Friday, 17 October 2014

brusho in my journal

I have been playing ...

... with my latest toys - the brusho inks that everyone is using!  Who knew that this stock item in every primary school art cupboard could be so much fun!!

Whenever I use something new I start with my favourite colours - just lovin' that turquoise!!  Because it's an ink powder, splashing spots of water on the page and dabbing it off (one of my favourite techniques of the moment) doesn't work once the ink is dry, but I managed to catch it before it dried and got a lovely effect.  I'm happier splashing water on my pages than bleach!

I think Nina looks right at home on this double spread journal page, and Daniel's circles give lots of choice for a sun!

Stampotique stamps used

Thursday, 16 October 2014

autumn colours in fairyland

I have been suffering from a very nasty chest infection, with a dreadful sore throat :(  Haven't been able to do much so this journal page has come together over a week, just little bits at a time.  

This month's Lavinia Stamps challenge is to use autumn colours so I decided to have a go with my new Brusho inks.  We have had these in the art cupboard of every school I've ever taught in, but I'd rarely used them ...til now!  

I'm still getting to know them really, but for this project just sprinkled the pages with a variety of autumn colours, sprayed with water, then blotted it off a little with some spare paper.  I have to say, I'm loving the blotting sheets often more than the original!

I've added some 'ink caps', 'dandelions', 'zen plant' and 'angelic words' in the background, and borrowed the windows off the silhouette house pods to  transform the 'spotty toadstools' into fairy dwellings.

I'm particularly pleased with the washing line suspended between the toadstools :)

And whilst they wait for their wings to dry, the fairies are catching dandelion clocks floating on the wind.

Lavinia Stamps have a very exciting new product launch tomorrow - that should cheer me up!!

Friday, 10 October 2014

an art journal page with a french influence!

This journal page just kind of evolved; it started off as a scrap piece of paper but the sponged ink through the stencil took over and I love how many of France Papillon's new release for Stampotique made it onto the page!

I was also thrilled to discover that France's romantic text refers to a visit to a chateau, which I thought co-ordinated brilliantly with her chandelier  and made for a great collection of collage images.

Stampotique stamps used:

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

lavinia stamps challenge #9: add some ribbon

I'm really pleased that you can see the sparkle on this tag :)  It's starburst stains sprayed over a gelli print made using paint.

This month's Lavinia Stamps challenge is to 'add some ribbon'.  I added mine to my tag but as my sewing machine is still at the shop after being serviced I used my embellisher to give a textured effect to the ribbons and lace.

I used fine white detail embossing powder on the main images, and used some Stampendous chunky white embossing powder to add some background texture ... love that stuff!!!

Friday, 3 October 2014

40 stars

A friend of mine is forty at the weekend so I set too to make a birthday card.

I am much more suited to art journally, splodgy tags or pages though, than cards.  This one had to have stars
i) because I got a smudge of ink on the clean white card
ii) because I smudged pritt stick on a clean white space on the card
iii) because it turns out I no longer have '40' confetti in my confetti drawer!!

There are 40 of them though ;)

Stampotique stamps used:

Sunday, 21 September 2014

exquisite porcelain

A few weeks ago a lovely picture popped up on my pinterest feed.  It turned out that it was the work of the very talented Emma Louise Wilson and when I googled her I discovered she not only ran workshops, but that there was one coming up, only an hour's drive away! [which, considering it was an american pinterest board I was following just shows how small the world is!!]

Thrown Forms

So off my daughter and I went yesterday to play with porcelain clay.  

We learnt how to attach small pieces of Emma's work with wire (which we got to keep :)  ) to make hanging 'threds' before getting stuck in practising her techniques on porcelain clay.

one of the boxes of Emma's goodies we got
to rummage through to make our own 'threds' with

'threds' detail

some of the pieces the class produced

I was in heaven playing with lace, rubber stamps and exotic tools such as pens and needles to add texture ;)

 After lunch we used porcelain paperclay, which I loved using even more, before finally adding oxides and glazes to add some colour to our finished pieces.  Can't wait to see them after they've been fired!!

Emma's work is absolutely exquisite, and available online and in galleries and shops and I can highly recommend her workshops, we're already booked on the next one!!


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