Thursday, 20 September 2018

Welcome to today's guest designer, Jo !

Today we are welcoming Jo from Let's Art Journal as our Guest Designer. Jo was the winner of the Ombre challenge and was therefore asked if she'd like to join us for a day. So, let's move on to meet her !

Hello everyone, I’m so excited to be here at Stamps & Stencils as Guest Designer for their It's been a while... challenge this month.

My name is Jo and I blog at Let’s Art Journal. I live by the sea in the North West of England with my hubby and I started Art Journaling nearly 3 years ago as a way of expressing my life through words and pictures. I love using mixed media for all sorts of projects, with stamps and stencils often featuring in my designs. I’m captivated by the variety of techniques and materials that can be used to create so many different styles of art. I’ve always been a creative person, and this has now become a passion of mine which I like to share with others.

I am often inspired by things I see and do, so my art journal page today is inspired by rainbow colours and sunshine to mark the end of summer. I had so much fun layering all the different stamps and stencils to create my page, I hope you like it!

I started by adding strips of old book pages, washi tape and homemade sheet music decoupage paper to the centre of the page using matte gel medium.

Then I applied Faber-Castell Gelatos by scribbling them onto the page and smudging the colour with my finger which I wet using a baby wipe so they blended together easily. I find that using a baby wipe to wet my finger provides just the right amount of moisture to ensure the gelatos smudge perfectly.

I stamped a sponge stamp design from Finnabair and also a Collage Numbers stamp from Gummiapan Stamps using black Archival Ink. Next I used a baby wipe through a dot stencil to erase some of the gelato colour and create the white dots.

Then I stamped a circle stamp from Gummiapan Stamps using black Archival Ink and added high density white gesso through a Wheels stencil by Dina Wakley using a palette knife.

I took an old book page and stamped some butterflies by Graphic 45 from Hampton Arts onto it using black Archival Ink and fussy cut them out.

The butterflies are stuck in place using matte gel medium and when dry, I added more detail to them using a black Uni Posca paint pen. I splattered black and white acrylic paint over the page with a paintbrush after adding the motivational words which are rub-on transfers. To finish, I outlined the wheels with a black Uni Pin marker so they stood out more.

Here are the materials I used to create this page and you can also find a full list of materials on my blog here.

Thanks so much, I have really enjoyed spending time with you today and I hope that you are inspired by this month’s It's been a while... challenge too and are able to join in the fun!

Thank you. Jo x

Wow Jo, thank you so much for such a fabulous project ! There is still time to join us for the It's been a while challenge ! 

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Inspiration Post - Sun Prints

Hi everyone, Ruth here this week experimenting with a 'Sunprint Kit' that I've had for a while and just never got around to using until now. The kit contains photosensitive paper (cyanotype) which you expose to light. The resulting images can then be used in a number of ways and as this months challenge is 'Anything Goes' I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to dabble.

The kit is fairly readily available and comes in a variety of sizes and the one I've used is the smallest 10x10 cm. It's great fun for children and suitable for 6 years and I thought I would be safe to be let loose with it!

It's so simple, card + paper + object + expose to sunlight and you can use a negative or a 3D object. Here in the UK we have had a glorious summer and I wanted to preserve some of the lovely foliage and flowers that have bloomed in the garden. Yes it took a little experimenting as the sun was so bright I overexposed some of the papers and also wasted one as I didn't separate 2 of them...but got it down to a fine art by the end, 1 minute! Once exposed you rinse in water and dry the paper.

All 12, 'disasters' included. Some images were very crisp as I used sunlight through a window, but some wafted a bit when I tried leaving them outside but I really liked the variety achieved. So how to use them?

I've recently inherited a huge pack of index cards which I'm really pleased about as I've seen a few challenges recently using them. I scraped glass blue and venice blue fresco paint on to a card.

I brayered some tango paint on and knocked back with snowflake paint.

Stamping and texture paint through a stencil, vintage book paper and stitching, also some of the Tyvek lace I created for this months challenge piece.

Trim the print and add a little more stitching, first piece finished.

For the card I wanted to echo the blue again and returned to one of the first techniques I ever tried, versamark stamping and mica powders.

I hope you can see the lovely shimmer, I decided to use one of Lin Browns grasses stamps as a background and keep the decoration simple.

I also used a kraft IC on this card, a little stamping, stitching and silver paint be honest they are more like blobs as the paint was far too thick but I rather liked the effect....happy accident.

I know there are other supplies such as toners for fabric and paper if I wanted to step it up a notch but I'm happy enough with these results. I hope you've enjoyed my first experiments and as it's an anything goes challenge, dig out something you've had for ages and just have a play, we'd love to see what you create and there's plenty of time to join in. Ruth x

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Winners - Grungey/Industrial

It's time to announce the winner and the top 3 for the Grungey/Industrial challenge. Please congratulate Helen !

