Monday 30 January 2023

Feeling blue


A bonus challenge with Isa this month was to create a tag that is completely monochromatic, no black, no white. 

I started by gathering together various inks in blue. First I gave everything a pale blue wash with white remember!

The blue was paler on the elephant but still there...honestly.

Next I used my new hamsa amulet stencil from GiogioCraft with the grey-blue weathered wood Distress Ink. Then I forgot to take any more photos!

The stamps were from Creative Stamping magazine issue 93. The elephant was layered up using foam pads.

It was a really tricky project and not very satisfying. I'm still itching to give it some white splatters or highlights! It was, however, a good exercise in appreciating 'value' and contrast in projects if you want them to be cohesive and grab interest.

I'd be interested to know what you think. Your comments are always welcome.

Have a lovely week...full of colour and contrast! xxx

Friday 20 January 2023

Year of the rabbit


A very quick post today to share my take on celebrating the lunar new year.

I used GiogioCraft and Pink Ink stencils, DecoArt paints and gel pen. I had to curve it to get the background gold flowers to show up as they are much more delicate in natural light.

Last weekend I was out in London's Soho where the lantern decorations were spectacular. So spectacular I walked into a bollard because I was gazing up!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend xxx

Monday 16 January 2023

Winter magic


Today I'm sharing another mixed media fantasy scene. I had every intention of capturing the process and took a first photo...

...but then forgot to take any more until the end! I started with the gate gel printed uisng a GiogioCraft stencil and a watercoloured background.

By the time I'd played around quite a bit it looked like this...

I wanted to try out some new Coliro pearlescent watercolours and a new rigger brush. I think more playing is needed!

Thank you for taking the time to visit. Hope you have a lovely week xxx

Friday 13 January 2023

A little bird told me


Today I'm sharing another project using my new stash of Lavinia stamps. I started with stamping a scene and masking off the lamps and the hare with masking fluid.

I built up layers of watercolour and had every intention of capturing each stage, but you know what it's like when you're in the zone! Only one photo was taken. I created the moon by wrapping a paper towel around the bottom of a circular pot and pressed it into the wet paint to lift some out.

I finished off with a little over stamping in Archival ink and some highlights with Posca paint pens. I think the photo has washed out a bit of the contrast.

I enjoyed using watercolour for a change and think I might be practising a bit more!

Thank you for stopping by. I do appreciate your comments.

Monday 9 January 2023

Cats' chorus


I'm sharing this cheerful card today as it makes me smile and is just what's need on this dull January day.

The stamp is from Katzelkraft and is designed by a Ukrainian artist, Liubka. She has a very distinctive style. I commissioned two prints from her, for my sister, as half the money was going to support the war effort.

Meet Casper...

And his sister Lola...

She's caught the subtle differences between them very well.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely week xxx

Friday 6 January 2023

Magic and wonder


A quick post today as I'm still trying to get out of holiday mode and be a bit organised. I was extremely lucky to have a wonderful stash of the recent Lavinia stamps for Christmas. We decided to see the new year in quietly at home and I thought what better way than to start the year creating. This is what I was doing at the stroke of midnight...

I'm looking forward to the return of sunshine. It makes crafting and photographing so much easier in natural light.

Hope your year is full of wonder and magical moments xxx

Monday 2 January 2023

Welcome 2023

Hello and Happy New Year

The last couple of weeks of 2022 were very busy but I managed to save for myself a few days, at the end of the year and the start of 2023, to do a bit of crafting.

I've had a little play with the Gelli plate and GiogioCraft's gate stencils.

The base of the tag was prepared with some gesso to act as a resist, before smooshing through Distress Oxide ink.

With a few embellishments added the first tag of the year emerged...

I believe in looking forward, but most importantly enjoying and making the most of the present moment. I wish you many happy days, hours, minutes and seconds in 2023 xxx