Sunday, 18 October 2015

Paperartsy 2015 #19 Faces

Well hello! How the devil are you, long time no see, I have been up to stuff but not as much as I would like!! 

So the current challenge on the Papertsy Blog is 'Faces' Awesome! Don't you just love faces, they say so much but when it comes to capturing them on paper that's a different matter!

A couple years ago I attended a Dina Wakley workshop to draw faces which eliminated a lot of the 'fear' about drawing them in a fun way. I now find myself doodling them when I'm hold on the phone at work but they all tend to look the same and someone suggested I should make them more 'real' so I had a go and typed in grumpy old men on google and up popped a picture on Sir Ian McKellen it took a while as as I only did the odd 10 mins here and there in my lunch break but was surprised at the result.

So back to now again I googled people to to draw and saw a sketch of Daniel Craig Ooo I thought I could do something with that!! LOL.

The likeness isn't that great (it's generally too thin) but as an experiment I like it.

So first of all I created three backgrounds one light, medium and dark on Tissuestock and with these Fresco Paints and EEV01, EEV02, ELB22 & ELB24 stamp sets.

I then sketched the outline of my face (only my son recogonised him!) and then blocked in the light, medium and dark areas with Marlin, Cheescake and Guacamole.

Now came the fiddly bit, I tore up bits from the backgrounds and stuck them down on the relevant light and shade places based on the colour blocks, finishing off painting in the eyes and a little detail on the mouth. I'm sure I would have achieved a better likeness had I continued with a pencil for the shading but as I said as an experiment it's OK and I really enjoyed the process, even if I feel like a 'tortured and misunderstood artist' LOL!

(The Ian McKellen one!)

Thanks for stopping by leave a comment if you fancy!

Happy Craftin


Monday, 4 May 2015

France Papillon Workshop with Wynyard Warriors

Hi Peeps,

Hope this Bank Holiday Monday finds you all well? It's not even raining (well not here in the Midlands anyway) I've put 2 loads of washing out...amazing!

On to the important stuff now. Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a workshop by the lovely France Papillon thanks to the the Wynyard Warriors in the North East.

The basis of the workshop was to create a coptic bound journal book, now my craftin mucka Sue was supposed to come with me but that didn't quite happen now some of you may recall I had a go at a coptic journal back in January and made Sue a book for her birthday. This advance play really helped with the binding bit yesterday.

So we set off with the covers using loads of Finnabair products and various sprays followed by lots of tearing, folding and hole punching.

During the afternoon we used our new journal to...well art journal LOL.

France is an amazing teacher and should you get the opportunity you should attend one of her workshops. Here are my completed pages.

So thoroughly enjoyed my day!

Thanks for stopping by and leave a comment if you fancy...till the next time...

Happy Craftin

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Play Date...Craftin Style

Hi peeps,

Good to see you again!

So what have I been up to? Well! My friend Sue and I decided it had been far too long since we had a craftin session together, way back in January in fact for her birthday so we decided a little me/us time was in order as neither had created anything just for ourselves or for the fun of it for ages.

So a play date was set up! The dog walked and the kettle on and off we went...

We started by scarping some PaperArtsy fresco paints over a canvas with an old credit card, mine was all abstract and messy like while Sue's was more subtle and controlled LOL.

Sue had some new PaperArtsy JOFY stamps that she needed to ink up so they came along on the play date too.

Although we used pretty much the same stash we managed to produce very different final artwork, you can see Sue's HERE. Just awesome!

we had a lovely session and I look forward to the next. Here's my finished piece in various guises.. 

Now when you have a number of weddings to attend in close proximity that means you have a number of anniversary cards at the same time too LOL....


And there's another one next month...

Now sometimes you just have to take photos of things that make you smile and this is one of those quirky moments when I just had to stop the car get out and take a pic whether people round thought I was bonkers or not who cares!! LOL

Dandelions growing in the kerbside, they ran almost the length of the road and just looked really bright and carefree, much better than double yellows anyway.

So that's me done for now, thanks for stopping by and leave a comment if you fancy.

Happy Craftin

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Since the last time....

Hi Peeps,

Well it's been a while so thought I'd bring you up to date with my little creative madness!

I didn't quite make it to the last batch of PaperArtsy kinda got in the way as it does.

So these first two are the valentine cards I made for myself and my hubby (I know it's not romantic making your own card but no-one is allowed to buy cards in this house!!)


