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.
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)………
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)
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 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………..
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…………….
Thank you so much Sam, I LOVE my little journal.
For the first time in MONTHS , I have actually made something for the current PaperArtsy challenge, the theme of which is ‘Shiny Stuff’……………….
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……………..
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……………
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.
I’m entering this into the PaperArtsy Challenge HERE.
Thanks for looking.
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…………..
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.
The background on the ATCs is Brusho colours first, then stencils & stamps. Most of which got covered by gesso in the end.
And yes, I did draw the faces. The second one turned out quite childlike I think.
Thanks for visiting, see you next time.
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!
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.
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………….
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.
Good morning, yesterday was the birthday of another Twitter friend, the very lovely Emma, so here’s the card I made for her.
Brayered these FF paints onto watercolour card first…………..
Mixed Vintage Lace & Irish Cream FF & stamped with the rectangle stamp from EEV02 by Ellen Vargo for PaperArtsy…………..
Mixed Nougat & Mocha Mousse FF & stamped with the bubble wrap stamp from EEV06…………….
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………….
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…………..
Once again, happy birthday Emma, I hope you had a lovely day.