Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Artist Trading Cards

 Well, it has been twelve months since I last added to this blog, time passes so quickly these days. Although I have been busy painting as a form of art therapy for myself I have also been somewhat busy elsewhere. I had a family member who passed away last September after a long illness, it leaves you a little empty.

I love my folk art and still enjoy being part of the Mountains and Rivers Folk Art and Decorative painting group, we meet at Penrith five times a year for a meeting and always we have a visiting teacher with a workshop to follow. I have been a member for the past ten years and hardly missed a meeting getting to know some great ladies along the way.

Although folk art is not popular now we are still strong with over fifty members and about thirty ladies join us at the meetings/workshops every time we meet.

I still love my painting although it is getting harder to prepare wood projects each time for the traditional folk art a lot of our work now is painted on canvas.

You have only to look around the internet to find the most popular form of painting today is art journaling there are hundreds of sites to join, watch and plenty of people teaching through small groups, YouTube, and Pinterest.

For a few years now I have made some watercolour note cards, selling a few on Etsy, though as Etsy has grown my shop has been lost among the younger more talented sellers. I closed my shop as I wanted to try other things.

Today I try my hand at art journaling and having a background in folk art helps. I combine both together with good results and as I paint to relax I enjoy every moment of art journaling, good or bad!

ATC'S, or artist trading cards are types of art you swap with other like minded artists. They have only a few rules, they must measure three and a half inches x two and a half inches. Only traded never sold. Always on the look out for something new to try I painted some ATC's and I have traded all over the world, with some lovely cards back in return. My cards seem to be scooped up quickly as soon as posting on the net, so now I do not post so quickly!

Showing you some of my cards; Starting by cutting the card to size 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. I use watercolour paper then I round off the corners on some as I like the look.

Using my Jo Sonja paints I spread the paint across the paper, sometimes I wet the paper and let the paint flow, it all depends on the look you want. See photo.

Then just paint, doodle, draw or use stickers, decorate as you like, no rules with this. I back my card with card stock to make it a thicker card. Sign and date the back and you are done!

Just a few artist trading cards I have made and traded. Enjoy!

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!