PaperArtsy Challenge #3; Paint

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Happy Sunday to one & all, yet again I’ve left my entry into the PA challenge almost to the last minute. There’s been so much fantastic inspiration on the PA blog for this challenge, but when I saw Clare Lloyd’s wonderful ledger book portrait last night, I knew that was the one I wanted to attempt. I also knew it would take me ages to finish, so I decided I would copy Clare’s page, even down to using similar colours, because that would give me more time to work on the face.

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The background is Bora Bora & Turquoise Fresco paints over black gesso. I painted a rough face shape with Honeydew Fresco, added a few details & some colour – Orchid for the hair, Turquoise for the eyes –  to get me started. (Already, my ‘inner critic’ was screaming so loud I’m surprised the neighbours weren’t complaining)………

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After this I got so engrossed I forgot to take photos, but trust me, I spent HOURS on this face. Thank goodness for opaque Frescos, I kept painting over & redoing the facial features because I couldn’t get them right, but each time the Honeydew paint covered up perfectly what was underneath.

I used Sky & Limelight Frescos for the shading with baby wipes & a water brush.

As with the first face I did, everything is wrong with this one, but if you just glance at it quickly, it doesn’t look too bad. (At least, that’s what I keep telling myself)

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I finished with stamping using various PA stamps; EDY01, EEV05 & EEV06, ESN02 & I painted the centres of the spiky circles with Guacamole & Limelight Frescos.

Thank you so much to Clare for the inspiration & I would like to enter this page into the PaperArtsy challenge HERE.

A Journal Page For Sam

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A few weeks ago I received a lovely surprise in the post; a gorgeous A6 journal from my Twitter friend, Sam.  She altered the cover with various mixed media items, mostly by Deco art & you can see how she did it in her blog post HERE. She sent me the blue one & I’m thrilled with it. I adhered the little card she sent with it to the inside cover & then made a quick page while I was waiting for other things to dry………..

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I gessoed the page first, then stamped Topknot from Stampotique & covered her with masking fluid. Applied Zesty Zing, Limelight & Yellow Submarine Fresco paints with a cosmetic sponge & wiped off the masking fluid, the added the black & white details…………….

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Thank you so much Sam, I LOVE my little journal.

K.

A PaperArtsy Challenge Entry

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For the first time in MONTHS , I have actually made something for the current PaperArtsy challenge, the theme of which is ‘Shiny Stuff’……………….

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The challenge closes in less than an hour, so I better get a move on.

Grunge paste scraped randomly with a palette knife onto a piece of greyboard. Gesso, then Fresco paints; Guacamole, Limelight, Old Gold. (Thanks to Sam & my other Twitter friends for their help with colours) I used a paintbrush, baby wipes & my fingers to blend the paints.

I added Florentine & White Fire Treasure Gold to some of the Old Gold areas……………..

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This week saw the launch of dozens of new PaperArtsy products – if you missed the excitement, start HERE – and one of the many things I loved was a new JoFY stencil, so I used the one I do have – PS007 – to create the same result, using Eggplant Fresco paint, adding white dots with a Signo Uniball pen.

I used Wendy Vecchi’s black embossing paste through PS008 & when it was dry, brushed clear Wink of Stella on top……………

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My original idea was for something brighter & the ‘shiny stuff’ is quite subtle, so I hope it’s acceptable. Thanks to everyone on the PA blog for all the inspiration.

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I’m entering this into the PaperArtsy Challenge HERE.

Thanks for looking.

K.

Tag & ATC Swap

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In an attempt to wake up my crafting mojo after Christmas I agreed to take part in a swap with a few crafting friends. The theme was ‘faces’ & somehow, I managed to get these made…………..

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There are no before photos, because when I uploaded them, every one was blurred. For the tags I used Gelatos, followed by stencilling & stamping. The face is from a Dylusions set called ‘Strength’ & I found the quotes on Pinterest.

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The background on the ATCs is Brusho colours first, then stencils & stamps. Most of which got covered by gesso in the end.

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And yes, I did draw the faces. The second one turned out quite childlike I think.

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Thanks for visiting, see you next time.

K.

A Birthday Card For Linda

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Thank you all so much for the lovely & supportive comments on the face drawing I shared the other night, I greatly appreciate each & every one.

I made tonight’s card at the start of January, it was the first non-Christmas project I’d made in months & I really struggled to come up with an idea. In the end, I went to the PaperArtsy blog & basically copied this lovely card by Joanne Wardle. Thank you Joanne!

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I brayered Hint of Mint PA Fresco paint onto watercolour card, sponged Ice Blue FF through the PA stencil, ELB001 & splattered FF Old Gold on top. Chartreuse FF was applied though stencil ELB002 & the ‘W’ is from JOFY Collection 21.

Linda was kind enough to say she liked her card. And she was even kinder when she sent me a photo of it, because I completely forgot to take one before I mailed it to her. Thank you Linda! I hope you had a lovely birthday.

K.

I’ve Just Seen A Face

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Hello, I hope everyone’s had a nice weekend. Thank for all the kind comments & visits to my blog recently.

The title of this post should really be ‘I’ve Just DRAWN A Face’, because that’s what I did!! For years, I have criticised myself because I couldn’t draw a face. Recently, I decided to get over myself & draw a face anyway. So I did & here she is………….

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I know everything is wrong with it, but I don’t care, I like it. I purposely painted her blue so  that I couldn’t stress about skin tones & I didn’t give her hair because I decided she looked fine without it.

I just used Ice Blue Fresco paint from PaperArtsy, white gesso, grey & black watercolour pencils & a black fine line pen.

The journal I used is a cheap one I’ve had for ages, I’m going to use it for my faces – I plan on drawing many more – and with a bit of luck & a LOT of practice, there’ll be a gradual improvement.

Thanks for looking.

K.

A Birthday Card For Emma

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Good morning, yesterday was the birthday of another  Twitter friend, the very lovely Emma, so here’s the card I made for her.

 

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Brayered these FF paints onto watercolour card first…………..

 

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Mixed Vintage Lace & Irish Cream FF & stamped with the rectangle stamp from EEV02 by Ellen Vargo for PaperArtsy…………..

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Mixed Nougat & Mocha Mousse FF & stamped with the bubble wrap stamp from EEV06…………….

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And then I forgot to take more photographs. I mixed a dot of Old Gold FF with FF Gloss Glaze & painted that over the stamped layers. Then I used Ice Blue & Pea Coat FF through PaperArtsy stencils ELB02 & JOFY007 & added stamping – EEV05, black gesso bottle cap circles & Old Gold FF lines with an old gift card………….

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I added white accents to the poppy pods with a gel pen, applied white gesso through the PA stencil ELB001 & three circles punched out of scrap white card…………..

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Once again, happy birthday Emma, I hope you had a lovely day.

K.