Sunday 29 March 2015

A Journal Page

Hello everyone me again, this time with a journal page using Media Fluid by DecoArt. Yes I know I've been on a role today, making up for last week lol.

I started by scraping some colour onto my card

Then spayed some purple Media Mist

Then I used an Andy Skinner stencil which after the paint was dry I outlined with a Fude Pen then wrote my sentiment.

Take care and good night Debs xx


Seth Apter

Hi everyone, over on Mixed Media World we have a guest. Our leader managed to get the great Seth Apter as a guest whoop whoop! So go visit the blog now click this think, and enjoy :)

Big hugs Debs 

Waiting for the right frame

Hi everyone, my second post for today but not as many pictures :). I just wanted to play with Media Fluids so started by scraping colour on the card. I didn't have a clear idea of what I wanted but the page developed.

I sprayed Media Mist where I wanted it and let it run. Then flipped the page

I added a few marks to ground my person - I want a frame for this so I'm on the look out.

Buy for. Now Debs xx


Quick make over

UHi everyone I'm glad you found your way here so that I can show you this little make over I did this morning using DecoArt products. It didn't take very long, it is simple but I love it.

Im entering it into the Country View Crafts Anything  Goes 

I used Weathered Wood and Chalk finish paint to age the box.


Below you can see I used some rusty wire to form an embelishment which also serves to hold some rusty trinkets.

I chose my pieces and added some sand paste ( learnt this with From Andy Skinner) painted them with Black Media Fluid and once dry Quinacrindone Gold 


you can there is a mixture of clay and metal the clay pieces I had made a while back.


I loved how they came out, all crispy looking like layers of rust built up over years. 

I added split rings to the pieces and threaded them onto the rusty wire. I attached the wire to the box form a wire flourish.


I added the bottles and some perennial wallflowers which have flowered all year this year.


And in its new home 

I'm running out of shelf space but loving these little vintage touches in my kitchen space. 

Thanks for your visit and see you again soon Debs xx

Saturday 28 March 2015

Grunge Paste Challenge

Hello everyone it's been a while since my last post, so I hope you all are well. I've been busy with all sorts, and not been feeling my best. We have just had a week away visiting my daughter SIL and grandchildren which was lovely, and then a few days in the New Forest. It's been an amazing time with so much to see, lots of galleries and craft industry shops with work spaces. I love visiting this kind of place where artists are in situ working as well as selling their art.

Before I move onto sharing what Ive made since coming home I need to tell you that I have decided to stop the Zodiac Challenge. It is a lot of work and as I'm enjoying creating so much at the moment. There just isn't enough time for everything. As many of you know, being part of the community that we all share, also takes time and sometimes making art has to come first. If I have not visited you  for a while please forgive me, I hope to catch up with you all soon :). 

So to announce the winner from last month which was Pisces picked by  Random. Org who picked number 2 which is Rising Rain Gallery, so please get in contact so I can send you your prize.

I hope you like you the new look to the blog, I did install it all and make it fit etc but all the other work is done by a very talented lady called Sharon

So onto today's make, which has been inspired by two people. Firstly, we visited the craft centre as mentioned above and through the entry was an exhibition by Cleo Mussi  I loved her use of mosaic and thought about how I might create a mosaic look with Grunge Paste. Then last night I saw Lisbeth's mosaic with Grunge Paste on the Paper Artsy Blog Challenge, and was amazed. You must go see how she created her project. It is very well thought out  and executed. 

So not wanting to copy her design (that's for another day ) I covered a 6x6 white board with a heavy layer of Grunge Paste. I used a square acrylic stamp block to form a square on the board. Next I created my mosaic look.

I used Purple Rain Fesco Finish acrylic paint in the grooves and wiped it over the top.

I wanted to age the frame so mixed some  colour using Fresco acrylics in French Roast, Claret,  Zesty Zing and Pumkin Soup. I didn't know what I was looking for, but knew I wanted grubby. I rubbed it on and then rubbed it off giving it the grungy look I wanted.

You can see in the photo above that I have rubbed it back slightly with a sanding block in places to add to the aging process. 

The centre I painted with Jade and some of the grunge colour to give it a rusty metal look. This was then  coated with a little Quinacridone Gold from DecArt to finish the look.

As you can see above I punched holes around the frame and threaded around some rusty wire. ( I was introduced to this by Andy Skinner at his workshop I recently attended, and Carol Fox who I know from craft club, told me where I can buy it, as I had never seen it before. So big thanks to you both.

I had a butterfly which I had already cut out from IndigoBlu so painted it with China Blue from paper Artsys and then clear embossed it. I edged the butterfly square and bits of the wire with Topaz Treasure Gold.

And then added a sentiment.

I had to hang it in the garden by the Armandii as it looks so beautiful and I felt welcomed us home.

So that's my plaque. I really enjoyed myself this afternoon and hope to play tomorrow as I have brought loads of goodies home with me. A nice pile of Bark, lots of beach stuff, and some great drift wood I collected at Milford on Sea yesterday. 
Don't forget I have changed the blog name and so to keep getting notifications of when I blog you must un follow, and the click follow again. Thanks 

See you soon Debs xx

Friday 13 March 2015

Ya gotta love some rust!

