Friday, 31 July 2015

Art It Friday - Show Your Face

Hey, hey, hey Facers! We are here again, another Friday Portrait share for the week and I've got a fun one for you today (well, I think it is fun, whether you do or not is, well, up to you!).

Before we get going, let's do the admin stuff:

1. August Is Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name}.
Next week is the first Friday of August and anyone who wants to join in the Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name} can do. All the info you need is in my Show Your Face blog post from 10th July. Briefly, it is to make some face art inspired by one (or more if you like) of the other sharers from our #ShowYourFace community.

It is optional, you don't have to do an 'inspired by' face but it is a great way to stretch ourselves, don't you think? So do have a go at least once in August if not the whole of August! But if you don't want to play, then just carry on as normal Show Your Face.

2. Blog Button
We have a blog button now! Woop! Woop! Anyone who wants to wear it on their blog with pride can grab the HTML code from below the blog button here:

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<div class="kim-dellow-button" style="width: 200px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://www.kimdellow.co.uk/search/label/Show%20Your%20Face" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> <img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-m4gbOaqIOA8/VbDAKMb-ibI/AAAAAAAATcM/Stn201EJlZc/s512-Ic42/KimDellowShowYourFace.jpg" alt="Kim Dellow" width="200" height="200" /> </a> </div>
To Install It:
On Wordpress.com:
  • Select all the grab code in the box below the button image above and copy. 
  • Go to your WP-admin and in the dashboard click 'Appearance' then 'widgets' from the drop-down menu.
  • Find the 'Text' widget in the 'Available Widget' list and drag it up to 'Main Sidebar' area or whichever area you want to place it. 
  • Paste the Grab code for the blog button into the body of the text widget box, give it a title if you want (optional), and press 'save'.
I'm assuming it is similar if you are using a self-hosted wordpress (wordpress.org) but I don't have a self-hosted version so can't check. Please let me know if it is different!


On Blogger:
  • Select all the grab code in the box below the button image above and copy. 
  • Go to the design area of your Blogger blog and select 'Layout'. 
  • Choose 'Add A Gadget' in the Sidebar section or whichever section you want to place it, then pick 'HTML/JavaScript' from the pop-up Gadget list. 
  • Paste the Grab code for the blog button into the 'Content' area of the gadget, give it a title if you want (optional), and press 'Save'

Yay! Blog Button! On blog! Hopefully!

PS. I take no responsibility for messing up your blog if it doesn't work! Eek! Hey, relax – it will be OK!

3. New Here? Never Fear!
For anyone new here, this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing.

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy, then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else's.

Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like!

And remember for August we are doing Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name} for those who want to play along.


Admin Over – Let's Get On With The Share!

Really I should have done a quick share this week as the post is quickly turning into a bit of a mountain. But true to Kimberley (that's me btw) form, I've decided to share a process blog post today for a bit of fun.

I shall try to keep it quick – feel free to ask any questions if any bit is unclear.

My face share this week looks far more complex than it actually is.

Collage Selfie made from Studio Calico papers

It is a paper collage selfie made up from bits of patterned paper and it is super simple to do and surprisingly, or at least for me, still resembles the original model, which as it was a selfie was in fact me.

If you want to have a go at this you will need:
A photo of a face
Photo-editing software like Photoshop Elements or similar (I'm guessing that the free online photo-editing software PicMonkey can do this too but I've not had a go yet.)
Tracing paper
Pencil
Scissors
Craft knife, I used a swivel knife
Cutting board
Patterned paper
Glue


Step 1 - Open Your Head Shot
A selfie in Photoshop Elements

Open up your head shot. It doesn't have to be perfect, obviously you are perfect, but the photo doesn't have to be!


Step 2 - Change The Colour
Changing the colours of a selfie in Photoshop Elements

Change the colour of the photo according to the light and shade areas. You can do this different ways and it depends on the software you are using. I did it in Photoshop Elements by first making a copy layer of the photograph then using the Hard Mix option from the drop-down menu in the layers palette.

(I am totally happy to walk you through this if you are lost, so do shout if I'm being too jargony!).


Step 3 - Trace The Face
Trace the face from the photo

You can print out your photograph or if you are impatient, like me, take a soft pencil and just trace the image directly from the screen (assuming you don't have a touchscreen computer that is!). DON'T PRESS HARD! You don't want to mess up your screen do you? Now, using the stylised photograph from Step 2 as reference, pick out the papers you want to use for each layer.

I decided to used red where there were black tones and teal for the red, yellow and white areas of the photograph but you can go with whatever you want, I mean that is the fun part, right?


