Friday, 25 October 2013

'Make Good Art' Layout - Scrapmatts {7 Dots Challenge}




Hi everyone!  It's the weekend!!  Well...almost!!!
Just sharing my 2nd page for Scrapmatts with you today.


Our challenge was to make something new out of some old chipboard so I decided to use the chipboard waste {the negative piece that remains once all the gears have been popped out of this 12"sheet}.


I found this saying online & not only did it amuse
 me but I believe it to be true.  I think anyone 
seriously creative is not a straight-forward person 
{well I know I'm certainly not - is that an admission?!}.  

I think to "think out of the box" requires a certain type 
of mind that you are either born with or you are not.


This saying is a favourite of mine & is something shared between me & a VERY special friend :)  It comes from watching this video HERE {which I highly recommend} & has been something my friend & I have clung to for the last year & found seriously helpful.  

It's a speech given by a famous author & details some keys to success.  We both set out to achieve our dreams after watching this video & we set specific goals which we have both since achieved.


I combined my Design Team work for Scrapmatts with the latest
 challenge over at 7 Dots - which you can read about HERE
 The challenge is to scrap something done FOR YOURSELF.  

Well that was a no-brainer for me! 

 I know that almost all I create these days is for 
Design Teams but I get to keep my work & even when 
working within a spec I have found my own style so am happy!


Yup that really is a paint brush I attached above.  
I have sooooo wanted to do that for ages LOL!


I used a random & eclectic assortment of product on this page. 
Apart from the Scrapmatts chipboard & Color Mates cardstock I used:-

 Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing powders in 
Kaiser Russet Red, Sunrise Salmon Gold & Adobe Fire, 
as well as Magicals in Curiouser Chartreuse.  


{Magicals come in powder form in tiny jars 
(just like "Perfect Pearls"by Ranger). 
They are VERY CONCENTRATED so a jar will
 last you possibly forever!!  You mix the powder
 with ANY medium you like to create a medium.  


I used Clear Emulsion & created my own paint! 
 I also used the powder in it's original form too 
{the orange you see on the frame} as the colour 
you see in the jar & the colour that it mixes to is
 not the same - the orange powder comes out green! 


 Honestly these Lindy's Stamp Gang products are extremely cool!!

Other mediums used are Black Archival Ink by Ranger, 
Bells of Ireland Green Starburst mist by Lindy's Stamp Gang,
White Acrylic Paint by Dala, Gold Artist's Acrylic by Heritage
& Mustard Seed Paint Dabber by Tim Holtz for Ranger.


Stamps are from Prima & Kaisercraft & embellishments:-

Old paint brush, 7 Dots Studio Logo, Polish Stamps, 
staples, bolts, old jewellery, a dungaree buckle & a broken 
zip slider.'Diction' words from Authentique, washi tape.

 I also used a coaster from Mugg & Bean {my fave coffee shop), 
& a vellum bag from Queenspark {my fave clothing shop}
as these are also significant "things I do just for myself".

Die-cut from Simple Stories, some black twine, ancient
'Lily Bee' rub-ons & a lot of 'rubbish' went into this page!

PLUS LOTS & LOTS OF LOVE!!


My husband raised his eyebrows at this one which just confirms the quote I chose!  "Art should disturb the comfortable & comfort the disturbed"!!  Well I LOVED it!!!  

Both the process & the outcome & I guess this is actually 
my first art-journaling page, although it is not in the
 'correct' format it is at least a start!!



24 comments:

Denise van Deventer said...

Super, super page! Love the sentiment and so love the energy that you created it with! So awesome that you have achieved all you wanted to...and I am sure...there is even more for you in store!! ;-))

JeLiBe@nZ said...

so much so much lovely details!!

sandi said...

Wow! This is awesome Helen. Looks soooooooooooo neat! Love the mix here...so artsy!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

OMYGOSH!!! I loveeeeeeeee those quotes!! This is gorgeous! LOVING the colors and love love love all the textures!!!!!

Lynnda said...

How can I not love this... Its beautiful... the background the technique...simply wow me Helen!!!... You are genius! and Amazing!!!.... So inspiring indeed!

Have a great weekend... hugs...x

Margaret Mifsud said...

Love this Helen!! Absolutely glorious!! Watched the video too and it is fantastic. What a clever, funny and inspiring man he is. I loved it and I also love this page, especially the paint brush. Didn't even see it until you pointed it out!! Brilliant!! Love the quotes too. All in all a totally amazing page!! Just fabulous!! ox

Tracey Sabella said...

Wow, Helen!! This is simply gorgeous!! Love how you used the chippie negative. I would have never guessed!! Stunning colors too. ~ Blessings, Tracey

Garden of Grace

Sandi Clarkson said...

Such fabulous quotes! LOVE! This is such a stunning page as is the one below! So very colorful and fun. And such a "feel good" vibe like your grandmother's quilt. I loe your inner artist!

So sorry about the wisdom teeth trials. I had a short bout of tooth pain earlier this year and it was miserable. Hugs!

Mitra Pratt said...

Very very cool! Like the yellow bolts and the sneaky little gold dragon fly myself!

Kelly Foster said...

Looks like you had a blast on this one!! Very fun and full of cool details! Love it!

Tusia Lech said...

Wow!! It is amazing Helen! Thank you for taking part in our challenge xxxx

Chelsea Tilbury said...

cant imagine the look of your scrap room after this one!! :P Amazing! Such an artist <3

Sue Marrazzo said...

I saw this and said...Oh MY Gosh!
I LOVE this so much...COOL!

Leonie said...

This is just too awesome for words Helen!! so many wonderful details and techniques. Fantastic my friend! :)

Jasmine S said...

Love the saying, the randomness, the colour and the grunge feel. Fab fab.

Riikka Kovasin said...

Fantastic Helen! So gorgeous!

Elaine coustley said...

You have created a fabulous wall piece. I really like this. Fantastic art. x

Lynette said...

Wow Helen, it looks as if you had so much fun with this one. It is a true work of art.

Wilma Voermans said...

Love it, I looked a long time at your pictures and discovered a lot of fun!

Mona Pendleton said...

What a fun layout Helen! Love all the details everywhere I look there is something fun and exciting!

Eila Sandberg said...

AHHH! crazy wild and just FABULOUS Helen! talk about releasing your inner artist. Cannot stop looking and discovering all the bits and bobs, makes me SO happy just looking! xoxox

Keren Tamir said...

this is just amazing Helen!! sorry I haven't been around. just glad you joined us at 7 Dots for the challenge!! love you work, you know that xoxo

Marianne/skorpionen said...

This is one fabolous crazy piece of work!! Fantastic! And I love the paint brush (I've also wanted to do that, not yet done)
So full of details!

Sandi Smith said...

gorgeous Helen...love all those awesome elements!Thanks for playing along at 7Dots!