Sunday, 1 March 2015

Journal Journey 2015

I'm taking part in a great free Art Journaling course running over at Kreative Koncepts (there is also a great associated Facebook group) called Journal Journey 2015. Each week there is a lesson with video links and technique tips and a monthly theme. February's themes were backgrounds and quotes and I finally got around to finishing my page today (I'm making lose pages to bind together at the end).  
The background was created using lots of layers including paint, spray ink, masking, printed tissue paper and stamping with bubble wrap and corrugated card. 
I also added some texture with grunge past through a stencil. I love stencils and never need any encouragement to  use them on my projects  - The theme over at Pan Pastels is currently Stencil it so I'm sharing my page there. The theme at Artist Trading Post is 'Alphabet Soup' so I'm also sharing there as I've used dictionary printed tissue paper. The challenge theme over at Country View Crafts is 'Anything Goes' so I'm sharing my page here too - they are also celebrating their 2nd birthday. 
 I struggle with lettering and am not completely happy with this  - but I will keep practising and am being brave and just going with how this turned out.  The words on the the 'white' strips are on old book page paper that I've painted with a layer of gesso. 
 I'm also making a technique book as I follow each lesson - below are the first stages of creating the background.  
Thanks for popping over - Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Colouring at Fashionable Stamping

It's Laura's turn to choose the theme over at FSC for another fortnight's challenge and she's asked us to 'colour between the lines'  - so just stamp an image and use whatever you like to colour it in. I've used my Promarkers to colour a pretty Lavender fairy image which I've then used on a journal page. 
 This is a page for Journal 52 week 7 - the theme was aromatherapy. I recently got some ink dusters which are new tools to me and I created the background with these, masks and distress inks
 The sky is tumbled glass and stormy sky, sun is scattered straw, wild honey and mustard seed. The landscape first layer is milled lavender and shaded lilac
 Followed by Seedless preserves and the bottom layer is Dusty concord - which I forgot to take a pic of before stamping the lavender! 
 The pic doesn't show very clearly but I've added some stickles for a bit of sparkle to the fairy wings.
As always my fellow FSC teamies have created some beautiful works of art so please head over and check them out. I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge - Don't forget we are a stamping challenge and we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that this must follow the format of the theme. NO Digi stamps please. Our sponsor is Flonzcraft and the winner chosen at random will receive a voucher for $20 - we also give special mention to our top 3.

Really looking forward to seeing your colouring in...Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Monday, 9 February 2015

Love...

I'm so enjoying experimenting with mixed media while following the Journal 52 prompts...and am actually keeping up.  The prompt for week 6 is Windows - I'm trying to use a quote for each week and found one including 'Windows' and  'Love' and so created this page with some of the many Love themed challenges that are about currently in mind 
I forgot to take photos as I created the layers of this background - I started with Gesso, went over this with some pale green acrylic paint, stuck down some printed tissue paper, and then added some stenciling through a Clarity stamps swirly stencil with peeled paint distress ink. Next I stamped a Hero arts swirly/foliage stamp also in peeled paint DI. I cut some pink roses from patterned paper, and arranged in the corners before washing over with watered down gesso to bring down the colours a bit before stamping with an Artistic Stamper script stamp.
 Over the roses I stencilled some hearts with grunge paste (PaperArtsy) that I coloured with Distress re-inker in Spun Sugar. Once dry I blinged this up with stickles because I felt they needed to stand out more and splattered some White Dylusions ink spray.  
Through the open window is a couple on a romantic walk, one of my favourite, but oldest stamps - I've coloured this with inktense pencils and added some stamped foliage. 
 The quote is written on tissue paper first and then glued in place (I wan't confident enough about my lettering to do it straight onto the page). The crosses (or kisses) are a PaperArtsy stamp in white paint.

I'm sharing this here -
Mixed Media Monthly - Think Pink (pink roses/hearts)
Artist Trading Post - Love is in the air
Allsorts - Love is all around
The Artistic Stamper - Love

Happy Crafting...Esther xx


Sunday, 8 February 2015

Colour challenge at FSC

Hello - here we are again then....time for another challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenge and Dot has given us a colour challenge - black and white with a hint of red.  I guess it was fairly obvious to use this for a romantic themed card.  

