Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Rebecca's first Watercolour and Words Share

Hi Everyone,

Rebecca here with you today to share my first Watercolour and Words project with you all. This month I was fortunate enough to work with the wonderful Faber Castell Gelatos in colour collection Brights. 

Have you ever crafted with gelatos? can I let you know how much I LOVE them!!. Gelatos have always rated very very highly on my 'always have in my craft room list' ever since doing a 2 day workshop with Donna Downey. 

I have created 3 tags combining Gelatos, Paper Artsy stamps, Scrap Matrix Metal and Tim Holtz Paper Dolls. Side note on the Tim Holtz paper dolls, Vicki has had these on back order for quite some time. A super popular and often sold out item world wide. We are all crossing our fingers that they will be in Scrap Matrix store very soon. 

This is the one and only stamp set I used to create all 3 tags, just look at these stamps, AMAZING. You could use these stamps for so many things, tags, cards, scrapbooking, journaling. Endless opportunity. 

Faber Castell Brights pack, 15 wonderful little colourful babies. If you not worked with these before, they wind up like a chapstick, the colour is super pigmented and a little goes a very long way. Very good value for money. 

 Faber Castell Gelato - Brights

How do they work? how did you get that colourful background? the answer is so simple!!. The below photo will show you the three step process

  1. I began by painting the tag with with white gesso
  2. Scribbled over each tag with 3 different coloured Gelatos
  3. Colour smudged it all with my fingers, very carefully I used 3 fingers, not wanting to smudge colours too badly between each other. 

Now for a few close up photos, tag by tag......

Thank you all for checking in here, I wish you all a very happy and creative day! 

Scrap Matrix Products Used 

Monday, 23 October 2017

'Allow your soul to grow' by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

Elisa here from the design team with my layout created for the Watercolour and Words challenge. I thought i would share the close ups of the finer details of the layout and a handy step by step tutorial on how i put the layout together.

The main focus of my layout was using the Ayeeda Water Inks from 13 Arts and the versatile 13 Arts - Strength in Numbers Chipboard Sheet.

Here is my finished layout, I love the boho look of the watercolours and flowers so I decided to continue that on with some hand drawn flowers and vines.

Lets have a look at how I used my focus products to create my layout:

Step 1 - I drew a very faint line halfway down the page and then sprayed water onto the bottom half of page tilting the page to let the water run down. Then drip the pink and scarlet Ayeeda ink onto the water letting it pool in the water that you have sprayed on.

Step 2 - Add a couple more colours to your page, you can use a pipette to have more control where your colours end up.

Step 3 - While your page is still wet add 13 Arts Splash Glitter Ink - Pink using the dropper provided.

Step 4- Ink your chosen chipboard Kinder Kreations Zen Leaf Chipboard with a black ink pad and let dry, once dry thread the wire ends of your Green Crystal Stems through the chipboard leaves.

Step 5- to start your flowers ready for fussy cutting - Spray your craft mat liberally with water and then add drops of ink onto the water, grab a piece of white mixed media cardstock and turn it upside down and smooth over the ink. You will end up with a sheet of coloured paper ready for you to stamp on. I did two of these sheets and made one with darker colours and one with more violet and green. Put it them aside to dry. You can also flick water onto the page to create a distressed look like the photo below.

Step 6 - Once your background has dried, grab a black marker and hand draw (or zentangle) (or if you aren't confident in drawing download a free template, or trace a design in) 

Step 7 - I found an old transparency from Kaisercraft and cut it up to use as a feature piece on my layout then layered German Scrap - renaissance-petite-black trim and German Scrap - ornate-garland-2-black and black /molossi-crystal-lines

Step 8 - Glue down your chipboard pieces and crystal gem and Scrap Matrix metal- leaf-pretty-silver as pictured above, add some stamping and extra crystals.

Step 9 - Now onto the stamping, I used an awesome set of stamps (Paper Artsy -e-tracy-scott-11-a5-set) that are available in the Scrap Matrix store today. I stamped on both sheets of paper that I made with the coloured backgrounds. I then fussy cut all the pieces out.

Step 10 - Glue your photo down along with the green fussy cut border like the photo below.

Step 11 - Layer all your pieces by using 3D foam mounting dots and glue

Step 12 - Using the pink glitter ink from 13 Arts and the dropper provided add small drops to the butterfly as an added feature.

Step 13 - Pick your desired Chipboard and stickers - I used 13 arts 'Small saying's stickers and 13 Arts chipboard. Colour your chipboard with your green watercolour 13 Arts ink and let dry, once dry glue it to your layout. Also add your sticker to your page, i added mine to the side of my photo.

Here are some close ups of the finished layout!

Well that's it from me! 

I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial and seeing how my layout came together.

Don't forget to leave some love and make sure you visit the store either in person or online to say Hi! and check out all the wonderful and unique products.


Elisa xx

Sunday, 22 October 2017

"Believe, Explore, Inspire" Art Journal

Hi Everyone,

Monique here, it's my turn to share my Watercolour and Words creation.  I was so excited when I found out watercolours were part of the month's challenge.  I adore using watercolours to create and there is such a massive variety out there.....the creative inspiration is endless!

I was so lucky to be sent this pack of Dina Wakely Scribble Sticks.

I adored the rich colours in this set, and how they can be used in such a huge variety of ways.  
I decided to create an Art Journal page.  I had been brewing an idea in my head for some time, and I thought that this challenge provided the perfect opportunity to do it. 

I am still working on faces, but I am fairly happy with how this turned out.  I started by drawing the outline of my face, then I swirled some texture paste around the outside of the face as I wanted to create some texture in the hair, and some general outlines for the flowers.

