Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Dreamer of Dreams

Are you a member of the facebook group Soul Sisters? It is affiliated with the shop Art and Soul Studio. The reason I ask this question is that not only is it a wonderfully supportive group but they also have twice weekly prompts to get you creating. The prompts are for a project called Artsy Circles, using the prompt you can create anything that you like as long as the substrate is a circle.

A couple of weeks back the prompt was stencil. I used two, one from The Crafters Workshop - Mini Cubist and another from Scrap Fx - Day Dreamer. I love stencils, for me it is an addiction, that I just cant get over.



In my stash I had some gelli prints that I had done a little while ago. This is what I decided to use as my background. I attached the circle to my print with matte medium.

 Once I decide which way I liked the texture of my gelli print I then used my tcw stencil and dina wakley paint to add some colour.

I used versamark ink through my Scrap Fx Stencil so that I could emboss the image. I was so cross with myself as I used some tape to hold down my circle so it didn't move but then I went and ripped the print in two places when I removed the tape. I decided not cover them up, it just adds to the journey the Artsy Circle took me on

Here is a close of the embossed image.
 
The final step was to attach the words and add a little colour.
 
Products that can be found in the Art and Soul Studio shop are listed below
dina wakley media heavy body acrylic paint - umber, turquoise, tangerine and ocean
tim holtz idea-ology - metallic stickers
 
Happy Creating



Monday, 24 July 2017

Once Upon A Time - Echo Park

For Shop and Crop Scrapbooking this week I got to play with the girly collection Once Upon A Time from Echo Park.

This was a really hard collection to use as I hadn't used something like this before. It had lots of yummy papers but also a huge range of stickers and chipboard accents. I really had to think about what I wanted to create. In the end I create a photo frame and a set of three cards.

Below you will find close ups of one of the cards and the frame. If you would like to see them in their entirety and the other two cards please pop on over the Shop and Crop Scrapbooking blog.



Happy Creating

Saturday, 15 July 2017

You Have To Believe

Lately I have been struggling with my inner art demons, they are telling me that what I create is not good enough. They are telling me that I should give up and choose another hobby. Sometimes it is hard not listen to them when they are very, very loud. Most times I am able to turn then off, but lately it's been rather difficult. This morning I put them back in their sound proof box and proved to them and me I am good enough. I think I created one of my favourite pieces that I have ever made. It is an art journal page that I created for Art and Soul Studio.

Here are some close ups, if you would like to see the entire page and my process please follow the link to the blog.




Happy Creating

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Marabu - Acrylic Spray

I think I may have found a new product to love, the Marabu Art Spray. They are quick drying and waterproof. A lot of the sprays currently on the market are not waterproof so when you add water to the substrate they will reactivate, but not these.

Below are some photos of a play session that I had fun with. To see the full set of photos please pop on over the Art and Soul Studio Blog.





The colours I used are aquamarine, bordeaux, and aubergine and are available in the shop where you can find all 25 colours.

Happy Creating

Monday, 10 July 2017

They Know The Way

Good Morning,
 
Have you seen the challenge that Shop and Crop Scrapbooking have running? If not here is a link to the post on the blog, where you will find lots of inspiration from the Design Team. To enter you need to belong to our Facebook group and add your creation into the correct album. You have until the end of the month to do so.
 
The challenge is a mood board
 
 
How much fun can you have with this, we would love to see what you create.
 
I took my inspiration from the colour palette and the quote and created a journal page. Here are some close up of the texture I was able to create. If you would like to see my process then please pop on over to Shop and Crop Scrapbooking Blog (see link above).
 
 
 
products used that can be found in the shop:
 
I hope that you play along
Happy Creating
 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Book Pages

It's Artsy Circle day today which means the Art and Soul Studio and the affiliated facebook group Soul Sisters have a new prompt.

The prompt for today is book pages. Now I know this can cause some people to shudder when they think about people ripping a book and if this is you please still play along but find a piece of cardstock that looks like a book page. I have an old text book that is filled with Shakespeare's plays that I brought from an op shop for $5, I am sure it will last me a life time.


I started with a piece of heavy watercolour paper that I cut with my metal circle die through my bigshot. The circle is 10.3cm in diameter which I have then put gesso on both sides.

I decided that I was going to cover the surface of my paper with the book page, at first I was going to run it through my bigshot but I vetoed that idea. I put glue on my watercolour paper and then put it straight down onto the book page. Once dry, well what I thought was dry I torn the rest of the page away from the edge of the circle. To make sure that the paper was well attached I used my brayer over the top and bottom.

