Sunday, 21 August 2016

"Amaze" a mixed media canvas for Shimmerz

Hello all and thank you for your visit. August is just flying by and it is time for me to share another project on the Shimmerz Blog. Here is a little corner of a mixed media canvas I created.
Like usual, if you want to see the rest and how I made it, please hop over by clicking HERE

Hope you are all enjoying whatever you are up to and can find some creative time for yourself too!
Thanks for your visit like always

Sunday, 7 August 2016

The Secret to Having it All, - a journal spread for Shimmerz

Hello all, hope you are doing well and thanks for dropping in. I want to start with apologizing for my lack of visiting and commenting, - but I am away from home (visiting my grandchildren in Australia) and time for the internet has been very limited.... Things will return to normal come September, but until then, please forgive me and I will try to catch up at least a bit when I am back home.
Today I have a scheduled project to share on the Shimmerz blog.
This is obviously just a little corner, if you want to see more, please join me over at Shimmerz!
Have a wonderful week

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Altered Canvas Board for Shimmerz

Hello all hope you are all happy and healthy and thanks for dropping by. I am sharing a canvas board today on the Shimmerz Blog.
Here is a little corner of it to hopefully tempt you to have a look at the full project.
Meanwhile, thanks so much for dropping by here and look after yourselves!

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Today is full of possibilities...

Welcome to my blog everyone and thank you for taking the time to come by. I hope July is going well for you....
I am going to share a little portrait with you that went through a few transformations along the way:
It was done as part of my Children of the Wild class with Kate Thomson and is based on the first full scale painting she guided us to do. The title of the class relates to the fact that all the paintings are based on children and their connection to animals, and this particular painting was based on a story around a girl with a birds nest on her head.
Here is the first stage, including the nest, the whole thing was taken from Kate's example.
Here is a close up of the nest, I left it quite loose and scribbly as I thought I would paint over it eventually anyway.:

This is Kate's painting that mine was based on, you can see I took a rather different interpretation, though I applied many of the same techniques.
Kate's picture is is on her Pinterest, so as it is public anyway, I think I can show it here too.

Anyway, I love Kate's original but as I am not really into the whole children with animals growing out of them thing, I decided to paint and draw over the bird's nest and add some further background elements, stamping and a sentiment,  to my version, so that is how I landed up here:
I now think I should have left alone with the sentiment, but there is always a next time, live and learn as they say....
Well that's it, thanks for your visit like always and hope you will find some time to do something creative today!
Until next time

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

More altered papers

Hello all and welcome, specially also to new followers, thank you for coming along on my arty journey!

I am on a mission to use up some of my huge collection of papers, and so I have now finished the second little mini book I have been working on this month.

I have shared in detail in earlier posts how to put minis like these together and also how I go about altering the papers used, if you are interested, you can find descriptions here, here and for the construction of the little book here.
Like usual I have used inks, background stamping, embossing and die cuts.
Most of the stamps used were designed by Gabrielle Polacco.
And here the final two pages, using exactly the same techniques once more, just with different colours.
Most of the dies used are from the Tim Holtz wild flower thinlits set.

And one final tag, to fit in the side pocket between two of the pages:
I embellished the tag with a couple of little home made Tyvek beads and that was pretty much it.
Well, I am glad my little books are finished now, - high time for some different kind of projects and art work, but more of thast in a few days to come. Thank you for your visit like always!

Sunday, 3 July 2016

A Trio of tags for Shimmerz

Hello all and happy July to you all. As you read this I am on my way to Australia to visit my grand children, so I'm afraid my blog will go very quiet over the next weeks. I'll be there until the end of August. But there will be a few sneak peeks every now and then, and I am hoping I will also find the time to show you some further work in my sketch book that will come along with me.

For today just a little preview:
The rest can of course be seen over on the Shimmerz blog.

Thanks for coming by and as I set off to the Australian winter, I wish all my friends in the Northern Hemisphere a happy Summer with hopefully plenty of sunshine and creative time!

Friday, 1 July 2016

Reach for the stars, an altered file folder for Mixed Media Monthly

Happy July and welcome! The first of the month means a new challenge over on the Mixed Media Monthly challenge blog and this month our theme is "Reach for the Stars". I altered a file folder to keep all my travel documents safe.
We have an amazing sponsor this month, who will also do a guest design post. It's no other than the wonderful Seth Apter!!! Here is our graphic for the month, if you want to play in our challenge to be in with a chance to win one of his amazing stamp sets, don't forget to add this graphic to your post!

