Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Adding to my journal

Good morning friends
Over the weekend I had a moment to "play" in my studio so I took time to use some of my new dies and Distress colours. I started out with two tags and ended up with this page in my journal. Talk about a change in direction!


The focal point is this butterfly.


This is how I put it all together.

 I began by cutting two tags with the Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits dies which I picked up from The Artistic Stamper. I have to say I love these. One thing I will say though is that when I bought them I was unaware that you needed a magnetic shim for them so I had to play around with card to make a temporary shim that worked. Got there in the end though. I then placed the two tags together and stamped the butterfly (Tim Holtz Perpective) over both in Archival ink and used Mermaid Lagoon Distress ink to colour the tags
 For the next stage I took the Flourish stencil and Cracked Pistachio ink to add detail to the tags.
 I repeated this with Abandoned Coral Distress ink to add a second layer.
 Then it was time to colour the image and for this I used the same three colours. This time the markers. I added colour and blended them with a water filled brush. What I love about the markers is how they blend. It is definitely my colouring medium of choice.
 My original idea had been to make two tags but by the time I reached this stage I decided that I really liked the whole butterfly.
So I glued them together onto a piece of white card and trimmed to the shape you can see. Because the right side tag was smaller than the left I had an awkward area of white. Which was perfect for another of the Tim Holtz Thinlits dies, this one was a word one. (Cannot remember what it is called, words like lifetime, adventure, discover, seven in total I think.) The one I used, moments, fit perfectly.

Then it was time to find it a home, which as you saw earlier, was in one of my journals.
This journal is made using all different sized hand made papers. I added the element to the left and followed the theme to the right hand page by adding detail to the already inked page by using the Flourish stencil, adding a couple of different butterflies and stamping one of the sentiments from the same plate as the butterfly image.
It was fun to do and I enjoyed using the three new Distress colours as they worked well together.


Monday, 20 April 2015

One kit .....3 projects.

Good morning folks.
It's the start of a new week and I hope you are all going to have a good one. Today I thought I'd share something, that though is not new, will perhaps provide some inspiration.
As regular followers will know. I love making books and journals and was lucky enough to have a range of cover kits launched. Something that I am still immensely proud of. They are great for making books but that is not all that you can do with them you know.

So, today I thought I would bring 3 projects together "under one roof"  as it were, just to show you the versatility.
All these projects use my Tando Creative Shoal 6 x 6 book cover kit as the starting point....

The book.




 Original post can be found HERE

The "book box."





Original post can be found HERE

The box .



Original post can be found HERE

I'd love to hear your ideas for my kits too.......


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sometimes its the little questions that make the most work.......

Good morning peeps,
I trust that this finds you well. In reference to the title of this post; has someone ever asked you for something that on the surface is quite simple but the execution or aftermath of it is slightly more complicated?
My wife asked me one of those on Thursday evening. "You know those four units that we had in the house that we put in your studio? Can I have two of them back please, I REALLY need them for my files?" A simple request that generated about 48 hours of work for me LOL It took about 30 minutes to remove the contents from the top and insides of said units and relocate them to the house. Resulting in a happy wife and a mountain of stuff needing a new home in my studio.......
Well it took around 48 hours as I said but I can now see my little bit of carpet and my desk too. So I thought I'd pop the pics up here. ( I don't know about you but I do find other peoples creative spaces fascinating so perhaps you may find this peek at mine moderately interesting too)

 Standing at the door of my "Man Cave" looking in. there is just stuff everywhere and I love it. I am not one of those people who create in a neat space. I find being surrounded, almost cocooned by the tools of my art very inspiring. (Though I do wish for more space and a new bigger studio is on my wish list I also know that I will fill it too)
 Lots of drawers and nooks and crannies . Each space has something tucked into it.
 Taking the two units out meant I stacked my 12 x 12 trays from the floor to the ceiling with the rest on top of the unit and a trip to the store to get some plastic containers to stack on top of the chest of drawers (Which houses lots of boxes and things waiting to be altered)
 The back wall has most of the paints and mediums I use regularly easily to hand and other paints, inks etc are stored in plastic containers so I just take the container down and everything that I need is inside. Like melt pot, specific brand paints and inks like Dylusions, PaperArtsy etc.
I know to a lot of folks this probably just looks messy but it works for me. Creativity in Chaos......
Still, it was nice to have my table back and have a play with some of my new goodies, like these Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits dies which are so cool. I picked them up from The Artistic Stamper the other day. And the new Distress colours which I hadn't really had a chance to try yet.

Now, I'm off back to play/work on my tidied up Craft Cave so I'll see you later......

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

If you are ever in Folkstone.

Morning friends.
Once again, it has been a while since my last post. It is turning out to be a busy year again. Still, I am here today to share a couple of things.
Firstly, I'd like to tell you about an amazing artist, in my opinion, who has a shop in Folkstone's Creative Quarter called The Dirty Pen. (Here's a link to his Facebook page) Every time we go down to the town I always stop and drool over his work as I have always loved pen and ink work. Over the Easter weekend we took my Aunt and cousin down that way and obviously popped in for a visit.....
 Here he is busy on a commission piece.
 Part of the shop window. Well, this time I decided that it was about time that I treated myself and picked up two small signed prints which I have just finished framing and are now proudly displayed in my lounge.


So, if you are ever in the area, I can highly recommend a visit; it is truly inspiring art. which then leads me on to my part.... the frames.

I decided that I wanted the frames to be a bit different so I opted to create some porthole style frames and I am really pleased with the finished ones. Especially as they began life like this
 99p plastic frames (glass and back already removed ready to alter)
 The addition of some adhesive pearls, a bit of masking tape, chipboard hinges to create a decorative detail and a generous coating of DecoArt Faux Finishing Medium to seal before leaving to dry.
 This was followed by a selection of colours of Fluid Acrylic from DecoArt, Prussian Blue, Quin Orange, Transparent Red Oxide and Transparent Yellow Oxide.
 When that was dry, a bit of drybrushing with grey paint followed by a couple of gilding waxes in green and gold to bring out the details.
 The inside mats were made by tearing strips of a scrapbook paper to create a random layered finish. I wanted to have a more organic feel, not just a simple square.


They are a pain to photograph as the glass bounces all sorts of reflections back but they look pretty amazing on the wall....
Anyway, I had better get off to work so I'll catch you all later. Hope you have a good afternoon.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Pottering in my journals

Good morning folks. I trust that you are all well. I spent a happy couple of hours yesterday just pottering about in a couple of my journals. I enjoyed it as it had been a while since I had managed to work in them so I was missing it. Here are the results.






Hope you all have a lovely Easter Monday.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Ooops, I forgot.

Good evening folks.
I trust that you have all had a blessed Easter so far. I have been relaxing today, pottering in the garden, in my craft shed and just celebrating quietly the many blessings I have with my family.
While pottering away I suddenly realised that I had not posted my piece for The Craft Barn calender challenge - April. The post can be found HERE , we'd love to see you join in. The colour this month is BLUE and your entry needs to feature an UMBRELLA! This is my contribution.



 I began by gluing white card to my board and lightly brushing some Faux Finishing Medium to create some rainy areas.
 When dry, the board is inked with Peacock Feathers Distress ink and spritzed with water droplets.
 Archival ink is used to stamp the image. I love this, it's a really cool stamp.

Some distress Markers to add some colour. Then the umbrella is added to finish....