I let it sit overnight because I had no idea where I was going with this. I thought about drawing on it and actually went ahead and started, that was a complete disaster. I tried to erase my light pencil marks but I torn the page. Once the page was torn I could actually remove the book page from the watercolour paper. The glue wasn't dry, I don't know if this was because I used a glue stick on gesso. So my background on my actual complete circle is different from this picture because I put a new piece book paper down. This time attaching it with matte medium. Using a paint brush I put the matte medium on to my circle then the circle straight on to my book page.

I wanted a garden on my book page. Why you ask? I have no idea its just what I wanted. Looking through my large stash of stamp I found one that I like and knew would work for the idea I had in my head. When stamping I didn't want a dark or perfect image, so I had sure that I stamped on a scrap piece of paper first. Also I had never used this particular stamp from the set so I seasoned it with my ink first.

Once I found the stamp I was going to use I knew that I had some rub-ons that went with this stamp and that is what I used for the middle flower image and dragonfly.

I am not really sure where I was going with the gesso but I went with the flow and ended up with a smaller image but you could still see some of the image underneath.

Using my inktense pencils I coloured my image but I wanted the middle flower to stand out from the rest. I didn't want to use gesso so I was at first a little bit stumped but then I had a brain wave of using my artisan powders from Prima to dull the image. I painted the powder over all of my circle and once I was happy with the colour I then recoloured the middle flower. I also used another colour of my artisan powders on the gesso. I like these powders as they have no shimmer. I didn't put them on very heavy so they are really hard to see but they are there.

products used that can be found in the shop
Prima Artisan Powder - vintage ivory and trianon patina
Derwent Inktense Pencils - beach green, burnt orange, deep violet and deep rose

Happy Creating

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Don't Follow The Direction Of The Arrows

It's Thursday today which means the second prompt for the Artsy Circles for Art and Soul Studio's facebook group Soul Sisters is out.

The prompt is arrows. Here is what I created



Using my metal die and bigshot I found the biggest circle, which is 10.3 cm in diameter and cut a piece of heavy watercolour paper. I then put gesso on both sides, this was to help stop the curling of the paper.

To create the background I did it in layers using three different distress stains. I didn't want to put the colour directly on to the circle so I splatted the stains onto my craft mat then sprayed them gentle with water. Once the stains beaded on my mat I dragged and laid my circle into the stain. I did this a number of times with each colour making sure that I dried in between the layers.

Using same three colours I then splattered the colours on top of the background again drying in between the layers.

I loved the background that I created but I needed more and in the end I lost some of the splatters of the stains but that's ok because their are no rules and creating in an adventure. At this stage I needed to add some arrows so with my white pen and arrow stencil I drew the shapes of the different arrows across the surface of my circle.

Being that the prompt was arrows I decided that this was just not enough so before I added my words to the circle with the same white pen I coloured in the arrows to make them stand out.

products used that can be found in the Art and Soul Store:
tim holtz distress stain - spiced marmalade, vintage photo and ripe persimmon

Happy Creating

Monday, 3 July 2017

Follow Your Dreams

Its the beginning of a new month which means there is a new challenge for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking, pop on over to the blog to see what inspiration the Design Team has created.

This month the challenge is a mood board

I created an art journal page using the quote as my focal point.

Happy Creating

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The First Step In a Journey

I am really excited to share with you this project and tutorial.

This project and tutorial is an Arsty Circle. It is a project that has been created for the Art and Soul Studio online store and Soul Sisters facebook group. Arsty Circles is loosely based on the ICAD challenge which is created and run by DaisyYellowArt. ICAD is basically where you create art every day on an index card.

The Artsy Circles for Art and Soul is where a prompt is posted in the Soul Sisters facebook group every Thursday and Sunday, you can play along or just see what others create.

The only request that we have is that the shape of your substrate is a circle. This circle can be any size, so if your mojo is overflowing you could have a huge circle but if you are struggling maybe a 1” circle is all you want to use.

The reason we chose a circle is because a) it’s different and b) Our mantra (see pinned post) is all about a circle of women.

There are no rules other than you must have fun.
The first prompt is Red.

Here is what I created


My circle that I am using is 10.3cm in diameter, the only reason it is that size is because that was the largest die that I had. I could have created a bigger circle if I got my silhouette cameo out of the cupboard, but that just seemed too hard.

My  first step was to cover the back and front of my circle with gesso, I applied this with a palette knife, as I am not a fan of brushstrokes. Using my heat gun I made sure that it was completely dry before I found my favourite stamp Script from Kaisercraft and stamped all over the surface of my circle. I didn't worry about where I was stamping I was just making sure it was covered.  Around the edge of my circle I coloured with my Stabilo All and then activate it with a water brush.
 
