Friday, 16 February 2018

Pretty Painty Grunge

  • Packaging with a brilliant honeycomb structure, so ripped some of the top paper to expose the cells.
  • Applied gesso so that my Fresco paint wouldn't soak right through the cardboard.
  • Loaded a brayer with paint applied randomly layers of paint. I love how the texture is highlighted. Some areas of the background i used a baby wipe with paint to fill in some of the white areas in the honeycomb. Then letting the paint drip down the background.
  • Using scraps of a cotton dressing square, twine I coloured with the paints and stuck down with binder.
  • Painted some sequin waste and stuck that down with the binder. I used my heat gun to speed up drying time and not thing I melted some of the sequin waste!!! Not advisable as it gave of an awful smell!
  • The air dry clay flowers came about because i was using up some clay that was drying out. I did make roses to start of with but I didn't feel they were right for this project. So i had a go at making flowers using hearts and circles, colouring the clay with paint. Once dry I added the same colour paint I used in the clay. The centres on some I added glitter and some a jade bead.
  • Stamped into the clay and cut around the shape, once dry applied paint.
  • Metallic glaze paint on the clay flowers and butterflies.
  • Splattered with concrete.
  • Finally used binder to give a glaze.

Materials used;
Seth Apter Fresco Paints - Key Lime, Green Patina, Mud Splat, Smoked Paprika.
Seth Apter stamps - ESA04
Paperartsy Fresco Paints - Concrete, Metallic Glaze.
Amsterdam Binder
Air dry clay
Silicone moulds
Jade beads

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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Weeds Be Daisies

Again I used 2 ATC sized stamping card.
I seemed to have done two together every time, no reasoning behind this,
I just thought with them being tiny 2 would show more of the stamped images.
Watered down paint and 'dripped’ and mopped up colour with a cloth
and dabbed on the card.
Stamped and embossed images.
Coloured in with various pens and pencils.
Splattered, doodled border, distressed the edges with scissors.
Inspired by PaperArtsy design team and Kay Carley post.

Material used;
PaperArtsy Stamps - EKC13, FRESCO Paints - Mermaid, Green Patina
Distress Oxide - Black Soot
Sakura sparkle and souffle pens
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens
Inktense pencils

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Purple Power

Spritzed water onto 2 ATC size watercolour card.
Sprinkled slime infusion and a mica powder onto the card.
Also, dribbling some of the power at the top of the card to get a dripped effect.
Using distress oxides and the brand new kay Carley collection stamped and embossed the
images. Because I used blue and purple ink the images didn't show up so I have coloured
them with the glitter pens and added shadow with a white pen.
Still not satisfied with the results ATC set 3 was born! But the next day I added
splattered paint, distressed the edges and doodled in black pen.
Then went around the edges with black oxide ink.
Finally I used glitter gel through my new stencil and now Im happy how it has turned out.
Inspired by Kay Carley post.

Material used;
PaperArtsy Infusions - Slime, Stamps - EKC13, Stencil PS078
Distress Oxide - Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet, Black Soot
Sakura sparkle and souffle pens
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens
White pen

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Sunday, 28 January 2018


Firstly I  prepared some cotton material with Terial Magic which stiffens the fabric to a paper/light card texture. I have used it in my printer with fantastic results but for this project I wanted to stamp and sew.
Then I cut the fabric a little bigger than 2 portrait ATC’s so when finished they would flow together.
Stamped the flowers and butterflies. I chose these flowers because I planned to do French knots where the dots are on the flower head but I couldn't find any embroidery thread! I tried with Guttaman sewing cotton but all it did was either ended up a tangled mess of cotton or disappeared back through the material!
Chain stitch was successful for the stems and a satin stitch for the flower heads.
I really enjoyed sewing again which is something I haven't done for years. I used to make a lot of my clothes, hats and home decor.
So instead of French knots I used 3D glue for the dots then sprinkled glitter over the it whilst still wet.
Once dry I coloured in the butterflies with sparkle pens.
Then splattered white paint all over both designs.
Cut them to size.
Applied to black card with gloss medium and also over all of the ATC's to protect the design. It was then that the glitter migrated over all of the design but lookly didn't spoil it.
I'm really chuffed with the results and has awakened my love for sewing.
Inspired by Keren Baker's post.

