Sunday, 22 March 2015

Grateful / hopeful Journal Page

I'm trying to use my art journalling to help my stress and negative thinking so this page is all about hope and gratitude. It's based on the lessons learnt during this months Journal Journey and also inspired by IndigoBlu's challenge theme 'off the edge''. All the stamps I've used are from IndigoBlu. 
The Journal Journey lessons were about inclusions and dye inks and the theme for March was nature. I sprayed a layer of the palest ink spray, then stamped and embossed the flowers to create a resist before adding darker shades on top and Distress ink on the edges - I also created a smaller panel which would become my inclusion. I stamped the grasses across the bottom in Stormy sky DI and round the top with the edge of 'Ella Bella'.  
I created a little pocket on the inside of my inclusion and tucked in a tag with my journalling on.
 I stamped the other side of the smaller panel with the sentiment and 'Ella Bella' (off the edge), heat embossed in violet pearl EP before splattering with ink and using Distress ink on the edges - I had to remember to leave a border along the right which became a folded flap tucked underneath to secure it to the main page. 
I decided it needed more detail/layers so after adding strips of tissue tape I used grunge paste through a script stencil in the corners.

I'm also sharing my journal page here -

Thanks for stopping by - Happy Crafting - Esther xx

Favourite stamp(s) at Fashionable Stamping

Over at Fashionable Stamping my lovely team mate Yvonne has challenged us to use our Favourite 'go to' stamp - well, how could I choose ? I don't really have just one favourite but when given complete freedom I always turn to the same couple of background stamps and butterfly so that's where I went for this challenge. 
So I pretty much always use script on my projects somewhere and my favourite script stamp is a Tim Holtz, also in my background I've got Judikins elegant flourish and Hero Art dots. 

The Butterfly is an Elusive Images stamp. My card uses Archival black and distress inks to create a collage of my fav stamps using masking to layer them. I've added a little stickles for a touch of bling.

As always my fellow FSC teamies have created some beautiful works of art so please head over and check them out. I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge - Don't forget we are a stamping challenge and we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that this must follow the format of the theme. NO Digi stamps please. Our sponsor is Flonzcraft and the winner chosen at random will receive a voucher for $20 - we also give special mention to our top 3.

I'm also sharing this over at  - 

Thanks for popping by - Happy Crafting....Esther xx

Monday, 16 March 2015

March Altered Calender page

Wow - Can't believe we're half way through March already. It means it's time for another page of our Altered Calenders for Darcy's Challenge. The rules for this month are -

1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - use a candle or wax crayon as a resist
3. Add a title, using letters or words cut from a magazine/leaflet in a ransom style.
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from March 1st 2015

My page for March started like this and I wasn't very inspired...
But I finally created this 
 I masked off the houses and set to with my acrylic paints. I've used the wax resist technique on the green at the bottom - colouring through a sequin waste stencil with a white crayon over pale green paint before adding a wash of forest moss distress stain which resisted the crayon. 
I used old book pages to cut window shapes, added stamping to the 'trees' and used grunge past through a stencil for the 'smoke'. My title is not very original but it was the best I could do - I'm a bit rubbish at coming up with them. I'm not really sure I'm completely happy with this page, think it needs more layers - but I've been unwell  after my wisdom tooth extraction so not firing on all cylinders. 

As well as Darcy's calender challenge I'm also linking up to  - 

Thanks for stopping by - Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Journal playtime (Warning LOOOTS of photos)

I've done some experimenting this weekend - firstly the week 9 Journal 52 prompt was 'Restraint', the challenge to use just one shape and colour (with black and white). Well the colour was easy - purple everytime and I chose circles because I love the Tim Holtz stamp I've used. 
I created the background by simply painting layers of circles through a stencil in several shades and sizes, finishing with a coating of watered down gesso which I allowed to run down the page. I stamped the circles in black archival and applied crackle paste through a stencil in the corner.  

