Monday, 13 February 2017

CHA Stitches ... getting ready!

Media board, heart and washers by Tando Creative
Half-tone stencil by Andy Skinner
Steampunk and Industrial stamp sets by Andy Skinner

It's less than a week until CHA Stitches at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. Yay! I'll be there playing with DecoArt goodies, alongside Andy Skinner on the Country Love Crafts stand. Maybe I'll see you there? Pop by and say hello if you're at the show, I'd love to see you!

In preparation I've been having a play with some fab shapes from Tando Creative (lovely, lovely surface to paint on!), and of course my DecoArt goodies. I used Fluid Acrylics, alongside Weathered Wood to create the crackle on the heart. For the washers I began with a layer of Texture Sand Paste, built up layers of colour, and then filled the holes with Liquid Glass.

I used a brayer to create the background on this long tag:

Long tag and circle by Tando Creative
Chalk Paints by DecoArt
Mini stitches stencil by Tando Creative
Half tone stencil by Andy Skinner
Steampunk and Industrial stamp sets by Andy Skinner

The circle is actually painted with Chalk Paints. These are quite new to me but I wanted to have a play especially as they now come in 2oz bottles - perfect for crafters. The very matte finish is a contrast to the slight sheen of the fluid acrylics. Like them! They are great for painting straight onto any substrate, such as wood. Think furniture! Hmmmm, what can I decorate in my house?    ;-)

That's it for today, but I've got more samples to share so I'll be back ... !

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Anyone for cake?!

Cake just so happens to be one of my favourite things :-) So, when I got hold of a large blank cake tin to paint (from Country Love Crafts) I was pretty excited about it :-)

It is pretty big at about 33cm across and about 12 cm in depth, and I though its round shape was just crying out for a Mandala style painting. I used DecoArt fluid acrylics  which are fantastic for detail painting, and set to work painting around and around .....

I added some rusted washers in the centre of the lid along with some cord and ribbon, doodled some loose scribbly words with a white pen, and added a few collaged butterflies and a bit of glitter.

So now all I need to do is go and make a bit fat cake!

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Gel Press at Creativation

As a long term fan of mono printing on a gel plate I was absolutely delighted when Gel Press asked me to create them some art work for their Gallery Booth at CHA Creativation Pheonix, USA, and I'm just a teensy weeny bit excited to think that it's all happening now, this weekend, over in USA. I so, so wish I could be there :-) #maybenexttime

So here;s a few peeks on my art that is on display alongside some fabulous art by some very well known artists.....

One day I will make it to CHA, but until then I shall continue gel plate mono printing from my little ol' studio, in the deepest darkest depths of North Yorkshire, little ol' England, UK     ;-)

Byeee for now .....

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Variations on a theme!


If you see my previous post (here) you will notice some similarities between the two pages in my art journal. I liked my funky haired girl so I added her to another page :-) The long hair made a great frame around my words!

I used a combination of paintbrushes and a brayer (which is my favourite tool of the moment!), acrylic paints, PITT pens, White Signo Uniball pen, Stabilo pencil, Polychromos pencils, Stickles glitter, and Distress Crayons. It is truly mixed media!

My pages usually have many many layers, some of which get covered up. Here are a few progress pics so you can see how it came together. I worked in my Dylusions square black journal - love the grunginesss of working on a black page.

Number stamps by Tim Holtz

Byee for now! Have a great weekend!

Monday, 16 January 2017

It's January!

Yup, it's January which means more stuff from me about the whole new year thing. I don't really DO the new year's resolutions thing, because if I do then they are the same every year which means I fail to keep them on a spectacularly regular basis. But I do kind of evaluate and have a think, and promise myself things for the year ahead.

I don't think anyone can deny that 2016 was a horrible year on many levels. I am hoping for much better things for 2017 but I really do worry a lot about the state of the world...... So my message for 2017 is very simple: You had better be better than 2016.

I brayered a background because right now I am in love with my brayer (or stuck in a rut LOL!) and added some pattern with this very cute layering stencil by Tim Holtz. When you draw round the design with a white pen it looks like daisies :-) What's not to love?

I gave my faceless girl lots of wild blue hair and added extra colour with Polychromos pencils and Stabilo pencil, and then journaled in the hair with a white pen.

This page became part of a class I was teaching at Art from the Heart this weekend ... but once again I forgot to take any photos. Doh! You can check out all of the workshops at Art from the Heart *here*. And just a heads up ... due to a couple of late cancellations there are LIMITED places available on a mini journaling class I am teaching on Sunday 22nd if you fancy it?

And finally, guess what? Wohoo! I am joining the DecoArt Media Design Team for 2017, alongside some fabulous artists. You can check out the DecoArt mixed media blog *here* it is full of lovely tutorials and inspiration.

Byee for now