Fabulous tag Helen ! We loved the cogs and the industrial texture on the butterfly ! Please email for your winners badge and details of your guest post.

Now onto the top 3:

Congratulations ! Please email for your top 3 badges. 

The current challenge is  Anything Goes Mixed Media style and there's still plenty of time to join in !

Thursday, 6 September 2018

It's been a while ...

Hello and welcome back !  It's Sue here  and I am your hostess for the new challenge which starts today. Being creative often leads you in different directions and sometimes it isn't until you start that you know where you are heading. For this challenge I thought that as we've not done it for a while it would be good to let your creative spirit wander and have a theme of Anything Goes. Your project must be mixed media and include stamping and/or stencilling but apart from that it's up to you !

The team have created some fantastic projects to get your creative juices flowing !

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Inspiration Post - Captains of Industry

It is Cec here and I am sharing an Inspiration post with you.  Since there is still a couple of weeks left before our current challenge called Industrial/Grungy ends, I thought I would show you how to make a simple mixed media canvas with an industrial vibe.

Here are the steps to creating this canvas - the products I used are in brackets but you can use whatever you have available:

1.  Coat a 6" x 8" canvas board with White Gesso (Liquitex).
2.  Use a brayer to add layers of paint - Space Cadet. Lake Wanaka and Cinnamon Fresco Finish (Paper Artsy) leaving some bits of white showing.
3.  Repeat this on a piece of heavy card stock using more of the Lake Wanaka paint, which is the darker of the two blues.

4.  Using Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi) add stamping with stamps from Faded Fragments (Seth Apter) and Shine Bright (IndigoBlu).

4.  Add stenciling with the Watering Can Archival Ink and a stencil called Measured (Tim Holtz)
5.  Paint small wood strips with Gunmetal Gray Metallic Acrylic Paint (Folk Art).

6.  Using Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger) stamp three gentlemen from Curious Possibilities set (Tim Holtz) onto heavy card stock and fussy cut.  These fellows remind me of rich Captains of Industry from the late 1800s and early 1900s such as J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, Andrew W. Mellon, Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller.  The term often overlapped the term Robber Barons - hmmm! 
7.  Ink image with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

To assemble:

1.  Using Soft Gel Medium (Golden) glue wood strips to card stock panel to create corners.
2,  Add card stock panel to canvas board with dimensional foam.
3.  Add image to panel with dimensional foam.
4.  Using Soft Gel Medium add a variety of metal embellishments - Gears and Ruler (Bead Landing), Brads (Making Memories), Light Bulb Clip that I cut apart (The Paper Source).

There you have it, another Industrial/Grungy project.  Remember that lots of layers of paint makes for a grungy look and the metals can be anything you have on hand even if they don't match one another - just take alcohol ink, embossing powder or paint to them to unify the colour if that is what you want.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Welcome to today's guest designer, Nikki !

Hello and welcome back ! Today we are welcoming another well known face as our Guest Designer, Nikki Acton !

I am Nikki, from Addicted to Art. I live in Hampshire in the UK, although originally from the Midlands. I have been crafting since late 2013 when a friend introduced me to the world of mixed media, cardmaking and scrapbooking. My style is eclectic but generally a little grungy - although I can be found occasionally being a little cleaner and brighter!

Hi everyone, it is a pleasure to be a guest here today and share a project for the current challenge: Industrial / Grungy.
I decided to alter a coffee tin. I began with a coat of matt medium and then added Deco Art Crackle paint and Texture sand paste – quite randomly in varying thicknesses. Once dry I added some stamping and a little stencilling with texture paste – selecting stencils that were relatively forgiving as stencilling on a curved surface is challenging!
I used Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics to build up my colours. (Blue Green Light, Transparent Yellow Iron oxide, Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey). I stopped after some colour and dried before lightly sanding the stencilled areas to reveal the white texture paste. This allowed the additional colours to be bolder over these areas. Once it was dry I added a little more stamping in archival black ink.

I cut some cogs (Tim Holtz Gearheads die) of different sizes and divided them into 3 piles as I wanted them all to have different colours. I brayed each set with a metallic paint either silver, gold or copper – brayering allowing some of the white card to still show. I then added coloured paint as shown in the photograph below.

Finally to arrange and adhere my cogs. I decide on the front and focussed on this area, also adding a few around the circumference of the tin too. I added a Tim Holtz quote chip which I coloured with Quincridone Gold paint and added some stamping for scratch effects.

Thanks so much for stopping by – I hope you like my grungy tin!

Thank you so much Nikki for sharing this fabulous project and inspiration for the current challenge Industrial/Grungy