30 Jan 2017
Tags: assemblage, Darkroom Door, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Somerset Apprentice, stained papers, Stampington & co, That's Crafty Alterable Surface
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!
29 Jan 2017
Tags: assemblage, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, MDF, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, PaperArtsy Infusions, Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts, stained papers, stained trims, That's Crafty, That's Crafty DT artwork
Well, today’s post is in sharp contrast to the ice cream colours of the paper dolls I shared this past week, today we are firmly in distressed, aged, heavy on the texture type of mode!
This is a That’s Crafty Arch Upright which was made as a sample for one of their recent HOCHANDA shows. The regularity of me sharing Uprights is testament to how much I love to work with them. This is a full size Upright which is an incredibly generous size.
If you would like to see further details for this, then please visit HERE.
27 Jan 2017
Tags: Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, hearts, masks/stencils, mixed media, paper doll, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Stampington & co, That's Crafty, That's Crafty Alterable Surface, The Stampers' Sampler, Valentine, Valentine's Day
25 Jan 2017
Tags: Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, masks/stencils, paper doll, published artwork, Stampington & co, That's Crafty, That's Crafty Alterable Surface, The Stampers' Sampler, Valentine, Valentine's Day
23 Jan 2017
Tags: Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, hearts, lace, masks/stencils, mixed media, paper doll, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Stampington & co, That's Crafty, That's Crafty Alterable Surface, The Stampers' Sampler, Valentine, Valentine's Day
This week, I have decided to bring some fun and whimsy to my blog. I have scheduled a post for each day.
The reason for such activity, I received the recent issue of The Stampers’ Sampler and so happy to see, amongst other bits ‘n’ pieces, some Character Constructions paper dolls, each with a declaration of love.
Catherine Moore’s stamps have the most amazing details and I sort of went to town on each project, detail overload!
The six paper dolls work as a collection but when I was making them, I divided them into two groups. One of the dolls I am sharing today is from the group which features a fabulous That’s Crafty heart adhered to a wooden stick onto which the paper doll rests.
This project is approx 4″x11″… quite tall!
This is one of my oldest Character Constructions stamps, actually one of my oldest stamps as it was bought early on when I really started to get into stamping. Of course there is fun in stamping and yes, even I am coming around to fussy cutting (!) but the most fun is assembling and adding details.
A stamped bow adorns her head with a tiny detail made from some ribbon. She holds flowers in one hand and a precious Valentine in her arm. Can we guess that she is going to visit her Valentine or maybe this is the Valentine gift she has received!
Behind her, you can see that I stencilled the lovely Dinky Stencil Long Hearts Background from That’s Crafty, stencilling with clear texture paste then painting with Frescos.
Peeking from beneath her lace skirt is a crinoline (from Paris Flea No. 3)
The wooden stick painted with Frescos and stamped with a Redlead Paperworks stamp (from this set). The sweet, sparkly heart is from my lovely friend Dorthe.
With this collection I have decided to not be apologetic about the shabby style of them. Most of what I work on these days sees me step further away from shabby chic but there are times when it just seems the perfect fit and if I am honest, when I am making something, I never approach it with the conscious thought of this will or will not be shabby, grungy or whatever, it all just happens.
Many thanks for your visit.
30 Dec 2016
Tags: assemblage, bark, canvas, Crafty Individuals, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, masks/stencils, mixed media, Paper Artsy, PaperArtsy, PaperArtsy Eclectica Sara Naumann, published artwork, Somerset Studio Gallery, Stampington & co
Appearing in Somerset Studio Gallery is such a wonderful way to end the year. This assemblage is another piece I am lucky enough to have published as a Spotlight, in this issue.
Tree – Crafty Individuals CI-450
Sentiment – PaperArtsy ESN
Dinky Stencil – That’s Crafty Snowflake Background
I was trying to convey peace, stillness, on a winter day with the low winter sun dancing on the frosted landscape, the only sound the crunch underfoot on the snow impacted ground.To heighten the natural and organic feel to the panel, the tree was stamped onto some mop up/under paper which does result in a less than perfect stamped impression but for this, it was exactly what I was aiming for.
When I first started to stamp, I would have thought a less than perfect stamped impression was good for only one thing, being tossed into the rubbish bin but now, there is great freedom and sense of satisfaction when a perfectly imperfect impression actually adds more to a project.That’s Crafty greyboard snowflakes, oh I just love them. The snowflake brings the eye towards the textural layers.
With the colour palette silvery white with mere hints of gold, this representing the golden glow of the winter sun.Thank you to anyone who takes the time to visit, especially at this time of the year when there is great demands on your time….so Thank You!
19 Dec 2016
Tags: Christmas, Christmas decoration, Dinky Stencil, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, gift ideas, masks/stencils, mixed media, published artwork, Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts, Somerset Studio Gallery, Stampington & co