Tuesday 17 November 2015

Abstract Blue

This is my second piece of the day as I got fired up earlier when I started layering and adding bright embossing powders.

I Black Gessoed my Journal page and wiped over Paperartsy fresco Beach Hut, Sky, Baltic Blue and Glass Blue with a credit card!
Next I added some fresco Snowflake with a comb.
I added dots of silver paint applied with a stamp and then used a scribble stamp of Dina Wakleys with Black Archival, White paint and 2 blue embossing powders.
As a contrast, I added some texture with a Finnabair stamp using Coffee Archival.

What to do next puzzled me at first. I kept placing different images from archive photos but they looked out of place. Then I looked through my collection of magazine snippings and found this statement. Bit ironic as I have just piled on half a stone...but hey ho!

I made a copy of my background and used a magazine image and the sentiment as an alternative. Still like the plain one but enjoy the shape of the figure as it contrasts the background! Any preferences out there?

I designed this for the CVC challenge but will also submit it into the PA challenge which is Abstract Art.

Abstract Now

Inspired by the fabulous work of Seth Apter on the PA challenge this week, I had a play.
I started with a Black Gessoed background on my journal. To this, I scraped some spare pink and white acrylic paint and scraped it across with a comb style tool.
Next, I stamped some gold dots and left it overnight for me to think about.

This evening, I stamped circles with EEV06 in black archival and clear embossed them; stamped letters and numbers in clear and heat embossed with some bright embossing powders that I have had unused for ages.

I cut out some circles from a master board that I created the other day and linked them to the piece by stamping black EEV06 circles onto them and edging them with red pen.

Finally, I scribbled with white pen and wrote NOW for no other reason than this piece felt very now.
Excited by the brightness of it and off to Black Gesso more pages! Get tea ready?...ermm..might not bother!
Entering this into the PA Abstract challenge!

Friday 13 November 2015

Face Tamara style

I was inspired to have another play at face drawing by my lovely friend Julie Ann. Her Snowqueen was so beautiful and she reminded me that I must go back to Kim Dellow's blog and join in with the Friday face.

I did a little research on female portrait artists and was captivated by the bold, art deco style of Tamara de Lempicka.

So, I had a play and decided to concentrate on the bold shapes that are created on her faces. I used Black, White and Gold acrylic paint for these 2 faces. Lots of places to go with this style...need to do more.

I shall include this on Kim Dellow's face on Friday Challenge.

Thursday 12 November 2015

Blue seascape

The theme over on Countryview crafts is Blue and so I thought that I would dig out some blue papers and make a picture!
I started by gessoing a journal page and used a collection of blue  TH distress inks to do a wrinkle free distressed sky.

Next, I cut out a few hills, clouds and houses and distressed some of the edges to make them stand out and assembled them. The sea is a little bit of Inktense Sea Blue washed over with water and to finish I added a sentiment!
This is my first ever play with little houses and I will probably develop this theme.
I am entering this into the CVC challenge.

Tuesday 10 November 2015

A kaleidoscope of butterflies.

On the theme of abstract art, I wanted to present a canvas in a different way. I wondered what would happen if the PA fresco paints were applied to the canvas thickly and then immersed in water. I experimented with some small canvasses and then went for it on my 8x8.

I started by applying wiggles of Limelight, Purple Rain and Glass Blue to my canvas straight from the bottles.

Next, I filled my sink with water and held the canvas under the water, swishing it slightly for a few seconds. Here are the results.

I particularly like the effect of the paint as it ran down the sides.

I had to leave the canvas to dry overnight, which is not easy for Mrs Impulsive; so, I set to with the next task....printing my butterflies.
Using the new Hotpick 1506EZ...I stamped with Black Stazon onto Clearly For Art, modelling film, the clear version. I used this so that I could mould the butterfly shapes by heating the film. I also stamped some butterflies onto shiny silver card.

I painted the backs of my clear butterflies with Glass Blue and Purple Rain, cut them all out and shaped the clear ones with my heat gun. 

Back to my canvas. I mixed some Bougainvillea paint with water and puddled some of it onto the surface of my canvas....then, back to junior school, blowing the paint about through a straw. 
This included allowing the paint to run down the sides of the canvas...yummy!

Now the violent part....setting to with a knife! I slashed my canvas, making sure that I didn't go too far out to the edges which would have exposed the frame. I rolled some of the pieces back around a pencil. 

I was now at the assembly stage....attaching some butterflies to the frame and attaching some to curly wire.
I decided to put a backing of black card onto the frame of the canvas and noticed at this point that the wooden frame would be noticeable. So, I painted the inside wooden frame black and attached the black card with staples just on the top edge. I took my battery operated fairy lights and pressed them inside around the wooden frame. Most of the silver butterflies were glued to the back of the black card.
Not sure whether the butterflies are flying into the frame, attracted by the light...or flying out of the frame as they escape from captivity. Sure that some of my more literary friends on here could weave an interesting story or three!

I can lift the card up whenever I want to switch off the lights as the battery pack fitted inside my frame.
The hardest part of all this was taking photos to show off the lights etc....I probably took 30!
Anyway, thank you to the Paperartsy blog for giving me the opportunity to unleash some creativity. 
Your video intros to your themes are Golden!

Sunday 8 November 2015

Jofy Triptych

I was watching someone playing with Stampbord on the TV this morning and decided to have a play.
My lovely friend Lesley Ebdon kindly sent me some last year and this is my first play.

A minimalist Christmas card with stamping in Black Archival using 3 of Jo Firth-Young's mini stamps, a touch of Dyan inks and some gold heat embossing on the edges!

It has given me endless possibilities!

Sunday 1 November 2015

Leaf Triptych

Got to thinking about the PA blog and triptychs the other day while out for a walk and thought up this idea.

I selected some PA Chatsworth papers...PA matte glazed three of my leaves..(after pressing them), and stamped some words with black archival onto the Chatsworth paper.

Boom, boom, boom....done in a flash....double mounted and then onto some cardboard packaging. I used jute string and rusty wire to finish it off, but need a lesson from Alison Bomber on how to do that part properly!

Typical me....twas up on the wall in the living room before it had time to dry!

Am entering this into the PA challenge.