Saturday 30 July 2016


Finally with 24 hours to go I finished a picture of my sister's cat in time for her birthday. It was a bit trial and error with the paints and I still have a long way to go but it's a passable likeness.

C is for Chameleon

A bit ahead of myself for once with The Craft Barn dictionary challenge. This fortnight the letter is C and as I have been having fun with my paints recently I decided to attempt a chameleon. I found lots of photos of the extremely colourful panther chameleon to inspire me.

First I gessoed the page and then masked off the panel for the main image, before swirling various shades of green to create a background. I stamped the circle patterns in paint and the leaves in blue ink with paint highlights. Next to paint the chameleon which was not as difficult as I thought because the dots could be overlaid until I got the effect I wanted. To tie it all together at the end I did a scribble frame, with a little shadow shading to make it stand out, and a few splatters to tie the focal image to the rest of the page.

 I understand chameleons change colour with mood. I'm guessing this is his grumpy outfit!

Materials used:
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints
Ranger Archival Ink : cobalt
Inkadinkado: roulette
PaperArtsy: EDY18
Stabilo All pencil
gel pen

Sunday 24 July 2016

N is for Night

Super quick post for The Craft Barn dictionary challenge. You'd think being on holiday I should have more time, but it doesn't seem to work out that way! I was going to go with numbers for the letter N right up until the point I got the stencils out and saw the Clarity town stencil. That's the joy of crafting you never know where the muse will take you!

Sunday 10 July 2016

W is for wine

W is for wine...of course! Thought I'd get the gelatos out for a change for The Craft Barn dictionary challenge this fortnight. The background is made with layers of gelatos rubbed through stencils with a baby wipe, then stamping on top with a few highlights. The main image was stamped and watercoloured with the gelatos. A little distress ink was added here and there for shadows with the rings stamped in paint.

Materials used:
Stencils: Stampers anonymous harlequin, Clarity trellis, unknown brick
Creative Expressions stamps: wine label
Faber-Castell Gelatos: buttercream, butterscotch, iced chai, cinnamon, chocolate, red cherry, grape
Archival Ink: jet black, coffee
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint: blood orange
Distress Ink: black soot, vintage photo
gel pens, Stabilo All pencil