Friday, 26 August 2016

Show Your Face - Change Hands

Hello amazing Facers, it has been over a year now that I've been sharing my face art and encouraging you all to share your art too here on my blog with the Show Your Face link up. It has been a wonderful journey, I have met and made new friends through it plus I also got an opportunity to share how I draw my faces in a Craft Stamper Magazine video, which is still available by the way!

But now I think I have come to the end of my face and portrait journey for the time being as other artwork is taking over my time and I am finding that I am not drawing faces regularly in my week. So I've decided to finish the Show Your Face link and I'm sorry to say that this will be its last week.

I will still be here, sharing my art and creative life on my blog, on my YouTube channel, Instagram and all the other places you can usually find me, but the Show Your Face link will end this time next Friday.

I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has joined, watched, hopped the Show Your Face link. Thank you for joining me and sharing with me every week I have been inspired and amazed by all of you and I hope you have enjoyed it too!

But we still have a share this week so let's share!


First up the admin...


Don't forget:
  • Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
  • the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
  • to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
  • the link stays open for a week, so link away.
  • finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
  • to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
  • Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFaceFriday hashtag in social media.
  • Using the prompts is totally optional and just there if you fancy playing along. You can still post your face work even if you haven't used the prompt.


My Share This Week...

Kim Dellow various sketches of faces


For my last Show Your Face share I thought I would pick some of my favourite pieces from the last year and a bit. Top left is paint and pen, top right - charcoal, bottom left - ballpoint on crackle paint, bottom right my marker pen half face from last week.


Over To You...

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

Once again, thank you Face-Artinators for all your inspiration, comments, prompt ideas and links for the last year and a bit! Don't forget to pop in from time to time to say hi and let me know how you are getting on with your art!

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal pages, check out the new theme at Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.


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Saturday, 20 August 2016

PUBLISHED: Simply Cards And Papercraft 153 Ken Oliver Color Burst Masterclass

Hey guys, I have a heads-up for you today! This month in Simply Cards and Papercraft, issue 153, I have a masterclass all about the Ken Oliver Color Burst water-soluble powdered pigments.

I know, right?! This is my third blog post about water-soluble powdered pigments this week! What with my new video on PaperArtsy Infusions and my Blitsy tutorial this week being all about the Prima Marketing mica and artisan powders it has gone kind of crazy hasn't it?

I mean I could not have planned it better, how is that for timing! I didn't plan it, honest! It is a coincident, it is work I've been doing on and off for the last few months all coming together in one big powdered pigment explosion this week! [Thinks to self - perhaps I should not have mentioned that and then it will look like I'm some blog post scheduling, organised genius?! Man! Did I just write that out loud? Ahh, no one will notice!]

La La La. Nothing to see here, just go about your normal business...and feast your eyes on these lovely pics:

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Kim Dellow's Color Burst card from Simply Cards and Papercraft 153 Purples

Kim Dellow's Color Burst card from Simply Cards and Papercraft 153 Reds

Beautiful pictures from the Practical Publishing International team as always! In the article I've got some step by steps for a whole range a techniques using Color Burst, which is also perfect timing as the current subscription gift for Simply Cards and Papercraft is a set of your very own Color Burst in the yummy Caribbean colours I've been using. I love brights and jewel colours!

I don't know, if you have been wondering about getting a subscription and/ or wondering about the Ken Oliver Color Burst then it might be the perfect time to do it!

Right, I better go in case any more coincidences or perfectly timed items turn up! Don't want anyone to think my life is in any way coordinated or anything! :)

Have a super creative Saturday.
Kim
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Friday, 19 August 2016

Show Your Face - Change Hands

Hello amazing Facers, another week and another share of any face/ portrait we have been working at this week. Have you tried the optional Changing Hands prompt as suggested by Hazel Agnew? Hope you get a chance to give it a go at least once this month.

Ok, time to share!


First up the admin...

Schedule:
  • Change Hands - August 2016 (try using your non-dominant hand to draw/ paint / make your face this month. Suggested by Hazel Agnew).
Remember all are optional prompts, you don't have to use them, they are there if you fancy playing, if not just link up your usual work as normal.


