Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Art journal pattern building.

Texture Cube by me! For Stampotique Originals
Everything Art no.6 by Paper Artsy
Marks by Natalie Kalbach
Text stamp by Carabelle Studios

So here's the latest page in my art journal, which is what I would call 'intense pattern building'. I love pattern, layers, colour ... and this page has all of those things.

The 'almost' quote is from a poem - The Summer Day by Mary Oliver. I say 'almost' quote because it is not quite as originally written:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? 

After lots of paint layers, stencilling, stamping, splatting and doodling, I also added lots of Distress Crayon. Sometimes it is hard to know when to stop, but if I'm still enjoying it I keep going ;-)

I repeated the page in a class I was teaching at The Craftrange Burnley, but this time the colours came out quite differently!

I'll be teaching this page as part of an art journaling weekend I'm teaching at The Craft Box, Elsecar, so maybe I'll see you there?

Byee for now ....

Monday, 2 October 2017

Impressed by Impressables!

I think you  might have realised by now that I am in love with gel printing! LOVE. Recently I managed to get hold of some of the Impressables range and decided to have a play. The impressables are gel plates by Gel Press but with a difference - they have a pattern on them which becomes part of your print.

I used Repeating Circles, and also Overlapping Circles to form part of my background, and then I used my mop-up page to make come leaves.

And then I had another go using different colours!

If you would like to see any of my instructional videos for Gel Press I have put them all together on one page for easy-peasy access, so can always find them *here*

And of course, there'll be another video out soon .... just saying.

Byee for now.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Using THE journal die!

Oh! How much do I LOVE this journal die by Eileen Hull?! I could not wait to get my little mitts on one. It cuts through paper, card, and wait for it ... mount board! Oh yes, you can make yourself a proper little hard back travel journal. So cool. It cuts the covers, scores, and punches holes in the spine all in one go.

Of course for my first attempt I made myself a messy colourful painty version, which is going to be an art journal. I began by covering the whole thing with black gesso, and then added layers and layers of colour.

Here it is as a work in progress:

Cutting pages for the inserts is so easy. I just cut squares of a card to measure 21cm, in various bits of different coloured card, and then folded in half. I stitched the signatures together with my trusty old sewing machine, and then added elastic to the cover so that the signatures are removable. Just like a Midori Traveller's notebook. Genius.

And it just so happens that I made myself another journal using this very die, which just so happens to be on the DecoArt Media blog today, step-by-step with lots of photos. Please do go and take a look over on the Decoart blog :-) 
Here's a few sneaky peeks:

This journal die has pretty much sold out in most places in the UK but I can tell you that it will be stocked at Art from the Heart very soon ;-) 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Mixed Media Mayhem retreat round-up!

Well, what a weekend! I have just returned from teaching at the Mixed Media Mayhem retreat in Lancaster UK, organised by the lovely Sharon at Rowan Tree Crafts, and teaching alongside my fellow DecoArt DT member Mark Gould aka speshink.  Mark and I have totally different art styles and teaching styles so everyone who came along had two very different classes! 

We were lucky enough to be sponsored by DecoArt who provided all of our paints and mediums, and also 7gypsies who provided Mark with some gorgeous papers for his workshop.

I designed a folio art journal with removable signatures as a rather open-ended project as I was hoping that although we were unlikely to finish it all on the day, people who came along might go home and work on it a bit more. I think that removed some of the time pressure and also allowed us to experiment with various different painting techniques on the day.

I also snuck in a few of my stamps for Stampotique ;-) 

Bunny Boy by me! for Stampotique

Here you can see how the signatures were tied inside the folio:

And here's how it fastens at the front:

 Of course my classes involve colour, colour, and a bit more colour!

We used a variety of stamps including some by Andy Skinner, and stencils by Tando

It was a very busy, colourful, painty couple of days but we had a blast, and as always I was blown away by everyone's creativity. Thanks to everyone to came along and made it such a fun weekend.

Some of the results from day 2

Some of the results from day 1

We had a LOT of help over the two days from Sharon's husband Mark, and Annie and Emma from the shop so big thanks to all of them x

The team!
L to R: Sharon, Annie, me!, Emma, Mark, Mark (Gould) aka speshink)

Monday, 18 September 2017

Gel Press Feathers part 2!

Just a quick post to let you know that the second part of my print-to-project video for Gel Press is now available on you tube. Learn how I hand cut my feathers!

Thanks for watching :-)