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From masterboard to mini abstracts

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I think as time goes by, the way I work changes and evolves and the things I used to hold on to as my foundations have been overtaken by other ideas.

It took a visit to a very good friend to remind me of the love we both had for creating masterboards. We used to create these magical backgrounds regularly and I think I even gave a workshop based around one at some time in the past.

It was a visit to Lena’s last week when she produced a big sheet of 50 x 70cm white card and challenged me to make a masterboard from it. So challenge accepted, I took it home and took out the acrylic paints. I rolled, smeared and scraped three colours plus a white randomly over the surface, then used a stick to scribble black ink. Masterboards always get to a point when you think, what the heck am I doing? but you have to push on knowing that the end result will be all worth it.

Once dry, I cut the whole sheet into 10cm squares. Immediately you can see these mini abstract works start to look like masterpieces. I had some left over to cut a few ATC’s too.

I took the squares back to Lena’s this week and added the torn book page and copper paper strips. I mounted some of my favourite ones onto a strip of white accordion folded card and immediately they started to sing to me.

It’s such a satisfying process. It takes a leap of faith to firstly, stick with it and carry on regardless of what sort of a mess you think you’re making and secondly to cut up the finished artwork into smaller chunks.

Thank you Lena for the inspiration and card. Same time next week then?

Jaine x

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new release from #wowembossingpowder

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Hello and welcome to the WOW! Embossing Powder New Release giveaway Hop!  We are so excited to show case to you our New Release collections. Bright, fun and seasonal, these powder collections have it all.

The new Catherine Pooler powder Cranberry Sparkle is a perfect go-to colour for Christmas crafting, but I thought I’d show how it could be used for any kind of project. Here I used it through one of my favourite stencils to create this stunning background and teamed it with Galaxy Glow, which is gorgeous as it is but really comes alive in the dark!

Cranberry Sparkle has so many different colours running through it.

Just look at how stunning this powder is in the dark!!

Using the same technique I couldn’t resist making a new monthly dashboard for my planner inspired by the colours I see around me at the moment.

Over an ink smooshed background, I stencilled the squares with texture paste and added Gilded powder from the Toteally Amazing trio, while it was still wet. I used my heat tool to set it and speed up the drying of the paste. The die cut shapes have been embossed with Iced Teal from the same set and Orangeade from Summer Scoops trio. I kept the letters of November plain and black so they would stand out on the colourful background.

The colours and feel on both of these projects are so very different but still created with the same mixed media which I love.

Materials used: Toteally Amazing Trio, Summer Scoops Trio and Galaxy Glow.

To begin your hop or to find out about the YouTube hop which is also taking place go to the WOW! blog.

WOW! Embossing Powders is giving away a $25 gift certificate to either their UK or USA store.
The Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on ALL OF THE BLOG POSTS.
To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on each blog post to have a chance at getting your hands on the prize. This hop is open internationally. This is the full line up below;

Karen J Reategui

Ericka Strange

Gemma Campbell

Daniel Diaz

Ashlee McGregor

Jaine Drake – That’s Me! so next up is…

Isha Gupta

Tenia Renee Nelson

I hope you’ve enjoyed the hop so far, thank you for visiting and I hope you continue to be inspired by the rest of my team mates.

Jaine x

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Serendipity in art

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It doesn’t matter how much time I spend planning and creating a piece of work, my favourite pieces are the ones which have been created from the afterthoughts, the discarded rejects and happy accidents. This is why most of my art journals are made using clean up sheets and practice papers. A lot of the time a background which may look totally chaotic, looks completely different when die cut and used in some unfinished journal page. A flat journal page may need a spot of colour to complete it and a box of off cuts and rejects is a good place to look.

It was after a gel printing afternoon that the final prints to come off the plate were the clean up ghost prints. I always love these prints, they’re grungy, dirty and contain many different colours mixed together in an old peeling paint sort of way.

Next to me on the table was a box of off cuts which I use for collages and on the top was this piece of watercolour card, stained from having a teabag left to sit on it. You never know when these things will come in handy I say! Underneath all of that I also had dry tea bags which are great for collages too. The piece of muslin, stained from Tea Dye ink from Ranger was the only planned piece as I’d used it earlier in the day for a project with Paper Pen and Plan.

I die cut the tea stained card to use in a collage, tucking it under the tea bag and muslin. I didn’t waste the little shapes which came out of the die cut either and used those to continue the colour on the rest of the background. I used black paint to cover the die cut letters and whilst this was wet sprinkled some Black Magic powder from WOW! in patches. I swear to you the safety pin has been sitting on my table for weeks now waiting to be used and literally caught my eye as I needed something to catch the muslin down!

The craziest part about this whole process is that little star shining out from the centre of the collage. It wasn’t planned and I only noticed it when taking these photos. You couldn’t make it up!

I love mixed media.

Jaine x

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World card day blog hop

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Today is World Card Making Day and together with my team mates at WOW! Embossing Powder and organised by our team leader Jo, we’re hosting a fun and inspirational blog hop to celebrate.

Card making is more important than ever right now. Sending a few words just to show someone you’re thinking of them, especially if you can’t say it in person, the thought will always be appreciated.

I thought I’d use one of my favourite stamp sets from WOW! Flights of Fancy to create these three cards.

In this first card below, I’ve used Glassy Ocean from the Dockside Trio and Serene from the Riviera Trio both of which are gorgeous sets of powders.

On the card below I’ve used one of my favourite Trio’s, Forever 13 which features a beautiful glittery turquoise, a purple and delicate pink. I just love using these together.

And finally for my third card I used All That Jazz from the same Forever 13 trio but on its own this time. I’m just a sucker for a turquoise colour.

I do hope you’ve found some inspiration here and throughout our hop. Do continue on and visit us all. Comment along each of the Design Team member’s posts for a chance to win a $25 gift card to either our UK or USA stores. (One comment per blog please). You have until Wednesday, October 7th at 11:59PM British Summertime to leave your comments. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 8th. So here’s the full line up below.

WOW!
Tenia
Jenny
Karen
Amber
Jo


Jaine – That’s me! The next blog to visit is…


Verity
Ericka
Daniel
Dunja
Ashlee

Erica
Rikka

Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment, it is truly appreciated and could win you a great prize.

Jaine xx

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