Monday, 30 May 2016

Junk Canvas

Anna from Craft box set us a challenge to make a blended canvas from bits of junk. 
I had a box full of pieces that got water damaged when my craft storage area got flooded from the water tank that lives above it, so this was an ideal opportunity to use some of that stuff. Plus ring pulls, ripped up cardboard box, a broken paintbrush, old inky cotton buds, bottle tops, netting, plastic insects, bobbins,sliced up empty kitchen roll, broken pieces of laser cut pieces, cocktail sticks, finds from walks including a glass heart and marble! And so much more.
Once all of this was glued into place, I covered it with white gesso then started spraying with 
DecoArts Media Misters "yellow green" and "turquoise", these misters work like a dream and give really good coverage. 
Thank for looking x

My Mum

I've just realised that I haven't updated my blog in a long, long time.  It's not for a lack of not wanting to but due to caring for my poor mother who sadly passed away on the 10th May and also having to work full time too. 
I'll be adding more photos over the next few days. 
But firstly one photo of my beautiful mother, rest in peace.
Miss you so very much. xxx

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Zentangle Butterfly

Here's my take on the Zentangle Butterfly from wk 2 Bonus project of Life Book 2016.

Saturday, 2 January 2016


Warm up piece for Life Book 2016 - My word for this year is Explore - although that might change as the year progresses, In fairness to the teachers and Life Book, I will not be sharing any of the techniques.
The photo is a bit rubbish but if I cropped it the colours darkened so much that it wasn't recognisable as the piece I'd created as it is this is already darker than the piece actually is as it has a very thin gesso wash over it so should be more muted.

One Word - Explore

Here's my take on week one of Wanderlust - One word journal pages. I'd actually chosen this word earlier for my word of the year, although that might change as the year goes on.
Sorry in fairness to the teachers at Wanderlust I will not be sharing any techniques used.

Monday, 6 April 2015

3UP Abstract Canvas

I can now reveal that I'm taking part in the current 3UP over on Paperartsy Blog.
Please do pop over and take a look at all of the wonderful creations. 

Colour group B: Banana, Tangerine Twist, Bougainvillea, Caribbean Sea, Blue Glass and Purple Rain.
My Topic Paint
I started off with adhering Tissue wrap to a large canvas board then totally covered it with Blue Glass, then started to shade in with purple rain, splattered and dripped Caribbean Sea.
I let this completely dry before adding any of the other colours as I didn't want to be left with a muddy looking piece.  I had soon firm ideas of where I was going with this piece but after looking at it for a couple of days and realised that I was being limited by the butterfly so I covered  it up and everything started to flow.
The colour palate reminded me of the smarties and tutti fruttis and that influenced how the piece finally looked when it was finished, a sort of cosmic explosion of sweets. 

I had so much fun producing this using the wonderful Paperartsy paints in our colour group and I also added a little Snowflake, Treasure Gold Indigo & Limted edition 2, Blue Crocco, Micro Beads, tissue wrap, stencil and script stamp.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Happy Mothers Day

I meant to have made this card last Sunday but it just didn't happen (I had a cold and just wasn't in the right mood) so it was a bit of a rush this morning to get it done, but I'm very happy how it turned out even if the colours look a bit weird in the photo in real life the corrugated card is a soft pink not salmon pink (just to give you an idea).
The base card is an 8"x8" so Tim Holtz fabulous huge botanical stamp fits ok on this. I firstly used a mixed embossing powder of clear plus a little bit of sparkle, then I blended various distress inks over the top of it. I finished off by adding a couple of the texture fades and diecut Butterfly Duo which I doubled up after I'd blended distress inks and bling on them.

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