Monday 28 September 2015

Boo!!! in a Pop up Box

I wanted a small project that would showcase many of the Halloween stamps together.
Fortunately I have a die that cuts the pop up box so the measuring was taken out of the making.

The white decorating panels were stamped with Memento Black ink and coloured with alcohol pens. For the edges a little distress ink was rubbed. The ghosts in clusters were stamped and cut out then glued onto the strips of card that are in the centre of the box. I adore our little owl bat so sat him at the top.
For the card I wanted to show how the open book stamp looks great with the ghosts floating above them. Other stamps from the sets work well too.

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Monday 14 September 2015

Spooky, Drink if you Dare

My inspiration for todays projects comes from all the bottles that are being decorated by people on pinterest. I thought these would look great sitting on the windowsill where the visiting children will see them.
The bottle were bought from the pound shop and the straws were included.
I didn't want to add lots of texture but wanted bright colours that couldn't be seen through.
The first was the orange bottle and I prepared it with clear gesso, waited for it to dry and applied the Dylusions Squeezed Orange paint. I stamped onto the dry paint with Black Archival with stamps from Put a Spell on You. As I had waited over twenty four hours for the drying process, I decided to try painting the Fresh Lime and Crushed Grape directly to the bottle.  I was delighted to see the paint didn't puddle and gave great coverage.The witch on the green bottle is from the Hocus Pocus stamp set. For the grape coloured bottle I stamped onto a die cut label  and attached with ribbon. A little twine was added to the neck of each bottle and I used stamps from each set to decorate the straws with circles of card.
For the card I cut a circle as a moon mask and applied the two colours with soft bristle brushes. Both sets of the stamps mix so well together.
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Friday 11 September 2015

My Artwork on Display in an Art Gallery

I am really fortunate to be included on our schools annual educational visit to London. We visit many of the wonderful tourist attraction and take in a show. The British Museum to see the Egyptian exhibition, the theatre to watch Matilda, a trip along the Thames and the London Eye.
The best part of the visit for me is the Tate Britain. I have been four times now and admire many of the artwork and some of it puzzles me. I understand that art comes in all forms but some of it I think the children I work with could produce better.
I feel very strongly that many, many friends and acquaintances have in the past been told, usually be a teacher, that they are not good at art. Everybody can produce art if they are shown the techniques and tools to do it.

I had an idea a few weeks ago to take a couple of my pieces that I made recently with me and with a lot of stealth and eagle eyes (looking for the guards)

This is my favourite photo as it is in front of a Brigit Riley who I greatly admire her work, it satisfies my maths brain.

I did warn the leaders of our group that I may be carted out of the gallery, fortunately everything went smoothly. I'm sitting thinking how cheeky but how many living people have displayed at the Tate with me (insert smiley face)
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Friday 4 September 2015

Flower Canvas

Last week I was having a really great play with the canvas's I had stored in my room.
I think maybe I had some one else's mojo as I had real fun.

I used the techniques that were used on the workshop and Chocolate Baroque Fresh Blooms stamps.
I discovered that I thoroughly enjoy doodling and have invested in a couple of decent black and white pens. I stamped the flowers and filled in some of the details. The paint is a PaperArtsy paint and covered the paper will. I drew in the stalks and the flowers really popped when the black and white outline was added. I love this size canvas and now have another to add to the wall.

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Thursday 3 September 2015

More Painty Fun

Following my post on I have another canvas to show.
I was inspired by a few of the other ladies work, they had used a large butterfly on their artworks.
I have a large butterfly from Patchwork Butterfly and it is a perfect size.
There is a lot of detail on the stamp and I did need to draw some of it in with a pen due to the texture on the canvas.
I will put this one into a frame and at the weekend am going to put my pieces on the wall up the staircase. I have another to show that I really enjoyed making and will post soon.
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