I'm sharing this page over at  - 

The other journal group I'm in currently is Journal Journey 2015 and this month we're focusing on Dye inks. I have several bottles of dye ink mainly Dylusions and Adirondack but have never really explored how they work with other mediums, so I've had a bit of play. Apologies now for the number of photos but I thought I'd share my results. I've used a turquoise Dylusions spray and purple Adirondack over different mediums and I sprayed each sample with water too. Some mediums take on the colour of the ink and others resist in different degrees -  

1. Gesso
 2. Gel Medium (Pebeo)
 3. Bead Gel (Golden)
 4. Left - Ranger Glue N Seal / Right - Microglaze (wiped off once ink dry)
 5. Golden Molding Paste
 6. PaperArtsy - Grunge paste
 7. Wendy Vechi Crackle Paste

 8. Ranger Crackle paint - Clear Rock Candy
9. White Acrylic paint
My favourite effect I think is over the crackle paste.

I'm also going to try adding this to the Link over at Brenda's fab blog Bumblebees and Butterflies where she's hosting a blog party to share visual journal inspiration (this is my first attempt at such a thing so hope it works).

Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Vintage feathered friends

I had a wisdom tooth extracted a few days ago and ooh it's not pleasant, and I am hoping to be pain free soon and no longer resembling a hamster but until then to take my mind off it I've had some time at my craft desk.
Birds are not normally a theme I go with but  I think I had fallen into a bit of a rut with my crafting last year and as a result was struggling for inspiration and motivation. I have been trying to learn about mixed media and develop my crafting. The card background is distress inks, I've used a Craft Individuals mask in the corner and also added some Ranger African gold embossing powder in two of the corners. I have also gone back to my books and today I dug out Tim Holtz's compendium of curiosities 2 and I've used a few techniques on this card - inking texture fades, faux patina, whitewash stamping.  
The focal panel is a Crafty Individuals stamp which I've stamped twice and fussy cut the birds from one to give some depth. The background of the second panel is coloured with distress inks and I've spritzed some dye ink and added distress stickles to a couple of edges. The panel is mounted on a panel of burlap with some extra bits and pieces from my stash.  You can just see underneath the burlap I spread some crackle paste onto the base and when dry rubbed distress ink over.   
The Happy Birthday message is mounted into a book plate that I've had for ever - I altered it with alcohol inks similar to the faux patina technique - I couldn't get the light right so you can't really see it properly in the photo.  I had a lot of fun creating my card and it distracted me from my jaw pain !! 

My card was inspired by these challenges - 

Thanks for stopping by, Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Spring's on it's way at Fashionable Stamping Challenge...

The weather's been lovely today and along with our new theme 'Springtime' over at FSC I was inspired to create a bright, fresh card with spring colours and flowers.
 I started with a background of Gelatos over which I added some stamped green dots and stencilled dots using crackle paste which I left white. 
The flowers and leaves are Hero Arts stamps, coloured with Gelatos, fussy cut and finished with  stickles centres. I've stuck them using silicone glue and added doodled stalks and a border. 

As always my fellow FSC teamies have created some beautiful works of art so please head over and check them out. I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge - Don't forget we are a stamping challenge and we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that this must follow the format of the theme. NO Digi stamps please. Our sponsor is Flonzcraft and the winner chosen at random will receive a voucher for $20 - we also give special mention to our top 3.

I'm sharing my card here also -
Allsorts - Spring is in the air
The Artistic Stamper - Spring is coming
Artist Trading Post - Springtime

Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Journal Journey 2015

I'm taking part in a great free Art Journaling course running over at Kreative Koncepts (there is also a great associated Facebook group) called Journal Journey 2015. Each week there is a lesson with video links and technique tips and a monthly theme. February's themes were backgrounds and quotes and I finally got around to finishing my page today (I'm making lose pages to bind together at the end).  
The background was created using lots of layers including paint, spray ink, masking, printed tissue paper and stamping with bubble wrap and corrugated card. 
I also added some texture with grunge past through a stencil. I love stencils and never need any encouragement to  use them on my projects  - The theme over at Pan Pastels is currently Stencil it so I'm sharing my page there. The theme at Artist Trading Post is 'Alphabet Soup' so I'm also sharing there as I've used dictionary printed tissue paper. The challenge theme over at Country View Crafts is 'Anything Goes' so I'm sharing my page here too - they are also celebrating their 2nd birthday. 
 I struggle with lettering and am not completely happy with this  - but I will keep practising and am being brave and just going with how this turned out.  The words on the the 'white' strips are on old book page paper that I've painted with a layer of gesso. 
 I'm also making a technique book as I follow each lesson - below are the first stages of creating the background.  
Thanks for popping over - Happy Crafting...Esther xx


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