Don't forget:
  • Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
  • the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
  • to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
  • the link is open from 10 am (BST) every Friday and stays open for a week, so link away.
  • finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
  • to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
  • Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFaceFriday hashtag in social media.
  • There is a prompt every other month. Using the prompts is totally optional and just there if you fancy playing along. You can still post your face work even if you haven't used the prompt.

Looking For The Blog Button?

If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.


My Share This Week...

Kim Dellow Show your face sketch

This week I am posting a sketch and before you ask it was with my dominate hand even if it might not look it! I like the eye but I think the rest rather lets it down, I think the rest is too sketchy and doesn't match the style of the eye. I might try it again if I get the time.

Over To You...

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

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. Art journal pages, check out the new theme at Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.


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Thursday, 18 August 2016

AS FEATURED ON: Blitsy - How To Make A Mica Powder Journal Page

This week has just been full of tutorials for me. Monday I had a full step by step for an art journal page made using stamping and masking here on my blog, Wednesday I uploaded a technique video to my YouTube Channel and now, today, I have a tutorial over on the Blitsy blog.

Actually the tutorial today follows on perfectly from my technique video from Wednesday and went part way to inspiring it. Because today's tutorial is all about using powders, the Mica and Artisan powders from Prima Marketing and my video on Wednesday was also about using water-soluble powdered pigments, but different ones. Both tutorials involve a bit of embossing ink to apply the powders and show what amazing effects you can get with different powders.

[I do use affiliate links and there are some in this blog post.]

Kim Dellow Sea-inspired art journal page

I went for a bit of a seaside theme this week, it was totally unintentional but with Summer in full swing I can't help but think of walks on the beach, can you or is that just me? I've also managed to squeeze a little bit of brush writing in this page which is definitely still a hot trend!

Do go take a look at my Blitsy blog post 'How To Make A Mica Powder Journal Page'. Then check out my new technique video on YouTube, or here on my blog. I hope they give you lots of ideas about how you can use these techniques to apply water-soluble pigment powders to your next project.

Happy beach time you all!

Kim

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

VIDEO: PaperArtsy Infusions Meet Embossing/ Watermark Ink

New video time! This week I wanted to share with you how to use the PaperArtsy Infusions with Versamark.

If you haven't yet come across them, PaperArtsy Infusions are a water-soluble powdered pigment mixed with walnut crystals. Sprinkle them on a surface and add water, or a medium, and they develop into intense colour, then a few seconds later the walnut crystals also dissolve to give a different texture to the colour. There are lots of different ways to use them and you can get lots of interesting and different effects with them. So how about using them with embossing inks?

Kim Dellow Using VersaMark ink with PaperArtsy Infusions


If you are a seasoned stamper then you will have used embossing inks before, they are slow drying, clear inks and tend to be tacky to the touch so that they can hold embossing powder. You might also find them referred to as watermark or resist inks too. Various different companies have their own version of this ink and the one I am using it VersaMark ink but feel free to try out what you already have to hand for this technique.


VIDEO: PaperArtsy Infusions Meet Embossing Ink




In the video I am sharing two ideas for how to use the PaperArtsy Infusions and VersaMark together: stamping and using them with a stencil or mask.

[I do use affiliate links and there are some in this blog post.]

Products:
PaperArtsy Infusions: Royal Blood, Golden Sands:  (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
Tsukineko VersaMark ink pad: (UK) Amazon; (US) Blitsy
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps EKD03: (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
The Crafter's Workshop template - Mini Pebbles Tied - TCW595: (UK) Amazon; (US) Blitsy
Watercolour paper Bockingford CP: (UK) Amazon; Alternatively try Fluid CP: (US) Blitsy
Spray bottle water
Acrylic block


Kim Dellow using stamping with the PaperArtsy Infusions

You can also try this technique with other water-soluble powered pigments. I have tried this technique with the Ken Oliver Color Burst powders and when I find my Brushos I will try them too! They are hiding from me at the moment! *Sigh*

I personally preferred the PaperArtsy Infusions, particularly with the stamping technique, as I think the powder/ particle size might be lightly bigger in the Infusions and so I can get the stamped image to stand out more with the Infusions than with the Ken Oliver Color Burst. But then it is probably down to personal preference and the effect you are trying to achieve, so have a play and let me know what you think!

