Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Brayered Backgrounds

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday I had a go at creating a brayered background using Paperartsy Fresco Finish paints as demonstarted in this video by Leandra HERE.

So I started making my background just the way Leandra had shown in the video:

These are the colours I used:

I cut this background in half and used it to create a card for my friend's 50th birthday using stamps from the JOFY collection and some stamping in the background using snowflake on a Sara Naumann stamp:


With the other half of the background I did a bit of experimenting with translucent colours. I added some Zesty Zing, Limelight, Beach Hut and Cherry Red. Then I did a little bit of stencilling with Snowflake, Cherry Red and a Lin Brown stencil.Then added the word bloom using grunge paste and coloured it using Beach Hut and Zesty Zing. Then added some circles using a white sharpie and another Lin Brown stencil:

Thanks for stopping by today!

Claire xx









Monday, 29 December 2014

3Up Project for Paperartsy

Hello everyone,

Today I am taking part in Paperartsy's 3Up blog challenge. This time it's all technique based - a different technique every night.

All the projects tonight involve using stencils, here is a little sneak peak at my project:


Hop on over to the Paperartsy blog HERE to see it in full and also to see what my other stencil buddies have come up with!

Thanks, Claire x



Sunday, 28 December 2014

Cheesecloth journal page

Hello everyone,

It's been a little quiet around here lately due to all the preparation that Chritmas involves! But yesterday I had a little play in my small Dylusions journal that I got as part of my workshop with France Papillion - this is the first page I've managed to do in it since the class back in November!

When I saw Alison Bomber's blog post over on the Paperartsy blog earlier this month HERE I knew I was going to have to have a go myself

So here is my spread:


I gessoed my pages first and pressed the torn cheesecloth into the gesso. I then spead some Grunge Paste around the egdes of the cheesecloth and used my spreader to create some additonal texture. I then also spead some Grunge Paste through a stencil (TCW237) on each page for even more texture!

While that was all drying I took a piece of tissue paper and stamped the main postage stamps image and the pen from Lynne Perella LPC030 onto the tissue using black versafine. I coloured the back of the pen with old gold fresco paint and the back of the main image using cherry red, blush and vintage lace.

I then set about colouring my pages using fresco paints. I spent quite a long time adding various layers and colours until I was happy with the look of them. I think the colours I used were hint of mint, chalk, sage, lake wannaka, sky blue and moonlight.

I added the pen and the postage stamps image to my pages using gel medium then did a bit of stencilling using a TCW stencil (TCW384) and shaded lilac and walnut stain distress ink. I edged around the pages using walnut stain distress also.

I used the script stamp from Lynne Perella set LPC028 to randomly stamp around the pages using potting soil archival ink.

I highlighted all the texture with White Fire treasue gold wax and finally stamped out my sentiment from Sara Naumann ESN11 and added it to the page also.

As a last finishing touch I added a little bit of glossy accents to the lips and eyes of the lady in the postage stamp.

Thanks to Alison for the inspiration to pick up this journal again - I really hope to do some more in it again soon.


Thanks for stopping by,

Love Claire x