I am sure you can relate, I do not like anything going to waste, so when I had some of the frame elements, left over from creating shrine samples for That’s Crafty, I laid them aside knowing I could continue the fun later.
With That’s Crafty now re-stocking, selected Character Constructions stamps, I thought it would be fun to play with some of the Paris Flea stamps and give this art girl a cosy home. I’ve played with Paris Flea many times since receiving the collection last year, it is fun to mix ‘n’ match and bring life to the paper dolls with your imagination.
All details of this project can be seen HERE, including specific stamps and how I formed the paper doll element. I also sneaked in one of my Affirmations! I still have more to write about the Affirmations but have to say, heartfelt thanks for the reaction, I never imagined I would ever have stamps and then to have them so warmly received, it has been overwhelming.
26 Mar 2017 8 Comments
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20 Mar 2017 13 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: assemblage, Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions Stamps, driftwood, Ice Resin, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, published artwork, Redlead Paperworks, Resin paper, Somerset Studio, Stampington & co, That's Crafty Alterable Surface
To start this new week I thought I’d share something which I made last year, submitted to Somerset Studio’s colour challenge, the colour they stipulated was Olive. I was so thrilled to see this published in Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2017.
Although I also submitted other projects, this was the first project made because I knew I wanted to use the stunning Character Constructions stamp, Inner Child No. 7 , a great favourite of mine.
Is she a friend to the birds, who are content with her sitting amongst them, or is it possible that she is one of them. Some say she has the voice of the sweetest nightingale.
(That’s Crafty is stocking a selected range but Laura Holland is willing to accept any enquiries for Character Constructions stamps which do not appear on the That’s Crafty website. If you are interested in placing a Special Order, then feel free to contact Laura)
A canvas board was the main substrate for this piece, with That’s Crafty MDF hearts.
The Character Constructions stamp is the focal, stamped onto a piece of leftover paper, painted with PaperArtsy Fresco and one of their glazes providing a sheen. You can just about see the sentiment “she hath wings”, a beautiful stamp, available from Redlead Paperworks.
All of those branches are fussy cut, yes, my hands were not so happy with me! You can find this branch on Character Constructions Queen of Tarts Plate 1
I allowed them to overhang, to give them impression that she really is nestled in the branches of the tree.
In all honesty, I am not sure I achieved the faux bark effect which I was aiming for on the That’s Crafty mdf hearts. Each has a stamped egg layered onto it, the stamped image has a thin layer of ICE Resin.
Scraps of resin paper also appear layered behind the heart and again on this piece of drifwood, layered with the Home Sweet Nest sentiment. Such a sweet sentiment from Character Constructions.
Thank you for your visit. I am trying to draft as many posts as possible, there seems to be so much catching-up to do!
06 Mar 2017 5 Comments
In the new issue of Craft Stamper, the RELICS & ARTIFACTS Ambassadors are thrilled to be making an appearance for the 3D challenge.
Working with a specific R&A, Imperial Egg and with a Cat Kerr stamp of our choice, we each set about to make our submission. I selected the She Flies stamp, a stamp which can be used as one whole stamp or as three individual elements: girl’s face, sentiment and wings. I was keen to use all the stamped elements but working with them individually (if that makes sense!). The wings are stamped into paperclay, to allow the Nature Girl to fly amongst her woodland friends.
Sharing this sneaky peek, provided by Trish Latimer
A copy of the magazine can be purchased from www.craftstamper.com or www.mags-uk.com, digital copies from www.pocketmags.co.uk
Have a lovely week and thank you for your visit.
01 Mar 2017 11 Comments
Over at the PaperArtsy blog, the latest challenge is Paints with Infusions. During some housekeeping of photo files, I came across some more of the samples I made, for the recent launch of ScrapCosy stamps. On receiving the stamps and stencils, Jennie, Raquel and myself, worked with Infusions along with a select few Fresco neutrals. I am not entering the cards into the challenge, this is just a “filler” post.