I then began the process of drawing in my facial features and using light and shade to define the depth of the face.  I used these fabulous Prima Watercolour Pencils - Hair and Skin Tones to do this.

These pencils are divine for using on faces and hair - the range of tones help make the difficult (well for me, at least) task of shading skin and hair to make it appear realistic easy.

When I was happy with the face, I started working on the roses in my girl's hair.  I used the Dina Wakely Scribble sticks for this.  These sticks are wonderful.  They are creamy, rich in colour and just so versatile.  You can scribble the colour down and then use a paintbrush dipped in water to get the water colour effect, or you can dip the scribble stick straight into water and apply it like watercolour paint direct.

For my flowers, I did a bit of both.   I used the sticks dry to get a deeper colour around the edge of the petals and the centre of the flower, and then I dipped them in water to lighten the colour on the rest of the petals.

Next, I coloured the background with another of my favourites - Dylusions Paints.  I used Calyspso Teal, London Blue, and White Linen which I sponged on and blended together for depth.
I then stamped the circles and wedges using the Paper Artsy E3 Everything Art 03 (A5 set, trimmed on EZ) stamp set.  Again, I used the scribble sticks to add some colour to the wedges.  The way the pigment held over the top of the paint was amazing!!

Finally, I got a lot of the gorgeously inspiring words from the Marta's Stickers Small Messages Stickers and adhered them to some white cardstock.  I inked around the edges of each one and randomly placed them on the background of my page.  I wanted to give myself uplifting messages about trusting myself and believing in myself as I embark on the journey of my self discovery as an artist.  I lack a lot of confidence in myself in drawing and painting, and even though I have a long journey ahead, I wanted to look at this page and remind myself to never give up.

That's it from my today, hope you enjoyed my post.  Don't forget to do your own interpretation of this fabulous challenge and upload it into the correct album on the Scrap Matrix Shares page.

Enjoy your artistic journey, friends. xx

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Lynns first share - Watercolour and Words

Hi everyone, Lynn here today to share with you my art journal page that I have created for this months challenge - Watercolour and Words Share:

I have used the amazing Twinkling H20's by Colourarte.  

You can find them in the store with this link

Here is my art journal page:

I started the page using a Visible Image stamp - Face It - once the ink was dry I began to add the colours.  The H20's are fantastic - you add water to the jars and the hard colour liquefies.
I did a class once with the awesome Fiona Paltridge and see said over and over again - water is your friend when using water colours.  She is so true.  I added water to the art journal page, added water to the H20's jars and everytime I added more colour my brush went into the clean water container first.  

When adding a new colour I let the colours blend together themselves with the water that is on the page- so place the colours a little apart from each other. 

Here are some close ups:

As an extra I also created some water colour cards:

On watercolour paper I used the H20's and created some patterns using brushes and stencils.

For the Thank you card I cut out the hearts using a punch and sewed them onto cardstock

For the celebrate card I have die cut balloons from the water colour paper as well as adding it behind the die cut white cardstock.

For the Hello card I did the same, added the watercolour paper behind the die cut cardstock as well as die cutting the "hello".  I also used the water colour paint to stamp the butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found something that inspired you to create and have fun with watercolours. - and dont forget you have til 15th November to create something with watercolour and at least one item from ScrapMatrix and upload it to our facebook Scrapmatrix Shares page to be in for the running to win a ScrapMatrix voucher

I have used the following items from the Scrap Matrix Store:

Thanks for stopping by and until next time - Happy Crafting :)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Tammy's first Watercolour and Words Share

Hi all
Tammy here today to share my creation for the 'Watercolour and Words Challenge' over at Scrap Matrix Shares at the moment.
If you haven't seen the challenge.....here it is....

So create a project using watercolours and words.
They happen to be two of my favourite things!! (yes I'm singing!!)
I got to work with the gorgeous Prima Watercolours in 'Tropical'. 
I'd been wanting to try these out for ages, so was thrilled when they arrived. 
The colours in Tropical are strong and vibrant, so just perfect for me.

So here's what I came up with:

Love love love the bright vibrant colours, mixed with the black and the white. 
I painted those black stripes on. Simple and instant background.
 I've done this a few times now and just love the effect.
In fact I've created a video of this layout further down my page,
so you can watch me do this. 

I used a variety of words. 
Some 7Dots Stickers (love these) and the new 13Arts Words stickers. 
I love that these are clear so they work really well on photos.
I also used the Heidi Swapp epoxy words.
I had a whole heap of fun with Dina Wakley Abstract Blooms Stamps
 I added watercolour to some of  these too.
You can watch that on the video.

This layout celebrates a surprise 16th birthday party that my daughter's friends organised for her.
It was such a sweet thing to do, and this photo captures the moment she walked in.
I just love the emotion, and knew I needed to scrap it.
I also knew that I needed it to be bright and funky to go not only with the happy celebratory occasion, but also with the 'teenage' theme.
Those metal flowers painted black, alongside the stamped flowers are just perfect for this.

Without further ado, here's the video for you to watch and see EXACTLY how I created it:
I'm reasonably new to the whole land of you tube and recording my process,
so I hope you like it.

So there you have it!
I'd love to know what you think of the video.....leave a comment and let me know.
I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge! 
Vicki is offering a store voucher to Scrap Matrix, so I urge you to have a go.....at the very least you will have had fun creating!!
Remember to use watercolour and words and at least one product available from Scrap Matrix.  Obviously the more the better......and there's so many to choose from!
If you'd like to see more of my work you can pop over to my BLOG.
I will see you again soon.  Until then I hope you get a chance to create.
Scrap Matrix products used:
White Bazzill