Saturday, 21 September 2019

Art Foamies - an Art Journal page with Helen

Hello there scrappy friends, I'm back again with an Art Journal page for the September challenge at Scrap Matrix, using Art Foamies.

Have you seen them?   They are quite thick and spongy; and they work brilliantly with paints and gel plates.  
Just the thing to make a big hot mess!

Here is my first attempt to blend pink, peach and yellow on a Gel Plate to get the background colour.  Good grief! That will go in the box that I stamp over, make cards from, or cut into shapes for the Grand children.

I'm still a novice with this technique; so never quite sure what is going to happen and that's half the fun of it.  Hmmm....sometimes not so fun when I can't achieve what is in my mind's eye!

Take three, not what I had in mind and the black is too dark IMHO.

Why am I showing you all these fails you may well ask?  Just to encourage you to keep trying and keep playing.  I used to think I should get it right first time every time, but now know that is rarely the case. 

Finally, I got a background I liked!   If at first you don't succeed!

Next I made a puddle of white acrylic and painted a medium coat directly onto the foamie before stamping it on to the background.

I thought it looked a bit bare so I sponged some white through a stencil to add interest.  I just love the rose girl ephemera.  She is also from Marlene.  Details listed below.

The quotes are from.
Studio light art by Marlene - Quote and letter sticker pad.

I've put this into my Dylusions journal which we made a cover for in one of Tracey Scott's classes last year.

Thinking about booking in this year?  Tracy is a magnificent teacher and I think Vicki still has a few spots left in some of the classes.
 Details can be found at scrap matrix shares

Products used from Scrap Matrix
Art Foamies by Marlene, Leaf Geo
this is a 12x12 just to show you what the stencil looks like, as the 6x6 which I used is not currently in stock.  If you really love it, I'm sure Vicki can order one in for you.

Thanks for looking. I hope you will feel inspired to join in and perhaps win a gift card from the Scrap Matrix store.

Friday, 20 September 2019

'Chase the Sun'
with Lisa Amiet

Hello all!
It's Lisa here today to share my latest art journal page
for this month's 'Art Foamies' challenge!

'Chase the Sun'

Now before I tell you how this page came about,
I have to tell you that I'm not a huge fan of this page, 
everything went a bit pear shaped lol.

I have used my 'Dylusions Creative Journal - Large' and I have started with a
coat of 'Paper Artsy Fresco Finish - Pumpkin Soup' paint. 
I have then added another coat, but while it was still wet, 
I used a scrunched up piece of paper to remove some of the paint. 

I have then used my '6x6 Dreamscapes Triangle Stencil' from 7 Dots Studio, 
to lightly ink through with a 'Blending Tool' and 'Distress Ink - Peeled Paint'.

Next is where things changed a bit. I have used my 
'13 Arts Rainbow Color' in Navy Blue,
I have added some water and let the colour flow over my page. 
Once dried I changed it again. I just wasn't feeling it. 

I have used my 'Red Tin Roof Doily #4 Large' stencil, 
and white gesso to sponge through the stencil. 


I have then added some doodles to my doilies. 
I have then added a leaf sticker from the 
'Pinkfresh - Escape the Ordinary Chipboard Stickers'.

I have then stamped out some flowers,
 using my 'Art Foamies Art by Marlene Poppy - Small',
and 'Distress Inks' in 'Rusty Hinge' and 'Peeled Paint'
I have added a word sticker from 'Pinkfresh Boys Fort Element Stickers'.

I have then used my 'Art Foamies Balzer Leaf Vine Small' and 
'Distress Inks' in 'Mowed Lawn', 'Spiced Marmalade' and 'Faded Jeans'
I have cut them all out and layered them down the left side of my page. 

I have then used more of the chipboard stickers
 from the 'Pinkfresh Escape the Ordinary' collection, 
and a 'Pinkfresh Escape the Ordinary Fabric Diecut' arrow layered over my page. 

I have then used my 'Art by Marlene Storms Don't Last' stamps to stamp in 
'Distress Ink Faded Jeans'. I have cut it out and added it to my page. 

I really love the colour scheme of this page, 
but it didn't turn out quite like I had planned, but that's half the fun!

I hope that you get a chance to have an experiment today,
and that this inspires you.

Until next time!


Scrap Matrix Products used:
'Peeled Paint'
'Mowed Lawn' 
'Spiced Marmalade'
'Rusty Hinge'
'Faded Jeans'
Pinkfresh Escape the Ordinary 

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Art Foamies - Three bright cards with Jen

Hi Everyone!

I hope you have all been inspired by the rest of the team and are eager to get into the craft room.  
I’m back with my second project for the month and it’s a group of three cards using my go to Aall and Create stamp.  One of these is going to my nephew who is turning 11.  (I’m actually running out of people to give them to.)  
These were nice and easy and completed in a short time. 

You will need:
        Gel plate
         Art Foamies – Circle Salad 
      Dina Wakely Media Acrylic paint – Sky, Evergreen, Lemon, Tangerine and Ruby
    White cardstock
       Aall and Create stamp #13
      Archival Ink – Watering Can
        Circle die 
         Tag die

Stamp and colour three images.  I’ve used pencils, but you can use your favourite medium. I’ve then cut them out.

I then brayered the acrylics onto my gel plate, randomly stamped the art foamies and then stamped them on a piece of left over card.  

