Monday, 25 January 2016

Heart tag

The second challenge at the Paperartsy blog is Hearts.

This tag is inspired by the example from Wendy Vecchi.

The heart is coloured with Zig Art & Graphics markers.
I embossed part of the tag with an embossing folder. I painted part of the tag with Honey Dew, first just a random area. Later on I changed it into another heart and drew a line around it with a black pen. I coloured the embossed diamonds with Lime Light fresco paint.

The cog is painted with beach hut.
The heart stamp is from EDY02, the sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Transparent Art

I have not played for a very long time. This year I decided to do more with all the crafting materials we have, and decided to follow the challenges on the Paperartsy blog. Every two weeks a new challenge seems an easy start, without too much rush.

The first challenge is Transparent Art.

For this challenge I searched for something transparent. I found a box with Memory Glass and some copper wire. I applied some Alcohol inks on the glass, but this may not be visible on the images. Then I glued it to a scrap of paper.

The background of the tag is painted with fresco paints (Snowflake, Ice blue, Sky, Old Gold).
The stamps are from HP1108 and Genetleman Plate 2.

I hope you like it.


Monday, 28 April 2014

3UP Challenge with Darcy stamps

When in March the next 3UP challenge was announced, I immediately sent an email to apply for the Eclectica {Darcy} stamps night. I was very surprised and pleased to be elected! So here is my project. The other projects can be found here.

I chose the EDY05 stamp sheet. I really like these stamps. They have so many details. All images in this project are from this stamp sheet. When I was colouring the images, every time another detail emerges that I had not yet seen.

For this project, I used a 8 by 8 inch canvas, that I painted with a mixture of Mushroom and Snowflake. Using Grunge Paste and the 'Mini Art Is' stencil (TCW261s), I stenciled some text onto the canvas. Next, I added more colours. I used Beach Hut, Lime Light, and Haystack with Chocolate Pudding to create a light brown colour. On the edges I used some darker colours, Hey Pesto and South Pacific. I painted some patches onto the canvas and then spread the colours out with a wet wipe. This creates a nice blended background.


I stamped the bird on a piece of smoothy card and coloured it with Derwent ColourSoft pencils. The frame is made from a piece of chipboard and is coloured with Brown Shed and French Roast.

The border is stamped in black and coloured with Hey Pesto, South Pacific, London Bus. The grass and the flowers are stamped with Pesto green and coloured with Hey Pesto, South Pacific, London Bus, and Zesty Zing.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Create Art Every Day


This card was inspired by the cards Ellen Vargo made on the Paperartsy blog. But it turned out to be completely different!



I made a background using Haystack, Limelight, Brown Shed, and Autumn Fire fresco paints. I used some Claret on the corners. Then I stamped the leaves from the ELB02 sheet in Haystack. With black and white pens I outlined the leaves which makes them really pop!

The face and hat are stamps from Lost Coast Designs. The sentiment is an encouragement to myself to get out the paints and stamps every day, also after a busy day at work, LOL.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Bicycle Cards

These four cards are inspired by the Abstract Cards made by Ellen Vargo, who is this week's Guest Designer on the Paperartsy blog.


I pretty much followed the same steps. I coloured a sheet of A4 paper with a brayer and several Fresco's. Yes, there is some pink in it, Orchid! The other colours are Haystack, Beach Hut, South Pacific and London Night. On top of this, I applied Pewter, a Fresco Finish Metallic acrylic paint. This is the first time I used Pewter, and I really like the metallic effect!


Then I cut the paper into 4 pieces, and continued with stamping and creating more layers. I started with the cogs from Clocks 5 in Haystack. I applied Grunge Paste through a Mini Harlequin stencil and coloured it with Treasure Gold. To finish the background I stamped the ruler from Clocks 5 and the numbers from HP1108.

I stamped the motorcycle (HPXT05) and bicycles (stamp company unknown) on a piece of white paper, cut it, inked the borders with Little Black Dress, and glued them on the cards.


One of the cards in detail.


Monday, 20 January 2014

Brayered Tag

Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life. The quote on this tag is one of my favourites. I try to get out the inks and paints every evening, even if is it for just half an hour. It really gets me detached from my work.

The tag is inspired by the tag Ellen Vargo made on the Paperartsy blog. I used the same techniques to create my tag.


The background is made by brayering several layers of yellow, green and blue Fresco's. I used Haystack, Lime Light, Guacamole, Hey Pesto, Beach Hut, and Baltic Blue. I also added some red accents with London Bus.

The yellow dots are made with a stamp from HP1004. I used the Dylusions Luscious Leaves stencil with Grunge Paste and some Treasure Gold.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Art Journal Frontpage

This is the front page of the Art Calendar I want to make for 2014. It will be quite a challenge to create a page for each month and to write down something for almost every day. Not all days at work are very interesting...


The base is chipboard. I wanted a crackled base with a dark crackles. Black would become too dark, so I chose London Night. When the Crackle Glaze was completely dry, I painted Vintage Lace and Ice Blue, and watched the crackles appear. I love this process!

The feather is made using the technique described here. The same technique was used by Julie Ann Lee on the Paperartsy blog.

The hand is from Cherry Pie Art Stamps. I coloured the pen with Chocolate Pudding and the hand with Nougat Fresco Finish paints.

To create the paper with the script I used the Blended Batik technique as described in Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities book. First ink a piece of paper with a dark Distress Ink. Then stamp the script image with Distress Embossing Ink and apply clear embossing powder over it. Heat emboss the powder. Once dry and cooled, use a lighter Distress ink to ink over the paper and the script. Then comes the fun part. Place of piece of newspaper over the paper and iron over it on high heat. This will remelt the embossing powder and absorb it in the newspaper.