Jan 28, 2015

Do we still use bookmarks?

Hello Everyone.
 I have been trying to post up this little bookmark for the past week, whether it will ever be used is another question, since purchasing an e-reader I do not have the need to use this item. The e-reader is convenient when travelling but I much prefer to hold an actual book.

You will recognise the Jofy flower stamp.
I covered cardstock with embossing paste and pressed the stamp into this to create an impression.

When dry I painted with a mix of Acrylics and Inks.

Stamped some text in Black Archival.

Iridescent Gold wash applied all over

Treasure Gold rubbed on the edges and to highlight leaves and flower.

Click on pics to see texture.

It is not easy to photograph 'shiny' but I do hope you can recognise that it is there.
Thanks for the visit and do have a good day.

Jan 23, 2015

A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies.

Hello Everyone.
Another make for the Country View Challenge Blog.
I feel so privileged to be on this Design Team, the work that is being produced from this site inspires me constantly, not only from my fellow teamies but also from the entries we receive each month, I would encourage you to pop across and browse through, even if you do not want to enter the Challenge.

The Challenge this month is "Use Something New To You."
 I have once again used the Bister ink, it was a case of using up all my samples that I accumulated....the ones that worked anyway.

I have explained the process on my previous post (here), so I will not repeat this, but I will do a step by step on how this card was put together.

 I spread some texture paste through a stencil, then painted Blue watercolour paint over the top.
Sprinkled some Bister powder.
 Spritzed with water.

I added a little Yellow bister and spritzed again.

I let it dry naturally, this is the result.
 Using Vintage Photo Distress Ink to edge the card then Dark Brown Cardstock to matt.
The Graphics45 paper is wonderful for fussy cutting images and these butterflies and frame were meticulously cut and mounted onto a SB fancy frame to create my focal point to the textured Bg.
 Some glitter has been added to some of my butterflies and also a little crackle in the top left corner.
You may pick it up better if you click on the pics.

Most of us love working with butterflies and I am no different, they create so much movement on any project, plus they are very attractive to the eye.
I hope you will join us this month(here).
We would love to see what new product or item you are working with.


Jan 19, 2015

Working with Glazes.

Hello Everyone
I am still playing in my Journal....This week I have been experimenting using Acrylic Glazing liquid.
Using any Acrylic paints;(it works best with transparent colours) apply with a brush or foam pad, wait about a minute then wipe off with a paper towel or a baby wipe depending how much you want to remove. I kept going until I liked what I was comfortable with.

I probably need some definition, but it is my journal and a point of reference and experimentation.
You can see more journal pages here .
You are very welcome to join in if you so desire.
Brenda ( Bumblebees and Butterflies) has organised it all.

 'Keeping a visual journal is a journey of experimentation; giving time to be free in expressing yourself and not constrained by others expectations.

Hope you are all having a great day. 

Jan 11, 2015

Journal Workings.

Hello Everyone,
Do you have days when you just want to play? Well I had such a feeling last week, so I opened up my old book that I am creating freely in as part of Brenda (Bumblebees and Butterflies) Visual Journal Blog party.
All intentions were to not think too much and just paint and sketch...not that I am great at sketching, but I was willing myself to go wherever.

This is my spread......I really did zone out on this one, and I enjoyed myself immensely.
It is not perfect, but it is not meant to be, this is the whole point of the exercise.

It is all about ME!

My substrate has Gesso, paint, inks, crayons, mediums, glazes, crackle and stamps.

The word ME was inked with distress pens then Glossy accents applied.
The top Heart has a piece of stamped tissue paper, mod-podged on top of the substrate.

The word MYSELF was treated the same way with the Distress pens and placed on the flap, where I also attached a label with the date.

the eye  is from Graphic 45....love this bit of design, thinking I am very clever here!!!!

The stamped flowers is a JOFY stamp. 
My centre flap is a page cut in half.

and where you find my inspirational words.

And there you have it, a little more work than what was initially intended but I just went with it.
Please click on the photos for close up views.

Have a good Day