Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Scrap Matrix guest designer share - Art journal double page spread

Hi everyone, I am back with my second share for October for Scrap Matrix as a guest designer. This has been a real privilege, thanks Vicki.
So, for my second share, I have an art journal creation. I am reasonably new to art journaling, so still finding my feet with it. I loved doing this one though, as the products I used are just so much fun.
I really love the 13 Arts ayeeda watercolour powders, and this was the main feature used on my art journal spread.

With these powders, the more water added, the more dilute the solution, and with less water the more intense the colour.

So with the sky blue, I spread this over my art journal page, adding water as I went, adding more powder – even to the page, and continued spreading it until I was happy with the look I was achieving. I dried it in between layers, to be able to add more intensity in some areas.

I added splashes of water to the layers as well, to create some spots on the spread colour.

I used the most basic of tools for my art journal, grabbing the trusty paper tool, and I removed sections of colour as well, as really wanted some differentiation on the pages.

Once I was happy with the layers, and after drying them all off, I then added some more intense colour with a spray in the mini mister, as I wanted to create some flowers.

I then started to bring in the brown watercolour as well.

After I was happy with the background colour, I sealed it with some clear gesso.
I grabbed my white sharpie and gel pens, and started to draw circular shapes onto the pages.

I cut out some circular shapes from some leftover Blue Fern Studio patterned paper, and added this to the pages.

The next step was to do some random stamping around the pages.

I mixed the blue and brown watercolour mixtures to make a greenish colour, adding another colour tone to the pages, and painted the stamped images with this and also with the straight diluted colours.

To then added some plasterers tape, 7 Dots Studio Lost and Found elements and word stickers.

To complete the pages, I grabbed some Art Alchemy acrylic paint, and randomly painted this around the paper flowers.

So the completed art journal pages were a complete surprise to me, how the watercolour powders would work with techniques I used. It was a completely random process, and a great way to explore some very fun products.

Art journal spread

Products used: 
Art journal
13 Arts Studio Ayeeda watercolour powders
Prima Finnabair clear gesso
Blue Fern Studio Wanderlust patterned paper
Blue Fern Studio Departure stamp
Stampin Up Reason to Smile stamps
Stampin Up Fast and Fabulous Stamps
Dina Wakely stamp set
Ranger Archival ink
Plasterers tape
7 Dots Studio Lost and Found Elements
7 Dots Studio Lost and Found word stickers

Prima Art Alchemy acrylic paint

Saturday, October 21, 2017

More Than Words October challenge

I have managed to have a go at the October challenge at More Than Words:
What a lovely challenge, and how versatile this is. 
I have interpreted my layout a little differently, using the strong contrast of the brick wall in the background of the photo, with the delicate kiss between this couple on their wedding day. This is what led me to create the layout as I have. I have used a cobblestone/brick stencil and texture paste, to create the look from the brick wall in the photo. However, I needed to add delicacy, so I have done this with a lace patterned paper, stamping of flowers around the page, lace transparency, the butterflies, bird and flowers fussy cut from patterned paper. I have also used a small and delicate title, so it doesn't overtake the photo. 
The fabric component to my layout is the lace tucked in around the papers, lace leaves and organza flowers. 
A perfect moment

Friday, October 20, 2017

Kraft plus October challenge

The challenge for October at Kraft plus is just fantastice, and what a great way to use up some supplies from your stash. This time it is the clear stuff - you know acrylics, transparencies etc:
I just love this challenge, so much fun. 
I had this awesome photo of my great nephew Rome, sitting in a tub of water, which was perfect for this challenge. 
I was inspired by guest designer Alison Callcott, who used some clear embossing powder, and used some on mine, in the way of splats, you can just see them most of them were covered by the photo - oops. 
I also used transparencies, there is a 6 x 4 size over the photo, plus some circle shaped ones, to which I then applied some acrylic circles - which I applied some alcohol ink to, to make them blue. I also cut up some bits of bubble wrap, and added them, to appear like drops of water - I saw this done at a retreat I attended earlier in the year - fabulous idea (can't remember who did it though, to credit them). 
I completed my layout, by adding a Charms Creations O (from the XO sets).
I love how this turned out, I think I pretty much covered the clear component. 
Thanks for another great challenge. 
Water Baby

Monday, October 16, 2017

Scrap Matrix guest DT layout for October challenge - watercolours and words - This moment captured

