Saturday, 19 April 2014

A day in the studio

Yesterday, I spent a very happy day playing around in my studio. With all the recent family celebrations, it was a gentle reminder of how important family is to me. Both my parents are not enjoying the best of health at the moment so I thought I would make something that included an old photo of my Mum. I think she was about 18 in this photo, already married to my Dad as he was in the army and off to Hong Kong. I love this photo, I love her dress, her hair style and she really looks like my late Grandmother.


I started with this fabulous burlap panel that I bought from the PaperArtsy guys at Ally Pally last week.


I thought I would make an Anna Dabrowska style piece that I can hang in my bedroom as we are redecorating at the moment. I started by brushing a patchy layer of Stone Fresco Finish paint over most of the panel.


I wanted some texture on the panel so I scraped some Grunge Paste through one of Donna Downey's floral stencils. Then I positioned my other stencil and masked off the bits I didn't want before adding more Grunge Paste.


I also used a palette knife to randomly scrape more Grunge Paste on the panel to fill in a few gaps and then started arranging stuff on it. I find it really helpful to take photos of the layout I like as I can never remember where things were when it comes to the gluing stage!!!


I did paint some of the items before sticking them down with a heavy body gel medium and I also painted the whole panel again with Stone Fresco to blend in the Grunge Paste. I even painted those gorgeous velvet flowers which I've had in my stash for some considerable time. There's also a lot of Classic Treasure Gold on this project too, it really brings everything to life.


Oops, that's my finger in this picture!!!! I love how this project has turned out. The only downside is that my printer has run out of ink and I don't want to use the original photo of my Mum, but that cute little frame shown at the top of the post is destined to on top of the memories banner.


Here are a few close up shots of some of the other areas.




I hope you all have a fabulous Easter weekend.......don't eat too much chocolate!!!

Lin x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Craft Barn Extravaganza

I have been invited by the lovely Sandy to demonstrate at the Craft Barn Extravaganza again this year. It is a fabulous event, spread over a whole weekend (7th & 8th June 2014) with Masterclasses the day before and after the event and half day workshops on the Saturday and Sunday. I will be demonstrating on Sunday only as I am staying over to teach a Masterclass on Monday 9th June 2014. Details and booking information for my class are available here and bookings are being accepted now!!!! If you fancy joining me for a day of painty fun, don't delay, these places get snapped up pretty quickly.


If you are unable to join me for the class but are available on the 7th or 8th June, I can highly recommend this event. It is completely free of charge to the general public and the list of demonstrators is very impressive. Click here for all the info.


Monday, 14 April 2014

Fabulous weekend

I have just had one of the nicest weekends ever. On Saturday, I drove down to Ally Pally in London to do a spot more demoing for the PaperArtsy guys. Here are a few of the samples I made.






The next few samples were  paint/stencilling techniques on fabric that I had bonded to my tags with Heat'n'Bond. Some of them were strips of fabric that had been bonded just slightly overlapping each other. This created some really nice textures.




Then of course I did a little bit of shopping, Leandra had some fab new stuff for the show and of course it would have been rude not to buy a few bits'n'bobs, wouldn't it?


On Sunday, we had a bit of a family gathering to celebrate my parents Diamond Wedding Anniversary. I made arrangements for them to receive a message from the Queen which they were absolutely thrilled about.


My daughter Kelly, ordered the custom made frame to put it in so they can have it on display at home.



As it was such a beautiful day, we took the opportunity to snap a family photo in the garden as a memento of what was such a fabulous day. So here we are, four generations, my parents, Mark and I, our three children Kelly, Sarah and Alex with their husbands Jim, Chris and girlfriend Tiff. My four grandchildren,
L-R   Ronnie 8, Isla 3, Seb 3 and Amillie 6 plus a bump who will be joining the family in July!!!


OK, that's me for today, I have a little doggie sitting next to me who is desperately trying to get my attention to take her out for a walk.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Version Scrap - Paris

We're back from Version Scrap, a tad on the weary side but the shoulder held up OK which was a huge relief as the show was busy, busy, busy!!! Here's Mark on the till, even our security guy Jonathan hopped on a till to help out when it was really busy!


Leandra demonstrating with the wonderful Missie Sally at her side to help out with translation.


I thought I would share a few of the demo pieces I made at the show, this was one of my favourites, using the Chalk and Dusty Teal from the JOFY set of Limited Edition paints and Wendy Vecchi's Potting Soil Archival ink pad on top of Grunge Paste.




Oops, sorry about the shadows on this one, I was taking the photos at the show, underneath the lights!!!


This one is really quite pink, not my usual choice of colours at all. Actually, I even made a purple one but I gave that to the lovely Emma as I knew she would enjoy it more than me!!!!


A sample with a some more of JOFY's lines.


Here I used my limited edition paints, stencils and one of my quote stamps along with some background images from one of the new Hot Picks. Yikes, this photone is blurry......sorry, it's the only pic I have of this.




A close up of one of my favourite but older Hot Picks HP1109


On this sample I used some of Ellen Vargo's stamps EEV02 for my background. 


This sample had a bit of everything thrown at it. It was one of those pieces that I hated and whatever I did to it made it worse but I was determined to make it work. It took a while but I got there in the end and now I think I quite like it!!!!


