Saturday, May 20, 2017

Colour sample challenge.

Following with the life documented Challenge 2017, week 18, Make a colour sample of your favourite colour set and use a stamp.

On some watercolour paper I first stamped this flower stamp using Staz-on ink, then using my  Derwent fine art watercolour pencils I made a colour chart, writing down the colour and number of each pencil before moving onto the next colour. Later I made this page into a small watercolour booklet by giving it a cover and adding more pages, 12 pages in all. Now I can use it as a guide with my watercolour pencils. I intend to use this booklet for my more delicate watercolour work as I like the white background and delicate colours of these pencils. The dragonfly I painted with the same watercolour pencils using a small filbert brush direct onto the end of the pencil.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Collage page, mixed media.

To get my creative flow going again I have been participating a life documentation group, it is a mixed media (closed) group with art prompts either weekly or monthly. I decided to do a monthly challenge as that would allow me to be more creative in my folk art, well this is what I planned. Just because I am new to this I found myself checking out the weekly prompts, now I am hooked, well for the moment, it is helping overcome a dry spell in my painting although this challenge is not painting I am finding it helps, with having ME I have to watch my energy levels, painting and now mixed media is a beautiful way to sit down and as long as I have everything around me I can sit and play a couple of hours.

This weeks challenge was to collage a page, Be Fearless, use bright colours and add an envelope. I know that I had plenty of colourful paper on hand and the bright colours fitted me well. So hear goes!

I started with some black card from the newsagents, cut it into 8" x 16", folded it into two.

 I had an old pearl envelope that had the flap cut off, so I stuck that to the page leaving the right side in glued to make a pocket.

I have a box of scrap left over from my card making, these are all hand painted. I played around with the layout and colours a little before gluing them down. I ended up not using them all. I used a tag I had made a while ago and was not sure what to do with it, I think it goes well with the page.

Playing around with some scraps.

Decided to use this tag instead of cutting up the yellow piece as it had some texture I did not want to cut or cover up. The tag also has texture with a little glitter.

The finished page, I added some multi coloured dots I picked up from a dollar shop, some Nuvo drops in pearl, I love these they are easy to apply direct to the page, do not take long to dry, most of all they form a lovely domed dot. The yellow flower tag I also had in my stash I wrote a quote on the back using a white Signo pen, this fits inside the pocket made with the pearl envelope.

Till next time take Care, Lyn.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Thanks to Shel c I now have a stencil folder.

Thanks to Shell C;  I now have a lovely new holder for my stencils to carry while I am teaching.

Shell C made a tag book out of a mac cheese wrapper, see the link to her video above. I loved the idea so I made my own stencil carrier from the same idea.

Using only scrap card and papers I had left over from my scrapbook stash I made use off what materials I had. I had an insert from a men's PJ's that was a good size and was already folded with a gusset down one size. After making the inside folders I cut the cover to fit before decorating.

Closed folder with elastic closure.
I used some thin drawing paper as the cover, decorating it with Inktence blocks, spreading with a baby wipe, letting this dry before stamping and applying ink through a stencil. The paper was thin although it took the Inktence colour well, it did ripple when I applied the craft glue, when it had dried it looked ok. The inside I applied the same only in 3 pieces, when all this had dried I strengthened it with washi tape on the folds and edges. It held up quite well. I then applies Liquitex matt medium over each side of the folder.

The outside of the file showing the 2 folds that I ended up covering up with washi tape for strength.

The inside showing the decorated paper covering the scrap card from the PJ's. You can see the double fold toward the top of the photo.
Open folder when finished.

The inside folders I made to hold the stencils are made in the same way that Shell C made, only a size that fitted my 6" x 6" stencils.
I just had on hand some 12" x 12" scrapbook cardstock, I folded up a flap 3 1/4" (8.5cm) from the bottom and then folded (book wise) over 5 1/2"  leaving  6 1/2 "  Both these now have pockets in the bottom. I then covered the flap edge with washi tape while open, folded up the flap and then used the washi tape to cover each long edge with the flap folded enclosing the flap in the tape. This finishes the folder neatly and secures the flap.
I find that the larger right side holds my 6" x 6" stencils, while the smaller left side pocket holds my Tim holts stencils or my 4" x 4" or card stencils quite well.
I had some very thin flat black elastic in my sewing box so I used that wrapping around the fold top to bottom about 6 times, tying in the centre to keep them together leaving a long tag on Both edges making a loop before tying a knot at the edge to form a loop to keep the folder closed.
The folders then can be inserted into the cover, use one strand of the elastic for each folder. Please see this video if you are unsure, it is quite easy to follow.  
On this photo you can see the elastic at the top and bottom on the fold.

Showing an open folder with the stencils in the pockets. The black line is one of the elastic strings holding the folder inside the cover.

Have fun hope you enjoyed!



Friday, April 21, 2017

New 2017

Hi to everyone who still continues to check out my blog through Blogger. It has been a while since I decided to change sites, and I am really enlightened by so many people who are still viewing this blog that I will from time to time keep the pages going. It seems that my older posts are the ones that loose the photographs so we will see what happens. Thank you to all my lovely readers, Lyn.

These days I am also into Art Journals and cards, my own style of art journaling with a touch of folk art of course. I like to keep my art journals and cards flat, they still have the usual folk art touches in the same way as decorative painters usually paint. I do use my own painted cut-outs attached to the page along with stamping, embossing etc.
I work on watercolour paper or Media paper depending on the project I am working on.

These two photographs are part of an art journal I have made and painted ready for Mountains and Rivers Convention in May this year. 12 pages in all. They are purposely made ready for the workshop and leave areas of  each page unfinished ready for the students to add personal touches if and when they would like.
I am already working on my next art journal and I will share my work with you when I have completed some pages.

These dragonfly are embossed with gold embossing so they sparkle, front and back page.

This first page has embossing, hand painted, stencils and hand finished with pens.