Monday, 12 November 2018

Tam paints petals and adds metals.....

Good morning Scrap Matrix lovelies!
Tam here again to share my second post for our very cool challenge "Metals and Petals".

I got a bit painty with this one, inspired by someone I love and follow on Instagram - Lydell Quin.
I just love that background, and I love the contrast of the metal  flowers against the arty background.
So let's take a look at how it came together.
I began with a background sheet of paper from 7Dots Garden Party Range.

I then decided to add colour using Prima Watercolours in Tropical.
This required a layer of gesso to protect the paper.

I swiped it on using an old store card - and really only put it where my painting was gonna go.

I decided to go with blues - I selected this colour as both my girl and I were wearing blue in the photos I wanted to use.
So I began - initially I just kinda blobbed it on (yep technical term).  Make sure to use plenty of water. This helps it to look blobby rather than painted on.  Not sure if that makes sense.
Anyway, I used the two different shades of blue to create depth.
I then added flicks by tapping the end of my brush.
Hmmmmm they don't really look like flowers at this point.....

I let it dry and began to look at the blobs - thinking, which of these could become flowers.
I then went over these, and moved the brush gently, hoping this would look like petals.
It kinda worked!!!  I also let some run down the paper a little.
I then added some greens in various shades, in between the flowers and around the edge.  These will be leaves. I didn't try to make leaf shapes - just more blobs.

Can you see the flowers yet???
I can!!

Time to get out my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks. I added black to the centre of the flowers.
I also began to outline the flowers and petals using a fine pen.
I added in leaves and a few stems too.

I also added white gel pen to the centre of the flowers.
See!! There they are!!
Ok, time to add my photos, and a few layers behind them.
Vicki has just got these awesome stamps in.....and I may have bought quite a see the range head HERE
I selected the scalloped border.
I stamped it onto some scrap and cut it out.
I then added a few tags by 7Dots (of course!). I used my fave tags - Writer's Block, and added a few 7Dots embellishment stickers too.
Now it's time to add some metal!
I love these gorgeous silver metal flowers, and knew they'd be perfect against the blue flowers.


I adhered them with some 3D Gloss Gel.  Such an easy way to add metal - and it allows you to tuck it in between your layers.

I then cut out a few of the butterlies from that gorgeous 7Dots paper - .Garden Party - Born  I had left on my desk from my previous creation.

Now time for the journaling, and capturing the story behind the photos.
This one's all about my daughter being accepted into the NYSF Program for 2019, which includes a trip to Canberra to engage in all things science-y.
It's a highly sought after achievement, and is a national program, so we were so excited that she was selected. She'd worked so hard.
Isn't she amazing? Brains and beauty!
So proud, definitely needs documenting.
These photos were taken at an acknowledgement ceremony at Government House.
I used some 7Dots Word Stickers and an embellishment sticker, which I recorded the facts on.

Then for the title, I added some 13Arts Clear Stickers.

I then wrote my personal words around these.

I really love the way these clear words look on the page - I love that they merge into the background - fits perfectly with the hand-drawn elements amongst my flowers.

I'm really happy with how this turned out.

I love the artsy style, I definitely feel like I'm getting braver with my painting!
The trick - just try it!

So are you having a go at out 'Metals and Petals' Challenge?
It's a goodie....and all you need to do is upload your entry - whether it be a layout, an art journal page, some cards, a canvas, some tags....whatever!
Just make sure to use some products available from Scrap Matrix, and include some metals (could be actual metal - Scrap Matrix has stacks! You'll find them HERE, or it could be chippy you've altered to look like metal), and some petals (flowers, stamped, stencilled, drawn, painted......)
Load it into the correct album in our Facebook Scrap Matrix Shares page, and let us know in the comments what the products are.
I can't wait to see what you do......the possibilities are endless!
I hope today has inspired you to get a bit painty......
I'll be back next month.
Luv Tam
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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Guest Designer 2nd project - Sandra Scott

Good afternoon, Sandra here with my second project as Guest Designer for Scrap Matrix.  I have created an art journal page:

I have created the background using a brayer and sponge.  I have then outlined a rectangle stencil with a black paint pen around the edges.

I have stamped randomly around the edges with a clock and cog stamp in black ink.  I have made a black border around the page using black gesso.

I have done some final touches including some Nuvo dots and Tim Holtz small talk phrases.

Here are some close ups:

Products Used:

Friday, 9 November 2018

"Be Yourself" with Metals and Petals

Hi everyone, Monique here with my first share for this month's "Metals and Petals" challenge which is running with Scrap Matrix this month.

This is what I created:

 I decided to use this photo of my gorgeous niece, which I decided would be beautifully offset by the gorgeous 7 Dots Studio Garden Party collection.  The deep purple of the "Annual" paper suited the grungy effect I wanted to create.

I actually used two pieces of the Annual paper.  I tore off about one third of the first paper, and distressed the purple side, running some archival ink along the distressed edge.  I then adhered that to the second Annual paper.  Using the 7 Dots "Garden Party" 6x6 Floral Knot Stencil, I added some Black Modelling Paste to the background.

Next, I added some German Scrap Fleur de Lis #2 Black down the join where the two papers meet., and splashed on some white gesso.

To make my photo mat, I got some  tags from the 12x12 tag sheet, and some black paper for the photo mat from the 7 Dots Studio "Garden Party - Garden Gnomes" and stapled it all together.  Once done, I matted it to my photo with some cardboard to give it some dimension.

I added my photo just over the top of the Floral Knot Stencil, allowing some of the swirls to come out from underneath. I also tucked some muslin in under my photo for extra definition.

Finally, I added some embellishments - Cut our butterflies from the 7 Dots Studio "Garden Party - Born" paper, some Brass Round Medium #1 Flowers, some Brass Square Large #4 flowers and some stickers from the Garden Party 6x12 Word Stickers Sheet.  Voila!!  All done!!

Here is a close up:

Here is a list of products available in the Scrap Matrix Shop:

7 Dots Studio "Garden Party" Papers - Annual, Garden Gnomes and Born.

Thanks so much for popping by the Scrap Matrix blog today.  I hope I have inspired you to enter our "Metals and Petals" challenge this month. Go on - have a go, and once you have finished your creation all you have to do is upload it into the "Metals and Petals" folder on the Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook Page.  

Thursday, 8 November 2018

'Wildflower' by Elisa Ablett

Hi Crafters,

My turn up on the blog today with my first share for November based on the NEW challenge Metals & Petals; you can enter the challenge via the Scrap Matrix Shares Group on Facebook.

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Here is the layout I created for the challenge, it features 7 Dots Studio Garden Party, Scrap Matrix Metals, mini buds and Jane Davenport Inkredible Ink in Berry.

Here are a list of the products I used from Scrap Matrix Store - 

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Leaves - Antique Silver Leaf Medium Intricate. Set of 5Image 1

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Here are some close ups for the finer details!

I am a bit of a fan of using circles as frames on layouts and I had the idea of using a moon shape and build around my photo. I loved how it turned out!!

You can see from the close ups the metal flowers and leaves I used in my layout. To prepare them, I brushed gesso over all the metal bits, quite roughly to give texture to them, let dry then using a dropper, I gently dripped the Jane Davenport Ink over the top and let dry. It takes a while but totally worth the effort!

Well that's it from me today, make sure you get your entry into the new challenge album!

And i will see you around the Scrap Matrix Shares group xx

Hugs xx

Elisa Ablett