Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Creating mini books

I love anything in miniature, I really do.  Lately I have been playing around with the Sizzix matchbook die, because to me it just *asks* for book pages to be added as an insert.

I used the fabulous DecoArt fluid acrylics on a Gel Press gel plate to make this one:

And here's a few steps along the way. I began with the yellow:

Then I added the Cobalt Teal Hue:

Some Vermillion:

And here's my favourite step ...adding the reds and pinks! This is when the colours really start to pop!
Quinacridone Red:

And finally Quinacridone Magenta:

To create the large white circles I brayered Tinting Base on the Gel Plate, and then placed a stencil on top. That way the print only picks up the circles when  it on top.


And then I made a few more ;-)

If any of you are coming along to my class at Art from the Heart preview day (24th June) then have a guess what we'll be making ??!!!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Art Journal Collage

Images by Tumblefish Studio at Mischief Circus

I had another great day teaching art journaling to my regular art journal group at Art from the Heart at the weekend, and after quite a few requests to return to collage that is what we did! Collage is really how I began my whole journey into mixed media and art journaling back in about ... 2008, so this felt a bit like going back to my roots.

We used images by Crowabout Studio B and Tumblefish Studio (by kind permission) as I have ALWAYS loved their images.  The images are available from the shoppe at Mischief Circus and once you have them you can download, resize, print as many times as you like.

Just a little word of advice ... if you haven't used this kind of collage image before then please be aware that the images are usually offered  in two formats. PNG images are aimed at digital collage artists who want to build collages on their computers. If you want to do cut'n'stick collage then you are probably better looking for the JPEGs, sometimes known as printables. 

Images by Crowabout Studio B at Mischief Circus

This is how my backgrounds looked before I added anything ... just a simple paint, then brayer, then stencilled background:

Then I started to layer images on the page:

And finally, once the images were in place I added more detail by stamping, stencilling, and doodling.

Really I haven't done any collage for ages, and it was so much fun!

Byeee for now!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

DecoArt Media Butterfly Tag Book

Just a quick post to let you know that I've got a step-by-step tutorial over on the DecoArt Media blog today, with lots of process photos and information on how I created this multi-layered tag book. It's packed full of texture, and lots of colourful layers using the very gorgeous DecoArt Media line of products. If you've got a moment, do go and take a peek *here*.

Seee you soon! Byeeeeeeee....

Monday, 22 May 2017

Art journal colour, and a give away yay!

Corncob stencil by Kasia Avery for Crafters Workshop
Mini Dots stencil by Crafters Workshop
Alphabet Stamps by Everything Art

Well, I'm on a roll with my Gel Press plates recently! I love building the layers of colour, and waiting for those little unexpected surprises you get when mono-printing. If you would like to see how I do a page like this then have a look at the Gel Press channel on *youtube here* or follow them on *Facebook here* as I have a step-by-step video that you may like to see.

And just a heads up ... I will be teaching a mono-printing class at Craft Range Burnley on 3rd June so give them a ring if you fancy it!

I had a lot of fun creating this page for a class I was teaching at Art from the Heart this weekend. 
When I am teaching a mono-printing class I always try to focus on *finishing* a page a rather than pull off hundreds of prints that you don't know what to do with. It's such a temptation to keep on pulling prints! We focused on just two pages in class this weekend, and tried to complete both with lots of added pattern and texture. 

After building up my background with multiple layers of colour, lots of stencilling, doodling and stamping, I made two little lift-up flaps using a gel press mini.

And then I hid my journaling away underneath:

For the second page I chose slightly different colours, and we added some hand-cut masks:

It is just too much fun! Ha!

For details of the gel press look *here*
For details of classes at Art from the Heart look *here*
You can buy Gel Press in the UK *here*

And finally .... Art Journal Summer School 2017 is on Early Bird sale until 31st May BUT I have one free place to give away, yay! All you have to do is leave me a comment here OR on my facebook page (not on both please!) and I will pick a winner on Friday 26th May. If you have already purchased don't worry, you can still enter and Marieke will refund you.

For more details see my *previous post here*

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Getting creative with the gel plate

Tags, and Embellishments kits designed by me!
Available from Tando Creative

I just LOVE mono-printing, love it. It's unpredictable, surprising, and most of all messy :-) Today I decided to have a play with a small gel plate to see if I could print a background straight onto a greyboard tag, using fluid acrylics. I took  lots of snapshots as I was doing this so that you can see exactly how things worked out.

I began with a large tag, and some embellishments from the Tando kits, and gave everything a layer of gesso, and then I scribbled into it just for a bit of texture.

Next I selected my colours from the  DecoArt Media line of fluid acrylics because I really wanted to see how they would behave on the Gel plate, especially going straight onto greyboard. I think you can probably tell from the photo that these are my *favourite* colours and they are looking well loved and nicely messy! I also used the DecoArt Tinting Base, Gesso and Matte Medium.

I used a small gel plate and used a brayer to add thin, light, patchy layers of colour. I started with the yellow, and then built up the colours in layers:

I added Turquoise, Green Gold, Primary Magenta,  Quinacridone Red ...

...followed by Quinacridone Magenta:

So, then I had my mono-printed background but it still needed a lot of work. Here are a few more steps.

Paint through a variety of stencils:

Stamping using Archival ink pads:

Texture Cube 1 designed by me!
For Stampotique Originals

Stamp from Skulldoggery by Andy Skinner

Doodling with a white gel pen:

A bit of junk stamping with bottle lids and an old gift card with metallic Gold:

Now, back to the embellishments. I added some paint to these using co-ordinating colours, but when painting small embellishments like this I always aim to keep it a bit lighter in the centre which I do with a bit of help from the Tinting Base:

Finally I pieced it all together and added a quote and a hanger, I may keep this on the wall of my little art studio:

Or I may keep it in my Tando Divided Box which has all of my other tags and bits and bobs:

Divided box kit designed by me!
Available from Tando Creative