My project is a full size file folder and I started by cutting a bit of card slightly smaller than the folder and then adding some scrapbook paper as my first layer.
Next I gave it a thin coat of gesso and then added various elements such as lace, strips of fabric and tape to add some texture. I also did some stenciling, using a variety of texture pastes.
The only Seth Apter products I own are two of his stencils and I used elements from them both for my background.
Time to add some colour, - I used a mix of sprays, inks, Distress Crayons and Gelato, but decided to keep my folder in monochromes. Below a few close ups:

The next and final step was to add some embellishments:
A large stamped and embossed butterfly adhered over a clock die. Both are by Tim Holtz.
Highlighting the stencilled words with Gelato and Distress Crayon.
A large flower I had in my stash in similar colours was dry brushed with a little gesso, - I also added some stencilled and wooden stars and that was pretty much it.
Do hop over to the blog to see what my talented teamies have created and to get all the details of the challenge. Of course we all hope you will decide to play along and if you do, don't forget to add our graphic to your post!!
Thanks for your visit like always and have a creative month!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Creating substrates and an experiment

Hello all and thanks for dropping in. I am still hugely enjoying doing an online class with Kate Thomson called Children of the Wild. In one of the many videos Kate shows how to make amazing mixed media backgrounds and I had great fun experimenting. Here is a little portrait I did on one of them.

The backgrounds are very textured, so doing the portrait straight on top, was not easy, I think a next time I would do that differently. But, - you live and learn. Below some further substrate examples:
Kate suggests to do these on old ledger paper, but I don't have any of that, so instead I used some 12 by 12 scrapbook papers with a ledger like background. As the techniques are part of the class, I can't really share them, but here are some more samples:
I used chalk paints mostly Decoart and Paper Artsy and played around with a muted colour palette which I think suite these techniques so well. Obviously stamps and stencils play a part as well.
Kate's site is called Fractured Angelics. I so love the "fractured" elements she uses in her work and shows examples of in her class.
Here is a smaller piece, started as a 12 by 12 and then cut into smaller parts. I incorporated more blue and quin. gold in these ones.
Here is another cut part of the same piece and my portrait was done on one of the other smaller pieces.
Here you can see just how much texture there was on the substrate, - kind of obvious it was going to be hard to draw straight onto that, but I just had to give it a go. I used pencil, stabilo All and tinted charcoal for the drawing.

This is probably my favourite bit of the piece, I love how the colours work against the stencilled bits.

Anyway, that's it for now, I'll experiment some more, so stay tuned :o).

Thanks for your visit like always and have fun with being creative!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Children of the Wild part two

The course I was telling you about in my previous post is all about children and their connection with animals using loads of cool mixed media techniques (the main reason why I decided to do this course).

In the lead up to the full project, there are several practice exercises, using different materials and techniques. Last time I chose to do a child's portrait to practice (I love drawing/painting children's faces), - I am pretty hopeless at doing animals, so in a way that was a cop out. So here are my next two studies/practice pieces, this time using a wild cat....
For this one I used Kate Thomson's sample painting and just drew along with her video.I used lead pencil, Stabilo All pencil, white acrylic, gesso, black India Ink, white soft  pastel crayon. We were meant to use a white oil bar, but I don't have those, so just using what I have.

Here a coloured version, for this one I used a reference photo, again I did not have half the stuff we were meant to use, so used what I had, pencil, Stabilo All, White acrylic and various soft pastels, a white gel pen and a black permanent pen.

It's really good practice to do the same animal in different ways, you get a much better feel for them.

Thank you for indulging me with my arty efforts, hope I am not boring you to tears. The link to the course can be found in my first post on this topic.
Nearly the weekend, I am feeling a bit desperate about the results of the referendum here in the UK, but democracy has ruled and now we will have to live with the results. Hope you have a good weekend!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Children of the Wild

Hello all, just a super quick post from me today as I wanted to share a first project that I did from a new online class I plan to really get into over the summer. The Class is called Children of the Wild, by Kate Thomson, hence the title of my post.
The class can be found on the Jeanne Oliver Ning site, - here is a link:

I have only watched the first video, and this was just a little bit of fun play, using an inspiration photo she shared and just part of her very first technique. I did the little portrait on an old tag that was flying around.
I just used, gesso, a normal HB pencil, a Stabilo  All pencil and a mix of gesso and white acrylic paint. Kate uses way more products in her sample piece and I hope to get into that soon.

Well that's it, thanks for dropping in and see you next time!

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