Sunday, 22 October 2017

"Believe, Explore, Inspire" Art Journal

Hi Everyone,

Monique here, it's my turn to share my Watercolour and Words creation.  I was so excited when I found out watercolours were part of the month's challenge.  I adore using watercolours to create and there is such a massive variety out there.....the creative inspiration is endless!

I was so lucky to be sent this pack of Dina Wakely Scribble Sticks.

I adored the rich colours in this set, and how they can be used in such a huge variety of ways.  
I decided to create an Art Journal page.  I had been brewing an idea in my head for some time, and I thought that this challenge provided the perfect opportunity to do it. 

I am still working on faces, but I am fairly happy with how this turned out.  I started by drawing the outline of my face, then I swirled some texture paste around the outside of the face as I wanted to create some texture in the hair, and some general outlines for the flowers.

I then began the process of drawing in my facial features and using light and shade to define the depth of the face.  I used these fabulous Prima Watercolour Pencils - Hair and Skin Tones to do this.

These pencils are divine for using on faces and hair - the range of tones help make the difficult (well for me, at least) task of shading skin and hair to make it appear realistic easy.

When I was happy with the face, I started working on the roses in my girl's hair.  I used the Dina Wakely Scribble sticks for this.  These sticks are wonderful.  They are creamy, rich in colour and just so versatile.  You can scribble the colour down and then use a paintbrush dipped in water to get the water colour effect, or you can dip the scribble stick straight into water and apply it like watercolour paint direct.

For my flowers, I did a bit of both.   I used the sticks dry to get a deeper colour around the edge of the petals and the centre of the flower, and then I dipped them in water to lighten the colour on the rest of the petals.

Next, I coloured the background with another of my favourites - Dylusions Paints.  I used Calyspso Teal, London Blue, and White Linen which I sponged on and blended together for depth.
I then stamped the circles and wedges using the Paper Artsy E3 Everything Art 03 (A5 set, trimmed on EZ) stamp set.  Again, I used the scribble sticks to add some colour to the wedges.  The way the pigment held over the top of the paint was amazing!!

Finally, I got a lot of the gorgeously inspiring words from the Marta's Stickers Small Messages Stickers and adhered them to some white cardstock.  I inked around the edges of each one and randomly placed them on the background of my page.  I wanted to give myself uplifting messages about trusting myself and believing in myself as I embark on the journey of my self discovery as an artist.  I lack a lot of confidence in myself in drawing and painting, and even though I have a long journey ahead, I wanted to look at this page and remind myself to never give up.

That's it from my today, hope you enjoyed my post.  Don't forget to do your own interpretation of this fabulous challenge and upload it into the correct album on the Scrap Matrix Shares page.

Enjoy your artistic journey, friends. xx

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Lynns first share - Watercolour and Words

Hi everyone, Lynn here today to share with you my art journal page that I have created for this months challenge - Watercolour and Words Share:

I have used the amazing Twinkling H20's by Colourarte.  

You can find them in the store with this link

Here is my art journal page:

I started the page using a Visible Image stamp - Face It - once the ink was dry I began to add the colours.  The H20's are fantastic - you add water to the jars and the hard colour liquefies.
I did a class once with the awesome Fiona Paltridge and see said over and over again - water is your friend when using water colours.  She is so true.  I added water to the art journal page, added water to the H20's jars and everytime I added more colour my brush went into the clean water container first.  

When adding a new colour I let the colours blend together themselves with the water that is on the page- so place the colours a little apart from each other. 

Here are some close ups:

As an extra I also created some water colour cards:

On watercolour paper I used the H20's and created some patterns using brushes and stencils.

For the Thank you card I cut out the hearts using a punch and sewed them onto cardstock

For the celebrate card I have die cut balloons from the water colour paper as well as adding it behind the die cut white cardstock.

For the Hello card I did the same, added the watercolour paper behind the die cut cardstock as well as die cutting the "hello".  I also used the water colour paint to stamp the butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found something that inspired you to create and have fun with watercolours. - and dont forget you have til 15th November to create something with watercolour and at least one item from ScrapMatrix and upload it to our facebook Scrapmatrix Shares page to be in for the running to win a ScrapMatrix voucher

I have used the following items from the Scrap Matrix Store:

Thanks for stopping by and until next time - Happy Crafting :)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Tammy's first Watercolour and Words Share

Hi all
Tammy here today to share my creation for the 'Watercolour and Words Challenge' over at Scrap Matrix Shares at the moment.
If you haven't seen the it is....

So create a project using watercolours and words.
They happen to be two of my favourite things!! (yes I'm singing!!)
I got to work with the gorgeous Prima Watercolours in 'Tropical'. 
I'd been wanting to try these out for ages, so was thrilled when they arrived. 
The colours in Tropical are strong and vibrant, so just perfect for me.

So here's what I came up with:

Love love love the bright vibrant colours, mixed with the black and the white. 
I painted those black stripes on. Simple and instant background.
 I've done this a few times now and just love the effect.
In fact I've created a video of this layout further down my page,
so you can watch me do this. 

I used a variety of words. 
Some 7Dots Stickers (love these) and the new 13Arts Words stickers. 
I love that these are clear so they work really well on photos.
I also used the Heidi Swapp epoxy words.
I had a whole heap of fun with Dina Wakley Abstract Blooms Stamps
 I added watercolour to some of  these too.
You can watch that on the video.