Fairly simple this one - gelli plate background with  stencilled hearts and the focal image is a Flonz stamp. 


As always my fellow FSC teamies have created some beautiful works of art so please head over and check them out. I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge - Don't forget we are a stamping challenge and we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that this must follow the format of the theme. NO Digi stamps please. Our sponsor is Flonzcraft and the winner chosen at random will receive a voucher for $20 - we also give special mention to our top 3.

I'm also sharing my card here -
Sweet Stamping - Add a Heart
Just Us Girls - Love

Happy Crafting...Esther xx


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Coffee Time

I'm still playing catch up with last years Journal 52 prompts and so when inspired by other challenges I see if I can combine them and today this resulted in a page for WK 19 'Photography' about my love of coffee inspired by the Faber Castell 'Take the Challenge' which this month is 'your favourite beverage'.  The girls at work laugh because I never say no to a cup of coffee - they often don't even bother asking, just make me one anyway. At home I have a set of gorgeous (well I think so) large chunky mugs and I love them - so I have used photographs of these on my journal page
The background for my page is Gelatos in colours to match my mugs  (red cherry, green tea, blueberry, guava) applied in random blocks and blended into each other with coconut and chocolate which I've also run around the edges.   
I spritzed some coffee granules in a little bowl and splattered the resulting stained water with a paint brush across the page, added stamped and hand drawn details including drippy rings and a stamped sentiment - my moto for most days. 
I'm also sharing this at Country View Challenges - 'Drips and Drops' and Try it on Tuesday  - 'Add a photo' Thanks for stopping by - Happy crafting....Esther xx

Monday, 2 February 2015

February Calender page

Wow - 1st February already - but that means it's time for another page for Darcy's Calender challenge. The challenge rules this month are -
1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - Paint effect caused by using clingfilm or bubble wrap 
3. Add some corrugated card
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from Feb 1st 2015

There are lots of heart/romance themed challenges about for Valentines so I've themed my calender with this in mind  
So this is how the page was originally 
I masked three heart shaped areas and slapped on the gesso - followed by assorted colours of acrylic paint which I 'stamped' with bubble wrap - with both large and small bubbles stamped an Artistic Stamper script stamp then removed the masks.   
I die cut from a thin sheet of corrugated card -  stripped off some of the top layer and added touches of picket fence and tarnished brass distress stain.  
I then die cut hearts from various papers from my stash - gelli plate prints and book pages with dye inks, after I'd stuck them down I added stamping with a JOFY flower from PaperArtsy,  borders from Hero Arts and a little solid heart.
My original idea was for my page top be a field of heart shaped flowers - but I'm not sure if they don't look more like balloons....I like it regardless...

I'm also sharing this here -
Unruly PaaperArts - Heartfelt
The Artistic Stamper - Love
Pan Pastels challenge - Love is in the air

Thanks for stopping by...Esther xx

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Shiny Happy...

The latest challenge over at PartArtsy is Shiny Stuff - metals, mica, beads, wire, jewellery, paint effects, Treasure Gold, in other words, all things shiny, rusty or metallic.   This is waaaay out of my comfort zone but as my learning continues in the world of mixed media I've had a lovely time experimenting. I had some black cloud clay (goodness knows what I bought it for originally) and so inspired by Lin Brown's post played about with that and stamps, perfect pearls and tiny beads. The first couple of attempts were not great but the third one I was happy with - I couldn't decide what to do with it until I found an old wooden block that I'd removed the rubber stamp from (storage issues!!) and this is how it ended up -  
I stamped into the clay with a Stampendous stamp, added some holes for detail and roughed the edges a bit. I applied perfect pearls and then also added some gold leaf (applying a little glue first with my finger tip) and silver Treasure gold and finally some Ranger beadazzles around the edges. 
For the background to my clay piece I stuck a piece of sticky back canvas onto the wooden block and coloured with pumice stone and milled lavender distress stains, then ran picked raspberry and seedless preserve and touch of Treasure Gold (silver) around the edges.  I stamped the feather in Stazon 'ganache' (love this colour - just a bit softer than black) and added more shiny things ! The words are stamped in Stazon (yep Ganache!!) onto strips of silver card.  
This is so far outside of what I normally create and I've loved doing it !! Thanks for stopping by - Happy Crafting....Esther xx

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