Sunday, 23 July 2017

journal making.....

Good evening folks.
Tonight I am sharing the latest journal I have made, it never takes too long before I miss the joy of creating a book.
I'll be honest and say that though I thoroughly enjoyed making this, it didn't turn out as I had hoped so I may end up going back to it and revisiting the colour palette......
 After folding and gluing a stack of beautiful handmade paper together to create the text block
 They were popped into the press for a few days to dry and keep flat.
 I used fabric for the covers. Glued in place with DecoArt Faux Finishing Medium.
 Colour was added with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic washes.
 I used one of my masks that never got produced along with some DecoArt texture paste to add texture. along with raiding the odds and sods box that every mixed media artist has to build up interest.
 I added a frame and cherub and left everything to dry.
Everything had a few layers of paint added. When it was dry. DecoArt Metallic Lustre was used to add some shimmer and patina.
The finished journal....
Hope you have a good week.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Altered Cake Stand

Good morning folks.
Today I thought I would share the project I did on my last day off. We found this fold away stand down in Whitstable. The legs were damaged and it was looking rather forlorn. Still I couldn't resist.

 The first thing I did was patch up the leg and then I used a stencil and some DecoArt Media black Texture Paste to add a decorative "panel" to each section.
 Once dry I gave everything a couple of coats of a pale green chalk paint.
 Next it was a couple of coats of a pale grey/cream chalk paint.
 Then out came the sandpaper. I used both a coarse grit and a finer grit to rub back and create the distressed effect.

 When I was happy with it I wiped it down and gave everything a good coat of aging using a bitumen and white spirit mix. I used one coat and wiped it all away using moist wipes before going back over the centre panels and adding more so they would stand out.

 I'm really happy with the end result. Hope you like it too. I really enjoy painting furniture and smaller pieces are good because you can finish them in a day.

Enjoy your day and thanks for popping by.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Pink just won't cut it......

Hi folks. Just a quick little project here. One of the things that happens when you are married to a teacher is the "honey, I need a rusty tin bath for school, like yesterday please."
Now, while I appreciate the faith shown in my skills, what happens when you can only find said tin bath in the right size but the colour, oh the colour...........
 Well, first step is to add some texture by spraying with some spray texture.
 Following that with a few coats of grey chalk paint to get rid of the pink. Once that was finished some random touches of brown were added and blended with a moist wipe.

 To finish I used DecoArt spitzers in red and black along with a liberal spray of water to move and flow the colour to end up with this.....
Now this is more suited to sit atop an artificial fire in Stig of the Dump's ramshackle hut at school.
A fun project. Hope you like.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Dusting off my art journal

Hi there folks.
I trust you are well.
Thought I'd pop on to share a couple of recent journal pages. I've neglected making time to journal which is a pity really as I always enjoy creating when I do take time.
Growing up, one of my favourite artists at high school was Georgia O Keefe and this page was inspired by one of her quotes. Working in pen, Distress Markers, a water filled brush and some Distress crayon I tried to create the feel of her style; with a touch of my own style tossed in too.

This next page is more of a mish mash of bits and pieces of things I had done while playing around so I put them all together on a page and tied everything together with my stamps, masks and distress inks. The photo is a vintage one from a bunch I picked up from a vintage shop

Hope you all have a wonderful day, till next time have a creative time.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Crawling out from the swamp......

Goodly morning friends.
Having done very little crafting over the last few months I decided enough was enough and I needed to claw my way out of the "wilderness" so to speak. And what better way to do this than choosing something that had been hiding in my studio for almost two years......

 I saw this little chap (A kids bubble bath) while shopping and mentioned that it would be fun to alter. Well, three guesses what I unwrapped that Christmas lol.
 First thing was a good coat of DecoArt Media Gesso.

 Then out came my suitcase of DecoArt Americana, yes I do realise I have quite a lot of paint.
 This is always the fun bit. I chose to go with the green and brown colours as I had already started to call him Swampie, Not very original but it worked for me.

 Once he was dry I pulled a selection of DecoArt Metallic Lustre and added highlights to bring some of the textures to life.

 Then, the DecoArt Media Quinacridone Gold Fluid Acrylic came out to play. I made a wash and proceeded to "drown" him. This stuff really ties everything together and adds the perfect aged tone.

Then I had to exercise patience and allow it to dry thoroughly so I left him in a corner for a couple of days before giving him a couple of coats of DecoArt Matte spray varnish.

This was a fun project to do and I am pleased to say that he has kickstarted my creative mojo again.
Hope you like .
Take care and I hope to be back with more projects sooner rather than later.......

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Of books and pages, webs and dreams.

Hi there folks.
The stranger returns. I feel slightly ashamed coming here to post as it has been some time; but then  remind myself that this is my page; a place to write things down, to share, ponder and reflect. I am incredibly grateful for those who pop on in to share some or all of this journey with me. I know that I am not the first nor the last who has a busy life with a myriad of things and happenings seeking to pull and push them away so thank you if you are taking time out of your day to read this. (There will be some pictures too, I promise)

I have been pretty withdrawn from many things creative over the last 12 to 18 months. Not entirely by choice but rather by circumstance. I recently came across something recently that resonated with me
" A dream, without a plan, is nothing but a wish"

I have a dream and I am currently mapping out and planning a route that will, hopefully move me closer to the dream. But what I realised is that, while the dream is good, nothing will change if I remain static. So I'm trying to move and even though I think my pace may allow the tortoise to overtake me LOL I will be a little closer that I was yesterday.

I'm sure you'll hear more on this as time goes by. This will be one of the platforms for my musings I'm sure.
In the meantime however, before I trundle off to lay down my weary head I thought I'd share a few photos of the last journal I have made..... I use the term few rather loosely as there's around fifteen showing the steps. I'll let the pictures do the talking tonight but if you have any questions drop a comment and tomorrow I'll come back and add the details........