Friday, 9 October 2015

At Last!

Hi, today I'm sharing my second project for the Country View Crafts  'add texture' challenge. A while ago I was lucky enough to attend a Dina Wakley class on acrylic paint. I learned many things that day one being the boy does she work quickly! I came home with lots of samples of various techniques, and I'm sorry to say that they have sat in a carrier bag ever since :-( Luckily I'd written on the back so I know how they were made. When I saw what Jennie had chosen as her challenge, I knew that it was time to use them, and this is what I made.
This is a journal page with the samples of the different techniques.
The day started by adding a layer of Ranger Gesso to some Watercolour paper. I'm not going to give anything else away, but do take the class if you get the chance.

We used lots of her Heavy Weight Acrylics - these really are beautiful paints - such depth of colour!
We also used Texture Paste and Dina's stencils and masks.
Dina's stamps with the paints.
and I learned how to do an image transfer with paint.
the lady herself kindly signed my book. I didn't take my copies of her books as I thought she would think I was so sort of weird stalker if I asked her to sign mine, but everyone else had taken theirs lol.
There's still loads of time for you to join in with our challenge and add some texture.
I'm also linking this to the We Love 2 Create anything mixed media challenge.
Hope you like mine, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

We're Off To See The Wizard

Hi, and welcome from sunny Tenerife. I may not be home, but it's still Wednesday so it must be time for a Stampotique challenge.
This week Coby is asking us to make a tag, or use a tag on our project. I love to make tags so I really enjoyed this one.
Time to gather supplies, DecoArt Multi Surface paints in (not so) subtle colours lol.
I wanted to try the bokah effect with paint rather than ink.
With DecoArt gesso over the top.
Looking a bit better now it's cut into tags.
Time for the Media paints now for the guys.
We have Cowardly Lion
Tin Man
and Scarecrow. The words are from France's Typewriter Alpha.
Thanks for the fab challenge Coby.
I hope you join in too and show us a tag in your artwork.
Hope you like mine, and thanks very much for looking x

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Kilroy Was Here

I know I'm showing my age now, but we'll not talk about that lol. Welcome to October which means it's time for a new challenge at  Country View Crafts. This month it's Jennie's to to chose the theme, and she's gone with 'add texture'. I've chosen something that you either love or hate (I love it) its graffiti.
There's lots of different textures in this one.

I started with the Crafter's Companion Dry Stone Wall embossing folder, and rubbed over it with Metallic Lustre in Silver Spark and Lavish Green.
My next layer is an embossing folder again  this time it's Pebbles. I've used Core'dinations Whitewash paper and then sanded back. I've gone over the top with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Transparent Yellow Oxide.
Time for my graffiti wall which was painted and stencilled in the same yellow oxide and Quinacridone Gold. For today at least these are my favourite colours.
Time for fun now. Lots of layering and tearing and a general scruffying of edges.
My graffiti sprays are DecoArt Mixed Media Sprays in just about every colour that I own.
The stamping in the centre has been embossed too for extra texture.
Next layer is White Crackle Paste which has gone through the same stencil, and rubbed over with black metallic lustre when dry.
This also went through an Andy Skinner stencil. Just look how these Media misters layer together!
I finished off with my rasta rat in the corner and a Dylusions crow in the centre.
This was great fun to make, I really enjoyed it.
I hope that you will join in too and add some texture to your art.
I'm also entering this into the We Love 2 Create Mixed Media/anything goes challenge.
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking xx

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Happy Happy Happy

Hi, and happy Wednesday! It's time for another challenge at Stampotique, and this week Janet has chosen the theme of cards for children. Here's what she says.
So often we create to amuse ourselves or other adults. Children love stamping and enjoy to see what is created especially for them. For this week’s Stampotique Designers Challenge I am challenging you to create a card that will have appeal for a child, be it a young one or teen.

