Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Echinacea



 I haven't made art for ages, basically because the sun has been shining for so long and I've been living in my garden. In the south east of England, which is where I live we haven't had rain for 2 months, its turned our gardens a straw like colour and I've definitely had enough of watering my flowers for a lifetime! Some of the plants have thrived though, especially it seems the roses, their blooms haven't been drenched and so they seem to have lasted for longer.

I love Echinacea's, although I'm not able to grow them in my garden, they don't seem to like heavy, wet clay soil! But I decided to have a go at painting them.

One of my favourite blog sites to look at is the Paperartsy blog - it is always so informative and full of new ideas. At the moment they have a competition with a colour scheme - mint, sage, claret and gold - I thought those colours would tie in perfectly with the flowers.


 I used a variety of watercolours and acrylics and even mixed some Paperartsy red acrylic paint with a tiny bit of black to make variety of claret colours.

I added a heavy amount of crackle glaze mixture to the heads of the 3 flowers and seem to have got a good crackle - I think my problem usually is that I don't lay down a thick enough layer.
The background has been stamped using some sage paint dabbed onto one of my favourite Ellen Vargo stamp sets.

Competitions entered:
paperartsy2018-topic-13-colour-mint-sage-claret
thatscraftychallenges2018/close-to-nature-challenge
countryviewchallenges2018/july-in-summer-garden

Thanks for visiting, Rachel

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!


Challenges entered:




Thanks for visiting, Rachel

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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Thanks for visiting, Rachel x

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

Thanks for visiting, Rachel x


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.


Challenges entered:




Thanks for visiting, Rachel x




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