Monday, 23 May 2022

Happiness

Hello

As we start to get into summer I have a few weddings coming up and I thought the Klimt inspired stencil from GiogioCraft would be perfect.


 I used glitter paste through the stencil and when it was totally dry masked it off and added more stamping and stencilling in the background.

I like to give the sense of depth even on flat cards, so I added some shading in pencil and Promarker.

The paste is very pretty when it catches the light.



Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day xx

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Water

Hello

A couple of weeks ago I spent the weekend with a friend for our annual painting treat to ourselves. For a few years now we've spent a day with artist Jo Sheppard gleaning tips and techniques to improve our acrylic painting. In the past we have covered mixed media techniques, abstract landscapes and trees. This year we were having a go at water. 

Jo always gets us started with colour mixing. We then used reference photos that Jo had taken to have a go at studies, with about 90 minutes for each one. 

My challenge to myself was to loosen up and try and use a bigger brush or a palette knife.


 

 


I could carry on tweaking but overall I was pleased how they ended up. Think I like the middle one best, which is weird when turquoise is my favourite colour and that's the least natural of the three. I definitely learnt a lot and am already looking forward to our painting day next year.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely creative week xx





Monday, 2 May 2022

Completely cracked

Hello

If you've stopped by before, you'll know that this year I've been joining in with challenges set by Isa. This month the tag challenge is on the theme of crackle. I think I should have prepped a bit earlier for the FB live, as some of my options had dried out and one said takes three days to dry. In the end I tried to rehydrate the DecoArt crackle paste by poking holes in it with a pokey tool and spritizing it with water.

I spread it on a tag already primed with white paint. It didn't turn out too badly, although it was a bit brittle and delicate. I sprinkled and spritzed Brusho to build up the background, with a little stamping here and there, before adding the focal images and text.

  

I added some Crackle Accents to the bulb, but that was also a bit dried up and tacky. You can just about see some very fine crackle.

This was my first opportunity to use the new Katzelkraft stamps which you'll definitely be seeing again.

Thank you for taking the time to look. Have a wonderful day xxx


Monday, 25 April 2022

African beauty

Hi there

Today I'm sharing a card using the GiogioCraft African beauty and tribal frenzy stencils. I've had them a few months but not had a chance to play yet.

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I've used DecoArt and PaperArtsy chalk finish paints on bronze paper, with some Posca paint pen dots.

Thank you for taking time to look. Have a lovely week xxx

Friday, 22 April 2022

Art journal - April

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Today I'm sharing an art journal spread for a #tagalongaj challenge  If you want to know more you can see the details at Isa.C Art&Craft. The theme for this month is black and white flowers.

I started with Brusho on wet watercolour paper.

 
 Next some stamping from PaperArtsy sets ETS06 and ETS09, with some embossed in white.


I added a little colour to the ovals with Posca paint pens and stencilled the honeycomb using a GiogioCraft stencil.

 

I stamped and embossed flowers from the stamp sets, cut them out and added them to the pages. I added a little stamped script in a few places.

 

A few bees from a Sentimentally Yours stamp set finished it off.



The bees are starting to visit the pots on my balcony as the weather warms up. Just waiting for the swifts to arrive now.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely week.












Tuesday, 19 April 2022

A touch of Klimt

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I managed an afternoon in the craft room on the bonus bank holiday. Perfect for trying out some of my new Klimt inspired stencils from GiogioCraft.

I started with yellow chalk paint on black card and then added red, blue, green and gold translucent paints over the top. I masked off the lady and stencilled the background with Distress Oxide ink.

The second try I coloured in the skin with pencil...not sure I like it...

The third go was with black paint on white card, overlaid with the colours and gold again, and gold stencilling in the bacground.

It's such a gorgeous stencil I'm sure it will make another appearance in due course. Which do you like best?

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely creative week xxx



Sunday, 17 April 2022

Spring is sprung

Hello

This last week has been a bit challenging with family members seemingly on a revolving door in and out of hospital...and back in again! There's been no time for crafting but I have been appreciating how pretty spring is. I'm really keen to have a play with lots of new crafting goodies but sadly no time, and no energy, at the moment.

Fortunately I have already made a few Easter/Spring cards for friends and family...mostly because I enjoy it.


The background started with a Brusho mop up sheet, with a few additional splodges added, before some stencilling with Distress Oxide through a GiogioCraft stencil. The rabbit is a Nellie's Choice stamp, the birds and twigs are from Card-io and the leaves from Lavinia. I added a few dots with Posca paint pens for blossom.

If I'm honest the twigs are actually a tree roots stamp, but turned sideways they reminded me of catkins hanging down.

I hope wherever you are, you can find a little bit of nature to bring comfort and hope.

Happy Easter xx