JO FIRTH-YOUNG

Mixed-media paper crafter; stamper, freelance craft tutor, designer of PaperArtsy JOFY stamps

June Workshops....

I'm teaching two half day card making workshops at Birds in the Barn (Studio 36) on 30th June and there are a couple of places remaining...


If you'd like to spend the morning or afternoon creating lovely cards with paints, inks, embossing powders and stamps then head on over to Birds in the Barn's website and you'll find all the details you need!

Hope to see you there!


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Craft Stamper July 2018: Blog Exclusive

Over on the Craft Stamper blog - HERE - you can see the details and instructions for this tag I created for my article in the July issue, now on sale...


Thanks for stopping by...


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ALBOTAT: Do It Now


A spread in my small Dylusions journal to 'document' what I've learned from the events of the past 18 months and that is to..
'do it now' 
ie don't put it off 'til tomorrow because you never really know whats going to happen tomorrow do you - whether its good or bad... so {try to} do it now, today... free up tomorrow by doing it today.


 This spread started off like this...
... a sketched page that had been in there a while and I wasn't sure how to progress it - but the empty space in the bottom left hand corner was perfect for adding words to!

This was a relaxing spread to create - lots of sketching and pencil colouring (Faber Castell Polychromos), the black pen I used is a Posca.


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ALBOTAT: using up the scraps.

Sometimes when a project is finished the scraps and 'rubbish' left on the desk are too nice, colourful and interesting to throw away.. so its nice to make something out of them...

I don't tidy my desk very often so there were quite a few scraps on my desk from various projects & class samples and they tied together nicely - pink and green is always one of my favourite colour schemes!  I built this page in my art journal on a page where I'd glued a piece of starry tissue paper thinking it would be a great background for something at somepoint! lol and its a perfect background for this spread.


This took very little time - lots of gluing down, a touch of stamping and some neon pink scribbles and its done!

I encourage you to try this - gather the 'bits' on your desk and play with them - if they came from a project where the colours coordinated then it makes sense that they'll work again in another setting.. win win

Have fun!


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ALBOTAT: Spring is blooming!!

This journal page was inspired by the garden and the arrival of spring and, hopefully soon, summer! (fingers crossed lol) Our garden has been getting more colourful by the day and I love the surprises it throws up.


I like to keep some white space on my journal spreads but on this one I scribble wrote all over the page on top of the original sketch

I really like how it looks when you paint over it - just about visible but not legible.. its not interfering with any added layers...

Once I'd finished reinstating the design with paints and a Posca paint pens - love those A LOT!!) I scanned it on the computer. I cleaned up the scan by removing any background marks leaving only the scribble flowers.  I printed it out on my toner printer onto a vintage book page - ooooh that was a good print!  such a great image it was hard to cut it up!! lol

I carried on sticking and colouring- I'd originally planned to stick the printed flowers over the matching ones on the journal page but decided the spread needed more flowers (are there ever enough flowers!) - and I also kept thinking 'its needs more colour'  - until finally, with the addition of swipes of neon pink gel pen, I was finished!


I really like that the pages are bright and colourful but also still have a lot of 'white' space.. space to 'breathe'.

Thanks popping by

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Craft Stamper Magazine, July...

.. available in all WHSmith shops and independent craft stores now (and online if you'd rather get your creative fix that way!).. and I'm happy to have a project in there this month...




Its a really lovely summery issue - you won't be disappointed!


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"I just don't have anything to wear..."

... or "lets play dress-up!"...


Today I have a fun project over on the PaperArtsy blog - the current theme is Paper Dolls and my project is a nod to our (my) childhood...

Go HERE to read all about it.

Also - can I just say a BIG 'thank you' to my Dad who made the furniture featured in the blog post - originally made for me (and my Sindy doll) when I was a child... there is also a four-poster bed and dressing table! Gorgeous, and my mum sewed bed drapes and bedding - a very talented pair! x



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Love Life canvas workshop....

... at Keep on Crafting Bury St Edmunds!



This workshop on the 9th June is a lovely one (even if I do say so myself! lol)... You can work with the colours I've chosen (as shown in the sample above) or choose your own.  The same goes for the words - if you don't want to use Love/Life then you could, for example, choose a name or another word (as long as its short - not discombobulated or something equally as long! lol)

If you fancy a lovely painty, inky, stampy day then contact the shop on 01284 701101 or  www.keeponcrafting.co.uk to book your place.

Hope to see you there


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#The100dayproject / #100daysinthelifeofaline

On April 3rd 2018 I, like lots of other people on Instagram, started the #the100dayproject.  We committed to making something for 100 days and posting our progress up on Instagram.

I agreed (with myself) that I would take part in the 'project' as long as it was 'simple' and 'doable'... and it would be something that I would only post on Instagram... but its seems a shame not to put an update on my (slightly neglected) blog every so often.

