Friday, 15 December 2017

Graffiti abstract art...

These pieces of art were originally just practice, but I ended up liking them so much that I decided to make some cards with them.

The base colours are dylusion ink sprays which I muted by adding white gesso when the ink had dried.

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By using different colours on various areas of an A4 sheet of card I managed to get 4 postcard size pieces of art that all co-ordinate.

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Once my base of Dylusions and gesso had dried, I added some black acrylic paint and then used my white Sharpie pen to add the graffiti.

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I really love the overall grunge look.

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Well, have a great day and I will be back soon xx

Mini abstract art for card making...

Having only set up my new blog recently I was disappointed that all of a sudden my mojo just up and left me which is why I have been missing for a few weeks. However I'm glad to report that it is slowly returning and I have been playing in my craft room and now have several projects on the go.

I hadn't tried any abstract art for a while and wanted to create some especially for card making. This meant trying to create movement and detail on a much smaller scale to make it sufficiently interesting.

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 The palette I chose was shades of dark blue with ochre and gold.


I used acrylic paint to create an A4 piece of art, and then used a piece of card with a square aperture to isolate the areas I thought were the best.

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 I think giving anyone a handmade card is such a lovely personal thing to do, but it does not get any more personal than creating your own art work to give away.

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I hope you like these little creations, have a great day whatever you are doing xx

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Vintage collage...

I have made these little creations especially for this week's Simon Says Monday Challenge which is called " Tear It Up".

I first tore up lots of old book pages and collaged them with stamped images from the fab Stampendous Andy Skinner stamp set called "Shabby Chic".

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 Then I used distress inks in Seedless Preserves and Victorian velvet, two of my fave Tim Holtz colours. I also used them on some flowers from my stash to match my background.

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To finish I embossed a couple of Stampin Up sentiments on gold embossing powder.

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  It is very unusual for me to attempt vintage, it is not my area of expertise, but the distress inks and stamps really did all the hard work for me.

 I do hope you are all having a lovely week, bye for now xx

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Trio of abstract thank you cards...

I've managed to combine my love of abstract art, Gelli printing, collage and card making with these creations. These cards started life as an A4 Gelli print and I then just kept adding acrylic paint and some collaged book papers to create these abstract designs.

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Little pieces of art to which I added an Indigo Blu leaf flourish stamp in white acrylic.

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I really love the colours of DoCrafts acrylic paint in Conifer Green which is almost a turquoise colour,  and DecoArt Lush Foliage which is the pale green.

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All the sentiments are from Papertrey's Boutique Borders Thanks stamp set and I used Crealies dot rectangles to die cut my rectangles as I think they give a really lovely finish to a card.The silver twine is from some old Christmas gift wrapping stash I have.

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 Really enjoyed making these little cards. Hope you all have a lovely weekend xx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Pastel colour art journal pages...

Things have been pretty hectic so I haven't been able to dedicate as much time as I would have liked to my new blog, but at last things have slowed down a little and given my time to create my entry for the Mixed Media Place October challenge which is based on this gorgeous moodboard of pastel colours... 

I actually find pastel colours very hard to work with, I either go for neutral or brights so this really was a challenge for me.

I really tried to pull out the pinks and soft greys from the moodboard...

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I've added lots of  texture as I with lace and texture paste using my favourite Prima flourish stencil. I even changed the colour of the centre of my flowers to match my pages.

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The theme of the challenge is delicate, which I hope I have achieved, and kindness. That's why I have chosen this Donna Downey sentiment from her "just what to say" stamp set. I can't think of nicer words to say to anyone.

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It has been nice to step out of my comfort zone with these pastel colours, maybe I will try to use them more often.

I hope to be back very soon with more creations! Take care xx

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Layered stamping...

I am making the most of the extra hour today and have created this card for this week's Less is More challenge which is layered stamping.

It is actually one of my favourite techniques. I've stuck with neutral tones of brown, adding another collage stamp and sentiment in black ink for contrast.

