Wednesday, 25 March 2015

New Stamps. Cup and Saucer.

Hi there, today I have a great sample to show you, this is one of my all time favourites. it was time consuming, but oh so worth it. I collect mismatched china cups,saucers,milk jugs, sugar bowls, plates etc.. I took one of my cups and saucers and covered each with cling film. Then I began to add papier mache. I think in total I added 5 layers, using very thin paper. The drying time between wasn't too bad and I think it took about 3 days to complete and dry out fully. I just kept doing a bit to it between working on other projects. I then removed the papier mache from the real china. 

Once fully dry I gave it 2 coats of gesso, this was mainly to smooth out all the joins in the bits of paper.  The handle is wire wrapped with paper. 


Next I painted it black, and then added Crackle Glaze, and finally a coat of Snowflake.


I ended up with this gorgeous crackled cup and saucer. 


Now to add colour, I build up this layer slowly with very watery Beach Hut, adding a thin wash, drying it then adding another. 


I kept adding thin washes till i was happy with the colour. In some areas i added more paint to make it a little darker, this adds dimension. 


Here is the cup and saucer finished.. time to decorate.. 


I painted tissue paper with Snowflake, then using a credit card I added lines of Orchid. Then I stamped the triangle leaf from EDY14. 




I applied the leaves around the cup and saucer with a little matte medium. I then carefully added a little Orchid to the inside of the leaves and also around the rim of both cup and saucer. Once this was done and dry I added 2 coats of satin glaze. 


Now I thought it looked cute as is... and thought how sweet it would be as a gift, filled with cookies or chocolates.. and maybe teabags?

So I set about making things to go inside. 

A tag seemed like a good idea.. I masked off some of the thistle flowers from EDY13 using cellotape. I added the ink then removed the tape..




On a size 5 tag, I brayered Guacamole, Tinned Peas and Hyde Park, and  a little Snowflake. I then stamped the masked off thistles. 


I coloured the leaves with Hyde Park mixed with a little matte glaze. then I painted some Autumn Fire onto smoothy and stamped just the thistle heads. These were cut out and glued onto the tag. I also did this with a couple of the leaves, stamping them onto green, cutting out and attaching to the tag. These add ons give a little dimension. 


I added a piece of torn corrugate, dry brushed some Snowflake and then some Orchid. On green painted smoothy I stamped the little sentiment, this was just using a tiny £1 alphabet set, the type you can get in The Range.


Next I painted some smoothy with Beach Hut and Inky Pool, I stamped Alfie the Owl from EM14, and cut him out. i added details with Fibralos and a white Posca pen. 


I painted some tissue paper with Orchid and added lines with Spanish Mulberry, then flicks of Snowflake. Once dry I made a little packet, just big enough for a tea bag. On lightweight smoothy I stamped the journalling image from EM13. I also stamped the text from EDY13 onto white tissue. 


The text on tissue was cut apart and glued onto the journalling image in strips, this was then glued to the tea packet. I replaced the tag on the teabag with one made from smoothy and using the leaf background stamp from EDY12


Lastly I painted some smoothy with Pumpkin Soup. I then shaded with Brown Shed. To make the flags nice and bright I first dropped a little Snowflake into them and then coloured with Inky Pool and Orchid. This was attached to the cup handle with bakers twine. 


I love this as an ensemble, all it needs is a cookie wrapped up in deli paper. 


Do you have someone who would love one like this, maybe your Mum? grab an old cup and create some papier mache tea sets.. 

All the stamps used here are available now from PaperArtsy retailers. 

Darcy x

Monday, 23 March 2015

New Stamps. 6x6 Washi Garden

Hi everyone, here is another of my launch samples using my newest collection of stamps.  This one began as a 6x6 white/greyboard. The first thing I did was add strips of washi tape. 


I then brayered some Snowflake over the washi tape. Using Inky Pool I stamped the border from EDY11. 


I painted some smoothy with Guacamole, then using sequin waste I stencilled some Hyde Park. over this I stamped the leaf from EDY14. 