Then came March and I was invited to a 21st (I know at my age LOL), the background was made with my trusty PaperArsty fresco paints, I went down the traditional route of the 'key to the door!'

Now the plan was to make something for Leanne but as usual I didn't give myself enough time to complete what I thought was a simple little book and ended up being a monthly late but hey I got there in the end LOL. 

Here are the pics of the book.

So here is the finished article and following are the individual pages...

Then came a couple birthdays mothers day and a sympathy card...



And finally...thank goodness I hear you say I made this for my great nephew which made me chuckle anyway (if you look carefully you'll see a pic of him in the hot air balloon), the background again using PaperArtsy paints the block design was a variation of Dyan Reaveley.

This is the inside of the card!

So to coin a phrase...'That's all Folks!'

Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment if you fancy.
Happy Craftin

Sunday, 22 February 2015

2015 Topic 3: Paint {Challenge} - Mark 2

Here we are again, two posts together in no time at all whoo hoo! This is the PaperArtsy blog by Wanda that got me painting bottles, I haven't really done it much justice but practice makes perfect I reckon LOL

I said in my last post I would paint a jar but not in time for the Sunday cut-off well I managed it, it's not the best in the world but I tried.

As a base I gave it a coat of iced blue then from the bottom I used Jade blending to Eastern Skies to the top, I gave it a coat of satin glaze but I'm not sure what I did wrong and it seemed to take some of the paint off but gave a rather nice effect so I went with the flow.

I then stamped the shadow stamp from ELB13 using prawn and eastern skies and over stamped with the house, I missed the line up slightly but hey hoe but the paint wasn't how I wanted it so I painted the colours, blending the blue just under the roof to give the effect of shadows.

Stamping the grass tufts around the bottom and the twinkles around the top, painting these with banana over a base of chalk to give more of a true colour (note to self next time ordering remember snowflake!).

I used the left over banana on some mop up card and stamped the words cut these out and stuck them on, now I'm just debating whether to risk the satin glaze again or not?!

These are the over sides of the jar.

The pics aren't brilliant as it was night time but it's so dark today I don't think I'll get any better ones. I'm still thinking about about what to tie around the top and a label maybe but I have time yet as it's not mothers day for a few weeks yet LOL.

Thanks for stopping by leave a comment if you fancy.

Happy Craftin

Friday, 20 February 2015

2015 Topic 3: Paint {Challenge}

Hi One & All,

Well over on the PaperArtsy blog there's another challenge go take a look HERE. This 3rd challenge is all about paint, and why wouldn't it be with the PaperArtsy Fresco Paints to play with and have you seen the new limited edition colours...Awesome!

Now I don't 'copy' very well what others do as it doesn't usually turn out very well but I thought I'd have ago at Leandra's brayered background as I just LOVE creating backgrounds.

Check out Leandra's video HERE.

So what did I make? My daughters friend's granddad has been in hospital recently and they had purchased theatre tickets which obviously weren't going to be used so they kindly passed them onto Emily. As a 'thank you' I thought I'd make them a birthday book.

Using a rather well known directory cover, for the cover I gave it a layer of chalk and then brayered away, using these colours.

Now I used a mixture of stamps and stencils to create the pattern, this is the outside of the book cover.

For the inside I used the same colours but the opposite way round using the pinks as the base and the greens/blues as the focal point, it's amazing how different a piece you can create using the same colours. To finish I gave the covers three coats of Statin Glaze.

For the inserts, I used a piece of card just smaller than the book cover and folded it concertina style making sure there were enough folds for the twelve months and gave it a wash of colour.

Each insert is made from a C5 envelope, (good quality ones that are a little over-sized so you can still fit cards & envelopes in) again brayered, stamped and then I printed the month and event table for the birthdays etc... to be written on. (The new PA months stamps would be awesome here). Then you just keep the cards in the appropriate envelope for when it's needed.

 I've decorated the backs of the envelopes too but that would be too many pics LOL.

Here are a few pics of the assembled book

Now all I have to do is make some cards to go inside!!!

I have a jar ready to have a go at painting that but doubt I'll get it done before the deadline for the link on Sunday but I'll do it as I think it would be a nice extra for mothers day for my mother in law.

Thanks for stopping by leave a message if you fancy.

Happy Craftin