Saturday, 29 October 2016

PaperArtsy 2016 Topic 20 - Squares and Grids

The new PaperArtsy challenge/topic is Squares and Grids. This time, I was determined not to miss the deadline again... Last time I was writing the blog post at the last moment and then the life got in the way and suddenly it was after the deadline...

So here is my journal entry.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Documented Life Project™ 2016: AUGUST

Sorry for the lack of updates on my Documented Life Journal progress. I'm pretty much up-to-date with the prompts but I'm seriously behind with my blog posts.

August was slightly less creative for me in general.

August Challenge:
And then again, NO - the power of saying no
I collaged strips of colourful squares from an old Kodak advertisement I had in my stash. Then I stencilled some other squares. Finally, I used the Daler Rowney FW acrylic inks to do some drippage.

Week 32 - Collage your card
I glued down bits of paper and then used Distress paints to add a bit of colour. I kept the background almost monochromatic and flat, because I wanted to handwrite the quote in black.

Week 33 -  Self Portrait / Word of month (Dare2B™)
I made two stencils of my face - I used the first one last year for a similar DLP prompt, and I decided to use the other one for this prompt - along with my personal "word of month" prompt.

Week 34 - Document a Happy Thing
My DLP isn't about "documenting" my life so I did a page about "happiness", whatever that might be...

list TEN™: Places I would like to visit in the past
As a huge fan of archaeology, I have more than 10 places I would like to see in the past - most of them being stone circles during the Stone/Bronze Age. I probably wouldn't survive in that time period, so any potential time travel is out of question - but if I met a certain Time Lord in his Tardis, I would definitely want to go for a ride.

I didn't paint the Tardis - I googled a high-resolution picture on the internet and printed it on a piece of cardstock.

Week 35 -  Highlight your favourite number
I don't have a favourite number, and I wasn't in the mood for figuring out what to do with this prompt, so I made this little pocket assembly using a couple of background starters from my stash and some 2x2 project life cards.

As usual, there's a brief flip-through on my Instagram.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

PaperArtsy 2016 Topic 19 - Die cuts

This fortnight's PaperArtsy topic is Die cuts. My entry is inspired by Seth Apter. A while back, I nearly took a class with him - but somehow, the odds were against it and I couldn't go to England...

Saturday, 1 October 2016

PaperArtsy 2016 Topic 18 - Autumn Leaves

It's that time of the year... the days get shorter, the world around you turns into this beautiful warm colour palette, the spiders crawl inside your homes and I take out my leaves dies and stamps. The current PaperArtsy theme is Autumn Leaves, so why not make some paper leaves!

I was finally able to get some of these tiny bottles of happiness. When they arrived, I dropped everything and tested them straight away. I'm in love! (and I want them all!!)

After making a pile of paper leaves, I decided to use them on some other project and started something different for this challenge. I mixed the Infusions with gloss gel.

And stencilled the mixture through the negatives that were left from die-cutting the leaves. (the thin metal dies I'm using are from Clearly Bessoted - but I believe they are discontinued now)

After the paste dried, I added more Infusions to the background.

Then I stamped some flowers to the background using Distress Inks. (the stamp is from Lin Brown's ELB04)

First, I wanted to add some shading around the leaves but then decided to highlight them with white gel pen. It looks so much better!

Finally, I glued the pages to my PaperArtsy journal and added some word stickers. 

I had so much fun with the Infusion powders. Now I'm off experimenting!