Saturday, 15 September 2018

Painted Meadow

Hello there!
Last May I was exceptionally lucky to have a day painting with Jo Sheppard as a special birthday treat from a dear friend who is also venturing into the world of mixed media. We spent the morning splashing, flicking and smooching paint around and in the afternoon we turned our hands to a landscape using some of the techniques we'd been trying out.



This is where I got to by the end of the day...
 

And after adding a few details this is where I've decided to stop! The colours in the final photo are much truer to the original.


Just need to think of what to paint next...too many ideas, too little time!

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Big craft show at Ally Pally tomorrow, I'm sure something will take my fancy!


Friday, 14 September 2018

Whale of a Time

Hello
A return to a magazine stamp set, this time from Papercraft Essentials. I stamped the image twice and decoupaged the clouds, whale and foreground waves. The background is Distress Ink through a stencil.



Hope you have a whale of a day. Thank you for stopping by xx

Materials used:
Papercraft Essentials issue 160
Clarity stencil: clouds
Distress Ink: weathered wood
Archival Ink: jet black
foam pads
watercolour pencils

Friday, 7 September 2018

Someone Special

Hello
A quick make using stamps I picked up in France on holiday last year. It's taken me a whole year to open the packet and made me resolve to not buy anything new until I have used what is already in my stash at least once...let's see how long that lasts!

The birds are coloured with watercolour pencil and the hearts are decoupaged from Distress Oxide mop up papers.



Thank you for taking the time to stop by xx

Materials used:
Aladine: clear oiseaux
Dovecraft clear stamp: someone special
Archival ink: jet black
watercolour pencil
Distres Oxide ink

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Adventures in Mixed Media

Hello there
Recently I've been thinking about why I love crafting and what direction I want to go in next. While I loved being on a design team it did mean that the precious little time I have for crafting was mostly taken up with someone else's agenda. With The Craft Barn closing down I've decided not to rush into another DT but to spend some time experimenting and having fun.

So here goes...my first fully fledged mixed media canvas...I think it's finished but not committed myself to sealing it just yet!




It started with swirling texture into a thick layer of gesso before building up the tree with die cuts, wooden shapes, masking tape and texture pastes. Then lots of layers of paint before I added a light gold border so the underpainting still shows through.


 



Lots of messy fun. Although the new me is crafting for my enjoyment, I'm always looking to improve, so your thoughts and comments are always welcome.

Have a lovely day xxx