Sunday, 18 January 2015

Damask Tissue Canvas for Paper Artsy Fragile Papers Challenge


This is another project I made when I was playing with the Paper Artsy printed tissue when it first came out, which I am entering into the Fragile Papers challenge. I covered one of their 8 x 8 inch block canvases with a piece of the Damask tissue and lightly gessoed it, and then stencilled the flowers with Fresco mixed with Grungepaste onto the Script tissue and tore round it, and applied it to the canvas. I stamped the words, 'Flora and Fauna' onto a piece of twill bottom right. The flowers bottom left and top right have been stamped with Frescos onto canvas sheet and frayed at the edges, and I've given them a bit of support and movement with packaging acetate. I finished off with one of the resin flowers you can get from Paper Artsy at shows, rubbed with Treasure Gold in White Fire.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Tissue Paper and Stampbord Jewellery Box for Paper Artsy Fragile Papers Challenge

Over on the Paper Artsy Blog, Leandra did a video showing her brayering technique with lovely soft colours, but this time on her 12 x 12 tissue paper. As I had some of this, I was dying to trying it! It's a great technique as the paint makes it a bit more substantial to work with so it doesn't tear too easily, but you still have something that is easy to manipulate around objects. I totally copied Leandra and her colours as I wanted to master the technique, although I have a long way to go:-


Once I had my tissue, I needed to decide what to do with it. I had been saving a gorgeous box with an inlaid section on the top which I bought at the Craft Barn. I had been watching lovely Jo Firth Young demo and had been so mesmerized I ended up buying three of her plates and one mini - I never normally buy that much in one go! She saw me looking at the box in the shop and said I should get it, and said she looked forward to seeing what I would make with it. She was probably just being nice and polite, but JoFy, this is for you!



First of all I covered the whole box apart from the inlaid section with the tissue paper, using Golden Gel Matte which is a good consistency for the slightly thicker paper you end up with. After it had dried I sanded any rough edges with an emery board. I then decided where I wanted my stampbord pieces and painted the top and the knob with Spanish Mulberry. I then brayered the pieces and stamped them in a similar way to the tissue paper.



Whilst I was working I had some of the Ikea kids drawing paper underneath, to protect my table. This was recommended by Alison (butterfly) when she did her Christmas wrapping paper. I quite liked the scrap I ended up with, so I added a couple more bits of stamping and now I have a quirky bit of wrapping paper! Think I will do this from now on!



I still need to decorate the inside of the box which has lovely compartments and a mirror, as well as the drawer. But this is what it looks like now:-



I am entering this into the Paper Artsy Fragile Papers Challenge.

Lynne Perrella and Chatsworth Reverse Canvas - Fragile Papers Challenge


This is the first of my entries for the Paper Artsy Fragile Papers theme. I actually made it a little while ago when I was playing around when Paper Artsy first brought out the Damask and Script tissues and the replacement for the previous Crackly Tissue. I reversed the canvas and painted the edges black and covered the front with Chatsworth which I stencilled with Frescos and Paper Artsy stencils. I adhered a piece of script tissue inside the aperture. I stamped the lady from Lynne Perrella 001 and painted her from behind with Frescos. I made a 'curtain' of orange organza to frame the inside of the aperture. I then mixed Frescos and Grungepaste and stencilled the flowers onto script tissue and added them to the edge of the canvas.

To finish off I added a little bottle with a heart pin in the cork, which I painted with Snowflake and embossed in black with some script from Lynne Perrella 014.

I am entering this into the Fragile Papers Paper Artsy challenge.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Damask Tissue Flowers - Paper Artsy Fragile Papers Challenge

I am so happy to be part of a new Semester at Paper Artsy! The New Year sees changes in the format of the blog and the challenges, which will now be fortnightly and will be set to a theme. The first theme is Fragile Papers - Vellum, Book Pages, Dictionary Pages, Tissue, Mulberry Paper, etc. I am kicking off with a recycled reed diffuser bottle using some of the wonderful damask tissue paper sold by Paper Artsy:-



I hope you will join in the challenge if you are inspired by the theme or any of the designers featured. There is a fab prize! You can see all the details here.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

3Up Portfolio Pastels for Paper Artsy


I'm so sorry this blog post is late going up as I've been poorly and completely out of it today. This past week has been 3Up week over on the Paper Artsy blog. This means that each night, 3 Paper Artsy fans have been showing their favourite techniques. I was absolutely delighted to be working with Gabby and Julie Ann and we quickly decided that the commonality between us was Lynne Perrella, so this was to be the link between our three projects.

We chose to use Lynne Perrella plate 030 which is the one with the lovely big collage stamp. I feel really pleased looking at the way our projects have come together that they show the versatility of this stamp, which is what we had hoped for, as we have all done something quite different. I decided to have a play with Portfolio pastels on Stampbord, which was a bit of an experiment, and you can see some of my test pieces above.

I made a quadrupe slide mailer and used some additional Lynne Perrella stamps for the images to go inside the mailer:-


It was a joy to work with Gabby and Julie Ann and I hope we will have collaborations such as these again.

I do hope you will go over to Paper Artsy to see our three projects, and once again I apologize for my completely 'lost day' today.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Wrapping Paper Inspired by Alison Bomber for Paper Artsy

Happy Christmas Eve everybody! One of my favourite Paper Artsy designers, and favourite people, Alison Bomber, made her own Christmas wrapping paper, using Lynne Perrella stamps and Coffee archival ink. She used a roll of children's paper from Ikea which a friend kindly picked up for me. You get 30 metres for 3 pounds so it will be so useful for brayering and for covering my craft table. I also made some in red, green, and silver, using Hot Picks. I am entering the Paper Artsy December Challenge.


Friday, 12 December 2014

Paisley Elephant Pencil Box for Chocolate Baroque Challenge


I have been wanting to join in the Chocolate Baroque challenge for some time, using their Paisley Elephant stamp set. Their challenges are in the form of a colour swatch and I wanted a colourscheme that would be suitable for elephants, which my lovely new niece, Mia, adores. She has a bedroom full of elephant decor items. She had artist pens and pencils on her Christmas wish list so I asked advice from my more artistic friends which would be the best ones to choose for her. So I thought that an elephant pencil case would go perfectly with my gift, as the current challenge colours are Jade, Mauve, Pink, and pale Oyster Pink. I thought Jade elephants would work well!

I painted the pencil case first with Moonlight Fresco Finish Paint from Paper Artsy as it seemed very close to the oyster pink in the colour swatch. I then built up layers of stamping using Eggplant, Lilac, and Pansy with the paisley and script stamps in the set, and used the smaller elephant with green ink. I used Orchid paint with the square stamp in the corners and round the edges as it was very close to the pink in the swatch.

I then used the larger elephant stamp in the set to make shrink plastic elephants using pro markers in Green and Mauve shades, and adhered them to the lid of the pencil box.

I am entering this into the Chocolate Baroque colour challenge.