Friday, 12 September 2014

Canvas Transfer Technique onto Chatsworth Paper - over on Paper Artsy!

I was delighted to be asked to show a technique over on the Paper Artsy blog where I've experimented with transferring Chatsworth paper onto canvas. I hope you will hop over there and see how I've done it and all the lovely products I've used and leave me a comment! Thank you so much! I've given a little bit more information below on how I made the two example projects and I will follow this up at a later date with some more things I've been making as there are so many ways in which you can use this technique. I made this sketch book and canvas:-

The sketch book is a Reeves A5 canvas covered spiral bound book which you can get from The Range or on-line. I popped it off the spiral binding to work on, and painted the edges with a mixture of Seaweed and Tikka Fresco Finish Paint. I then transferred the Chatsworth paper onto it using the method described in the Paper Artsy post. I used the design which features the flower which is like the design in the stencil PS005. I know you would think it is difficult to work around the spiral holes but actually it was easy to pop them out with my craft knife.

I added some extra stencilling of the flower using the same paint. All the stamps are from Darcy's EDY10, apart from the grasses which are from EDY09. I stamped the bricks to the sides of the cover with a mixture of Caramel, Tikka, and Cinnamon, to give the effect of a walled garden. I stamped the grasses in Marlin and Seaweed, varying the heights and doing some secondary stamping for depth. I stamped the birds at the top right in black Archival and the 'Turn your face to the sun' wording in Marlin (my new favourite colour!). So that was the background done!

Now onto the flower stem. I had prepared various pieces of Chatsworth transferred onto canvas. I stamped the flower stem using black Archival and cut it out, then stamped the individual flower heads onto a different design. I cut these out, distressed the edges with my craft knife, to emphasize the canvas texture, and cut into the petals slightly, and stitched different sized pearls into the centre for a quirky look. I love how you can stitch into the fabric nature of the paper now!

The stem wasn't as green as I wanted so I added a bit of Fibralo pen and blended with a damp brush. I stamped the leaves onto some greeny Chatsworth I had prepared and glued them on just at their bases. I used 3d foam at the base of the flowers so they were decoupaged on top of the layer below. For the Secret Garden wording on the bottom right, I used the stencil PS004 and mixed the Grunge Paste with Marlin. It is such a strong colour that it doesn't dilute too much when mixed with the GP, which I love! Once it was dry, I replaced the stencil and rubbed with Treasure Gold in Emerald.

For the canvas, I used one of the chunky 6 x 6 canvases from Paper Artsy and cut a 6 x 6 square of Chatsworth paper. I painted the canvas all over with a mix of Seaweed and Tikka and transferred the piece of Chatsworth to the top using the method I've given over on their blog. I wasn't sure if it would work so well on a less rigid surface but in fact it was just as easy. I used Tikka with a touch of Seaweed at the tips of the flowers through the stencil PS005 down the sides and on the top.

I used Marlin mixed with grungepaste through the Bloom and Grow PS008 stencil and once it was dry, replaced the stencil and used Treasure Gold in Emerald to highlight it. Now for the flowers! I used Darcy's EDY10 and just isolated the largest flower from the stem and black Archival to stamp it onto a selection of Chatsworth designs which I had transferred onto canvas. From then on I followed the method in Leandra's You Tube video here. I left the edges white to emphasize the canvas. I added leaves from the same stamp set, stamped onto green Chatsworth canvas sheet. I finished off with Treasure Gold in White Fire around the edge of the canvas.

In this photo I have transferred a couple of Chatsworth designs onto canvas on the left, but on the top right I have transferred it onto linen fabric which works just as well. In the middle I have stamped on a piece with black Archival using a Lin Brown stamp set and torn the edges. The bottom right is Thorndon Hall paper transferred onto a canvas board panel which would make a great book cover with a couple of book rings, or put through a Cinch or Bind it All:-

Here are the two final projects:-

There are so many things you can do with this technique, either transferring designs directly onto a canvas substrate, or preparing pieces of canvas sheet - you can then stitch it, die cut it, stamp on it, stencil on it, mould it around awkward shapes like frames, make a patchwork ....... If you are inspired to make something, there is an amazing prize up for grabs at Paper Artsy this month!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Leftovers and Doodling - Inspired (Loosely) by Jo Firth Young for Paper Artsy

 Lots of lovely projects as always on the Paper Artsy blog this week. I didn't intend to play along as I am meant to be doing other things but I was tidying my desk and realized I could make something from the left overs! I always love how Jo Firth Young does her doodling and I never doodle - daydream, Yes, but doodle, No! I had this piece of square Chatsworth on my desk where I had been doing another project using the lovely new Marlin Fresco mixed with grungepaste and I had a little left so I popped it through the JoFY circles stencil and then used Tikka through the flower stencil, so when I saw she had doodled around the circles I thought I would try it and turn the square into a card. I had the left over clay flowers and canvas stems from when I did the bottle with the Clay Flowers for  Paper Artsy, and the painted buttons from when I did the house with the button roof. I know that makes it sound like I haven't tidied my desk in a looooong time, but I put left overs into little baggies and then never seem to use them. So there it is.

