Friday, 13 October 2017

For the Girls

Somehow it slipped by me that my project was up on The Craft Barn blog this week. There have been lovely projects which will make great gifts as well as decorations.

The bottles are great fun to decorate. I've used the technique in the past in another project that you can see here.

Right off to bed now as I'm hoping to get up bright and early and put my mind to a couple of crafty projects in the morning.

Have a good weekend. xx

Sunday, 8 October 2017

There is always hope...

At last a chance to play with some of the stamps I picked up on my travels this summer. First up the Banksy little girl with a balloon - There is always hope.

I picked this up from StempelBar in Berlin. Actually I spent quite a few pennies there on Banksy and graffiti art stamps. There may well be a few more cards and projects to come in this style!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Animal Farm

Business and housework sorted for the weekend...time now for a bit of crafting. First of all just to let you know that my latest post for The Craft Barn is live today on the blog.

I really love these cheeky chaps from the PaperArtsy Elena Zinski range.

The cards are actually one layer apart from the paper flower. Hop over to the blog for the step-by-step tutorial and find out how to achieve this effect with masking techniques.

No time to chat...crafting awaits! Hope you have a lovely relaxing day. Thanks for stopping by xx

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Fresh October brings the pheasant...

October already! Where has the year gone? The first Sunday of the month means that it is time for the next verse of The Craft Barn's twelve month challenge based on Sara Coleridge's poem The Months. Here's my mini canvas, a bit off centre to get the pheasant's tail in!

Fresh October brings the pheasant,
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.
The leaves are fabulous colours and I've seen some spectacular fungi around, although it's looking a bit rainy and grey here today. Do have a look at the blog to see what everyone else comes up with and as always I will try to visit as many of the entries as possible.

Happy crafting xx

Friday, 29 September 2017

Drunken Chalks

Today my drunken chalks project goes live on The Craft Barn blog. It's a great technique using isopropyl alcohol / rubbing alcohol for soft blended backgrounds.

Do have a look at the other DT posts to see the great effects you get with metallic inks.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend ahead. xx

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Autumn Fruits

I hope you're having the same gloriously sunny day as me. I love this time of year with the soft autumnal colours. I had a great day yesterday with Helen Chilton at The Craft Barn playing around with alcohol inks and Claybord. You can take a look at her sample on her blog.

Needless to say I bought a couple of pieces to play with, so watch this space!

Hope you are having a relaxing weekend with a bit of crafting time thrown in. xxx

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Joseph's Coat

I'm a bit late posting this one. I had a busy day yesterday and spent a great evening at Chertsey Museum doing a bit of crafting with nine lovely ladies making mixed media notebook covers. They must have enjoyed it as they want to do the same technique again on something else. Didn't get to photograph them all but they made an excellent job of it.

This week The Craft Barn has been showcasing the Joseph's Coat technique using different ways of masking to reveal a layer below. I went for a canvas board.

There are quite a few steps for this one so do take a look at the blog for all of the details. The weekend awaits and I am very hopeful for at least one day of crafting! 

Thank you for stopping by. xx

Friday, 8 September 2017

Inspiration on the Street - Lyon and Paris

And so to the last stage of our big European road trip which saw me on the hunt for street art and craft shops and my husband on the trail of craft beer. This combination worked out really well and I can see us doing it again.

The last stage was back through France where an overnight in Lyon sadly didn't reveal much as the stormy weather was not conducive to wandering around. We did see some dramatic skies though!

This mosaic, completed in 1936, was in Rue de Créqui  just off a square where an outdoor concert was about to begin.

I think this is one of the murals celebrating the work of architect Tony Garnier. There are around 24 murals painted on buildings in a housing project in the east of Lyon.

This giant Flower Tree created by Korean pop artist Choi Jeong Hwa was along the bank of the river Rhone.

We will definitely have to visit Lyon again!

Finally to Paris where I was beginning to run out of steam and the weather was very wet at times. I really loved the simplicity of this figure which could have been easily overlooked.

Paris is peppered with mini mosaics by the street artist Invader who bases the images on video games.

We had to keep looking up to catch some of the work.



This one is a recent 2017 addition and one of my favourites of the whole trip.


And so to finish with one of the smaller works but it would be in my top 10 of the trip.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of these works and like me, find some inspiration in them for your own creative journey.

Thank you for stopping by xx

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Inspiration on the Street - Venice and Milan

Hello and thanks for stopping by

If you follow this blog regularly you will know that I have been writing about some of the magnificent street art we came across on our summer holiday. So far the tour has taken in Bonn (but no time for street art), Berlin, Krakow and Bratislava. Next stop was to visit family in Pordenone in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of northern Italy but we did manage a scorching afternoon in Venice. As we've visted many times in the past we spent our time trying to stick to the shade and avoiding the main tourist parts. We did pick up a few works on the way.


Then on to Milan where we also managed to catch up with family.

Now Milan is huge and the temperatures were around 33oC so there was less enthusiasm for a lot of walking. Even so it was easy to spot really impressive work. This stunning wall was commissioned around the Basilica di San Lorenzo and is a collaboration of 11 writers or artists. It tells the history of Milan.



As well as the Leonardo da Vinci panel on the mural (above) we also found Milan based Mr Blob's handiwork in a back street.

We went on a hunt for a mural by the Italian street artist Blu but sadly after some time walking back and forth we realised it had been painted over. That is, after all, the nautre of street art. We did find lots of other work though.

Milan is a great city and even though we have been there many times we're going back again later this autumn. I will do a bit of homework this time and maybe get out to some of the outskirts for more creative inspiration.

Hopefully you'll stay on the stop...Lyon...