Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Studio 490 Art School

As you know I am more than a little fond of Wendy Vecchi's wonderful Studio 490 stamps and Art Parts but have been so busy with workshops at Snazzys recently I have been collecting rather than using them, an entirely unsatisfactory state of affairs lol!

So, I have decided I need to make something with every Studio 490 plate I have bought - 'tis all right I haven't got all of them. Yet.

I managed to use four of my stamp plates - Rubber Stamp Art (65), Art By Hand (68), Supplies for Art (74) and Art School (85) in this project. So I then needed a whole host of Art Parts, from Art Frames, Supplies for Art Co-ordinates, Art School Co-ordinates and Tools for Art to use with the stamps. The Art Parts were a huge extravagance but I have absolutely loads of leftovers which I will use in future projects. 

I created the tub to hold all my pencils,brushes and paint from a rectangular Art Part piece cut in two to fit with the stamp end of the rubber stamp Art Part with the joins hidden under twine. I added a layer of  Picket Fence Distress Stain with some more stain in Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans on top before the Picket Fence layer had completely dried so some of it would lift and give the effect of being worn at the edges. I used Picket Fence as the base for the bottles too with some colour on top to represent the ink and paint, this time once it had dried, then I Triple Layer Enbossed both to give the appearance of glass - in the right light and at a distance maybe but hey ho!

The ruler and stamp also got the Picket Fence treatment with Wild Honey Distress Stain over the top then both were stamped with Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee and Jet Black respectively. The stain remover container got more of the same treatment this time with just the blackened cap Triple Layer Embossed.

Same old, same old with the pencils and brush and the tube of paint got the Triple Layer Embossed treatment too, except the cap which got a smidge of Paint Dabber in Silver instead.

I painted the inset with Ranger Adirondack Paint Dabber in Pitch Black then stamped the disclaimer in Versamark and embossed with WOW Bright White EP...... before the paint was properly dry! No patience, hence the messy speckles which I decided to live with. The pen nib is of course Tim Holtz Ideaology.

The outer frame was covered in Vintage Photo Distress Stain and over stamped with Jet Black Archival ink, all the labels were similarly stamped onto Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Back Canvas with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink applied to the edges.

I wish I had taken the time to distress the edges of more pieces before I stuck it all together (with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue) as it is all a bit too clean for my taste - but I did finish it lol!

Thanks for stopping by, more soon xx

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Pan Pastels

Now that I finally have my internet and laptop back in full working order - 12 days, yes twelve WHOLE days with no service has had a seriously detrimental effect on my Twitter, Facebook & Blogland surfing habits - I can finally share my demo bits from Snazzys stand at Shepton Mallet, which seems like eons ago, with the lush PanPastels and some of my favourite Studio 490 stamps. The stamps were Botanical Art, She Created Art & Be Inspired...Make Art. 

There are more photos from Shepton Mallet over at So Simply Snazzy but I also wanted to share some pieces with Pan Pastels and the Stampotique and Octopode Factory stamps I just had to buy at Ally Pally last month........

All my pieces are raining hearts at the minute as I am so in love with this heart background stamp.....

Mind you this tree stamp runs a very close second.....

Thankfully the lovely Peggy, quilter, lace maker & knitter extaordinaire did not take offence at the rather offbeat looks of her namesake!!

A very chilly lokking White Rabbit from Octopode...

....and my theme tune from the White Rabbit Page also from Octopode, and lastly...

A very gloomy version which IRL doesn't look quite so bad, but I guess you can't win them all!

If you want to see lots of inspiration with Pan Pastels you will be thrilled to know these are featuring over at Snazzys Design Team Blog from Monday 7 May for four whole weeks, and if you leave a comment to let them know you have dropped by, you could win three Pan Pastel colours of your choice!

I will be back later in the week, packing and stamp cutting for Port Sunlight permitting.

Thanks for popping by xx