I am entering this card into this week's Paper Artsy challenge.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Floral Hessian Canvas Inspired by Penny Nuttall for Paper Artsy

Over on Paper Artsy this week, Penny Nuttall was Guest Designer, and on night one she made a wonderful hessian book with fabric liner paper. I thought I would try to recreate the same look as an excuse to use a hessian canvas with a gessoed background, and use the stamps in a similar way to Penny - so I was totally inspired by her in making it even though it is much simpler. I used StazOn in Claret, Orange Zest, and Ganache. The script is from Hot Picks 1304 and the flowers are from 1009.  I added metal flowers from an old necklace which I rusted and enamelled with Fresco paints, and some rusted photo corners. It was very quick but I quite like it as a piece of home decor as I like to be able to 'put things somewhere' or give them to people who won't say 'what is it?'!!

I am entering this into the Paper Artsy challenge and also That's Blogging Crafty which is Something Stamped, and the Artistic Stamper which is Anything Goes.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Lynne Perrella Tea Cup Lady - Inspired by Keren Baker for Paper Artsy

This week at Paper Artsy has seen the swansong of the lovely Keren Baker who has a wonderfully imaginative and experimental but still clean and simple style which I love, and I will be sorry to see her go. On the first of her three nights she used one of my favourite stamps, the Lynne Perrella Tea Cup lady, and I was pleased to have such a different way to use her. She had cut the diamonds out of her bodice and teased pieces of organza through the resulting holes. It was very effective and fortunately I had replaced my craft knife from last time she had us doing fussy cutting, but I thought I'd do that part of the project earlier in the week, as A and E can get busy at the weekend! I really think it was the most fiddly and exasperating thing I have ever tried to do in crafting, and that's saying a lot! The cutting out part wasn't too bad, but I used a tweezers to pull the pieces of organza through the tiny holes, and every time I pulled one bit through, it pulled one of the other bits out again! Did any of you try this? I don't know if you can make it out in the photo but it is quite effective, like a ruffled bodice.

I did as Keren suggested and stamped the image several times. I used archival and layered up the teacup, the necklace, and the wording. I then coloured it with my new Fibralos. Did I tell you I bought Fibralos?!!! Then I recycled a canvas by reversing it and filled the back with white lace and painted the edges with Beach Hut. I finished it off with Teal coloured rose organza trim.

I am entering it into this week's Paper Artsy challenge.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Altered Bottle with Chocolate Baroque Harlequin Rose

I thought it would be fun to join in both the Eclectic Paperie Altered Bottle Challenge and the new Chocolate Baroque Challenge, which is a colour one, using the colours of blue, green, yellow, and red. I thought these colours would work really well with their lovely Harlequin Rose set which has such a lot of stamps on the one plate. I painted the bottle, which was an M and S port decanter which Colin kindly emptied for me (!), with Fresco Finish paints in Sky, Space Cadet, and South Pacific. I stamped various images from the set onto tissue paper and painted them from behind with Snowflake and then coloured them with Inktense pencils and adhered them to the bottle with gel medium.

I added a little glitter to the roses and some Treasure Gold in Ice Fire to the rim and top edge of the bottle, and finished off with a ceramic door knob by way of a stopper.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Celebrate Burlap Panel - Gio's New Stamps for Crafty Individuals

Today I am celebrating the lovely Giovanna Zara's new stamps for Crafty Individuals with this mini burlap panel. Gio has brought out two stamp designs and Crafty Individuals have also launched some other new designs including a fabulous bicycle, and you can read all the details here.

For my make I mainly used this set which is on special offer at £3.70 - isn't that amazing! But I also used the bird cage from this set, so the two work really well together. I added a little door onto the birdcage. I added the word Celebrate from another Crafty Individuals' set as I was so delighted to toast Gio's success! I have stamped all the pieces onto various Crafty Individuals' background papers and cut them out.

Just wanted to mention the technique in the central section which I picked up from an absolutely beautiful blog which I now subscribe to called Layers of Ink by a very talented lady called Anna-Karin. Here is the link to the technique which Alison, Butterfly, drew our attention to, and I know I will return to it time and again.

Well done, dear Gio, and glad to have recently added the word 'Dalek' to your ever-growing English vocabulary!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Crafty Individuals' Seaside Scene

I made this Crafty Individuals' Seaside scene for the Artistic Stamper challenge, the theme of which is by the seaside, and the That's Crafty challenge, which is to use stencils and masks. I used a reversed canvas and Crafty Individuals' background papers, with the seaside paper in the middle and torn strips of their other papers around the edges and some canvas textured ribbon to tidy up the inner rim. I stamped the bather, shells, and beach huts, and coloured them with Fibralos, and stamped the text from the two sets CI 272 and 278 around the edges. For the sea I used bubble wrap coloured with alcohol ink in Pool, Stream, Clover, and Bottle, and then added gesso for the spume on the waves. For my stencil I used But is it Art script with Grunge Paste.