Art and Craft News / shop news 2021
Crafty Corner ...
What have you been making today? Lately, I've soothed the frazzled mind with journaling, stamping out adorable flying critters and adding layers of collage elements, then while bits are drying (to stop me playing with them), I'd happily smoosh paint about making backgrounds for another day's play.
Hope you're enjoying time making whatever you love to create, whatever makes you smile!
My above interactive art journal page was made in a few sessions in a Dina Wakley MEdia 6"x6" size book. This journal has a wonderful brown kraft paper to create on, even though its a thick porous cardstock, its sturdy and durable for many techniques.
The flying adorables are the "Thistlehogs" stamps by Pink Ink Designs from the UK, stamped with Ranger's black Archival ink pad, coloured using Caran D'Ache Neocolour II watercolour crayons and Posca Pencils. Their wings and keys are highlighted with white Posca Pencil and splashed with glitter glue.
The backgound is blended around the stamped images using Caran D'Ache Neocolour II watercolour crayons, coloured in blue and green then blended with water and brush. Once dry, I tore up and glued on Dina Wakley Media Collage Tissue using gel matte medium.
Next are the collage elements, like the Stamperia Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass die cuts, clear charms and paper pieces. The words "Time is on my side" is made using Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mini Marquee letters on Linen Tape. The interactivity is created using a very cool little device called an Action Wobble, a mini spring. Its attached under the pocket watch (Alice die cut) with a pair of Idea-Ology Transparent Wings to help it fly.
More spots, marks and highlights were added using Dylusions Paint Pens in white and Pure Sunshine (yellow). Extra Transparent Wings flew onto the page along with two tiny clocks with handdrawn wings. All that is left to do is play with the clock... and smile!
Hope it inspires you to have a go, make more time for art and creativity. Its a wonderful feeling :)
Arty News ...
Latest Arty News Update - 27 August 2021 ... During August, Tim Holtz has been showcasing all his Halloween releases each Saturday (our Sunday morning), with a few extras like Wednesday's surprise video announcing the new Distress Crayons and repackaged Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder! Have you used this yet? I haven't (yet, I will now!)... Ranger has had it for years (and yes, we have some original jars in stock) but Tim asked for a larger jar because he uses it so much. I have to say, I like how it melts and doesn't distort the colours underneath and leaves a matte finish. And! The matte finish can easily have shimmer or shine added along with other colours over the top.
Idea-Ology is this weekend and then during September, we'll have a month of Christmas themed videos and demos to explore!
They're all easy to find on his YouTube channel and also his own website. Every video I've ever watched of Tim's are always educational as well as entertaining, even the long ones. Dyan Reaveley's, Rachel Greig's and Dina Wakley's are excellent too, just like in real life but different :) There are so many amazing designers and creators out there!
Tim's Sizzix treasures from the Halloween release ... sold out fast (thank you!) and will be back soon. Love these new designs, some look wicked and frightful but not everything is only for Halloween, especially the beautiful leaves, candles and witches (like holly and poinsettia, witches can fly around in art all year round). Which are your favourites?
Keep informed of Tim's new treasures by bookmarking (favouriting or leaving open in your browser) the "What's New!" and "PreOrder" categories. These are kept up to date with latest news, wishful thinking and excitable arrivals. Did you also see that Tim (and his amazing team of workers) have created an Index... this is going to be very useful indeed. Also, if you need anything in the Index and can't find it in the shop, ask and I will try to get them for you (or find someone who can). Check it out at www.timholtz.com :)
Deliveries with boxes full of arty treasures are arriving every week! Keep an eye on your wishlists and see if what you've saved is back (click the little purple heart on the product pages). Hopefully the wishlists are proving useful :)
I'm yet to find something to automate the emails to notify you when something is back in stock. These are all hand written (typed) by me therefore a tad slow... they're useful though, as it lets me know to order more of something and less or something else, and if they're rare I will let you know and save it for you. Thank You!
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Click this link for the Latest Arrivals ... not all new treasures to the shop are new, just new to us! Like the beautiful shiny gold and silver leaf kits by Mona Lisa (Speedball Art Products) and very adorable stamps by Pink Ink Designs.
Thank you for your time and reading my informative updates. Hope they make you smile! Sing out if you need a hand or have questions, I love to help.
Stay safe, be crafty and have a creative Happy weekend!