Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Pretty Gets Gritty

Last month I was lucky enough to join the Pretty Gets Gritty Design Team working with Lynette Jasper and a fantastically creative Design Team.

The kit I received was amazing and I had great fun using it. Lynette went live on Hochanda on 7th and 8th October with three different kits and they were a great success.

Here are the three projects I made for the show.
All were mixed media with varying degrees of grungyness. The first piece and the easiest to do was the simple black and cream frame
The black background was made using the black gems and pinheads in the Ebony kit along with papers and flowers which were to die for.

The second was a mixed media round canvas using an assortment of flowers from several kits. The larger red flowers are actually the peony taken apart and turned upside down to give a more open look and the background was made using one of the stencils on the show.
The last piece was a another board canvas again using the stencils as a background and softer colours.
As with most of my mixed media pieces I like to use a photograph of other image. I just cant get away from the scrapbooker in me lol. 

If you want to see the shows and see what was in the kits follow this link to Hochanda

Looking forward to receiving my next kit. xx

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Ballerina

Like me most people have loads of stamps. I often have stamps that I would never normally use but they may have been bought specifically for a card class or similar so I wanted to show that you can mix cute with mixed media and make it work.
 
I did the background first and had no idea how to finish it off and then I found this adorable stamp set and I was able to finish my page. (The little bunny is my favourite). x

Monday, 28 August 2017

Masking Tape

Simple this time. To add masking tape to a page.
This was a face that I had in my stash, not drawn by me I hasten to add (I'm not that good at faces) but painted first then masking tape and then sprays. Worked really well x.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Beginning to Journal

For about 6 months now I  have been teaching a group of ladies at my home. Well I suppose teaching is the wrong word more like sharing ideas and overcoming fears to help them to let themselves go and enjoy a bit of Art Journaling. And we have had so much fun, loads of laughs and of course, plenty of messy fingers. What I thought might just be a few sessions has turned into a regular monthly meet up to craft, share ideas and learn from each other.

Over the next few days I will share some of the pages I have done for these sessions. They are meant as inspiration and all of them without exception taught a new technique or used a product new to some people or were just a learning curve adding say stamping or paper piecing and realising that there is no wrong way just the fun way.
The faces in the bottom right hand corner were drawn by me and reduced by scanning and printing. Homework that night was to draw a face lol x

Friday, 25 August 2017

Work in Progress

I've started playing with some new stamps designed by "Nicole". They are great to use and so easy to colour in or paint.
More work to do but coming along nicely. x

Thursday, 24 August 2017

I'm back....

Its been ages since I posted on any of my Blogs mainly due to family health issues but I think at last everything is moving in the right direction. One of the good things is that in the last month I have become a great aunt to a beautiful baby girl called Belle. I'm sure she will appear on many of my projects in the years to come lol.

So what to share, well this piece was made as a colour sample canvas for one of my classes. The hope was that it would allow them to choose a colour combination for thweir own work.


I am still itching to add some white but I think it is better this way so that I can see how the colours work for future projects.
Here is a bit more detail including a picture just to show how it looks.



It was so much fun being able to work on a larger canvas. It's definately something I will do again.

The class porject was a box. The one on the right is the finished box and the one on the left was done as an example in class.


Looking forward to the next one. Something a bit different next time xx

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Spread Your Wings

I'm finding that I am getting less and less time to create for myself so I have started making more tags. It means I have time to completely finish something instead of keep coming back when I have a moment and they are great to use in journals, on projects and to send out to my crafty friends.
At the minute I am experimenting with paper straws and trying to make use of all of the lovely paints I have sitting on the side.
The background is made from tags and texture paste
and the butterfly is acetate painted with Finnabairs Art Alchemy paints. Enjoyed making this one. x

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Fabric Journal published

So excited today to see my Fabric Journal in the new issue of Mixed Up Mag. There are step by step instructions, a video and intro from me this time
and some amazing artists all sharing their inspiration, step by step projects and videos to draw you into the wonderful world of Mixed media.
Here is a sneak peek of my journal
Here are the links you need to follow or subscribe to this wonderful bi monthly magazine.
MAGAZINE WEBSITE https://www.mixedupmag.com/
TO BUY THE ISSUE go to: https://pocketmags.com/mixed-up-mag#587ca8599f3ab
I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I do. xx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Something from nothing

I love working in white. It is often the only way I can plan a layout or card before adding colour to make the finished article.

I needed a metallic finish to a layout for one of my classes so I decided to make the background using white tags, cogs and string.
As you can see from the picture, I dusted off my ribbler and corrugated some royal blue and light blue paper to add even more texture. So this was my starting point.
And then when it was all stuck down I slowly added more and more ink until I got what I wanted. Here are a few layouts showing the process.






 
I originally put the string around the centre of the page intending to hang the photos from it but later changed my mind.
You can see the finished layout on www.ladiesthatcraft.blogspot.co.uk  xx

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Art Journals

For a few months now I have been holding an Art Journal club in my home. I must admit it's something I have wanted to do for a long time but I thought I'd better wait until I had the carpet removed and hard flooring put down. Just in case you know lol.

The group is a mixture of first timers and dabblers but they are learning really fast and are enjoying learning about all of the different mediums and trying them out.

We are working on a variety of backgrounds which we are saving to use at a later date, but last week we started the process of decorating the front of our pocket journals.

