Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Spoiler Alert - 12 Days of Christmas

I recently signed up for a swap that Sweetpea is hosting for 12 Days of Christmas. I signed up once then decided to join a second time, jumping in with both feet as usual!

The the first set of gifts that I made were done on chipboard squares with dye inks, mica watercolours  and edged with leafing. Then I coloured microscope slides with alcohol inks and inserted a picture underneath it. The image I used is from http://www.old-picture.com/

The second set are stamped Clay Necklaces with a colourwash over them; the back has a leaf stamped on it.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Catching Up

I had a few swaps to complete, so took the time to get them done while Hubby was not around to bug me. Each year I participate in a Calendar swap and this year I chose February. Rather than go with the traditional hearts and flowers, I decided to use a background stamp with a vintage couple and some Ivy. The centre panel was done with Adirondack sprays.

I also had a couple of Artist Trading Cards to complete. One is for an alphabet swap, so I decided to use some feathers that my hubby found in the garden, for the letter F. The background is from a sheet of cardstock with Adirondack sprays and stamped off Opalite and Dr PH Martin inks.

The second ATC background is a candy wrapper glued to the cardstock rubbed with Mica Magic inks and rub-ons. The image is coloured with chalks and edged with leafing.

Pictures of the projects are in later posts. 

Calendar page

Artist Trading Card

Artist Trading Card

Another Tip-in Page

The current theme for the latest tip-in page over on CC Swaps is Children. For this page I used a background done with Alcohol Inks and used one of my favourite stamps for the little girl on the front.

The back is done with Fluid Chalk pads.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Challenge Number 3!

The latest challenge was to use handmade stencils and create a page representing graffiti. I have no handmade stencils, nor the supplies to make them, so of course I barged ahead using what I had on hand.

The background was a piece of cardstock, where I had just rubbed off excess paints and other mediums that I had used at various times. I then took some cardboard stencils that I had bought eons ago at a hardware store and stenciled them on the background using acrylic paints and dimensional paints. I outlined them with markers and added some other handwritten words and doodles to the page.  So I broke the rules, but isn’t that what Art and individuality is all about?