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....

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Art journaling, and a bit of this 'n' that.

At the weekend I crossed over the Pennines (gasp!) and went to teach at the very wonderful Craftrange in Burnley, Lancs, for a day of art journaling and mixed media madness using the Media Line by DecoArt. It was a great day, with some lovely people, in a very tempting craft shop!

We worked in our journals, on tags, we rusted card to make faux rivets, we used crackle paint, spread crackle glaze through stencils and we played with lots and lots of colour :-) Oh, and we made lots of mess too, but a mixed media day wouldn't be a mixed media day if we didn't make a lot of mess!

Thanks to the lovely staff at the Craftrange for making us all feel so welcome :-)

Unfortunately on the day I was so engrossed I completely forgot to take any photos. Doh! I am so annoyed at myself for this.

So, what else have I been up to? Well, working in school obviously, and OMG I have been so exhausted! A room full of 7 year olds is lots of fun but also very tiring.....

And knitting socks. Ha! This last year or so I have crocheted 4 full size blankets so I thought it was time for a change. I NEED a project for the evenings when I eventually sit down. I don't relax by doing nothing, I relax by doing something. So here is my first ever pair of socks ta-da! Using Goldfinch yarn by WYS in case you are interested. Click on the link below the pic for a fabulous blog with the pattern.