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