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.
21 Feb 2017 8 Comments
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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!
15 Feb 2017 8 Comments
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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
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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
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.
15 Dec 2016 13 Comments
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Today I am sharing two assemblages which appear in the Nov/Dec issue of Somerset Studio. I have two articles, yes, pinch me!
In the article I share how Relics and Artifacts and other elements, such as paperclay, helped me create snowflake angels.
Some of the Supplies used:-
Character Constructions (wings) The Bee Keeper’s Tea No. 7
Redlead Paperworks (Snowflake Wishes)
Carabelle Studio Stamp – from That’s Crafty
That’s Crafty – Greyboard Panels, Greyboard Snowflakes, Dinky Stencil Snowflakes
Sandra Evertson Relics and Artifacts – @ Sandra Evertson or in the U.K. from That’s Crafty
A framed paperclay face.Excuse the blurry photo! The stamped wings, from Character Constructions, have been coated with ICE Resin with a sprinkle of sparklewith the R&A heart having the same treatment of the ICE Resin.A wee stamped tag with a sentiment from Redlead.The second assemblage, which is slightly more gold in tone.Paperclay features heavily on this one, using it in two different ways. Paperclay has been such a revelation for me, now I don’t know what I do without it in my stash! The crown and wings on this snowflake angel are Carabelle Studio, used with paperclay.A wee addition of a snowflake charm with pearl added to the R&A.You can just about see the snowflakes stencilled onto the substrate, this is a wonderful Dinky Stencil.After, I realised the sentiment I conjured up really makes no sense at all yet at the time, it seemed to make complete sense to me!Dresden Trim is so wonderful for all those little extra touches.Thank you to Christen Hammons at Somerset Studio for publishing my article. I always feel thankful for the amazing products we have at our fingertips because the vision of That’s Crafty, Catherine Moore, Redlead, Sandra Evertson, made it possible for me to have fun creating those two assemblages.
Many thanks for your visit.
07 Nov 2016 18 Comments
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I am trying to catch-up with bits of this ‘n’ that from over the past few months such as this trio of resin paper journals which were published in Somerset Studio.
If you have been hesitant about working with ICE Resin, just go for it, I promise, it will open up new possibilities for you!Resin paper forms the covers for each journalwith a sentiment layered inside an MDF frame. This is the link for the frames and inserts which are a That’s Crafty Alterable SurfaceThere are slight variations to the journals but the premise of the idea for them was that each would contain some extras such as shipping tags, clip art or Tissue Wrap.The focal sentiments are also resin paper.I liked the idea of the extras being tucked inside the front or back cover attached with clips.
The pencil holder was a last minute thought.Yes, even on resin paper, mixed media journals, I still managed to sneak a scrap of tattered vintage lace into the mix!Brown paper packages, tied up with string. It was a lovely surprise to see that Somerset Studio also included photographs of the tied up packages.
She Makes Art stamp by Redlead Paperworksappears on each of the tags, I just created variation by tearing the tags at different point.Thank you for your visit to the first post of this new week.
To have this article in Somerset Studio, it still hasn’t quite sunk in. I don’t think I will ever get used to being published.
Have a lovely week.
24 Oct 2016 16 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: Art Doll, Calico Craft Parts, Catherine Moore Character Construction stamps, Character Construction, Character Constructions DT, Character Constructions Stamps, Halloween, Halloween art, Oxford Impressions, paper doll, published artwork, Red Lead Paperworks, Redlead Paperworks, Somerset Studio, Stampington & co
I am sharing a trio of kindly witches, they do not mean you any harm.
The trio are still bubbling over with the excitement of making an appearance in Somerset Studio (Sep/Oct issue). They are aware that if it were not for some generous people, they would not have the opportunity to make this appearance so shout-outs to Catherine Moore Character Constructions, Redlead Paperworks and Oxford Impressions along with a thank you to Anne Redfern who kindly gifted me some pumpkin die-cuts.
Character Constructions stamps
Oxford Impressions stamps
Redlead Paperworks – Halloween Collage Sheet Skirts
Calico Craft Parts – Bats
Height 10″ approx
To add interest to the wings I scribbled Halloween related words. A lace rose painted for it to co-ordinate and a scrap of stained seam binding tied at her waist.BOO is an Oxford Impressions stamp which I decided to form into a flag banner, her pet bat catches a free ride by clinging to the banner!Each witch perches atop a spool. I should mention that the skirts for each witch, they are available from Redlead Paperworks, all links at top of post.No. 2
This time the hat was made in the same way as the wings, drawn free hand before cutting and scribbling Halloween related words.
A Calico Craft Parts MDF bat becomes a pendant for her to wear.She clutches a pumpkin in her hand.The final witch. All the faces, arms and torso were stamped onto stained cardstock.Another pumpkin with another MDF bat making an appearance.
None of the dolls are articulated but I do like to angle the arms, it brings more character to the paper dolls by doing so.Thank you for your visit to this post. I hope to share some more drafted posts throughout this week, a mixture of projects.