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.
The RELICS & ARTIFACTS hand is only there as a prop.
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.
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.
Simply embellished with crushed velvet ribbon, MOP buttons, rhinestones, etc.
Little layered elements such as the layered found paper which had some gold paint applied, the crushed velvet ribbon and the MOP button.
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.
The details really are the tiniest of fragments. Can you see how small those rhinestones are? Three lined up on the velvet ribbon.
This canvas has numbers stamped onto the canvas to create a border effect before the layers were added.
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.
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.
A swipe of Gesso highlights the texture of the scrunched paper.
Each word layered with burlap,
with a repeat of details appearing on the canvases.
For variation, one of the canvases is presented in a fabric bag, the mini easel also included.
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.
10 Apr 2017 9 Comments
28 Mar 2017 14 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions Stamps, gift ideas, gift presentation, published artwork, Stampington & co, Willow and Sage
One of the surprises in 2016 was being published in Stampington & Co’s Willow and Sage, a magazine devoted to homemade bath/beauty products.
Before I began stamping, I enjoyed blending my own aromatherapy essential oils and one day, I would really like to try making lip balms, soaps, etc but that time isn’t for now so imagine my delight when opportunity knocked on my door (actually, my laptop!) when I was approached to create packaging idea for this magazine which they, thankfully liked and published (posts can be seen HERE and HERE). In the Winter 2017 issue I was once again grateful to find myself published, this time taking the packaging idea further by making lavender sachets.
The springboard for this idea was, believe it or not, packaging! When my friend Vickie mailed a gift to me, inside the box was some interesting white fabric style paper, I can only describe it as not dissimilar to tumble dryer laundry sheets but firmer and a generous size. I was sure it would contain lavender buds but also allow the scent to emit. I managed to make five sachets in total.
First, the bundle of three, tied together with re-cycled sari silk chiffon ribbon. Maybe I am easily pleased but there is so much joy in knowing you have the most perfect stamp for an occasion. I remembered the Lavender stamp from Character Constructions Mad Tea Party No. 8, it could not be more perfect to stamp onto the re-cycled tag which I painted with Gessso, with a small sprig of lavender as a sweet detail.
This is the trio of sachets.
Willow and Sage is not a stamping magazine but I knew the sachets needed something, the fabric paper was too plain and yet I didn’t want to stamp anything too dominant. It suddenly dawned on me, I had Stampington & Co stamps designed by Christine Adolph. I used Trims 4 images
For one of the sachets, a lovely scrap of grosgrain ribbon stitched to the sachet, allowing the lavender sprig to be held in place.
All the stamping was done before filling the sachets with the dried lavender buds.
I wanted a subtle effect to the stamping and the timing was just right as my ink pad was becoming dry and ordinarily I would have re-inked but it gave me the subtle effect i wanted.
This sachet could be presented in the white paper pocket and when removed, it can be suspended from the loop, formed from grosgrain ribbon.
Thank you so much for your visits. With struggling to keep up with blog visits and Facebook, I did consider if I should put my blog posts on hold. It seems cheeky to try and schedule blog posts when I am struggling so much to keep up with all of you wonderful people. My concern is, if I step away for a designated period of time, that time will lengthen and then I would probably never return to keeping the blog active.
Your words of support mean a great deal to me.
15 Feb 2017 8 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Art Doll, Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, gift ideas, home decor, paint, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, published artwork, Somerset Studio, Stampington & co, wood
A picture is a poem without words
Somerset Art Gal No. 2 being shared today.
Paperdoll stamps – Character Constructions
Art related words – Darkroom Door
Stamps on wooden peg – Redlead Paperworks
She has a “don’t mess with me” stare to her eye so don’t even try asking if you can use her favourite paint colour,
unless you are prepared to prise them out of her grasp!
She loves to customise her clothing. Here she’s added fingertip spots to her skirt, dipping her fingers into paint.
She is so cool and confident, never one to shy away, so she will happily declare herself to be artistic.
Somehow she manages to pull this look off – girly bows and lace and stripy/dotty leggings – yes, this girl knows her own self and she is running with it!
Did you spy the tattoo she has on her foot?!
Thank you so much for your visit. I hope the Somerset Art Gals have brought some cheer.
13 Feb 2017 7 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Art Doll, Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, Darkroom Door, gift ideas, home decor, paint, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, published artwork, Redlead Paperworks, Somerset Studio, Stampington & co, wood
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.
22 Dec 2016 11 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: bags, Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, Christmas, Christmas decoration, fabric, gift ideas, gift presentation, Ice Resin, Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts, stamping onto fabric
A quick post to share two ornaments featuring Character Constructions stamps and Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts.
Some weeks ago I received Character Constructions Christmas Vintage Christmas Plate No. 6 which has wonderful festive sentiments and I thought it would be fun to use them on ornaments. The second ornament has a sentiment from the Bird and Bee No. 14 set.
I have been drawn to tartan this year, do not ask me why!At this time of the year, a dash of glitter is acceptable, just a light sprinkle as the ICE Resin magnifies it.Simply stamped muslin bags again featuring Character Constructions stampsHope you are all whizzing though your Christmas preparations!
19 Dec 2016 12 Comments
in Uncategorized 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
A wonderful way to close out the year is making an appearance in Somerset Studio Gallery. I am so thankful to have multiple pieces in this issue, a few are festive/winter related so I thought I would squeeze in a couple between now and the 25th. I will be back-tracking, after Christmas, to share artwork that I haven’t caught up with as yet, some going as far back as the summer!
Redlead Paperworks Sentiment
That’s Crafty Dinky Stencil Snowflake
Sandra Evertson Relics and Artifacts direct from Sandra Evertson or from That’s Crafty.
One of the festive creations is this…assemblage on canvas substrate with That’s Crafty stencil in the backgroundand pairing up two Relics and Artifacts.This is a favourite Redlead winter sentiment, layered onto a fragment of mop up paperwith a crystal Curio to bring lightand to stand the assemblage, a wooden spool, distressed and softened with a scrap of vintage lace with pearl.
Here’s to it not being too hectic a time for all of you if you are in the middle of festive preparations.
Warm Winter Wishes!
23 Nov 2016 11 Comments
After my Spools of Positivity pendants were published in Somerset Life, I seemed to still have the urge to work with wooden craft spools expect this time the idea was for festive/winter ornaments. It’s funny that end results can be completely different yet one project can be a springboard for another. To have this collection also published in Somerset Life, well it sure does mean a great deal to me (understatement!)
Either gathered as a collection or displayed individually, they would catch the light from the winter sun, just as a snowflake does. The details are quite classic in style – pearl beads and crystals.To create variety I worked with different size and style of wooden craft spools. This ornament is so dinky in size it could easily be a pendant. Even with the chains to suspend them, they are light enough for a bundle of them to festoon a Christmas tree.Dresden Trim (Sandra Evertson) trims this ornament.A That’s Crafty snowflake, layeredto some pretty tulle which has a subtle shimmer to it.A simple presentation idea.Thank you so much for your visit to this blog post. I am still struggling to visit blogs but hope to stop by to say Hello to you soon.