Here is mine at stage one fully open so you can see the back and the front.
And this is it at stage two
I'm still working on it. Not quite happy yet but I will update the blog when I'm happy with it. Glad its Easter weekend. Plenty of time to play. Have a good one xxx

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Beauty is Only Skin Deep

When I got accepted into the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Programme I had a chance to order some of the DecoArt products to use on a project which was the decorated Heart Box which you can see HERE.  Since then I have been itching to use the same colours on a second project and yesterday I finally had a chance to have a play. 
I used the same colours with the only addition the yellow acrylic paint which very surprisingly reacted with the black Gesso to produce a beautiful green colour. The small flowers were painted with orange.
The main body of this wall hanging is an embroidery hoop with paper sandwiched between the two hoops . The background is a mixture of cloth and thread with beautiful chipboard scrolls wired string all held in place with Matte Medium and then coated with Black Gesso.
The lettering is chipboard also painted with Black Gesso and then Cadmium Red paint. I dry brushed over the red with Black Gesso and then added a few dabs of Emperor's Gold.
I thick coated the scrolls with Emperor's Gold paint and then while still wet, dabbed  with a dry, coarse brush to add texture. Black Gesso was then dry brushed over the top.
To finish I gently dry brushed all of the background detail with Snow (Titanium) White paint.

Here is a list of all the paints and mediums I used:
DecoArt Media Modelling Paste - White
DecoArt Media Gesso - Black
DecoArt Media gesso - White
DecoArt Media Matte Medium
Decoart Dazzling Metallics - Emperor's Gold
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint - Cadmium Red
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint - Canyon Orange
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint - Snow (Titanium) White

Hoping to receive some new colours at some point so that I can play some more. Thanks for popping by xxx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Always....

I have been so lucky to be accepted into the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Programme. It has been agony waiting for my box of lovely goodies to arrive from the USA and I wasn't disappointed.

I decided to choose only 6 products for my first project mainly to show beginners how easy it is to get great effects using a small palette.

My project is a Heart Box
There is loads of detail in there which I will show in a minute but first here is a list of what I used:
DecoArt Products:
DMM21  White Modelling Paste
DMM19  Black Gesso
DAO1     Snow White Paint
DAO15   Cadium Red Paint
DA148    Emperors Gold Paint
DA238    Canyon Orange Paint
Other items:
Wooden Heart Box
White decorative lace
White Flowers (2 sizes)
Decorative Chipboard
Moulded Shield
Plastic Hearts
Brick Stencil

I started out by using moulding paste through a brick stencil to add detail to both the left and right of the heart, adding texture paste to the centre of the heart using a palette knife and creating rough peaks pretty much like you would do with icing on a cake. Once dry added the molded shield and covered the whole heart with black gesso. 
Next step was to dry brush the Emperors Gold paint over the top of the lid to highlight the bricks and background detail.
At this point I decided to add the small plastic hearts and the chipboard embellishments.
Covering them in black Gesso and then, when dry, adding the Emperors Gold paint made them look like metal.

Next it was time to get the flowers and lace ready. I coated the lace in black Gesso and laid to one side to dry. It was important that the lace dried completely flat so I used additional Gesso to flatten any creases or folds as it dried.

The flowers I painted first with Canyon Orange paint making sure that the brush was not to wet. It took some time but I was pleased with the result. Next I added Cadmium Red paint to the tips of the flower petals and then dragged any excess into the centre of each flower. These took about an hour to dry out thoroughly.
Next I arranged everything on top of the box and stuck in place only adding "Always" when I was happy with how it looked.
The lace, now dry, was added around the side if the heart lid and stuck in place with a glue gun. If you try painting lace you will learn that as it dries it becomes stiff and much easier to mold around boxes and jars.

Once in place I dry brushed the lace and touched the tips of the flowers with Emperors Gold paint.
Then I dry brushed the whole thing with white Gesso. Here are a few close up photos of the finished project.



I really enjoyed making this Heart Box. I hope you enjoyed sharing it with me. If you have any questions please comment below. Off to play some more now x 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Always Follow Your Heart

I made a mixed media layout for Scrapping Your Family last Saturday (you can see the original class layout in a few days time, by clicking the button on your right) and decided to take it a bit further.

When I'm designing any mixed media layout for a class I often make a dummy or prep piece to see roughly what the finished layout will look like and time the process to make sure it can be done within the time. This class I decided to use paper napkins. I have a huge stash of these and I have been collecting them for years.

I loved the prep work so much that when I got home I added it to the original layout to make a more complete picture.

Here is the finished piece
You can see that I have not stuck it down completely s I may add some pockets to the left for additional photos and journaling.
But I love it. xxx

Thursday, 26 January 2017

I've decided to take part in challenges......

A little while ago I joined the Maremi's Creative Cafe Group on Facebook. It was started by Marta Lapkowska and is a great friendly and positive place to share art. Even though it has only been going for a few weeks, there are now over 3500 members and growing daily.

Marta stared a challenge #52 Cafe cards and I thought I'd share the first four that I have made. Based on the alphabet the first four are:

A for ART
B for Bubbles
C for Coffee
D for Dragonfly

Here are all four pinned to my easel
And individually 
(love the little characters in the bubbles)
So the first three looked like this
and then this is the latest one
Can't wait for the next one. Wonder what "E" will bring lol. xx