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EXPLORING ART is my thing - I love crafting - Altering things, Mixed-Media, Art Journalling and Card Making.

I would probably say my favourite styles of crafting are vintage, grunge, shabby chic and; Steam Punk.

I hope you will subscribe to my YouTube Channel & my Blog and that you find something to inspire you.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Making A Permanent Gelatine Mono-printing Plate


Over the last couple of days I've been making my own Gelatine Mono-Printing Plate.

If you are interested to see how I did it.
watch my step-by-step video below:-




This was the recipe I used for my box which made an 18.5 cm x 18.5 cm square plate (7.5" x 7.5" approx). It is 1.2 cms Thick (1/2").

1.5 cups Glycerine
1.5 cups Boiling Water
7 sachets of Gelatine  (Each Sachet contained 1 Tablespoon).

My plate cost a fraction of the price of the ready made versions that are on the market and turned out exceedingly well. I hope to get a lot of use out of it. If it should get damaged in any way, I can break it up, re-melt it and then re-set it.
Apparently the Glycerine acts as a preservative and so it should not go mouldy. Fingers Crossed.




Monday, July 31, 2017

Art Journal Page and ATC for the July 2017 Pick A Stick Challenge Facebook Group #PASC0717


The Pick a Stick Challenge is a monthly event hosted on Facebook. Its a closed group but new members are welcome to apply - Click here if you're interested. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PickAStickchallenge/

There are two sections: A piece of artwork and an ATC. If you complete both sections and post your photographs to the Albums on the Facebook Group you would be eligable for the monthly prize draw.

Pick A Stick is rather like Art Journal prompts. Each stick holds a prompt and are picked randomly every month. There are 10 prompts for the Artwrok piece plus a wild card and then three prompts for the ATC. You must follow the prompts in order, but once completed you can then continue adding to the pieces in any way you choose. Its a good way to make Art if you don't know where to begin, have lost your mojo or just want to have a bit of fun.

These are my two pieces. They can sometimes turn out to be pretty eclectic.







Step-By-Step  videos are available on my YouTube Channel for those who would like to see how I made these pieces and the process of the prompts.







Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TUNNEL CARD

I was inspired by a demonstration by Imagination Crafts on a popular UK Craft T.V. programme to 
recreate this beautiful card for my Mother's Birthday.
I have used some products by Imagination Crafts, but substituted other products from my stash where I did not have the exact same products that they had used.




The card uses three layers of acetate which I cut from scrap packaging to make the three front layers, Then there is a background layer of black card stock and patterned paper. I made a frame for the front from black card stock and embellished it with black rhinestones and flower stencils which were then cut out and adhered. If you would like to see a step-by-step tutorial of how it was constructed, watch my YouTube video below.



Sunday, April 23, 2017





A Birthday Card for Andrea Kidman


Here's a birthday card I made for my good friend Andrea Kidman.
I know she likes green and grungy/textured so I tried to match the card to her style.

I started first on the green layer and used white Stamping card by Sheena Douglass.
I cut a cheap kitchen sponge into 8 pieces and cut small chunks from the bottom of two of the pieces to make texture.
 I took some Pebéo Deco Creme Paint in  29 Matt Bright Green, 31 Matt Tropical Green and 04 Matt Yellow and brayered the colours onto the card. Then I took some Pebéo Dyna Paints 359 Iridescent Green Yellow and 355 Iridescent Copper and dabbed these randomly on top of the other colours to create more texture.
I use some Imagination Crafts Starlight Wax in black  and smoothed it around the edges of the black matting layer and also onto the central black layer which had been texturised with an embossing folder by Crafter's Companion Textures - Artist Collection - Hessian.
When it was dry I polished  both pieces with a soft cloth to really make them shine.
I ran another piece of black card through a different Embossing Folder by  Crafter's Companion "Just For Men" collection - Pop Dotty and then rubbed over the surface with Pebéo Guilding wax in Antique Gold. I die-cut this piece of card with the Sheena Douglas "Going round in Spirals die twice and punched out letters to spell Happy Birthday with an old Martha Stewart Alphabet punch which I'm not sure if it's still available..
I then assembled the card as above and added some black bling from my stash to the corners of the central layer and a couple of Leaf sequins to the spirals.






Below is a Step-By-Step Video Showing the Creation of This Card




ATC Challenge for Almut Ollsen.

Just wanted to share with you a little ATC I made recently for a 1500 subscriber challenge with Almut Ollsen on YouTube.



 I used the free stamp and die set which came with issue 159 of Simply Cards and Papercraft Magazine.
I cut an ATC from waste packaging using the Sizzix Bigz Die - Artist Trading Card.
I textured the card with  an Embossing Folder - Scattered Dots by Crafter's Companion Signature Collection - Birthday Party.
I then painted the background with Pebéo Dyna Paints 356 Iridescent Violet Blue 357 Iridescent Blue Green 358 Iridescent Green Blue then toned the colours down a little with white Gesso by Daler Rowney.
I water coloured the flowers with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers and finished it off with a coat of Spectrum Noire Clear Sparkle Pen



Below you can watch my step-by-step video of its creation on YouTube




Thursday, March 30, 2017

CAPTURE THE MAGIC - Art Journal Page

Hi There,
I decided to make another Art Journal page using the free stampset which came with Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine Issue 160

Its a really pretty little set and a great freebie as it also comes with a stencil (Which I used in my last post) and an embossing strip.


I started the page by stamping my image then I covered it with Pebeo Drawing Gum. When completely dry I added  an ombre wash using Spectrum Noire Aquatint 02 from the Perfectly Primary set.

 I added the ink to the top of the page then blended it with clean water to the bottom of the page. I left this to air dry then rubbed off the drawing gum with a "Mask Away" rubber.

 I coloured the flower image with Zig clean colour real brush water-colour marker pens. I then covered the image with a cloth and splattered the background with black gesso thinned with water using a fan brush.

 Later I added Viva Decor Facetten-Lack Crackling Colour paste in white using the diamond stencil by Crafter's Workshop..

 I stamped and doodled a border around the edge then stamped out the butterflies and bee stamp also included i the set and once again coloured them with the Zig markers. I adhered these to the page with Tacky Glue and then added a few words from the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology ChitChat stickers as my sentiment.

 I outlined this with a Sketch & Wash charcoal pencil and activated it with water. I also used this pencil to shade under the leaves, flowers and the butterflies.



YouTube Video of its Step-By-Step  Creation



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS

Hello Friends,

I made a new Art Jornal page recently using the Free Stencil and Stamp Set from Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine Issue 160.



The main image was added with Structure Paste by Imagination Crafts and then coloured with Zig Clean Color Brush pens and  Starlight Paints also by Imagination Crafts.

 The Background was coloured with Tumbled Glass distress ink using a blending tool and later I smooshed some ink onto my craft mat and used a brush and some water to colour the areas I could not reach with the tool. 

 I then stamped onto the background with Brilliance Ink in White Pearle and Pearlescent Blue.

 I outlined the flower and created a sketchy border using a Faber Castell Black Pitt Pen and then added Glitz It glitter glue in gold into the centres of all of the flowers.

 I added more shading to the leaves and behind the flowers with Specrtum Noire sparkle pens and then Matted the piece onto black cardstock.


 I stamped and cut out the sentiment and adhered it to the bottom of the card.


You can watch my step-by-step YouTube video of its creation below.