But one of the great things about using the water-soluble powdered pigments is the fabulous texture that they can give you and I think using them with the embossing ink really does play well to this strength.

Kim Dellow using a stencil with the PaperArtsy Infusions


I am looking forward to seeing all your makes using these techniques so do give me a shout if you use them.

I've been adding videos to my YouTube channel so if you want to see them there first, or just to be able to see them all in one place, then don't forget to subscribe to my channel Kim Dellow and turn on the notifications in your settings!


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Monday, 15 August 2016

TUTORIAL: How To Build An Art Journal Page With Stamps And Masks

I've got a tutorial to share with you today, here on my own blog for a change. Yep, a tutorial right here and now and just for you! This step by step how-to is all about building up an art journal page using stamping and masking techniques.

I actually made this project way back in March and the photos have been sat, all processed and ready to go, on my computer since then. If you came to my Make and Take with PaperArtsy back in April at Crafting At Ally Pally then you might recognise it as the bases of one of the Make and Takes I was sharing at the show.

If you did come to my Make and Take for this project then you will see a few extra details and some slight differences that I just did not have time to share in the half hour that we had together, so hopefully you will enjoy seeing them here instead. If you didn't get a chance to play along with the Make and Take then this will be the first time you have seen this, so I hope you enjoy it also!

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Kim Dellow Art Journal page made using stamping and masking

For this project I have worked in one of my junk journals but you can easily use other art surfaces like paper, chipboard, gesso board, well the choices are endless! If paint can go on it then this project will work on it too!



Here is what you need:
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps sets EKD01 and EKD02 (US/Worldwide Shoppers | UK/EU/Worldwide Shoppers)
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints - Snowflake; Blueberry; Cherry Red; Mermaid; Spanish Mulberry {Discontinued} (US/Worldwide Shoppers | UK/EU/Worldwide Shoppers)
Art journal or similar
gesso (optional)
ordinary copy paper for masks
scissors
Jet Black Ranger Archival ink pad
Plastic card scraper (old credit card, gift card etc) or a palette knife
brush
palette
sponge
water spray and an old toothbrush to clean paint off stamps
Masking/ Washi tape
craft knife
pencil
acrylic stamp blocks
black Sakura Pigma Micron



Step 1: Prepare the background

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 1 Prepare the background

If you need to, add some gesso to your surface and let it dry, you don't need to add gesso if your surface doesn't need priming so skip this part of the step if that is the case. As I am working in my junk journal I added a layer of gesso before I started to tone down the print on the page just a bit.

Start building up the background colour using the paints and apply them with the plastic card or a palette knife. If you aren't sure how to use a plastic card to apply paint then have a look at my 'Get The Faux Print Look' video, that will give you some tips.

I added a drop of paint to the palette then ran the edge of my plastic card, or palette knife, through the paint and scrapped the paint across the page. It is a great way to get different textures and I love how thinly you can get the paint with this method.



Step 2: Stamp some texture

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 2 stamp the background

Next a little bit of paint stamping with my texture stamps from both the PaperArtsy EKD01 and EKD02 sets. I love stamping in paint to add texture and it is a technique you will often spot me using at the moment, I used it in my recent 'Make A Layered Tag' video if you want to see it in action.

There are different ways you can do this, my favourite is to spread the paint really thinly on the palette and dab the stamp into the paint then onto the surface. You need to work relatively quickly as the paint will dry out quickly when spread thinly.

You also do not want to leave the paint on the stamp as it will dry on it so have a spray bottle to hand before you start and spritz the stamp with water after you have stamped with it to keep the paint wet. Then you can wash off the residue paint when you have a minute. I usually clean it off then and there with some light scrubbing using a toothbrush, job done!



