Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"Good Times Roll" A layout for Colour Blast DT.

A big Hello to all!
I am back to catch up on a layout featuring my niece made for Colour Blast.
I used this page to play with the new Colour Mica Powders and Colour Shimmer Dusts.
So without further ado, here is the page:

This was a fun and easy background to create, here is how I did it:
First up I created a puddle of colour on my plain cardstock using Colour Shimmer Dust in Amber and Colour Shimmer Spray in Bling
Using the puddle as a "stamp pad" I then added some loose text print using a stamp. I did not want a perfect crisp image here I just wanted to create some interesting texture radiating out of the puddle.

    I then used a "watercolour cake" that I made earlier using Colour Mica Powder inWatermelon, Gum Arabic and water. I activated the cake with a spray of water then with a wet brush, I flicked over the page to create some splatters.

      While waiting for the puddle to dry, I layered my patterned papers under my photo and painted all my chipboard embellishments that I plan to use with white Gesso. I do this when I do not quite know what colour will work best with the page.

        With the main embellishment I decided I wanted to give it a bit of shine to make it pop forward not blend in to the background, so I treated it with a combination of Bling andTangareen Dream Colour Embossing Powders. I used a few layers to create a smooth finish.

          Now back to the background! I decided it needed more depth so I added more splashes using Colour Shimmer Spray in Bling and Tangareen DreamRoad Base Colour  Spray and some stamped images using an Archival Stamp Pad.

            After laying the photo and embellishments down on the page I decided on the colour of the Title and other pieces needed no more than a coat of Black Gesso. 

              All that was left to do was to put it all together! It worked out to be a quick and simple page, why don't you give it a try then post it on the Colour Blast Creative Corner so we can all admire!!!
              Here are a few detailed shots for you all:

              I hope you have enjoyed my little step by step, and you feel inspired to create for yourself, don't forget to share what you have created!
              Happy Scrapping Everyone!

              Sunday, October 9, 2016

              Projects for Scrap FX.

              Hi Everyone I am back finally!! This blog is so sadly neglected of late but I am trying my best in the next week or so to play catch up....so get ready everyone!!!
              So first up some projects I created for Scrap FX using loads of new goodies.
              Ok here we go, I shall start with a simple wedding card.
              I have used the Scrap FX "Love banner" chippie as the main focus. It was absolutely perfect for the theme and super quick to put together!
              The background was made using water colours in a few varying shades and the chippy piece was just painted black, add a few dots of perfect pearls and the job was done!

              Next, a scrapbook layout featuring my niece, it is very pink and girlie!!!
              I used the Fancy Feathers (small) as well as the fabulous Spirit Phrase.
              Free Spirit phrase

              This was  made with a quick painted and stamped background, layers of scrap paper and the chippies were heat embossed.
              Then we have 2 art journal pages:

              Learning to Fly
              I so loved the Learning to Fly Silhouette, it reminded me of a quote in the children's book "Peter Pan", so I just had to get creative in my journal straight away!



              Last project is using the flying birds stencil with some Colour Blast Colour paste.
              Flying Birds stencil

              And that is all from me for the moment, I will not leave it so long for the next post, I have so much to share!

              Wednesday, September 14, 2016

              "Abstract Blooms" an Art Journal Page for Colour Blast.

              Hi All! 
              I am back with an art journal page created with wonderful Colour Blast products.
              So without further ado here is the page:

              And here is how I created it, so easy!!!
              I started with a smashed page in my Journal (I often "smash" left over paint etc on spare pages, never want to waste anything). I splashed and stamped more colours to create a background.


              With a palette knife I slapped on some Colour Paste (Sunshine) in a circle shape with texture to resemble an abstract "rose". I then added another colour to create depth (I used Tangareen Dream here).

              The paste is very forgiving and you can rework it until you like the overall effect.


              I then repeated the process twice more to create my 3 main blooms!


              I then changed to a Rose Petal with Bling colour combo and created some smaller blooms to resemble a bunch. As they dry the shine and metallic look comes through. If you are still not happy you can add more colour here with more paste, just keep adding till they bring a smile, you cannot go wrong!

              Once they were all dry, I still wanted more colour variation so I gave them all a little spray with Colour Shimmer Spray in the centres allowing the colour to pool! I then had to step away from the blooms, enough was enough.....just had to stop before they were overworked!!  

              I then did my best to paint a vase underneath the blooms with acrylic paint.

              Time to add some leaves to the bunch! I had no pastes in the colour green I was after, what to do????
              Simple..... I made my own!  Using Colour Mica Powder in Olive Grove mixed well with Impasto to form a coloured paste, once dry the impasto is clear so the olive green of the mica powder shines through.

              Apply the paste through a leaf stencil wherever you want the leaves to be. The leaves just finish the composition of the page, after all what is a flower with out its leaves???


              Excuse my grubby hands in that photo! It is just the way I am when I create!
              So here is what it looks like after I added the leaves!

              And that my friends is how the Blooms evolved!
              Here are a few more detail shots of the page:

              I finished the page off with a quote and a few scribbled words in the vase, no page of mine is truly complete without a few scribbles! 

              Well that is all from me for the moment 
              I hope everyone gives this a go, with such a little effort the results look awesome!
              Happy creating peeps!

              Saturday, August 27, 2016

              "A Bird has a Song" Art Journal Page experiment for Colour Blast.

              HI EVERYONE! 
              I thought I would share my grand experiment results using new Colour BlastGoodies!
              Now this page did not have a plan or turn out that well..... BUT.... 
              I wanted to Play with the new Mica Powders and Colour Sprays to really see what they can do!
              So I hope you take away something to play with for yourselves from this pretty Blaah page!
              So here is the page:

              So lets get on with how I created it!

              First step, glue down some printed tissue and Washi Tape with Gel Medium. 
              Here is where I made a mistake 
              and should have softened the background with a wash of Gesso 
              (This pushes the print back so the foreground Pops), 
              but I was too keen to play so just went for it!

                Next make a paste with Mica Powder (Espresso) and Impasto. 
                The Impasto dries clear and has a shine so does 
                not effect the colour of the powder like texture paste would (makes it creamier and paler). 

                  Apply the paste through a stencil onto the page.


                  While the paste is still wet sprinkle with Embossing Powder (Steel) in random spots, 
                  and heat to activate. 
                  I did this to try and make the stems more prominent against the background, 
                  this is where I realised my mistake of the missing Gesso!


                    Now to play with the Colour Spray!  Colours I used are, Grape, Saffron and Bubblegum.

                    Once the paste is dry just spray at random, adding water to "move" colours over the page. 
                    Loved the vibrancy! 
                    Dislike how it took over my stems though!

                      I did not like how the stems still "sank" into the background, 
                      so to tried and make them pop by the application of  Colour Paste Bling 
                      to the buds back through the stencil.


                        Once dry the addition of the paste worked a little to bring the buds into the foreground. 


                          So onward to the finishing touches, 
                          sometimes you have to just go with it and give into where the page is going! 
                          It is just an experimental page after all, does not have to be perfect!
                          Apply Black Soot Distress Ink through a stencil, in the corners to try and frame up the page.

                            Using the same Colour Spray colours, give some book paper die cuts a water colour look.

                              Adhere to the page and stamp a quote mounted on some black cardstock to the page.

                                And the page is done! I have to say I was not overly happy with the page 
                                but I did have fun experimenting, and learnt what the products are capable of. 
                                Not every page has to be a masterpiece, as long as you learn something from the process! 

                                Here are a few details of the finished piece:

                                  So that is all from me, get yourself in a comfy spot and start playing, so much fun to experiment!
                                  See you next time!