Sunday, 29 January 2017

Mont St Michel at Sunset for PaperArtsy Orange and Pink Challenge

So, this is what happened! As soon as I saw the new Lynne Perrella stamps, my favourite set was 036, with the beautiful woman's face on the island. It immediately made me think of Mont St Michel. This is a very special place for us as we pass it on our route to our place in Brittany and as it sits on the border of Normandy and Brittany it is my ' are we nearly there yet' place. The timing of our crossing normally means we pass by at sunset, a time when many photographers have captured its beauty. I had already wanted to do a sunset for the challenge as this is what orange and pink brought to mind. The French translation is the lying down of the sun. I love that.

I didn't have much time to work on my project for PaperArtsy's blog as the stamps had just come off the presses by the time I needed to be finished so I ran to Col and showed him the index sheet on-line and said, 'look, I'm going to do Mont St Michel!'. He looked blank and said, 'I think they need to adjust your medication again'. I thought if I explained he would see it, and stop teasing, so I said, 'look, this is the island with the humble buildings at the bottom and the sea, and the woman with her innocent and reverent beauty represents the abbey at the top of the mount, she is our abbess. I'm going to call her Adela'. He said he just didn't get it and no-one would know it was Mont St Michel. I totally lost my confidence and had no time at all to play around with ideas or designs.  But it was still in my head. Probably because I love the stamp and I love the moment of driving past there when I am tired after a very long journey, and I know dinner and bed are near, and it is such a magical sight with such a wonderful history.

I used an 8 x 8 inch canvas board from PaperArtsy and prepared the background with Infusions. I raised the lady up on foam pads in relation to the other buildings and used a large number of other Lynne Perrella stamps, some of which I stamped up several times and cut up into pieces. The ramparts at the bottom are made from 033 and the abbey is from 006 as is the castle. I used the church from 033 whole but also made it into little houses. I had intended to paint the rooves brown and all the windows glowing yellow and I may re-do it like this for comparison as I feel this is how it looks as you drive past at twilight, but Colin advised, if something is meant to be surreal, i.e. the face, don't then try to go for realism.

And does he like it now it's done? 'Course he doesn't!!

I am entering this into the orange and pink paperartsy challenge.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Feathers and Fan - New Lynne Perrella Stamps for PaperArtsy

The newly released Lynne Perrella stamps for PaperArtsy are absolutely gorgeous and I'm delighted to be on the PaperArtsy blog using two of the three new sets. I have made a fan for the current challenge, which is to use the colours Pink and Orange, which I have combined with Fresco Gold. I would be delighted if you would pop over and leave me a comment.

I mention in the post that I had had a plan for the third set, LPC 036 which is an exquisite set and is my favourite of the three. Colin had thought my idea was crazy and I had immediately lost my confidence of making it for PaperArtsy's blog but I have now completed it so I will upload it when I get back from my weekend at Mum's. After all, I can make myself look daft on my own blog!!! That's what it's all about!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Alcohol Ink and ProMarker Compact - PaperArtsy Challenge

It's been an odd few days and I only got back from my normal weekend of looking after Mum yesterday. I arrived on Saturday morning to find an ambulance on the driveway; my worst nightmare. Mum had been found unconscious with a head injury, her bed not slept in. My legs went from under me as I got out of the car. I went with her in the ambulance to Kingston Hospital A and E, a year to the day since the fifteen days I spend there ending in David's death. I had been wondering how I would get through this difficult weekend and this sure distracted me. I didn't want any other family members to have to be there with me, especially my sister in law. Five hours later we are heading home, with my adored Mum very chipper and looking forward to some decent grub.

I couldn't believe that I still managed to go out with Julie Ann as planned on Monday. It meant I could be with Mum first thing and stay the night with her, and she had care all day. We had a wonderful day together, visiting the brand new Great Art superstore in Shoreditch, which is a very interesting area of London. We had a delicious lunch of avocado and chilli on toast in a steamy cafe and cake in the afternoon, and I had palpitations stroking the pencils in the shop. It was such a normalising day after a traumatic time, and a great tonic to see lovely Julie Ann as you can imagine. I had nightmares last night and Colin had to wake me up from them twice, but I'm glad I made myself go out for the day. Sometimes you have to.

So, back at the 'art'. I bought a couple of those compacts that have two mirrors inside, one of them magnifying. I dabbed alcohol inks on in Wild Plum, Shell Pink, Purple Twilight, Eggplant, Currant, and Raspberry, and a little blending solution. I stamped the Lynne Perrella images and added a little colour with alcohol based promarkers and die cut. I then added resin which in fact was the epoxy resin Darcy had tried out for us some time ago from Poundland. Thanks Darcy! It does smell of fish though! It reminded me of Mum getting me to feed the neighbour's cat. Not that I feed her with superglue, that would be cruel.

I am hoping these will be good Christmas presents. They don't smell of fish now they are set hard. Honest.

Mum has no recollection at all of falling, or anything at all that happened on Saturday. So I will hold one of these mirrors up so she can see her bonce. She is not tall enough to reach any of the mirrors in the house. She thinks I have made it all up. Honestly I have better things to do.

I am entering these into the PaperArtsy alcohol inks challenge.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Stampbord Mirror - PaperArtsy Squares and Grids Challenge

A great challenge over on PaperArtsy with some great inspiration so far! I thought I would make something that would be useful and I needed a mirror for my dressing table at Mum's, you know, the kind of thing you can grab and hold up a nose length to myopically put on mascara! I've had some wooden ones for ages from the pound stand at shows, which I thought would be perfect surrounded by Stampbord inchies.

