Art and Craft News
Just arrived inStore are beautiful new metallic lusture pastes from Simon Hurley, a few stencils from Art by Marlene (from Studio Light in the Netherlands), metallic leaf in gold and silver for all occasions, very groovy embossing folders by Open Studio (Memory Box) and fresh batch in gorgeous colours of Heidi Swapp heat reactive foils.
Latest Tim News Update ...
New Sizzix that are instant favourites - Circuit Embossing Folder, Colorize characters, Funky Cactus and Insects, beautiful floral designs, a groovy Retro TV Bigz Die plus Shaping and Diecutting Tools.
Idea-Ology has a huge selection to collect, share and use - Engravings (check out your parcel for a sample of these fab diecuts), velvet trimmings, beautiful papers, Worn Wallpaper Scraps, stickers, Mini Marquee Letters (spell out your name in style), Industrial Gears, Gauge Frames and much much more!
There are a few new Idea-ology treasures still travelling.... Wooden Vignette Adverts, new Stitched Scraps and Lucky Ornaments.
FYI, the new restyled Sizzix Die Cutting Brush Roller Kit is here.
Also, after this week's deliveries, a whole swag of favourites are back in stock including Tim's 3D embossing folder, Intertwine :)
Salvaged Patina, the new blue-green Distress colour from Tim Holtz is here - in stock, on the shelf, looking gorgeous!
Darkroom Door Arty Update ... have fun while creating with jigsaw puzzle stamps, crosswords, beautiful flowers, versatile abstract designs and meaningful sentiments to use for all occasions.
Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Update ... Classic Journal with Kraft and Mixed Media pages in the 9x12 (A4 ish) size for collage, creativity, art therapy, stamping, drawing, doodling patterns, writing thoughts, painting and smooshing ink about - its refreshing with hours of arty goodness to enjoy. Plus beautiful new colours in Shimmer Paints and Shimmer Sprays!
Dina Wakley Media Update ... making a comeback to our shop with selected treasures that compliment Dyan and Tim's shelves - Paint Sprays, Fine Tip Applicators (that fit most of Ranger's sprays), Stamps, Stencils, Collage Tissue Paper, Watercolour Paper and Chipboard Shapes. Anything else Dina designs is available to order anytime by request :)
In Other Arty Product News ... Pink Ink Designs stamps and stencils are slowing being added online so you can see them all - they're all beautiful (and useful). The newest designs feature a goat, flowers and frames.
Gel Press Printing Plates are Online (here) and waiting for new forever homes :) Did you know they have a huge 12"x14" gel plate? What an incredible size, perfect for large scale printing like scrapbook pages, journal spreads, printing your own fabric, customised bags and shoes, canvases and much more.
The most awesome groovylishus fantabulously fun Jigsaw Shape Gel Press Printing Plate is very cool...! Its ins and outs match and interlock to create a continuous print. I love it :) But then, I love jigsaw puzzles! lol
I'd love to spend the weekend uploading all these Pink Ink Stamps on my desk but tomorrow I have a workshop with a friend, Sunday am off to St Agnes (the other side of town) for Fibre Feast (a craft fair featuring wools, yarns and other arty goodness) and Monday I have free, so on Monday I'll upload the stamps. So much to do, so little time!
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend doing whatever arty crafty projects you love to create with those you love. Enjoy every moment.
Happy Creative Day!
Arty Update, 14th May ... We have awesome news! The first delivery of Salvaged Patina is arriving today! More landing next week too, which means we'll be able to start posting all the gorgeous bundles of patina treasures on Monday. Thanks so much for waiting with me for Tim's treasures!
Thanks so much for visiting, shopping and wandering around my online store. :) Sing out if you have questions or need a hand. Jenny
Reuse and Recycle ... help save our Earth and your pocket by reusing packaging and preloved items to create art, make giftboxes and more.
Packaging, cellophane, acetate, plastic sheets, cardboard, foam, plastic bags, cereal boxes can all be used for die cutting, bases of artist trading cards, journal covers, collage, cutting up for building up 3D layers, as stencils, masks, palettes, wings, making storage and gift boxes.
Mix and match all your scraps to create different layers, textures and patterns like I've done with my bird pictured above, cut out using a Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Die called "Patchwork Bird".
Remember, Sizzix Bigz Dies together with a Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting Machine will cut through all kinds of surfaces including thin metal or/and magnetic sheeting, fabrics, acetate, felt, cork, balsa wood sheeting and even sandpaper in small doses!
Bubblewrap, cardboard, plastic bags are great for gel plate printing ... use the plastic bags to make butterfly prints, scrunch for a marbled look or random texture. Bubblewrap is a great pattern and cardboard can be torn, cut, shaped and split (to get the corrugated inner) for textures, patterns and marking marks.
Other handy textures for gel printing are old curtains as shown above. Lace and fabric from home textiles and clothing can be handy, even if they're torn.
Cellophane, cardboard packaging and plastic bags are perfect for wings and creating bees, birds and other creatures. The cellophane bags are great for storing ephemera and die cut pieces, and to cut out as stencils or masks.
Jars, containers, mugs, bottles are fantastic for storage and using as gift boxes.
To decorate glass, plastic and other non-porous surfaces, use collage (decoupage is a form of collage) and Distress Paints. Apply clear, black or white gesso to use other mediums that don't usually cure on non-porous surfaces, eg Archival and Distress Inks, Distress Spray Stains, watercolour paints and watersoluble crayons.
- Have a mug with a broken handle? Simply smooth off the sharp bits with a flat diamond file (your local hardware shop will have one) or use some air dry clay or papermache to make a new one.
Fabrics (clothing or scraps), books, magazines, newspapers, jewellery, hairclips, beads, sequins, buttons, and other items are perfect for making art dolls, junk journals, handmade books, collage, sculpture, embellishments and layering effects on mixed media wallart.
For hair or feathers on a mixed media artwork, some ideal preloved materials are yarn and wool, ribbons, cottons and threads, packaging tape, giftwrap ribbon and string. Sometimes I leave them in their natural state and other times I apply gesso and paint.
So before you throw out the bubbles, plastic and cardboard from your order, ask yourself, how can it be used in Art.
Also, if you don't need the bubblewrap, ask your local businesses if they would love to have it to post their orders!
You can use almost anything and everything to create art. There are dozens if not hundreds of ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose all kinds of things on the internet, Pinterest and Instagram (not just in art, but art is life). Share your ideas, thoughts and creations at Instagram using #reducereuserecycle (lots of ideas there already) or tag me with @art.by.jenny :)
Have a Happy creative fun arty crafty day!