paris Flea collection.
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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.
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From each wrist, which is delicately adorned with a lace cuff, hangs a sweet message.
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The hem of her lace skirt is adorned with pretty lace rose trim.
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Thank you so much for your visit.
Wishes
Lynne

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