Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Word Art Wednesday #129

The challenges at  Word Art Wednesday #129  are always anything goes with the option of using the free word art provided. I have opted out of using the word art for this project.  My daughter and son-in-law will be moving house in June so I may give them this picture for their new home.  I did have it for sale on Ebay but it didn't generate much activity and I had no offers on the auction :o(

To create the initial layer of the picture I used an 8" x 8" deep framed canvas.  I then added a chipboard tree and bird house from Crafty Individuals using pva. For the lettering I used an upper case alphabet from Memory Box.  I cut enough letters from card to be able to stick them together so that they would be quite raised from the canvas.  I then painted over everything with white acrylic paint using several coats until I was happy with the coverage.I left it a couple of days to make sure that it was really dry before giving the tree, birdhouse and lettering a good layer of Glossy Accents

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Paper Pretties #306

This week's challenge at Paper Pretties Wednesday challenge is to create a masculine card.  It was hubby's 60th birthday a couple of weeks ago and this is the card that I made for him

All the papers that I used are from Nit Wits.  I love the designs that you can get from their store and I've been able to collect papers from magazine freebies as well as digi images and papers from the website.All the layers are mounted onto dark brown card.  I was able to get a very precise border using my Perfect Layers rulers, the 1/16" th is my favourite.  The 60 was computer generated and printed on a Nit Wit paper and adhered to white card.  I then cut them out leaving a narrow border all round.  I was quite pleased with my freehand cutting.The image and the sentiment are a set from Stamp Addicts, stamped using Memento ink pad, and coloured with ProMarkers. Once again I used freehand cutting around the tortoise and mounted it using 3D foam pads.  The foam pads were also used with the 60 and the sentiment.  Adrian loved it, thank goodness!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Doodle Page

For quite a long time I have been following Lori Vliegen on her blog Elvie Studio. She is a fabulously talented art journaller (if there is such a word lol) I am absolutely in awe of the amazing pages she does in her many themed journals.  If there is one thing that I'm not and that is a legible writer so when Lori decided to do an on line class Doodle Page I decided to give it a try.  I have found it difficult to create letters of the same size (Lori provides all the practice sheets for you to print off) but have persevered to the point of having a go at my very first art journal page.  As I found it so much easier (but still difficult lol) to do small lettering I did a small 4" x 3" page in a tiny journal I made using watercolour board and my Bind-it-All.  I kept it very simple and here it is, my first attempt at art journalling

I am entering this into the Word Art Wednesday #125 challenge

I used a 2B pencil to write the words and sketch the cross.  I then used Derwent Aqua Tone, which are solid pencils of water colour paint, and a water brush to paint the cross, corners and the light behind the cross, waiting for each element to dry before starting the next. A heat gun speeds up this process nicely :o)  I then went over the pencil lines using Letraset fine liner pens and then erased any remaining pencil lines. Using a 2B pencil I drew a shadow line to the lettering , cross and corners.  To soften the shadow I used a paper stump to blend the lines. I was quite happy with the finished result so decided to up scale the design in another journal that I made a while ago where I mainly do pages for the Word Art Wednesday challenges using my paper crafting techniques.  Unfortunately I have been very remiss in creating pages for a good while now.  I didn't do a very good job of centralising the lettering and the cross ended up being very close to the wires of the journal which I had also made using my Bind-it-All.  I still need to do a lot of practice for larger designs but because I am determined to be able to do them to my satisfaction I have bought myself a Rangers journal to use just for Art Journalling