I’ve trimmed the cardstock to 10cm x 14cm and drawn an outline in black pen with a few squiggles.  I’ve cut three circles from my extra cardstock and leftovers, as well as three tags from plain cardstock.  
I’ve stamped my sentiment onto the tags and arranged them as shown. 

I’ve used a white Posca pen to outline a couple of the images on the third card just for something different. 

So that’s it, another blog post done.   I hope you are all having a great week. 


Monday, 16 September 2019

Sea Shells by the Sea Side- By Tanya Froud

Hi There Peeps! 

Here is my next project - a mixed media layout using  Art Foamies.

To start with I applied Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint to Sea Side Art Foamies with a brayer and stamped 25 images from the Sea Side range.
I dried these and then fussy cut them all out.

On a sheet of white 12x12 card-stock in a band across the middle I stamped Broken Blocks by applying  Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paint. I repeated the same technique with the Train Track stamp and the Writers Block. I dried it completely.

Next I matted my photo and stuck it down on the center of the page slightly to the top.
 I then made a cascade of the seashells coming down from the photo mounting them at different heights using dimensional dots.
Then flick some paint splats around and you are done!

A pile of pretty Seashells all cut out....


The Background...

Well That's it from me for today, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Foamies .... A journal page with Karen

Hello everyone,

Spring is the air! I think that's why I loved making this journal page. 
Foamies are a lot of fun to work with. 
A handy hint is to read the instructions as you should clean as you go with these stamps. I have a takeaway container next to me with some water and soak the stamps while I'm working. You don't want the paint to dry on the foam. 

I have used to sets of foamies. Bird Festival and Geometric Bundle. The beauty of foamies is that you can stamp with both sides. I have stamped with the back of the blocks randomly over my page. This background is inspired by a recent journal class at Scrapmatrix.

I have added some stencilling with two stencils TCW Mayan Calendar   and a Carabelle stencil.

I stamped the birds on some gel printed paper, which I always have handy for projects and I stamped the birdhouses on some leftover patterned paper.

The final touch of course, is a title! 
I have used a stamp from the Paper Artsy set by Tracy Scott ETS27

The paints I have used in this project are:
Dylusion Paints... Vibrant Turquoise, Slate Grey, Dirty Martini, London Blue and Crushed Grape

But wait.... there's more......

The beauty of art journals is the same techniques can also be used in card making. These cute birds make a great card as well.......

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Tam's Village using Art Foamies

Hi there creative souls!

Tam back today to share my second 'Art Foamies' Creation!!

This one was inspired by many of you who contribute to our Facebook Shares Group.
I love the little community we have there, and recently quite a few of you were creating cute little house pages so I just had to have a go....

And yep I got the idea for that border from there too!!!
Thanks everyone for the inspiration.

I just LOVE the explosion of colour and the contrast of that black and white border.
I also love the whimsical feel.

I used nearly ALL of the Art Foamies I own on this layout!!

Let's take a look at how it came together...

This page was sparked by your little houses. I knew I wanted to create a village scene.
I was playing around a couple of weeks ago with my Gelli Plate and my Art Foamies, and some of the prints I managed to create reminded me of sunrises....and well the page just grew from there.

These are some of the prints that I created that sparked the sunrise idea...

I made the papers using Dina Wakley Paints, my Gelli Plate, the 'Doodle Centre' Foamie and the 'Dino Skin Small' Foamie.

I just LOVED that pink and yellow sunrise/sunset image, so I adhered this to my page using Matte Gel.  I made sure one of the circular shapes was centred to act as my sunrise image.

I then painted some hills onto the bottom side of this....

Once dry, I added some mark making using the 'Dino Skin Small' Foamie and the 'Inner Struggle' Small Foamie. 
These are available individually, however, I purchased mine in a packet called 'Balzer Deluxe Small'. 
I think Vicki is out of stock of those sets at the moment, however I'm sure if you contacted her she would order them in for you. They are awesome for mark making.

Next step was to make some little houses and trees for my village.
I used 'Art by Marlene - Dutch Houses' Foamies.

I stamped them onto some old book paper.....

I did the same using a couple of the leaves from the 'Art by Marlene Leaf Geo' Foamies.
They make the perfect trees!

I then used the 'Balzer Ring Fling' Foamie to stamp multiple times.
 Once cut out they look like clouds!.
(Note this Foamie is also included in the Deluxe Balzer Pack, or available separately)

I then cut them all out, and outlined them in either black paint or pen.

Cute hey!!
Time to start sticking them down.

Love those clouds!

I added  a quote and a few little bits and pieces from the 'Art by Marlene Die Cuts Sheets'.
I mainly added these to the windows and doors, and made a little garden of flowers....oh and added a cute little birdie.

Lastly, I added that black and white border.
(Oh and a couple of cats!! Wouldn't be somewhere I want to live without them!)

Now just to decide which house I actually want to live in!! 
I think that little one on the left with the love heart and pink roof will be just fine.
Who wants to move in next to me??
What a crafty little village we would have.

Well that's it from me today.
I'll be back again next month.

I really hope you join us this month.
There's so much you can do with Art Foamies, so get playing!!!
Once done, pop over to the Scrap Matrix Shares page and pop it in the 'Art Foamies Album' for September.
Don't forget to tell us which Art Foamies you have used!!

Balzer Deluxe Small Art Foamies
Art by Marlene Dutch Houses Art Foamies
Gelli Plate