Saturday, 18 October 2014

Tombow 2015 Design Team Call

Hey guys :)

Well today I am posting some projects created especially for the Tombow 2015 design team call.

Being that I have hundreds of crafty examples of my work on my blog, I thought I would indulge my more artsy side for this call.

As part of the call we were asked to do a D.I.Y project. With the end of the year fast approaching I have been on the lookout for a cool desk calender for 2015. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make one of my own! This is an ode to my love of the horror genre - films, photography and novels :)

A Horror Year

This is acrylic paint on a 4.5" x 5.5" Faber Castell mixed media album. My greatest challenge with this project was getting the amount of detail in that I wanted on such a small scale.

I know, it's a little macabre but you know what, I had a ball creating this. It has been a good 15+ years since attempting this sort of painting and I loved doing it! Now being slightly more labor intensive than my usual work, I made it to the 4 month mark before needing to turn my attentions to other DT work. But as soon as I have time, I will be back at it, and will make sure to post the results :)

So for the rest of this post, I decided to create 3 tags, all with the simple image of the same woman as she ages in different stages of her life. I have used different mediums and styles to represent each. 

Blah Blah Blah (Teen Years)


This tag was created predominantly with watercolor on top of Prima chalkboard paint with some stamping and heat embossing.

Seek Paradise - 20's

I started with sketching my image in black fine liner pen and then covered it in drawing gum to keep it clean while I went to work on my background. I have used a combination of acrylics, gesso, coffee and a vintage book page with some masking tape, cotton tape and staples. I have also used my watermark stamp set to create contrast in black archival ink.

The Future Is Near - 30's

Created with water & alcohol markers, gesso & fine liner pen. This is my first ever attempt at Zentangle. Hats off to the girls that do this regularly, it is far more work that it seems! 

So that's it. Wish me luck! As always, thanks for stopping by!

Prima Marketing Bloom Bag Competition

Morning guys :)

Today I am stopping by to share my Prima Bloom Bag creation.

Prima are currently running a fantastic competition to decorate your Jamie Dougherty bloom canvas tote. Join in the fun and upload your creation to instagram using the tag, #mybloombag!

So here is how I created mine...

When brain storming ideas for my bloom bag, my goal was two things. A modern design that didn't immediately scream 'crafty' that I would be able to use for the beach, shopping etc. And, secondly, I was really itching to break out my new Prima Chalkboard paints...and thought this bag would be a perfect opportunity. Unable to decide on just a few colors to use (they are all gorgeous!!), I came up with geometric pattern so I could use all the colors without it being 'too much.

Products - #980214 Bloom Girl Canvas Tote Bag, Chalkboard Paints; #577131 Golden Brown; #577124 Golden; #577216 Egg Blue; #577209 Golden Olive; #577223 Jewel Blue; #577148 Sand; #577230 Sea Breeze; #577193 Charcoal; #577162 Egg Shell; #577155 Antique Pink, #910587 Julie Nutting Metal Embellishments#556693 Genie Stones Black Wrap#577551 Del Mar - Thoroughbred Flower, #961381 Art Basics - 3D Gloss Gel.

For details on this competition and more great ideas on how to create your view own bloom bag, check out the Prima blog here.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Prima October PPP

Hey Crafty Peeps :)

That time of the month where Prima release their fabulous new PPP & Sketch challenges for all of us to play along with.

This month I have created a halloween based project for the PPP board...

I have Prima pimped a plain craft carry bag with gorgeous Color Bloom Sprays, blooms, canvas alphas, wood icons and a fabulous Ingvild Bolme resin embellie.

And this is what the palette looks like...

To play along with this challenge or the sketch, stop by the Prima blog here

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.