Monday, 8 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  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

Friday, 31 March 2017

Gorjuss HSN tv Day Three

Now for a bit of fun and some easy projects to make at home. My favourite think I made was the canvas bag for the Journal. I used fabric paints to colour the Gorjuss Girl and a little heart button from the embellishment pack. Unfortunately this one was not shown.

 and here is the journal that went in it.
Next was a hanging Heart decoration (again not used but still cute)
and finally a decorated gift box

 Love those resin flower embellishments and they are fantastic used on a mixed media canvas as well which you will see in April. 

Don't forget, you can find the HSN video link HERE

Hope you enjoyed this. Back to mixed media tomorrow xx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Gorjuss HSN tv Day Two

So today its the scrapbook pages. Very simple pages for me but easy to follow and I love the brighter colours this time.


Last lot tomorrow and its projects and don't forget to check out the HSN video HERE. xxx

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Gorjuss HSN tv

So sometime I'm asked to make projects specifically for HSN tv to promote DoCraft projects across the pond. This can be quite an adventure as I am restricted to using the products I am sent but it makes me really think about how to display the products on my projects to maximum effect as each item normally only appears until the product is sold out on the day.

You can find a link to the actual video at the bottom of this post but over the next few days I will post all of the items I sent. Some were used, some not but that's the way it goes.

Lets start with the cards.

If you click the link below you will be able to watch a video of the programme that went out in the USA with all of the samples that I made.

HSN tv

More tomorrow.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Day Two DoCrafts PDT

So day two and a mixture of projects amongst my favourites. Lets start with the Mothers Day card
And the fox die card which I still use all the time.
A little decorated bag for hubby
and a die cut card which took ages
Loads more still to come xx

Monday, 6 March 2017

DoCraft DT

After two years on the DoCrafts Design Team I decided not to apply for a third term. I've had a great time and made some really good friends and gained a whole load of new products in the process. 

Here are a few of my favourite makes some of which were used and some not. Lets start off with the Gorjuss projects.
Loved this using the bottle tops squashed and painted to make this child's bracelet. More tomorrow xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017


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