Monday, 12 November 2018

Painting petals and adding metals.....

Today I'm here to share my second post the very cool challenge "Metals and Petals" over at Scrap Matrix.

I got a bit painty with this one, inspired by someone I love and follow on Instagram - Lydell Quin.
I just love that background, and I love the contrast of the metal  flowers against the arty background.
So let's take a look at how it came together.
I began with a background sheet of paper from 7Dots Garden Party Range.

I then decided to add colour using Prima Watercolours in Tropical.
This required a layer of gesso to protect the paper.

I swiped it on using an old store card - and really only put it where my painting was gonna go.

I decided to go with blues - I selected this colour as both my girl and I were wearing blue in the photos I wanted to use.
So I began - initially I just kinda blobbed it on (yep technical term).  Make sure to use plenty of water. This helps it to look blobby rather than painted on.  Not sure if that makes sense.
Anyway, I used the two different shades of blue to create depth.
I then added flicks by tapping the end of my brush.
Hmmmmm they don't really look like flowers at this point.....

I let it dry and began to look at the blobs - thinking, which of these could become flowers.
I then went over these, and moved the brush gently, hoping this would look like petals.
It kinda worked!!!  I also let some run down the paper a little.
I then added some greens in various shades, in between the flowers and around the edge.  These will be leaves. I didn't try to make leaf shapes - just more blobs.

Can you see the flowers yet???
I can!!

Time to get out my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks. I added black to the centre of the flowers.
I also began to outline the flowers and petals using a fine pen.
I added in leaves and a few stems too.

I also added white gel pen to the centre of the flowers.
See!! There they are!!
Ok, time to add my photos, and a few layers behind them.
Vicki has just got these awesome stamps in.....and I may have bought quite a see the range head HERE
I selected the scalloped border.
I stamped it onto some scrap and cut it out.
I then added a few tags by 7Dots (of course!). I used my fave tags - Writer's Block, and added a few 7Dots embellishment stickers too.
Now it's time to add some metal!
I love these gorgeous silver metal flowers, and knew they'd be perfect against the blue flowers.


I adhered them with some 3D Gloss Gel.  Such an easy way to add metal - and it allows you to tuck it in between your layers.

I then cut out a few of the butterlies from that gorgeous 7Dots paper - .Garden Party - Born  I had left on my desk from my previous creation.

Now time for the journaling, and capturing the story behind the photos.
This one's all about my daughter being accepted into the NYSF Program for 2019, which includes a trip to Canberra to engage in all things science-y.
It's a highly sought after achievement, and is a national program, so we were so excited that she was selected. She'd worked so hard.
Isn't she amazing? Brains and beauty!
So proud, definitely needs documenting.
These photos were taken at an acknowledgement ceremony at Government House.
I used some 7Dots Word Stickers and an embellishment sticker, which I recorded the facts on.

Then for the title, I added some 13Arts Clear Stickers.

I then wrote my personal words around these.

I really love the way these clear words look on the page - I love that they merge into the background - fits perfectly with the hand-drawn elements amongst my flowers.

I'm really happy with how this turned out.

I love the artsy style, I definitely feel like I'm getting braver with my painting!
The trick - just try it!

So are you having a go at out 'Metals and Petals' Challenge?
It's a goodie....and all you need to do is upload your entry - whether it be a layout, an art journal page, some cards, a canvas, some tags....whatever!
Just make sure to use some products available from Scrap Matrix, and include some metals (could be actual metal - Scrap Matrix has stacks! You'll find them HERE, or it could be chippy you've altered to look like metal), and some petals (flowers, stamped, stencilled, drawn, painted......)
Load it into the correct album in our Facebook Scrap Matrix Shares page, and let us know in the comments what the products are.
I can't wait to see what you do......the possibilities are endless!
I hope today has inspired you to get a bit painty......
Scrap Matrix Products used:

Thursday, 8 November 2018

My latest for 2Crafty Chipboard.....

Today I've popped in to share my latest for 2Crafty Chipboard.
This one's titled:

"You make me Happy when Skies are Grey"


I had a lot of fun with this one!

I created the background paper by using a green sheet of paper, adding a funky stencil, and some spritz.
Easy yet so effective!

I used the following 2Crafty Chipboard:
"You make me Happy when Skies are Grey title"
"Foliage Set 5"
"Flowering Clusters"
"Weeping Vine"

All of the chipboard was clustered to one corner of the page.
I did this as the background was quite busy, and I wanted to focus the eye of the viewer into the photograph.

