Thursday, 5 July 2018

Ombré at Stamps and Stencils..

Hi everyone, it's been a while but I'm back after a short but necessary break and it's my choice of topic for this months challenge at Stamps and Stencils. I've chosen to play with colour this month and it's all about Ombré!

Ombré has been in fashion for a while now and not just in art...or even hair! It's a french word meaning 'a colour that is shaded or graduated in tone'...so for this challenge we want to see projects or part of your project that has one (or more) colour that graduates from it's lightest pastel tint to its darkest shade...with a little stamping or stenciling of course! 

It's double Ombré from me as I've used the technique on both the background and flowers.


To start with I reused a canvas and just added to the texture with some grunge paste.


Next the paint colours in lovely shades of blue and hints of green.


Starting with strips of colour and leaving a small gap between each band, use 2 colours on the brush and blend the paints....don't forget the edges of the box canvas.


A little stamping in archival inks and I'm using one of the new JOFY sets. A little gold already creeping in...and some gesso to highlight the raised areas.


I painted fading stripes of orange and coral for the flowers and added some bling with WOW tinsel embossing powder, love the stuff! It's really easy to create shaded areas with fresco paints


 Stamping the compass flowers and cutting out


A little white pen doodling and wooden beads from my stash.....


...before arranging the flowers, I decided the flowers should drift across the canvas at a slight angle.


A fairly simple canvas and fun to try something different. Hope you'll have a dabble at Ombré and join in with our challenge. Remember you don't have to make a whole project in this style just a part could show this magical shaded effect...have fun! Hugs Ruth x

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Inspiration Post at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, I have an inspiration post over on the Stamps and Stencils blog this morning, all about making foam stamps and using your Gelli plate, hop across for all the details Ruth x




Thursday, 5 April 2018

In the Meadow at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, time for our next challenge at Stamps and Stencils and this month the lovely Rachel has chosen the theme which is all about meadows...

'Meadows are such amazing places - lots of different grasses, wild flowers and wonderful wildlife. Let your imagination run wild ...and use stamps or stencils too! Enjoy!'


What a lovely topic, time for fresh spring colours and I created some journal pages which is something I've not done for a while.


I like working on Kraft card and scraped gesso and some of the new blue paints from Seth Apters winter set, think Venice Blue, Steel Grey and Double Denim are making an appearance today. Floral and square stencils used on the first layers.


I've used one of my own hand carved stamps here as it matched in quite well with the geometric  elements.


More layering and stamping with a  little Toffee and Caramel paint.


Glass Bead gel, Treasure Gold and Decoart White Crackle paste.


Sleight Blue and In the Navy infusions on glossy card stock before die cutting with Tim's Wildflower dies.


Isn't the effect pretty?


I used the waste as a stencil  too.


White textured 'earth' for the flowers to grow out of.


I do like texture..


Love the contrast of the glossy flowers against the background.




Hope you're inspired to join in, hop across here for more inspiration from the design team and as always thanks for stopping by. Ruth xx

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Wax Lyrical at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, it's time for our next challenge at Stamps and Stencils and Sue is our lovely host....and we are playing with wax this month! Here in her own words is what she wants us to do.

' I have long been fascinated with the subject of Encaustic Artmelting wax to create many layers and trapping pieces of fibres and papers between the layers of melted wax just seems magical to me. So for this challenge I want to see some wax on your projects, whether it's just dribbled, melted and then stamped into or a wax embellishment as long as you include some stamping or stencilling the choice is yours !'


My first inspiration post at Stamps and Stencils was about wax and had some basic information you can refer to link here. This time I thought I'd try and explore wax on paper and the wonderful 'transparentizing' effect it can have. I thought this could be a good starting point without expensive supplies to tempt and inspire you to just dabble with your melt pot, a little beeswax and paper.

I made some eco leaf prints with autumn leaves last year which I hope to blog about it at some stage. I chose one of the pieces that I  thought could be enhanced with some stamping before coating with encaustic medium. Firstly I've added a lovely quote from one of  Alison Bomber's word plates.


Now some stamping to compliment what is already there.


When you first put the wax on it will sit on top. Fusing and another coat later it will start to sink into the paper. Normally you should have a solid heat resistant base such as wood or encaustic board; if I had made it on canvas it would sit on top and crack but handmade paper or good quality watercolour paper will absorb some of the wax and won't crack....unless you choose to crumple it up or fold it of course!


I've added a few drops of white encaustic medium. 


I also used a stencil and some gold leaf rubbed through it. If adding leaf metal or mica it must always be on the top layer if you want to keep the shine.


One of the things I love about encaustic are the depth of layers created and how the wax softens everything.


I'm hoping you can see the lovely sheen you get with encaustic when 'polished', I used a nylon pop sock to buff it.


