Fragile (Somerset Studio)

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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
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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.
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Fragments of tree bark bring another textural element to the collage/assemblage and heightened that sense of the natural.
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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.
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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.
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

Love Notes (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Squeezing in this collection of Valentine themed cards.
Now, the reason the cards are so simple in design, they were actually submitted to Take Ten (criteria is for card makes of 10 minutes or less) but they obviously decided to print them in The Stampers’ Sampler, where they appear in the Jan/Feb/March issue.
Redlead Paperworks Musical Heart stamp is the focal for each card.  I remember at the time of making the cards that I wanted to work with only that stamp as the main image, pairing different Redlead loved themed sentiments with the heart.
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The watercolour paper provides a lovely texture.
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I deliberately worked with only two paint colours, Frescos Blush and Nougat.  In fact minimal supplies:- 2 Frescos, 1 ink pad, 1 focal stamp, various sentiments and fragments of found papers and lace.
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For the musical note accents, I simply
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inked up the Musical Heart,
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stamping onto various found papers to layer to the cards
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Redlead’s complete Valentine stamp collection can be found HERE.
Not relating to Valentine’s Day, Redlead have, at the time of scheduling this blog post, a 20% discount on new stamps.
Thank you so much for your time to visit this post.
Wishes
Lynne

Love Tokens (Somerset Life)

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To start this new week, I thought I would share some Love Tokens, a collection which appears as an article in Somerset Life., obviously I am absolutely thrilled!
Supplies
All paper doll elements are Character Constructions stamps
Love/Valentine themed sentiments are Redlead Paperworks
Heart is from Oxford Impression, With Love (also available from That’s Crafty)
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The How-to for making this collection appears within the article so you will appreciate why I do not want to share those details here.
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Friends of my blog will recognise this mischievous face as I have inked her up countless times since the release of the Paris Flea collection in 2016.  I cannot imagine I will ever tire of her.
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A love sentiment on the rear of each tag.
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A new favourite rests beside an old favourite, one of my oldest Character Constructions stamps, she is from the French Laundry collection.
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Each tag has a kraft pocket.
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Variations of the first two tags, making four in total.
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Red and white are not colours I find appealing but I wanted this collection to have a Retro Valentine feel as opposed to shabby chic Valentine.
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Gathered and bundled,
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with another Redlead stamp featuring on the tag.
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Thank you so much for your visit.
Have a lovely week.
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

Be Mine (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Thank you if you made it through to today for the sixth and final Valentine paper doll.
Be Mine paper doll is approx 3.5″ x 8″
(All paper doll stamps are Character Constructions)
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For some reason, her face makes me smile!
Here she is with her pretty dress, with lace trim and a touch of sparkle.
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A wooden heart with crackle and of course, PaperArtsy Fresco paints with a Redlead sentiment declaring her adoration for her Valentine.
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I’ve noticed I seem to like to bundle tags and sentiments, to suspend from the wrist of a paper doll.  Not sure why I feel the need to do this, maybe it is just another way to adorn them.
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This crinoline stamp is a “must have” for paper dolls and it is versatile because there is no reason it then cannot be layered with tulle, lace, net, whatever you can lay your hands upon.  The ribbon, which I pleated was another way to add detail to the skirt.
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Thank you so much for visiting.  If the paper dolls brought a smile to your face then I am more than happy!  They were such a joy to create, then to have them published was such a wonderful feeling.
Soon, I will be sharing another, much smaller collection of paper dolls, again which date from last year but for now, posts return to normal on Sunday with my regular That’s Crafty DT post.
Have a lovely weekend.
Wishes
Lynne

French Kiss (The Stampers’ Sampler)

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Today is the penultimate Valentine paper doll.
As with the previous posts this week, the paper doll comprises Character Constructions stamps and for this project, a That’s Crafty white/greyboard heart, which has become a fun piece as I adhered it to a painted and stamped wooden stick.
She is approx 4″ x 11″
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A Dinky Stencil was used on the heart, you can just about make out the design.
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It’s such a lovely stencil, this is the link HERE, TC038
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This LOVE banner was made from the individually stamped letters (from Paris Flea set), forming it into a shabby banner. (The V appears to be shy!)  She also holds an envelope.five
Could that sweet flower be a wrist corsage from her sweetheart?
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Thank you so much for staying with me for this week of daily posts.  One more paper doll and then we will return to normal!
Wishes
Lynne

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