Thursday, 18 May 2017

I love ART

I thought I would try and create something for the challenge over at That's Crafty- it involves the art having a predominantly black theme. I have seen this idea copied a lot on blogs - firstly, create a bright picture with lots of interest, then covering most of it up - seems a bit strange, especially when you like the background that you are covering up!
I used a sun-ray stencil that I had made myself.



Challenges entered:

thatscraftychallenges/back-to-black-challenge

Thanks for visiting, Rachel

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Creativity is Magic

So, after not creating anything for a while, I've managed to have some arty fun twice in a week - all because it rained, forcing me out of the garden again!
This picture was inspired by Nika Rouss over at the Donna Downey website - I love her style of painting, incredibly she seems to use only her fingers and a baby wipe for so many of her paintings and I love her painting style.
Anyway, I used a Jofy flower stamp and am actually really happy with my picture!


Challenges entered:




Thanks for visiting, Rachel

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sunflowers in Spring

 This page started as a mop up page. I had too much pink paint on my craft mat and so decided to use it up through the circle stencil as a border. Well I loved it...and promptly forgot about it!
Over on the Rubber Dance blog they are holding a challenge to use 3 colours - pink, red and orange - I haven't managed to create any art for a long time - the garden is just too much of a temptation for me at the mo - well, the colours seemed to fit for a sunflower theme....even though it's still spring.... and that border was just so perfect.


Challenge entered:

rubberdance.may-colour-challenge

countryviewchallenges/may-flower-power

Thanks for visiting, Rachel

Saturday, 6 May 2017

I Can't Stand The Rain

Just finished this in time for tomorrow's deadline - entering her into the Craft Barn's song challenge. As you can see this time the song is I Can't Stand The Rain.
The rain drops have a shine to them which I haven't managed to pick up in the photo. Still keeping with my own challenge of creating a face each time - my nemesis is always the nose, they are just so difficult to draw, sometimes on a rare moment I am happy but not this time! Never mind, always focus on the positive and I like the flower and the eyelids have a glow to them with the treasure gold. Actually my favourite part is the chin and neck area, I like how I shaded it.


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Thanks for visiting, Rachel

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Daisy bookmark

Seemed to go a bit crazy with this blue and yellow theme this past fortnight but this bookmark started off as a practise piece - I was testing out different mediums over embossed work to see if the embossing was clearly visible when you added ink and different paint over it.

This piece has white embossed circles from the same Ellen Vargo stamp I used in the previous blog, with a blue distress ink over the top and seemed to work the best.

Added a text stamp in purple and another Ellen Vargo pointy 'squished' oval stamp also. Then I painstakingly painted and cut out lots of daisies - 'Lesley's Flowers' from The Artistic Stamper and glued them on for that added pop. I added treasure gold around the outside but that's not too visible in this photo.


Challenges entered:

theartisticstamper-april-backgrounds

paperartsy.blue-and-ochre-challenge

thatscraftychallenges.foliage-and-flowers-challange

Thanks for visiting,
Rachel

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Hot Chocolate Box 2

....and so I have decorated another of my daughter's mini hot chocolate boxes that she received for Christmas. I love these little boxes, such a cute size, they are made from great quality card and so are a delight to paint and work on.
I decorated my first box in pinks and oranges and added stamped little piggies here.



 Well, for this box, I started with some hand-drawn flowers on dictionary paper and neo-color crayoned them - I've made a few of these flowers recently and found the idea on Anna Friesen's blog called Artful Stories here. I didn't exactly copy her idea but tweeked it a bit - anyway love these flowers.

Then the boxes were first gessoed - painted with turquoise and white Paperartsy paints - and finally white embossed and stamped with a brown ink using the fabulous Ellen Vargo EEV02 shape stamps.
Then everything was assembled....and voila! Pretty pleased with the result.


Challenges entered:

paperartsy-blue-and-ochre-challenge

thatscraftychallenges-foliage-and-flowers

rubberdance.april-colour-challenge

theartisticstamper-april-backgrounds

Thanks for visiting,
Rachel


Friday, 31 March 2017

Blue and ochre


Over at the Paperartsy blog, they have a colour challenge going on - I guess it's no surprise now which 2 colours they have chosen.....yes, blue and ochre!


I thought that it would be fun to use my new Donna Downey stencil to create the flowers.The brick work was initially embossed using a Jofy 38 stamp set, then I painted over them with a brown and inbetween with an ochre neo-color crayon.
Joy of course because flowers are joyful!

Challenges entered:

paperartsy-blue-and-ochre-challenge

thatscraftychallenges/foliage-and-flowers-challange

rubberdance

Thanks for visiting, Rachel