The frame is painted with chalk fresco and a touch of treasure gold and moss green ink. I used a double sided tape sheet to stick the paper to the wooden frame back and chose not to use the glass that came with it.


There are lots of lovely and inspiring ideas from our DT of how to incorporate wax into your projects over on the blog. Hop across and checkout their posts and can't wait to see what you create!

Ruth x

Monday, 5 February 2018

Bobbin Book at PaperArtsy

Hi everyone, I always get excited when I have a post over on the PaperArtsy blog and tonight I'm sharing a little labour of love. I've made a mini book from a wooden reel that I've had in my stash and as serendipity would have it I'm combining some of the new Seth Apter paints (Set 3) with Alison Bomber's wonderful word plates.....I 'reely' enjoyed making this!


 Butter, Double Denim, Magic Moss and Blue Lagoon work beautifully together.


Hop across to the PaperArtsy blog for lots of photos. 

Lastly, I'm hoping this fits the bill for the February mini album makers challenge, it's on a spool but it's still a handmade book of sorts and it's certainly mini....


Thanks for stopping by. Ruth x

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Off to Collage at Stamps and Stencils!

Hi everyone, Cec is our lovely host for this months challenge... here's what she wants us to do.

'No I am not sending you to school but thought it might be fun this month to make a collage.  You can use any substrate such as canvas, corrugated cardboard, wood, or canvas boards for instance and add any items to it as long as you include some stamping and/or stenciling.'

So I've created a little wall hanging in vintage tones, with lots of layers.



'Collage  - a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric on to a backing'.

I've gone for a slightly different take on this and  decided to go down the using up scraps route and make a collaged background. Taking a cue from Cec, I had a piece of cardboard lying on my desk and that's where I started. Tweezers to rip a few holes in the base and then I've glued down some book text.


Layering all sorts of scraps as a backdrop and then I decided the focal point would be a small photo frame with something in it...at this stage I wasn't sure what though!


As all the items I was using were neutral tones, I decided to keep to that colour theme and just use a little gesso to tie them together. Lots of dry brushing on the outer edges and a little more centrally. I masked off the framed area so that when I added the image it would stand out.


Love how dry brushing highlights all the texture. Add in some micro beads (art stones), grunge paste through a stencil and the main image (Crafty Individuals) stamped on tissue before gluing down.


Love this effect, it gives such depth to the piece and because it is straight over the collaged elements it fits in perfectly. Some stamping in potting soil archival and paint splats.


More dry brushing in shades of brown (toffee, chocolate pudding and stone) to highlight the texture.


The frame was altered by covering with book text, adding 2 layers of clear UTEE and a tickle of treasure gold.


I enjoyed doing this so much I want to do another one!




Hope you'll join in with our challenge and if you need more inspiration hop across and see the wonderful samples from our very talented creative team! Happy creating! Ruth x

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Inspiration post at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, I've been playing with bright colours again in creating a pink and orange 'more is more' canvas! Hop across to Stamps and Stencils for all the details of my inspiration post...


R x

Thursday, 4 January 2018

On the Bright Side at Stamps and Stencils

Hi everyone, welcome to a New Year and a new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. It's my turn to host and here's what I want you to do....

'It may still be winter but it's a brand New Year, the days will be soon getting longer, and pops of bright colours will soon start to appear in the garden. This month I'd like you to dazzle us by using lots of bright colours in your Spring themed creations ...and don't forget to use stamps or stencils



Oh yes, I bet your eyes are open now! I just wanted to create something with those zingy colours that you get in Spring, in previous 'Spring' posts I have often talked about the acid colours and how I love lime green leaves, purple iris and crocus and all those fresh colours, so I did something I haven't done for ages and created some journal pages.

I started with gessoed pages of an old book and plumped for some crayola twistable stix (trying to revisit and use some crafty goodies). I didn't know where to start but remembered Donna Downey's advice and to just get something on the pages.


I scribbled in a few areas and spread it out so the pages were covered but some areas quite subtly. Love how it's picking up the texture. Next I used some Kim Dellow masks to wipe away some of the wax and decided to use a coordinating stamp set EKD06 too and stamped a few leaf sprigs.


A few Lindy's Stamp Gang spray drips and splashes.


Stencils with transparent gel mixed with Zesty Zing fresco paint and another chequerboard one with white fresco...and more splashes...a few orange paint splashes crept in too to help make the pages pop.


Fresco paint on card before stamping out and just love the contrast of the layered background with the uniformly coloured flowers. Popalicious or what?! (I know, I think spring fever has already visited me)


No apologies for using another quote from one of Alison Bombers wonderful stamp sets...and so me...I LOVE flowers!


Well I hope that's inspired you to change direction after the autumnal and wintry colours and make something bright and fun. Hop across for some more wonderful inspiration from the design team!

Thanks as always for stopping by...and wishing you all A Happy New Year!