Friday, 24 January 2014

Art is.....

Hi everyone,

     I am going 'brayer' crazy this week!

     I hadn't planned to do any crafting this week at all as I had a lot of posts to write up. I decided that the PaperArtsy challenges this week were too interesting to put aside. It had ocurred to me that the best thing to do was jot down the ideas and work on them in a week or two (if I had time), but with that comes the chance that I will never get round to doing I took the time to play a little.

   This was inspired by everything! The brayer, stamping, attaching text tissue paper and stamped tissue paper, using the brayer to roll acrylic paint onto stamps....I piled it all into one creation!

       First I covered a piece of cardboard with Gesso and the stuck some Tim Holtz tissue wrap strips over it with Matte multi-medium. You can see traces of them here under the paint - I usually lose those pieces of stuck on text completely during this kind of work...but this time they didn't vanish!

  Then I began to add some Fresco Paints with the brayer....Pumpkin Soup, Smoked Paprika, Blood Orange and Hey Pesto with some DecoArt Turquoise as well.

     I then stamped various stamps including swirls, letters, numbers with Space Cadet and Snowflake Fresco Paint. I also added some more stamps with black Archival ink.

    I added the face from the Stampers Anonymous set, having first stamped it on tissue paper with black Archival ink then glued it into place using matte Muliti-Medium

   I used some Tim Holtz Grungeboard letters and painted them in the Decoart Turquoise paint and then covered them with DecoArt one step crackle. When dry I covered them with Walnut Stain DI and wiped it away to enhance the cracks.

I attached the word ART above the head and then added the words "means something different to each of us" in different text. Using Chit Chat stickers, Label Letters and some stamped text smudged with Walnut Stain DI.

       I did some very light spritzing with Dylusions Sprays in Melted Chocolate and White Linen

     I then blended some Walnut Stain around the edge of the cardboard to add some shading.

     I really enjoyed making this! It isn't my usual style at all but my New Year resolution for my crafts was to to explore new techniques and learn.....I am not saying I have mastered using paints with a brayer and certainly there are bits that didn't go as well as I had thought....but it was such joy to just create. 

I am joining in with Simon Says this week who are asking for things beginning with 'A' - 

My 'A' is for 'Art' - It of course does mean something different for everyone, but for me, while making this creation it meant 'Absolutely wonderful FUN'!

Thanks so much for being here

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  1. Amazing! So many great techniques, and all fitting together so naturally and effortlessly...a really great piece Laura! Love, love, love it!!!
    Dot x

  2. What an awesome make Laura...fantastic colours and techniques!

  3. Wow wow wow, Laura!

    This is awesome! Love the vibrant colours and contrasts you have chosen here and that saying is a very important truth we often forget about! A brilliant make!

    Claudia x

  4. I love the colour combo on this and that stamp is so very beautiful. I bought it ages ago and I don't use it nearly enough. The glory of this, though, is how you brought it all together so well with such a great flair for composition that marks whatever you do. You can also tell that you really enjoyed yourself as you experimented: there is a joy in colour, texture and contrast that really comes across. Julie Ann xx

  5. Laura! Your project is simply... stunning! Love how you combined all the techniques and put your own spin on it. Amazing!

  6. Hello Miss Laura this is gorgeous, brilliant, the colors are fabulous, loooooove that face, she looks so dreamy, love all those swirls and the sentiment, excellent creation, wonderful you had fun making it, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend, ))) BIG)))...

  7. This look fab . Rich in colour and detail x trace. Hugs x

  8. That is an amazing piece of art! I love it - so much depth and texture and great colours. The face on tissue paper is perfect - it blends in so well you cant tell. Gorgeous!

  9. Wow! This is stunning Laura!
    Alison x

  10. Stunning, this is a really wonderful piece. I love that you used all the techniques that inspired you and pulled them all together.

  11. Fabulous Laura, what an amazing piece! Great to see you embrace bright colours and so many fab techniques. It looks brilliant, love it!!

  12. Fantastic project Laura, love the bright happy colours.

  13. I am captivated by your lovely piece Laura. You say it isn't your usual style ...well I say keep jumping out there and play because your result is gorgeous.

  14. Wow, its beautiful piece of art, Laura! love how you incorporated Ellan's technique and your ideas, love it!

  15. A wonderful page, great background and fab images.

  16. What a great tour around your surface! Yummy work!

  17. OMG you wouldn't know it's not your style. The whole thing looks brilliant! Glad you DID join in and share with us all!

  18. A well deserved winner this week. Your work has gone the extra mile and is stunning. Your ambition to stretch yourself has taken you into a wonderful world. I love it and will take inspiration from you. X

  19. Fantastic artwork! Fabulous colors and details.

  20. Such a fabulous piece Laura! Love all the textures, colours and patterns. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!


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