Friday, July 5

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #97 ~ Sketch!!!

ThiFortnight's challenge is a simple little sketch,
I used it as the cover to my mini little journal, I use the term 'journal' very loosely as really it's twelve pieces of watercolour paper washi taped together. I wanted to have a little space that I could try out some of my many ideas without getting my larger art journal out. 
I replicated my experiment that I created on my Hochanda show, for the main cover(when you have an idea you might as well run with it lol...) and the floral edge I inked, masked, stamped and fussy cut out. 
And it's worked as I managed to keep going and have two of the pages with some arty stuff on already, yay! The left is a very illustrative graphic look using pen, and copic markers.
The right I went straight in with watercolours, painty flowy with just an impression of the hair.
I used a resist technique with some microglaze, on her top which worked out beautifully, and below you might just see a hint of sparkle that's in the metallic watercolour.

Maybe you'll get a chance to join in the fun!

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Thank you so much for visiting,
Enjoy a wonderfully creative weekend!
HuGs Kim x

Friday, June 21

paperbabe Stamps challenge #96 ~ Elfin Stripes Profile Portrait

I had the best fun creating this for the current challenge over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog...

My mixed media circle has a very stripey background created using the stripe stencil, it's the backdrop to her profile elfin princess, complete with crown and the very useful mini easel stand

Saturday, June 8

Paperbabe Stamps June release Blog Hop ~ Surprise Box

Welcome to our June release Blog hop...
everyone is loving the new stamps and templates, as of course am I.
This smaller size can fit in all sorts of projects, I have so many ideas.

Onto my little project...
After I painted the mdf in a couple of coats in prussian blue, I then heat embossed the face and neck in gold powder and with the wonderful perfect medium pen I used the templates to draw the hair, and set the embossing powder for each step. Love the contrast of colours...
Tada I bet you weren't expecting this to be a box... see I had the idea of paper piecing this hairstyle but needed something to hold the dimension and ended up laser cutting myself this box frame based on the MDF ornate frame.
I've used distress papers for all the solid colours and some vintage pattern K&Co paper for her clothing.
I stamped the face in distress oxides so that it wouldn't be too dark on the papers, I have used coloured pencils to add shade to her face and skin and a black pen to bring her eyes and lashes alive.
I edged the inside of the frame with gold ink to coordinate with the embossing on the lid. I certainly had much fun creating this, I love that it can be hidden back inside it's box, good to protect the papers I guess.

Here's the hop line up...


And there's prizes too...
Thanks for visiting, hope you feel inspired,
Enjoy a wonderfully creative day
HuGs Kim x

Friday, June 7

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #95 ~ Picture Inspiration with New Dinky Face Stamps

I really enjoyed creating this for the current challenge over on the

The picture inspiration lead me too thoughts of gardens and pressed flowers and the imagery I felt reminded me of those pressed flower frames with the sheet of glass. So instead of glass I opted for some dura-lar film, I stamped the dinky face in stazon ink and used a graphic paint pen to draw the hair and details.
She was painted on the back of the film with liquitex gauche(new paint yumminess). It was quite some task to paint backwards with the shade and highlights first and then layer the skin tones. Then of course I needed to frame it so it would float and how apt that the rabbit hole frame has all those leaves around the inner edge. I also stamped the sentiment in stazon ink too.
I have die cut some teenie tiny flowers and made them into daisies, I then stamped some roses and leaves onto book-pages coloured with watercolour paint, fussy cut and adhered them to another layer.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, enjoy a wonderfully creative day and I will have another post tomorrow for our new release blog hop.

HuGs Kim x

Friday, May 24

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #94 ~ Kitschy Cat

I had the best fun creating this for the current challenge over on the Paperbabe Stamps blog...
I started by drawing the cat head and chest fluff, with the bow from the Alice template set. I wanted to create a cat with the closed eye stamp in the set just so you can see it being used. I've moved the nose higher up on the face to show how it might squidge when the eyes are closed that way. Then stamped those yummy whiskers.
I was quite happy with just the head and chest when my daughter said quite matter of factually that is looked like a cat ghost which was not what I was going for, so, I then drew the sitting body part on another sheet and continued on.
I coloured the whole cat with copic markers(pic of pen colours below), the blush on the cheeks I used some coloured pencil as I felt it worked the best for a translucent look without bleeding into the base colour. Then I went around the whole image with dense black pen lines to give a real graphic almost cartoon look. I went for strong shadows and bright white highlights although they're not showing very clearly. The head piece is cut separately from the body, each mounted on adhesive foam to give dimension.
I couldn't resist a kitsch background for my cat, finding some gorgeous patterned paper in my now 'vintage' paper stash hahaha, that to me just oozes vintage possible cat lady wallpaper(no offence).
Here she is in a box frame, but had to take her out again to photograph as the glass reflected everything. This is what I love about the mixed media templates and stamps, you can take your creativity any direction you want, from arty to graphic and everywhere in between, I hope I've inspired you to have a go.

I thought I would also enter my project to these fabulous challenges...

More mixed media ~ Optional pink :)
Craft Stamper ~ Anything Goes
Simon says stamp ~ bright Colours
Creative crafters ~ Anything Goes
Crafty hazelnuts ~  patterned paper
Ally's Angels ~ Anything Goes
Sweet stampers ~ Animals
Love to craft ~ Anything Goes

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Thank you so much for visiting today, enjoy a wonderfully creative day, 
HuGs & Light
Kim x

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