Step 3: Define your centre

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 3 define the centre

So for this design I've defined a centre section to the page to put the image on, almost like a little window in the page. To achieve this, and to make the section pop, I've used a mask and applied more of the lightest colours through that mask.

First make you mask. It helps if you have a piece of copy paper about the same size as the page you are working on. Making sure that the paint on the page is dry, place the paper over the page and draw out the shape you want the centre section to be. I went with a rounded square but it can really be anything and some of my Make and Take folks came up with some fabulous shapes, hearts, clouds, wibbly wobbly shapes, so go with what you fancy!

Remove the paper from the journaling page then cut out the middle, following your pencil line, using a craft knife or scissors. It is the frame you want to use as a mask so try not to cut into it and instead cut into just the middle so that you keep the frame intact and easy to manage. If you do cut into the frame don't panic, use some tape to stick it together again once you have finished cutting.

Now hold the frame back over the journal page and apply the paint through the frame mask with a plastic card or palette knife.

Tip: To decrease the amount of paint splodging under the mask, only apply a small amount of paint over the edges and work from the outside of the paper frame into the middle of the space. Build up the colour in layers at the edges.



Step 4: Make more masks!

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 4 make more masks

Whilst the paint is drying you can get on with making the masks for the images you are going to use in the centre.

Stamp out the long flowers and the clouds from the EKD02 set onto spare paper and use a craft knife to remove the centre of the shapes. A craft knife is easier but you can use scissors if you prefer.



Step 5: Start building up the central image

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 5 build the central image

To build up the central image we are going to use the masks and paint through them. If you want to keep it simple then just go with one of the colours such as the Blueberry, Cherry Red, or Spanish Mulberry (or something similar as this colour is being discontinued!) to fill the flowers. If you are looking to add a bit more texture to your page then use the Snowflake paint as I have done for my page here.

Again, only apply a small amount of paint over the edges of the masks and work from the outside into the middle to cut down on the paint splodging underneath the mask. If you want to be super precise then you can do it the 'proper' way and use a stippling brush and stipple the paint through the mask. But if you are careful then the ordinary brush method can work, it is just down to a bit of patience and working from the outside in to the centre.



Step 6: Stamp the images

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 6 stamp the images

As well as painting the flowers white I have also used the cloud masks and painted them with Snowflake paint too. Then I took the small cloud mask, turned it on its side next to the tallest flower and used it to paint a little white tab. This is going to be the space for the sentiment.

Once all the paint is dry it is time to stamp the lines and details in. So grab your frame mask again and place it back over the page. This will protect the areas you don't want to get any stamped image on.

Lining up your stamping with the masked off images on the page can be a little tricky! You really don't have to get the two perfectly coordinated and in fact I really like the slightly off look as it can add another level of interest to the piece.

Often what I do is bring my eye level in line with the page, don't move the page but do move yourself! Then lower the stamp in place slowly keeping my eye on both the image and the stamp. It takes a bit of practice. Remember you want the stamp to be parallel to the surface when it touches to avoid smudging, but you can lever the stamp in place without touching the surface, then straighten it up and stamp.

Alternatively, if you have a MISTI that will fit your project you can always use that! Or you can just best guesstimate, stamp as you would normally and love the imperfections, which works just as well in my opinion!

You can also see this type of stamping over blocks of colour in action in my 'Get The Faux Print Look' video.



Step 7: Fill in the colour

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 7 add some colour

If you used Snowflake white paint through your flower mask then now is the time to add a bit of colour to your flower heads. If you just went with the colour in the first place, instead of the white step then skip on over to Step 8.

I added a gradient of the Cherry Red and Spanish Mulberry with a small brush to my flower heads.



Step 8: Final touches

Kim Dellow Art Journal page Step 8 Adding the final touches

Add some final touches once the page is dry by placing the flower masks back over the flower heads and stamping out the texture stamps with paint through the masks, just as you did with the background texture. Then remove the masks and let the paint dry.

Stamp up the 'Let Yourself Grow' sentiment from EKD01, quickly add masking tape or Washi tape over the 'Let Yourself' part and stamp the 'Grow' part in the little white tab on the larger flower.