I cut the leaves out, and added black stems of differing lengths. I also added Beach Hut to the leaves. 


I mixed some Inky Pool with Grunge paste and added that around the edges. I then painted some smoothy with Pumpkin Soup, onto this I stamped Wilbur the Chicken King from EM14. I also stamped him directly onto the washi tape. 


I cut out his body, crown and wing all separately and glued them over the image on the washi, layering them all up. 


On smoothy I painted some Beach Hut and then stamped the large flower from EDY 14, the stem was stamped on some smoothy that was painted with Guacamole. I also stamped the small flower from EM10. Both of these were glued on and shaded with Fibralos. 


I stamped the text from EDY13, and created a border underneath the text using the flower stem from EDY12. I finished the piece off by rubbing Treasure Gold around the Grunge paste edges. 



Hope that gave you some ideas. 

Darcy x

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Deconstructed Dolly

Today I have a freaky weird post happening over on the PaperArtsy blog. This was so much fun to make, and even though she is totally weird, I do love her. 

I started with a 50p doll from a charity shop... and well deconstructed her.. 



then I reconstructed her.. uhmm a bit differently.. 


Check out my post over on the PaperArtsy blog to see lots of photos and all the steps of how I created her. 


Darcy x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

New Stamps. Mermaid

Hi everyone, here is the sample that i did for my stamp launch that involves a 'big haired girl' a launch wouldn't be the same without one of these girls. 

My first job was to rough out how I wanted her to look, I scribbled notes on her about the stamps that i thought I might use.. 


Next I transferred her general shape to a piece of heavy smoothy. Then using the black side of cut n dry I blended Jade, Caribbean Sea, Southern Skies, Beach Hut, Prawn, Bougainvillea and Banana. 


Once that layer was dry I added a second layer of colour, adding the paint quite thickly and in a zig zag motion. 


I then knocked back these layers with a little Buff, this layer caught the thick ridges of the layer underneath. 



I then added a couple of coats of watery Beach Hut and stencilled some circles using Jade and Southern Skies. 



Next I stamped the grasses, using Hydrangea Archival ink, from EDY12 just in the background. I masked off the mermaid area to protect it. 


I coloured the grasses with Prawn and Tangerine Twist. 


 Then I stamped the spikey grass from EDY14, using Potting Soil Archival ink. I used Snowflake to tidy up the mermaid shape ready for painting. 


I shaded the skin with Buff, Blush, Rose and Chalk. 


The hair is Banana and Tangerine Twist. The tail is Caribbean Sea and Tangerine Twist stencilling. 


I painted some regular smoothy with Caribbean Sea and Beach Hut, over this I stamped the triangle leaf from EDY14. 



I cut the leaves out and glued them to the tail, not flat though, I left the points free so they could be curled out slightly. 


I painted more card with Caribbean Sea, then stamped just the pearls from the side of the heart EM16. 


I cut these out and added a highlight with a white posca pen. 


I painted her bra with Caribbean Sea then stamped it with one of the flower heads from EM11, this makes it kind of look like the rings of a shell. 


I attached the strings of pearls to the front of her hair and secured them with the crown from EM12. 


I felt the scales needed more shimmer, so I added a bit of metallic glaze to each one. 


I then painted some more card with a mix of colours from the limited edition range, and onto each colour I stamped lots of leaves and also the pebbles from EDY14. 




I cut out each leaf and secured them into her hair, glueing the string of pearls down over the ends of the leaves. I also added white details to the leaves with a posca pen. 


Next I painted card with Jade and stamped the grasses from EDY11. 


These were all cut out and trimmed to different lengths. 


I attached these at the bottom, under the mermaid. I then added the pebbles along the seabed. 


I mixed up some Blueberry and Purple Rain and Inky Pool and used this to paint a border around the whole page. 


Finally I loaded my brush with Snowflake and flicks lots of droplets all over the page, then I did the same with just metallic glaze. 


Here she is all finished. Miss Selena. 




Hope you enjoyed that tutorial. 

Remember all these stamps are available now from your favourite PaperArtsy retailer. 

Darcy. x