This is a birthday card for my Nephew, he will be 10 next month so I guess he's old enough to take a Stampotique birthday card now lol.
I started by embossing Happy Birthday then blowing brusho's through a straw for the background.
Every birthday card needs Skull Balloons wearing party hats from the Happy Head Appliances Cube.
Here's the birthday boy Schmurfy with his presents from Towering Gifts.
Every boy needs a dog, so here's Polka Dot Dog
I'm really pleased with my card - it's not scary at all (even with the skulls lol).
I hope that you join in with our challenge, and make a card for a child.
I won't be around for the next couple of weeks 'cos we're jetting off for some sunshine. I'm getting used to spending my birthday on holiday now, it's a habbit I could keep up with :-).
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Pretty Woman

I'm really enjoying playing with my Dylusion paints and stamps at the moment, and instead of getting ready for my holiday next week (which I really should be doing) I've been painting my nails - and fingers - and that bit up your arm when you put it down on wet paint...  Anyway this what I made.

Think I would quite like to be this lady, she has a certain style!
She's been coloured with pencils. I took far more care with her make up than I do my own lol.
I've made her for the Girls Will Be Girls challenge at That's Crafty, and also the anything goes challenge at We Love 2 Create.
Enjoy your Sunday, and thanks very much for looking xx

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing

The challenge this time at PaperArtsy is to use pigment powders, so I've been having a play with my Brusho's.
I've used yellow, red, and ultramarine (which is my favourite) just sprinkled on and spritzed to make my backgrounds.

I then used the powders as watercolours to paint Darcy's images. They paint really nicely but you just seem to get one colour rather than the mix that you sometimes get with the shake and spritz method.
The feathers have been painted with turquoise and ultramarine.
I've joined the tags with washi tape so they form a triangle and stand up by themselves.
The Brusho's layer and mix beautifully, and is a great base for a white pen.
I had fun making these (except for the cutting out lol) and will definitely use the Brusho's for more than just backgrounds now.
I'm also linking this to the We love 2 Create anything goes challenge.
Going to watch the England Wales match now, so enjoy your weekend, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday, 23 September 2015


Hi, and welcome to Autumn! I must admit there certainly is a chill in the air now in the morning and evenings. So as the year is cracking on it's time for an early Halloween! 
Welcome back to another fun challenge here at Stampotique, This week Carol is our hostess and she is challenging us to an Early Halloween
Here is what Carol says about this challenge

"I really love Halloween so any excuse to sneak a make in, a month early is OK
 in my book."

Let's see your best Halloween projects this week.
I must admit that Halloween isn't really my thing, but I did have fun making my piece. Lots of pictures I'm afraid,so I'll keep the words down :-)

What - a little bit busy, I don't know what you mean lol.

So from the top we have 

Moving down a little it's time for Hare and Owl With Wings
My ectoplasm is drizzed hot glue that's been stuck down with er - hot glue. You can't beat a bit of ectoplasm!
You can't have Halloween without a Wicked Witch.
I've also used lots of glitter card and die cuts, and all the stamping has been watercoloured then embossed.
Here we have a 'plasm covered Carrot
and pumpkins from Halloween Cube 2
For a non Halloweener this was fun (but weird 'cos I made it on a lovely Summer's day lol)
So please get your spook on, and join us in our challenge.
Please read ALL RULES on the linkz page before linking your creation.
If you didn't follow the rules posted, you may have been deleted.  
Feel free to relink your creation with the correct information for a chance to win.
I'm also entering this into the Craft Stamper 'take a stamp' challenge.
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Sunday, 20 September 2015

California Dreaming

Hi, hope you are enjoying your Sunday. Neil is channel hopping between the rugby world cup, football, and F1 so I've escaped to my craft room. I've been having another play with my gelli plate, Deco Art paints, and stencils.

I've used paints from the DecoArts Media range, and various leaf stencils and masks. I've also used Portfollio pastels in the corner.
This is black then a layer of quin gold/quin magenta/quin red/ yellow oxide.
Stamped and cut out. The leaf stamp is by Stampotique (of course) Some of them have had English Red Oxide antiquing cream rubbed over.
The words are typed on a new to me but old manual typewriter. I have to plink away with one finger 'cos I don't hit the keys hard enough with my others. I've got too used to a pc lol.
I'm entering this into the
That's Crafty lovely leaves  challenge, 
We Love 2 Create anything goes,
and Craft Stamper take a stamp.
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x