Hi everyone, I am sharing my first Scrap Matrix guest post. I am so pleased to have been chosen as a guest designer for Scrap Matrix , and have this layout to share with you, for the Watercolour and words challenge for October.
As I was searching the store for products, I came across the awesome Blue Fern Studio Wanderlust patterned papers, and knew this was where I wanted to start my layout for the Watercolour and Words challenge. I had a photo from my 2016 holiday in Hawaii just perfect for the layout, and these papers were so right for the photo. I tore the edges of the papers and layered 3 different sheets together to create the background.  I also stamped on the papers just a little, using the Blue Fern Studio departure stamp.
This Moment Captured

I chose some 13arts rainbow watercolour powders, for the watercolour component to the challenge. These products are new to me, and I have to say, are now a new favourite product, so will need to get a few more colours. I chose sky blue and brown, as they were going to match the papers nicely.
I purchased  a Blue Fern Studio chipboard title for my layout, which I firstly sprayed with gesso, then started to colour with the watercolour powders.

You only need a small amount of the powders, and the more water you add the lighter the colour. I had a couple of different puddles of colour tones that I used to colour my elements.

I purchased some dried roots, that were available in ecru, which I coloured with the watercolour powders, both by painting on and spraying (adding powder and water into mini mister) , and then tucked the roots in around the paper layers:

I stamped some flowers onto watercolour paper, using an archival ink. I then blended the powders adding more water or powder, as required to colour the flowers from light to darker.

I die cut the flowers, and placed these around my layout, surrounding my photo with them:

This challenge is also about words, so I purchased some 7 Dots Studio lost and found word stickers, and scattered these around the layout, including as part of the title.

My journaling was typed onto some cardstock, but I didn’t like the colour match, so I just added a little of the watercolour paper to the cardstock, to allow it to match the rest of the layout.

I had  a lot of fun with these gorgeous products. Make sure you take a look around the Scrap Matrix shop for some really cool products. Thanks to Vicki and the team for having me as guest designer.
I hope you have enjoyed my creative process. If you would like to see more of my work, take a look at my blog here.
Products used:
Blue Fern Studio Wanderlust patterned papers
13 Arts Studio rainbow colour watercolour powders
Ranger archival ink
Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms stamps
Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms die
Blue Fern Studio Departure stamp
7 Dots Studio Lost and Found stickers
7 Dots Studio Lost and Found elements
Blue Fern Studio chipboard title
UsARtQuest Prills
Prima Archivist flowers
Prima flowers - other
Dried roots – ecru

Sunday, October 15, 2017

CSI case file 240 - October 15

The mid month challenge for October at CSI is a beauty, and sure to inspire with it's shabby chic appeal:

I decided to scrap about my daughters 8th birthday, the colours in the photo suited the challenge criteria. 
For my evidence I have used polka dots and stripes, heart, cupcakes, flowers, ricrac, texture paste and I have sprinkled around some confetti. I think I have the evidence covered, lol. 
I really like this challenge for it's soft tones in the pink and blue, but then the pop of red. 
I have used a Charms Creations heavenly heart to finish the layout off. 
8th birthday

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Show Us Your Stuff October challenge

Wow, it's October already, I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by.
Anyway, it is time for a new challenge at Show Us Your Stuff. I think you will like this one:
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When you sit and think about it, there are loads of words starting with F and many products as well, I had FUN with this challenge. 
I created a background using Tim Holtz distress inks, and some stamping. 
The F products I used are: flair (handmade from D-lish Scraps), flowers, frogs, felt embellishment and the word froggo (the name of Dusty's toy frog - sadly demised now lol). 
My other handmade items on the layout is a Charms Creations Denim and hessian arrow and a D-lish Scraps journal it's.
So Show Us Your Stuff with F, and have FUN. 
Dusty loves froggo

Scrap the Girls October challenge

The new month of October, brings us another new challenge at Scrap the Girls and also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so our pink challenge is a tribute to this cause:
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Even though I have used a photo of a young girl, it is never too young to be breast cancer aware, we should talk about it with our daughters and grand-daughters. 
I used the quote and the handbag as inspiration for my layout, with the pink embellishing. I thought the quote was perfect for the photo of my friends grand-daughter, Addison. It is a clean layout, no mixed media, I decided it needed none. I've got lots of pink scattered over the layout with flowers, and also the Charms Creations heavenly heart and terrific tab. I have used a Scrap FX chipboard dress form, which I coloured pink. The handbag is from the Fancy Pants paper collection that I used for the layout. 
I hope you have fun with the challenge.
Do you have this in pink