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Mittwoch, 5. Januar 2022

Love Forever - Art Journal Page

Hello, hello!

For my second project for the Sparkle and Shine Challenge over at Country View Challenges I decided to make another art journal page, but this time for my square journal (15cm x 15cm). I already have some pages made and after another 4 or 5 pages I will bind all pages together - a little goal for 2022.

For my page I used watercolour paper as base for all my mixed media layers. And this is what I did:

I cut my watercolour paper to size and used scraps from the pages of an old book. I adhered it with collage medium (you can find it in the shop here).
this is what I got.

To tone it down a bit, I painted the page with white Gesso (you can buy a lot of finnabair products in the shop here)

For the background colour I used tea this time! I only dabbed the teabag several times over the page and dried it with my heat tool. I repeated the process until I was happy with the result. To seal it, I carefully went over it with collage medium.

Now it was timer for some texture. I used a Memory Box stencil and spreat glittery DeLuxe Paste in two different colours randomly over the page.

When the paste was dry, I did some gilding with glue and gold foil. For more golden accents I used decoArt Extreme Sheen acrylic paint 24k gold for the edges of all paper layers - only delicate, but still visible.
I also distressed the edges with DI ground espresso and black soot.
My focal point is a sticker from finnabair´s photobooth. I layered it on different colored cardstock. The biggest one I punched at one edge with a EK punch from my stash.

I put everything together with double sided foam tape. For more vintage style I used some lace from my stash.
Last I grabed my home made flowers, the tiny ones with a shimmery pearl in the center, and added them to the page.

The final step was to glue down some word, again stickers from finnabair.
Here are some close ups:

I hope I could inspire you to join in with our challenge, it´s easy to add shine and shimmer to your work! Don´t forget to read the rules - you can win a 20 £ voucher for the shop!

Thank you for your visit today!

Samstag, 1. Januar 2022

Happy New Year - Let It Sparkle and Shine!

 Happy New Year everyone!

2022 - wow, where time has gone!

The first challenge of the year at Country View Challenges, which is called "A Year to Sparkle and Shine", is hosted by my teamy Jo. She says:

 We would like to see LOTS of sparkle and shine on your projects, no "token" gems or sequins please; you really need to sprinkle that sparkle! This means that you can use lots of different sparkly and shiny products (like metallics, sparkly embossing powders, glitters, lustres, foil, glazes, mirror cardstock, mica sprays or paints etc) as part of your designs.

I look forward to seeing what you make and you never know, you might even win a £20 voucher for the shop! Before you enter your project though, please read the Rules!

I made an art journal page with a lot of glitter and shine.

And this is what I did:

I started by lightly coloring my pages with very watery pearl watercolors in blue-green and silver. I spreat it over the pages with a paintbrush. After it was dry, I added some splatters in the same colours.

Look at that gorgeous shimmer!

Next I did some randomly stamping with a stamp from Art by Marlene (you can find a lot of Art by Marlene here in the shop!) with VersaFine Clair Morning Mist.

Next I stamped the little stars from the Rubber Dance Merry Magpie stamp set with a glue stamp pad onto my pages and sprinkled silver fine glitter on them. It´s beautifully glittery!

Now I took a double sided adhesive foil in black, drew a moon shape and cut it out.

I pulled off the foil on one side and sprinkled different glitter, from super fine to gritty in silver and black onto the moon.

And look! Wow! Such a gorgeous twinkling moon!

I adhered the moon to my page, put a paper doll on it and drew a fishing rod. On it´s string is hanging a quote from Eleanor Roosewelt, a stamp from PaperArtsy.
Then I only did some shading and some doodling with a white Posca Pen, stamped here and there lightly the word dream and - that´s it!

Here are some close ups:

I hope you like my page and feel inspired to join in our challenge!
Happy New Year again and thank you for your visit!

Freitag, 17. Dezember 2021

DIY Christmas Bauble

 Hello all!

Wow, only 7 days to Christmas, can you believe?

My second project for Country View Challenges - Anything Christmas is a Christmas Bauble.

This is an easy fold and glued Honeycomb ball made of - you won´t believe it - coffee filter bags!

Well, I´ll show you how I made it:
(I found this at pinterest here: Honeycomb ball)
You need:
8 coffee filter bags, a mask, scissors, pencil, double sided tape or a glue stick, if you have at hand a bone folder, a string, if you want watercolour ( I used a metallic one, the shimmer is amazing!), some pearls and beads if you like.

Fold your filter bags in half and crease the edge with the bone folder.
like so.
Next use your mask and draw half circles onto the folded bags.
Cut them out.

This step is optional. I painted all my circles (16) with metallic water colour. But you can use them also as they are (either the white ones like here or the brown ones).

When they are dry, fold them at half again and mark the middle of the halfcircles...
like so.

Now you can start glue all together. I used double sided tape, but a glue stick does work too.
First glue all circles in the middle.
Now you have to put tape to the sides and glue one half circle on top of the other.
I decided, that I wanted some gold at the edges and I painted them with extreme sheen paint.

Last I made some decoration with pearls and glued the gold string to the middle of my bauble.

Now I only had to close the bauble - and done!

I really love, how it turned out!
May be you´ll give this a try, it´s super easy and looks really elegant!

May be you´ll find some time to join in with our challenge, there is enough time! You can win a 20 £ voucher for the shop - no! This month there are even two!

Now I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holidays!

Thank you for your visit!

Mittwoch, 1. Dezember 2021

Tiny Christmas Town

 Hello and happy December everyone!

For the Christmas challenge at Country View Challenges this month I made a little christmassy scene with the Tim Holtz Tiny Houses.

I cut out the tiny houses with the thinlits from Tim Holtz from white cardstock and put them together.

Behind the windows I sticked some foil I had in my stash. It is a litlle bit sparkly and milky - perfect for the houses!

I decorated them with some  "snow out of the tube", it´s a fluid medium, and sprinkled some deco ice on top. I like how it turned out!

Now I grabed a wooden slice, I found in a dollar store, drilled a little hole in it and put a light string through it. The battery I glued to the back.

Now I arranged the houses and the silver tree and glued them down with hot glue. 

For the snow I used fiber paste from Golden, I spreat it with a spatula, pushed some styrofoam balls into the paste and sprinkled deco ice over all. I also glued some styro balls as stands to the back of the wood slice.

To one of the houses I added a little chimney I made of a white-gold paperstraw, I glued in some cotton wool to imitate some smoke.

That´s it! I must admit, I am in Love with this little scene and I hope you like it too!

Here are some more pictures - first of all illuminated, although it was very hard to photograph.

That´s it for today, I hope you will find time to make something christmassy for our challenge too.

Have a wonderful and not too stressful December!

Stay save!

Evelyn xx