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

Friday, May 10

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #93 ~ Watercolour Girl

We've had a very busy May Bank holiday weekend, there was traditional maypole dancing, street dancing and all sorts, as well as races and carnival and fun fairs, but I managed to get a little creative time, finally, my studio is no where finished and my machine I've been waiting very patiently for arrived this week, yay, so I just need to set it up and I can try out some much needed laser cutting, Roger will be happy with his new friend(name still to be decided,lol)
ThiFortnight's challenge was a fun little sketch, I decided the tag on the sketch as the perfect mini canvas for my watercolour girl, and I love how the seam binding looks like it's meant to be a ribbon in her hair.
I have used the female face stamp along with only one ear, and the wavy central parting hairstyle. I used my own Daniel Smith watercolour custom palette, which just happen to have all my fave colours in.
The butterfly and sentiment were both heat embossed onto vellum, yum! fussy cut and stuck in place.
I also borrowed the freckles from the profile face, I used distress ink for a subtle look. You might just be able to make out the few leaves stamped in her hair too.
I have to admit it was totally inspired by this artist, as my mojo is still somewhat sluggish right now, and it's great to get a little creative kick.

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

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

Friday, April 26

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #92 ~ Theme ~ "Flowers/Garden"

Good morning, it's so nice to be crafting again if only a little bit... here's my latest mixed media piece for our current challenge on the Paperbabe Stamps blog...
The theme is flowers/garden and I had fun creating this piece, first I stamped the garden of roses, with butterflies and woodland bugs. So that I could draw the girl using the lovely female face on the portrait head. I slide the face to the right slightly to give an angled pose, not sure I pulled it off very well but always worth a try? I went with the profile torso for a different look, I think I would have liked to have seen more of her torso so it doesn't look like she only has a neck hahaha. 

The hair is the Loose plait I stamped the leaves in little clusters, I would mask one to stamp the next.

I have painted the whole thing with the yummy neocolor ii, I went for an earthy palette, I used some canson watercolour paper but it didn't hold up very well, it damaged a little on her face.
Then finished off with the perfect little quote.

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Thanks so much for visiting, enjoy a wonderfully creative weekend!
HuGs Kim x

Wednesday, January 9

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #90 ~ allow yourself to be a beginner

I'm a bit late posting my latest project, for our current challenge.
It's my first art journal page of 2019 so in itself a pretty good achievement for me... I'm just taking a little break from packing to share a few more pictures and hope it inspires you too....
I started with a rough plan which I like to just doodle on copy paper, means I can adjust parts that will or will not fit on my pages. I also test colours on this page too.
I drew the girl first, stamped and painted her face in watercolours, to keep a softness to her.
I was pleased how the background came out, I simply stamped the leaf images in grey distress oxide ink randomly over the page, I had to try very hard not to make a repeat pattern or have the leaves in an orderly design. I then filled in the gaps with dots from the birthday wishes set, I love how you can take elements from other designs, so all your stamp sets can be given a little love.
here I wanted to show how versatile the hair templates can be, by simply turning the curly trails in a different direction you can create endless possible styles. I flipped the template over to draw the curl in the gap, and also moved in down slightly too. I also used the fringe from the wavy bunches template.
I started with the portrait face but wanted her body slightly angled so use the profile torso and drew her arm forward to create a different shoulder look.
I finished off with some doodling on the pink painted background with a metallic posca pen, and hand drew the sentiment which fitted with our theme of new (being a beginner)and fresh starts(first art journal page of 2019). I used a white posca pen to add sparkle to her clothing.

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Thank you so much for stopping by,
I hope you enjoy a wonderfully creative New Year.
HuGs Kim x

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