Thursday 18 January 2018

Line and wash flowers

Hello everyone, again with something just for myself. This is a watercolour painting inspired by Joanne Boom Thomas, I love her work with watercolour and Brushos and find myself watching her tutorials more and more. I’ll include a link at the bottom of the page. 

I’m afraid the light isn’t good and so the colours aren’t as bright as in real life. Working full time it dark by the time I get to play, but I hope it gives you an idea of what it looks like. The size is 18” x 30 so big for me.

I first sprinkled my Brushos in Ultramarine Emerald Green, while spritzing I covered my sketch to protect it from the colour. I then added clean water and worked wet in wet.
Love how the camera captured the water on the page. 

I laid down the pink first and once dry the blue. 

Once dry, I used blue acrylic ink and my dip pen, (yah I found one that works for me and I love it)and added some details, before the ink dried with a small brush and water I pulled the ink to fill in the negative space.

To finish and lighten it a little I added white gold highlights, unfortunately the artificial lights makes it look like blobs of white where as it’s quite subtle really

You can see how the colour is more yellow in the finished pics than in the start 

Hope you like it
Hugs Xxx
Link to Joanne

Monday 15 January 2018

I’ve gone Vintage

Hello everyone today I have a touch of vintage to share with you. I really love the vintage look but don’t often create something myself but as it’s part of this months challenge over at Rubber Dance so I thought why not? There are loads more inspiration on blog so why not pop over. And if you use this code you can get free shipping if you spend over €15. DWFreeShip

This is in my Dina Wakley Journal 

Here’s what I did

Using scraps of paper from my basket (where I keep torn up pieces of paper out of books etc) I covered the page using Matt Medium to stick them down
I chose a kraft page which also had some stencilling on.

Once dry I used Fresco Acrylic Paint in Vintage Lace to knock it back. I then sprayed Distress Ink in Vintage Photo all over but wiped it back 
around the centre and blending in out to the edges.

I then used brown Stazon Ink to create the background with Antique Botanicals, and Vintage Script 
then stamped the rose from Blossoming Rose,  all from Rubber Dance, as well as the sentiment. 
I used Chameleon Pens to colour the rose.

Finally to add some contrast I used black ink for  the butterflies also from the Botanical set.

And that’s it finished 
See you all soon


Saturday 6 January 2018

Journal play

Morning everyone happy weekend, hope you are all well and have nice stuff planned for the weekend. I hope to have a relaxing one with some crafting time. But first I’d thought I’d share my latest page in my journal.

I started with my background 

Lots of Distress Oxide ink which I sprinkled with water dried, and sprinkled some more.

Then used Archival Ink in various colours for more interest and then my focal point

I added some gold flicks over the page and started to build up the character of the focal point

More touching up and adding a little colou to the eyes 

And a last look

Stencils used 
Essentials 1 &2 Face - Music from my store 
Inks From Ranger I buy mine from Country View Crafts 

There you have it! Very simple but I enjoyed myself and that what is all about! 
Hugs xx


Wednesday 3 January 2018

Quick how to for birthday cards

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well and looking forward to some happy crafting. This year I’ve promised myself to spend moe time creating for myself. I struggled last year to find my muse and often found myself just getting stuff done for the design teams I’m on. This year I want to focus more on my art and so to start off here are some birthday cards created  with just a couple of things, Brushos and Watercolour Paints, both Senellier and 

Kuretake Gansai Tambi(which I love btw) links are down below

First one 
Sorry about how dark the photos are, even in daylight it was dark!

So I sprinkled,  sparingly,  red and green crystals and gently spritzed to activate. I then dried.

Then with the watercolour paints I picked out the flowers and leaves. Once dry I flicked some gold paint and added a few touches to leaves.

Some close ups!

Lastly, I edged in black (not sure which I prefer)

No 2
Made the same way, except used a looser style pen work

I haven’t actually mounted these yet, but I’m sure you know how that. You can of course try this with any colour crystals such as Infusions, Bisters or Magic Powders. I Hope you have enjoyed this ‘how to’ for quick cards, please click the follow, to make sure you know when I next post, and if you have an questions please leave in the comments below.

                                                                                                             Take care  Hugs xxx

Brushos - ColourCraft
Infusions - Paper Artsy
Busters - Powertex 
Magical  - Lindys Stamp Gang 


Monday 1 January 2018

Happy New Year and a look back with Gratitude

Hello everyone, a very happy New Year to you all. Today I’m sharing the New Challenge over at Country View Crafts which theme is Anything Goes. It a great theme to get the muse working as you aren’t confined; just let your imagination take you on a journey! You could win a £20 voucher too.

My inspiration 

I used a mix of Distress Oxide, spray paints, stencils with paste and some rub ons to complete this journal page.

Now I would like to share a few of my favourite makes from last year to say goodbye to what was an eventful year to say the least. So grab a coffee sit back as this promises to be a long one. As many of you know I moved home and job on my own, from the South of the Country to the North in February. It was a tough time without my husband but we got through until he moved up to his new job in September.  Here’s some of my art from that time.

The 1st using a stamp I designed for Craft Stamper Magazine and the second to hang on my wall to brighten up the lounge of our rented house.

Then of course there was the release of my first Stamps for Rubber Dance

We looked at many houses through the months and I fell in love with a few but we were unlucky or they weren’t meant to be, but the art continued. I was struggling with inspiration and motivation at this time. The garage which was to be my wonderful studio, leaked like mad and was dark and dingy. I missed my studio in Essex which had become my little sanctuary, and creating was hard to do, but I persevered.

I watched online workshops and even got to go to some classes, 
the girls was inspired by Angela Kennedy from the ‘lets Face it’

This was created in my class with Marta Łapkowska and the one below was inspired by her class and using one of her stencils 

This was all mine

Then came my stencils and creativity started to flow. I had given up trying to work in the garage and so took over the dining table and a trolley of materials which change as the mood takes. Here are a few of my fav makes from other blogs I make for.

Paper Artsy

Rubber Dance 

Arriving at August and my husband finally joins me towards the end, ready to start work in September. Trips back to Essex to help with the final packing and moving and still working full time I wonder where the time to creates from but I still manage a few. 

And then the last couple of months focusing on my painting 

Phew hope you managed to stay until the end! 
As I want to give a big thank you, to you all for your support last year and hope to continue to see you in this brand New Year.

There so much more being planned for this year and I want to share it all with you.

Take care and with much love and gratitude