These are just a few of the many, many samples I made. Leandra made loads too! If you are going to Ally Pally this weekend, I will be there on the Saturday, pop by to say hello and you will be able to see these in real life instead of my rubbish photography.


Friday, 21 March 2014

Another Sketchbook Page


Still working in my A3 sketchbook........ I like this book as it has black pages. I'm using up some scraps of fabric and thought I would see what it's like if I glue them in place with matt medium instead of bonding with Bondaweb.

Before any paint went on, I knew that it was going to be trickier to work on as nothing was laying flat and
smooth like it does with Bondaweb. I did already know this but was just being lazy as the matt medium was right in front of me!!!!!

First layer, Primary Elements by Luminart, spritzed with water to spread and blend. You can add a binder to this but I decided it would be quite nice to see how it would mingle with a layer of Snowflake Fresco Finish.


I'm using a few new stencils and a mask with my Snowflake to add some design to the next layer.


I'm loving the contrast of the shiny Primary Elements against the matt finish of the Fresco.






In order for the hearts at the top and flowers at the bottom of the page to show up, I had to stencil a layer of Snowflake Fresco and build colour on top of it. This is when I found that the beautiful Bolivian Blue Primary Element that I had used, started to come through the white paint, it was really pretty and guess who forgot to take a picture of it.....drats!! Anyways, although I loved that effect, it made it tricky to paint yellow and orange flowers as my yellow kept turning green over the blue. I had to dry it and add another layer of Snowflake. This gave me the white base to build colour. Those tiny flowers still looked a tad lost so I outlined them with a black pen.


This page is definitely not finished yet, I need to add something to the hearts.

 Lesson for today....from now on, I will always use Bondaweb, Stencilling over that lumpy bumpy surface was not at all easy!


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Sketchbook Playtime




Quick post today. I just thought I would share a page in my A3 sketchbook that I did yesterday.
I started by scribbling some  Neocolor II over the page, these are water soluble so I smudged them around a bit with a water pen. I bonded some fabric to my page with some Bondaweb to add some interest to the background.


There are a lot of layers on this page. Some are using Fresco Finish paints but I also used some Silks glazes by Luminarte. If you are interested in these, you can get them from Artisit Trading Post. I used my hand cut poppy stencil that I made during my Hilary Beattie class.


I love how the paint and glazes look with Clear Bead Gel by Golden.


Monday, 10 March 2014

Playtime continued

Today I finally got around to finishing the fabric board that I prepared last week....remember this from my last post?


I had an idea in my head that I wanted to combine Jo's new paints with the Chartreuse from my set of paints.
It worked well in my head but sometimes things don't go entirely according to plan.


I masked off the petals on one of the flowers on my new stencil PS005 so that I could use Little Black Dress Fresco in the tiny dotty centre and then repositioned the tape to protect the dots from the Chalk that I used for the petals.



I watered down some Chartreuse and using a wide brush, painted a wash over everything before stencilling my first layer of images. I should have seen the warning signs at this point, I should have trusted my gut feeling. Basically, I wasn't loving the colour combo, but because I had had this idea in my head, I was determined to see it through. So as it stands, I have Chartreuse in the background, Amethyst and Dusty Teal for the stencilled images. I used PS002 for the leafy thingy which is one of my stencils and the other images are from one of Jo's PS007. I dry brushed some Dusty Teal around the edges to see if it would look more balanced. Kind of felt that that didn't work too well either

 

In an effort to make the colours work better, instead of fighting with the background colour, I used
Dolly mix on top of the Amethyst, nudging the stencil just a smidgen  from it's original position, to create a shadow.


I repeated this process with the small flowers from PS008 to fill a gap at the bottom of the board.


You can see from this photo that the Chartreuse is too citrus for the other colours and now the flowers are too pale......not intending to give up, I decided to add some shading to the flowers, so a little bit of Amethyst over the Dolly Mix seemed to help a little bit.


Another idea popped into my head....why not paint over the Chartreuse to see if it could be toned done a little bit? I watered down some Tikka and I think you can see that this picture shows that it made quite a bit of difference.


I also used some Amethyst to paint over the Dusty Teal edges and felt that that helped too.


Finally I felt that I was getting somewhere.


I added some faux stitching to all the edges of the fabric pieces and stamped some script on the petals of some of the flowers.



A few added embellishments to finish up.....I found a shabby looking dimensional flower that was just the right size and stamped a quote from ELB06. When it was cut into sections, I was able to position them to fill the gaps. I am happy with the layout but not the background. Although it  is a bit more orangy than this picture shows, I would not do it this way again. I think next time, I would water down some of the Chalk paint and whitewash over it.....that usually fixes most problems.


So there you have it, things don't always go according to plan for me. Many people have not really believed me when I have said that things go wrong for me too.

Think I might just take my black pen and do some doodling around these leaves, then I need to step away and leave it alone!!!!!



Finally, I just wanted to plug my own classes again. All the classes at The Bead Scene are now sold out with the exception of this Saturday when I have one remaining place available. If you fancy joining me and a bunch of very friendly ladies to make this cute little mini book, filled with all the new Lynne Perrella images, then simply click here for all the details.