Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Cards

Although I still do a lot of paper crafting, I don't make many cards these days unless it's for a special occasion and then usually only for close family.  Today however I'm sharing a couple of Christmas 'Thank You' cards.
 
I chose a dotted card mat on white card blanks and used Crafty Individuals' stamps throughout, with Distress Ink in Festive Berries and Broken China.
 
 
For this one I also used Tim Holtz faded dots stencil on the card blank.  The dotted card mat is a light grey although it looks blue in the picture.
 
 
The focal image looks much paler than it is; here's a close-up.
 
 

 

Friday, 25 November 2016

Figure Painting

Today I'm sharing a watercolour painting I completed recently of a figure.  I've been working a lot on nude figures lately (all from artist reference books) and this is only the second clothed figure I've attempted.
 
 
Clearly I need a lot more practice, not least on painting faces and fabric folds but overall I feel this is a step in the right direction. I even managed to stop 'fiddling' with it before I ruined it and that's a first, so progress in all directions.  The trousers particularly turned out well.
 
In case you're wondering I used Winsor & Newton Professional watercolour tubes and Langton 140lb NOT watercolour paper.
 


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Journal Your Christmas 2016

It's nearly that time again - yes the annual 'Journal Your Christmas' class with Shimelle Laine which starts on 1st December.  I've been taking part in this event since 2010 and really enjoy journaling the festivities and each year I look back at previous albums and see how our celebrations have changed.
 
This year will be a very different Christmas for us and one which I want to capture in my album as marking a turning point in our family traditions.  I've already completed my album cover and made all the date tags to add to the pages, so I'm ready to start.

 
I made my album again this year using the Bind-it-All and 8" x 8" bracket covers from Teresa Collins.  I inked the edges of the cover in StazOn red ink and started with a sheet of red paper with the addition of a torn piece of music script for 'The Christmas Child'.  Annoyingly the picture is blurred, even using the close up option on my camera.
 
 
I used a large stencil and white moulding paste for the word 'Journal' and typed the rest of the album title.
 
 
A simple cover but I've found over the years that if I add to much there is a danger of the embellishments snagging on other albums on the shelf and getting torn off.
 
Inside the album I've used Bind-it-All moveable page protectors which will hold the red and green card backing for each day's photos, journaling and embellishments.
 
 
 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The First Christmas Post

But not the first Christmas projects as I've just completed my 12 Christmas ATCs and 6 large Christmas tags for swaps over at UKATC.  I'll share the tags at a later date when the swap is complete but today I'm posting a tag made for a secret Santa gift.


I cut the kraft card rectangle to 2 1/2" x 4" and rounded the corners, inserting the grommet using a Crop-a-Dile.

The background was sprayed with Tattered Angels' Glimmer Mist in Sugar Maple then heat embossed with white powder.  This is a large, word block stamp from Crafty Individuals and an incredibly versatile one which I highly recommend adding to your collection.  I didn't want to use the whole stamp so masked out areas with sticky notes so I only stamped the wording I wanted.

A restrained tag by my standards and certainly compared to the ones I made for the swap but sometimes it's good to try something out of your comfort zone. 
 
 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

No Faces, No Wings, No Leaves but Collage

That's the theme over at Art Journal Journey this month and as usual there's some fabulous inspiration so do take a peak.
 
 
My inspiration comes from Armistice Day and the Poppy Appeal and I deliberately left the page fairly plain because I wanted the poppy to do the talking.
 
  I started by sticking torn pages from a dictionary as my background and then painted the poppy using watercolour paint, so the dictionary pages show through.
 
I stencilled the word 'Peace' using black StazOn ink and typed the rest of my sentiment to collage underneath.