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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