Saturday, 23 April 2011

Grungy Monday 04 : Texture Fades and Distress

A bit late for "Monday", but just made it.  We've been hard at work this week doing the final decorating on our kitchen and we decided that there would be no "play time" until we finished.  We have now finished - hooray! 


So to Grungy Monday ....... This week's challenge over on Studio L3 is the wonderful technique of using texture fades and distress inks.  Click the link here to go to Linda's blog for details of the challenge and the link to Mr T's great instructional video.  Do take a look at the wonderful examples provided this week and the entries for the challenge.  They really are quite fantastic and such a huge range of ideas.

I used only two colours of distress inks for this hanging (I'm really into hangings at the moment!) - Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo.   Having spent alot of time recently making flowers I thought I would do a "manly" theme instead.  It was alot of fun.  So thanks Linda for yet another wonderful challenge.  I did do this technique during the Twelve Tags last year, but didn't get to grips with it - I must have been putting the ink on the wrong side of the embossing folder .............. hmmm.  I shall certainly be doing this technique again as it really is effective.

Have a great weekend everyone and thank you if you are visiting my blog to look at this piece - I really appreciate it!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Grungy Monday - Colour Wash


Another lovely challenge from Linda over at Studio L3 Exploring Adirondack Colour Wash.  Great!  Only problem is I only own two - Sailboat Blue and Butterscotch.  And ... I've never really used them either.

I was very inspired by the Guest Designers pieces, including Linda's wonderful scarf.  I am also a GREAT admirer of Hels' work too and have sitting on my desk a lovely piece made by her absolutely bursting with grungepaper roses.  So as I haven't made one for quite a while I thought it would make a good project for the Butterscotch Colour Wash.  I really liked the way the mountboard took the two colours as well, but it is amazing how the same colours are so much darker on grungepaper - making it look as though I own more than just the two (lol).

So do click the link HERE and hop over to Linda's blog and the details of the challenge.  Do please have a look at the wonderful projects being submitted, particularly Linda's scarf, as all the projects show just how versatile this product is.


Thank you (again!) for a great challenge Linda - I will certainly be using mine more often and adding to my little stock.

Monday, 11 April 2011

A Study in Green .......


A card I made last week for my friend's birthday which was today.  She just loves the colour  green, so it is always a challenge to try and make her a card which is relatively green - not necessarily the colour I normally work with!

The card fits very nicely with Crafty Individuals very FIRST challenge which is "simply squares".  Click the link HERE to be taken to their blog and details of the challenge.  I am a HUGE fan of Crafty Individuals stamps and looking in my box(es)(!) of stamps the other day I realise I have a huge collection of their stamps.  I also particularly love working with their small pictures and backing papers and their new lines in "alterables" are really fantastic.  Click here to be taken to the online shop, but also check out their gallery too as there are so many wonderful and inspiring pieces. 

Jean and Malcolm are both very talented and their stamps and artwork from Malcolm's photography are fantastic.  I am also always amazed at how quickly they manage to get things to Shetland! 

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Left Overs!

Every so often over the last few months I have made a small collaged square of the bits and pieces of stamping that were on my desk - you know the mis inked bits that were not good enough for the project you were doing but were too good to throw away.  Now that I have nine completed squares I have made them into a larger collage on an 8" x 8" piece of paperstock.  It was alot of fun and will now be a good reference for ideas.

The collage fits quite nicely with the Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog monthly challenge which is Layers.  You can find all the details here and see some wonderful entries by both the Design Team and those who have entered the challenge.



Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Once in a Blue Moon .......


As April is a month with five weeks, Gingersnap Creations are hosting their "Once in a Blue Moon" Challenge with a huge choice of past challenges to choose from (you can find the details here.  So I am going for the Shades of Blue Challenge (GC60) with this collage piece I made for my husband for Christmas.  In my hurry to get it framed (errr ... on Christmas Eve) I didn't take any photos or manage to get it onto my blog.  So the photos are not so great as the glass has got in the way a bit.


I love blues, they are my absolute favourite color and as we do alot of sailing they get used quite alot in my work.  The background of the piece is a Crafty Individuals stamp stamped with Sepia ink on tissue tex.  I inked and sprtized a couple of pages to create the squares, some of which are embossed.  The photographs are close ups of our own boat printed on canvas.  So there is quite a bit of texture which you can't really see in the photos.

There are some lovely pieces of work over on the challenge and it really is worth hitting the link here and having a look.

PS  My husband loved his present!

Be the change ......


I am doing a multi media online course with Catherine Scanlon over at The Creative Classroom and this is my first assignment. As many of you know I just love Catherine's work and so I really wanted to find the time to do this course. 

There are so many layers on this piece.  I didn't have a canvas so I used a piece of 8" x 8" very heavy watercolour paper.  The first layer is a collage of dictionary and music paper, overlaid with colour.  I had problems getting muted colours from my watercolour sticks, so I used Distress Inks which did move around a bit when I put the Multi Medium layers on.  My stamping is all on tissue tex and layered over the first two layers and then there are other layers of music paper, collage and perfect pearls. 

The embossing on the right hand side was done through a Glimmer Mist stencil with a pearl dabber but I didn't like the colour so ovelaid the stencil again and tried Wild Honey Distress Ink.  I was still not satisfied with that so overlaid the stencil yet again and tried Blue Sapphire Distress Ink.  Amazing how you can keep building up the colours until you get something you can live with.

This was fun to do although I had to think very hard about my composition.  I can't wait to start this week's assignment which is more abstract.

Somewhat Unseasonal!


The wonderful Linda over at Studio L3 gave us another great Grungy Monday challenge yesterday using a video by Tim Holtz which can be found if you click here.  A great resist technique utilising Distress Ink with Studio Multi Medium. 

I just HAD to use my new Tattered Leaves die and I made a stencil in thick card which I used to create the resist with the Multi Medium (slightly opposite to Mr T but it still works  in the same way!)  I had intended to make this a spring tag with yellows and greens but just a little bit of Rusty Hinge crept in and hey presto I was in another totally different colour scheme.  So a but unseasonal, but I went with an Autumn theme.  Do go over to Linda's blog and look at the wonderful pieces of art Linda and others have made using this wonderful resist technique.  Definately one I will be using again.

Then ....... I realised that this fitted in very nicely with Gingersnap Creations Third Annual Copper, Ginger, or Rust Challenge, details of which can be found here and if you scroll down the page you will see some fantastic examples of using these wonderful colours.  I used Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey and Mustard Seed.  Amazing how they all look slightly different when used on different mediums.  I just love Rusty Hinge!

So a Monday double! 

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