Tuesday, 12 February 2019

An Art Journal Share for Scrap Matrix

Hi all, 
I'm back today to share another creation for the current Scrap Matrix Challenge -  using limited supplies.
 
Last time I created a layout on a white background, so I thought I'd create with a black background this time, just to mix it up a little.
 
Whilst searching for my black cardstock, I uncovered my black art journal that I'd purchased on the wonderful Tracy Scott weekend at Scrap Matrix.  I hadn't even used it yet!
 
So I decided that's what I'd do....plus the supplies we were sent really lend themselves to art journaling.




Now I really feel like a novice art journaller - I'm much more comfortable with scrapbooking layouts, and I'd LOVE to be able to attend some of Vicki's classes - what they create at those classes always has me drooling and I'd love to learn all the little tricks along the way.
 
But boy did I have fun with this one......
 



So let's take a look at how this came together.
 
Firstly, the supplies.......
 
This month, the design team all received 5 supplies in the post, and the idea is to play with only those, adding the bare minimum.
We each received 2 paints, a spray, a stamp and a stencil.

So here's the supplies I received:




Dylusions Ink Spray - 'Funky Fuschia'


I began by applying some of the 'Cut Grass' paint directly onto the page.
 
I then channelled my inner Lisa Oxley and lay down the 'Galaxy Stencil' and wiped some paint off using a baby wipe.


 

I then repeated this with the 'Ocean' Paint.




I then grabbed out the 'Dina Wakley Tissue Paper pack'.
I've been hoarding these!
Time to bust them open.

 
 
I wasn't sure if the face would show up on the colour, so I added some white gesso first.
 
 
 

I then added the face using 'Soft Matte Gel'.
Once the face was down, an idea popped into my head (up until now I had no idea where I was going).
Those stamps are architectural, like a house plan - Ah Ha - like a plan!
 
When I created my layout the other day, I didn't like where it was going, so I'd discarded my first attempt.
I don't like to waste ANYTHING, so I decided to revisit it.
 
Ok, so I'll get that part up to speed....
 
I'd added some Soft Matte Gel through the 'Galaxy Stencil' onto white cardstock.


 

I then added some watered down paint, but I think I added too much water and it kind of wrecked the paper in parts.
 



So I stamped the AALL & Create Stencil No 14 onto this card and cut out a whole heap of circles in different sizes.
 



I then added these randomly to my layout using Soft Matte Gel.




Once glued down, I added some of the 'Funky Fuschia Ink Spray'.
 
I love how it mixed with the blue and created purple!
I simply used my finger to swipe it over.




I then outlined these circled with black paint and a white gel pen, adding a few scribbles, trying to be messy and random.




I added some journaling to one of them.......
It reads "I had a plan...but I forgot where I put it"
 
Perfect for this page....for the process, for the stamps and for the stencil.
These circles represent all the different thoughts and plans that pop in and out of my head constantly!
 
I then used the AALL & Create Stamp to stamp a few of the words onto white cardstock.
 



I stamped:
Create Art
Create Love
Create You




Ta da!!






So what can you create with a couple of paints, a stamp and a stencil???

How creative can you get with a limited supply of products? Can you make less into more? Whether you are art journaling or scrapping, we can sometimes get overwhelmed with the idea of how much stuff to use... so this challenge is about stripping it back, using less and stretching your supplies in different ways.


 
 
Head on over to our Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook Group and load up your creations, including what products you used.  We love seeing them.
Your creativity inspires us so much. PLUS you could win a voucher from the shop or a chance to be a guest designer!!! Woohoo!
 
I'll be back again real soon with more to inspire you.
 

Thursday, 7 February 2019

2Crafty Chipboard Share......
I get to be a CSI detective again!!

Hi there creatives
 
I'm back again today to share some more 2Crafty Chipboard goodness!
 
This one's titled:

'Escape'

 
 
 
A page that documents my passion for reading.
 
In 2018, I began a book club, on the spur of the moment with a friend, and it was an unexpected highlight for the year.
 
 
 
 
I used the following 2Crafty Chipboard:
'Hedgehogs'
'Mini Trees'
'Bookworm'
'Tree with Sparrows'
'Mushrooms'
'Mini Travel Word Set 2'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This layout was created for CSI:Colour Stories Inspiration.
2Crafty Chipboard are sponsors this month.
 
Have you ever had a go at their challenges? They are lots of fun.
Here's the one I solved:
 
 
 
 
As soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to document my reading highlight!
 
You can head to their blog to see the clues in detail.
 
 
 
 
Here's the clues I used:
 
The colours (not my normal go to colours!), stripes, distressed patterns, trees (chipboard, painted, pine), leaves, woodland creatures (hedgehog), bird, mushroom, string, splatters, metal (open book), wood (woodgrain paper, chipboard), journaling inside a handmade book (so cute!!!!)


 
 
Let's take a look at the chipboard.
 
For the 'escape' title from the 'Travel Mini Word Set 2' I applied black ink.
 
 
 
 
The 'mushroom' was first coated in white gesso, and then painted with watercolour paint.
I outlined the details with a black pen.
 
 
 
 
The 'hedgehog' was coated in a metallic wax and then I used sharpie pens to fill in the details.
 
