Monday, 9 April 2018

SPRING CHERRY BLOSSOM

I created a journal page with the very beautiful Jofy 32 stamp set - I love the cherry blossom out at this time of the year (who doesn't?) and decided to use some bright colours to make the page pop.
The flowers  were stamped onto various gelli-printed pages. I used both my lime coloured paints from Dylusions and Paperartsy and in the centre some Zesty Yellow for the background. I didn't realise that the colours fitted in with the split complimentary colour scheme over at the Mixed Media Challenge and as I've never entered that challenge, I thought I'd have a go!
The words were an alphabet stencil placed on my gelli papers, more fussy cutting and then adhered onto the page.


Challenges entered:

thatscraftychallenges.going-round-in-circles

creativeartistemixedmedia.challenge-37

rubberdance.rubber-dance-april-challenge.html

mixedmediamcmixed-media-monthly-april-challenge-47 - pink and green and yellow

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Thanks for visiting, Rachel


Monday, 19 March 2018

Postcard III

I have made yet another postcard size picture - this size is so good to work with, maybe I shall have to incorporate all my postcards into some kind of book?
Anyway, I used distress inks to colour the background, pink, orange and yellow -adding a dandelion style stamp that I hand-carved - first attempt and I have to say, easier than I thought it would be, delighted with the result.
I can't even remember where the flower stamps that make up the main picture came from, I've lost the packaging - anyway I thought this made a bright spring like picture - unlike the snowy view outside at the moment!


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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Postcard II


I originally cut two postcards out of my watercolour card - making postcard 1 from the first piece and I have now made a second postcard. I used the same watercolours and neo-color crayons for the base.
But this time I added some stamped Jofy 'spongy' flowers and Kay Carley butterflies.


 I added some embossed flowers in the background, which you can just about see here.....


I like the bright colours, which always put a smile on my face and remind me that spring is only round the corner.....

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

POSTCARD 1

Over at the Country View Challenges blog they have a 'postcard' challenge. I've never made anything in a postcard size - 6" x 4" and thought it would be fun to try.


I cut a couple of pieces of watercolour card to size and using my WInsor and Newton Cotman set, I splashed around a few bright colours. I added some similar colours from my Neo-Colors crayons too.I stamped various background stamps, including hearts, crosses and words.
Using an Artistic Stamper Lesley Matthewson stamp I stamped the central flowers and painted them various colours adding a basic, hand-drawn rectangle (hopefully looking a little like a vase). I stencilled some green circles using a Paperartsy stencil.
I added some black stitching around the edge to finish off.

Challenges entered:

countryviewchallenges/march-postcards

theartisticstamper-march-stencils-masks

simonsaysstamp/wednesdaychallenge

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Just Read - bookmark

I really enjoyed creating this bookmark - I love the reduced pressure you are under when making a bookmark. It seems ridiculous to talk about pressure when making art is supposed to be an enjoyable, relaxing hobby to have but when making a stand alone piece of art, it is so easy just to throw it away if you are not happy, as opposed to making a journal page in a treasured journal!
Anyway, I started by painting a pink background with acrylic paint and stamping through various stencils to give interest. I embossed the clusters of little circles with a silver powder, they look really shiny in real life.
I adhered some blue tissue paper in places. Using a separate piece of card I coloured in the Stampotique Prom Queen with a Derwent Inktense blue pencil, plus some glitter on her hair and boots and she was done. I then had to meticulously cut her out - plus the hair!!
I have just now received a Stamp Platform and so will play around with techniques so I can stamp straight onto my intended card, hopefully using this device will help me get a perfect stamp imprint without all the fussy cutting.


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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Just Maybe?

I've made a journal page that has a valentine theme.
It was initially bred from a love of another journal page that Anneke De Clerck did but her page had a ballerina as the main feature. I found another little beauty with this girl from the same artist, just photo-copied and added to my page.


I made a lovely bright background with various paints and then added some hearts from a stencil by The Crafters Workshop 416S, some circles made from a lid, the arrows were made from a stencil I made myself and the flowers were stamped from a beautiful stamp set by AALL & Create.

I really loved this little girl, I love the painterly (is there such a word?) look of her and I think she fits into her background well. She also has an air of ..... so which boy will I choose... oo la la!! 





Thanks for visiting, Rachel x

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Love is in the Air



So I have created this Valentine's card, not sure whether I will give this one or another that I have made yet......


.....created from a concoction of mixed media, I actually love all the bright colours clashing with each other.
First I hand drew a heart shape from paper, once cut out I then used the template, placing it over my white card I painted, dabbed and stamped!  I used circle, heart and word templates and then used my hexagon stamp here and there.
My black lines came from the end of an old credit card in my black Dylusions paint, the lid is nice and wide so makes it quite easy to do this - although I have had to throw the pot away now, it just ended up going very gloopy, almost dry, I was quite upset as I use black a fair bit so I looked it up on the internet to see if anyone else had had this problem.....yes, and the solution...is to spray the pot with some water after every use!
I used my free Love stamp that came with an old Craft Stamper magazine, such a beautiful stamp and attached this on the top over some torn paper with hexagons on (came from the inside of an envelope!)
A bit of scribbling with a black pen around the outside and finished.....

Challenges entered:

thatscraftychallenges-heart-you-challenge

rubberdance.blogspot-february-challenge

countryviewchallenges.february-anything-but-cute

stampotiquedesignerschallenge.february

Thanks for visiting, Rachel x