Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Monday, 30 March 2015
I had lots of lovely Madame Payraud papers left over from a previous magazine commission so used those.
Saturday, 28 March 2015
I had a friend from Glasgow (Via Lincoln) visit me for the first time today. she wanted to see my craft room and have her first go at "rubber stamping"...
As it was her first time at this sort of crafting we kept it simple by making a little notebook each.
I have one of those huge big block pads that sit on your desk so we took a small section off and divided it between us.
We cut out a piece of stiff card for the back and a piece of normal card to ink up and stamp on to make the cover.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
I am sharing the "outside" of an altered book box with you today. (the inside will be in a future post).
the step by step tutorial on techniques used to get the look are on the DecoArt mixed media blog HERE .
On here, I will simply share a few photos of the finished item. I have not done a tutorial for the "page effect" on the sides as, although it is not exactly the same as Candy's technique, it is close enough. so for a tutorial on that, have a look at Candy's post HERE (well worth a look as the project is beautiful).
So that is the outside. a tutorial for the effects on the inside will follow on the DecoArt mixed media blog very soon and then I can show you the inside in detail here. but here is a wee sneak peek at what to expect...
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
As well as the badly painted coat of white, it had coffee stains and other random unidentified spillages etc. but it still seemed worth saving. so we are giving it a bit of a DecoArt Chalky finish paint makeover.
we gave it a wash then a coat of "Relic" chalky paint. its a nice charcoal grey colour. not as harsh as black.
lastly I added a piece of a DecoArt stencil to give it a bit of a French provincial look....
I now have an urge to tie a bunch of dried lavender to the door handle.....
Monday, 18 August 2014
Hi there folks. I was very happy to have been asked along to "A Vintage Journey" as a guest designer this month. The theme is "Time Flies". I have combined my love of "DecoArt mixed media" and "Tim Holtz prodcts" by altering this old clock case i managed to find in an antique shop for less than a fiver!.
I painted it with a charcoal coloured chalky finish paint (relic) , gave it a coat of the crackle medium for chalky paints then gave it a coat of white chalky finish paint (Everlasting) and sealed it with a couple of coats of creme wax .
I used some tissue tape to decorate the bottom of the clock case and around the the top. Next i cut out lots of butterflies using my Tim Holts Framlets dies and some paper from the "laboratories" papers and attached them randomly around the case. i used acetate to attach some so it looked like they were flying free of the clock case.
I cut out a circle of "wallflower" paper to stick to the back wall of the display area then all I had to do was stuff it full of moss, eggs and a handful of wonderful Tim Holtz ideology and ephemera.
"A Vintage journey". its a Tim Holtz inspired blog challenge full of amazing and varied inspiration.
thanks for visiting
Saturday, 28 June 2014
neither of us had a clue what we were going to make, we just picked up some brushes and paints and sort of just "started"... I was using DecoArt media fluid acrylics. They have a wonderful high percentage of pure pigment so far less likely to get that muddy look mixed paints can get. i started by painting a line of cobalt blue to the top and adding water so it would run down the canvas. then i turned my canvas upside down and did the same withe green. i then built up colours in the same way, with a lot of water.
I think the sun put me in a rather dreamy frame of mind and I went uncharacteristically floral and pastel. but at one point, I went a step tp far and it went from quite attractive to a bit of a mess. I dont have photos of the mess as i persevered for a little bit and rescued it. though it is far from its original soft dusky colour palette.
I had my Stampendous mixed media stamps and stencils with me so i used some DecoArt texture sand paste through the "sequin waste" stencil and formed my tall flowers (they represent a cross between lupins and delphiniums lol) but then time caught up and it was time to pack up.
anywho, I brought it home (here it is with my cat scrutinising it)...
here it is with a little additional detail.
Various opinions were put forward. some thinking it should be left as is as it didnt need a focal point.
I added a large dragonfly. then decided to add two more (as it somehow felt like the right thing to do).
So I think its finished now. maybe. no doubt i will pick it up a few more times and dabble.
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Stampendous and DecoArt have come together to do a fantastic blog hop full of mixed media loveliness.
We have been using an amazing range of paints and mediums from DecoArt along with the wonderful "Studio Multi Media" cling rubber stamp packs, Fran-tage embossing powders and Elements and the Creative Palette from Stampendous.
Next step was to try it out and make some backgrounds of my own....
I set some aside for future projects and then set about using one to make my first ever journal page.I had been watching the video of Prof Wangari Maathai (she won the nobel peace prize in 2004) telling the story of the little hummingbird. And I was inspired by it. My page was made to remind me of that inspiration and to remind me that I can only try my best and that must be enough.it may be insignificant but it is important to try. Imagine if we all put our minds to the same problem and did our best!!!!
I selected one of my backgrounds and decorated it further with more of the stamps and stencils, using more acrylic paints. I hand painted on some grass and plant life then printed off a hummingbird image. I used more paints and some pastels to highlight the hummingbird then printed off my quote and glued it on too. I coated the whole page with DecoArt multi-purpose sealer.
And for your interest, here is the youtube link to the story...
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
It was made using
DecoArt Chalky Finish paints,
DecoArt napkin Decou-page glue,
DecoArt One-step crackle
Decoart americana acrylics.
Some treasure gold
And a single napkin.
Saturday, 24 May 2014
I am still thinking of male appropriate projects at the moment. Last time I made a very functional little "faux leather" notebook for my father in law. But this time I am going for a bit of colour and a purely decorative item.
I then coated it in a crackle varnish. let it dry (and crackle) then rubbed in (and wiped off) some more acrylic paint.
That's it really. a bit of colourful fun with a male theme.
Friday, 23 May 2014
I am lucky in that most of the men in my life are in touch with their arty sensitive side so i can make them almost anything (well maybe not something festooned with flowers). But I do have a difficult to make for, father in law. for him, it needs to have a purpose, be useful, functional. So I have made this little note book. It still satisfies my need to make new things look old but it is under stated and most importantly, it has a purpose.
I cut the kraft core sheet to size then crumpled it up to make folds and wrinkles. I straitened it all back out and gave it a light sand with sandpaper. Then I ironed it back out flat and put it through the embossing machine (I used a sizzix big shot so had to work out what combo of plates and mats would work.) once i had embossed the front and back cover of my book (with a little gap for a spine), i sanded it again so the embossing stood out more. To make it look like old polished leather, it needed some colour variations and a slight shine so I added a few blotches of "Vintage photo distress stains" and then i gave my cover a coat of DecoArt satin finished multi surface sealer. (any varnish, sealer or decoupage sealer type finish will do).
Anyway I digress... I used my finger to gently rub over the raised bits of the embossing.
I cut out an image from Tim Holtz paper stash "laboratorie" and put an ornamental plate over it to attach to the centre of the book. I added a Remnant rub from the life quotes pack.
chit chat stickers.