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The frame stamp and sentiment is by Papertrey called Boutique borders love stamp set, and the lovely postal collage stamp set is by Kaisercraft. 

I have tried to create some balance with the stamping on each side of the card, and then adding a black tab with a Stampin' Up brad to add extra interest.

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 I hope you are having a great weekend, thank you for stopping by x

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Mixed media collage art journal pages *you never know*

As I was still in the mood for art journalling I decided to use my new Dylusions creative art journal. I bought the 9" x 11" size, and it was only when I opened it I realised how much blank space there was to fill.

I don't normally journal in quite such a big book and it was daunting. However, I just started by collaging in opposite corners and tried to let the pages evolve.

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Some of the collaged pieces were left over from another project where I had used blue paint, so I used blue and magenta pink watercolour together with highlights of gold, and then added black for some dramatic contrast.

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I did go a bit overboard with the Tim Holtz flourish stencil!

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I have to say I really like the colour combination and I'm pleased with how these pages turned out.

Thank you for stopping by xx

Mixed media collage art journal page * be strong*

I do love collage and creating art journal pages, but when I started this page I had really no idea what I was trying to achieve. It was the background stamp, a frame stamp by Melissa Frances, that gave me the idea to try and do an abstract Cityscape and this was the result. 

I collaged some pages from a vintage book and and gesso'd all over. Then I used texture paste to add the script stencil, and some drywall tape for extra texture, and then added some earthy watercolour tones to my page. The ornate book plate is by Tim Holtz.

It took a while, but this page has actually grown on me the more I look at it. I shall be entering it into the Simon Says Monday challenge which is "monochrome".

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Thank you so much for stopping by x 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Mixed Media Collage Collection...

30 years ago today, here in the South East of England, we were hit by a great storm. I remember it vividly. I was woken at approx 4am and looked out of the window to see trees bent over straining against the wind and debris flying everywhere. I remember our greenhouse being lifted up almost in one piece and then dropping to the ground completely smashing it to pieces. I could not believe this was happening in our little part of the country. I had only ever seen this kind of weather in films or in news reports from other parts of the world. No-one had ever seen anything like it in the UK in their lifetime, or indeed since. 

Luckily we have escaped ex-hurricane Ophelia which has hit the west and north of the UK today, but I feel for those who are affected and hope everyone is OK.

Today I have been making a collection of collage pieces. I used old dictionary papers and magazines to collage and then used my Prima Oil pastels to add colour. I also added some stencilling and stamping to add a bit more pattern and detail. The lovely lace pocket die I've used on the larger card is by Elizabeth Crafts.

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I collaged an A4 piece of card and after cutting it up found I had enough for all of these creations.

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I really love the colours of yellow, pale pink, grey with hints of gold here and there. The tags were made using a tag die by Papertrey.

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I have used my Donna Downey Empowered words stamps again, with the exception of the Gift sentiment which is by Heartfelt creations.

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 And here is the whole collection...

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 I really love how grungey they turned out.

Anyway, I hope you are all OK and the weather is being kind to you x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Collage art journal pages...

Sometimes I like to create mini collage pieces that are not just quick to do but make me think about how I can build on what I have created. 

And so I came up with these little collage journal pages.

I stamped Kaisercraft "Postmarks" stamp onto 2 pieces of white card and then collaged some stripes of deli paper which I printed on with my Gelli plate in oranges, pinks and gold colours. I then adhered them inside my 8" x 5" Dylusions creative journal. I could have stamped and collaged directly into my journal but I like the contrast of the white card against the buff colour of the journal.

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I like the areas of white space for the eye to rest on, and the transparency of the deli paper allowing the stamped image to show through. And to finish I added the simple Donna Downey sentiment stamped and embossed in silver.

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This will be my second entry for the Simon Says Monday challenge which is "anything but a card".

Thank you for stopping by x