Monday, 16 January 2017

It's January!

Yup, it's January which means more stuff from me about the whole new year thing. I don't really DO the new year's resolutions thing, because if I do then they are the same every year which means I fail to keep them on a spectacularly regular basis. But I do kind of evaluate and have a think, and promise myself things for the year ahead.

I don't think anyone can deny that 2016 was a horrible year on many levels. I am hoping for much better things for 2017 but I really do worry a lot about the state of the world...... So my message for 2017 is very simple: You had better be better than 2016.

I brayered a background because right now I am in love with my brayer (or stuck in a rut LOL!) and added some pattern with this very cute layering stencil by Tim Holtz. When you draw round the design with a white pen it looks like daisies :-) What's not to love?

I gave my faceless girl lots of wild blue hair and added extra colour with Polychromos pencils and Stabilo pencil, and then journaled in the hair with a white pen.

This page became part of a class I was teaching at Art from the Heart this weekend ... but once again I forgot to take any photos. Doh! You can check out all of the workshops at Art from the Heart *here*. And just a heads up ... due to a couple of late cancellations there are LIMITED places available on a mini journaling class I am teaching on Sunday 22nd if you fancy it?

And finally, guess what? Wohoo! I am joining the DecoArt Media Design Team for 2017, alongside some fabulous artists. You can check out the DecoArt mixed media blog *here* it is full of lovely tutorials and inspiration.

Byee for now

Monday, 9 January 2017

Happy new year!

Happy new year! Better late than never, eh?! Ooh I do find January difficult. I seem to completely switch off over Christmas, and then I find it very hard to get going again, and the short dark days really don't help. Ah well, onwards and upwards ... not long till spring!

Anyway, here's a ceramic heart I painted using DecoArt fluid acrylics in the yummy colours of Dioxazine Purple, Medium Grey, and Cobalt Teal. Ooh these colure work really well together and make me smile :-) The ceramic heart (Country Love Crafts) was a surprisingly smooth and lovely surface to paint on.

I decorated the background with stamps and stencils by Andy Skinner, and added a little collaged butterfly with a bit of glittery bling.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Ho ho ho! Yes, it's that time of year again. Love it or hate, it's in your face the moment that Halloween and Bonfire Night are out of the way!

These pages began life as Gel plate prints, and how I love messing about with mono printing! 

I taught these pages for my last art journaling classes of 2016 at my regular art journal class at Art from the Heart last weekend. We had a lot of festive fun ... mince pies, biscuits, silly hats, crackers,  ..... and (thanks to Luise) ... toffee vodka! It's actually quite surprising that we got any art journaling done at all. But here are some pics showing the work in progress:

All the new classes for the next few months at Art from the Heart have been listed and are available here.

On a different note, look what just landed in my hot little hands. Julie Kirk has published her own book of 'Snipped Tales' I just love the concept of this, and couldn't wait for it to arrive. Soooo looking forward to this!

And finally, don't forget that the on-line class - Wanderlust - is still available at the early bird price. Click *here* for all the details. It's fabulous, don't miss out!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Love rules.

Fluid acrylic paints by DecoArt Media
Stencils and stamps by Andy Skinner
Mini stencil by Tando Creative

Ooh, I love a good heart shape! This MDF one was sent to me by Country Love Crafts (lucky me!) as they wanted to see how I would decorate it. Well of course I went for the mixed-media version and immediately began by layering up lots of vintage text for a bit of texture ... you can see it it peeping through.

I added colour with DecoArt media fluid acrylics - fab colours! Then some stencilling, stamping, doodling, and a bit of wash tape. Layer, layers, layers!

Bye for now......

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Who lives in a house like this?

House shape from Country Love Crafts
Paints, gesso and crackle paste by DecoArt
Toxic stamp set by Andy Skinner
Texture Cube 1 by me! for Stampotique Originals

Loving this house shape by Country Love Crafts, and you know how much I like house shapes and images!

This began life as a simple mdc shape so I gave it a coat of gesso, and then points it with DecoArt Fluid acrylics. Love!

The quote I 'borrowed' from a TV show ... do you recognise it? It's from a time way back when, when Lloyd Grossman used to present 'Through the Keyhole' ha!

And finally .....

Did you know that I am teaching online? Come and join me and 25 other teachers as we dive in the world of mixed-media and art journaling on the fabulous Wanderlust 2017. Book your seat at the amazingly low Early Bird price now *click here* and make sure that you are ready for a fun adventure and a huge learning experience in the next year. I can’t wait to meet you all in the classroom!