To finish the page use the marker pen to add a border around the frame and the little sentiment tab.



Kim Dellow Art Journal page close up


I love making my own masks it is great fun, so easy to do and a great way to stretch your stash. Don't throw away your paper masks after you have done the project, they will last a few more projects. If I've made the mask using stamps then I usually store them in the bag with the stamps. For other masks I have an envelope  to keep them all together so that I know where they are.

As usual do let me know if you make anything using these techniques or my stamps. I always love all of your shares, so give me a shout if you have something you want to share.


If you liked this project then you might like these projects too:

Kim Dellow Fabric Pendant necklace tutorialKim Dellow Layered tag tutorialKim Dellow Get The Faux Print Look Video

Happy creating!

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

AS FEATURED ON: Blitsy - How To Make Zingy Pineapple Art

I'm over on the Blitsy blog today with a new tutorial. This week I have kept with the pineapple theme of our Blitsy Summer Trends blog hop from earlier this month to make a little mixed media pineapple art journal page. It is another in my print-look style tutorials.

I'm kind of really getting into the print-look. Obviously stamping is perfect for getting that printed look but I've been stretching my stash and trying to find ways to achieve printed looks and styles with things that perhaps your first thoughts would not go to printing for.

So for this printed look I've used pineapple chipboard embellishments to 'print' the pineapples using dye spray, I really love the bright pink with the yellow watercolour background!

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I've also added in some pen work to give it an illustrative print look and add that contemporary feel to it.

I go through the whole process plus how to turn a chipboard element into a printing element. It is one of those projects that each time you do it you will get something slight different and unique, so practically a monoprint! I hope you will give it a go.

All the details are in my 'How To Make Zingy Pineapple Art' blog post over on the Blitsy blog and you can see all the products that I have used there too.

If you are interested in more print-style techniques then do check out my 'Get The Faux Printed Look' video on YouTube where I share a screen print-style but without having to use a screen!







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Friday, 12 August 2016

Show Your Face - Change Hands

Hello amazing Facers, How are you getting on with the  Changing Hands prompt suggested by Hazel Agnew? Have you tried it out yet?


First up the admin...

Schedule:
  • Change Hands - August 2016 (try using your non-dominant hand to draw/ paint / make your face this month. Suggested by Hazel Agnew).
Remember all are optional prompts, you don't have to use them, they are there if you fancy playing, if not just link up your usual work as normal.


Don't forget:
  • Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
  • the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
  • to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
  • the link is open from 10 am (BST) every Friday and stays open for a week, so link away.
  • finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
  • to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
  • Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFaceFriday hashtag in social media.
  • There is a prompt every other month. Using the prompts is totally optional and just there if you fancy playing along. You can still post your face work even if you haven't used the prompt.

Looking For The Blog Button?

If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.


My Share This Week...

Show Your Face changing hands sketch Kim Dellow

I've had another crack at changing my hands to draw a face, I thought I would swap to paint pens, I thought they might be a bit more forgiving than a fine tip marker pen! I think I just about got away with it!

Over To You...

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

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. Art journal pages, check out the new theme at Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.


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Saturday, 6 August 2016

As Featured On Blitsy: How To Make an Art Journal Page With Refill Inks

I've got a new art journaling tutorial to share with you, it is over on the Blitsy blog and it is quite colourful!

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Kim Dellow Using refill ink to make an art journal page

But that is ok, because we all LOVE colour don't we? Oh yes! We can never have too much colour in our lives don't you think? I do hope so because I've gone all out with my colour for this week's Blitsy tutorial using refill ink. You know the little bottles you get to refill your ink pads? Yep, they are the ones!

I don't know about you but I get those little bottles and use them to fill up my ink pads but the rest of the time they can just sit in a box. Well, they are going to sit in that box no longer now! It's a great way of making the products you buy really work for you! I've used them with gel medium and tissue paper but you can see all the details over on the Blitsy blog in my 'How To Make an Art Journal Page With Refill Inks' blog post.

