Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Bunny Girl...

it's a glorious day here in Blackpool, and I've managed to fit in some playtime just for me!
Usually I'm a bit skeptical about SAD disorder and how it affects people, but seriously, the sun is shining, it's warm on your face as you walk outside, and I have more energy than I have had for weeks! There really is something in it after all, it would seem!
Anyway, on to my creation....
Spring colours, nice and painty-messy, and a fabulously random and quirky figure!
The background is a smeared paint/stencilled/printed/stamped affair..
A selection of washi tape to keep my girl from floating in space...
And some random words typed out on my vintage typewriter! Top Tip.... to get the old paper look to your freshly typed words, go through your old book pages and keep the new chapter/end of old chapter pages safe. The words tend to start or stop halfway down these pages, so you have a blank bit of old book page going spare. Use this bit to type on! Hey presto, brand new words but with the vintage look!

Anyway.... the focal point of the panel is my figure, a gloriously quirky girly from The Octopode Factory. I have coloured her with a mixture of Polychromo pencils, and some watercolour pencils too.
I hope you like her, I just adore that bewildered expression!
I'm linking up with two challenges today...
The Simon Monday Challenge (the theme is hope this counts! She thinks she is a bunny, so who am I to argue?!)
and the new Mixed Media World challenge. This looks great, a fab new challenge blog for all of us mixed media addicts!
I'm off to sunbathe......!!
Trish xxxxxxx

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A Sprinkle Of Imagination: Challenge!

Did you know that there are challenges over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination? We have just started our first challenge of the year with our new DT, and it's a good one!
All our challenges have the same theme....a very broad  'Anything Goes'. The only catch is that we ask you use something in your project that can be found in the shop over at ASOI. You DON'T have to have bought it from there, as long as the shop stocks it, then you're good to go! My advice would be to have a little browse, see what Vicki stocks, then have a look at your stash and see if there is a match. I'm sure there will be...inks, paints, stamps, mediums, you name it, the shop sells it!
Anyway...enough blethering on for want to see a project! My contribution is this Art Doll:
I cut a shape from card, then gave it a painty background with a bluey purple colour scheme..
Loads of stencilling, printing, and a bit of white UTEE splattering too!
I gave my doll some wire arms...
She is holding a magic wand type thing...a punched out star on a cocktail stick!
Her wings are Stampotique...
As is her face...
I added a cut out crown, a bit of doodling and some red accents to add detail....
She can stand proudly due to wheels? Whatever, she can stand because I glued on some large Prima Bottle Caps!

(You can't see them, but there are more caps glued on to the other side, this makes the whole thing more stable)

I hope you like her...why not head over to the blog and link up your project? The winner, chosen by the DT, will get a £10 voucher to spend in the shop! All details can be found HERE.

Products used that can be found in the ASOI shop;
Dina Wakely paint
Stampotique stamps
Prima bottle caps
white UTEE

Have a good day!
Trish xxxxx

Friday, 13 March 2015

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge Inspiration!

The 'Take A Stamp' challenge over at Craft Stamper is still still have nearly two whole weeks to enter! Our randomly drawn winner will win some fab goodies from PaperArtsy, so it's well worth getting your stamps out and giving it a go! All the details are HERE !
Over on the blog today, the DT are sharing some more eye candy, and I've joined in for once lol!
My contribution...
A little step by step to show you my process....
First, I created a background. Smeared paint, stencilling and stamping..
The colours may be different, but the process is identical to the project I showed you in this video...

Once I had my background completed, I created my figure! I added washi tape so I knew where my figure would stand, then I sketched her in....
Those parts of the figure that would be white, or pale, were then given a coat of gesso...
I re-sketched the face in pencil...
Then coloured it using Polychromos pencils...
Hair next. I used acrylic ink ink a waterbrush....
Her dress was also coloured with Polychromos, using the same shades as the background
For a finishing touch, I added in detail with a very fine pitt pen...
The words are a very old stamp, probably my most favourite stamp ever! I've looked, and I don't think they make it any it's even more of a treasure! I stamped onto tissue, then added it to the background with Mod Podge. A layer both under and over the tissue...
Once dry, you can't see the glue......
So... loads of painty layers......
and lots of lovely stamping...JUST the thing for a Craft Stamper Challenge!

I would love to see your stamping creations, so go on, join in with Craft Stamper this month!

Trish xxxx

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Freedom Art Doll

Comfort Zone crafting.... Art Dolls!
I made myself do things a little differently though, this one is a rather tall and stately 30cm big!
This is my DT project today for A Sprinkle Of Imagination, and you can see lots more pictures showing the details, plus a 'how to' over on the ASOI blog right now!
Have a great Sunday,
Trish xxxxxx

Friday, 6 March 2015

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge: March!

