Blood, Sweat & Tears

Published June 22, 2014 by isisimaginings

Happy Sunday! Yes, ‘tis me, with a new blog post & even more surprisingly, it’s an entry for the current PaperArtsy challenge. I have missed weeks of this challenge & really didn’t want to miss another one. I’ve been working on lots of commissions & DT projects recently & it seems to have me left in a major slump as regards my own projects. I’ve had absolutely no ideas & anything I’ve tried has ended up in the bin.

This morning on Twitter, my friend Helen gave me challenge; a tag, the first two PA Fresco paints I picked up, PA Hot Picks stamp set HP1204 & 30 minutes.  This is the tag I came up with after 45 minutes & it too went in the bin. The background is Honeydew & Sky Frescos, which I liked, but the rest is rubbish.



Anyway, I got started on my piece for Seth Apter’s PA blog post on Wednesday. I was delighted to see Seth on the PA blog. He is an incredible artist & his mixed media pieces are stunning.  In order to take the – self-imposed – pressure off myself a little, I basically copied his project, using slightly different colours, stencils & stamps.




The base is an A4 sheet of linen textured card. I applied the gesso layer with a palette knife, scraping & wiping it across the sheet.




Assorted stencils – TCW, The Artistic Stamper, Imagination Crafts, Tim Holtz.




Various PaperArtsy stamps; Sara Naumann, Ellen Vargo, Hot Picks, Ink & The Dog, Minis.

The finished piece. ……………….



It’s ok. I like that I can still see patches of white underneath all the paint etc. And at least I finished it. Thank you to Seth for providing the inspiration & impetus I needed & to Helen, Sam & Jo on Twitter for the virtual slap around the head this morning.

Entering this in the PaperArtsy challenge HERE.

Thanks for looking.


15 comments on “Blood, Sweat & Tears

  • Well done, nothing wrong with either the tag or the Seth piece – which I really love! Great choice of stencils and stamps, and colours too. Glad we could help…

  • I saw nothing wrong with your tag and if it were mine it would not be in the bin lol. Your Seth challenge is fantastic, so much to look with the different layers and I love that sentiment xxx

  • See I knew you could do it, it looks fabulous, your yellow and pink look fab against the background. You really shouldn’t be so hard on yourself.

    Great layering and fantastic end result xxx

  • Well Kirsten!! what can I say lol..I love that tag..there is absolutely nothing wrong with it lol xx Your Seth piece is great of little faith!! xx

  • Firstly get that tag out of the bin and use it like a masterboard, cut it up, die cut it, cut out just the bottle.. RE-USE it.

    next, love your Seth piece, you still made it your own and selected great stencils and stamps. Stop beating yourself up, it’s just not allowed. x

  • I love this Kirsten! Isn’t Seth’s work amazing? I love your interpretation too! It is hard when one has these fallow periods, but great that the Twitter gals kickstarted you into action with this project. It’s terrific! I like the tag too! You are always so flippin’ hard on yourself, Kirsten! You are so talented. Give yourself a bit more credit! Julie Ann xxx

  • I know how you are feeling only too well Kirsten but I do think it’s all in our head as I can see nothing wrong with your tag either. It looks great to me!

    Now I have to admit that whilst I admire Seth’s style it’s really not my scene at all because I know full well that I would get to the stage where you took your first photo and I would stall as it’s too busy for me and my eyes can’t make sense of it but then clever, talented folk like you and several more of my PATwit buddies get over that hurdle and turn it into something amazing! I just went back for another look and noticed the phrase you used…….how apt in view of what I said before, lol!

    Lesley Xx

  • I am a huge fan of your creations Kirsten, understand the frustration but am looking at art from your heart on your blog. Nothing is more true than what you have shared.

    Stunning, beautiful and unique:-) xxx

  • Oh dear – “rubbish” seems a trifle harsh as a judgement on the tag – I really like the flower stems in the bottle and, as you say, the painty background is fab. Love the layers in your take on Seth’s inspiration… hope you’ve recovered slightly now from all the traumas (and the slaps!).
    Alison xx

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