Hopefully, I will persuade you to use your ink refills too if you aren't already! I've also used refill inks with gelatine plates for monoprinting before and they are quite good for adding colour to mediums if you are looking for some more ideas on how to get the most from them.

So what about you? Do you use your ink refills for? Have you used them for something other than refilling your ink pads? Do let me know!

Kim

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Friday, 5 August 2016

Show Your Face - Change Hands

Hey Facers, August is with us and normally this would be a prompt-free month but I've bought forward the fab prompt as suggested by Hazel Agnew - Change Hands! So, if you fancy it, do try using your non-dominant hand to draw/ paint/ stitch/ sculpt or however you make your art doing.

So who is ready for a share?

First up the admin...

Schedule:
  • Change Hands - August 2016 (try using your non-dominant hand to draw/ paint / make your face this month. Suggested by Hazel Agnew).
Remember all are optional prompts, you don't have to use them, they are there if you fancy playing, if not just link up your usual work as normal.


Don't forget:
  • Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
  • the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
  • to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
  • the link is open from 10 am (BST) every Friday and stays open for a week, so link away.
  • finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
  • to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
  • Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFaceFriday hashtag in social media.
  • There is a prompt every other month. Using the prompts is totally optional and just there if you fancy playing along. You can still post your face work even if you haven't used the prompt.

Looking For The Blog Button?

If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.


My Share This Week...


I thought I would give the prompt a go, it is quite tricky! I sketched her with my non-dominant hand then decided to add a touch of watercolour. Mmm, interesting, I'm sure I will be trying it out again during this month.

Over To You...

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

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. Art journal pages, check out the new theme at Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.


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Thursday, 4 August 2016

VIDEO: New PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps: Make A Layered Tag

New stamps and a new film to go with them! If you were around my blog, or the PaperArtsy blog, on Saturday you would have seen that I have some new PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps - EKD03 - Wahoo! It is my third stamp set with PaperArtsy and I'm just as excited about these stamps as I was about the first two sets launched at the beginning of this year.

Layered, painted tag using PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps

Of course I made some samples to go with the new stamp set launch and I hope you enjoyed seeing the photographs of them all on the PaperArtsy blog. But I've also put together a film walking through my process for one of these samples.

The sample that I have chosen to share the whole process of is the layered and painted tag. It does give the impression of being really simple doesn't it? But actually there is a lot of colour and texture, plus some dimension too, going into the making of this tag.


VIDEO:




PRODUCTS LIST:
(I do use affiliate links and there are some included in this post)
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps EKD03: (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints: (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
Background: Teresa Green, Granny Smith, Hint Of Mint
Flower and sentiment: Cheescake, Hey Pesto, Bubble Gum, Coral
PaperArtsy Drying Retarder: (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
300gsm Cardstock
Liquitex Gesso
Brushes
Plastic card e.g. old credit card or gift card
Palette
hole punch
Sakura Micron Pigma pen 05

PaperArtsy products are also available from PaperArtsy and various retailers worldwide. You can find a full list of suppliers on my stamp release blog post.


You can see from the video that there are a lot of different techniques in the process of making this project. It starts with a gesso resist and I've used the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints as washes, which you may not be used to seeing them being applied in that way.

I love to experiment and play so I thought I would see how the paints handled when used as a wash or a glaze. There are different ways to do this and I show you how I tried it in the video.


Close up of the tag using PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps

Then there is also lots of stamping with paints which is still one of my favorite techniques at the moment! Oh and you might spot some more painting with a plastic card too and if you haven't seen it yet I have another video showing how to use a plastic card to add a faux print look to your projects.

Enjoy the video and if you have any comments on what you think about my videos then I would love the feedback, I have a few now on my YouTube Channel. I'm trying to improve them all the time so please do share if you have any thoughts!

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Blitsy Summer Trends Blog Hop: How To Make Quick Pineapple Party Invites

Welcome to the Blitsy Summer Trends August 2016 Blog Hop!

