Friday, 13 September 2019

Days like Michelle Henderson

Hello and happy Friday everyone! I'm at a retreat so busy working on my next projects as well as some things just for me 😀
I have a watercolour page today using a little bit of everything - here's s little hint...

  My background was done on watercolour paper, and I used the wet on wet technique with Colour Artist Inks in Lime, Mermaid, Grass, and Barley. By wet on wet, I mean I painted the edge if my hills with water only to start, then went over it with thinned colour so it would blend down the page.

I then did the same thing at the top of the page with Calypso Colour Artist Ink.

While that was drying, I prepped the chipboard title with Heavy White Gesso.

I mixed a little Colour Shimmer Dust in Duke up on my (very!) messy mat, and then swiped the title through it, patting it into the colour again where I needed it. This gave me the lovely mottled look I was going for.

I wasn't keen on the way the right edge looked, so I ripped it off and added some navy paper, after edging the rip with Light Gold from the Shimmery Gold Watercolour Pan set. I also splattered a little of it down this edge, and on the title. 

I used Colour Paste in Singin' the Blues and Bling through stencils, and also smudged a little in the sky.

I still had a little bit of the Duke left over, so I made some big splatters and drips using a water brush, in the sky.

I added my photo cluster and another small cluster, along with the title. I'm so pleased to have already made my Fathers day page!!!
Here's the finished page 💕

Thanks for joining us here!

Monday, 2 September 2019

Hot Hot Hot Summer by Michelle Henderson

Hi all!

I'm back to my old faves today with the Colour Artist Inks - here's a little preview for you...

Now I have to apologise - I forgot to take a photo with just the inks - I started by damping my paper then brushing colour on , respraying with water and letting it drip a little. I used Sunburnt, Spice, Citrus, Mermaid and Oasis. Once it was fully dry, I then splattered some water drops to get an oxidised effect.

After that, I thought it needed a little bit of glitz, so I also splattered with the clear Colour Shimmer Brush Marker.

Love love love the shimmer here 💚💙

Next I mixed a little of each of the same Colour Artist Inks in with some Heavy White Gesso, and stencilled a little toward the right of the page.

Finally I put my photo cluster and embellies on, giving me the hot bright and colourful page I was after.

Here's another close up...

And the final page...

Have a great crafty day!

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Life Is Beautiful

Hello again. I'm back to share another layout.

To begin my layout today I decided to get my photo & matting ready first (plus I had no idea what I was going to do yet). I layered my papers with cardboard to give it different heights/layers.

Using the "All The Way" stamp I did some random stamping.

With the "Stardust Butterflies" stamp I added some more random stamping.

I put some Bling & Peach Nectar Colour Paste on my craft mat. Then picking up both with my spatula I spread it through my stencil.

I sprayed my chipboard with Road Base Colour Spray & left to dry.

I embossed some chipboard with Bling Colour Embossing Powder.

I sprayed some white flowers with Road Base Colour Spray.

I splattered some Cider Artist Ink. Then some Spice Artist Ink.

Before I started to stick everything down I unwound some black string then stuck everything on top.

Here's some close ups.

Thanks for looking.
xxx Suzy

Friday, 16 August 2019

Rakiura by Michelle Henderson

Happy Friday again friends - counting down to the weekend!!

Today I have somewhat of a cross of an art journal and scrapbook page for you.

I was going to be using ephemera from the Pinkfresh Studios Be You collection, so I took one of the leaves that features and drew it lightly on my page with pencil.
Love the new watercolours, so I used these to colour the leaves, starting with a mix of Seafoam and Pear, then highlighting with Carrot, Grape, and Ultramarine. For the stem I used Umber and Ultramarine . I added some splatters of each of course too 😀

Once it was dry, I added some more highlights with Green from the Shimmery Bright palette.

I lightly went over everywhere else with , from the watercolour set.. I wasn't trying to be neat, and there are some patchy areas. I re-spattered, then also added some Yellow Gold from the Shimmery Gold Watercolour Pan Set.

To do the outlines I used both gold and black Posca pens. Then I took some Colour Paste in Bling, filled a syringe and roughly went over the pen outline. I LOOOOVE this look, it makes me think of Moorcroft china and lead lights. I still had some left in the syringe, so I squeezed it out onto a messy mat and left it to dry.

Once the paste had all set I put together my photo, layers and embellies. I decided to trim some off the edge and added a darker border on 2 sides.
I glued it all down, and twined the extra Colour Paste "string" around the edges.

Have fun creating this weekend!

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Beautiful life by Suzy Loudon

Hello again. Today I cracked out the Shimmer Dusts again. One of my favourite Colour Blast products.

To begin with I spread Heavy White Gesso across my black card.

I started with my Duke  Colour Shimmer Dust. Sprinkling a little before water activating it. Using my heat gun I moved it around as I heated it as well as spraying it with more water as I went, continuing to dry.

I then added Cobalt  Colour Shimmer Dust. Using the same process & filling in all the gaps.

I gave my title a coat of Heavy White Gesso

Then added some small areas of Cobalt Colour Shimmer Dust.

Once dry I embossed it with Singin' The Blues  Colour Embossing Powder.(I forgot to get a process shot...sorry)

Using Cobalt  Colour Shimmer Dust. I coloured some flowers, using different intensities of the dust to vary the colours.

As I started to put my page together I decided it needed some splatters with some watered down Gesso.

Then all was left was to stick it all down. 
Here's some close ups.

Thanks for looking.
xxx Suzy