Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Hi there , I want to show you this plaque because it is a mixture of stamping and painting . The background flowers are simply stamped onto the painted plaque in two colours before the main flowers were stamped . I have used PaperArtsy stamps for this design . Once the ink is dry I used PaperArtsy Grunge Paste to paint on the flowers to create texture on the petals . This has to be left to dry before the next stage .
Once the grunge paste was dry I painted the flowers with various shades of blue and added the highlights by dry brushing white paint over the raised areas . The centers of the flowers were created by adding dots of the grunge paste . When the rest of the painting was dry I rubbed Treasure Gold over the dots to make them stand out .
It's fun to mix techniques like this using ideas from different areas of the craft and art world .
I then spent a long time cutting out lots of flowers from various scrapbooking papers . It's amazing how many flowers I needed . These were then stuck onto the body of the mannequin , overlapping each other to make it look like a flower garden . I decorated the front and the back so that it looks pretty from all angles .
The seed beads were stuck on in random patches to add to the design .Around the neck is a piece of lace and more seed beads .
The wings were made from wire wrapped in ribbon and then covered in tulle . I also used the tulle to tie a bow at the base of the wings .
I think that this mannequin looks much better that it did when I originally found it and I enjoyed decorating it so much that I have gone on to decorate other mannequins in different ways .
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
This picture shows a small piece of the finished work which is a circular plaque decorated with Christmas baubles . I know it's not Christmas yet but sometimes it's nice to started early !
painted and then covered with crackle medium .
The picture below shows a close up of part of the plaque . I hope you have enjoyed seeing this -- I'll be back soon .
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
My projects today on the PaperArtsy Blog are a pair of treasure boxes with marbled backgrounds .The whole project and instructions are on that blog so I won't repeat everything here . The two boxes were painted with the same autumnal colours however one is a deeper colour than the other . The picture below shows the finished darker box .
Both of the boxes have been stamped with images from my stamps . The images have been embossed to create a background effect .
Below are a few pictures of the two finished boxes .
As they say , 'That's all for now folks ' , back soon.
Monday, 15 September 2014
Welcome back . This week I am showing three projects that I have created using my new stamps which are made by PaperArtsy . The three projects will be shown in full on the PaperArtsy blog so hop over there if you want to see everything .
The picture below shows a small part of the whole project.
This project started life as a wooden plaque and a piece of fabric ! The fabric was stiffened and stuck to wood with any one of a number of mediums (I used Jo Sonjas Fabric medium - but slightly diluted PVA glue would work as well ).The fabric was pleated and shaped while it was wet and left to dry .
The plaque was coloured by spraying on diluted paint and then the raised areas were dry brushed with white paint to make them stand out .
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the finished work and I will be back soon .
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Hello again , finally I'm back with another post ! I thought that I would share a painted project with you today . This is a large flat box and the picture shows the lid . The box itself is quite shallow but is a lovely size to store notes and similar treasures .
The center of the lid is painted with lots of layers of colour slowly building up to the pale highlights .The corners are painted with fine lines and bots in a warm white to create a lacey effect . This is a lovely decorative painting technique and can be used as an addition to a design or as the complete design .
Here is a close up of the central panel which shows how the multiple thin glazes blend to create depth in the painting .
I have always loved painting and have been a decorative painter for many years . I find that this translates easily into stamping projects because everything I have learnt about painting backgrounds and colour theory is just as appropriate to stamping .
I hope you liked this little taste of one of the type of things I like to do . See you all soon.
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Hello there , finally I'm back to show you something on this blog ! I have been very busy creating lovely projects for various places and didn't have time to post anything , please forgive me .
Today , I am going to introduce you to two sets of stamps that I designed and have been made by the wonderful people at PaperArtsy . This is the first time that I have designed any stamps and it is very exciting . I really hope that you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed designing them .
If you go over to the PaperArtsy website you will find out more .
Little Canvas Treasure Bags
I have included a couple of step by step photos to show how these little bags were made . They are very simple to create . In the picture above I have stamped and coloured an ivy stamp on tissue paper before adhering it to the back of the bag with PaperArtsy Matt Medium . The backs of the bags are all decorated in the same way using different stamps . As you can see below the mistletoe stamp was used for the back of the next bag .
The front of this bag was created using the same design on tissue paper which I stuck to a piece of fabric before attaching it to the front of the bag .
As you can see in the photograph above, the final bag was decorated using a holly stamp .
In the photograph below, you will see that the front of the bag with the circular design was again created by sticking the tissue onto fabric before adhering that to the bag . To the right of the picture you will see the bag featuring the rectangular design which was simply stamped on tissue paper and coloured before adhering to the bag.
Is it a wall hanging or a parcel ?
To create this canvas I have again used tissue paper to transfer the stamped design onto the background which was already painted using Bora Bora, Hey Pesto and South Pacific PaperArtsy Fresco Paints . I stamped the ivy design randomly and coloured it before adhering it to the painted canvas .
The photo below shows an area where I have used a stencil to create a design using Grunge Paste which has been coloured with green paint.
Next, I created some flowers using my stamps which are actually baubles ! I stamped them with Cranberry Pigment Ink and cut each bauble out before sticking them together to create flowers . See below . The picture shows the flowers in various stages of creation .
I then stamped one of the fairies from my stamp sets and coloured her in . I also made a frame for the piece and added various paints and Treasure Gold to create a striking effect .
The last step was to rub Treasure Gold around the edges of the canvas and adhere the picture and flowers to the canvas . See below for the finished result !
Winter Treasure Box
This Treasure Box is actually a book box but I thought it would make a perfect place to stash some treasure !
I painted the whole box with Antarctic and blended Bora Bora and Space Cadet over this . To create the background I used two of the other new stamps from PaperArtsy, Script Stamp from ESN11 and Blobs from ESN09 .
The picture below shows the back of the box with the background stamping already done and a design stamped using the mistletoe and the ivy stamps from my new sets .
I also used the mistletoe stamp for the design on the front of the box .
The insert (shown in the picture below) was covered with embossed paper which was painted dark blue and rubbed with Treasure Gold to show up the embossing .
I then stamped and coloured another of the fairies from my new stamp set and attached her to the insert along with some ribbon and flowers . The word stamp is from ESN11 .
And here is the finished piece !
Thank you for reading . I hope you like these projects .
Good bye for now , back soon !
Friday, 15 August 2014
Sunday, 10 August 2014
I thought that I would add this picture . It started life as a Tim Holtz shadow box before I started changing things around . As you can see , I have removed some of the little boxes to make an interesting space to put things in. The little cupboard at the bottom was one of the boxes that I removed and then I added doors onto it . The doors are held shut with tiny magnets and open to reveal a treasure box inside . In the next box there is what appears to be a vase - but is in fact a poppy seed head painted with metallic paint . I then put some beads onto the stalk . At the top of the box are some little mushrooms that I made out of card and painted , along with some flowers . The back of the inside of the box is painted and then stamped . As you can see there is a fairy in the box which was the inspiration for the whole design . This explains why there are so many flowers and butterflies etc in the little boxes . I finished the outside with a stamped design and stuck lace around the edges to neaten them up .I really love making and filling this type of box , so I suspect I will show some more in future . Back soon .