I hope you are having a fun hop around the Blitsy Creative Team's blogs. If you came from Dana Joy's blog Got Joy Creations then you are on the right track. If not, then don't worry! Come join in the hop here, you can still be in with a chance to win a prize!

Wait! Did someone say PRIZE? Oh yes they did! But before I give you the details of how to enter the Giveaway I just wanted to give you a little introduction to what is going on.

For a bit of fun Blitsy sent out each of it's Creative Team members a mystery box of arty/ crafty goodies and asked us each to share a project with you all. None of us knew what would be in our box and different team members have got some different items in the mix. A fun challenge right? I can't wait to see what everyone has done!

[I do use affiliate links and there are some in this blog post.]


Kim Dellow Pineapple Party Invites For Blitsy

What Did I Make?

Little Pineapple Summer Party Invites and I've put together a little film to show you what was in my mystery box and how I used them to make these invites.





So the products in my mystery Blitsy box were:

Hero Arts pineapple stamp
Fabscraps chipboard pineapple embellishments
Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Pineapple Paradise

You can also find them over on the Blitsy Summer Trend sale.


I've also used:

Strathmore Mixed-Media Visual Journals - 9" x 12"
American Crafts Pink Craft Blade Trimmer 12"
Ranger Inkssentials Paper Creaser Bone Folder 6" - Folding/Burnishing
Fiskars Paper Trimmer Bypass 9" Cardmaking
Sakura - Pigma Micron Pen - .45mm - Carded - Black - 5


GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

If you want a chance to win $50 to spend at Blitsy, and don't forget that they ship worldwide, then collect the 'secret words' from the Creative Team's blogs and then head on over to the Blitsy Blog to learn how to enter, go bookmark the link now so you don't forget!

So the next person you want to hop to is Jennifer Reyes at My Purpley Life, but also check out Andreja Vučajnk at Easy Peasy And Fun.

But before you go my secret word is:

ZINGY

Thanks for popping in and Happy Hopping!

Good luck!

Kim

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Saturday, 30 July 2016

New Stamp Release: PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps EKD03

Wahoo! Wahoo! Dance around the room! I can finally share with you my latest new stamps from PaperArtsy as it is -

Dum dada dum....

PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} New Stamp Release Day!

Sorry, got a bit excited there, but it is true, I do have some new stamp designs to share with you today with my third stamp set EKD03:

PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps EKD03

This new set is joining my two previous sets, from the beginning of the year, to make three happy and coordinating, retro-crazy, alien flower, little critters, texture stamps and words stamp sets. Ok, so in case you have missed them, or don't remember what my other two stamp sets, EKD01 and EKD02, look like here you go...

PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps EKD01 and EKD02

I know, it is like a weird and wonderful little family of stamps isn't it? This time around I've got the texture/ background stamp, flowers and little creature, just as with the other two sets but I've added a long pattern stamp and a free standing round stamp. Also you might have noticed that there is a word stamp instead of a phrase. I have done it in the same style as the other lettering, although a little bit bigger so it doesn't get lost. But get this, you can easily mix and match it with the phrases from EKD01 and EKD02,

I mean 'LET YOURSELF SHINE' and 'ENJOY THE SHINE'. Ok so the second one might be a little specific but I'm sure there will be occasions when it might come in useful, what do you think? 'LET SHINE GROW' does that work? Ha Ha! I know, I get a bit carried away sometimes.

But I digress, I have some samples to show you...


If you want to see them in more details do visit the PaperArtsy blog today where I have also shared how to make them.

I don't know if you can tell, but I am really excited about these because I just can not wait to see what you make with them. Don't forget that I have a Pinterest board dedicated to sharing everyone's makes with the PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamp range so give me a shout, nudge, social media link-up and I will add your make to the board too!




Best thing yet is that you do not have to wait! These stamps should already be in your favorite PaperArtsy stockist if not you can ask them to get it for you!

