Thursday, 26 February 2015

The angels' story

Sing by me! For Stampotique
Quote from Hold on Tight by me! For Stampotique

And here are my latest journal pages side by side in my Moleskine ...

I have always, always loved angels. When I was younger I had a book with a story about a mean old man who caught and kept an angel (or maybe it was a fairy?!) in a jam jar. I wanted my very own angel in a jam jar more than anything else in the whole world. I wish I still had that book.

Angels have frequently made an appearance on my journal pages over the years, and I am so, so happy that they have now been made into rubber over at Stampotique Originals :-)

Above you can see my latest creations using Kate's Angel and Sing - both now made into stamps (yay!). I have always coloured my images with Distress ink pads, but I am branching out. I coloured 'Sing' with my lush Polychromos pencils and I have just invested in some ... wait for it ... Copics! Woohoo! Not arrived yet but watch this space ....

But here are how the angels first appeared in my art journals .... Ooh, time for a trip down memory lane ..!

This angel first made an appearance in my art journal 

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Byee for now!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

The story of a stamp design

Art doll made from paper clay

I thought it might be interesting to share the story of how some of my new stamp designs for Stampotique originals came about and today I'm going to sure the story of 'Queen of everything'

I have long had a bit of an obsession with art dolls - the weirder the better! My daughter used to make lots of wooden spoon dolls and it always brought back lots of memories of making them myself as a child. Oh yes, the satisfaction of sticking the eyes on and a bit of wool for the hair! And then those dolls really came to life. But what I really liked about them was their unique wooden spoon shape ... that long neck ... that oval face!

A couple of years ago I started making art dolls from paper clay and dressing them in scraps of vintage fabric ... subconsciously the shape was rather similar to those old wooden spoon dolls ...

In my Art Doodle Love book by Dawn Sokol (which is my favourite place for sketching and practising) I tried to draw similar shaped doll faces. As you can see it took me a few attempts to get it right. In these early attempts the proportions of the face are all wrong:

But then it got a bit better! Try and try again .... And I decided to add the hair slightly differently ... in the style of Leia (Star Wars) although this was very much influenced by Dina Wakley who used to add this style of hair a lot in her drawn faces.

And then wooden spoon doll became part of a much larger doodle in my book:

And from that I added her to various other projects such as an altered matchbox ...

And a mini journal page:

And that's how things evolve! Generally speaking I'm not afraid of getting things wrong, I'm quite happy to try again, and try again. Mistakes are the proof that you're trying, right?!

If you want to see how the stamp turned out in the end have a look *here*!
Don't forget, there is a Stampotique blog happening right now to celebrate and showcase all of the latest releases. Check out my previous post and join in the fun!

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Friday, 20 February 2015

New Stampotique Designs released!

Journal page 
Bunny Boy 11005 by Kate Crane

Today we are so excited about the new release for Stampotique Originals!!!  We've been keeping it under wraps for weeks now, but know that some of you got a sneak at one of our new stamp artists.  

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Ruff 11007 by Kate Crane

Design Cube 2 10035 by France Papillon

Stampotique is thrilled to add to the line-up the designs one of our former team members and popular mixed media artist, Kate Crane (is that squealing we hear amongst you?). (EDIT: Yeehaww! That's me!)  We know you all won't be disappointed with the line-up of stamps from all our artists this go around.

Kate's Angel 11006 by Kate Crane

Are you ready to see some wonderful artwork showcasing some of the new stamps?  There are 50+ new ones being released this time around, so plenty for everyone to choose from (or choose them all).

Hop along with the design team and 2 special guest bloggers leaving comments along the way.  We will choose 3 random winners from 3 selected blogs along the way to win some goodies.

We will choose our winners with our next challenge on February 25th.

You should have arrived here from Carol Fox. Your next stop along the way will be Sue Davies.  If you get lost anywhere along the way you can come back to the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog to find your way.

Hope you enjoy all the design team creations, 
we can't wait to hear what your favorite new stamps are!

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Running late ...!

Well, I made my calendar page on imd (almost!) and then I forgot topmost it! Sounds about right for me ... ! But I am still on top of it and filling it in - look, here's January all filled in :-)

Don't forget, if you want oodles of inspiration we're on Facebook here, and flickr here. Come and join us!

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Hearts, hearts everywhere ...

Well, I don't really like Valentine's day, but I do love a heart image! Started making this journal page yesterday and then I couldn't stop adding hearts to everything (Call back tomorrow to see my Feb art calendar page and you'll see what I mean LOL!)

I tripled layered the hearts to make them 3-D, and added a bit of random stitching:

I brayered all of these backgrounds. I have fallen in love with my brayer all over again (Speedball is my fave). You can make a background super-fast and if you don't like it you just keep brayering over it, building up lovely layers as you go. What's not to love?

And because I still had some red painted card left over which I HAD to make into hearts I did this page too, with a wonderful image by Daniel Torrente for Stampotique Originals.

Occasionally, just very occasionally I make a greetings card. This one is for the mister on Valentine's day. I even managed to keep it free from painty finger-prints, now that IS amazing ;-)

Byee for now!