Step 4 - Transfer Each Layer
Transfer the image to the back of the patterned paper

So switch off your head from seeing an image of a face and start thinking pattern and layers – the colours from the stylised picture in Step 2 should help, or if you are using a black and white photo then the gradients of grey will help.

Transfer the traced image onto the back of your paper but only the important parts for the paper, So for the red paper, which was representing the black area of the photo in Step 2, I just did the outline of the head and the pupils of the eyes. For the dark teal paper, which was representing the red areas in the photo, I just transferred the outline of the face and the shadow under the nose, under the cheekbone and the lips.


Continue until you have each layer transferred to the back of the patterned paper.


Step 5 - Cut It Out

Cut out the pieces and start building them up into the picture. There will be some small bits so if you think you might lose them then put them into a spare envelope as you work. It does not have to be super accurate.


Step 6 - Jigsaw Puzzle Time!
Sticking the face piece together

Remember the tracing paper from Step 3? Well it makes the perfect map to help you glue your cut-out paper pieces in the correct places. Layer the tracing paper over the top and flip it on and off as you place the cut-out pieces.


There you have it, a patterned paper collage selfie and my Show Your Face share this week.

Patterned Paper collage Selfie

Hey, put it in a frame and it would make a fun version of your family portraits for your home, wouldn't it? Right, I'm off to do one of David to put on our Kitchen Gallery wall we are slowly adding to!

So it was a long time getting here but...

Over To You...

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace for those of you that use them. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Don't forget: during August, Art It Friday - Show Your Face will become Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name}. Learn more about it from my 10th July 2015 blog post.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Crafts U Love Demo - Getting The Most From Your Journaling Cards

At the weekend I got to spend a lovely day demoing at the treasure trove of papercrafts that is Crafts U Love. What a lovely shop hidden away in Surrey about 5 miles from Gatwick Airport.

It was the shop's 9th birthday event and it was full of demoers sharing lots of inspiration and tips throughout the day, as well as holding an auction and raffle to raise money for a local hospice. We got to meet lots of people, play with new products and, of course, eat cake!

This means that I have lots of sample cards from the demo to share here on my blog over the coming weeks. Just so that you know, some of the links in this post are affiliated links and you can find out all about how I use them on my disclaimers and disclosures page.


What was I demoing? 

Well one of my *THINGS* at the moment is using Project Life and journaling cards for more than memory keeping and pocket pages. You might have noticed that I *LOVE* journaling cards – they keep cropping up here on a regular basis; I've even made some of my own with the Cricut Explore and then there are the watercolour gem journaling cards that I shared how to make back in January.

DIY Journaling cards with the Cricut Explore tutorial DIY Watercolour gem journaling cards tutorial

If you are predominantly a cardmaker, you may be forgiven for walking past Project Life and journaling cards, thinking they are not for you. For starters, they aren't marketed at you and have been positioned for the memory keepers amongst us.

But we crafters are nothing if not a resourceful bunch and many of us do a multitude of different crafts – I do anything I can get my hands on as you might have guessed by now!

So why not use journaling cards for projects other than memory keeping and pocket page scrapbooking?


Here Are Some Projects To Try:

Simply Cards And Papercrafts magazine 137 Planner pocket page made using journaling cards
Mass produce Christmas Cards easily with journaling cards Jean upcycle Christmas Card tutorial

I've been using them for various different projects –


Or What About this Cute Card?

You can safely say I'm trying to get the most out of my journaling card kits and I was sharing some more ideas on how to do this on Saturday at Crafts U Love.

A Hot air balloon card using journaling cards


One of the great things about the packets of journaling cards is you pretty much have a whole kit ready for making into a lot of cards – add a couple of stamps and you are good to go.

Take the super-quick, super-easy and super-cute hot air balloon card pictured above. It is made using the Becky Higgins Project Life Peace, Love and Sunshine pack with a bit of stamping using the Penny Black Stamps Live It Up! Set.

Making a hot air balloon card

I hope that has given you a fresh look at getting the most from your journaling cards!


More Demo Cards To Come!

Stay tuned for some more to come. I also demoed some inkiness at the weekend with some of the new Tim Holtz distress ink colours, so there will be some samples using these coming your way too.

In the meantime, what else have you been doing with your journaling cards? Let's see how far we can make them work for us, shall we? I bet they would make great party décor items and maybe even home décor items.

Time to get to work and re-think those journaling cards.

Thanks for popping by.
Kim

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

City Life With Seven Paper Amelia From Studio Calico

I'm a City Girl at heart, I was born in London and I've now lived here, as an adult, for a while, yikes, I've just totted it up and it's 20 years! When David and I moved last year, we did consider moving out to the country and at one point I thought we would have to because the house prices in London are just ridiculously mad.