United Kingdom
Artist Trading Post, Powys, Wales.
Artworks, Nottingham.
BellaCrafts, Eastleigh, Hampshire.
Birds in the Barn, Marks Tey, Essex.
Blade Rubber Stamps, Bloomsbury, London.
Clacton Arts and Crafts, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
Countryview Crafts, Potton, Bedfordshire.
Craftylicious, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Crafty Ideas, Studly, Warwickshire.
Keep On Crafting, Bury St Edmunds, Essex.
Loobi Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Out of the Blue, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol.
Rowantree Crafts, Carnforth, Lancashire.
Simply Craft, South Glamorgan, Wales.
Stampers Grove, Edinburgh.
That's Crafty, Romford, Essex.
The Artistic Stamper, Faversham, Kent.
The Craft Barn, Merstham, Surrey.
The Craft Den, March, Cambridgshire.
The Forget Me Not Kraft Kabin, Hockley, Essex.

Continental Europe
Expression-Hobby, Marcinelle, Belgium.

Toutencolle, Dun Sur Auron, France.

Stempelfee-Shop, Hilden, Germany.
Stempeloase Munich, Munich, Germany.

Bianca's Toko, Drenthe, Netherlands.
Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden, Netherlands.
Leuke Stempels, Nijverdal, Netherlands.

Cien por cien Manualidades, S.L, Barcelona, Spain
Manu Tam, Madrid, Spain.

Big Time Stempel, Gockhaisen, Switzerland.

USA/ Canada
Frantic Stamper Inc, Eagle Point, Oregon.
Kept Creations, Whitman, Massachusetts.
Simon Says Stamp, Columbus, Ohio.
Vintage in KC, Johnson, Kansas.

Asia/ Pacific/ Africa
Tiny Dots, Chiba, Japan.

Mandy's Cards, Taipei, Taiwan

Crafters Cupboard Pty Ltd, Berwick, Victoria, Australia.

Stencil Art, Gauteng, SouthAfrica.


Looking forward to seeing your makes!
Kim

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Friday, 29 July 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Third Anniversary Blog Hop And Stamp Release


Welcome! It's the Paperbabe Stamps blog hop time!

With new stamps, lots of inspiration and a GIVEAWAY!

(Looking for Show Your Face? Then scroll down or use this direct link.)

To celebrate three years of Paperbabe Stamps, the Paperbabe herself - Kim Costello - has asked lots of lovely designers to make something with her NEW Paperbabe Stamps JULY 2016 release to give you some eye candy as well as some really candy up for grabs!

[I do use affiliate links and there are some in this blog post.]

But before I spill the beans on what you can win on this blog hop shall we have a look at the new Paperbabe Stamps release? I think you are going to like it, I know that I do!


New Paperbabe Stamp Release

The new release comprises of four new mini stamp sets and three new substrate kits. They will be available to purchase on July 30th and you will find them at the Paperbabe Stamps Etsy shop when they go live.

Want a little peek at some of what is on offer from Paperbabe Stamps this month?

Kim Dellow Paperbabe Stamps July 2016 Release


Kim Dellow Paperbabe Stamps July 2016 Release close up

How cute? These gorgeous little forest animals are built up in layers with overstamping. So, for example, for foxy I've stamped the body in a russet colour ink then overstamped the legs, which is a different but matching stamp, in black ink. Both the owl and the bunny were stamped the same way then I added a bit more shading detail with coloured pencils.

They are mounted on a laser-cut MDF substrate which I've painted with acrylic paint and added the grass and a stamped sentiment, which is also one of the stamps in the new release.


GIVEAWAY DETAILS!


Ok, so the bit you have been wating for! The chance to get your hands on some lovely goodies.

There are two prizes up for grabs:
The Paperbabe Stamps entire July's release (What? What? What?)
A £25 gift voucher to choose what you like in the Paperbabe Stamps online store.


How To Win:

  • Two comment will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the designer's/Paperbabe Stamps blogs so to win make sure that you leave a comment on any of the designer's or the Paperbabe stamps blog.
  • You do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances!
  • Deadline: You have until midnight on Sunday, 31st July to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on Monday, 1st August to see if you are one of the lucky winners.


Here are all the blogs on the hop:

Kim YOU ARE HERE!

Have fun and good luck!

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