Monday, 6 February 2023

Shrinky Dinks!


Hamsa stamp
Mini Marks stencil by me!
for Carabelle Studio
New release coming soon - 10th February

The other day I came across my hidden stash of shrink plastic - I had forgotten I had it but what a find! There is something ridiculously satisfying about watching your stamped image become so tiny.

I stamped the image from my *new* Hamsa stamps onto frosted plastic using stazon, then cut it out as a tile before shrinking it. Sometimes I shrink with a heat gun, sometimes in the oven.


I used my new Marks printing plate and my VERY FAVOURITE new mini stencils (see pics below) on the gel plate with some alcohol inks to create my prints. My prints can sometimes look very grungy and chaotic to begin with but they all get used!


I mounted the tile onto a combination of prints and old ledger paper, and also some a scrap of collage. BECAUSE LOOK WHAT I DID WITH MY NEW MINI STENCILS!


Torn scraps of this are going to start appearing in everything!





So originally I made this as an ATC (2.5 x 3.5") but then decided that it would look cute in a frame. And it does!

   

To create this chunky mini hand bound journal I also used shrink plastic ....


... but this time I used clear plastic and cut around the image rather than a tile. I like this because it allows the colour of the background to show through.



I hand bound some signatures and created the cover out of Paper Leather.

    

Oh, and a really neat and easy way to tie in the inner pages with the outer cover, is to stamp the image on some of the pages in a light colour :-)


The *new* release from Carabelle will be with retailers from 10th February and I'll be sharing some more samples over the coming few days.

If you want to find a retailer near you, don't forget you can check out the **store finder here**












 

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

New Carabelle Studio designs!


Woohoo! It's new release time at Carabell Studio yay! This time I've got a printing plate and a set of mini stencils featuring my go-to mark making. I'm very excited about these and think they will be a staple in my creating. And of course some stamps - finally a palette set because I just love a palette and a colour wheel 🙂 As well as some funky little hedgehogs because I spent a lot of last summer watching and filming hedgehogs in my garden, a funky giraffe because why not?! And a Hamsa set ... I don't currently have a tattoo but I am tempted to get one of my Hamsa set tattooed somewhere lol! My collection has literally just arrived this afternoon so I will be playing over the next few days and making some samples. Don't forget to check out the rest of the Carabelle team - so much goodness on offer.














 

Tuesday, 31 January 2023

Let's Draw! *New* class available now!



OKAYYYYYY! We are good to go! My latest pre-recorded self-paced on-line class is now ready for you :-)


So what is Let's Draw?!

Let's Draw is a pre-recorded class consisting of 8 downloadable step-by-step tutorials.

Who says drawing has to be ‘good’?
Who says drawing has to be realistic?
NOT ME!

Drawing is for everyone. It is so accessible and if you allow yourself to enjoy it then it is also truly relaxing and so rewarding. If you have a sketchbook and pen with you wherever you go you will always have something to do or be able to capture a memory. DRAWING is such a broad subject but this class has a bit of everything - doodling, pattern building, single line drawing, creating whimsical characters, drawing from imagination and drawing what you see! 
Make drawing part of your daily practice - you don't need a heap of materials, and you can do it anywhere. Oh, and don't say you can't draw - the only person saying that is you! Of course you can! The more you draw the better you get, the better you get the more confident you become, the more confident you become the more you draw. See where I'm going here?!

The classes are held on Vimeo (a bit like You Tube) and full instructions and downloads are sent via email after purchase. Once in the group on Vimeo you can watch on-line or download to your own device to keep for ever.

Drawing is a very broad subject so I have broken it down into different areas.

Doodling:

Pattern building (soooo satisfying!):


Single line drawing - a cheat way to make anything look arty and sketchy!:


Drawing from imagination:


Right through to observational drawing and a bit of 'urban' sketching:


8 videos, over 3 1/2 hours of video, 4 downloadable help sheets, and a pdf. 

Don't say you can't draw - yes, you can!


Thank you as always for your ongoing support :-)







 

Thursday, 26 January 2023

When in doubt, wave a flag!

Birthday Banner by me!
Ecriture and Mini Words by Edwige
Circles Collage by Birgit
all for Carabelle Studio 

This little character is from the recent Carabelle Studio special birthday collection. She's called 'Birthday Banner'. Whenever in doubt, whatever the occasion, wave a flag!
I teamed her up with a few gel prints and Birgit's lovely Collaged Circles stamp to make a card, in unusually subtle colours for me!




 

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

Let's Draw!


COMING SOON ... just uploading all the videos now which takes a little time, so watch this space!

This class has been a LONG time coming 🤣 But I hope I have covered all the bases - doodling, pattern building, self portraits, drawing from imagination, creating quirky characters, observational drawing (draw what you see), and urban sketching. Phew!

Make drawing part of your daily practice - it's so accessible, you don't need a heap of materials, and you can do it anywhere. Oh, and don't say you can't draw - the only person saying that is you! Of course you can! The more you draw the better you get, the better you get the more confident you become, the more confident you become the more you draw. See where I'm going here?!

This class will be available soon and it's all downloadable so you can add it to your own device and watch it anywhere. I'll be back soon with all the details!