The new challenge for March over at Craft Stamper is a great one... as its a  'take a stamp' month, that means anything goes! (as long as there is stamping involved, obviously!) So let loose your creativity and get stamping...we want to see those creations!
My contribution is this panel...
annnnnd..... I had a few spare hours (!!) this week so I recorded a video so you could see exactly how I made it!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Being Brave......

Being brave about all sorts of things is pretty much my 'thing' for this year...and I've finally got off my behind and done something I've been wanting to do for months and tutorials!
The first one (or three!) involves my DT project today for A Sprinkle Of Imagination
I made an art journal page...... teaser pic :

I filmed the whole process for start to finish, then split it up into three separate tutorials;
1) Smeared Paint Backgrounds
2) Smeared Paint Backgrounds Part 2: The details (lots more layers including stamping, stencilling and printing)
3) Smeared Paint Backgrounds Part Three: Finishing Touches (adding the figure!)

Video number ONE is part of my DT post for ASOI today, and can be found HERE!
Videos 2 &3 are below...... or you could just go to Vimeo and find all three! (search for Trish Latimer)
I so hope you like them, and find them even a little bit interesting!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

ASOI Design Team Reveal!

(totally forgot to schedule this for 8 am this apologies if this is old news by now!)

Today is the announcement of the brand new 2015 DT over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination!
Four very VERY talented artists have joined Jaine and please please hop on over and welcome them!

 DT announcement HERE

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Oooooh Shiny! GDT for PaperArtsy

(yep, two posts in one day, unheard of!!!!)
This post a bit of a 'squeeeeeeeeeeee' type post!
The lovely Darcy invited me back to do another guest slot over on the PaperArtsy blog, how very exciting! This project is all about Treasure Gold gilding wax, fitting in nicely with the 'shiny' theme going on over there just now. LOVE gilding wax, it was such fun to create using lots and lots of it!
I'll show you just the one pic here...if you want to see loads more, including some step by steps then you'll need to hop on over to PaperArtsy HERE
Hope you like it!
Have a good weekend folks,
Trish xxx

Calm Cat!

I have a journal page to share today over at A Sprinkle Of Imagination.... with a step by step tutorial on how I created the background! *hint*...get your washi tape out!
Here is a little peek.
To see the whole thing, please pop on over to the ASOI blog HERE!
Have a good weekend!
Trish xxx

Friday, 16 January 2015

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge: Blog Hop!

Welcome to Craft Stamper Magazines very first Take it, Make It blog hop!
We're all very much eye candy (and prizes!) to share!

If you have landed here from Tracy's blog  then you’re in the right place!
If not, no matter! You can find the list of all the blog hop links HERE.

The January challenge is called ‘Take A Stamp’, and is really simple…just use a stamp somewhere in your art. The project I am sharing today is this…..

A very 'me' creation, very painty, very colourful and full of stamped images!
I smeared and sponged my background with lots of different colours of paint...
before adding loads of background stamps, stamped with Archival ink...
I then created my house. It blends in to the background doesn't it? That's because it IS the background! I scanned my background once it was dry, then printed it off in a couple of different sizes to give me some papers to cut up and collage. Not sure whether you can spot exactly which bit of the background became the house....
I also collaged some stripy card to make a base for my house to sit on, and some more paper for windows, a heart and the dot on the roof! Once the glue was dry, I added doodles and some black shading with a Stabilo pencil..
I added typed words to give a title, then edged the whole thing in black, just to give it a 'framed' effect. I hope you like it!

 The main challenge this month has a HUGE prize up for grabs, all you need to do is enter a project into the challenge to earn your place in the random draw!
AND....(this is the exciting bit!) , we are also offering MORE prizes for all you hoppers!….

You can win this fabulous mixed media substrate pack:

To win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. When the main January challenge ends (midnight GMT January 28th), we will randomly draw a name from the comments left! The lucky winner will not only win the mixed media substrate pack, they will also win a piece of original art from me, the project you have just seen above! This opportunity is the same across all 12 blogs in the blog hop, so TWELVE chances to win a mixed media pack and some original art from that blog author…how cool is that?!
You can comment on as many or as few blogs as you wish, but remember you will only be entered into the draws for the blogs you DO comment on!

So, leave your comment here, and then hop along to the next blog, the fabulously talented:

I'm sure Zoey will have something amazing for you to look at, and if you leave a comment for her you could even win it!

Once you’re all done with the hop, don’t forget to enter the main challenge! All the details can be found HERE

Have fun!