Thursday, 24 April 2014

ABC of Flowers

A quick and funky single page for you today. A few weeks ago while doing another page I had cleaned off my brushes onto this page... might seems a dirty thing to do, but..

this is the ideal way to get excess paint off your brush...
it means that paint isn't wasted..
and it gives you a base to start a new page. 

There were 3 patches of colour, Ice Blue, Mocha Mousse and Pansy. The colours don't matter, whether they go together or not.. they can always be covered up, partly or totally. As it happens I quite liked the 3 patches, and decided to just cover the whole page with an alphabet stamp. I have this stamp plate twice.... one plate is kept as a whole for doing backgrounds and the other one is cut up into individual letters.I love this set.  Ink and Dog Words 2.


Next I used the stencil PS009 and black gesso to create these silhouette flowers. You can see more clearly here the original patches of paint. 


I cut out some flowers from scrap paper and placed them over the flowers to protect them. 



I then created some background circles using Portfolio Pastels. Light blue, dark blue, brown and orange. 




Next I mixed some Fresco paints with water, just enough to make it runny enough to drip and splatter. I used 3 colours, first Tango, then some Autumn Fire and finally some splatters of Blood Orange. 



Here is how it looks now that the paint drips have dried. 


Next I took  a white Posca pen and did some doodling. 


To finish off the flowers I added some stems using a Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel pencil, this is a bit like charcoal and is quite smudgie. I then added some white details again with the Posca pen. 


Here is the finished page. I was in two minds as to whether I should add a title or a quote at the bottom right corner. I still might go back and do that, but i will leave it for a while... live with it and see how I feel in a week or two. 

This really was just a 'play and see' page, and I found it very relaxing, pages like this are great for trying new techniques. You don't have to finish them in one session, you can keep going back and adding 'stuff'

Give yourself permission to just play. 


Darcy x





Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Weekly Face

Just a WIP this week, it is another in my series of Dreary Girls. This is Brenna... The shine is from a Metallic Glaze. 


Darcy x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Quick Journal Page

Usually I make double spreads in journal, but as this is quite a large journal, I decided to do a one page spread for a change. 

When I opened my journal I found this page, I had totally forgotton that I had used this page to use up some excess paint that was on a stencil. This is an ideal way to make sure you don't waste paint.  Should you wish to recreate this base layer it was Nougat paint  and Crafter's Workshop stencil TCW371S, mini Echoes. 


I spritzed the page with water then I painted on some South Pacific, I immediately wipes it back off with a baby wipe. I then stamped clocks from clocks 3 and clocks 6 I loved this stage, though I knew almost all of it would get covered up. But, for me, I love the different layers, and I am never sad when one gets covered. 


Next I scraped on some Grunge Paste, then I carved into it with a pokey tool. I also stamped into it with the cog stamps from EDY02...totally LOVE my cog background stamp.




Once the paste was dry, I painted it with Chartreuse, Seaweed and Chutney. I do believe Chartreuse is my new favourite colour. 


The next stage was to add some Treasure Gold, look how they blend so beautifully. Once buffed up they shine like precious metal and they really show off the stamping. 



I wanted the carving to stand out a little more, so I went over the lines with a black pen. 


I knew I wanted to use my steampunk flamingo from EDY05..


However, he is so detailed and I really wanted a quick page...so I didn't want to spnd ages colouring him in. I took a piece of book text, and sprayed it with Adirondack Colour Wash Spray in Cranberry. i then stamped the flamingo over the spray. To tie this into the page I then dripped some of the ink down from the top of the page. 


He kind of looked lost and needed something to anchor him to the page, so I stamped the hand from MN31, this was stamped onto more book test that I had wiped with Chartreuse. I glued it in place so that it looks like the hand is drawing the flamingo. I then used a silver gel pen to add some details to the flamingo. 


Next I needed a border. I tore some more book text and glued that around the page. over than I dabbed on some more grunge paste that had been mixed with Chutney and Little black Dress. 


Once dry, I added Royal Amethyst Treasure gold, and also Sapphire. I buffed those then lightly added some White Fire. I also added the title, using mini alpha stamps. 


