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New Header And New Challenge At FSC

Happy 2018 to all of blogland and I sure hope that this year will be a good one for each of you.

Over the years I have turned more and more to paints in my artwork so what better way to start my first blog post of the year but with a new look.

The header has been designed by me and I think it depicts the work I do a lot better than my last header, hope you like it?

Saturday saw the first class of the year with my lovely ladies, Phil, Maria, Theresa and New Phil (we call her this because of there being two Phil’s but she is by no means new anymore).

These four ladies have been attending my Saturday classes for years now and we have such fun (as well as some serious moments of artwork).

It’s my turn to kick off the theme this month at FSC and my choice is an ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge, so I combined my FSC piece with showing them how to make a wall hanging with lots of yummy stamping and colouring.

I have used lots of stamps on this piece and all are from PaperArtsy with some added doodles from me.

PaperArtsy are up there amongst the top of my go to stamps.

 

Would really love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.

Ink Art Designs Etsy Shop is sponsoring FSC and they will be offering a stamp for the winner of each new challenge.

Below are some of the stamps used.

 

Shirl

Water And Inks Doing All The Hard Work

It’s that time again to show the class project for last week which is all about watercolouring.

You can get some lovely textures ebbing and flowing within your card with such little effort, the water and inks do all the hard work for you.

For my background I wanted the card to be very tonal so only used three colours from the same family of brush markers.

I never refer to black or white when mentioning colours because this is a very grey area.

– black is the absence of colour and is therefore not a colour –

– white is the blending of all colours and is a colour … go figure.

 

The layering up embellishments are from corrugated card and some stamping.

Shirl

More Gelli Plate

For last week’s class the girls all used their Gelli Plate for the first time with inks.  This week they worked with paints.

As you know, when teaching a class, I always start something to show them what to do but never finish it until after the class.

It was such a gorgeous afternoon that I didn’t get to finish it so worked on it this morning.

Added some Distress Oxides for extra colour and hi-lighted the edges with white chalk paint to give everything a rather shabby distressed look.

Below is one of the cards that the girls made on Saturday.

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Gelli Plate

Last week’s class was all about how to use the Gelli Plate.

We made some lovely backgrounds which meant that the girls went home with three very different cards.

We have a gorgeous little art shop in town and Sara, the owner, ordered in enough Gelli plates for all the girls in my class.

Had my usual play around after the class and wahoo the Distress Oxides came out, can’t wait for my new set to arrive from Art From The Heart.

Worn lipstick and fossilized amber are the colours used for this card.

Distress Oxides work really well on the Gelli Plate, my only advice would be, just take your time and steady with the water.

Stamped the girl image with DO worn lipstick, she stamped really well.

Stamps are from from Stampers Anonymous and a Dylusions one, die is a Sizzix Thinlets set – Mixed Media #4.

Stencil is a Crafters Workshop called, Ravenscape … only used the bird part and did some doodling inside.

Shirl

All About The Leftovers

It wasn’t just about the cards in the class on Saturday but also with regards to the leftover paint and ink which is usually always left on the craft sheet.

The girls were asked to bring along their Art journals so they could mop up their leftovers in it.

This also gave the girls homework.  I asked them to finish their journal pages at home, bring back next week, then we could see how each completed their pages.

My finished pages, hopefully it’s a little inspiration, especially for Phil,  lol … (she’ll understand).  Worked on my mop up pages after the class had finished.

 

 

These are the two cards I taught in the class.

 

 

A few of the stamps we used.

 

Shirl

 

Batch Making Christmas Cards After Class

For my Saturday class this week we made another Christmas card.

Loved how crisp and clean the card looked so after everyone had gone home I made a batch of them ready to send out to friends and family.

So glad I decided to do refresher courses with the girls and revisit some of the old techniques that we have already covered.

I was just a little stunned that the girls could not remember that I taught the spotlighting technique to them a few years back.

Love this technique as there are so many ways that you can spotlight certain areas.

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Everything was in front of me on the table so grabbed my camera and took a few step by step photos.

My Misti is over a year old now and it has revolutionised my stamping especially as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The only draw back has always been its limitations in the size of paper you can use and it can also be a bit cumbersome.