But I still *LOVE* my city for all its good points and all its bad points. The idea of moving to the country still floats in my head from time to time, but when it comes down to it I'm not sure I'm ready to leave London yet. You can take the girl out of the city but you can't take the city out of the girl, as someone, somewhere says.

Lining up a die on the Seven Paper Amelia from Studio Calico

I'm not sure which city it is that is depicted in these gorgeous Seven Paper Amelia papers from Studio Calico but they caught my eye and rang all of my City-Girl bells. I'm using the My Favorite Things (MFT) Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX dies for this make, I'm just loving these dies at the moment and the sentiment is handwritten by me with a brush pen.

So what about you? Are you a City Girl / Guy or a Country Girl / Guy? What was the last paper pack your saw that rang your City / Country bells?

Do tell!

Catch you later Cardmake-inators!

Kim

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Art It Friday - Show Your Face

Guess what day it is? Yep! It is Faceday and I was thinking we have been doing this since around April so it is about time that we had a blog badge, what do you think?

Well, here it is, please feel free to grab the code from the box under the badge to put it on your blog to tell the world you are sharing your face with a group of like minded folk:

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<div class="kim-dellow-button" style="width: 200px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://www.kimdellow.co.uk/search/label/Show%20Your%20Face" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> <img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-m4gbOaqIOA8/VbDAKMb-ibI/AAAAAAAATcM/Stn201EJlZc/s512-Ic42/KimDellowShowYourFace.jpg" alt="Kim Dellow" width="200" height="200" /> </a> </div>

It links straight back to the Show Your Face posts so that you can find them easily.

Right, who is up for a Face share?

For anyone new here this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing.

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy, then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else's. 

Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like!  


I'm sharing another sketch this week, I seem to be stuck in face-sketch-mode at the moment but I'm really enjoying them.

Kim Dellow Show Your Face sketch 23rd July 2015

She is sketched in a white pen, a Signo Uni-ball, on a painted black page from my junk journal.

So that is my share for the week, now...

Over To You...

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace for those of you that use them. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Don't forget - During August Art It Friday - Show Your Face will become Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name} learn more about it from my 10th July 2015 blog post.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Everyday post. Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday.

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

As Featured On Blitsy - Mixed Media Planner Pocket Page

Calling all mixed media fans and planner fans, I've merged two of my favourite things at the moment to bring a mixed media planner pocket page tutorial to the Blitsy Blog.

A mixed Media planner pocket page tutorial

Go check out the Blitsy Blog to find out how I put this page together.

Also check out the Blitsy's Secret Society page on facebook. It is the perfect group for us Blitsy Addicts, just ask to join or give me a shout in Facebook as I think I can add you to the group.

I *HEART* Blitsy so they are one of my affiliate programs and some of the links in this blog post are affiliated, I have a full run down of my affiliations on my Disclaimers and Disclosure page.

Thanks for popping in and enjoy the tutorial.

Kim

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Demo Time At Crafts U Love

I'm getting ready for my demo at Crafts U Love on Saturday 25th July 2015 this week. Here is a sneak peek of what I will be up to...

Crafts U Love promo photo for Kim Dellow's Demo 9th July 2015
[Photo from Crafts U Love]

It's Crafts U Love's 9th Birthday celebration and there will be a lot of demos going on plus a charity auction. You can find out all about it on the Crafts U Love blog.

Hope to see you there.

Kim

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Art It Friday - Show Your Face

Thank Faces It's Friday and time to Show Your Face!


For anyone new here this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing.

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy, then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else's. 

Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like!  


After the fun I had with scribbles last week I had originally thought I would do another scribble face for my share this week. But what actually came into being was this lady.

Face sketch in pen for #ShowYourFace

She isn't quite scribbles more like long strokes of a pen with a bit of scribble.

Over To You...

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace for those of you that use them. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Don't forget - During August Art It Friday - Show Your Face will become Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name} learn more about it from my 10th July 2015 blog post.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Everyday post. Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday.

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

As Featured On Blitsy - DIY Stencils Using Dies

Hey guys, I have a feature on the Blitsy blog today all about making the most out of your cutting dies.

Sneak peek of mixed media journal cards tutorial on the Blitsy Blog

Intrigued? Then pop on over to see the full step by step tutorial on the Blitsy blog and let me know what dies you will be using.

I *HEART* Blitsy so they are one of my affiliate programs and the links in this blog post are affiliated, I have a full run down of my affiliations on my Disclaimers and Disclosure page.

Have a sunny Thursday.

