Friday 29 September 2017

MFT Bold Blooms (Foliage)

Do you ever make a card that you love so much that you almost can't bear to send?
This was one of them and yet it took just a few minutes to make.

Sometimes I can sit for hours and can't make a card for love or money. The ol' mojo does a runner or what I make just doesn't feel right. Those that I pontificate over or stress about for days are the ones that either end up in the bin or push me to the point of selling EVERYTHING (again!)

I love the simplicity of this card. 'Foliagey' cards just make me happy.
I'm weird...I know.

I used one of the leafy stamps from MFT's 'Bold Blooms' and loosely stamped the coloured section. I wasn't worried about stamping it perfectly...I wanted the colour to go over the outlines in a relaxed style.

I personalised it using Memory Box's Classic alphabet die set and added a heap of sequins from Neat & Tangled (Ocean Waves).
I love these leaves..., they'd be great in autumnal colours. Hmmmmm....might try them on Christmas cards, coloured with glitter. 
Have a groovy weekend X

Monday 25 September 2017

VIDEO - Alcohol Inks - No 6

Me again...with ANOTHER alcohol inked piece....forgive me (lol).

I've made a video on this one to show you some of the process. I've had to speed it up a bit so as not to bore you to tears and to edit out my procrastinating, ummming n' arrring, spilling ink, dropping bits, etc.... 

This time I used some really zingy, 'sherbety' colours.... Adirondack Lemonade, Limeade and Flamingo.

This is a 9" × 12" piece of Yupo. As usual, I use 91% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol, flicking, blowing and a using a paintbrush to move the inks about.

After the video ended, I added more dots of coloured ink for some depth in the centre. As always, the finished piece is varnished and treated with UV protective coating.

Here's how I made this painting... which alongside all my other pieces, will be available for sale soon.

You can see my other videos on Youtube here (Jane Clempson).

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday 17 September 2017

Alcohol Inks - No 5

Allow me to introduce another of my alcohol ink paintings, named 'No 5' (catchy huh?)  

On this one I used Cool Peri, Stonewashed, Raspberry and Purple Twilight inks from Adirondack. I also used 91% Isopropyl alcohol and a 9" × 12" sheet of Yupo.

 I started by drizzling the alcohol over my paper and then added a few drops of ink diagonally across the sheet.

With my air spritzer, I smooshed the colours about to create an airy background.

I then repeated the process with more ink drops and alcohol until I had the intensity of colour I was looking for.

With the finest of paintbrushes, I added a dotty effect with the alcohol and the teeniest amount of ink, dripped onto the bristles.

Before framing, all of my pieces are varnished to give a protective coating...

...and here's what the finished piece looks like when it's framed.
Happy crafting!!

Wednesday 13 September 2017

Alcohol Inks - No 4

Wednesday is almost over, which means the weekend is almost here again...Yay!
I have another alcohol ink painting to share with you today... No 4.
Just to explain, if you're not a regular stalker visitor to my blog, I have decided to number, rather than name, my 'abstract' pieces as we all seem to see different things in paintings.

Believe it or not, I just used Adirondack Slate & Pitch Black this time. Both colours have an amazing mix of other colours in them that are revealed as they bloom. This is a 9" × 12" sheet of Yupo.

I used 91% Rubbing Alcohol and blew the inks around with my Tim Holtz air spritzer gadget.

These are just some close-up photos to show you the range of colours that come from black and grey.

The movement of the inks is intoxicating, as are the fumes, so for gawds sake, make sure you work in a well ventilated room. I have the windows and doors open as well as a fan on full blast. You gotta be VERY careful!!

I added silver foil highlights for that final touch.

So here's No 4, varnished and with a UV protective coating, in a frame.
Enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for visiting.

Sunday 10 September 2017

MFT - Lucky Dog

Is it me, or has this year just flown by? 
I say it every year, but this year seems to have gone by faster than ever. We'll be digging out the baubles n' tinsel before you know it.

This is the card I made for my husband for his birthday last month. We got a rescue dog almost 2 years ago and, although he will deny it, my husband adores her. 

In fact they adore each other, it's quite sweet to watch them together

MFT's Lucky Dog was the perfect stamp set to use on this occasion. I picked a few of the images and simply stamped them to form a kind of background paper.
Basic colouring with Promarkers, nothing fancy schmancy and a sentiment from the same set.

A really easy card to make and a brilliant stamp set for a dog lover...even if they deny
A blustery, rainy week ahead here in Blighty...have a good 'un.

Friday 1 September 2017

Alcohol Inks - No 3

I've hope you've had a great week and can relax in the knowledge that the weekend is here...Yay!
I've had a couple of weeks off work, catching up on chores, working on my own garden and finding time to craft...back to work on Monday.

This is another alcohol ink painting that I have been working on. As I explained in my last post, I'm going to number my pieces rather than name them, as we all seem to see something different, so this is No 3.

I used Adirondack alcohol inks again, Citrus, Lettuce, Botanical & Pesto, as well as 91% Isopropyl Rubbing alcohol on a 9" × 12" sheet of Yupo. I will try and do a video one day on how I use the inks. These larger pieces take a lot longer to make, so I need to work out how to cram a 6hr video into 7mins, or you'll die of boredom

Here's the finished piece, varnished and framed.
As always, I'd be interested in what you see in a painting and let me know if you're alcohol inking so I can visit your blog too.

I do post more regularly on Instagram if you're interested... @jane.clempson you can find me on Fackbook too...see you there and have a groovy weekend x

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