I went simple with colour, again because of the busy background, keeping it mostly monochromatic.
I applied white gesso to the "Flowering Clusters" and used these as my background piece.
I also applied white gesso to some of the leaves in the "Foliage Set 5".
Once dry, I added some black pen marks, just for a bit of fun.
I added some teal coloured ink to the "You make me Happy when Skies are Grey" title.
I love that pop of teal mixed with the lime and black and white!
Finally I added white emboss powder to the "Weeping Vine", and poked this in amongst the layers.
You can see I added my favourite embellishment - some 7Dots Studio tags, available from Scrap Matrix.
They sure do show up on EVERY PAGE I create!

That's it from me today, I hope I've inspired you.
I'll be back again soon, until then I hope you get some creative time!

Saturday, 3 November 2018

My latest Scrap Matrix Creation

Hi all

I've popped in today to share my creation for the 'Metals and Petals' November Challenge over at Scrap Matrix.

Such a gorgeous combo, but I wanted to do something a little different.
When we think of petals, I guess we immediately think of flowers.......I decided to go elsewhere.

A butterfly wing reminds me of a petal. RIGHT?!? It was the first thought that popped into my head, so I decided to go with it.

Yep, you can see that a few flowers, mainly my favourite Aall & Create Stamp crept in there too....

Just love those metal butterflies, and how their wings (petals) just fly right off the page.


So let's have a look at how this page came together.

I began by selecting my background paper, and the paper that sparked the whole idea.....the latest 7Dots Studio Garden Party paper......

I began by cutting out some of the butterflies from the black and white photo.

I then created my background....

I love this stamp by Stampers Anonymous. I used the butterfly to stamp onto the background. I ensured I repeated the design and also ensured that some of the stamp was half on and half off.

This helps with the flow and movement across the layout.

I then stamped one of the sayings from that stamp by Stampers Anonymous to use for my title and my journaling.
I trimmed it down into segments.

Next I used my favourite AALL & Create stamp No 20. It definitely appears on all my layouts lately!
I stamped this onto white cardstock.
I find as it's such a large stamp, its difficult to get a perfect image - this does NOT worry me at all.
I like imperfection and I also always cut down the stamp into smaller pieces anyway so if there's one patch that's particularly faint, I just disregard it.

You can see here that this stamp image is a bit faint in sections. I used my Fudeball pen to draw over the top and fill in the gaps.

I pop these aside, ready for the tucking in part, once my layout has come together a little more.

Now onto the Metal.......

Love the shape of these metal butterflies.
I added black gesso to them.
They come up beautifully!
I love that this gives them a more modern feel, rather than vintage.

Time to start putting it altogether.
I reach for my 'go to' 7Dots tags, and also create a few of my own to poke out from behind the photos.
The photos are a sequence of gorgeous little niece in USA.
She is a pure delight, and her mama is just a beautiful earthy chick who inspires me in so many ways. She values homemade, real and nature. She embraces the outdoors, believes in fairies, and sees the planet as her little one's backyard.
I love that these photo's capture that joy, that absolute love, that wonder.
Just magic.
I printed two photos in black and white and one in colour.....I decided to go with the black and white theme with a few touches of green and yellow to highlight the flowers and grass.
So after lots of tucking of flowers and tags, I added butterflies....I wanted them to look like they were taking flight up the page.

I stuck everything down with this 3D Gloss Gel - so good for sticking metal, and great too if you want things to have some dimension - also great for poking flowers and bits into and around your photos.

The final step was to add a bit of water to some yellow paint (I used Dina Wakley) and flick it over the layout. There's my POP of yellow!

Let's take a closer look at those metal butterflies in flight.....

I hope that's inspired you to enter our challenge.
Vicki has a $30 voucher up for grabs, she also has lots of amazing new products, so what have you got to lose?  At the very least you will have completed a page, and had a chance to be creative.
You could even be asked to guest design for Scrap Matrix!!
Just be inspired by Metals and Petals....
Create something......a layout, a journal page, some cards, a few tags....the list is endless!!
Upload it to our Facebook Scrap Matrix Shares Group - in the appropriate folder and let us know which products you used from Scrap Matrix.
The more the merrier, but the minimum is only one!!
I look forward to seeing what you create....
Much love, I'll be back again soon, but if you'd like to see a bit more of my work just head to my blog
Scrap Matrix Products used:
woodgrain paper