I'm having a phase of watercolouring at the moment. Nothing to show you, and probably never will be, but I am improving. Anyway, as an offshoot, I decided to use some dabs of watercolour on the tiles as a change from inks. I have been using one of those mini travel palettes with a small number of colours in that you are supposed to use whilst sitting in a field of poppies. They are ideal for me when sitting in an armchair next to Mum at weekends or for taking to France. I used a selection of Hot Picks stamps for an eclectic look, and embossed them with a purpley-black embossing powder. As I've mentioned before, my room at Mum's is mainly purple, chosen because Col would hate it and I can please myself there. I tidied up the sides and the inner edge of the frame with some heathery-purple velvet ribbon which really finished off the boudoir look.

 I found the watercolours worked really well because where I found I had a blob of purple where a facial feature needed to be prominent, I could take a damp paintbrush and lift some of the colour away.

I am entering this into the PaperArtsy Squares and Grids Challenge which is here.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Demo at Ally Pally - and PaperArtsy Autumn Leaves Challenge

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to demo on the PaperArtsy stand at Ally Pally which was great fun. The customers were great and took such an interest in finding out more about the products. A while ago my friend, Pauline, had mentioned that Lesley Wharton had been on The Craft Channel for Chocolate Baroque promoting Brushos so I tuned in to see this lovely lady on one of her shows. She did a great technique where she sprinkled the Brushos onto tissue paper, spritzed it with water, then when it was dry she scrunched it up then tore it into tiny pieces, decoupaged it onto various surfaces such as a frame, and then highlighted the crinkles with embossing powder. I thought I would try this with PaperArtsy Infusions but keeping the tissue in one whole piece. The result is above, on the lid of one of those wonderful boxes you can get from the MDF man, Rob, at the shows (although I think he may not be coming anymore unless we send him some love?!). I think the colours I used were Are You Cerise, Royal Blood, Violet Storm, Black Knight, and Sunset Beach. I patted a Versamark Pad over it and around the lovely shaped edges and used a special dual toned sapphire embossing powder I bought years ago from Gill at the Stamp Man.

So I thought this would be a good technique to show at Ally Pally as it translates so well into the Infusions and I thought Treasure Gold would work well instead of embossing powder, and it works a treat. Pauline had given me a huge pile of wooden blocks some time ago when she took the rubber stamps off in the microwave. They are so useful although they need a bit of prepping. I gessoed them first so that the true colours showed up, and wrapped the tissue paper around them. Before I dried the spritzed tissue I plonked some cardstock down to pick up the excess and to use for stamping on and matching everything up.

 You can see what the tissue looks like here. I think it's lush, but the customers were oohing and aahing when I added the treasure gold to highlight the crinkles. I only used brass but it would be fun to use different colours, maybe a sapphire like the box lid I did?

This is the moppy-uppy card. I stamped some of the gorgeous stamps from Lin Brown's new Eclectica ELB 29/30. These stamps are so lush!!! I found when I was using the Infusions to paint with that if I used gel medium instead of water, the colours were much more intense. I am new to Infusions, is this a known fact? Very nice anyway!

It's lots of very special people's birthdays this week - lovely Julie Ann, one of my other best friends, Elaine, my bro John, and our lovely David would have been 57. I decided to make some Autumn Leaves birthday cards and this one is for John as he won't look on here. I thought it would be suitable for the PaperArtsy Autumn Leaves challenge, and just right for a horticulturalist. I used the tissue as the background glued to some cardstock and the sentiment is from JoFY 26. I am entering the challenge which is here.

One final thing I was showing at Ally Pally. A couple of years ago, Anneke de Clerck, who I greatly admire, did a blog post for PaperArtsy which I adored, using little pieces of scrunched up tissue on this particular flower, a hollyhock I think, from JoFY 26. As you get lots of tiny scraps of coloured tissue left from the Infusions technique, I thought I would revisit it with this card. The background has been made with Crayola Slick Stix. Hope you like.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Charm Box for PaperArtsy

I'm delighted to have a post on the PaperArtsy blog featuring the theme Beads, Charms and Dangles. For more information on how I made this box with Crayola Slick Stix and Lynne Perrella stamps, with clay and shrink plastic charms, please hop on over to PaperArtsy. I'd be thrilled if you left a comment there or here. I hope you will join in the challenge!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Zesty Zing Patterns

At the moment, Paper Artsy have a Patterns theme challenge, and the challenge on That's Crafty is Zesty Zing. I thought it would be fun to combine the two. I had in my mind's eye to do rows of brightly coloured Fresco paint colours with a different pattern on each colour, going across. I wanted the rows to be definite but not neat lines, and for the colour to be a bit patchy. I also wanted a little bit of white to separate the rows. I found the idea much easier than the reality! I wanted to use my brayer, with different widths of masking tape to divide up the rows, removing them when I had done a particular colour. Above is what I finally came up with, on a canvas board. For the colours I used Zesty Zing, Granny Smith, Limelight, Coral, Cherry Red, Bougainvillea, and Tango. For the stamping I used EEV05 and 06, ELB 23, and ESN17. IRL it is incredibly Zingy!!

As I was working I cleaned off my brayer and my stamps onto a piece of stamping card and then stamped the leaves from EEV02 and the Flower from JoFY36 and layered them up to finish the piece off.

This card was a result of my first, trial attempt which was a masterboard on cardstock, which I cut up into pieces and have made several cards. It was tricky working out which colours of stamping would show up on the paint lines. The main disaster though was that I had various types and widths of masking tape and one of them was very high tack and lifted off some of the surface of the card. This made it very 'textural' in one spot! It wasn't a complete waste though as I've been able to use it, and it was good fun. 

I am entering the card and canvas into the That's Crafty Zesty Zing challenge and the Paper Artsy Patterns challenge.