Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Helen's September Shares
Two Layouts & an Art Journal Page.

"Time Flies"

Hello everyone!  Helen back with you here today to share my latest creations for 2 Crafty!!

Behind the photo mat, as well as on top of the actual photo, I used some circles from the 6"Circle Revolution Frames.  I love these pieces, they are the perfect way to bring circles into your composition & the fact that they have several curves to them, rather than just one, makes them look really artistic I think!

Life has been a bit assaulting for me lately so I had a real desire to create something soft!  I made up a gesso wash for my background, using a dry brush of gesso mixed with a couple of wet brushes of water & stirred together then painted over my base paper with a wide pastry brush.

I also used 3 butterflies from "Sharon's Butterflies"so I still have 5 left in the pack!  I think it's always best not to overdo things & use too much of any one thing.  I embossed my butterflies with White Gold embossing powder then sponged over the top of them with white acrylic paint to tone them down.

I often use chipboard to ground other elements onto my pages, here I have used gauze underneath them as it is so pretty & soft & attaching it this way & saves having to glue it down which can cause it to lose it's soft, whispy look.  I use Tombo glue (with the green lid) as it has a lovely fine nozzle, & is very strong & dries clear.  

I used the 12"Doily Border under my photo, at the top & again at the bottom, as well as on the opposite side of my layout.  I recoloured it gold using a Ranger Paint dabber then sponged it with white acrylic paint.  I didn't prime the border with gesso first as I wanted more of a natural look so the paint absorbed & the look is more matte than shiny, just as I wanted!

The circle revolution frames were just painted white but I did highlight
 some parts of them with gold, which you can see in the main photo 
at the top.  I loved the pretty pieces of 2Crafty chipboard I chose to 
work with this month & will definitely be ordering more of them all!!  

For my 2nd share today I created the layout above, 
using the Circle Words Set 1 {just 2 out of 6 of the word circles}, 
which make for awesome titles.  I simply embossed them with Olde Gold.

Above you can see I also used the 1" Hexagons sheet {about half of it}, 
which I adhered individually, in a diagonal design across my page 
before beginning to add the different mediums.  

I also used the Chicken Wire sheet, cut into various different pieces, 
behind my photo stack, as well as in my embellishment cluster.
  I painted it using a gold paint dabber then sponged over 
randomly with white acrylic paint, to soften the look.  

I added gesso followed by various different mists, over the top 
of my hexagonal shapes.  Lastly I sprinkled on some Tsukineko 
Goosebumps spray, that leaves a clear texture like water droplets.  

As I often do, I used the chicken wire, not only
 to add texture, but also to ground/anchor my 
hand-dyed gauze in place around my photo stack.  
"Art Journal Page"

Lastly I am sharing an art journal page I created last month for
 Scrap Around The World, using the Floral Branch.  I embossed
 it purple then sponged over it with white acrylic paint.  

Remember that chipboard works GREAT for art journal pages, because
 it is light & flat, yet it makes a wonderfully fancy embellishment!

I used an archival Pitt Pen from Faber Castell to add some lines onto my flowers.
Chipboard is such a versatile embellishment as it comes raw & you dress it up!

I hope I have inspired you in some way to use up your 2Crafty chipboard!  
Remember to ask your local scrap store for anything you see here that 
you can't find in store.

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JRABS -Jennifer Snyder said...

divine - my fav is the first layout that looks like a stone background. amazing

margaret creighton-jones said...


Melenia Agapides said...

Helen, all your projects are fabulous, but the first layout is more than a masterpiece!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm in love!!!!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Three absolutely stunning pieces Helen!! The two layouts are simply divine. Amazing background work and such beautiful colour palettes. Your art journal page is spectacular!! So colourful and unique!! Love them all!! ox

Di Garling said...

Such a BEAUTIFUL post Helen, you really are on fire. Love them all.
Cheers Di

Belle à cropper said...

Your projects are so beautiful ! I love them all ! Gorgeous !

Nicole Doiron said...

Love your work Helen! Always so inspiring! Love that journal cover!

Helen Tilbury said...

Thank you so much ladies! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment!!

Stacey Young said...

Wonderful creations Helen! Love the first one, it's so vintage and pretty :)

Fiona Paltridge said...

Amazing projects! Love all the colour xx