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!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Art Journal mono printing!

It's no secret that I LOVE a bit of mono printing. I love it's messiness and complete unpredictability! To  make these pages I used a large plate by Gel Press, and the very fabulous Media Line paints by Dina Wakley for Ranger Ink. I think these products were made for each other!

I worked in my Dylusions square black journal because I am in love with that journal at the moment, but I began with a messy layer of white gesso, before building up lots and lots of layers of printing, even more layers of printing, stencilling, and stamping.

And here are the pages side-by-side in my journal. There's no secret to printing straight into your journal ... you just pick up your journal, tip it over, and press it onto the printing plate. Simples!

In truth these pages are not as dark as they look here but winter has arrived in the UK which means we get very little light, and some days it hardly seems to get light at all :-((

Here's a few close ups of the yummy grungy messy texture:

I punched some large circles from another print and turned them into flower and stitched onto them:

And here are some progress pics, so you can see how I like to build up lots of printed layers:

I cleaned off my brayer and my gel plate onto a spare bit of card which was just too nice to throw away so I used my gel Press mini (the circle!) to make a flower head. The minis are fantastic - you can press them onto an acetate block and then directly print with them onto your journal pages. 
I then stuck them into my large strathmore journal. A few dots with some liquid pearls turned my circle into a large flower head.

And of course I had to add this little fella to another print which I stuck into my large Strathmore journal too.

I used some of these techniques in my latest regular art journaling class at Art from the Heart. Here we all are having a lot of messy fun! They all made some fantastic pages :-)

 Byee for now!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Spooky art journaling!

Images and borders by Tumblefish Studios and Crowabout Studio B
Texture stamp by me! for Stampotique Originals
Paints by Dina Wakley

Boo! It's Halloween! Of course I just had to incorporate a little bit of spookiness into my latest art journal page. I decided not to go too gory, but instead add little witchy hats to these sweet vintage little girls.

This became a page to teach at my latest regular art journaling class at Art from the Heart (Harrogate UK). The page was done entirely with tools - no brushes allowed! - so we used brayers, silicone brushes and Catalyst blades. And then we added lots of doodling, scratching into wet paint, stencilling, oil pastels and anything else we felt like!

When teaching I usually start with a practice / techniques page, and so to start with we used all of these techniques but added journaling as a focal feature (predictably there was much grumbling at this point!)

And then we moved onto our main page. Here's how mine looked in its various stages:

Mmmmmm lots of scratchy goodness!

I used mini letter stamps to add a quote:

And here are the class hard at work producing some fabulous pages! As always we had a fun, messy and very creative day :-)

Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Just a quick post today to let you know that I'll be teaching at a fabulous retreat for Rowan Tree Crafts in September 2017. Yes, I know that it is a long time away but these things do need to be organised in advance! I'll be teaching alongside the fabulous Mark Gould, and we'll be using all things DecoArt. What's not to like?! It's now open for booking - details in the photo.

Byee for now....