JO FIRTH-YOUNG

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

21 March 2019

Fly my pretties, fly!

This spread in my small Dylusions journal makes me smile - its so... erm... busy!! Painting, stencilling, stamping, more painting....

I seem to be going through a 'add more colour, and make them bright!' stage at the moment... do you think its because I want it to be summer when all the flowers and colour starts appearing everywhere?
I've used Kay Carley's 'butterfly' on this spread - I loved it as soon as I saw it! It might make regular appearances - I think its going to look lovely with my flowers!




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Mini mash-ups!

In January and February I went to the 3 craft industry trade shows - had a fun, tiring and inspiring time at all of them.... I demo'd at all 3 - some of my samples are over on the PaperArtsy blog as part of my post about the new stamps (HERE) and here are a couple more.  When I'm demo'ing I like to mix up the PaperArtsy ranges to see how they'll look together, and mix old and new of the JOFY stamps too... always fun to do...

Green and teal/turquoise blue is always a lovely combination...

The PaperArtsy mini stamp I used on here is one that Leandra had chosen for the stamps on the demo desk - I'd forgotten what a lovely little stamp it is.  I'm very tempted to buy another one so I can cut it up and have an alphabet set to use on journaling - the 'open' design means the letters could be coloured in... very useful!


This next sample has lots of white space (I do love a bit (a lot) of white space!) and is a mash-up of mine and Tracy Scott's newly released ETC24...


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17 March 2019

New Stamps!!

Yes indeedy... more new stamps!!!


Sketchy abstract flowers inspired by doodles & paintings made on holiday...








PaperArtsy Stencil 135 (PS135)

PaperArtsy Stencil 136 (PS136)

PaperArtsy Stencil 137 (PS137)



Its been soooo hard to keep these to myself - though you may have spotted some of the sketched stems in recent posts and projects (!) - I've really enjoyed using them and I hope you do too!

Thanks for stopping by - make sure you visit the PaperArtsy blog for the full release and more samples! go HERE


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13 March 2019

A little bit of this'n'that....

... went in to creating this 5x7in canvas board.
I was just playing around and so didn't take any process photos, but after being asked about it on Facebook and Instagram I wanted to list the products I used.
PaperArtsy stencil: 
PS130


PaperArtsy stamps: 
JOFY73

(and a secret something...)


Dies:
Elizabeth Designs:


Kaiser Craft:
Foliage (DD506) :  sadly now discontinued :o(  
Decorative Dies Foliage

Paint colours, Fresco Finish (of course, lol) were.. I think...
Lavender, Cerise, Vanilla, Koala, maybe Bougainvillea, and possibly some Seaglass (gotta love a Seaglass! lol), and a touch of Green Patina/Sargasso

These might not be the exact colours but when you blend them they are going to look FAB.U.LOUS!

Play with the colours - you'll find things you didn't expect and have fun!

Search for these items at your local shops, and online.

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16 February 2019

Not just a block of wood...

... its a substrate for doodling!

I really like working on these 'offcuts' of wood... I like the texture of the wood, and the weight of them - and they are easy to use as substrate because the wood is nice and smooth to work on.


I started with a block of wood painted Slate grey...

Planned where the position of the mask/stencil making sure that it would wrap nicely around the sides of the block... (This stencil is PS085, one I designed for PaperArtsy - you can buy/order it from your local PaperArtsy stockist)

I sponged 2 colours of paint (Guacamole & Chalk) across the surface of the block blending as I went along...

I really like the resulting contrast of the grey, green and white....

Couldn't resist breaking out the white pen and got busy doodling on top of the Slate - it makes the design much more delicate...

Its hard to know when to stop doodling... lol


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13 February 2019

Classes at Create98...


Create98 is a great new workshop venue on The Broadway in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. It offers a fantastic variety of creative classes - flower arranging, photography, painting, printing & sewing to list just a few.
You can see all the details and class listings on their website at www.create98.co.uk 

I’m really pleased to be offering two days of classes - 

16 March 2019
AM: Card making : bottom right photo above shows samples of the style of cards we'll be making
PM: Blooms around the block : left hand photo shows sample - create in colours of your choice

06 April 2019
Cover to contents : upcycled journal making (top right photo) - this is a sort of Wombles approach to journal making - using found papers, upcycled element and lovely bits and pieces to create a junk journal... (start saving envelopes and interesting bits and pieces now!)


To book a place please contact the shop either via the website or on the phone.

Hope you can join me!!




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24 January 2019

New stamps!

I'm thrilled to have new stamps to share with you! 

These new stamps are a bit bigger than previous releases opening them up to even more uses!


JoFY Collection Stamp Set (JOFY71)

JoFY Collection Stamp Set 72 (JOFY72)

JoFY Collection Stamp Set 73 (JOFY73)
  
PaperArtsy Stencil 130 (PS130)

PaperArtsy Stencil 131 (PS131)

PaperArtsy Stencil 132 (PS132)

Quick information about the above stencil which I think/hope is going to be really versatile.  I wanted to design a kind of 'mix and match' stencil. Four variations (at least!) can be made using the two parts.  The spots (top) and swirls (bottom) look really nice used on their own, but when stenciled in a different order they look quite different as illustrated in the photos below.



The patterns are quite different but they are really easy to match up to create that slightly off-set look. Choose your first stencil & apply colour. Remove the stencil, dry the paint. Lay the second stencil on top of the created pattern, match up the small spots and add your second colour.



More details and samples over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight and all products are available from your local PaperArtsy stockist.

I hope you like them as much as I do!

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10 January 2019

Creativation 2019

I've been a bit quite lately because behind the scenes I've been working on secret 'stuff' (you many have seen sneekpeaks of that on the PA blog) and getting ready to go to Creativation - the American Craft Trade show... I'm really looking forward to it.


PaperArtsy has a booth at the show and there will several of the PA designers attending and offering classes - its going to be a really exciting time.

For more details keep an eye on social media and/or the Creativation website (www.creativationshow.org). Its a trade only event so make sure you let your local craft show about it so they can attend and find out about all the new products that will be showcased at the event.

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1 January 2019

Happy New Year!!


Goodbye 2018, it was nice to know you.... Hello 2019, lovely to meet you!

I just wanted to pop on here and say a big 

HAPPY NEW YEAR
&
THANK YOU!

 to all of you who come to my workshops, buy my JOFY stamps, visit this blog or like my Instagram posts - I really do appreciate it... 

I have a good feeling about the coming year, and I hope it brings all you wish and hope for...

xx


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