It had to happen that someone would hop on the band wagon and invent a tool that would eliminate this problem.

Wahooooo! My Saturday girls and I have all put our orders in for the new:

Rare Earth Load N Fold Solid Stamping Tool Set.

Smaller, more manageable and – the best bit – you can use any size paper you want … yayyyy!!!

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Best part of making these cards was the white embossing of the trees and then inking with green ink.

A few splatters of white paint before punching out with a stamp punch from SU.

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Shirl

Saturday Classes Up And Running Again

Today’s class make was a 5″ x 7″ canvas and the techniques used will all be applied to a clock canvas that we will be making in the next few weeks.

Below is the canvas that the girls made today.  I applied black paint around the edges of the sample make but the class opted to leave the black paint off.  Some also left off parts of the stencilling.

Inks were only used for the stamping, the rest was all paints and stencils.

Sometimes when you take a class if they change the composition too much then the overall effect starts to go wrong but this time what the girls did completely worked.  Well done everyone.

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Because I had used the colours pink and cream on the original canvas my colour choice for the demonstrating piece was yellow and peach.

Never ever get to finish my demo in the class because I am too busy teaching but decided to sit and finish the canvas after all had gone home.

As you can see different stamps were used also.

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Shirl

Mixed Media Wall Plaque

This plaque started life as reject MDF off cuts given to me by Crafty Friend, she was given them and then shared with me.
Now that’s what I call a friend, what do you think?

 

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There have been no Saturday classes over the summer but last week saw the start of them again.

Because of one thing and another Phil was the only person who could make it and she didn’t mind having a one to one, below is what we made.

Slow start to the class because we were nattering, consequently we didn’t get it completed.  Finally finished mine and well chuffed with how it turned out.

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The Plaque is very dimensional and touchy feely, love it.

Used stamps from Inkylicious, Crafty Individuals, Stampin Up, PaperArtsy and a new one which I just bought by Seth Apter (that’s the frame in the middle).

Apart from the stamping I painted, stencilled, used paper napkins, builders mesh and gauze.

Also found some old twine which I plaited to make the hanger for the plaque.

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I am entering this into the Craft Stamper Challenge which is Anything Goes.

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Shirl

A Look Of Haughty Disdain

In my previous post I made a canvas with a rust technique and just knew the girls would love to do this so in the class today we made a miniature version.

Lots of painty dimension was added to a 5″ x 7″ canvas plus they used a product which they have never used before … ‘Beeswax’.

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All the images were stamped onto tissue paper before adding a wash of colour onto the back.

Now as you know, tissue paper when wet becomes very tricky to use and shreds rather easily.  Everything nearly went to pot but all was rectified in the end and each went home with a rather tasty looking canvas.

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Shirl

Metal Tape Art

Both cards today are so shiny and metallic that it made the taking of the pictures very difficult.  This is me visiting another very old technique.

Because only Phil and Theresa could make the class today I was tempted to cancel but in the end decided to go ahead.

Today was all about Metal Tape Art and below are just a few of the elements that were used in the making of the piece.

The aluminium metal tape (think electricians use it) and the mesh (used for taping up plasterboard) are both useful things to have in your crafty stash.

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Metal tape can be used in lots of different ways but today we applied it as a patchwork onto the card.

Firstly we dry embossed a piece of 13.5cm x 13.5cm card then added the paperclips, die cut letters and lastly the sticky mesh.  Next step was to add pieces of metal tape over the top of everything before burnishing with an embossing tool.  After all was stuck down and thoroughly burnished we added a layer of black acrylic paint.  Leave to dry for a few moments before wiping the paint off with paper towels.  Alcohol ink was applied where you think it is needed.  The stamped image came last and then was smothered with Glossy Accents.  See, told you everything was shiny.

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This card was completed after the class had finished and as you can see I had more time to play around with different die cuts and alcohol inks.  Funny enough alcohol inks are something that I use very rarely but this time I had fun with them.

I was going to add a stamped image onto the circle die as I did with the above card but decided to leave as is because it reminded me of a mini globe of the world.

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 Shirl