 
 
 
The 'bird' from the 'Tree with Sparrows' was finished with the same process - some white gesso, watercolour paint and then pens to fill in the detail.
 
 
 
 
I had so much fun colouring in these chippy elements.
 
 
 
 
The 'Mini Tree' was coated with Metallic Wax, and then some green ink was added to the leaves.
 
 
 
 
The 'book stacks' were trimmed away from the worm in the 'bookworm' chipboard.
 
These were then coated with white gesso, and then various watercolour paints.
 
A touch of ink was swiped over them to pick up the finer detail.
 
 
 
 
I really enjoyed colouring these pieces of chipboard.
 
It's not my normal style to do this, but it was quite relaxing and I'm super happy with the outcome.
 
PLUS I had so much fun creating that background, and painting all those trees!!
 
 
 
When is the last time you tried something new?
 
I do love that about challenges, they push me out of my comfort zone, and often inspire an extra surge of creativity!!
 
That's it from me today, I'll see you again soon.
 


Sunday, 3 February 2019

Scrap Matrix Challenge.....limited supplies

Hi there today I've popped in today to share the details of my first creation for the 'Limited Supplies' Challenge over at Scrap Matrix.
 
Here it is.....




Love that colour against the white, with the touches of black thrown in!




This layout celebrates my girl's recent achievement to attend NYSF in Canberra (the National Youth Science Forum).  This is a highly sought after trip with applications from all around Australia.
 
I was so excited for her when we found out!
She got recognised at Government House and sponsored by Rotary plus achieved a scholarship.....so she is off on a trip of a lifetime, to discover all things STEM based!
 
Not too bad for a young girl from little old Clare!
 
Anyway, time to stop bragging, and get on with the layout.....
 



So here's the supplies I received:




 
Now the first thing I was relieved about was the colours - nice and bright.  My only dilemma - the stamp and stencil had a more 'boy/grunge' feel, and the colours had a more 'girly' feel.
Yes I know......no such thing!! But it had my brain freaking out for a while.
 
So I decided to focus on the stamp and stencil. 
They have a bit of a science/maths feel to them - and then the idea struck!
My girl and her Science achievement! YES
Suddenly I had direction.
 
Besides a bit of black paint, black ink and black pen and thread, the only other thing I added was a white background paper.  THAT's IT!!
 
So I began by stamping directly onto the paper - time to make my own patterned paper.




Don't be too fussy if the stamping isn't perfect......that just adds to the effect.
 



I then added the 'Funky Fuschia' Ink Spray - instead of spraying it on, I opened the bottle, and applied it with a brush.  I applied it randomly in a few spots.
 
 


I then went back in with the 'Ocean' by Dina and the 'Cut Grass' by Dylusions.
 
NOTE - I added a lot of water to these.....until I achieved a transparent, almost watercolour feel.
I didn't want to cover up all that stamping.
 



I then added some black paint using a sponge and the 13Arts Stencil.
Just a few pops here and there.


 
 
I felt it needed more black, and I wanted to continue the circle theme, so I grabbed the end of an old paper towel cardboard roll, and used this as a stamp by adding black paint.
 



I then used an old credit card to swipe the black paint around the edges.
 
I love the grungy look this gives.
 
 


Finally I used the word stamps within the AALL & Create stencil and randomly stamped them in clusters.



You may also be able to see that I used the 13Arts stencil to create little traced elements that are peeking out in the background. This just adds another layer and more texture to the page.
 
I printed off 3 of my photos in black and white. I decided to print one in colour, as the colours matched the paints perfectly, and also it would create a focal point.
 
 
 
 
When printing a number of photos for a layout, it's important to keep one as a focal point, so the eye is drawn into the layout - it gives the eye somewhere to focus, and adds to the overall flow of the layout.



At this point, I decided a title wasn't necessary - those stamped words kinda created the title for me.
 
So I added some journaling to the bottom of the layout, making sure to include those repeated words. This 'pulls' the whole layout together, and helps to highlight those words as the title.
 



I finished off with a few pen scribbles - again in circles.
 
Man, it was hard not to add tags and word stickers and all the gorgeous stuff I normally do.  BUT I DID IT!!  I had to walk away as my hands were itching! But when I came back, I liked what I saw.....do you ever do that?  I do, so often - I take a break, go hang out the washing or something and come back with fresh eyes.
You will often then 'see' something that needs to change. Something that you were blind to before.
 
Another little trick is to take a photo on your phone and look at it that way. 
 
Somehow it focuses your eye and gives you a renewed clarity.
 
 


Well that's it from me today.....the proof that LESS really is MORE.
Working with limited supplies forces you to be more creative, forces you to think outside the box.
 
So what can you create with a couple of paints, a stamp and a stencil???

How creative can you get with a limited supply of products? Can you make less into more? Whether you are art journaling or scrapping, we can sometimes get overwhelmed with the idea of how much stuff to use... so this challenge is about stripping it back, using less and stretching your supplies in different ways.

 
 
Head on over to our Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook Group and load up your creations, including what products you used.  We love seeing them. Your creativity inspires us so much. PLUS you could win a voucher from the shop or a chance to be a guest designer!!! Woohoo!
 
I'll be back again real soon.
 
xxx


 
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