' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: Inspired by Ellen Vargo (2)

Friday 21 February 2014

Inspired by Ellen Vargo (2)

Ellen was back this week on the Paper Artsy blog to show us what she made with the newly released stamps she designed. The cards she created have a very graphic feel which remind me of tribal art. But of course I don't have any of the new stamps!

I followed Ellen's instructions here to produce not cards but a box for my inks & bits. It has to be flat in order to be stacked so I have eschewed any kind of dimensional embellishments.

I have used Fresco paints on my background, initially with a brayer but I switched to a baby wipe when having produced something that looked like "an explosion in a paint factory" (my son's words) I applied more paint to tone down and bring together the offending layers.

For the fine lines stamping I substituted a stamp by a piece of plastic packaging inked with Versamagic.
I selected a stamp set, freebie from a magazine, that I thought would produce the closest look to what Ellen did. I had never used it before so that's a bonus!
I used white paint for the white and Archival for the black and filled in the dots with black marker and white gel pen.
The chevrons were stencilled with paint and I drew the borders with a black marker. The eagle eyed among you will notice a bit of a crackle were the chevron meets the wax paper strips, that's because I run out of matt medium and used PVA instead!

I am also entering the Artful Times and Pan Pastels UK challenges.

Thanks for coming by,


  1. Awesome! I love that you joined in the fun even though you don't have the stamps (yet....LOL). Love the result - very graphic indeed. Thanks for joining in this week's fun.

  2. Fabulous colours, love your shapes & have to ask where the freebie stamps are from as they are fabulous!

    Gorgeous ArTy box, will be wonderful to see every day:-) xxx

  3. This looks fab, love those colours. Really enjoying all this striking abstract art,

    Lucy x

  4. Really bix and it will very useful as well.

    Thank you gor joining us at Artful Times for box challenge

    Chrissie xx

  5. This is fabulous, so eyecatching. You did an awesome job with your substitutions.

  6. Love the bold white contrast against the background colours :)
    A great make for Artful Times
    Von ♥

  7. C'est absolument magnifique !!!! J'adore les couleurs, les tampons, la disposition, tout...
    In English I would even say that's a masterpiece box, really amazing...
    Bon dimanche, bises Coco

  8. Gorgeous mix of colours & white really stands out well

  9. Fabulous altered box love the greens and blues together you have achieved excellent " tribal art" patterns. Looks like I have missed a treat this week will pop over to PA and take a look.


    ps just added myself as a follower of your lovely blog

  10. It looks gorgeous. I really love the colours you've used for the background and the zig zag stripes are really bold.

    Emma x

  11. I love your design, it's really fabulous!
    Alison xxx

  12. loving the white against the blue - very fresh xx

  13. Great design and lovely colours on your box - I really like this. Margie

  14. I have been attracted to blue recently, for some reason a colour I have little of, more to point rarely used. On seeing your creation I see the attraction. You have created a collage of colour that just pulls you in. The crisp white just separating the sections. absolutely STUNNING.
    Nelle xx

  15. That's a brilliant background and love the design and colour. Hugs Sandra X

  16. It' s a gorgeous background and great design, it really catches the eye!

    Thanks for your kind words on my blog.
    To glue the pages of the book together you can use the PVA glue just on the 3 sides ( holding tight all the pages), and let it dry. Then you can cut easily the niche.
    To make the mini mini book's covers I used just a piece of cardstock, bend it, and covered with brown paint. I glued the mini pages also with PVA paint to the cover. It's more easy to make than to explain :-)

  17. Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous, and even thought you didn't embellish it still doesn't look flat because of all the awesome layers. An explosion in a paint factory, how amazing would that be, especially in the fresco factory lol, we would all have to bring tags and journals to mop it all up :-) Kezzy xxx

  18. I love this, the color and depth. Love the family feedback, I get that all the time too, blunt honesty.

  19. Delicious. Love the explosion of colour and the black and white geometric patterns. What a pleasure to have such a beautiful box

  20. Gorgeous and love the results, thanks so much for joining us over at PCB and good luck.