Friday, June 30, 2017

Borage Art Journal page

  A Few weeks ago I wrote a post for the Fruit Pixie aimed at art journal beginners, which showed you how I build up my art journal pages.  There is a lot out there for art journalers, it has become very trendy at the moment and if you believe all the hype can be very expensive to even begin. As an art journaler of many years experience believe me all you need is a book and your choice favourite craft products that you already have.          I love my paints so I began with a simple paint and stamped page you can find here -  The book that I have been working with is the IndigoBlu Junk and disorderly book which has a mixture of dark and light pages as well as a few tags. You can find it in the shop here -
So now I can show you my page. This time I have built on the layered background and added some collage and some creative lettering.
To start this page I wanted something in the background, under the paint. This just gives you something peeping through background. So I used a piece of book paper from a Chinese book and glued it to the base, along with a vintage coat check ticket.
I had chosen my paint colours to match my main collage piece and added a little of each colour to my glass mat.
Paint the background using more than one colour at the same time and covering up the pieces of collage. 
One of my favourite ways of making different marks with my paint is to use an old credit card or gift card, any of the plastic cards we get these days. You can get all sorts of wonderful marks with these. Just draw the edge through some paint and just play. You can make lines of course but you can also put it down on the edge then tilt it slightly and spread the paint from your card onto your page. This gives a great mark.
Once you are happy with your background (if you Don't like it then just add more paint until you do like it) you can start to build up your finished page.
I chose a wild flower print from the ever changing ephemera section of the Fruit Pixie to be the main focal point of my page. I tore the borage plant out of the page to make it easier to blend in with the background
I also cut the little plant description out and a dictionary definition from a dictionary page and added that to the page.
One thing I love to do on my art journal pages is my own creative lettering. I have been playing about with calligraphy ever since I was at school. This time I used a glass dip pen and acrylic ink to write my word. 
The only tip I can give you about lettering is just practice and play with your own writing. You do have to change the way you think about the way you form your word. You are drawing your letters not writing. I always begin by drawing the basic letters, like you do when you learn to write, leaving a bit more room between your letters. Then gradually fill them out until you get the look you want. Just keep tweaking them until you like the look. You will find that you form your own style and look, which is great!
To finish my page off I used some of the stamps from the ephemera section. I did get told off by my hubby, a stamp collector since a boy, for not letting him see them before I used them. Apparently I have used a victorian stamp which he was horrified about. Oh well!! 
I also used some postage themed rubber stamps from my own collection with a grey ink,  just to add another layer.
So there we have it, the finished page. Don't forget to add a date and signature so you know when you made it.
The Fruit Pixies ephemera section along with the Fruit Pixie Etsy shop is always worth a look for interesting collage pieces for art journaling. 
All the products I used, except the stamps, were from the Fruit Pixie. Because of the ever changing products available in the ephemera section because they are all vintage pieces, you might not be able to get exactly the same but you can use the idea and techniques to achieve your own beautiful page.
Here is where you can find the products I used -
IndigoBlu Junk and Disorderly journal-
Cosmic Shimmer paints -
Ephemera -
I really hope you enjoyed looking at my Art Journal page and will have a go yourself. It really is a great hobby. If you have any questions Ill be happy to help. You can ask them here or on the Fruit Pixie Facebook page.
Please remember that Sarah-Jane, the Fruit Pixie is on a well deserved holiday From 22nd June until 12th July 2017. So any orders placed during this time will be dispatched after the 12th July 2017.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sunshine hanging plaque

 I apologise for the long gap between posts this month but my Mum has been in hospital and what with daily life and hospital visiting it has not left much time to craft.   I have had fun though making this hanging plaque using the wonderful chipboard houses and chipboard trees by Crafty Individuals, available from The Fruit Pixie Online Shop who I design for.
I cut a base for my plaque from some box card and covered it in paper from the Craftwork Card Bohemian Dream paper pack. I cut a strip of more of the paper from the same paper pack to give my house,tree and bush a base to sit on.
First I chose a house then a tree and bush from the chipboard sheets and painted them a base colour using the 
Cosmic Simmer chalk paint. I then chose an IndigoBlu stencil and added some contrasting paint through the stencil.
Once dry I stuck them together and drew the outline with a black fine liner. Then assembled my plaque using some die cut clouds, sun and a kite. I added the little word and number also from the Craftwork Cards Bohemian Dreams papers.
I then just had to,add some of the Craftwork cards Candi as apples on my tree.
The bright yellow word Sunshine was added to finish it all off.
I love these chipboard shapes, they are so easy to paint or colour with inks and I love the quirky shaped houses.
You can find the chipboard shapes in The Fruit Pixie online Shop here-
Paper pack-
Paints -

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Trainer birthday card

It was my hubby's birthday last week. He has loved one star trainers ever since they came onto the UK market, so When I spotted this card in the Silhouette design store I thought it would be perfect.
The Silhouette Cameo is so easy to use and the designs are beautifully designed to all slot together, i just had to add some string for the laces and hay presto a wonderful card!
I am happy to say hubby loved it too!!