Friday, 23 September 2016

A Book for Annabel Lee

This is the final sample that I made for the Seth Apter event back at the start of Sept. It turned into a 24 page book, so I won't show the making of the book or how each page was page.. seriously it would take several posts to show all that. Instead I will just walk you through the book so you can see the pages and read the poem. 

All the page backgrounds are made of layers of PaperArtsy paint and Seth's stamps and stencils, on top of that I used PaperArtsy stencils and then the focal image on each page is one of Seth Apter's die. The final step was to add the lines of the poem : Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe. 

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Hope you liked that, it was a labour of love, but I like how it turned out. 
Darcy.x

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Seth Apter Tag 6

The final tag in my series of Seth Apter Tags. 

This tag started off as one colourway and changed completely part way through. I started off with Greys and Black, and made a cool background... 

I really liked this background, but it just didn't go with the bits I wanted to put on top...so I turned it over, and started again.. 



I guess with the having to start again I lost track of what I was doing and forgot to take photos... so this is just a close up of the background. 

I began with Conrete, then brayered on Coral , Tango and Banana. This gave me a nice warm summery base. Over this I added the cogs from my stamp EDY02 I used Watering Can Archival as this recedes into the background better than black. 

I then unified it all with more concrete. 


To enhance the background I added Seth's circle stamp and embossed it with WOW embossing powder in White Pearl.


It is like one of those holographic pictures, it looks regular from the front but tilt it and suddenly these circles appear, it's like magic. 


Next I used Seth's dies to cut some smoothy card, this had first been through Seth's embossing folders. Gridiron and Maze. I then painted them with Slate and Cherry Red. 


Now to layer them up and interlock, one of the great things about these die cuts is that they feed into each other. 


The large circle was cut in half and glued to the outer edges. This was topped with half of my windmill flower from EDY05 The white details are liquid pearls in White Pearl. 


To add a little balance to the circles I added a small heart from my stamp EDY01


The Embossed die cuts have a little Treasure Gold rubbed over them, it works brilliantly over Slate paint. I also added the text from EDY02


Almost there I have one more sample to show you, see you soon. 
Darcy 




Monday, 19 September 2016

Miss. Jem

Meet Miss Jem, she is a curly girl. She is a collaboration between the fabulous PaperArtsy paints and Seth Apters dies and stamps. 

Of course I started with a loose face sketch. 


Then I started to block in the base colours of the face using Rose, haystack, Chalk, Blush, Irish Cream. these are my go to colours for fair skin tones. 


Refining and smoothing out, and adding Coral and Cherry Red for the lips. 


Now to start the hair, I knew most would be covered up, but there still needs to be a base there to peep through.  I brayered Smurf, China, Winter Green...


then added Zucchini and Chalk.


Over this I added the spotty stamp from Seth apter, using Cornflower Archival ink. How fab is this I am seriously in love with this spotty hair, bit sad that it will be covered up... but on we go..


Next I sorted out lots of scraps of painted and gelli printed papers from previous projects. 


on some I stamped circles, all from Seth Apter's ranges. 


other pieces were used to die cut more of Seth's circles from the following dies.. 
Robo Ring
Center of Drip Drop
Coffee Rings
Splatter Proof
Ring Around
Centre of Take Flight
Centre of Pocket Watch


Then I played around with the placement. 



Once they were stuck down I needed to make a mask to cover them so I could work on the background. I brayered with Vanilla, Banana, Coral and White. I then stamped with Seth's bubble wrap stamp in Pale Ochre Archival, the French Text in Orange Blossom and The stars in Cornflower. 


more work on the face..


and the face is finished.. 


The extra little stars tie in nicely. 


All the circles are outlined with a black pen and highlighted with white. 


The outer edge looked a little unfinished so I added the spikey bits from the splatter proof die. 


Here she is all finished . Miss. Jem. 


Darcy x