The project is now a third of the way through, and earlier this week I made a very quick video to show how my project was coming a long... or maybe that should be 'how long' my project is getting!
You see my project is a 10x10cm concertina book of 100 pages, which I made myself (so much for keeping it simple but I really enjoyed making the book so it wasn't too much of a hassle).  A continuous drawn line will run across the 100 pages - each page is different - sometimes they will be linked in someway and sometimes they will stand alone - but they will always be joined by the line. At the end of the 100 days it will measure 10metres!

Its like a Slinky (remember those?!) made out of paper!

Some of the connected, pages...

Some of the stand-alone pages...
  


  

So here's the video (please excuse the wobbliness - simultaneously walking, talking and videoing (while bent over!) is quite tricky! lol)


You can see all the pages on my Instagram pages at @jofyjo and at the end of the project I'll do another (hopefully less wobbly!) video.

You can see all the other #the100dayproject artists by searching the hashtag on Instagram - go take a look as there are lots of great projects out there!

Thanks for popping by!


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Flat pack / Self assembly canvases!

Hi


I've received several inquiries about where you can buy the flat pack canvases that I've used in recent classes.

Following my recent workshop at The Artistic Stamper (Faversham, Kent) they currently have the canvases in stock.  Jennie, the owner, won't be listing them online but if you would like to buy one or two (she has them in both A5 and A4 size) please drop her an email at sales@theartisticstamper.com

When they come into stock at other shops I'll try and update you.




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JoFY Bingo Wk.11

Hello - welcome back to JoFY Bingo after a bit of an unscheduled (and unexpected) break in the game!

Week 11 brings us gardening and boys.... hhhmmm... a tricky one because back in Week 2 (HERE) I used the big beach hut with flowers so I didn't really want to visit that again - though I do still think that the boy would look fab dressed up as a gardener! (feel free to try that for yourselves...)

I LOVE looking through gardening catalogues! The variety of flowers - their shapes and colours and the combinations when put together are stunning! Sigh... oh to have a garden like that!
So I used this weeks stamps to create a journal page featuring one of the lovely photographs from the RHS catalogue...



I wanted this to be a relaxed loose journal page - I 'planned' to use splashes of paint, scribbled handwriting and painted edges around the photo...

I painted the background in greens to tone in with the leaves in the photograph - Magic Moss & Tinned Peas mixed with Chalk towards the outside edges. I added strips of washi tape and stamped flowers over the top of these to create layers and 'tie' them to the background.

I glued the photograph onto the page...

I stamped small stems in the bottom right hand corner (Black Archival ink), and added pencil scribbles to the corners of the photo to define the edges more.

I added a small strip of washi tape and stamped the small tools from JM43 along it. I also wiped Amethyst & Bougainvillea paint around the edges of the page and scibbled pencil lines to create a 'border'.

I painted patches of Bougainvillea and Amethyst on to Smoothy card and stamped on a couple of flowers (JOFY24), I stamped the leaf stem onto green painted card too - cut them out and added them to the page.

I think more of the photos from gardening catalogues are going to find their way on to my journal spreads.. and some of the plants may even end up in my garden!!  fingers crossed!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Love Life Canvas workshops...

Do you like working on box canvasses but find them a bit tricky - working down the sides, over the edges, working on the unstable surface?? Then I might have just the perfect workshop for you!

Working on 2 fabulous flat pack, self assembly canvasses (don't worry about the 'flat pack'  they're easier to assemble than Ikea furniture!) we'll go from this...


... to this ... using paints of your choosing, stamps and stencils...

The canvasses are SO easy to work on and look just like a fabric canvas! I'd like to shake the hand of the person who thought of the idea - they are a little bit genius!! lol

I love this project!! Its so summery & fun!! And because I like it so much I have scheduled 3 workshops around the country using them.... 

In calendar order:

If you're in/near Essex the workshop is at Birds in the Barn (now located at Studio 36) on Saturday 14 April 2018, limited spaces remaining...
Call  01376 326358 to book a place, and to get more details... or visit the website

If you are based in the north of England I have a weekend of classes for Rowan Tree Crafts, Carnforth on 21-22 April 2018 (you can find details about that here) and I'll be running this workshop on the Sunday. 
Go to the website for more details.

Then last, but by no means least, if you're in the Kent area you can join me at The Artistic Stamper on Saturday 12 May 2018.. and you can find details here 


These are going to be fun workshops and I hope you can join me!



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JOYful bunting!

Hi

Over on the PaperArtsy blog last night (02.04.2018) I shared my Summer flower bunting (you can see it here) and when I'd finished making the banner I had pennants left over.. I mentioned that I'd create something with them... maybe something with letters... and here it is... flowers and bunting bring me joy so this seems very appropriate!


(The big die cut letters are 'serif essentials' by Sizzix)

Thanks for stopping by..



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