Materials used;
PaperArtsy stamps EKC06
Terial Magic
Tonic Nuvo ink pad - green
3D glue
Glitter pens
Cotton material

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Torn Apart

I do a lot of tearing in my projects because I'm useless at matting and layering so torn edges disguise mistakes!
Inspired by Claire Snowdon.
This project came about because of what's been happening to me lately.
I suffer with fibromyalgia plus I've had numerous car accidents that have left me with various symptoms.  I believe the last accident I had in 1999 was the trigger of fibromyalgia. It's a battle everyday but I'm determined for it NOT totally take over.  But recently with the change of weather I've got a constant flare up of symptoms.  Also,  not being able to socialise in the evening with old friends has made me feel torn and ripped up due to my illness.  
This is what my project represents.  I have wrote fibromyalgia on the background which is surrounded by torn paper and tissue representing being ripped apart and fragile.
Firstly I painted the background and randomly stamped in ink.
Prepared watercolour paper with distress oxides mopped up from my craft sheet then ripped it up into pieces making sure I had enough pieces to cover the background.
Distressed the edges with oxides to try and make it looked burnt.  I'm accident prone and didn't want to use a lighter to actually burn the edges!
Arranged on the background. Found that there was some gaps because of curling the edges of the torn pieces! So added some stamped tissue I had done awhile ago.  Which fits in with what I wanted to express with this project.
Coloured some staples with marker pen then stapled the pieces together and to the background.
Wrote fibromyalgia but making sure it wasn't dominating the project.
Then heat embossed a inspiring sentiment, ripped, distressed and stapled to the background .
Also heat embossed a lambretta which is something I absolutely loved but unable to ride or join in with the scooter scene anymore.
I love rust so added rusty cogs, butterfly and flower.
Finally stamped and embossed butterflies and dragonflies representing new beginning and fly free.

Materials used;
PaperArtsy- Fresco Paints- mermaid, south pacific  Stamps- ETS02
Distress Oxides- black soot, vintage photo, wilted violet, peacock feathers.
Lavinia stamps
Visible Image stamps
Cogs, butterfly, flower from stash.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Miracle White

The title of this piece says it all for me,  it's a miracle there are no marks on it from stray paint,  powders etc.
Inspiration from Miriam Grazier
The first background layer - applied texture paste around the edge of the card.  Stamped into it which wasn't very successful so on the areas I didn't get a good impression I stamped and embossed the leaves. Applied guiding polish over the texture paste.
2nd layer - applied texture paste with a stencil.
3rd layer - stamped and embossed flower.  The words I used the texture paste and then sprinkled with large glitter.
Final layer - stamped and embossed flowers. Also applied guiding polish all over the background. Used a white paint pen for the grass.  3d glue to the flowers and glitter to the smaller flowers. The sentiment  is on a separate layer as I did get a mark in that area so stamped and embossed on another piece of card!
Distressed all the edges of the layers then 3d glue gel to stack them up.
Displayed in a box frame.

Material used;
PaperArtsy - stamps EKC06,ELB31,JOFY38, stencils ELB045,PS060
Texture paste
Cosmic shimmer - gilding polish pearl lustre, crystal chips
Embossing powder - seaform white
3d glue - white
3d glue gel

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

More Rust!!!!

This is the project that kept going wrong!!
Inspiration from Sue Carrington
I used versamark to stamp the flowers, then sprinkled with rusting powder and once covered gently shook off the excess. At this point I thought ‘success’ only to be disappointed when I spritzed with vinegar because the stamped images looked blurred!!! Not to be defeated I left it overnight.
The next day the images were visible but with a halo of rust.
So then I sprinkled infusions over the fabric and spritzed with water. Waited for it to dry. Result! an even bigger halo of rust around the images!!!!
Then when I picked it up to place on the canvas the rust started to drop off! So to stop this happening I brushed on a couple of coats of matte medium.
This seemed to do the trick of containing any loose rust.
Next, on a canvas I painted patina green, sprinkled rust over it whilst wet then spritzed with vinegar. Left it overnight.
The rust looked good but the green looked too ‘clean’ to applied paint to ‘dirty’ it up.
Then I applied the fabric with matt medium.
To define the stamped images I used stencil glue then guiding flakes.
I then glued ‘rusty’ die cuts to the background and finally 3d glue.
To say I was going to bin it I think it doesn't look too bad now!!!

Materials used;
Paperartsy-fresco paints and stamps.
Rusting powder.

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