Thursday, 22 October 2015

Dream as if you live forever!

Hi all

Hope everybody is managing to keep warm, it's been horrible here today! And what better way to cheer yourself up on a miserable day than to work on a canvas!

I must confess I did start this yesterday when the sun was shining and the trees and shrubs outside had that lovely autumnal feel with all the lovely reds and oranges being highlighted by the sun.  And that's what gave me the inspiration for the colours on this piece.

I started off by deciding which embellishments to use.  I have had some Sandra Evertson Relics and Artifacts from Prima for a couple of weeks now, these pieces are stunning and have been taken from original relics and artifacts in Sandra's own collection, there are quite a few different ones to choose from, cameos, skulls, hearts and faces and pieces of faces! If you haven't seen them yet they are well worth taking a look at and are very reasonably priced. I originally was going to use another piece first but this one just kept calling to me!

I placed him on a piece of gauze and arranged the embellishments till I was happy added on some glue stripes, and then in my infinite wisdom covered it all in gesso.  Why do I say that I hear you ask. You need to coat it all in Gesso, well yes if you are putting paint on, but i was using Lyndys Stamp Gang sprays and I soon found out that they just soak into the gesso.  It looked ok, it was just a bit pale!  I had added some grunge paste through a crafters workshop stencil. After this had dried and I had sprayed it a few time and still the colour was soaking in, I decided to put some Tim Holtz Crackle paint over the top in a couple of places and as it dried I noticed something miraculous as the crackle paint was drying it was bringing the colour back to the surface!!

If you compare the above photo with the top photo you can see the difference adding the crackle paint made.

Oh joy, I have to say I was a very happy little bunny! Back out came the crackle paint and I coated the whole thing, because it's a paint it has very fine crackles, but it certainly adds to the whole effect especially over the grunge paste lettering.  The flowers are from the very clever Sam at Samoflora, she really does make the most gorgeous flowers.

Well as always do let me know what your thoughts are

Saturday, 10 October 2015

I can resist everything.........

.......Except Temptation said Oscar Wilde. I have to say I can't argue with him. Hope today's post finds you all busy crafting and creating.  Here is my third entry into Fall in love with art journaling - fall challenge.

The third challenges topic for those that aren't following it, is Irresistable or resist (maybe I should have done Irresistable and painted a bar of chocolate!).  I went for the resist option. I have seen the Oscar Wilde quote before, in fact I had noted it down as one to use in my journal at some point so when it appeared on the prompts list, I had to use it.  

To start I painted the page with white and brushed pewter Distress Stains, once dry I used Primas Finnabair's trust the magic set of stamps and using the doily shaped stamp and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I wanted both the white and silver to come through under the stamp and it sort of worked, I think I probably got a bit carried away and should have left the stain to dry off a bit more before applying another coat, as it wasn't quite as vivid as I had hoped.  
I then stamped the "Finn" image stamp in the corner with archival black ink and sprayed with wild honey and spiced marmalade distress stain sprays, popping my finger over the face so that it stayed white.  Once the sprays had dried and this time i did wait honest! I re-sprayed again using the same colours. Once dry I then wiped the embossed image to reveal the white and silver resists. The archival also acts as a resist and you can see this as the heart took the colour.  I used stencils and distress ink to add some background.  I used Tim Holtz Kraft resist letters to make up the word resist and printed off the rest of the quote. Painted the letters with picket fence distress stain and when dry sprayed with peacock feathers spray.  Finally I used black and white charcoal pencils to edge the words and add some depth to the images and to the stencilled background.

As usual please do let me know your thoughts.  Hope you all have a crafty weekend

Thursday, 8 October 2015


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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Art, Vision, Enjoy the Journey - a Journal Page

Good evening everyone

I trust everyone is well and managing to find some time to craft.  I recently signed up to a Facebook Journal Challenge group called Fall In Love with Art Journaling - Fall Challenge.  This started on 1st of october with our first challenge and the aim for me is to do each challenge before the next one comes out.  There are two a week so this could be fun but so far so good.  The second challenge was to create a page using fabric.  Now this is a bit outside of my comfort zone so a good challenge to push those creative boundaries!!  I have had some hessian for a while and decided that i would use that as my starting point.  My first thought was do some stamping onto it and then to use it as die cuts and then it came to me - cover the page with it - use it as a canvas!  So thats just what i did!

Cut a piece of hessian (for any overseas visitors this is burlap) to fit my journal page.  Stuck it down with glue i used cosmic glue which does stick pretty much most things and it certainly worked on the material.  Once it was stuck i covered it with a coat of gesso and then got out my Paperartsy Fresco Finish paints i used Tinned Peas, Professor Plum and Teresa Green.  Covered the hessian using a dry brush until i had enough coverage.

Then i added on some stenciling using some black paint and a dylusions stencil and some grunge paste through a harlequin stencil, with a touch of Teresa Green and then a dotty stencil with some more grunge paste with some Professor Plum added in.

Next i die cut Tim Holtz Umbrella Man with Green Felt and then stamped onto it with a Tim Holtz stamp and archival ink.  

Popped a bit of black paint around the edge and stuck it onto the page

I quite liked the effect the green felt added to the page and decided to die cut some letters or words out of the same felt!  Had decided to do letters, but then found a die I had sort of forgotten about and used that

Some of the letters didn't die cut terribly well so had to finish them of with the scissors.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.

As always please do let me know what you think.

Happy crafting