Another circle journal spread

Another PATWITS circle journal page to share with you… This time in the lovely Chris’ journal.  When journals arrive through the door it is such a joy to spend time looking at and stroking the fabulous artwork! Chris’ journal is such a bright and beautiful thing to behold, & Julie’s pages were brilliant with a fabulous butterfly opposite the page I was working on with a nice buttery yellow background so I used that as my inspirational starting point.

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Unfortunately no process pics… i started with some patterned tissue paper, then some gesso, some yellow and orange paint. Next I grabbed a stencil and added the blue paint through that.

The feature is the peacock flowers and for these I hand drew the stems, stamped a Darcy flower head, added some ovals I stenciled on book print.  I also added the cute little Darcy snail.

Added some stickles and copper acrylic ink drops.  Then some glossy accents in places.

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Cute!

Pleased with my page… It worked so well and came together nicely.

Now what to do with the next page!

Happy Crafting!

Catherine

Homework… A second page with a face

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Who doesn’t love this robot? Isn’t he perfectly adorable. He’s got such a soulful face… maybe I read that into him as his creator is no longer with us. The fabulously talented artist, Lily Chilvers lost her fight with cancer a few months ago, and she was the creative genius at Octopode Factory where I purchased this cute robot digital stamp from.

I used brushos to created the background. Then stamped the handcarved stamp from su. Then used the cogs stencil and some Versamark to add some embossed gold as part of the background. Then the Robot was coloured using Inktense pencils and water.

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Love the texture and the digital stamp just is perfect.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Another bit on the swatch book

A few weeks ago I shared the swatch book I had started making of my new Brushos.  I am still in love with the little pots of colour.

I’ve made three more swatches….
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Used Dictionary stamp and white embossing for the background and then Make a Monster for the feature!

Fun and funky.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Homework number three

First task of getting back into the craft room was to start on the art journalling homework I set for my friends…. A page with a face…

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I used some scrap cardstock… think it was cut from some packaging originally. Then added some scraps of tissue paper left on the desk from another project which I glued down. Next I added a thin layer of gesso and then sprinkled the brushos over to give a wash of colour.

Then I grabbed a stencil and some texture paste to add the leaves.

Next a digital image from Tiddlyinks which I coloured using Inktense pencils and water. Then to give the image a bit of texture I added a coating of Versamark and some clear embossing powder then heated it up. This gives is a nice grungey gloss.

So it was an easy page… but satisfying to put together.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

We’re home again

Yes I am sorry for going missing this past week dear blog readers but I was off with the family and friends at centre parcs … the home of wifi black holes!

The only crafting I managed during the week was a little bit of colouring in…

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And the rest of the time was devoid of craft… i did however complete an aerial adventure course with the princess…

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… have fun in the swimming pool…

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… and have plenty of chill out time in the spa.

We also had an informative walk with a Ranger… plenty of nature to be seen. … My fave pics…

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All in all a fab time was had.

Now we are home with mountains of washing to be done and chores to be completed but still happy from our jollies.  Hoping to fit some craft in this afternoon once food has been bought! Then normal blog service will return!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Homework number two

Another bit of homework to share with you. This time the rule was to use something you’ve never used before or your latest purchase in order to encourage those must have buys to get used.

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So what did I use?

Acrylic paint scraped background, new first use of Paperartsy stencil. New ruler stamp and a digital stamp I’ve had quite a while and never got round to printing. Then some acrylic ink metallic spots.

Chuffed with this. Pleased I grabbed 15 mins to play!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Commissioned card

Back to sharing cards made as commissions for the parents.  This one I decided to gold bright and bold with a little bit of DSP.  

I used a background prima arts stamp and some distress stain for the main panel.  Then a stamp I got in a sale for the bird as a topper. Finished it off with some orange card candi and a stamped sentiment.

Love the pretty and bold paper I used behind the white cardstock. Love this pretty card. 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Titling journal pages

Hello readers… Hope all ok with you.  It has been a busy day so have a piece I finished off a couple of days ago to share with you tonight… sometimes I create some artwork in the sessions I have with my friends that never get finished… Or get almost finished and then I find them in one of the piles of stuff on my desk and decide it’s time to get them done.  

This is one such piece.  I created some of it in the class itself, some of it as part of the prep and then the rest after the class when tidying up… But it then sat there without a title or quote. 

Finally I finished it on Friday evening …

 

It was the session we played with texture paste and this has inked backgrounds, texture paste through stencils, stamping and then the branch onto book print.  A big old mishmash really… But I love it! 

Hope you like the finished piece with all the brightness of the rainbow.

Happy crafting! 


Catherine 

Playing in my journal

I try to wipe off stencils and use up grunge paste etc in my journal ready to start new pages and this started as this.  There was some bright pink grunge paste through a paperartsy stencil, some random splodges of pink Dylusions and some yellow acrylic to start with.  Onto this I used a new stencil I bought which is a template for drawing a girls head in profile.  I traced it in pencil then lightly colour blocked it using spectrum noir pencils.

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A few days later I added some gesso to her skin to try and mute the texture bits and lighten the Dylusions a little. Then I added some more colour and definition to the hair with Faber Castell pens.

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I also stamped out the quote I wanted to use. Again I them left it to sit for a while. Next I added some more colour to the background using inktense pencils and water. I also added some more outlining and shading.

Really pleased with how it’s finished… And yes I think I am finished with it! 

Happy crafting! 

Catherine 

Homework time

A fortnight ago I set some homework for my lovely friends who do the art journalling sessions at my house to keep them going over the summer hols.  The rules were to create a piece of art work featuring a flower and a quote.  Tomorrow I set the next homework so it’s time to show what I did.

I did a simple background using the Brusho… believe it or not this is the black crystals… how fab.

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Once it had dried I doodled the flowers and the quote.  Next I stepped it up a bit more with the drawing.

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Loved how it came together.

Then sticking it into the journal I added the piece of stamping from yesterday’s post as a piece of patterned paper.

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Pretty chuffed with this.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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