Monday, May 4, 2015

A Mix of Projects from Helen for May

"Art Journal"

Hello everyone!  How are you all?  Today I am sharing an art journal page, 
a layout & a canvas!  Yup I am mixing it up quite a bit these days!!

For this very simple art journal page I simply cut & tore up my off-cut pieces
 into small rectangular shapes & collaged them all together using gel medium, 
 then sprayed & splattered some mists before adding my 2Crafty Chipboard
 butterflies & my hand drawn arrows & title.  

Sharon's Butterflies (unit of 3)

The Sharon's butterflies are my favourite out of all the butterflies!
  I love the complexity of the cuts & as they are so beautiful they look 
stunning  with simple treatments.  Here I simply inked them black.

I varnished them with some glittery nail varnish that looks shimmery & lovely in person but alas does not  show in the photos!  So the moral of this project? Don't over think it!  Sometimes simple is enough :)
"Hello / Love"
Next up I made a layout of my daughter with a random shot I caught of her smiling at her mobile phone! 
 Technology is such a big part of life these days...have you remembered to capture it
 "on film?"

Because my photo was so "white" I chose to use a dark brown background paper to
 go with my daughter's hair.  I think it makes everything "pop" so nicely off the
 background so is perfect for some stencil/modelling paste work.
Once I had dried off my hearts design & splashed on some lovely gold ink I set to work on decorating my page with wonderful pieces from 2 Crafty. When I hauled out my brown cardstock pile I found these 2 off-cut strips of browny green on top of them & decided it was serendipitous!

So I added the border strips of brown & green spotted paper which really started the
 WOW factor! Then I added my favourite 12 inch border strips - the Stitched Lace Border

  I cut off 2 Stitched Lace semi-circles from each border strip to allow for a bit of breathing 
space, then I used my Aladine Izinks from France to ink them up in green & gold.

Next I added my photo, tilted at an angle & offset on top of some coordinating spotted paper 
{these papers are VERY old - 2009!  Just shows that classic designs never date!!}  Then I 
began my embellishing around the photo. Seeing as the theme of my page was 
TECHNOLOGY I used the  COG BORDER.  I cut it into 3 pieces & tucked the 
pieces into 3 sides of my photo after inking in 3 different rusty colours.

Cog Border (unit of 3)
It is very easy to paint your chipboard this way if you start with the palest colour as
 then it is not even necessary to wash off your paint brush in between & you waste
 less medium this way. 

Next I decorated around my photo & the cogs with various pretty flowers, leaves, tendrils, cotton reels & micro-beads before lastly adding a couple of Circle Words with the words HELLO & LOVE.

Word Circles Set 1 (units of 3)
The LOVE circle forms part of my title ''LOVE Technology". I painted these with  gold inks then sponged on a bit of white acrylic paint before adhering them then gluing on  some micro- beads between the lines.  
LOVED creating this page.
2CRafty Products Used
 {with some off-cut pieces left}
"Love -CANVAS"

My last share is a "canvas" that is actually just a thick piece of mounting card. 
 Canvases are  quite expensive here in South Africa so I save anything I can 
that will work as a suitable alternative {lids are great too!}.  
This was really thick so worked PERFECTLY!

The measurement of this piece is 9 x 12 inches.  I started by painting the entire board with white  acrylic paint then I stuck some old stickers onto the base while it was still wet, to add some texture.  I repeated the same method with some more white acrylic paint acting as my 
adhesive, & added the negative area of the sticker sheet too.

I snapped a few photos along the way to show you my starting process.  This is a great way of using up old alphas & things that you no longer like the colours or themes of as they end up getting mostly covered up & just add some  textural interest. 
Next I added some 2Crafty Chipboard pieces for textural interest. 
I started with the sets of 3 circles from the mini-sampler set.

Mini Sampler Set 1 (unit of 3)
 Next I added some SKELETON LEAVES - LOVE these!!  Have been dying to use them! 

 I painted over the first layer with white acrylic then sprayed with mists then painted the second layer with green Izinks.  I ended up using 9 leaves {1 1/2 packs}.  
Next I added my other embellishments.

Once I had added my flairs, flowers & fabric leaves I felt that something was still lacking so I painted up & added 3 out of 4 of the set of  MINI-FLOURISH BITS - these are SO handy - the perfect size!

I used my glue-gun to layer up all my elements {& my Tombo glue to adhere by chipboard pieces} then added some mica-flakes & a couple of sequin  butterflies as my finishing touch.  Thanks for visiting today!

2Crafty Products Used
1/2 pack mini-sampler set
1.5 packs of Skeleton Leaves
3/4 pack of mini-flourish bits

And here are the  process photos to help you get started on a canvas of your own :)

For more tutorials visit my blog HERE.

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Rachael Funnell said...

These creations are all FANTASTIC Helen...

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! Fantastic work here Helen!! You never cease to amaze!! Love each and every one but I think the canvas has to be my fave. Love the colour and how you've layered your chippies!! Stunning work!!

Stéphanie Papin said...

beautiful projects Helen , love your canvas !

Fiona Paltridge said...

FABULOUS Helen! and thank you for the little tutorial too xx

Di Garling said...

I think that LO of your daughter is my NEW fave HELEN, just GORGEOUS.

Jennifer Snyder said...

The texture on the last layout with the leaves is soooooo cool. i love it. I adore all your pages but the journal book may be my fav this time. I love it.

Nicole Doiron said...
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Nicole Doiron said...

Helen, you amaze me every single month! A layout, a canvas AND a art journal cover! Amazing work as always!

Helen Tilbury said...

Thank you so much ladies!!

Belle à cropper said...

your work is amazing this month Helen!! I love your choices !

Janice Nicholls said...

Gorgeous creations them all!

Debbi Tehrani said...

Beautiful projects, Helen! Loving that "Hello/Love" page, and how the hearts seem to burst forth from the lovely photo!