Saturday, 19 August 2017

Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge : August

This is my August page for the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge.
The verse this month is :

August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne.

I've been thinking about this one for two weeks, we have to include a tractor. All that kept spinning around in my head with this one was corn dollies. Should I draw a tractor with a corn dolly driving it, maybe a corn dolly with a tractor as an embellishment or a row of corn dollies and tractors in a field. There are so many ways to interpret that verse and I have no tractor stamps and no corn stamps so time to improvise.


The corn dolly and vintage tractor images were printed from the internet and colour tinted with inktense pencils. The background is a print of a photograph I took last week in the vegetable garden at Chartwell. A different kind of page this time, no stamping at all.


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Autumn Tag

A busy weekend with house jobs but I still found the time to have a play. I have a couple of the new Distress Oxides: antique linen, frayed burlap and wild honey so I used then to make an Autumn tag.
Of course I got carried away and threw in some infusions as well.


Stamps: PaperArtsy Eclectica by Scrapcosy ESC05
Paperartsy Infusions : Rusty Car, Olive Tree and Orange County
Distress Oxides : antique linen, frayed burlap and wild honey

The images in the background and the mushroom are stamped with coffee archival ink. The branch is stamped with frayed burlap oxide and painted with antique linen. The mushroom was stamped on kraft card and painted with infusions and matte glaze, I quite like the effect on kraft card.

Hope your weekends were good ones.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Dreamer Canvas

When the May 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine arrived on my doormat and I saw the stunning project in the article by Jenny Marples, I knew I wanted to give that a try. I often see projects I want to try and time goes by but with this one, it was still in my head three months later.

I've pretty much followed the instructions in the article but used PaperArtsy Fresco paints, changed the colours of some of the buildings and changed the words to make it my own.
Here is my finished canvas;


The paints I used for the background were Squid Ink (one of my favourites, love the name and the deep purple tone), Elephant, Slate and Sage.
This is the background before I started:


The next layer was stamped using white gesso and the Tim Holtz Halftone background stamp CMS260. Then I used my PaperArtsy mini MN18 for the letters and numbers in black and coffee archival ink. I didn't get photos at each stage although I intended to. I totally got lost in the project and three hours went by in a flash, I forgot to eat, it was great.

I spent ages die cutting the Tim Holtz suburbia buildings and adding the details, some of the parts are so tiny but it is worth the effort.  The photo below was taken outdoors so the background looks a bit more blue than it actually is.
Here's a close up :



I am really pleased with this one so huge thanks to the very talented Jenny Marples for the idea.

Enjoy your Sundays and see you again soon. x