Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Art Journal Cover

Hi Guys :)

Another share today. Something I did last week. 
I had some old Stephen King novels ready to throw and decided to keep a few as art journals. This is one I have finished covering ready to work with...

I gave the outside a few coats of gesso, added some texture paste around the edges and gave it a grungy look with some mists.

I have used my sewing notions stamps along the spine and to the front.
And added lots of grungy bits and pieces to embellish including some Ingvild Bolme junkyard findings and resin wing, old lace and some new Prima Marketing Art Ingredients Mica Flakes ( love these!)

Hope you guys like it!
 Now to work on the inside :)

Monday, 15 September 2014

Prima Marketing Cigar Box Secrets

Hey all :)

Dropping by today to share a layout created with the fabulous new Prima Marketing Cigar Box Secrets paper collection & blooms.

This collection has some really bold papers as well as a mix of some softer neutrals. I have chosen the most neutral paper from the collection as my background and added color with my embellishments.

I really love the mix of vintage & girlie with this range.

I have also added some Prima Marketing Wood icons, Ingvild Bolme Junkyard Findings, Sunrise Sunset buttons and metal paperclips. Love how Prima has such an amazing range of different embellishments and they all seem to work so well together!

Thanks for stopping by as always...

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Working It Til' It Works

Hey guys :)

So one thing I have discovered from chatting to other crafters, is that EVERYONE, no matter what their skill level, occasionally creates a flop or just a project that for whatever reason, doesn't work for them. 
Myself included. 

So today I am sharing one of my 'flops'. 
A layout I did a while back that I wasn't really happy with so put aside for another day.

There was just too much white going on in the background which made it look like there was no structure, just this big blog in the middle.

One of the many things that I love about mixed media is that you have the ability to 'Work It Til' It Works'. So I got this layout out on the weekend to see if I could salvage it, to at least something I wouldn't be embarrassed to show anyone.

And while it is still not a favourite layout, I definitely like it a little more than I did.

So to get around the white and kind of washed out look, I painted the background black with acrylic. Without moving any of the elements you can see how the page just flows so much better without the distraction of the white.

I've added a bit more color, changed the photo, added a few more embellishments as well as a little stamping with gesso around the edges to break up the black.

What do you improvement?

Products Used:
Prima Marketing Forever Green Paper Collection & Flowers
Prima Marketing Color Bloom Spray In Cobalt
Ranger Alcohol Ink in Gold

Monday, 8 September 2014

My New Etsy Store

Hey peeps!

Hope everyone has had a good weekend. 

I spent mine setting myself up a little Etsy shop and thought I would stop by to share.

Here I will list some pre-made scrapbooking pages, handmade cards, my stamp sets plus a few other of my favorite crafty items.

I am happy to combine shipping and post Internationally. 
I hope you like it!

You can find it here.

Friday, 5 September 2014

My Art Journal

Morning my crafty lovelies.

Today I thought I would share a 'just because' page in my art journal. I do do a lot of art journaling but rarely share. For me, it is not only a great way to experiment with techniques and get messy but a great way to express thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values and passions.

This is a Finnabair journal produced by Prima. I love that it has thick kraft pages as well as white and it holds up really well to mediums.

To create my background I primed with gesso, then added a little texture paste and then went to town with various mists and inks. Love the coffee and teal combo.

I have used various paper scraps to create a collage background, added some stamping and more mists, then a few Prima embellishments to finish.

Thanks for stopping in

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Product Reviews

Hey guys :)

So it is shaping up to be a bit of quiet month for me with design team projects so I thought I would have a month with a few different types of things on my blog than usual.

Today I thought I would do product reviews. The most questions I get from other scrappers is about what mixed media products I recommend. 

I shall put all affiliations aside and give my honest opinion of what I think are the best and worst out there. Now this is just my personal opinion and how you use the products/your style can affect this as well. So anyway..

My favourites would have to be:
 REALLY pretty colors, not much trouble with clogging and they are really economical even with international postage from Poland.
Art Anthology
Again great colors, no shimmer which suits my style, never had one clog yet and really love the spray/generous size bottles.

Liquitex - by far this has to be the best brand I have ever used and I go through a lot of Gesso. It is a crisp white, has good coverage and dries quickly.

Monte Marte - slight yellow tinge and has very poor coverage with a slight sheen
Faber Castell - very thin, super runny with poor coverage
13Arts - So thick you can't paint with it, it's like cottage cheese

Gel Mediums
Really love the new Prima Art Basics Gels as well as the 13Arts Gel Medium. Warning with the Prima Jars though, wipe around the top of the jar and lid really well after use to avoid it sealing shut.

Ranger Archival is by far the best I have ever tried. I have had the same stamp pad for 3 years and I do a lot of stamping and never had to refill. Doesn't smudge and holds up really well against other mediums like mists etc. For super fine stamping I love Tsukineko Versafine ink but is not suitable if you are adding anything wet :)

Love the Ecoline range (from Art Stores) and also love a cheapie set my bestie gave me from Officeworks, Micador brand. Luminarte Twinkling H20's are also fantastic if you like a little bit of shimmer with your color. I have tried some of the more expensive brands like Windsor & Newton etc and they are lovely but for the purpose of mixed media scrapbooking, it is a bit of waste as they are quite pricey. 

I also love Lyra Aquacolor watersoluble crayons and Faber Castell watercolor pencils.

So in terms of what holds up really well when used with Mixed Media products, Helmar 450 Quick Dry glue is by far with best and will hold solid any large/heavish embellishments. Double sided tape - I love the Sellotape brand, again it holds up really well against Mixed Media products far better than some scrapbooking brand like X-Press it.

So I hope maybe this has been helpful for anyone who is just starting out with Mixed Media and wants a little advice on building their stash with good products.

If there is anything that you would really like to see me do on my blog this month or any questions, let me know :)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Happy Birthday Pom!!

Hi guys :)

Today I am sharing a card created for Pom, the owner of Prima Marketing.
It is her birthday and all of the Prima girls have created a card just for her special day.

Happy Birthday Pom!