Monday, 6 October 2014

Last week, I shared  this photograph with you of some of my vintage lace/fabric purchases from the textile show that I went to in Leicester.

This week, I found some time to use some of it. I wanted to try and keep this project quite neutral which is not always easy for me to do. Anyways, I decided to make a patchwork stylee/hanging thingy. It's not that big and when I held it up against a wall, it looked a tad lost so I put my thinking cap on for a while. My first thought was to mount it on something bigger but then I decided that it might look quite cool hanging inside a box. I had a lid to a Tim Holtz Configurations box left over from a previous project which turned out to be the perfect size. After painting it with Stone Fresco Finish paint, adding some lace and lining it with burlap, I decided that I really quite like it now.

Moving on to my next project....... following a visit to Art Van Go recently and chatting to an old friend who showed me some artwork in their gallery of some rusted fabric, I decided that I should have another go at this as I really love the rusty look. I dabbled with it when I was doing my City and Guilds course last year but haven't really done any since. Here's my pile of rusty fabric, I hope to be back in a day or so to show you what I've done with them.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Fabulous weekend

 As well as the weather being pretty fantastic for the time of year here in the UK, my weekend was pretty fantastic too. On Saturday, I spent the day with my friends Karen and Mary for a day of creative experiments. For some time now, I have been itching to have a dabble with encaustic wax. Many years ago, I had a go at melting wax on an iron and using the iron as a kind of paint brush to apply the wax. I was rubbish at that but I have seen so many beautiful pieces of encaustic art that I really wanted to have a go at brushing molten wax on a project instead. Oh my, this could turn into yet another crafty addiction, I loved it!

This was my first attempt, just three colours with a touch of gold leaf and can you believe it....

I love the way the colours of wax mingle together.

 And a fragment of gold leaf just brings it to life.

Experiment number two, didn't quite go according to plan but hey, it was an experiment and I certainly discovered a few things that I like and don't like. I really like the gold leaf applied with a metal embossing wheel and I now know that I don't like wavy lines drawn through the wax.

But I really like the way that tiny drops of wax melt into the background.

My third and final piece for the day was done with Pan Pastels through a stencil and fused into the wax......this technique has lots of potential very excited, just need to get a hot plate now to melt my wax.

So that was Saturday. Sunday was a day of retail therapy of the textile variety at a show in Leicester. I really love all my purchases from Janet Humphrey, her stand was definitely my favourite, she had all kind of vintage haberdashery and kits.


I love the printed silk as well, so delicate.....really beautiful. There was of course quite a few other purchases but these were my absolute favourites.

So thank you Karen and Mary for a brilliant weekend, I loved every minute.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Tonight I am sharing a little metal project over on the PaperArtsy blog. I wanted to make something using one of my new paint colours and as I still have a passion for working with metal, I wondered if was possible to make a project with aluminium and one of my stencils.........and the answer is yes you can!!!! Hop on over to the PaperArtsy blog for all the details.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Class Opportunity

The lovely Nina at Crafting Time tells me that there are a few spaces on my class there on Saturday 4th October 2014. We will be making a fabric covered journal from scratch using greyboard, wadding and cotton fabric. There will of course be stamps and stencils involved in the decoration as well as Fresco Finish Paints and Silks by Luminarte. I will also show you a simple, quick and easy book binding technique too.

If you think you would like to join me and a bunch of craft loving people for a fun and creative day, call Nina on 01763 262417 or you can book on line here.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

I thought I would share a couple of my recent makes with you. The first one was actually a kit that I purchased from Jane Davies at the NEC. It was a nice and easy kit with instructions that were clear and easy to follow. I have changed it up a bit and added some of my own embellishments but I really like the style and the colours.

The second project is another piece that I made for my newly decorated bedroom.

It's a collage of stuff on a burlap canvas. I really like the open texture of burlap and with many, many layers of stencilling, painting and stamping I am finally happy with it. It was one of those projects that whatever I used, I hated!!! In the end, I painted over most of it with Stone and Antarctic Fresco paint and selected some stencils with more delicate designs as my background was in competition with those flowers.

If you look real close, you will see some of Ellen Vargo and Sara Naumann's new stamps, I'm loving these new releases, I'm pretty sure that I will be using them a lot!!

Well, that's me for today. Two blog posts in two days....woo hoo!!! Wonder how long it will be before my next post lol ??????

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A bit of a play

Today I managed to grab a couple of hours in my studio and have a bit of a play with my new set of Limited Edition Fresco paints

I love all these new colours but Hint of Mint.....what can I say......It's beautiful and I want to paint everything with it!!!!!

My project today started with a heart shaped piece of greyboard which Leandra had cut for me for a previous project, and lots of buttons. We all have a button tin don't we???? Mine seemed particularly full of pink and lemon ones which I know I will never use, so I decided this was a good way to find a home for a few of them. They are stuck down with some matt medium.

Now to get some texture. Still using my matt medium, I stuck down some crumpled tissue paper.

When it was dry, I painted everything with a Hint of Mint Fresco, using quite a stiff paintbrush so that I could make sure the paint got into all the little hidey holes. When this was dry, I sprayed a few squirts of watered down Evergreen (50/50 water and paint) in the centre of the heart followed by a light mist of plain water to help move the paint around all the texture.

I found a few embellishments that also got the Hint of Mint treatment followed by a touch of Spanish Topaz Treasure Gold

I love the effect of the darker Evergreen paint sitting in the dippy bits of the tissue paper. I will definitely use this technique again.

Don't forget, it's The Big Stamping and Scrapbooking show this weekend at Alexandra Palace. The PaperArtsy guys have a stand there which will be full of all the latest stamp releases. Leandra and Jo will be demonstrating on Saturday and I will be joining Leandra on Sunday. It's a great show, I hope you will join us for some arty fun and retail therapy.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Star Book

On Saturday, I taught a class for the lovely Ali and Iain of Ali-Crafts at their retreat in Daventry.  The project was a star book and I had twenty five fabulous people attended my class. Every single project was totally different from my sample, the colours were amazing. It was fast paced, fun, messy, hilarious and there was lots of chocolate (thank you Danielle).

We made master boards using Colorbloom sprays, my PaperArtsy stencils, lots of PaperArtsy background stamps by Ellen Vargo and Sara Naumann and of course, my all time favourite paint, Fresco Finish. These were chopped up to create the pages and covers for the books.

We used the new floral stamps by Darcy and pretty much all of  Jo Firth-Young's floral images to create some focal images for the books.

We used some of the phrases and quotes from ELB05 & ELB06 throughout the book and for the front cover.

I think you'll agree that some of the colour combinations were just beautiful.

This is the front cover of my sample book. I tried to keep to turquoise/blues and orange.

And last but not least, this is how the books looks when it's opened out into a star. It's been many years since I made one of these and I must admit, it was so nice to make another one.