I have a very random way of working which isn’t ideal when you then try to work out, the steps. I am sure that I applied Chalk (or it could be Nougat) to book page before applying Infusions.
The new Infusions are available from That’s Crafty, as are all the previous colours.
I doubt I will ever tire of working with Infusions, I love the randomness of the results with the little speckles of unexpected colour.
I simply stenciled directly with Grungepaste, no tinting. You can see the torn edges of the various pieces I layered together on the cardbase.
A second sample – this stamp is a gorgeously generous size but I decided to tear the stamped image, layering it with more torn, painted and stained book pages before adding stenciling
I tend to favour a monochromatic style but imagine this stamp painted or coloured, it would be stunning. .
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit this post. I am trying to do my best to draft catch-up posts but I don’t ever seem to be catching-up!
21 Feb 2017 10 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: assemblage, collage, Grungepaste, nature, nature themed art, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Somerset Studio, Stampington & co, That's Crafty Alterable Surface
I have a scheduled blog post for Wednesday but decided to sneak in a quick post which had already been drafted.
When Somerset Studio had a call for Olive submissions, I decided to go for it, not because olive is a favourite colour but as I associate it with nature and nature is a “theme” I am becoming more drawn to. Also, I have found the annual colour challenge to be that, a challenge, which I learn more and more, is so rewarding, obviously being published is the ultimate reward but the challenge to dip into colours I might not normally reach for, it is very freeing for me.
The main project I submitted, I’ll share another time but for this post, I wanted to share this collage, assemblage, call it what you will (!) which I was amazed to see in the Expressions category.
The beautiful leaf is from Redlead Paperworks Autumn Beauty Leaves set
Fragile is from a much loved Redlead Paperworks set, Fragile Nests
That’s Crafty Alterable Surfaces substrate and PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Green Olive
This is all about texture and unusually for me, although all the usual suspects appear, I left breathing space around the stamped focal. The texture was not me aiming to replicate anything specifically from nature but more a sense of evoking textures found in nature.
Fragments of tree bark bring another textural element to the collage/assemblage and heightened that sense of the natural.
I’m sure this isn’t weird for me to say – I can get so excited when textures come together – a painted scrap of found paper, a scrap of rusted fabric (plus a reminder to self to make more rusted fabric!) and stained calico and muslin.
Thank you so much for your visit and obviously, thank you to the Redlead Paperworks for their beautiful stamps and to Stampington and Company for printing this piece.
19 Feb 2017 10 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: canvas, Dinky Stencils - That's Crafty, home decor, masks/stencils, mixed media, paint, PaperArtsy Everything Art stamps, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, shrines, That's Crafty, That's Crafty Alterable Surface, That's Crafty clear stamps, That's Crafty DT artwork
That’s Crafty are launching new products at Stitches and I was lucky enough to have the new items to play with, to create samples.
Laura suggested I share the samples as DT projects so I decided to share the first one I made. Foolishly, I forgot to take dimensions but this is large! If you own the PaperArtsy EEA alphabet set, it will give you an idea of the proportions of the stamping against the frame of the shrine.
You might believe I would be enthusiastic about the shrines because I am on the That’s Crafty DT and feel obligated to be positive, that is not the case.
The shrines will be available in different sizes so if you wanted a statement piece, then the large shrines will be perfect or you might prefer a cluster of smaller shrines – variety and choice can only be a good thing! The actual shrines are easy to assemble, no special items required other than your favourite, reliable adhesive (I use Regular Matt Gel Medium). There is generous depth to the shrines, you can see I managed to prop a mini canvas with easel into the shadowbox.
Many new(ish) products appear on this shrine, the full list can be seen HERE.
All details including more photos can be viewed at the That’s crafty blog.
Thank you for your visit.
17 Feb 2017 5 Comments
in Character Constructions Stamps, Uncategorized Tags: Art Doll, Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, Darkroom Door, home decor, paint, PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Somerset Studio, Stampington & co
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!