I just love Treasure gold..


Here it is finished, so hard to get a good clear photo because of the shine from the Treasure gold. it is very, very luxurious feeling in real life, and really does look like its on a sheet of metal. 


hope you like it. Darcy x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Melancholy Maria

Another little girl as my weekly face this week. I am loving them. 

sketched outline


adding grey and blue

adding pink



defining the features with dark grey



adding some colour

Eyes. Gail, I don't have a set routine for doing eyes, I pretty much dab it on and see what happens and no 2 sets are the same as I can never remember how I did them. 

For these however I made  a bit of a list for you. I started with venetian red, 


while damp I added some cadmium yellow


then white then burnt umber.



then sap green.... then i dried them.


the yellow ochre, white, then dry..

then burnt umber, white, ventian red, yellow ochre, white, ochre, burnt umber

as you can see it is the same colours over and over. Adding tiny amouts each time, building layers. 


once you are happy, just add the white highlights..This is roughly how I do eyes always lots of tiny layers.... but I have no exact formula..  When I do brown eyes I add a little green, when I do blue eyes I add a little brown, and for green eyes I add a little ochre. 

In the end result you can't see the individual colours, but the blended layers make the eyes come alive, so while it seems you are just covering up colours it is worth doing the layers. 



adding the eyebrows



stencilled background


blended back

finally the skirt added ...


I added a textured silver crown..



all done.. 



Darcy x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Garden Moggy Journal Page

Here is another one page spread. I started by pulling out several blues and greens, that go from white through to dark blue and light green to dark. 


You definitely don't need all those, but it is nice to have some good variation. I started with a swirly circle in the middle using snowflake, then gradually added the other shade in circles moving to the outer edges of the paper. Spritzing the paper with a little water helps to keep them moist enough to blend, you do not want stripes. 

Do the same with the greens, starting with the lightest where green meets blue, and come down to the darkest. 


I then used the same blues to add some text through a stencil TCW261s on the sky. On the grass I mixed a little Grunge paste with Hyde Park and pushed that through TCW259s. 


Next I used the grass stamp from EDY05, using a mix of Hyde Park and French Roast. 


I tore a strip of scrap paper and used it as a mask to create a rough edged border. I laid down snowflake first then added Pansy,Spanish Mulberry and Lilac. I coloured in the buds on the grass using Pitt Pens. 


 I then stamped the wall using MN95 and a mix of London Night and Snowflake, all around the border.


close up of the stamped wall. ..love this..


Next I stamped the heart vine from EDY01, using Archival potting soil. I went on to colour this with Pitt Pens.


Next I rummaged in my bag o bits, and found this painty bit of book text. I used it and a Sizzix die to create a fence. 


I love this, I added a bit of brown inking around the edges and it looks like an old weathered fence. 


I stamped the tree from EDY06. Remember with my tree and flowers they can all be extended. simply take a black pen and continue the lines. I made the trunk longer and extended some of the branches. I then took a fan brush and dabbed on some hyde park, followed by a little hey pesto . 


I finished the tree by dabbing on a little guacamole, and colouring the bubbles with a Pitt Pen. 


I painted some tissue paper with London night, and once dry I stamped the cat from EDY06 using Caramel. I then outlined him with a brown pen and cut him out I gave him a coat of Gloss glaze and some white details just to make him pop a little. 


Next I used some old painted index cards to stamp on, I used them to make flowers. Notice again how I took a black pen and extended the length of the flower stems. 


I coloured the details with Pitt Pens and glued them to the page. 


These ones are from EDY07, and they add depth and perspective by being glued in front of the fence. 


I took an old dried babywipe, and stamped the butterfly from EM05. I cut it out leaving a small border, then i blasted it with a heat gun to make it shrink and tighten up.


I glued the butterfly in place, rubbed  a little glitter glue over the wings and then added the flight trail behind him, along with the sentiment stamp from ELB01


Here is the finished page. The great thing about journal pages is that you get to play and try out new stuff. i especially like the wall border and i will use that again. 


Hope you like it. Darcy x