Thursday, 13 July 2017

A patchwork of colour!

Stamps by Andy Skinner

Ooh I love me a bit of colour!  I made these patchwork backgrounds after discovering that I really, really like the brayered off pages I make when I'm gel plate printing. You know, the accidental artwork is often the best! So I deliberately created harsh lines and a patchwork effect here.

(Some of you have asked which brayer I prefer ... I use a Speedball soft brayer)

I used the highly pigmented DecoArt Media fluid acrylics without any gesso or Tinting Base, which is unusual for me, but you do get this very gorgeous vibrant colour :-)

I made a couple of large pages on smooth white card stock, and then cut it up into smaller pieces to allow me to create mini art journal pages.

Here are a few step-by-step pics so you can see how the layers built up:

Primary Yellow

Green Gold

Cobalt Teal Hue

Quinacridone Red/Magenta


A bit more Cobalt Teal Hue

And here's how it looks when I chop it all up into smaller pages. And doing it this way means I get lots of backgrounds to use for future mini art journal pages!

I used stamps by Andy Skinner with Archival inks to build up the backgrounds even more:

Byee for now!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Another video for Gel Press :-)

You know how much I like mono printing?! Well, I've got another video out today on the Gel Press youtube channel. Please do go and take a lookie :-)

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Colourful and messy. That's how I like it!

Stencil: Corncob Etchings by Kasia Avery, Butterfly Collage for Crafters Workshop
Paper Dolls by Tim Holtz

 I LOVE this kind of art journaling ... the kind where you just set out on a page without a clue of where you are going to end up. I used my 'scribbling with paint' technique for this page. I was prepping for my regular art journaling class at Art from the Heart and I just *know* they were all expecting me to use a brayer as I have been stuck in a rut with that for a while, but I like to keep everyone on their toes ;-)

I used the latest stamp set by Everything Art. I love the vintage faces - last week I used them as a background on some mini art journaling pages (see that post here), but this time I used them more as a focal point.

The Tim Holtz Paper Dolls are great for art journaling, and personally, I love anything I don't have to cut out myself! I also used some of his stickers to make a 'found' poem.

Byee for now!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Mini Art Journaling.

Images: Botanicals, and Paper Dolls by Tim Holtz
Background stamps: Unexplained by Andy Skinner
Stencil: Corncob Etchings by Kasia Avery

Love a bit of art journaling in miniature. I think I may have said that before ;-) These little pages are from a class I taught at Art from the Heart at the weekend, and we had a lot of fun making pages in miniature! These pages are approximately ATC sizesd but as some of them are off-cuts from previous projects it varies a bit.

In this regular class we used to work in our small journals but there has been a shift towards working on small loose leaf pages which we store in bags made using a Tim Holtz Sizzix die.

This time we used ready made die cuts by Tim Holtz, from the Botanicals set, and the Paper Dolls. LOVE! Call me lazy, but I especially love anything I don't have to cut out myself.

Here's my ever-growing collection .... which  of course I will keep adding to:

You can check out all of the classes at Art from the Heart here, and maybe I'll see you there one day,  but we warned, these classes sell out quickly!

Bye for now!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Shame on you Photobucket....

Just a quick post to explain the 'unusual' look of my blog recently.

In case you haven't heard the image hosting site Photobucket suddenly updated their terms and conditions WITHOUT WARNING and decided in their wisdom that it would be a good idea to charge $399 per year for third party image hosting. Until you pay (or not as the case may be) all images are removed and replaced with the Photobucket warning logo. Nice.  And they will also bombard your Photobucket library with ads so that you can't even see your own photos.

I can't even begin to imagine whose idea this was and why it was agreed?

As I have absolutely no intention of paying such a huge amount of money for such a shoddy service I will have to try and sort it out. Which is not easy for me as I am technologically challenged!

Please bear with me as I try to unpick this.