Hi everyone, yah! It Friday! 

A special welcome to my new followers, it's great to have you here. I hope you enjoy your visits and I would love to hear what you think so leave me your thoughts in the comment box so I know you've been :).

There's been a few changes to the blog, I hope you like them. I wanted something simple looking, things might change some more but I'll get it straight Asap.

Today I'm sharing a 6x6 Mixed Media plaque using DecoArt products. I started by using a piece of Kraft card which I had stencilled some patterns on with white and Burnt Umber Media fluid.


I sprayed White Media Mist and once dry, I used a circle stencil with crackle paste and heat dried it. I applied Patina Antiquing Cream to the raised areas and once dry rubbed it back.

Below you can see that I've added a card from Tim Holtz ideology thrift shop
I used craft paste through the flower stencil and started adding Media Fluid in Quinacrindone Gold. 

  I took a clip pen nib and pendent and aged them using texture paste and then coloured them with black then Quin Gold.

Using a Tim Holtz butterfly and a stencil with crackle paste. Once dry I sprayed the butterfly with Shimmer Turquoise I rubbed Red Oxide Antiquing Cream in over the cracks and once dry rubbed it off.
I then painted it in Quin Gold to give it a rusty look.


                                    The finished plaque

Thank you for your visit, take care and come back soon 

Big Hugs Debs xxx

Wednesday 11 March 2015

All is not what it seems!

Hi everyone, I have another quicky post tonight. I was feeling very disappointed not getting a job I went for and was feeling right sorry for myself, so decided to go have an inky painty time and get very messy.

Using Dylusion ink, I started spraying and stencilling drying etc. the last layer was DecoArt Media Sprays. Now, recently I have used two sheets of card, one to act as a mop up for the other. So my main sheet looked like this.

I have used some black craft paste on this in areas but this has been put away as it is the mop up sheet that I'm sharing.

As it was drying, things started to appear. I can see what looks like a doll in front of the  window.

And more started to emerge,

I then gave her someone to keep her company 

This isn't finish but I thought I'd share it anyway :)

Bye for Now Hugs

Debs xxx

Tuesday 10 March 2015

A bunch of flowers! We'll sort of...

Morning all you lovely peeps and welcome! Ooh it's been a busy time at the moment. I have lots of things going on which I cannot share at the moment but watch this space as there will be some great news to share soon. 

However, what I can share is that I'm teaching a journal class at Birds In the Barn in Marks Tey on Saturday 11th of April starting at 10 am. So if you'd like to come along follow the link to book your place and I'll see you there.

Today I'm sharing a page I made using a mop up page. So it started like this 

I added more layers of stencilling - paints are DecoArt Media Fluids which layer up wonderfully. I didn't take any other photos as I got carried away but here are some close ups of the finish piece.

And the whole page

Once all the background was dry I drew my flowers with a Stabilio All pencil painted my flowers and then added a white gel pen to outline. I hope you like my page.

See you all soon Debs xxxx

Monday 9 March 2015

Altered pot

Morning everyone happy Monday. A special welcome to my two new followers I hope you enjoy sharing my creative journey.

This morning is just a quick post about my altered pot inspired by the new theme over at the Paper Artsy challeng blog, which is deconstruction  Go take a look at the fab inspiration Leandra provided us.

Well I couldnt  wait to get to started  so was in my shed early this morning. My pot started like this, it has no bottom so not sure of its original purpose. I found some heavy plastic and  cut a circle which I glued around the sides at the bottom to form a bit of a base and hold any water which drips out.

I've added a plain wooden frame as well, to act as saucer for my pot. I did get carried away and forgot my pictures but I scraped a thin layer of crackle glaze over the pot and frame and once dry coated the pot liberally in Chalk Fresco Acrylic and while drying did the same to frame. 

Once completly dry I stamped a butterfly in black archival and heat set the ink. I then applied a thin wash of Lavendar Fresco acrylic over the top.

It now lives on the fire mantle waiting for the yellow of the daffs to pop out.

Thanks for your visit and have a great week.

Big hugs Debsxxxx

Sunday 8 March 2015

Mixed Media World - Challenge No 1

Hi everyone. Today I'm sharing my inspiration for a new Challenge, Mixed Media World. To celebrate the debut challenge, our leader Ingrid has chosen 'anything goes'. So pop over to the challenge and see what all my talented teamie's have in store. And don't forget we are sponsored by

For my piece  I started with a mop up sheet, which I scraped some Media Fluid from DecoArt over and stamped the hearts designed by Sara Nuamann for Paper Artsy.

Building layers with stencils

More layers 

The stencils are mostly Dina Wakley.

The words are craft paste through a stencil then silver embossing powder sprinkled over and once the paste is dry heated to melt the powder.

Below you can see that I have added modroc to the page. 

The face is Dina Wakley and the sentiment is from Paper Artsy.

I stamped circles to gell the page together 

Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon big hugs
Debs xx