May 5, 2015

Triptych - Houses

Hello everyone,
The Mirror Crack'd Challenge this month is hosted by the talented Rita Marie and the theme is 'Triptych.'

I loved making this canvas, the little houses were so much fun to put together.
The substrate on the canvas is stamped tissue paper with Gesso and glazed over in Raw umber and Nickel Azo Gold.

The second substrate is a wash of watercolours.
Base for my houses.
The roof templates painted in Black Acrylic.
 The painted fabric with scraps of cardstock for windows and doors.
Adding more depth and stitching.
Rusting up the elements.
Adding the trim and the fence lines.
Gold paint to the roof.
close up.
Completed the canvas and finally adding embossing paste through a script stencil.
There are wonderful creations on this theme over on the TMC Blog.
Hope you can participate in this Challenge this month with us.

Have a great week 

May 1, 2015

Scenic Picture.

Hello Everyone,
Today for Country View Crafts and my first make for the month, I have designed a
 Collage/Mixed media picture.
The Challenge set by my lovely teamie Donna is 'Simply Scenic'.

 I am also entering this piece into Mixed Media World Challenge :  Use Bright Colours.

I have to admit and say I slumped my shoulders and wailed silently,( perhaps not so silently) when I read the theme.
 A challenge is a call to engage in a contest, I have to acknowledge this and stop uttering prolonged inarticulate mournful cries and get myself into the zone of blogging with some purpose and contribute enthusiastically to my followers; my intention is to enthuse you all to participate in this challenge, so if my mere utterances do not move you perhaps my creation here will.
So with this sense of purpose that has been so lacking of late I produced this little picture, it took me a few weeks, but I was determined to make it into a piece that I would be happy with.
 Determination won hands down.

I was so pleased I framed it.

I found a scene on the web and roughly drew up the house and trees.
Painted up the Bg first.
The house is made up from scraps of painted cardstock and bark.

 The trees are made from crumpled up tissue paper, painted and stamped.
I sketched in some flowers and added the stitching.

 Matted the pic.
 Made a little bird from Polyshrink, and placed it in the left hand corner.
Once it was framed and hung I thought it needed something else; I always thing my creations need additions!
I added the Green line it is complete.
You can click on the pics to see the detail.

Of course you can hop across here to join in and view my fellow teamies interpretations.
I just know you will be inspired by them all.

Have a great week,

Apr 20, 2015

Circles and a Flower

Hello Everyone,
I had just edited my card and then with one click I deleted it all!!  So I just have a photo of the finished card for you today.
All the time taken up to take a photo as I am creating to all  float away some place with one click.
The computer is a wonderful machine but it can be a trifle annoying occasionally don't you think?  Can you sense I am a trifle peeved.

I have made the Bg using Neo Colour crayons and Oil pastels, I then stamped circles in White Acrylic, followed by stamping circles in Archival Ink.
The die cut circles cut from paper using the same media but concentrating on the Orange palette.
My Flower was stamped and embossed in Gold.
The centre is some squished up cheesecloth.
The two leaves are cut from painted Tyvek fabric.
I would like to enter these Challenges:
City Crafter Challenge Blog Week 257 ~ CCCB Anniversary CASE TWO.
 (I picked up the element flower and the circles from Kirsty's card.)
The Mixed Media Card Challenge #10 - Flowers 
Simon Says Wed Challenge- Make your own Background. 

Have a most enjoyable week.

Apr 11, 2015

3UP at Paper Artsy and a Mini Canvas.

Hello Everyone,

It's 3UP time over on the Paper Artsy Blog, and I am one of the 3UP-pers privileged to be chosen to participate.

  What is 3UP?  
A summary of all the themes that have been explored over the Jan-April period on the Paper Artsy Blog for 6 nights.

 We 3Uppers today have been co-ordinated by the very talented Darcy of Art and Sole.. could I go wrong!
  The colours we were to work with are Red, Grey, White and Black and I chose the theme Paint.

 Paint can be a barrier to many and I know mixed media even more intimidating, so I have intentionally made this little canvas as uncomplicated as possible, but still incorporating a mix of media that has texture and a tactile quality. I enjoy the process of mixing and matching and I encourage you to give it a try and explore what can be created with pieces of material and the like.
 It is a great fun.

The first layer:
Watercolour paper painted in Black Acrylic and India Ink using an almost dry brush and random sweeps across the paper.

2nd Layer:
Piece of muslin roughly covered in Gesso.
Then painted in Red.
Stamped in Black Archival.
I stamped the Paper Artsy Butterfly onto Tyvek Paper 3 times and fussy cut each one.
Attached it to my Muslin substrate.
Added the elements.
 Stitched the borders in Metallic thread
and mounted it onto my Canvas Board.

Entering into Crafty Cardmakers Challenge#136-WINGS.
 City Crafter Anniversary Challenge.  
Choosing one element from Samra's Card- Butterfly.

If you want to see more creations covering the different themes then pop across to the
Paper Artsy blog.


Apr 7, 2015

The Poppy.

Hello Everyone,
I unfortunately had to make a sympathy card for a friend whose Mum passed away over Easter.
And as I was just about to post it up my friend Rosie had also posted a sympathy card, so I popped across to have a look at her creation which I already knew would be a classic, and sure enough it was and more.
 I then looked at mine.......very different.

The Poppy is symbolic of the fallen and by association the departed, so to me this is an appropriate flower to place on a sympathy card, I hope you like it.

I made up my substrate in these colours.
There is an option for texture, so of course I added a little to this card.

Stamped the Poppy in watering can Archival Ink.
Painted in Acrylics.
 Stamped the poppy again on a scrap and cut the middle petal out.
This was then popped up to create a 3d effect on the Poppy itself.
At the bottom of the card I stencilled circles in Grey acrylic.
Stamped the sentiment and stitched in place.
 I finished off the card with a Glaze.
Three colours : Orange, Quin Nickel Azo Gold and Yellow Iron Oxide.

Have a great week.