Thursday, 13 September 2018

Inspiration Post...Sunprints!

Morning everyone, just a quick post to say I have an inspiration post over at Stamps and Stencils today, all about using the wonderful sunlight we've been gifted this summer in the UK....


Head across for more info. R x

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Anything Goes at Stamps and Stencils!

Hi, Sue is our talented host for this months challenge at Stamps and Stencils and this month it's an 'Anything Goes' theme. Here's what she wants you to do.

It's been a while - Being creative often leads you in different directions and sometimes it isn't until you start that you know where you are heading. For this challenge I thought that as we've not done it for a while it would be good to let your creative spirit wander and have a theme of Anything Goes. Your project must be mixed media and include stamping and/or stencilling but apart from that it's up to you !

So this is an idea I've been thinking about for a while and definitely inspired by some artwork by the very talented Diana Taylor of 'Velvet Moth Studio', she produces exquisite work, if you haven't visited her before you're in for a treat.


This book cover was crumbling so I didn't feel guilty about re purposing it, inspired by the title I've created a little piece of 'Wonderland'  I think the book cover was originally yellow but has now turned lovely shade of ochre.


A little stamping with a Wendy Vecchi stamp in archival ink and I decided I would stick to a yellow, grey and white palette.


Tyvek ironed on a moulding mat... make sure you use parchment paper between your iron and the tyvek!


I roughly arranged where I wanted the collage elements to go and added some crackle paste underneath.


I added in the 'march hare' or is it the 'white rabbit'?


I'd originally stamped some bottles underneath, but they had almost disappeared so one bottle of magic potion nestled nicely on the binding with the invitation to drink me.


Although I liked the arrangement I was lacking a focal point or something to link the bottle to the spine; a little lace added texture and then these paper rosebuds seemed to fit the bill and when I remembered about the queen wanting her white roses painted red they became perfect.


A few details


Lovely crackle...


I hope you've enjoyed your little tour of 'Wonderland' and are inspired to have a go at ...well...anything creative, have fun and join in our challenge and for more fabulous inspiration hop across to see what the rest of the talented team have created. R x

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Industrial/Grungy at Stamps and Stencils!

Hi everyone, time for our next challenge at Stamps and Stencils and the lovely Cec is our host this month; this time she wants us to include some metal in an Industrial or Grungy creation. Here's what she wants us to do...

Create a mixed media project with some stamping and/or stenciling that puts off a very industrial and grungy vibe - be sure to include lots of metal and texture.

It was lovely to get a bit grungy and rusty with paint, powders, bits and bobs. I've decorated a 7 x 5 canvas panel for my metal montage!



I started off by adding some texture through a  stencil.




Next painty layers; now I began using Seth's monoprint technique with paint on watercolour card but because the canvas was already textured I found that dry brushing and scraping on paint with a pallette knife worked really well. I used fresco paints in Brown Shed, Claret, Smoked Paprika, Green Patina and Little Black Dress.


Just keep layering until the magic happens!



I used some of Seth's chipboard shapes as well as chipboard cogs, metal gears, hinges....alsorts and added some texture paste before painting with Little Black Dress ( my black gesso had turned into a solid mass in the recent heatwave...but my fresco paints were still perfect) and the dry brushing with Snowflake.


I then used verdigris and copper embossing powder as well as lots of dry brushing with paints and treasure gold.


As Cec has asked for metal to be used I did patina some copper to add to the the canvas but I decided that was one embellishment too far and liked the result at this stage, however there are still lots of metal embellishments within the piece.


 Finally I stamped some letters on scrap card used during the painty process (I always think this is a great way to get a background for stamping that ties in with the finished result). I'd also used some number stamps in black archival on the piece but they've faded with the layering.


 Please hop across to see the wonderful inspiration from our talented team and I hope you'll be inspired to join in. Thanks as always for stopping by R x