Sunday, 28 January 2018

Under the Sea Take Two

Continuing with the underwater theme from last week, my new PaperArtsy Scrapcosy stamps arrived in the week. Here are the results of today's experiments.

All stamped images are from PaperArtsy Eclectica by Scrapcosy ESC10.
The background is made using Distress Oxides and images stamped with watering can archival ink.
The fish have been stamped with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink, painted with white fire Fresco paint and cut out. There is some oxide ink in the mix on the darker fish which was stamped with archival ink.
The white fire paint makes them look shimmery, here's a close up;

Carrying on with the fish because they are great fun to work with, I made a couple of little cards.
They are small 4" by 4" cards. The images are stamped with black versafine ink this time with glossy accents on their eyes. 

Finally, an experiment with a watercolour effect. These fish were second generation stamping spritzed with water (faded jeans distress oxide again). I cut it down to ATC size.

Go see Raquel's beautiful examples and inspiration on the PaperArtsy blog for this release, I loved playing with these fish.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Under the Sea

It's time to post a little canvas I started last weekend and completed this morning. This one was inspired by Mike Deakin's YouTube video tutorial for IndigoBlu;

My canvas is 5" by 7"

I used texture paste through my PaperArtsy stencil PS030 by Darcy Wilkinson for the underwater flora. Then painted the canvas with IndigoBlu luscious pigments mixed with water (green, aqua and blue). I bought those a while ago to try so only have three colours but they are perfect for a shimmery underwater background. As advertised, they are packed with pigment so those little pots are going to last a long time.

Stamps used :
IndigoBlu collector's edition 1 bubbles and 12 seahorse.
There are splashes of white gesso on there too.

The pair of seahorses were coloured with a Promarker I found in my stash called starfish, another sea themed word. I cut them out, stuck them on the canvas with cosmic shimmer glue and added some adhesive pearls (Mike's idea in the video, I liked that).

Here's a close up;

I love doing nautical themed crafting so had great fun with this one. I hope you like it.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Vintage Rose ATCs

ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) is the topic for the PaperArtsy blog challenge for January. Go check out the inspirational examples posted there.

I love making these miniatures as they are a great way to try out techniques and new stamp sets. I was given the PaperArtsy Vintage Rose set of stamps by Scrapcosy for my birthday in December so I chose to use them for my ATC entry.

I made a set of three. The backgrounds are painted with Fresco paints, the beautiful images stamped with black versafine ink and then I painted them with infusions mixed with metallic glaze. The smaller butterfly was painted, cut out and mounted on foam pads to add a little dimension to the middle ATC.

Stamp set : PaperArtsy ESC04 by Scrapcosy
Fresco Paints : Chalk, Mud Splat, Key Lime and Gold.
Infusions : Rusty Hinge, The Sage, Golden Sands
Metallic Glaze

A great topic for the challenge which has renewed my interest in ATCs.
I hope you like them.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Happy New Year

A rainy New Year's Day was a great opportunity to play with some of my new toys that I received for Christmas. Here are two simple birthday cards made positive and negative using the stars die by Pete Hughes from Sizzix :

Wishing you all a very Happy arty, crafty 2018 x