Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A class with Seth Apter

Image by Itkupilli

At the weekend I was lucky enough  to take a class with Seth Apter of The Altered Page at Art from the Heart (Harrogate, UK).It was just so great to be a student and to learn some new techniques. Seth is a great teacher, full of inspirational ideas, and the whole day went just at the right pace.

We took a deck of ordinary playing cards and added black gesso as a base. Immediately the black gesso gives everything a different and slightly dark and grungy look. We added what felt like about 100 layers of acrylic paint (ok, ok, I'm exaggerating) and did lots of mono-printing, stencilling, stamping, and then added a bit more paint. Eventually we added some collage elements, although I still have a LOT to do.

I spent the day with all of these lovely people:

And here's me with Seth. I'm really, really hoping Seth will come back to teach in the UK again - I would definitely go to another class. And if you get a chance to take a class with Seth then do!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Mini journaling

You probably know that I have had a passion for journaling on a smaller scale for several years now. I just love small cute things! This matchbox was lying around on my desk and was one of those things that just kind of started without me really thinking about it .....

I used the gorgeous Fluid acrylics by DecoArt along with the tinting base. Love those! Fabulous colours - you can see the full range *here*

As you can see here I used a slightly larger matchbox, not the really tiny size.

I added a concertina style journal inside and filled it with lots of lovely colourful layers and messy texture:

Along with the odd bit of collage here and there:

And a bit of my favourite - scribbling!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Messy collage art journaling

Image from 'Heart wide Open' 

This art journal page was one of those that just seemed to evolve of its own accord, mostly because I was supposed to be dong something else. Oh, I'm very easily sidetracked!
I had just got hold of some fabulous new collage images by Nancy Baumiller of Crowabout Studio B (I love Nancy's stuff!), and also a *new* square black Dylusions journal which was just asking for paint.
Although this new Dylusions journal has black pages, it really makes bright colours pop a bit, and I love the slightly grungy effect of the black showing through the layers of paint. I didn't use any gesso, just straight on with the paint.
I added lots of messy scribbling, and stamping (including my own carved stamps), and my *new favourite* stamp by The Artistic Stamper - Sequin Waste. This is going to be one of my favourite 'go to' stamps, I just know it.

The quote I added with my typewriter, and it is reference to something my teenage kids say. Teenagers sometimes appear to talk in an entirely different language, and I quite often have to look up some of their sayings on-line so I can keep up LOL! Of course the whole point of teen talk is to alienate parents and adults. You are mocked for not understanding their language and sayings but mocked for being totally uncool if you do. You can't win ;-) 
Anyway, 'famalam' is one of my son's sayings. In years to come I will look back on this journal page, and that word will remind me of their teenage days (and how we all survived them).

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Halloween!

Sing me a song by me!
Halloween cube by Daniel Torrente
Journey Collage by Amy Wilson Wellenstein
Design Cube 2 by France Papillon

Happy Halloween everyone! The excitement is building here ... my two teenage children are very much looking forward to the spooky festivities. Halloween is growing in popularity every year in the UK, it's now quite a big celebration. (When I was younger I used to dress up in a bin bag and pretend to be a witch!)

This page is really a variation of my last page (see post here), but I so enjoyed doing it I wanted to try a different version. I love mix and matching stamps, and Stampotique are perfect for this technique! There is something ever so slightly sinister about my 'sing me a song' body when mixed with the skeleton head!

Happy Halloween everyone! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Stampotique Designers' Challenge

Hunk by Daniel Torrente
Journey Collage by Amy Wilson Wellenstein
Design Cube 2  by France Papillon

Well, it's my last time as a guest designer for the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog. I've had a lot of fun along the way but now it's time for someone else to have a turn .....

But what a great challenge to finish with! This time we were challenged to make something scary, confused, creepy or just plain ol' weird. In other words, this challenge was right up my alley!

'Hunk' by Daniel Torrente, has the most amazing large head, which is perfect for spilling open to allow strange things to escape, and I used the is little creature form the Halloween cube to show a little monster emerging from Hunk's head LOL!

Halloween Cube 1 by Daniel Torrente

Well, all good things must come to an end. Thanks for having me as a guest Designer Stampotique - it's been a blast!