Thursday, 28 April 2016

Lots of Texture

Another sample from my Feb stamp release, love the texture on this one. I began with a 5x7 card and covered this with Grunge Paste thru a stencil. 

I then started to add paint in layers, first Tango, then Cherry Red then Baltic Blue. Next a layer of Snowflake, then Smurf. Once these were dry I rubbed back with a babywipe to reveal the layers of colour. 

The numbers were stencilled with Baltic Blue and then bumped with Snowflake. 

I painted card with Baltic Blue, then added Crackle Glaze and then Snowflake. I like to always rub back the crackling a little to distress it. 

Next I stamped the spikey flower from EDY18. I cut these out and mounted them onto stiff black card. 

Because the black card is stiff I was able to curl up the ends of the petals, adding great dimension. I also added orange buttons to the centres. 

To finish, the flowers were added to the card, some flat and some on foam pads to add extra height  and the text was stamped over Cherry Red. 

I just love the height achieved on these, I wish i had thought to add another layer of petals to make them more like water lillies... ah well, next time..

Check out your favourite PaperArtsy retailer to fnd these stamps on sale. 

Darcy x

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Birthday Bag

I recently needed a birthday gift.  I love handmade bags, especially these totes that will fold up and tuck into a handbag, ready to whip out when needed. I hadn't painted one in a while, so thought it would be a nice gift to make. 

I started by making a calico bag, though you could buy one. 

I popped some cardboard inside the bag to protect the back, then I marked out a panel and painted it with White and fabric medium mixed. 

All paints are PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk. 

Next I added blocks of other colours, all mixed with fabric medium, I used old discontinued colours to try and use them up. Smoked Paprika, Sky, Spanich Mulberry, Jade and Prawn. 

I added a little Banana to brighten some areas, then used a brayer to add White. Over this I stamped the text from EDY17 using Plum Archival ink. I also added the hanging beads using Marlin. 

Then some stencilling of the circles from PS031 using Jade, plus another layer of White. 

I finger painted a little Sky, Smoked Paprika and Banana in places, then used sequin waste to add more stencilling using Spanish Mulberry. 

Then another layer of brayered White. 

All these layers are very thin, and allow you to build up depth and dimension without obliterating the colours beneath. 

I stamped the Cherry Blossom tree from EDY19 twice at each side, using a piece of paper as a mask to make sure the trees were in the right place. The tree stems weren't quite long enough, so I lengthened them just with a piece of plastic and Black paint. 

I added dots of Prawn to the trees, and then stamped the dotty circles from EDY17 using Cornflower Archival ink. 

Finally I added some lines of black paint and some circles of white with a lid. 

That was the background finished, so now to add the border to ground the panel. I used the torn paper edge stencil PS031 and Pea Coat paint, blending the paint inwards with a soft brush. 

To embellish the panel I painted some flowers and leaves onto cotton fabric.  The frilly flowers from EDY18 are in Bougainvillea, Lilac and Captain Peacock. The Poppy from EDY19  is in Smoked Paprika and Cherry Red. the three stems are done with a variety of greens on each one to add interest. 

I also painted more fabric with Sky and Pea Coat for the text from EDY17. 

All the bits were glued on, and then the text panel was stitched around. 

Here it is finished, I am very pleased with it and hope the birthday girl likes it too. 

Darcy x

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Tilly Tomato Head

You may remember on launch night I challenged Lauren Hatwell to create a funny character using my stamps. I made one too, it was a lot of fun. Here is the tomato girl that I made. 

I started with a large tag and coloured it with black gesso. Then using my new stencil PS030 I used the random edge and a white posca pen to create this wonky chequerboard. 

I then used China Fresco to colour alternate areas. 

using red and black posca pens I added the border. 

Using my circle stencil PS031 I added circles of grunge paste to the blue squares. While the paste was still damp I scratched lines into each circle using a cocktail stick. Once dry I painted over the paste with more China and then added Treasure Gold. 

Now to create Tilly.. 

Her eyes are the centre of the Poppy from EDY19. 

Her mouth is half of a dotty circle from EDY17

Her hair is shaded lines from the centre of the frilly flower on EDY18

Once these were in place I drew around them to make the edges of the face and then painted her. 

Her body is the flower head from EDY17

The wings are half of the wings from EDY17

The skirt is the large frilly flower from EDY18

The button is a texture circle from EDY19

Her legs and shoes are the spikey grasses from EDY18

I just love how she turned out. I added text taken from 2 quotes, I felt she was a little wild lol

Why don't you grab some of your stamps and see what crazy character you can come up with. 

Darcy x

Monday, 18 April 2016

Eye See You

Another sketch in my coffee shop/animal journal. I do really like doing eyes.  This time I am using Caran d'ache Supracolour pencils, they are watercolour pencils. 

I used a waterbrush to blend them. The ones I use are Kuretake medium and fine. If you have never used a waterbrush you really should try them and Cult Pens have them at a great price. 

I have to admit with getting a bit bored with all the green.. 

So it took longer than I intended.. 

This paper is super sucky too so it grabs the paper and bleeds quickly, of course it is not meant for watercolour. 

But I do like working over the text and having it show through. 

All finished, or at least as much as it is going to be. These aren't meant to be finished pices of art, just studies of animals. 


I am hoping to get better at both animals and watercolour mediums this year.. What things would you like to improve in your art? Why don't you start a journal dedicated to improving just one thing.. Don't put any pressure on yourself, just pick up that journal when you feel like it and fill it up with practice pieces. 

Darcy x

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Flowers for Men

hi everyone, men's cards are always so difficult aren't they? I wonder, is it us that makes them so hard by putting what we think men and women want into segregated boxes? Why should women only get flowery cards and men get cars, planes, boats,football etc? I am sure not every man is  interested in those things.. 

So why not give flowers to a man? I am not suggesting go all out pink and fluffy, though some guys might like that too.. but flowers are pleasing to look at, for everyone. So pick your colours and go for it. 

I had some leftover card from a previous project (flutter nib)

So this was the leftover bit, it started as Baltic Blue, then Crackle Glaze then China Fresco paint. Onto that I embossed my dotty circles(EDY17) and Emma's large rings (EEG15)in Blueberry WOW embossing powder. 

I had used it as it for the original sample, but for this one I wanted to knock back the blue a little. I dry brushed on some Snowflake, and once dry I gently rubbed it back from where it covered the embossing. 

I then added Sepia Archival ink to the edges and then a little black. I prefer to use 2 colurs on edges where I can as it adds just a little hint of dimension. 

This too was a leftover from the original project, one lonely little flower. Coloured with Orange Blossom and Red Geranium Archival ink. 

I cut this down to a square and added Sepia and Black to the edges, and a blue brad to the centre. 

To the blue background I added brown and white bakers twine, remember that stuff? A couple of years ago everyone went mad for it. I am betting you have some in a drawer somewhere. I went through a phase of making my own, I should revisit that technique and blog it sometime. 

I added Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls to the corners to ground and tie everything together. it is always good to have repeating elements across a piece. 

All done, I think it looks classy and elegant, neither masculine or feminine. Perfect. The text is from my Christmas stamp EDY15. 

Darcy x