Thursday 8 November 2018

Tissue Paper Background

Back again so soon as I've been having more fun with tissue paper.
This time I thought I would make a background but loved it so much I've just left it in all its prettiness!
I started by choosing blue, lime green and yellow Dina Wakley heavy duty acrylic paint - I gelli-printed through several different stencils, bubble wrap and cardboard onto white tissue paper to get several prints. 
These were then torn into strips, along with a beautiful butterfly tissue paper (I love this, especially as all the tissue paper is free, from gift wrapped items bought in various shops). Plus card with a bold lettering on it.
Once I had adhered all this paper down into my little Watercolour Journal, I sat and looked at it....the colours are SO pretty.... I got a little stuck as to which direction to go, the age old problem of not wanting to ruin it!! Well, I have given myself permission to just leave it as is... no need to mess anymore!

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Wednesday 7 November 2018

Tissue Paper Challenge

I recently purchased a small journal, it's called a Seawhite Watercolour Travel Journal. I saw some gorgeous posts from Clare Lloyd and noticed that she had used a similar book - same dimensions and paper weight just Moleskine instead. As my local art shop sold a Seawhite version, A6 size and at a great price (under £10) I thought I would have a go...
and I LOVE it!
It takes mixed media quite happily as you can see from my tissue paper background (blue leaves from a paper napkin.... all good for entering into the Paperartsy challenge which is to use tissue paper.

I added some watercolour, bubble-wrap printing.

Stamped some little star shaped flowers from a Kay Carley stamp set.

And created some flowers from a much loved Ellen Vargo stamp set.

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Thursday 13 September 2018

Artist Trading Coins

I've never made any of these new craze of the moment coins but I can see why people are finding them very addictive! 
I started off by randomly laying down paint onto some card in different colours that took my fancy at the time, they just had to be bright. I cut out some 2.5 inch circles, I have no dies for ease so they were just hand cut and so aren't actually perfect circles! 
I chose a flower from the Jofy set 64 to act as the main feature and stamped this flower several times onto some plain card. Then using a bubble stencil, I stencilled different colours onto each coin.
Adding a flower onto each coin was the final stage, I chose not to colour them fully as I thought the white flower really popped against the colours.
I had the idea of displaying them with the discarded cut off flower pieces onto black card and I really like the effect, I shall stick them into my journal like this too I think.

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Tuesday 31 July 2018


 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.

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Monday 9 April 2018


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.

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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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