Tuesday, June 26

All Shapes and Sizes at N*Studio

Hello friends! I am over at Nathalie Kalbach's blog with the Creative Squad today, and I'd love if you popped over for a visit HERE to see how I made my Treasure Tea Box. 


In case you missed it, here is my May project for the Creative Squad:


I have long been an admirer of the Arts and Crafts Movement, the pottery, wallpaper, furniture, and love the Craftsman style homes. The outside details of Nathalie’s Craftsman house stamp make for a delightful little cottage, one I would love to live in. I do have several pieces of furniture inside my home made in this style, that we enjoy everyday, and I can foresee passing these on in the family, they are so sturdy and well made. 

I started with my gel plate and squirted on a bit of burnt umber, green gold, and quinacridone gold with my heavy body paints, then used the brayer to blend them out a bit. Next, I laid the Buenos Aires stencil down onto the plate and pressed a sheet of copy paper over it, then lifted the stencil. Be sure to clean the stencil right away and not leave it too long on a sheet of paper. (I learned the hard way that they will stick together. If that happens, just soak the stencil in water.)  

I pulled two prints from my gel press to use in my project. The print on the left made from laying the paper down on the stencil and paint, and the one on the right is the second pull directly from the plate. 

I tore the edges of my print, and adhered it onto a kraft page in my Dina Wakley Media Journal with matte medium. Once dry, I brushed on several transparent colors, then wiped them away in some areas with a baby wipe. I used Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Gold and Green Gold for this layer. 

While that was drying, I stamped the house and mailbox on watercolor paper, and colored them with Prima watercolors and a water brush. Once they dried, I cut them out. 

I used my other print to cut out part of the stencil to layer and create my sun, and the stone pathway to the house. I added a bit of doodled lines, and watercolor to the stones. 

When I first looked at the Cross Circle stamp, I saw flying birds, so I used part of the stamp to add some birds to the page. 

The house, sun and mailbox are attached with foam tape. I also scribbled a bit around the house, mailbox, and stone path, and wrote Take the Path Home onto my page as this seemed appropriate. After all, I know my home always calls me back, especially if I’ve been away for awhile. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely project Maura! I participated in the #sketchbookproject last year and am currently obsessed with art journals and mixed media. I will definitely be following some of your supply links for materials.
    For now, I'm heading to the link mentioned here to check out the other art site. Thanks for sharing your work.


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