Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Queen Anne's Lace



Here is my second offering on the Country View Crafts blog on the topic of "Flower Power".
For this, I chose to feature a wild flower called..."Queen Anne's Lace"    otherwise known as "Wild Carrot".

I began by black gessoing my page and applying layers of glorious Heavy Body Acrylic Paint by Dina Wakley. I drew the stars around the moon with Posca pen and also added a "stitched" border.

I stamped and heat embossed with white, the flowers from one of my favourite sets by Paperartsy HP1005 and then die cut some flowers from a new set of Sue Wilson dies called Queen Anne's lace. The die cuts are from off cuts of gold coloured card.
Finally, a few words from TH Ideology small talk.
There is just one week left to join in with our challenge and a chance to win the £20 prize. Good luck!

Products used:- Black gesso; Dina Paints; HP1005; Craft Dies; Small Talk.


Monday, 1 May 2017

Unforgettable.



My first piece of art for the Flower Power challenge over on the Country View Crafts blog was determined by my choice of TH flower stamp, which I adore. 

I began by Gessoing a page in my Girl's Annual, adding neutral fresco paints and choosing some papers to show off the flowers. 

I stamped the flowers onto some sturdy watercolour paper and painted them very roughly with Vintage Photo Distress ink.


I cut them out so that there was some of the cream background still there in order to make them stand out from the background. 
I assembled my chosen papers and aged them a little, and added a poem from a book by Wordsworth. 
The key just gave some added interest to the story.
I hope that this, and the fabulous work of my teams has inspired you to enter our challenge. 
Thanks for looking. 




Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Mindy Lacefield.




Typical me...off on a different tangent as a result of watching a video by Mindy Lacefield on my Wanderlust class.

I really didn't think that her style would appeal to me, but it has really captivated my interest.

Loved layering up the colours for the backgrounds using Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic paint.

Got plans to do more. 😍

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Magic Of Three!



I am thrilled to have invited by "A Vintage Journey" blog team to be a Pinworthy Guest Designer.
The theme chosen is "The Magic Of Three", and this is what I have created.

I began with a piece of Acrylic paint Board measuring 12"x8", and created a textural background. This consisted of grungepaste through a doily stencil, cheesecloth, lace, hessian, manuscript paper and crocheted doily.
All were secured down with dollops of gesso. 


My piece is a dedication to my Dad's sister Joan. A wonderful lady whom I admired very much. A quiet, unassuming lady who was always gentle and kind. She had a twin sister who was the more flamboyant of the two, and Joan just blended into the background. 

I copied a photo, framed it and added treasure gold to my frame.
Here is where the 3's come in. There are 3 wooden hearts, 3 Roses and 3 other flowers. I added the word Love, and some die cut foliage. 
The gold effects are created by melting some Frantage Embossing powders, Aged Gold and Shabby White.
There is a little script stamping in the background and it is framed with Aged gold Embossing Enamel.

So, here is my lovely Auntie Joan, I aspire to be kind and gentle like her!





Friday, 14 April 2017

Utee Sunflower



Over on the PaperArtsy blog the new topic is Resin and UTEE. Great inspiration on there from the designers and Darcy's intro, so, I got out the old Melting Pot.

I wanted to use the fabulous stencils and stamps from Jofy, with her Sunflowers. I created a background using her stencil, but it didn't show off the main flower.

So, here is my Jofy sunflower, with infusions, and my UTEE centre, with flakes and beads inside. I mounted it onto a background which had been waiting to be owned, which consists of Seth Apter frescos.
Entering the PA challenge.





Friday, 7 April 2017

Rusty Door



Here is my second piece for Country View Crafts topic of "Rust".

I worked in my repurposed girls annual, starting by applying Black Gesso to my page.
Next, using a credit card, I swiped colours from Seth Apter's PaperArtsy fresco range. I mixed some DecoArt crackle paint with fresco paint and applied thickly with a palette knife.
There is stamping using a Seth Apter French Text stamp from Spellbinders , drippage and extra crackle from a crackle effect stamp.
For the hinge, I die cut from TH collection and applied dark paint, PaperArtsy Crackle glaze and finished off with fresco Buff.
The lettering is from Everything Art, which I added shading using Posca pens.
Not authentic rust as we know it, but an artistic interpretation.
There is still time to enter the CVC challenge and time to pop over to see all the inspiration from my fellow teams.

Products used:- Seth Apter paints Set 1, Set 2; TH die; Crackle Paint; Crackle Glaze; Stamps.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Rusty Book.



Here we are, the first of April! Another topic from Country View Crafts.......Rust! Yummy.

Just love this topic and had so much fun playing.

I decided to decorate the cover of a small 4X4 Watercolour pad. As you can see, the objects are a little random. I cut the buckles from a holder of a Throw that I bought at christmas, I knew that I wouldn't fasten it back up in it!
There is a car that was stranded in our sandpit, a metal Finnabair flower, and a few buttons. 
I secured them down with some Prima Heavy Body Gel and left them to dry.


In order to help the rust to adhere to the objects, I brushed over them lightly with Matte Medium. While still wet, I sprinkled on my rusting powder and sprayed with vinegar. 
I sprayed them several times until they dried with the desired finish.
To complete my book cover I added some words from TH Idea-ology Chitchat.


I also rusted some ribbon to tie onto the spirals.


I am really pleased with how my cover turned out. If you would like some more rusty ideas, then please visit the Country View Crafts blog and maybe enter the challenge to be in with a chance of winning the £20 to spend in the CVC shop.