Kim

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Friday, 10 July 2015

Art It Friday - Show Your Face

Hey Facers! Don't go rushing to the bottom to link up your face just yet - I've had an idea!

I thought it might be fun to try something new for August, but I wanted to give you an early heads-up so that you can get your noodles thinking about it now.

During August Art It Friday - Show Your Face will become Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name}. 

For the month of August, that is four Fridays, pick someone from the Show Your Face linky to inspire one of your face shares for that week. It can be any aspect of their portrait work like how they construct their face, the materials they use, how they use colour or even how they use other elements like words or 3D objects, whatever you like. Just make sure you name them with a link to their blog (or social media gallery) in your blog post (or social media write up if you are using a gallery) and share what you were inspired by in their work.

So what is the point to Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name}?

The aims are to:
  • Give us a little kick out of our comfort zones
  • Try something new
  • Surprise ourselves!
  • Extend our technique / style toolboxes
  • Share some bloggy/ social media/ gallery love! 
  • Oh and have fun of course!

Rules?
Just as with the normal Show Your Face there are no rules other than the work needs to be yours! Try using a different person from the linky to inspire your work each week. It can be anyone from all the links we have shared since the start. Make sure you name them and link to them and as always please link back to the link blog post here on my blog for that week.

It is optional! If you don't want to take part, and you just want to do normal Show Your Face feel free, you can still link up your work, inspired by other linkers or not, through the August weeks.

Remember this will run in August, so you don't have to do it now and I will keep reminding you through July, but when you hop around the blogs remember to make a note of anything that jumps out at you that you want to try in August.

Any questions then drop me a line in the comments below.



Right on with the usual Art It Friday - Show Your Face...

For anyone new here this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing. 

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy, then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else's.

Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like! 

I'll keep my share this week super quick.

Scribbled face in pen

I'm calling this style scribble face! She was scribbled in pen directly, I didn't use any pencil guidelines I just went for it. It was a bit scary! But I will definitely try it again. Just wish I could get the feature perspective on a turned face right. Practise, Practise!


Over To You...
Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace for those of you that use them. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here. Can't wait to see what you have all been up to.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Everyday post.

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Behind The Scenes Tips From Wonderful Wall Art Creative Stamping

Have you seen the wonderful Summer Collection stamps that come with the current issue of Creative Stamping yet? When I first saw these stamps I was immediately transported to summer holidays and bright colours.

A sneak peek into Creative Stamping issue 25

I don't know if I am allowed to have favourites from the set but I really love the flamingo stamp (flamingos are SO hot right now!) and the bird of paradise. I mean the rest of the stamps are pretty gorgeous too but those popped out first for me.

My article was all mixed media wall art inspiration using the collection and you can see all the details and projects in Creative Stamping Issue 25. But I do have a picture that didn't make it into the magazine just for YOU.

Using mock ups to design wall art

It is a little peak into how I set about designing the Bird of Paradise project from the article and a couple of handy tips for your projects:

1. Mock It Up!
I often mock up my makes before glueing down to give me an idea about placement of the elements. I use the items themselves or, like in the case of the stamped bird, I stamp it on spare paper, roughly cut it out and use it to help decide where things need to go.

2.  Don't Freak Out!
Later in the process I stamped the bird of paradise on the canvas board then proceeded to cover it up with paint. It can be a bit scary to do this. But don't freak out about losing all the lovely stamp details. You will lose a bit of the detail but you will also add a bit of your own details that will make the final project unique to you.

Two general rules of thumb that can be applied to a lot of situations really, I use them a lot.  For pictures of the finished wall art and instructions on how to make them check Creative Stamping 25 and when you do come back and give me a shout as to which of the stamps from the Summer Collection are your favourites!


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Sunday, 5 July 2015

How Do You Start A Clean Sketch Book Or Art Journal?

Ok, so you have a lovely new art journal / sketch book / notebook and it is all shiny and new, you don't want to touch it, right? Don't tell me you don't know what I'm talking about because I KNOW you do!

Well you need some quick, go-to exercises to help you break into that lovely new book don't you?

Art journaling products

I'm sharing three of my favourite tips on the Blitsy Blog today and I would just love it if you popped over, had a look then shared your favourite tricks below the post, I'm so interested to see what everyone does! Thanks!

Also if you go over to Blitsy now they have 60% off any one regular price item to celebrate the 4th of July. So the next question is, what are you gonna buy?!

Catch you later Art-inators

Kim



ps. I do use affiliated links for my blog but only to things I buy myself and from shops that I love. There are some affiliated links in this blog post and if you want to know more about my affiliate policies then check out my Disclosures and Disclaimers.