Once my I was happy with the black watermarks I made sure it was complete dry I then added bright red paint with my palette knife. I didn't want the paint too thick and I also didn't want it to complete cover the surface. Because I am too impatient I used my heat gun to dry the paint then with an Inktense pencil I added three lots of three triangles (which I activated with water), with my black paint pen I added three lots of five crosses and then lastly I with my white paint pen I added dots to the red paint.

The last thing I added to my Artsy Circles was a word sticker.

products used that can be brought from the shopinktense pencil - deep blue
dina wakley media heavy body acrylic paint - ruby
timholts idea-ology - clippings stickers
kaisercraft stamp - script

Happy Creating

Monday, 26 June 2017

Wild at Heart from Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Today up on the Shop and Crop Scrapbooking blog I have a trio of cards that I created using the Wild at Heart Collect from Cocoa Vanilla  Studio.




If you would like to see more then please visit Shop and Crop Scrapbooking and a photographic tutorial which explains how I created this background.

Happy Creating

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Technique Tuesday

Today up on the Art and Soul Studio I have a photographic tutorial with different techniques using Nuvo Mousse, a Stencil Girl stencil both can be purchase in the shop.


If you would like to know more on how these techniques were done please pop on over to the blog to find out

Happy Creating

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Live In The Moment

Today over on the Shop and Crop Scrapbooking Blog you will find a layout and an art journal page.  I am not sure that I love either of them but I know I have fun creating them.

 

The two of them couldn't be more different if you would like to see a the complete pages please follow the link to Shop and Crop Scrapbooking.

The products below can be all found in the Shop. If you would like to purchase any of them please use the code DO5 for a discount

My Mind's Eye - Hooray,
TCW - Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste
Chartreuse Iridescent Creative Medium,
Colour Blast Shimmer Pot Water Colours - Snow White and Royalty,
Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals Freaky Franken-Lime and Witch's Potion Purple,
Dusty Attic Stencil - Circuit,
Tim Holtz Collection Layering Stencil - Stripes
Archival Ink - Jet Black

Happy Creating

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Embrace Your Journey

This month for my tutorial for the Art and Soul Store I decided to create an art journal page.


I had a lot of fun creating this page, for the full tutorial please pop on over to the Art and Soul Blog.

Happy Creating

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Using Your Scraps

We all have lots of scraps laying around and we always say to ourselves we will use them, but more often than not that doesn't happen. In my package from Shop and Crop Scrapbooking I received the March 2017 Crop Kit. It is Easter themed and I decided to create some cards from this kit. They are not all Easter based but they all can be created using kit and still have paper and embellishments left over for more.







Happy Creating

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Sending Wishes Your Way

Have you seen the challenge that Shop and Crop has on their facebook group? To enter all you need to do is place a photo in the correct album. It's about going back to our childhood and playing Tic Tac Toe.


All you have to do is choose a straight line and use those three products to create with. The line can be vertical, horizontal or diagonal. I chose a vertical line and it was the top one,  stamping, flowers and a paper bag.


Would you like to know how I created this then please pop on over to the Shop and Crop Scrabooking blog and you will find a photographic tutorial.

Happy Creating

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Art and Soul Studio

Today is the a good day for an adventure to begin. My very first post for Art and Soul Studio (blog and shop) is live. I am a part of a pretty amazing and talented team.

This set of tags came about because I had just brought tracksuits pants for the winter school uniform for my two. The tags were just too good to throw away.

I love creating layers and I these tags have 5 layers. Creating layers always involves getting messy especially when you paint with your fingers.

If you would like to know how I created my three tags the please pop on over to the blog where you will find a photographic tutorial.

products used: liquitex gesso - clear, tim holtz idea-ology - small talk, archival ink - jet black, versamark - watermark stamp pad, dina wakley media paint - penny, tangerine, ruby and night, paperartsy seth apter stamp - esa02, dina wakely media stamp - silhouetted women, ranger embossing powder - clear, versa colour - rose red, kaisercraft stamp - script, faber-castell pitt pen big brush - black, prima marketing stencil - grungy grid (all items available in the shop are highlighted pink)

Happy Creating

Thursday, 27 April 2017

It's A Boy

For my second play this month for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking I got to create with the collection 'It's a Boy' from Carta Bella.


I really enjoy using this colour scheme and I had the perfect photo of my little man with the same colour on the wrap that he was laying on. I think this would have to be the least amount of mixed media that I have ever used on a layout but the papers said it all.

I couldn't just stop at a layout I had to create some cards as well.



The stencil that I used in the back ground is also available in the shop I think this was my very first stencil and the start of a very, very unhealthy addiction.


The papers that I have used can be found in the shop and some of them are on sale. If you do decide that you need to visit the shop please use the code DO5 and you will receive a discount.

Happy Creating