This layout celebrates a surprise 16th birthday party that my daughter's friends organised for her.
It was such a sweet thing to do, and this photo captures the moment she walked in.
I just love the emotion, and knew I needed to scrap it.
I also knew that I needed it to be bright and funky to go not only with the happy celebratory occasion, but also with the 'teenage' theme.
Those metal flowers painted black, alongside the stamped flowers are just perfect for this.

Without further ado, here's the video for you to watch and see EXACTLY how I created it:
I'm reasonably new to the whole land of you tube and recording my process,
so I hope you like it.

So there you have it!
I'd love to know what you think of the video.....leave a comment and let me know.
I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge! 
Vicki is offering a store voucher to Scrap Matrix, so I urge you to have a the very least you will have had fun creating!!
Remember to use watercolour and words and at least one product available from Scrap Matrix.  Obviously the more the better......and there's so many to choose from!
If you'd like to see more of my work you can pop over to my BLOG.
I will see you again soon.  Until then I hope you get a chance to create.
Scrap Matrix products used:
White Bazzill

Monday, 16 October 2017

Guest Designer - Sandra Brimelow

Hi everyone, this is Sandra Brimelow, here to share my first Scrap Matrix guest post. I am so pleased to have been chosen as a guest designer for Scrap Matrix , and have this layout to share with you, for the Watercolour and words challenge for October.

As I was searching the store for products, I came across the awesome Blue Fern Studio Wanderlust patterned papers, and knew this was where I wanted to start my layout for the Watercolour and Words challenge. I had a photo from my 2016 holiday in Hawaii just perfect for the layout, and these papers were so right for the photo. I tore the edges of the papers and layered 3 different sheets together to create the background.  I also stamped on the papers just a little, using the Blue Fern Studio departure stamp.

This Moment Captured

I chose some 13arts rainbow watercolour powders, for the watercolour component to the challenge. These products are new to me, and I have to say, are now a new favourite product, so will need to get a few more colours. I chose sky blue and brown, as they were going to match the papers nicely.

I purchased  a Blue Fern Studio chipboard title for my layout, which I firstly sprayed with gesso, then started to colour with the watercolour powders.

You only need a small amount of the powders, and the more water you add the lighter the colour. I had a couple of different puddles of colour tones that I used to colour my elements.

I purchased some dried roots, that were available in ecru, which I coloured with the watercolour powders, both by painting on and spraying (adding powder and water into mini mister) , and then tucked the roots in around the paper layers:

I stamped some flowers onto watercolour paper, using an archival ink. I then blended the powders adding more water or powder, as required to colour the flowers from light to darker.

I die cut the flowers, and placed these around my layout, surrounding my photo with them:

This challenge is also about words, so I purchased some 7 Dots Studio lost and found word stickers, and scattered these around the layout, including as part of the title.

My journaling was typed onto some cardstock, but I didn’t like the colour match, so I just added a little of the watercolour paper to the cardstock, to allow it to match the rest of the layout.

I had  a lot of fun with these gorgeous products. Make sure you take a look around the Scrap Matrix shop for some really cool products. Thanks to Vicki and the team for having me as guest designer.
I hope you have enjoyed my creative process. If you would like to see more of my work, take a look at my blog here.
Products used:
Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms stamps
Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms die
Blue Fern Studio Departure stamp
UsARtQuest Prills
Prima Archivist flowers
Prima flowers - other

Sunday, 15 October 2017

October's Challenge......Watercolour and Words!

Good morning Scrap Matrix fans

We are thrilled to announce the new challenge for October.  We really love this one.....

It's called 'Watercolour and Words'. 
Create something using a watercolour product (so many choices!) and include words of some sort (stickers, stencilled, chipboard etc)

There are so many options with could create a canvas, a scrapbook layout, a card, some tags, an art journal page, an off the page project......pretty much anything.

Scrap Matrix has tonnes of options to help you with this (any excuse to shop right?!)
There's Prima Watercolours, Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks, Gelatos, Primary Elements Powders, H20s, Distress Inks... or a combination of course!
and you'll find stacks of word options in this section or in the chipboard word section.

The Scrap Matrix design team have had a blast with this challenge - be prepared for inspiration overload!!!!

So without further ado, here's the Design Team's creations....

Aren't they just stunning! Just love that they are all so different.

We can't wait to see your head on over to the Scrap Matrix Shares page and add your creation into the Album Section - October Challenge.  It's not necessary to have a blog, just simply upload your creation. 
The only rule is that you need to use at least one product available from Scrap Matrix
Of course we'd love to see more product - the more the merrier!
If you could let us know in the comments section the products you used that would be awesome.

Vicki is offering a voucher, and this is drawn at random, so what have you got to lose!!!

We were thrilled at the entries we received last month, in our inaugural Scrap Matrix Moodboard Challenge and just loved looking over them.  So let's see if we can get more entries into this one. The possibilities are endless.

Don't forget to keep popping back here as each Designer will be back to show you more of their layouts and how they were created, plus we have a special guest designer to inspire you too!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Elena's Second Share

Hello everyone!
Elena here and I want to show you the botanical project! It is a multilayered photoframe!
We will present it as a gift to the person dear to us with whom we went to the wonderful wood which is very far from the city of Moscow, where we live.
I left the space for a photo. It is a forest fairy tale! There lives beautiful butterflies, wonderful mushrooms, they as the presents grow!
On each element, whether it be a flower or wings of a butterfly, or metal jewellery, I added a small pillow behind them. This makes them very dimensional.

I love the look of the wings of the butterflies tucked beside a metal flower I also love the mushrooms in the forefront! All live and fantastic!
Such a beautiful collection of paper! It is possible to create the real masterpiece!

Thanks for looking at my work! See you!
Scrap Matrix products: